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Learning in the Library Blog: 

Award Winning Books

Published Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Looking for your next great read? Well, you might want to try out an Award Winning book!

A book gets an award when it is read often and the story is great and exiting. One of the most distinguished awards in Children’s Literature in America is the Newberry Medal and in Britain the most sought-after prize for young fiction is the Carnegie Medal.


 If a book has won an award, it will often have a medal image on the front cover. The librarians have done the browsing for you this month and you can find a stack of fantastic award winning books on the display table, next to the recommended reading wall, in the Primary Library. 

Here are some books we thought sounded good:

 1. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos.  Jack visited our school last year and has just won the 2012 Newbery Award for his latest novel Dead End in Norvelt. His first Joey Pigza book was a National Book Award finalist in 1998.

 2. The View From Saturday by E.L Konigsburg.  This award winning title was the 1997 Newbery Award winner.  It is about many strange events and at the same time interesting children and animals.

 3. Crispin The Cross Of Lead by Avi won the Newbery Award in 2003.  It's an action-packed historical narrative that follows a 13-year-old peasant boy across 14th-century England. If you want then try it out!

 4. Trash by Andy Mulligan and My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher. They are both on the shortlist for the Carnegie Medal this year. The winner will be decided on June 14th.  Why not read your way through the shortlisted books and see if you can choose the winner? Click the link below to see the list- we have most of these books in our libraries.

Have fun reading !!! 

Titi and Anna Y6K-Junior Librarians.

Have you read an award-winning book? Would you recommend it?





Comment By Mrs. McDevitt 

I recently read Trash by Andy Mulligan and really enjoyed it. It is set in a garbage dump in Manila and is a fantastic adventure story with heart. Mr. Mulligan is a teacher at The British School: Manila- he taught Matilda who is now in Year 6 at Patana!

Published on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Are You an Olympian Reader?

Published Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This week the library is keeping with the Olympic theme and launching our very own Olympian Reading Passport Challenge. This is a small passport containing reading activities. It is fine to complete a couple of the tasks in yout Home Language.  The ultimate aim is for the children to gain their very own Olympian Reading Gold Medal and have lots of fun reading along the way.

 We are launching this project across the whole school. The passports are different depending on the age of your child, but the ultimate aim is the same – to have fun reading! In Secondary we are making this a House Competition with points available for the House who has the most Olympian Readers. It could make all the difference in terms of who wins the final house cup. I don’t want to show favouritism but … COME ON PHUKET! In Primary there will be a special award for the year group who has the most Olympian Readers in it.

We can’t wait to receive our first completed Olympian Reading Passport back in the library. The closing date for completing the challenge is June 14th.  I think it is going to be almost as exciting as the real Olympics!

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