forces of nature book

Holiday Reading

What is Mrs Brakner reading in the holidays? Many of our learners know that I am (Mrs Brakner) reading Forces of Nature by Professor Brian Cox. Not a typical English teacher`s choice I hear you say. Yes, I agree, it is a far-cry from the fictional worlds of films, comics and novels that I am comfortable with. Or… is it? …

small great things book

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult “I read Small Great Things at the beginning of the year. I have read all of Jodi Picoult’s books and awaited this one with the usual anticipation. I was not disappointed. It is a true page turner covering the difficult and at times soul searching topics of racism and prejudice. I would highly recommend …

wolf hall book

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall tells the story of the rise of Thomas Cromwell, the upstart confidante of King Henry VIII and his mission to grant Henry his divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to marry his new love Anne Boleyn. Mantel writes the book from Cromwell’s perspective, which can be quite challenging especially …

Qualify

Our latest recommended book comes from Mrs Tomlinson, who has recently read Qualify by Vera Nazarian. If you liked the Hunger Games… you’ll love this series. You have two options: you die, or you qualify. The year is 2047. An extinction-level asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and the descendants of ancient Atlantis have returned from the stars in their silver …

What Do Parents Say About Reading?

What do parents say about reading for pleasure and the usefulness of inviting authors/poets? A parent of Joe, a learner at The JCB Academy: When my son was in Year 8, the school which he attended, invited an author  to come in and address the children in assembly.  The author was Chris Bradford and he spoke about his “Young Samurai” …

The art of racing in the rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Have you ever wanted to be someone else…? Or how about something else…? How about a dog?! The irresistible Enzo knows that he is very different from other dogs he is a deep thinker with a human soul (well nearly) and he knows that man evolved from dogs not apes! Enzo has educated himself about all things human by watching …

Universal

Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos

Our first recommended book comes from our English Learning Manager, Szilvia Brakner. Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos by Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw Would you like to be transported back to the very beginning of the universe? Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw do just that; they put you on a trip around the observable universe and beyond with mind boggling explanations …