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This is a page to blether (chat) with the Teachers’ Reading Challenge community. We invite you to share reading experiences and great reads to inspire others.

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We have loved taking a peek at your reviews and want to share our favourites for other teachers to read and take inspiration from! Keep your eyes peeled for our top picks so far…

We are working hard on creating a separate reviews page where will share as many reviews as we can. In the meantime, we would love for you to copy and paste your thoughts and recommendations onto this message board and get talking about the books you’re reading.

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Zoe – TRC Team

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Zoe Sadler

Title: Lark
Author: Anthony McGowan
Recommended for: readers with dyslexia

“Excellent book from Barrington Stoke (so dyslexia friendly and just 110 pages). Tells the story of two brothers who get lost on the moors. Beautifully written – moments of almost poetic tenderness mixed with the everyday voices of two teen boys and their tough life experiences so far as they struggle to survive when a blizzard catches them unprepared.”

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Zoe Sadler

Title: The Star Outside my Window
Author: Onjali Q. Rauf
Good for discussing: domestic violence
Top tip: “would need sensitive reading in a whole class setting”

“An absolute triumph of a book. This is a book that will stay with you. A book of bravery, friendship, family, hope and absolute heartbreak. I absolutely sobbed. Rauf’s crusade to raise awareness of domestic violence and the irreparable scars it leaves in families needs applauding. Very brave to turn a personal tragedy into a campaign to help others. A book that would need sensitive reading in a whole class setting.”

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Zoe Sadler

Again a huge thank you to Onjali was tackling this very taboo subject!

Sonyia in Paris
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This is one of those books that will stay with me forever. It is in every way a must read book. It must be read to increase awareness of this often hidden subject. Onjali has created a shared language, that will empower children and adults alike who finding themselves struggling in this situation to find their voice and have their story heard. It is quite simply stunning!

Hippychick849
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Title: The Goldfish Boy
Author: Lisa Thompson
Recommended for: Y5/6+
Good for discussing: OCD and anxiety

“Heartbreaking and heartwarming in equal measure. Makes you realise what a debilitating condition OCD is. Loved the main character and was with him all the way. A very useful book to recommend to children with anxiety issues in Years 5, 6 and upwards. And a real page turner. I was just dying to know who took the boy!”

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Zoe Sadler

This sounds great. I loved All The Things That Could Go Wrong by Stewart Foster so think I will love this, too

karentulloch
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We invite you to add a book, then leave a rating and a review (you will be instructed to do this once your completed book has been added). This book will then be logged against your reading goal. You will be able to access your reviews through your personal profile at any time. By adding books and reaching your goal, your completers badge and certificate will be activated! You can also copy your review into your downloadable diary if you wish.

If you decide to log a book and leave a review you can also copy your review into the blether/message board. This way you can read each other’s reviews and comment, starting interesting discussions with the Teachers’ Reading Challenge community.

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Title: The Boy at the Back of the Class
Author: Onjali Q. Rauf
Recommended for: KS2
Good for discussing: the refugee crisis

“I would recommend this book to any KS2 class to gain an understanding of the refugee crisis and the ”long-word">responsibilities we have as global citizens. It has great PSHE themes of friendship, loss and family."

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Zoe Sadler

Totally! Such an important and accessible book

karentulloch
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I absolutely love this book. Onjali is such a relevant author, bringing difficult topics to the fore front – making them accessible to young readers.

Sonyia in Paris
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Hugely popular with our Year 4 and up.

mrshdalereads
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Title: The Closest Things to Flying
Author: Gill Lewis
Recommended for: Y5/6
Good for discussing: racism, feminism, domestic violence

“Lovely story which cleverly charts the lives of two girls a hundred years apart. The plot covers some challenging issues such as racism, feminism and domestic violence but in an age appropriate and accessible way. Would recommend to children in Y5 and Y6.”

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Zoe Sadler

Title: The Somerset Tsunami
Author: Emma Carroll
Recommended for: 9-12 year olds
Top tip: read alongside lessons on the King James I witch hunts

“A gripping fictional tale based on true life events – the flooding of Somerset and the King James I witch hunts of the early 17th century. Fortune – the protagonist – is bold, brave and adventurous – everything a reader wants in their heroine. Having recently read The Mercies, by Kiran Millwood Hargrove, I was struck by the similarities of the events – a village of women, extreme weather events, witch hunts. A brilliant read – perfect for 9-12 year olds.”

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Zoe Sadler

I haven’t read The Mercies but I love Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s writing and I loved The Somerset Tsunami – I think it needs adding to be mound of books to read!

ClaireWilliams_1990
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Title: Troofriend
Author: Kirsty Applebaum
Recommended for: Year 5+
Good for discussing: bullying and friendship

“An easy read for y5+ that introduces some really interesting philosophical and ethical ideas. A great introduction to the sci-fi realism genre 👍 Also deals with bullying and the importance of friendship and being brave enough to say sorry.”

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Zoe Sadler