Summer Reading 2013

I’m collating a number of  summer reading suggestions as I come across them.

I’ve just discovered an excellent book review site Books Teens and Magazines. It has interesting and varied reading lists for Y9, Y10 and combines classics with the latest young adult titles.summer reading

Here’s an interesting  6th reading list from an English teacher. Based on her favourites, there are some really good suggestions here. I would particularly recommend “Pigeon English” by Stephen Kelman. Guardian review here

Here’s the intriguing infographic with summer reading ideas I put up last year. It takes you on a number of pathways according to your answers to reading preference questions.

Don’t forget the Top Ten Reads suggested by each academic department and also Mr Wayman’s Wellington 100.

Masses of inspiration from the “Lovereading4kids” website including suggestions by age and theme and helpful additional information about authors. Very useful for finding out about recently published books.

If you like gripping, thought-provoking YA fiction and  you haven’t had the opportunity to read the Carnegie Book Award Shortlist, we have copies of these excellent Young Adult books in the Library. I’m keeping quiet about the winner as we have our joint discussion and voting party on Monday lunchtime in the Library. The 3rd form scholars are welcoming Eagle House Y8S for this get-together.

Carnegie Book Prize Shadowing 2013

The Carnegie Shortlist for 2013 was announced in April and reading is underway. Join in the book chat and pick up one of the 8 shortlisted titles from the Library today! The winner is announced on 19th June.

Click on the pinterest board to view the shortlisted books.

Mrs Lunnon’s 3rd form class are shadowing the prize and all read one of the books over the Easter holiday. They have named their group “Giveitsomewelly” and have started adding their reviews to the Shadowing page. Ms Williamson’s 4th form tutor group are about to embark on the books.

Join in the debate – which is your favourite? What do you think of the shortlist?

You can tweet your comments/feedback on the books using the hashtag #ckg13

Any 3rd form who would like to join a Library Shadowing group come to a meeting at morning break tomorrow (Friday 19th).

Biscuits and drinks provided!

To get a flavour of the Books look at the book trailers on youtube:

Wonder trailer | Maggot Moon |In Darkness | Code Name Verity

Interview with Roddy Doyle about his book “Greyhound of a Girl”





Visit by Author Bali Rai, 25th February 2013

Bali Rai sharing his views on writing, censorship, the value of reading, ideas for books with a group of our 3rd form and pupils from Wellington Academy in Wiltshire.

One reaction from Kelsey who had enjoyed reading Bali’s latest book “Fire City”:

“I thought the talk was an amazing experience. It is such an honour to speak to the person that came up with the story you have just read. I thought it was great as it wasn’t too formal, and I felt comfortable chatting with Bali Rai about lots of interesting topics. He was calm and relaxed and it was a great atmosphere. You could clearly see how passionate he was, which is a great example for us to follow. A great experience- thank you so much for the opportunity!

“I enjoyed it because he didn’t bore us with the detail of the book and how he wrote it and his planning etc… It was mainly about his opinion on society and how we view it.”

“I found him very inspirational and that he had very interesting views of life.” Georgina.


“I loved his views on multiculturalism. He sees things people wouldn’t normal see and has interesting view points on racism. I’ve learnt both factual things (e.g. how we might all be from the same ancestor) and life lessons (e.g. we should not judge people based on their skin colour or family background). Bali’s life is really inspirational since he had a hard childhood but still managed to become such a well-known author. I’m impressed how Bali tackles serious issues or norms (e.g. rape, abuse, arranged marriage) most authors would rather avoid. In conclusion, I’ve really enjoyed and benefited from this talk.”


“I thoroughly enjoyed the talk from Bali Rai, this is because it put a different perspective on communities and religions than I had before and helped me realise what it is like for people living in deprived areas and how religion can control people.”


“I thought that it was great to meet the author of a book I have read, as I was able to ask him questions about why he wrote it an where he got his inspiration from and made the book seem more personal and I was able to understand it even further.”


“He had a spontaneous style of presenting which allowed for interesting and free flowing discussions.”

Tom B.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the talk with Bali Rai and listening to him answer our questions. What I thought was most interesting was seeing the books from his point of view, as the author, and the motivation behind the work he put into his books.

I enjoyed hearing about how he planned his books and how he got inspiration, which I hope will help me with my own writing in English.”


New e-books available on VLeBooks

We have recently added a selection of new titles to the VLeBooks e-book platform.VLebooks e-book catalogue

You can read the books online – via the e-Library through a browser on your laptop, PC, iPad etc.

Login with your usual wellington user name (password wellington)

App – use the VLeBooks  app on your android or iPhone or iPad. (For this you need to create an Adobe account. This is quick and easy to do just follow the instructions online)

New e-books:

  • Particularly for staff – “How to Lead” by Jo Owen
  • For Horowitz fans read his latest in the “Power of Five” series – “Oblivion” (also available in the Library in print form)
  • “15 Days without a Head” by Dave Cousins.   Nominated for the Berkshire Book Award by young people around the county. Always moving but often hilarious and peppered with surreal moments. “Fifteen-year-old Laurence Roach just wants a normal life, but it’s not easy when your mum is a depressed alcoholic, and your six-year-old brother thinks he’s a dog.”
  • From the PE Top Ten reads – Mind Games: Inspirational Lessons from the World’s Biggest Sports Stars”
  • From the Biology Top Ten list – “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins
  • Guinness Book of Records 2013
  • If Poetry a treasury of poems for almost every possibility (also available on the iPads)
  • “Alan M Turing” by Sara Turing. ” To commemorate the centenary of Turing’s birth, this re-publication of his mother’s biography is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan’s older brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography reveals tensions and sheds new light on Turing’s relationship with his family, and on the man himself.”
If you need help or more information ask the Librarians!


Bali’s Books for Christmas Reading

Calling all 3rd and 4th form

We are excited to announce that Bali Rai, writer of young adult books will be visiting us on Monday 25th February 2013. This seems a long way off now but it is the first day back after the half-term break so we need to be ready.

Bali writes thought-provoking, engrossing books and doesn’t shy away from controversial subjects. Many of his books are set in multicultural Britain. “Killing Honour” tackles the subject of honour killings and “Rani and Sukh” is an Asian version of Romeo and Juliet. His latest book “Fire City” is a very different style –  one for fantasy fans – a dystopian fantasy with teenage protaganists fighting to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

We have a good selection of his books in the library so why not take a book out for the Christmas holidays? Who wants to get out of bed on a cold winter’s day when you could just reach out a hand, grab a book and stay warm and comfortable?

Have a browse of the pinterest board to see the range of his books and come and collect one from the library. We welcome feedback and if you enjoy the book why not request to attend one of his sessions in February and hear more about his work?

If anyone wants to help organise the event – show Bali around college, plan what you want out of the sessions, introduce our author please get in touch with Mrs Atherton in the library.

Of course I don’t approve of bribery but chocolate flows freely in the library at Christmastime! Celebrations! Celebrations! Celebrations!


Just 4 days left to nominate books for World Book Night by August 31!

Read any good books over the Summer? Enthusiastic about sharing them with others? World Book Night is seeking book nominations for the 2013 list

There are only 4 days left to tell us the ten books you’d most like to see featured in World Book Night 2013 (though if you just want to nominate one or a couple that’s fine too!). We’ve had thousands of nominations already and you can see the current top 10 and the full current top 100 as it constantly evolves – what do you think of it so far?

The current WBN Top 10

  • To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  •  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  •  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  •  Birdsong  by Sebastian Faulks

See the full top 100 list here

World Book Night is a celebration of books and reading which takes place on 23rd April. 20,000 volunteers give away half a million books within their communities.


Summer Reading Suggestions

What a joy – the summer holidays – a chance to catch up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read!

Here are some places to visit for suggestions:

Top Ten Reads  For each subject you will find 10 top reads.  The lists are graduated: each subsequent read is more challenging than the last.  Start at the beginning and aim to read all 10.  Each menu also suggests some journals or magazines you might find interesting, particularly if you are thinking of reading that subject at university.

Here’s a fun infographic on summer reading ideas. Follow the flowchart to explore a mix of classics and contemporary books, fiction and non-fiction. 101 book suggestions.


Read online: Browse the Public Library online shelves from the e-library and read an e-book.


Here is our Delicious Book Recommendation stack – plenty of book ideas, reviews, author interviews and book trailers to inspire you.




One for the boys  – one of the links in our Book Stack is the website “Literature for Lads” – crammed with reading ideas and reviews.