The Baileys Women’s Prize longlist! ✌👭📖❤🤓

Without fail every year at least one new favourite book of mine comes from reading books from the longlist of the Women’s Prize for fiction.

This year’s longlist is looking just as promising, you can see the whole list here: 

Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

So far I have only read one on the list, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and  I would highly recommend it to seniors! Two more sound particularly interesting to me, The Idiot by Elif Batuman, and H(a)ppy  by Nicola Barker (this one because it sounds dystopian and I have a soft spot for dystopian fiction!)

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

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 Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely anything is better than…fine?

THE IDIOT

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Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language – and languages – can do.

Along the way, she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a writer, and how baffling love is.

H(A)PPY

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Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear.

 

 

 

 

Last year there was Hagseed by Margaret Atwood and The Power by Naomi Alderman which went on to win it!

 

In 2016 we The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara, and The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerny which was the winner that year.

 

And in 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Bees by Laline Paull.

 

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October Junior Book Club 🍁

For Halloween month we have two dark and creepy offerings! 👻🎃

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 👻

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be 51wXIxEhA3L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

Suitable for 11+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.1

 

 

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse By Chris Riddell 👻🐭

Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award.

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous 91xM+Rsn9rLGhastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.

Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!

Suitable for 11+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 6.5

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See previous Book Club picks

September Junior Book Club

Summer Junior Book Club Picks

May Junior Book Club Books

October Senior Book Club 🍁

For Halloween month we have two dark and witchy offerings! 👻🎃

 

 

The Accident Season by Moïra FowleyDoyle  🤕

A bewitching, dark and beautiful debut novel about a girl living in the shadow of a mysterious curse.

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as 23346358she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Suitable for 14+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.1

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan 💘

A collection of twelve dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted.

You make candles from stubs of other candles. You like light in your room to read. TB-Cover-High-ResGillian wants thick warm yellow fabric, soft as butter. Lila prefers cold. All icy blues. Their dresses made to measure. No expense spared. And dancing slippers. One night’s wear and out the door like ash. You can’t even borrow their cast-offs. You wear a pair of boots got from a child. Of sturdy stuff, that keeps the water out and gets you around.

Written for a teen audience from one of Ireland’s leading writers for young people. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings. Stunning.

Suitable for 14+

 

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September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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September Book Club Picks for Seniors, Teachers, and Parents!

As per usual we have one YA (Young Adult) book and one adult book.

First up…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

Suitable for 14+ 

Accelerated Reader Book Level 3.9

 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero–and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting,My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Warning: extreme and disturbing material!

Suitable for 17+ 

 

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Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

After months of reading the shortlisted books for the CBI Book of the Year Awards, talking about them, voting on them, and partaking in a video about them (!) the awards were held in Smock Alley Theatre on Tuesday 23rd May and we finally got to hear the winners!

First take a look at our fantastic Book Club Beanbag ladies discussing Historopedia, Plain Jane, The Call, The Ministry of SUITs, and Needlework along with other young shadowers in this wonderful video

*8 mins in to see the OLS girls

Aren’t they fantastic?! Thanks to Sarah Hyland L3, Marie Bishop B4, Jennifer Bishop B1, Catherine Galvin L1, Roisin O’ Neill C1, Anna Murray C1, Isabelle Roantree C1, Halle Donnelly Mahon B1, and Aisling Coyle C1 for participating!

Now for the awards…

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  • Honour Award for Fiction: needleworkDeirdre Sullivan for Needlework. The judges said, ‘Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan is a poetic and eloquent exploration of violation, abuse, neglect and advocacy of the transformative power of art. Starkly genuine and sincere, Sullivan’s powerful use of the metaphor of tattooing invites reflection about identity, difference, self-protection and self-invention. This searing yet delicate representation of adolescent experience will resonate deeply with teenagers and is a story that needs to be told and needs to be read.’ Little Island Books. Suitable for 15+

 

 

  • Judges’ Special Award: Tadhg Mac Dhonnagaín, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tarsila Krüse and Christina O’Donovan for Bliain na nAmhrán. Futa Fata. Suitable for 3-7 year olds.

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  • Eilís Dillon award for a first children’s book: Paul Gamble for The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things. Little Island Books, Suitable for 9+the ministry

 

 

 

Children’s Choice Award:The Call  Peadar Ó Guilín for        The Call. This is the award that was chosen by the shadowing groups who read and judged the ten shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite!

*This was our favourite, and got our vote for Children’s Choice which we think is the most important award, shh…

David Fickling Books. suitable for 14+

 

 

And with such high praise from the man himself who can argue! twitter

 

 

And finally, the overall winner and recipient of the CBI Book of the Year Award 2017 is… 

Picturebook maker Chris Haughton with his book Goodnight Everyone0Chris was also the recipient of the Honour Award for Illustration for the same title. The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

 

I don’t know about you but now I’m just excited to find out what books will be on the shortlist next year!

 

You can read the Children’s Books Ireland Press Release for more information on the awards.

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An Evening With Patrick Ness! 😍✌🤓📖

I went along to the Easons event in the Lighthouse Cinema last night to see Patrick Ness talk about his new book Release. An extra surprise was that he was interviewed by Deirdre Sullivan who is the author of Needlework, one of the CBI Awards shortlisted books!

I also got to meet him and he signed my book, but more importantly 😜 one for the school library too, with an extra special message! 😂   (pictures below)  He said to say hi to you all 👋

I’ve been a huge fan of Patrick Ness’ writing for a long time, if you haven’t read any of his books come and talk to me in the library! In fact he is my Author of the Month, which wasn’t a thing but now it is! 👐

 

*update! see our Twitter @ourladyslibraryfor info on another favourite author coming to Dublin soon! ✌😱

#SkipToTheNaughtyBits 😂😱✌

Release is available in the library now, unfortunately for seniors only 😅

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Go to GoodReads.com  to read blurbs and reviews!

 

 

 

 

Library News Roundup! 🤠

D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything And Readscreenshot_20170427-133859.png  On Friday Our Lady’s School was involved in the nationwide D.E.A.R.!  It was so much fun to be able to stop working and get our books out. A huge thank you to all of the participating teachers!  👍 We definitely want more of this kind of thing!

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  • Book Clubs – Our Junior Book Club meets every Wednesday at lunchtime in the library.  Starting from this month we also have an online version of our Book Club in both Junior and Senior formats.   The idea behind this is to allow anyone to read the Animated-gif-cat-reading-a-bookBook Club monthly picks in their own time, and then discuss them here in the comments!   The Senior version allows for both senior students, as well as teachers and parents, and anyone else who would like to join in on the reading fun!   In September, we hope to have a Senior Book Club monthly meeting in the library!   You can see the current monthly picks by clicking on the book clubs below 🙂   There is now a ‘Book Clubs’ tab on the websites main menu 🤓✌📖

 

 

  • Reading Reps MeetingAs well as consolidating all of the Parent Reading Habits survey information (see below), our Reading Reps decided on a new theme for the month.   So moving on from Mystery Month, we are now into Fantasy Month!  🦄🦄🦄🦄 Look out for fantasy posters around the school, and come check out a fantasy book from the library!  Take a look at the fantasy options on the library’s online catalogue heretumblr_static_tumblr_static_filename_640.gif
    •  Parent Reading Habits Survey results
      It turns out that parents of OLS students love to read :)~58% of those surveyed read on a daily basis. The other 42% varied between, every few days, once a week or less often.
      ~61% prefer to read in the evening, while 29% like to read at any opportunity!
      ~55% spend around 30 minutes reading at a time, while 30% read for an hour or more, and the rest 20 minutes or less.
      ~Fiction, biographies, and specifically crime fiction and mysteries are the most popular types of books with OLS parents!
      ~And finally, from the MANY listed favourite books, the most common ones were ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zuzak, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen, and ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins.Well done to the parents for even deciding on favourites, we know how hard it is! Thank you so much for taking part in the survey, and a very well done to the Reading Reps for carrying out the survey and for tallying the results! 🤓📖✌

 

  • CBI Shadowing Scheme – BOTYA-2017-A3-PosterDelighted to report that the shadowing of the CBI Book Awards books is going brilliantly!  Everyone seems to be particularly enjoying ‘The Call’ by Peadar O’ Guilin.   As well as that we have some secret and exciting news regarding the Shadowing Scheme that we will soon be able to share with everyone! 😎

 

 

 

  • Monthly Book Review Competitiontenor This Friday is the deadline for April’s Book Review Competition (where did April go?!) To enter you just need to review any book and give it a star rating out of five. Then email your review to librarian@olschool.ie to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token! Get writing! 💸💸💸

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CBI Book of the Year Awards Shadowing Scheme 2017 📖🤓❤

Our Book Club are delighted to be part of the CBI Book Awards Shadowing Scheme this year!  Established in 2005, the CBI Shadowing Scheme is a unique programme for schools and libraries, designed to encourage awareness and enjoyment of the CBI Book of the Year Awards. 😊

How it works

Each of our Book Club members will read at least two of the choices (which are age appropriate!) by the 10th of May. Up until then we will discuss how our reading is going, and pair up with readers on the same book to discuss them more in depth and to avoid spoilers for others! On the 10th of May, we will each give the books we have read a number of marks out of 100. We will then average the marks for each book and fill out our special CBI Book Awards Ballot Sheet and send it back! It will be very exciting to see if any of our favourites end up getting the Children’s Choice Award! 🤓

Another extremely exciting aspect of being a part of the Shadowing Scheme is that by returning our votes by the 12th of May, we will be in with a chance of attending the CBI Book of the Year Awards ceremony in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre on 23rd May as part of International Literature Festival Dublin!! Book nerds unite! 😂✌🤓📖

CBI will announce the Children’s Choice Award during the official prize ceremony in May. The shadowing groups alone choose the Children’s Choice winner so every vote counts! Look out for CBI’s Q&A with shortlisted authors and illustrators on Instagram (@kidsbooksirel) and check out their YouTube channel (CBI-Childrens’ Books Ireland) for lots more.

You can read more about the CBI Awards here

Anybody who is not currently in Book Club, but who would like to be part of the Shadowing Scheme can come and join us on Wednesdays for the 2nd half of lunch! We have books and biscuits! 📖🍪

Here is this years shortlist from which we have chosen four titles to read

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The four titles chosen by Book Club are:

The Call

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by Peadar O’ Guilín

This YA novel is my mashup of the darker parts of Irish mythology and classic survival stories.

‘Your people drove them out of their homes. Thousands of years later they turn up again – and they’re gonna wipe you out.’

THREE MINUTES…

On her birthday, Nessa finds out the terrible truth about her home in Ireland – the truth that will change her future forever.

TWO MINUTES…

That she and her friends must train for the most dangerous three minutes of their lives:

THE CALL.

ONE MINUTE…

That any day now, without warning, they will each wake in a terrifying land, alone and hunted, with a one in ten chance of returning alive.

And it is Nessa, more than anyone, who is going to need every ounce of the guts, wit, and sheer spirit she was born with, if she – and the nation – are to survive.

Suitable for 14+

Published by : David Fickling Books

 

 

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Plain Jane

by Kim Hood

Jane has lived in the shadow of her sister Emma’s illness for over three years; her life is a never ending monotony of skipping school and long bus rides to the hospital, and her love life is not exactly setting the world on fire.

She feels like she’s stuck in neutral, until she meets Farley, who sees the world –  and Jane – differently. He may just be the person she can count on when things get tough. A heart-breaking novel about dark times, family and – just maybe – love.

Suitable for 12+

Published by : The O’ Brien Press

 

 

The Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible the ministryThings by Paul Gamble

The Ministry of SUITs is a novel full of adventure, hilarity, heroism and …pirates, The Ministry of SUITs tells the story of a secret Ministry hidden away in the far reaches of the Ulster Museum in Belfast. It deals with all the strange, unusual and impossible things in the world, the things we don’t want to have to think about or deal with as perfectly-normal-thank-you-very-much people: ancient monsters, wild animals, pirates, aliens and much more. Some people are born to work in the Ministry, and 12-year-old Jack is one of those people. Endlessly curious, perhaps to a level that might be called nosy, Jack finds himself and his frenemy Trudy as the Ministry’s newest recruits. And their first mission? To find out where all the school oddbods are disappearing to…

Suitable for 10+

Published by: Little Island Books

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by Deirdre O’ Sullivan

‘I would like to make things beautiful, but a tawdry and repulsive kind of beauty. A braver sort than people have from birth. Sexy zombies on a bicep. That sort of thing.’ Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and embroider skin with beautiful images. But for now she’s just trying to reach adulthood without falling apart. Powerful, poetic and disturbing, Needlework is a girl’s meditation on her efforts to maintain her bodily and spiritual integrity in the face of abuse, violation and neglect.

Suitable for 15+

Published by: Little Island Books
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February’s Book Review Competition Winner! 🤓📖✨🤑

February’s Book Review Competition winner is Aoife Doyle in P1!

CONGRATULATIONS AOIFE! You have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!

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Here’s her winning book review:

Hunger by Michael Grant

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Book review by: Aoife Doyle

Title: Hunger

Author: Michael Grant

Series: This book is the second book in the ‘Gone’ series.

Setting: This book is set in a place called Perdido beach in California. Perdido beach is on the coast of California and attracted many surfers before the FAYZ began.

The main characters: the main characters are Sam the leader of the good side and has the ability to shoot burning light from his hands that could kill someone, Caine the leader of the bad side and Sam’s long lost brother and has Telekinesis powers, Astrid is Sam’s girlfriend and a bit of a genius ,Drake is a bad guy who has a whip hand that cuts through your skin leaving ripped up flesh and Diana who is Caine’s girlfriend(sort of) and has the power to power read and see what your power is.

What is the FAYZ: The FAYZ stands for ‘fallout alley youth zone’. It is a circular dome around the Perdido beach town, the centre of which is the nuclear power plant which may have potentially caused the FAYZ. Kids up to the age of 15 live in this town. The FAYZ consists of only kids as all the adults and kids over 15 ‘blinked’ out or ‘left’ when it occurred first. Sam and his brother Caine were the first people not to leave when they turned 15. Many more have stopped themselves from leaving the FAYZ by following instruction from Sam. Some characters develop powers in the FAYZ and use them to fight the good/bad guys.

Why I liked this book: I liked this book because I thought it was very descriptive and had a lot of action in it. It described everyone’s powers very well. It also described the setting very well and I could picture everything very clearly. It was full of action and was a real page turner.

Rating: I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people who have an interest in fictional and action books presumably 12 to 15 year olds.

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Thanks Aoife, what a great review!! Michael Grant’s Gone series is hugely popular in the library 📖🤓📖🤓📖🤓📖

The deadline for next months competition is M📖onday 27th March so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to librarian@olschool.ie for a chance to win €10 book token! 🤑📖

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Monthly Book Review Competition! ✌📙

January’s Book Review Competition deadline is Monday 30th January. Any student can enter, and all you have to do is write a review of any book you like, give it a star rating out of five stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and then email it to librarian@olschool.ie to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token!

Since we started running this competition we have had 6 students win a book token! 👏🎉

Julie Traynor in P2

Ava Moore in L2

Ambereen Zafar in B5 (who won it twice! 👍)

Connie Heather in B2

Saffron Ralph in L1

and most recently Ava Power in P1!

The next winner could be YOU! 😊

Take a look at the books with winning reviews so far, and you can read the reviews by clicking here


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