Book cover for The Jamie Drake Equation, by Christopher Edge

Book Review: The Jamie Drake Equation

Jamie Drake’s dad is famous. He’s an astronaut, and he’s currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station, about 400kms above the planet’s surface. Soon he will launch a series of tiny interstellar probes, which will search the galaxy for signs of alien life. What could possibly go wrong? Back on earth, Jamie misses […]

To school librarians, public libraries, librarian knights, custodians of our culture, you taught me well. I'll never forget you.

Chris Riddell and the Campaign for School Libraries

Libraries are having a hard time of it at the moment. The plight of public libraries is well documented, and it breaks my heart. As much as they may want to, however, the government cannot just close public libraries willy nilly. Thanks to the Public Libraries and Museums act of 1964, Public Libraries are protected […]

Skull on a book

Halloween Special: The Unread

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, the leaves are turning and the shops are full of pumpkins. Which can only mean that Halloween is here! To celebrate, here's a short, creepy library-set story I wrote a couple of years ago while taking part in the FutureLearn/Open University MOOC, Start Writing Fiction. […]

EPQ Update

Just a short one today to post an update on the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) course I blogged about in February. Quick recap: the EPQ is a mini-dissertation research project, usually offered to A-Level students to help prepare them for University. For the first time last year, our school offered it to a handful of […]

A Newbie's Reflections on School Library Inductions

This time last year, I had to teach 300 children (ten classes of around thirty) how to use a library. I’d never done it before. I had only a vague idea of what I needed to do, and no idea about what the best way to go about it was. Fortunately, I didn’t have to […]

World Book Day Fest 2016

Surviving Your First World Book Day as a School Librarian

Today is World Book Day. We'd been planning and organising events at school for months, and today they all happened! These are some things we did: Whole school Drop Everything And Read: everyone stops what they are doing and reads for 20 minutes. We normally do this every week, but not the whole school and […]

Book Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson

Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy. There seems to have been a bit of a glut recently of retellings of/books inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights: Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, The Wrath and The Dawn series by Renee Ahdieh, Hanan Al-Shaykh's One Thousand and One Nights and this one - […]

Young woman swamped by research

Celebrating Success

I thought I'd follow up the recent "learning from failures" post with one celebrating a recent success. I am a librarian at a secondary school with pupils between the ages of 11-16. This means that my role involves much less information literacy responsibility than it would for a school that included A-level students (16-18). And […]

Book Review: They're Not Like Us, Vol. 1 - Eric Stephenson

They're Not Like Us, Vol. 1: Black Holes for the Young by Eric Stephenson My rating: 3 of 5 stars Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy. They're Not Like Us is a kind of super-anti-hero comic, focusing on a group of young adults (teens to 30s?) with various psychic abilities (such as reading thoughts, […]

Book Review: The Haunting - Alex Bell

The Haunting by Alex Bell My rating: 3 of 5 stars 17 year old Emma (accompanied by her disability assistant dog Bailey) sneaks off from her overprotective parents to visit her sick and elderly grandmother in the Cornish village where, 7 years earlier, she had lost the use of her legs in an accident in […]