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Miss McAtamney is very keen to hear what you've all been reading over the summer! Junior Book Club is held on Thursdays during lunch in the library. First year pupils and any new pupils are most welcome. This a fantastic way of making friends and settling into school life.

Book Club pupils were extremely excited to recently meet virtually with children’s author Elle McNicholl. Elle is a neurodivergent writer and is very open about her own experiences with autism. Her first novel 'A Kind of Spark' was winner of the annual Waterstone Children's Book Prize in 2021. Book Club have just finished reading Elle’s new book 'Like a Charm' and it has been one of the most popular Book Club reads in a long time. The Book Club also enjoyed a Zoom meeting with Oxplore at Oxford University for a Q&A session with the author. The Club are eagerly awaiting Elle’s next novel in the series “Like a Curse” which is due for release in February!

Pupils had a great time at our recent Welcome Event, creating bookmarks, button pin badges, blackout poetry and ink drawings using recycled materials. This ties in well with our recycling theme for this year's National Poetry Day in October.

The Library will be hosting origami workshops and other upcycling craft events over the coming weeks. We are delighted so many pupils took part in our first workshop and seemed to all have great fun!

Junior Book Club members can take part in a book shadowing scheme run by colleagues and librarians in local schools. Various events such as author visits, workshops and collaboration with other schools take place over a number of weeks. This is usually in the Spring term – date to be confirmed.

Our Book Club was delighted to meet author, Nikki Sheehan at the most recent Oxplore "virtual visit". She discussed her book "Who Framed Klaris Cliff?", and even answered two questions from our Book Club members. Thank you to Oxplore for organising the visit and for sending us a copy of Nikki's book - our pupils all greatly enjoyed it and the live Zoom meeting.

Eight pupils were delighted to receive certificates from Oxford University celebrating another term of great success at the Oxplore Book Club. Each pupil also received a copy of 'Run Rebel' by Manjeet Mann. Last term, the pupils had met with Manjeet at a virtual Oxplore meeting and had read her book 'Crossing' as part of the club. They are all now very excited to be reading another of her books. Well done to the eight pupils on such great reading success.

Well done and thank you to all pupils and staff for making our Autumn Book Fair such a huge success. The library has been awarded almost £500 worth of free books from Scholastic as a result. Also a big congratulations to all who took part in our National Poetry Day Scavenger hunt. The winners were delighted with their book fair vouchers.

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