Reading Writes of Passage

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As you know here in the Wodehouse Library we’ve been celebrating World Book Day all week and this post highlights some of the titles included on the Writes of Passage – 50 books that will change your life compilation.

The Writes of Passage titles have been nominated by young people and adults:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
    • how could we not highlight 1984 from this list when it topped our loan chart for the whole of Michaelmas Term? Part of our 42 collection for Middle School boys, there are a couple of copies available right now and John, a Year 9 boy who’s already read it, pithily describes it as: “Intensely dark, grim, good.”
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    • another Year 9 boy, Ben, says of this book: “Dystopian and terrifying…” There are 2 copies currently available of this award winning title and you can find more reviews of it from the Literary Reference Centre, available via the e-resources menu on MyDulwich
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams & Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
    • both feature in the ‘Books that will make you laugh’ category of Writes of Passage. Shamil, Year 10, describes Heller’s story as: “Deathly humorous tale set during World War II…based around Captain Yossarian attempting to avoid to fly another life-threatening mission. Highly recommended!”
  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
    • very popular amongst our readers here at Dulwich College. According to Hammad, Year 11, “Great fun to read, also it tells you a lot of information about Ancient Greeks and Romans. Interesting!”
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • another Year 11 boy, Jacob, writes of this 42 title: “amazing historical context” and you’ll discover an absorbing essay reflecting Jacob’s short review by searching the Literary Encyclopedia (available via the e-resources menu on MyDulwich)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    • listed in the ‘Books that will make you cry’ category and also on 42 this is about friendship and betrayal, coming of age and consequences
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
    • topical as Dulwich College is about to host a lecture by OA Dr Karel Sikora called ‘Cancer: A Disease of Our Time’, this title deals with illness and relationships. Very moving
  • Gone by Michael Grant & Divergent by Veronica Roth
    • 2 series that are very popular with DC boys are included in the ‘Books that will thrill you’ category. “Full of twists, page turner. Shows what kids would do with no adults” according to Krishshan of Year 11.

With thanks to the Book Club boys for the reviews mentioned in this post.



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