The Northern Lights – By Philip Pullman
By Nabiha.N (Yr7)
The Northern lights —start of the ’His Dark Materials’ trilogy – is a book set in parallel universe where people’s souls are in animal forms, a dæmon. In this world, Lyra Belacqua and her dæmon, Pantalaimon overhear the Master poison wine intended for Lord Asriel, Lyra’s rebellious and adventuring uncle. She warns Asriel and she is soon taken on an adventure with a secret. The Alethiometer. Along the way, she witnessed and felt happiness, sadness, anger and much more.
I personally enjoyed the bond between Lyra and Iorek Byrnison. I enjoyed the idea of the elegant settings and periodical twists all wound in a dreamy style of writing. I loved this book. Overall, 10/10; I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder – By Holly Jackson
Libby Williams (Yr7)
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder is a mystery/thriller about a 17-year-old girl who investigates a murder that happened her small town of Little Kilton 5 years ago. Pippa “Pip” Fitz- Amobbi conducts her school project on the disappearance of Andie Bell, a high school senior who was presumed to be murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh.
I enjoyed the book as there were many twists and the ending was so unexpected. I also enjoyed the growing bond between Pip and Ravi. Overall it was a great book and I would rate it a 10/10 and recommend it to everyone. Also if you like it get the sequel ‘ Good Girl Bad Blood’
In addition to the books that students can borrow from school (and the four that each student was gifted in the Autumn term!) there are plenty of options to access reading material for the whole family:
Already a keen reader? Ten Minute Book Club is a free site that aims to make Literature more accessible. Every Friday they will post a free literary excerpt that you can read in just ten minutes. Each extract has been chosen by Oxford academics, and is paired with free resources and an introduction by an expert suggesting themes or contexts to think about as you read, by yourself or in discussion with family and friends.