Sarah Crossan Author Visit 😍📚✌


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! 🌚 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! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 €10 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 Crossan’s debut novel, “The Weight of Water”, 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.

“The Weight of Water” 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 couldn’t afford anything better to carry their things in. It also shows that they didn’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.

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Happy Reading Week! 🤓📚

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

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


All week we will  D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) for the last ten minutes of each class, so make sure you always 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! ❤✌


1st Year competition:

Design and draw a new cover for Infinite Sky.


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


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.


4th Year competition:

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

Present visually Iris’s internal and external struggles on a poster to create awareness of mental health.


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 ½ pages)


Write a persuasive speech to be given to a group of parents entitled: ‘Teenagers should be trusted to make their own decisions.’ You may agree or disagree with the statement after reading the novel.  Your response must relate to the events described in the novel (1 to 1 ½ pages)


voluntary 6th Year competition:

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

Good luck everyone and happy reading!🤓📚😍✌😎📖❤

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Happy Reading Week!! 📚 📖

As well as all of the fun competitions happening during Reading Week, the school library is launching the BOOK BINGO READING CHALLENGE. 😃 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 library 😊

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 ‘One School One Book’ selection, The Outsiders, could be placed in either ‘a novel that was made into a film’, ‘a novel about friendship’, or ‘a novel that deals with bullying’, 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 library’s Google Classroom

Good Luck and Happy Reading!! 😊



A novel with non-human characters








A biography









A comic book or graphic novel








A novel written by an Irish author








A novel that was made into a film








A book that is considered a classic








A mystery or thriller








A novel that will make you laugh








A novel that is the first in a series:








A novel about friendship:








A novel with LGBTQ* characters








A novel set in the future








A novel set in a dystopian world








A novel that is set in Ireland:








A novel with magic or fantasy characters







A novel that deals with bullying







NAME:_________________               CLASS:_________

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

Reading Week Teacher Challenge! 👱 👩👴 👵

This year for Reading Week we are launching a STAFF READING CHALLENGE. Sixteen young adult books have been chosen and they will be read by staff in four different rounds until one winner is chosen! The table and rules are attached below which will hep to explain it. Information will be posted in the library to keep everyone up to date until the winning book is announced on WORLD BOOK DAY which is on March 3rd 2016. All of the books chosen are available in the library if you would like to read any of them and give your own opinions! If you have read any of the chosen books let us know here in the comments.

BOBT staff

Battle of the Books book list

  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  3. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  4. Teacher’s Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah
  5. One by Sarah Crossan
  6. The Year of the Rat by Claire Furniss
  7. The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  9. Am I normal Yet? By Holly Bourne
  10. Solitaire by Alice Oseman
  11. Only ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
  12. Infinite Sky by C.J Flood
  13. Seven days by Eve Ainsworth
  14. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  15. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  16. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Battle of the Books Rules

  • Sixteen YA (Young Adult) books have been chosen.
  • There are four rounds.
  • 30 readers are required.
  • Readers will be paired up and given two books to read.
  • Each pair of readers will read the two designated books and must decide which one will go on to the next round.
  • There will be 30 days between each round for the readers to read both books and decide.
  • The final winner will be announced on World Book Day which is the 3rd March 2016.
  • There will be a display in reception and announcements so that the students know what is happening and can get involved by reading some of the books as well.
  • If a pair of readers really can’t agree we can do a student poll to decide!
  • After reading the books, readers could do a short review that Ms. Lundon will post here and on Google Classroom.