Sarah Crossan Author Visit ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“šโœŒ

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We were so lucky to have the hilarious, engaging, and hugely talented Sarah Crossan with us yesterday afternoon on the same day that she was nominated for a Costa Award for her latest novel Moonrise! ๐ŸŒš We all had so much fun with her, and she was so generous with her time and energy especially with signing books for everyone who queued up after the talk. Thanks to the TY journalists for the photos and for very professional interview they did with Sarah, looking forward to seeing that in print in the school magazine! Certain Reading Reps, Book Club members and Library Assistants were a huge help on the day. Well done to everyone involved! โญโญโญโญโญ

Above you can see Sarah photographed with our ‘Sarah Crossan Special’ Book Review Competition winner, Marie Bishop from B4! Well done to Marie on her winning book review which you can read below. As well as receiving the usual โ‚ฌ10 book token prize, she had her photo taken with Sarah, and she also publicly thanked her after the talk, it was really wonderful! More photos from the day below, and plenty more on the school app!

Marie Bishop’s winning book review on Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossanโ€™s debut novel, โ€œThe Weight of Waterโ€, will make you laugh, cry, and wish you could read it all over again.

This incredible book is written as a series of poems that follow the journey of a Polish girl called Kasienka who moves from Poland to England with her Mama to find her Tata, who has left them. When she joins an English school her teacher changes her name to Cassie and she finds it difficult to fit in. She is tormented by a number of her classmates for being different and her only respite is when she goes swimming, or spends time with William, a boy she slowly develops feelings for.

โ€œThe Weight of Waterโ€ is the beautiful story of a girl whose life was completely changed. I enjoyed this book immensely because of how it displayed the challenges of being an immigrant. One of the ways it did this was by saying that Kasienka and her mother carried their possessions in a laundry bag. This showed that they couldnโ€™t afford anything better to carry their things in. It also shows that they didnโ€™t have enough things to need another bag.

This book is a must have for anyone who struggles to make friends or anyone who is scared to move to a new place. I give this book five starts for its beautiful poetry and its depiction of the life of a young immigrant.

___________________________________________________________________________ The Monthly Book Review Competition will return in January, so get your reviews in! Email them to librarian@olschool.ie

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Monthly Book Review Competition ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The winner of October’s Book Review Competition is Sarah Moore in P1! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Well done Sarah, you have won a โ‚ฌ10 book token! ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ“š

As you will have heard from your class Reading Reps, this months book review competition is all about Sarah Crossan! ๐Ÿ˜

This months winner will get to have their photo taken with Sarah when she visits us next Wednesday, as well as the usual โ‚ฌ10 book token! โคโœŒ Sarah will be with us on Wednesday afternoon, and after her talk she will do a book signing so don’t forget to bring you book! If you would like to buy any of her other novels to have it signed on the day, you can collect them from the library once they have been paid for on EasyPayments through the school website ๐Ÿ™‚

Write a review on any of Sarah’s books by next Monday the 20th of November. Email it to librarian@olschool.ie (do not send it to the library Google Classroom mail as that is not an email address and I won’t receive it)

Remember that a review is not just your account of what happens in the book, and it should never contain spoilers! Write about your opinion on the themes and the characters and what you enjoyed or disliked. Would you recommend the book, and who would you recommend it to?

Below is a sample book review template to help you structure your review. You do not need to use this if you don’t want to.

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November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special! โญโญโญโญโญ

For November we are all about the wonderful Sarah Crossan in preparation for her visit to the school on the 22nd of November! ๐Ÿ˜

So for both Junior and Senior Book Clubs we are recommending any of Sarah’s books, all are available in the school library๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“โœŒ

 

The Weight of Water๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ

As our 2017 One School One Book pick we have all read this beautiful story.

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, 9781408823002Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

Suitable for 12+

AR Book Level 4.7

Apple and Rain๐Ÿ๐ŸŒง

When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she 9781408829455will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.

Suitable for 13+

AR Book Level 3.8

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Winner of the Carnegie Medal * Winner of the YA Book Prize * Winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award

Tippi and Grace share everything–clothes, friends . . . even their body.51dO5j9xcaL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. Each of the sixteen-year-old girls has her own head, heart, and two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi. How long can they hide from the truth–how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

Suitable for 13+

AR Book Level 5.2

We Come Apart ๐Ÿ’”

YA stars Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan join forces to break readers’ hearts in this contemporary story of star-cross’d lovers.

Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her34376638 in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide.

Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants.

As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?

Suitable for 13+

AR Book Level 4.0

Moonrise ๐ŸŒš๐ŸŒƒ

They think I hurt someone. 33837404
But I didn’t. You hear?
Cos people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

This poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Suitable for 13+

This is brand new so doesn’t have a quiz on AR just yet…

 

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See previous Book Club picks

Senior

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

Junior

October Junior Book Club

September Junior Book Club

Summer Junior Book Club Picks

May Junior Book Club Books

Happy Reading Week! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“š

This year’s One School One book as you all know by now is the wonderful Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood. ๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŒ 

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C. J. Flood’s debut novel, “Infinite Sky”, is an emotionally compelling story of first love and family tension.

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All week we will ย D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) for the last ten minutes of each class, so make sure youย alwaysย have your book in your bag!

There are various competitions running throughout the week based on the book:

On Wednesday at lunchtime the library is hosting a quiz on the book with various prizes! โคโœŒ

Also:

1st Year competition:

Design and draw a new cover for Infinite Sky.

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2nd Year competition:

Imagine you are a journalist reporting on the events of the climax of the novel:

  • Write your report for a newspaper describing the events.
  • The final report should contain a dramatic headline

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3rd Year competition:

Design a promotional poster for the book Infinite Sky.

The poster should persuade readers to purchase the book while providing necessary details such as cost, genre, slogan, blurb and imagery.

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4th Year competition:

Iris is a character who deals with both internal and external dilemmas.

Present visually Irisโ€™s internal and external struggles on a poster to create awareness of mental health.

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the 5th Year competition:

Infinite Sky is a novel which addresses the prejudices and preconceived ideas many have toward the travelling community. Write a blog for a youth website in which you explore how literature can teach us about issues like this. You must relate your blog to the events in the novel and other books you have read if you wish. (1 to 1 ยฝ pages)

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Write a persuasive speech to be given to a group of parents entitled: โ€˜Teenagers should be trusted to make their own decisions.โ€™ You may agree or disagree with the statement after reading the novel.ย  Your response must relate to the events described in the novel (1 to 1 ยฝ pages)

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voluntary 6th Year competition:

The options for 5th Year are also available to 6th Years.

Good luck everyone and happy reading!๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜โœŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“–โค


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Happy Reading Week!! ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“–

As well as all of the fun competitions happening during Reading Week, the school library is launching the BOOK BINGO READING CHALLENGE. ๐Ÿ˜ƒย It was a great success last year and lots of girls received CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES at the end of the year. This year I would love to see it built upon and have a lot more of you challenge yourselves to it! It’s a reading challenge that is suitable for the WHOLE SCHOOL as you decide which books you will read based on the challenges in the grid. The rules and grid are below. Everything will be available in the library so drop in if you want to pick up the sheet and get going! As we are all reading The Outsiders this week, it means by the end of the week you will have one box to check off. If there are any questions COMMENT BELOW or drop into the libraryย ๐Ÿ˜Š

How it works

  • There are sixteen boxes in the grid
  • Each one describes a different type of book
  • The aim is to read as many of the different types of books that you can, but also to complete them in lines (vertically, diagonally, or horizontally)
  • If you complete at least one line or more you will receive a certificate and prize at the end of the year
  • The more you complete the better the certificate and prize!
  • After each book you have read, fill the title in the relating box and bring it to the librarian to be signed.
  • Only one box may be filled per book read
  • For example, this years โ€˜One School One Bookโ€™ selection, The Outsiders, could be placed in either โ€˜a novel that was made into a filmโ€™, โ€˜a novel about friendshipโ€™, or โ€˜a novel that deals with bullyingโ€™, but only one of those boxes of your choosing.
  • You have until the end of the school year to complete as many boxes as you can (May 2016)
  • Certificates are as follows:

1 Line – Bronze Cert

2 lines – Silver Cert

4 lines (whole grid) – Gold Cert

There is a list of recommendations for each type of book in the library and on the libraryโ€™s Google Classroom

Good Luck and Happy Reading!!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

BOOK BINGO READING CHALLENGE 2015/16

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*LGBTQ- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning