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Harry Potter lesson repeated for young witches

Harry Potter lesson repeated for young witches

Atchained for protection smallertention all Harry Potter fans in the Junior School!

If you missed out on Harry Potter Day fear not! Professor Caller would like to invite you to the Library on Thursday 4th February at lunchtime (12-12.30) for a half hour of witchy chat and activities.

Please be aware that magical Libraries are dangerous places! Bolton School of Magic accepts no responsibility for Witches who do not listen to the Librarian’s instructions whilst interacting with the books such as the Monstrous book of Monsters (left).

Places limited to 30 witches.

 

Harry Potter Day in Junior School Library

Harry Potter Day in Junior School Library

On Thursday 4th February, the Bolton School of Magic held a special lesson in the Junior Library.

Led by Professor Caller, Librarian, pupils entered the lesson and after a reading of the Sorting Hat song, were sorted into the four Hogwarts houses. After each girl was welcomed into their House by their fellows, the Lesson began.

FMonstrous book of Monstersirst, Professor Caller determined the level of expertise of each pupil by introducing them to the Monster Book of Monsters. This dangerous book was released especially from the Chained Library where it usually resides, IMG_0431chained for the protection of potential readers. Pupils correctly identified the correct way to safely open the book (gaining House Points in the process).

 

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Next, Professor Caller asked pupils general knowledge questions about the Harry Potter books and was very impressed by their IMG_0436level of expertise, again giving House Points along the way, ably assisted by the House Prefects, who used the Muggle technology of the Whiteboard most confidently.

 

Pupils then IMG_0442appointed a House Champion from each House to participate in a Magical duel (with genuine wands!).  The young witches valiantly cast spells which made their opponent ‘dance’, ‘bound them fast’, ‘tickled them’ and ‘gave them hideous boils’. The watching pupils gasped in horror at the fast-paced duel.

Ravenclaw eventually won the House Championship, proving the importance of knowledge, learning and books. (Any suggestion that Professor Caller was in any way impartial are entirely unfounded.

Finally,  pupils were given homework and are reminded that any student failing to hand their work in on time will be sent to dust the Chained Library, overseen by Mr Filch!

 

Harry Potter Day in Junior School (Thursday 4th February)

Harry Potter Day in Junior School (Thursday 4th February)

Monstrous book of MonstersAttention all Harry Potter fans in the Junior School! Professor Caller invites you to the Library on Thursday 4th February at lunchtime (12-12.30) for a half hour of witchy chat and activities.

Please be aware that magical Libraries are dangerous places! Bolton School of Magic accepts no responsibility for Witches who do not listen to the Librarian’s instructions whilst interacting with the books such as the Monstrous book of Monsters (left).

Places limited to 30 witches.

 

Frances Hardinge’s “The Lie Tree” wins Costa Award

Frances Hardinge’s “The Lie Tree” wins Costa Award

We are delighted to see that “The Lie Tree” by Frances Hardinge is the winner of this year’s Costa Book of the Year. The award is judged for the most outstanding books of the year in 5 categories : First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with the winner of one of the categories then being chosen as Book of the Year. Frances is only the second author from the Children’s category to win the overall prize – the first was Philip Pullman.

The Award Ceremony and Frances’ acceptance speech was covered by the BBC News.

Frances visited Bolton School in May 2015 to talk to year 9 pupils about The Lie Tree and her earlier novels. A write up of the visit can be found here. All of her novels including The Lie Tree can be borrowed from our Libraries, please just ask!

Hogwarts, mysterious turret rooms and creepy dolls

Hogwarts, mysterious turret rooms and creepy dolls

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On 7th May we were delighted to welcome Frances Hardinge to come and talk to some Year 8 and 9 classes in the Girls’ Division. She told us about her Carnegie nominated book Cuckoo Song and newly published book (on the day of the event) The Lie Tree.  We were also joined by students from Turton School, Smithills School and Bolton Muslim Girls School.

The event was kindly organised by Ebb & Flo books in Chorley and Macmillan Publishers. Unfortunately we weren’t able to offer the event to all students due to exam timetabling. We’re sorry if you missed out but it is still possible to borrow the books, please ask in the Library for more information. A full write up of the event can be found here.

Whilst she was here I showed Frances around the School, she later tweeted that it was ‘Hogwarts.’ I told her about the Turret Library and the mysterious unknown room with a window above the Library. Since Frances gets her ideas from ‘everywhere’ I suggest we watch this space to see if the School appears in a parallel universe next time!

If you haven’t yet read the books I’d like to encourage you to do so. The Lie Tree is a creepy murder mystery set in 19th Century England where the main character, Faith, is a feisty girl challenges the constraints of Victorian femininity. The idea of the Lie Tree is particularly interesting as unlike in other stories, lies are not ‘punished’ or seen as necessarily ‘wrong’ and instead are used to unmask the killer.

I’m part-way through Cuckoo Song and have already decided it’s not a good book to read just as I go to sleep. If you’re a fan of Dr Who, you’ll enjoy Frances Hardinge- she uses the same malevolent twisting of reality, with porcelain, speaking dolls and doppelgangers. Earlier books feature glass-like faces where characters can only speak the truth and vindictive fairies that demand that children who use the coins from a magic well grant everyone’s wishes…

Costa Book Award winners announced.

Costa Book Award winners announced.

Costa Book Awards

The winners of this year’s Costa Book Awards have been announced.

 

Costa Novel Award Winner: Ali Smith, How to be Both

Costa First Novel Award Winner: Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing

Costa Biography Award Winner: Helen MacDonald, H is for Hawk

Costa Poetry Award Winner: Jonathan Edwards, My Family and Other Superheroes

Costa Children’s Book Award Winner: Kate Saunders, Five Children on the Western Front

 

Elizabeth is Missing

 

was described by the judges as showing “incredible flair and unusual skill”. (First Novel)

 

 

Five Children on the Western Front

 

was described by the judges as “a modern masterpiece that captures the spirit of a much-loved classic”. (Children’s Book)

 

Both are available to borrow from the libraries now.

 

The overall winner will be announced on 27th January 2015.

 

To find out more about this year’s winners, along with a list of past winners of the Costa Book Awards, go to their website.

Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2015

Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2015

The countdown begins…

 

The shortlist for the 2015 Award will be announced on Friday 3rd Ocotober from 1.30-2.10 at Bolton School. The winner is then up to you. Read all the books and pick your favourites.

Voting will take place in May 2015 and the winner announced June 2015.

Vist the Fiction Award blog page after the launch to find out more about the