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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…

Bali Rai is Visiting this Friday

Bali Rai is Visiting this Friday

If you missed it on our events calendar, Bali Rai is visiting the Girls’ Division all day on Friday. There will be 3 sessions running during the day, all lasting a double period. Last year’s visit was very successful and we hope this year will be just as good.

We have also just confirmed that Chris Bradford, author of the Young Samurai books will be visiting the Boys’ Division to see year 7 and 8 boys in December.

We have a winner! (4 actually)

We have a winner! (4 actually)

Guess Who’s Reading Competition Results

Congratulations to the 2 boys and 2 girls who were the winners of the Guess Who’s Reading competition. They have all been notified and received their vouchers. Thank you to all who took part in the competition. We hope you enjoyed it. The photos have now been removed from the blog as they were at quite high resolution to make identifying them easier but they were using a large quantity of the space we need for the blog.

Joe Craig Visit Update

Brilliant writer and speaker Joe Craig visited Bolton School last Thursday (31st Jan) to talk about his books and the writing process with a selection of year 7 boys and year 7 girls. He was fabulous to listen to and well received by the teachers and pupils alike. There is further information about his visit on the Boltonschool website.