Monthly Archives: August 2019

Get lost in a good book!


Reading is an important part of everyday life.  The more you read the better a reader you become.  Reading more expands your vocabulary and helps your writing but it is also great fun.

Below are 6 books that I have selected that you might enjoy reading over the summer.  Many can be found at the local library so you can borrow them for free.  Remember if you go to the library join the Summer Reading Challenge and earn stickers and eventually your certificate and medal.

I look forward to hearing all about the exciting books you have read.

Happy reading!

Mr Connolly


  • Make sure you don’t read this one before bedtime or you might not sleep!  Room 13 – Robert Swindells

One of my favorite books to read to a class.  A story all about a school residential trip to Whitby, a pupil at the school has a nightmare about Room 13 on the night before her school trip. When she arrives at the hotel looks familiar and she realises that it is the house in her dream, except there is no Room 13. But at the stroke of midnight changes and Fliss and her friends are drawn into danger.


  • Go back to school a little early with The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler – Gene Kemp

Tyke Tiler and Danny Price are best friends, much to the despair of the headmaster of Cricklepit Combined School – because wherever the pair go, trouble is never far behind. Stolen money, a sheep’s skeleton, fights in class . . . And somehow it’s always trouble that Tyke has to sort out. Can Tyke help the hapless Danny stay out of trouble for their last term?


  • Maybe a story about animals is more your pick so try – Charlotte’s Web – E.B.White

Charlotte’s Web is a magical story about childhood, friendship, and loyalty. Wilbur the pig’s life has already been saved by Fern, but when he is sold to her uncle he realises his life is in even more danger.  Enter Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider. Charlotte is determined to keep Wilbur from the chopping block, and comes up with an ingenious way to do just that.


  • Sometimes we are all too quick dismiss books written more than 60 years ago as dusty and boring but give The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier a try.  Based on a real story set during and after World War II.

Alone and fending for themselves in a Poland devastated by World War Two, Jan and his three homeless friends cling to the silver sword as a symbol of hope. As they travel through Europe towards Switzerland, where they believe they will be reunited with their parents, they encounter many hardships and dangers.


  • The best way to describe H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) – Mark Walden is Harry Potter for villains!  And just like the Harry Potter Books there is a series so if you enjoy this one there is plenty more to read.

H.I.V.E. is a top-secret school of applied villainy where children with a precocious gift for wrongdoing are sent to develop their talents into criminal mastermind. One small catch is that the children cannot leave until training is complete, six years later.  This year there are two students: Otto Malpense and his new friend Wing Fanchu are both exceptionally bad, and they are definitely not keen on being held against their will for six long years.


  • What was James Bond like at school?  Well with Silver Fin – Charlie Higson you can find out!

James Bond will one day become the world’s most famous spy, but at the moment his challenge is to fit in at his new school.  On his first day at Eton, James already meets his first enemy.

Unknown to James something even more terrifying is to be found in remote Loch Silverfin, a terrifying discovery threatens to unleash a new breed of warfare.