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Kindling interest in book reviews

Kindling interest in book reviews
Two of the winners; Julienne Padayachy and Luke Twamley.
Wednesday 17th April 2013 by C. Freeman

Students won prizes including Kindles in a recent competition to write the best book review. Earlier this year, to coincide with World Book Day, the Library and English department had highlighted ‘100 great reads’, a list of books from different eras all considered to be great examples of their genre.

Students were invited to write a short essay on their favourite books from the list and some submitted multiple entries. Luke and Judah were given a Kindle each for their reviews on ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Once respectively. Julienne Padayachy and Marsha Green each received a goody bag containing books and knick-knacks for their essays on The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl and John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids. You can read their entries by clicking the links below.

Julienne said: ‘I like Roald Dahl books and this was one that I hadn’t come across before 100 Reads. The first story was amazing. As soon as I read a book I have a strong opinion about it. I like mysteries and funny books.’ Luke said: ‘I read four books and wrote reviews for all of them, including Stormbreaker and the Young Bond series. I like Cherub series as it is a long series and it has a lot of action in it. I put a lot of effort into writing the book review and really like the Kindle.’

Librarian Mrs Adams said: ‘We had a very difficult time judging the entries as the standard was so high. The students’ love for their chosen books was evident and it was clear that some books have a real resonance with them. The full list of 100 great reads is still available on our library blog so I would recommend students pick something different out of it that they wouldn’t normally read. They might find themselves with a brand-new favourite author!’

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