Welcome back to the library. We hope that you had a relaxing and productive holidays.
I am aware that some of you will have been revising over the holidays for mock exams so your choice of reading material for the holidays may have been more limited than usual but I thought I’d ask you anyway.
What have you been reading over the holidays?
Did you get a great new book for Christmas? Is there a great revision guide that we should know about? Have you been reading a physical book or do you read on an E-reader?
To give you a flavour and get you thinking, here is a taste of what I (Mrs Urquhart) have been reading over the holidays.
When She Woke by Hilary Jordan.
Mrs Frew reviewed this book for the Yr 10 Girls’ reading recommendations so I decided to see if it was any good. The premise is that Hannah wakes in prison to find her skin has been genetically altered so that it is bright red in punishment for her crime of murder. If you have read and enjoyed
Nina Bawden, author of Carrie’s War, died at home on 22nd August 2012 aged 87. Nina Bawden started writing because she thought that the books her children were reading were too unrealistic and middle class. She depicted life as it was, featuring families going through divorce, children running away and even dying at a time when stories were full of children having “spiffing adventures what ho.” She also wrote novels for adults.
Nina used lots of her own experience in her work, and her life was not without its own tragedies. Her own son killed himself in his 30s and her husband was killed in the Potters Bar rail crash in 2002. Interestingly, this did not seem to make her bitter, she said of herself, “I am not a victim, I am an angry survivor.” She campaigned hard to improve rail safety with the other survivors of the crash.
The biggest influence on her childhood was being evacuated to Wales as a young girl. This experience was used in the crafting of her most famous story “Carrie’s War,” which has also been adapted for the screen and stage.
The closest modern writer I can think to compare her influence with is Jacqueline Wilson. That is to say that she took children’s writing and moved it on into the modern setting of life and described what people were really experiencing.
Nina Bawden’s best known children’s works are:
- Carrie’s War
- The Peppermint Pig
If you like Nina Bawden, you might like to try:
- Theresa Breslin
- Judith Kerr
- Michelle Magorian