At the end of last half term we ran a famiy-based quiz for the Junior girls’ of Hesquith House and Girls’ Division senior school.
They were set the following challenge (downloadable version: FAMILIES QUIZ):
Test your knowledge before downloading the answers (Answers to the Family Quiz). No cheating now!
There are lots of family-based stories across all the libraries to read as we come to the end of the school year and the summer holidays.
This beautifully written and engaging novel spans the latter half of the twentieth century, capturing the lives and fortunes of three distinct families in the East End of London. Starting in 1948, in a city ravaged by the Blitz, children play on bomb sites whilst their parents strive to make a living in the markets.
All are new to the city; Sally and Dora are Jewish refugees from Danzig, whilst Clarence and Bernadette have travelled thousands of miles from the Caribbean to the ‘mother country’. The third family, the Lockharts, have come from Birmingham to escape a family feud. Michael Lockhart cuts a sinister figure, disabled by a stroke that has left him with a disfigured face, and there are hints of his violent character.
Unlike the other men making their living as costers in the markets, Michael moves into more illegal activities. It is this which brings about a shock conclusion to the first section of the novel.
The second and third sections, set at twenty year intervals (1968 and 1988), are more character orientated, deftly taking the reader backwards and forwards in time and out of the city. Hill skillfully uses collisions between the characters, both accidental and deliberate, to reveal more about them via their relationships between each other.
Love, belonging, identity and the concept of ‘home’ are the main themes in this engrossing novel of a city and its people during a time of great change.
A wide range of new DVDs are available to borrow in the Girls’ Main and Boys’ Senior libraries.
Girls’ Main Library
The BBC brought the Tudor world to life in their wonderful depiction of Hilary Mantel’s novels.
Check in to the newly released Grand Budapest Hotel.
Boys’ Senior Library
There have been many films portraying the Transylvanian Count but this one tells the story of how the man became the monster…
Professor Iain Stewart provides some interesting thoughts concerning the role of flora in the evolution of our planet.
Spring is a bumper time for publishing with lots of books being released – ideal if you are looking for a new read around World Book Day.
Here are some recent additions to the libraries which we have enjoyed:
Some new books have arrived for the Girls’ Turret and Boys’ Lower School libraries.
With less than two weeks to the end of term these would make perfect holiday reading, as all books are due back on the first day in January.
To help get into the festive spirit between now and the end of term, our Christmas quiz is available in the Boys’ Senior and Girls’ Main libraries as well as being downloadable here.
See how many you can do.
Christmas Quiz 2014
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the answers.
Every day a new book recommended by pupils will be revealed.
Goth Girl by Chris Riddell is “a fascinating book about a girl called Ada Goth”
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern is “gripping” and the “suspense is good”.
Isabel and Ayesha.
Come and see each new recommendation as it is revealed in the Girls’ Main Library.