Keren David meets Y7 book club

Our Patron of Reading, Keren David, came to meet our Year 7 book club at their first meeting of the new year. She talked about her path to becoming an author and about the eleven books she has written. Her work is very varied, covering very different subjects and genres, but she says the book…

Alexandra Sheppard author talk

Author Alexandra Sheppard has a couple of things in common with her main character, Helen: she’s half-Jamaican, and she comes from Holloway. But Helen’s father is the Greek god Zeus and her whole family of ancient Greek gods are living incognito in London. When Helen goes to live with her father – who is masquerading…

Book Award shortlist ratings

Highgate Wood School is busy reading and rating our school Book Award shortlist. Here are the current average ratings for the books, together with a selection of comments taken from students’ reviews.       Illegal by Eoin Colfer Sample comments: ‘It’s fiction but elements are true, and it’s a graphic novel! What’s not to…

Book Fair

On Pastoral Review Day we held a Scholastic Book Fair in the dining hall. Hundreds of books were sold and, thanks to the Tottenham Grammar School Foundation, we were able to provide vouchers to many of our students to help towards their purchases. The fair will also benefit the school library, as we will now…

Haikus

Book Club members in years 8, 9 and 10 have been writing haikus about the HWS Book Award shortlisted books. The writer of the haiku judged to be the best was awarded a voucher to spend at the Book Fair. There were so many excellent entries that we felt we needed to award three runner-up…

Bookbuzz

Thanks to the generous support of our brilliant Parents’ Association, every student in Year 7 was able to select a book as a gift from the Bookbuzz scheme organised by BookTrust. It’s always interesting to see which book is the most popular, and this year Haunt: Dead Scared was the clear winner. I hope everyone…

HWS Book Award 2018-19

The debates are over, the votes are in and I am very excited to be able to announce this year’s shortlist for the HWS Book Award. Our book groups nominated books at the end of the summer term, from which we drew a fantastically strong longlist. There are several books on the longlist which I…

A new year and a new longlist!

I am very pleased to be able to announce the longlist for this year’s HWS Book Award! You can see the full list here.  Last term the book clubs nominated books for the school book award, and today at the first book club meeting we announced the longlist. It’s a really exciting list. I don’t…

It’s summer!

It’s the end of the school year, and our book clubs have been celebrating… our Year 8-10 book club brought in fantastic home-baked treats, while Year 7 were lucky enough to have a visit from our Patron of Reading, Keren David. Keren very kindly brought in some books to give away, so the book club…

Carnegie Medal 2018

Book club members from Years 7 – 10 squeezed into the LRC on Monday to watch the livestream broadcast of the Carnegie Medal ceremony. We’ve been reading and discussing the shortlisted books and, at the last meeting of book club before the ceremony, we held our own vote to decide on our school book club…

Peadar O’Guilin visits the LRC

The Call is a fabulously dark modern take on traditional Irish folklore. Author Peadar O’Guilin says: “It’s a bit like Harry Potter where everybody dies.” It’s been a very popular book here at HWS, and is the joint winner of this year’s school book award. So it was a real treat to have Peadar O’Guilin…

‘Stranger’ by Keren David

On 27th April Keren David gave a lunchtime talk about her new book, Stranger. She told us that the origins of this story have been with her almost all her life: as a child, she used to tell herself the story at night before going to sleep. All through her teenage years, she continued to tell…