Student Reader of the Month for April

Calum . . . . . .  Year 7

How often do you like to read?

“I like to read every day, whenever I have a spare moment. It feels great coming home from a long day and just being able to sit down, relax and read.”

What do you like to read?

“I like to read humorous but also sometimes dark and mysterious books. Humour is great to have in a book or story because it lightens my mood whenever I read one. Mysterious books are great because they entrance me and I can never seem to put them down.”

List one book that has left a lasting impression on you and explain why it’s memorable. . . . .

“It would have to be “Wonder” by R.J.Palacio because it showed me a life from a very different angle. When I read it I start thinking like August (the main character) and I start feeling exactly how he feels. I can even relate to him sometimes and it makes me feel like I always have a special friend I can rely on, even though he’s in a book!

 

 

 

Staff Reader of the Month for April

Jane Milton . . . . English and EAL teacher at SSC since 2008

How often do you like to read?

“Almost every day. ”

What do you like to read?

“Lots of different stuff. Literary fiction. Young Adult fiction, Classics.”

List one book that has left a lasting impression on you and explain why it’s memorable.

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt is still my favourite book . Despite doing a lot of other nerdy English teacher reading since I read it. It’s as poignant a coming-of-age story as “Catcher in the Rye” but with the edginess of “Trainspotting” thrown in. Some of the characters (like the mental Russian, Boris) and the beautiful motif of the goldfinch painting will stick with me forever. What more could you ask for? Perhaps just enough of “Girl with a Pearl Earring” to get you dreaming about doing an arts degree? You got it. Tartt delivers it all. An absolutely cracking read. Don’t be put off by its length, you’ll barely notice it. But be warned: while reading “The Goldfinch” you may neglect your other responsibilities. The philosophical resolution will keep you musing for a while afterwards too  . . . “