Friday, 8 November 2019

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks have just finished reading 'Witch Wars'.  It is the first book in a series written by Sibeal Pounder and proved very popular.  Younger members of the group read 'The Gunpowder Plot - a time for treason' written by Ann Turnbull.  It is a really exciting story about two girls called Eliza and Lucy who are living in London during the reign of James 1.  We had lots of activities including quizzes, wordsearches and colouring sheets.  At the end we all really enjoyed making 'witch' bookmarks.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

We love Justice!

We had a great first Chatterbooks meeting after the Summer. Everyone was excited to share their summer news, but all of us were really excited about the book that we'd read over the Summer holiday. "A Girl Called Justice" by Elly Griffiths was a universal hit with everyone.
Lots of us had asked for murder mystery stories and we have read some which have received mixed reviews. This one however, was one of our most popular books, with a thumbs up from everyone.
The book is set in the 1930's when Justice is sent to boarding school for the very first time, after the death of her mum. The school is remote and rather eery and Justice's detective skills are challenged from the very beginning. It's one of those books that keeps you guessing, with lots of plot twists all the way, right through to the end.

The author Elly Griffiths has a family connection to Weybridge and so we did some group research, to see if we could find out about the school that Elly's mum went to locally, which the school in the book, Highbury House, is based on. We found some pictures of it in local history books and read about its history. It has been closed for a long time as a school, but the building can still be seen in Weybridge. Here it is in the picture below and you can see the tower, exactly as it is described in the book when Justice goes around the school looking for clues!

All of us agreed that Elly Griffiths has written a really enjoyable and exciting book which we would recommend! @EllyGriffithsAuthor @quercusbooks  Nan Lawson  hachettechildrens

Our next read is "Time Travelling With a Hamster" by Ross Welford. It's an exciting adventure story, which we are looking forward to reading. You can catch up with what we thought about the book in our next blog.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

In September, the younger members of our group read Lucy Longwhiskers by Daisy Meadows. It is the first book in the popular series of Magic Animal Friends. We also read The Cherry Pie Princess by Vivian French and our main discussion centred around this book. After establishing the main characters and storyline of the book we wrote book reviews for our new display. Everyone enjoyed the book that they read and would thoroughly recommend them. There is a fantastic audio copy of The Cherry Pie Princess read by Vivian french herself on our catalogue.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

Chatterbooks at Haslemere Library have now completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge. To celebrate, we made starcatchers. Everyone brought along one of their favourite books from the summer holidays to recommend. Popular books included The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton, Swallowdale by Arthur Ransome, The Case of the Feathered Mask by Holly Webb, The Cafe at the Edge of the Moon by Francesca Simon, The Troublesome Tiger by Tamsyn Murray, Amazing Esme and the Pirate Circus by Tamara Mcfarlane and Roald Dahl's Matilda's how to be a genius... by Quentin Blake.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Weybridge Chatter Books

Our last two books have given us some mixed reviews. In May, we read "The Boy Who Flew" by Fleur Hitchcock. We all agreed that the book had some really interesting characters. Some who were obvious heroes and some who were particularly scary. This meant that there were quite a number of unexpected twists in the book, which draw the main figure, Athan Wilde into some perilous situations. Through a series of dangerous adventures, that often leave the reader on the edge of their seat, Athan is able to triumph.  Most of our group enjoyed this book and thought that it was well written and would recommend it to other readers.

In June we read another, quite different book. "The Boy at the Back of the Class" is written by Onjali Q. Rauf and is a story about a 9 year old boy called Ahmet who is a refugee. This book prompted quite a lot of discussion in our group about what it actually means to be a refugee and there were some mixed reviews as to whether the book captured how that must feel.
We read a very powerful piece of prose by Khaled Hosseini "Sea Prayer" and talked about our own experiences of meeting, or knowing refugees.

During the Summer holiday, we will be reading "A Girl called Justice". This is a book by Elly Griffiths, who writes adult crime fiction. Our group likes mystery and adventure, so we are looking forward to reading about what it is that Justice gets up to when she goes away to school. Have a fun Summer, whatever you're reading!!!

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Haslemere Library Chatterbooks

During July, Chatterbooks at Haslemere Library are reading The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton and The No.1 Car Spotter Fights the Factory  by Atinuke. On Saturday, as well as quizzes and wordsearches, we registered for this year's Summer Reading Challenge - Space Chase and decorated the library with Space Chase bunting.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Reigate Chatterbooks have just had their last meeting before the summer break. We have just read a variety of books that were made into films and had a lively discussion about what was best book or film ?