Pat had been best friends with Joe Murphy since they were kids. But years ago they had a fight. A big one, and they haven’t spoken since – till the day before Joe’s funeral. What? On the day before his funeral Joe would be dead, wouldn’t he? Yes, he would…
The kingdom of the Six Duchies is on the brink of civil war when news breaks that the crown prince has fathered a bastard son and is shamed into abdication. The child’s name is Fitz, and his is despised.
Raised in the castle stables, only the company of the king’s fool, the ragged children of the lower city and his unusual affinity with animals provide Fitz with any comfort.
To be useful to the crown, Fitz is trained as an assassin; and to use the traditional magic of the Farseer family. But his tutor, allied to another political faction, is determined to discredit, even kill him. Fitz must survive: for he may be destined to save the kingdom.
I am passionate about reading and have spent over 25 years encouraging pupils and staff to read for pleasure. I was recently successful in my bid to the Reading Agency to become a World Book Night volunteer. I was sent 26 copies of 2 books which will be available to members of the public on the 23rd of April. Marks and Spencer and Costa Coffee in Kilmarnock both kindly agreed to host this event, in a bid to encourage people who do not normally read or own a book to pick up and enjoy a book! The public will be able to pick up one of the books below from the cafes and take it home to enjoy and pass on.
As part of the East Ayrshire Spring Read, Grange Academy hosted a vist from Metaphrog, a team of graphic illustrators. Metaphrog spoke to Councillor Primrose, pupils and staff from;-
Metaphrog explained how very often over 100 people can work together to create one graphic novel and took pupil on a "journey" through the creative drawing process.
The event prove very successful and Grange Academy pupils commented;-
To support Book Week Scotland and foster a postive ethos of reading in school. I asked all staff, teaching and support staff to wear a "I am reading" sticker on Friday the 28th of November. This allowed both staff and pupils to be introduced to new authors or genres. They have never come across before!
A BIG THANK YOU to all staff who wore their badges and a display will be available in the library soon, promoting all the books.
Thank you to the Scottish Book Trust who invited over 50 of our S1 pupils to an author visit by Phil Earle. Phil spoke about how "stories surround us" How something as simple as a photograph or the door you walk by every day can provide inspiration for a story. He confessed when he was growing up. He wasn't really into reading, apart from Batman comics, "Roy of the Rovers" and "Flat Stanley." Until when he was working in a bookshop he had to read childrens' books. He sat down with "angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging" and
This inspired him to start reading and described "hole" by Louis Sachar as
He was inspired to start writing and and wrote "saving Daisy" and "being Billy" about kids which had the spirit and the determination not to end up like their family.
Phil talked about "heroic." Which is based upon two brothers. Jammy, the eldest, is fighting in Afghanistan and his younger brother Sonny is getting into trouble at home. The book talks about brotherhood and what would you do to keep someone in your life safe.
This event has been running from 2007 and takes place in secondary schools throughout East Ayrshire. Heats are held in each school to choose the final team and the substitutes. This will take place on Thursday the 28th May. During their English periods, all of S1 will take part in the Readers' Cup semi-final to choose a team of four, two girls and two boys, and 2 substitutes. Each team member and substitute will be allowed to take a friend to support them. Go Grange go!!!!!
After a close competition and nail-biting finish Grange Academy came 5th. Thanks to generous donations from:-
Our goody bags were magnificent this year!
Thanks to Mr. Willetts (Librarian, Cumnock Academy) who hosted the event and Miss Black (Librarian, Kilmarnock Academy) who organised the event.
The competition was won by Doon Academy in a close fought contest against 5 other secondary schools (Auchinleck, Cumnock, Kilmarnock, Grange and St Joseph’s). The winners and runners up (Kilmarnock Academy) received vouchers from Blackwells online and goodie bags and audience prizes were graciously donated by Blackwells, Waterstones in Ayr, WH Smith and the East Ayrshire school librarians.
S1 pupils at Grange Academy were delighted to take part in the public librarys' Imprint Festival. Cathy Macphail spoke about her book "Mosi's war" which is short-listed for the Scottish Book Trust Award. This was inspired by a newspaper clipping Cathy read on people living illegally under false passports. The story is based around a teenage immigrant who recognises a local man as a warlord from his former home.
Cathy also discussed how she gets her inspiration from everything around her. She encouraged pupils to explore the environment around them and imagine what spooky things could happen. Pupils enjoyed and imagined flickering lights, falling books and creepy hands.....
She also suggested some wonderful opening lines for a story.....
Favourite books as a child;-