Book prizes

#SummerReading

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The recent hot weather* has prompted thoughts of the long summer break.

With a week to go, it is not too soon to be thinking about your #summerreading and here are some thoughts to help.

Our first suggestions come from Mr Cleary. Andrew Rawnsley is the author of both The End of the Party : the rise and fall of New Labour and Servants of the People : the inside story of New Labour. Given recent comment on the style of our current Prime Minister, it is interesting to read of Tony Blair that:

“He was the most accomplished communicator of his era, a talent not to be dismissed in the age of 24/7 media where a leader is constantly on show. At times of national drama or international crisis, he displayed a high facility for capturing public sentiment and weaving it into the political narrative.”

The End of the Party : the rise and fall of New Labour

Stepping away from politics and into the realm of magical reality we suggest Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. This is a beautiful story featuring characters one can empathize with, just the right amount of magic, some funny bits and a Dog That Sleeps in the Lane:

“…Finn turned down the lane to Petey’s house, expecting to see the Dog That Sleeps in the Lane, but it seemed that the Dog also had other business, because the lane was empty.”

Bone Gap

Also recommended is The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. This historical novel has appeared on a number of book prize lists and won at the Nibbies (British Book Awards) this year.

“In a Circle Line carriage, westbound, fitful lights showed The Times had nothing happy to report, and in the aisle a bag spilled damaged fruit. There was the scent of rain on raincoats, and among the passengers, sunk in his upturned collar, Dr Luke Garrett was reciting the parts of the human heart.”

The Essex Serpent

Mr Fletcher offers this:

My recommendation for a great summer read is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s the story of Theo who, aged thirteen, loses his mother in an explosion in an art gallery in New York. As he escapes from the smoke and confusion he impulsively steals a painting, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius. He keeps the stolen painting secret whilst growing up but gradually as he gets older the theft sees him drawn into a series of encounters with the criminal underworld. This is a lengthy novel but is gripping from the start and is great to read whilst sitting on a beach or by a pool on a long summer’s day.

Here’s the Trinity Schools Book Award shortlist for 2018 video for more ideas:

http://tsba.edublogs.org/2017/06/06/trinity-school-book-award-2018/

*Obvs the warm weather has not lasted but you can read come rain or shine.

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Excelsior!

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The winner is Lois and Clark!

Second was Captain America and third Shuriken and Pleats.

JABBICA went to Audubon.

Currently Lois and Clark and Captain America are out on loan but the other two books are on display in the Graphic Novels section.

Winner 2017
JABBICA Winner 2017

It’s been busy

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Lent has been a busy time here in the Wodehouse Library.

Year 11s spent two of their wellbeing lessons with us learning about plagiarism avoidance using the study skills books and the Encyclopedia Britannica online resource.

Year 9 boys also visited the library for two lessons to work on their history projects. During these lessons boys used Ormiston (the Dulwich College Register) and the Dulwich College War Record, Ancestry.com and other online resources to research an OA who was killed during World War 1.

This year’s Free Learning Day for year 10 saw the Library and Archives team up to deliver 5 sessions exploring Christopher Marlowe’s connections to Dulwich College, conspiracy theories, fake news and fact-checking.

As part of the Trinity Schools Group, Dulwich College hosted the TSBA ceremony which saw author Stewart Foster win with his novel Bubble Boy.

We’ve maintained the usual displays of fiction and non-fiction in and around the library, added new stock and been glad of the continued help of prefects and pupil librarians with on-going weeding and tidying projects. We’re looking forward to seeing both boys and staff over the next few days choosing holiday reading!

Have a great Easter break, everyone, and see you in the Summer Term.

And the winner is…

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No golden envelope hiccups here at Dulwich College as the Master, Dr Joe Spence, announced Stewart Foster as winner of the Trinity Schools Book Award for 2017.

The event was live tweeted with #tsba2017 if you want to check out the Twitter photos and you can read the TSBA blog write up here

It was a great evening with lots of enthusiasm for reading and writing. Both authors, Stewart Foster and Diana Hendry (The Seeing) gave thoughtful and thought-provoking answers to the questions that the students from participating schools had submitted for the Q&A session. In particular we enjoyed hearing about the books which had captured their young imaginations and how hearing their characters speak helps them move the story along.

Many thanks to all the sponsors for the goody bags, the staff and pupils who helped out on the day, the authors and their teams and most of all to all the students who read the stories, voted and came along to the ceremony.

Anticipation is mounting… #tsba2017

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We can’t believe it’s nearly time to announce the winners!

And it isn’t only the authors who can anticipate being prize winners on Tuesday evening as there are also prizes for the students who submit the Best Review and the Best Creative Response to a shortlisted book.

The fun will start in the Lower Hall with refreshments before we all head up to the Great Hall for the award ceremony, starting with those student winners (good luck to all have submitted entries!).

Before the announcement of the winning book there will be an authors’ panel session at which our special guests will answer questions. After the winner has been revealed and the applause has died down there’ll be a chance to meet the authors, pick up a goody bag* and take a look at all the creative responses which will be on display in the Lower Hall.

So, here as promised, are the remaining shortlisted books (again, no clues here for the winner):

There Will Be Lies, by Nick Lake

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She Is Not Invisible, by Marcus Sedgwick

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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Not If I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom

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The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness

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Many thanks to all the sponsors of the goody bags:

Faber & Faber, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Penguin Random House, Quercus Children’s Books, Simon and Schuster, Walker Books, and Browns Books for Students.

Not long now…

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The Trinity Schools Book Award Prize Ceremony will be held at Dulwich College on Tuesday 7th March 2017.

There are 7 books on the TSBA shortlist and there have been some marvellous creative responses to them from students in all the schools participating in the awards voting.

Over the next week, we’ll feature each of the books (in no particular order so there’ll be no hint as to the winner!).

The Seeing by Diana Hendry

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You can find some reviews which have been posted to the TSBA blog here

Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster

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More reviews from the TSBA blog here

Look out for more over the next few days 🙂

We are reading

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With Christmas approaching, the TBR pile needs some attention!

Here are our current reads:

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Mrs Judet
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Ms McGuinness
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Mrs Stein
Mr Fletcher
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When you’re in the Wodehouse over the next week be sure to check out the displays featuring serpents, snakes and Orson Scott Card. The new non-fiction gets a bit more space after the Study Skills books were shifted to the Reference Section and, as usual, new fiction items are handily placed just inside the Inner Room.

On the Issue Desk we’re showcasing the TSBA shortlist for 2017 which takes the senses as its theme:

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not-if-i-see-you-firstknife-of-never-letting-go

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We’re looking forward to hosting the prize ceremony here at Dulwich College next March so watch this space for more news about that. In the meantime, enjoy reading the books!