Tuesday, October 09, 2007

TY Extended Essay Reading

Over the next couple of weeks we'll be posting lots of book recommendations by our Transition Year pupils, who are currently well into the reading part of their Extended Essay projects.

Sophie Kyd-Rebenburg has read Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses :- 'I really like the story-line. It's about a boy and a girl who grow up together being best friends, but as their childhood comes to an end, realize that they have developed a much stronger relationship - love. The problem is, Calem is a Nought and Sephy is a Cross, and their families hate each other ... It's an interesting and enjoyable book because it shows that love is always there, no matter how big the difference between skin colour and wealth is. It grabs you when there is a lot of tension and even sadness.'
(Blackman's website is here.)

Tom Guinness has read The Old Boys, by Old Columban William Trevor : 'It is about a group of past pupils, whose school remains unknown, who form a committee called the Old Boys. Many, especially Mr Nox and Mr Jaraby, are trying to get the title of President of the Committee. This drives them to sabotage and blackmail. It also makes them partly crazy! I like the twists and turns of this book, such as Mr Turtle's proposal and his sudden death. The author portrays the emotions of the other characters very well. It is also in a setting which everyone knows well, a school.'

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