Students from Brooke Weston had the opportunity to hear author Richard Kurti talk about his career that has included screenplays for Primeval, Robin Hood and Wolfblood as well as his latest action packed and politically inspired novel Monkey Wars.
Librarian Ms Adams accompanied our students to his talk at Corby Business Academy: ‘Richard got the idea for the book from hearing about the problems with monkeys in Gibraltar, who were becoming quite aggressive. The government there decided to solve the problem by introducing another kind of monkey to the island, and Richard wondered what this would be like for the monkeys who lived there already.
‘Monkey Wars was on the longlist of this year’s Carnegie Awards, but unfortunately like some other great books it did not make it to the shortlist. These included Hostage Three by Nick Lake. It was suspense-filled, but yet beautifully descriptive of a love which crosses boundaries and I couldn’t put it down. I would also recommend Ketchup Clouds by Annabelle Pitcher about love, loss and guilt which we really enjoyed when we read it at Book Club.
'The books that have made it to the shortlist are on the Library desk. I have read four of the shortlist so far, and my favourite is The Wall by William Sutcliffe, which is about a boy who discovers a tunnel under the large wall which snakes through his town. I thought it was a dystopian, futuristic thriller at first, and it was with a dawning shock that I realised it was a real-life present-day setting. It has terrific characters, evocative descriptions and a great plot.
'Members of the Book Club will be going to Lodge Park to discuss the awards in June, so if any other students wanted to be involved we meet on Thursdays at 10.05. There will also be an event at Corby Business Academy in the near future to discuss The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks, the most controversial book on the shortlist, which is definitely not for the faint-hearted.’