Here is the first of the Extended Essays written last term by Transition Year pupils, this excellent one being by Alex Owens. She writes:-
"The theme which I have chosen for my extended essay is Racism and Relationships. The three books that I choose for the essay are The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Jupiter Williams by S.I Martin and The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi. I have chosen racism as my theme purely because of one book I read over the summer which was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I loved this book because of the way the author herself wrote it and the plot behind it. How these young boys see their father defending a black man for alleged rape towards a white women. You see their views on it and what they think of it even as young boys. The way in which black people were associated back then interests me a lot. It is the first book which I really got a taste of what life was like for coloured people and how they really were treated. I decided to build my essay around the theme of racism because I enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird so much and I want to explore other books like it."
Read Alex's full essay here.