MSM READS & Library Lovers’ List 26th October

Our last MSM READS for the year takes place this Friday during extended Home Room time, which coincides with Spooky Stories Week. We’ve been enjoying reading the entries in our MSM READS competition where students have been asked to write a “Spooky Story” of no more than 50 words.

Here are our latest Staff Picks and Library Lovers’ List.


Our Junior Fiction Pick is Blink and you die, the finale in the Ruby Redfort series by  Lauren Child. This is a classic detective novel following the style of many previous girl-detective stories like Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. The gripping story lines and endearing cast of characters have managed to hold our attention right to the end. If you’ve enjoyed this series, we recommend the Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt or Every breath by Ellie Marney.


Our second recommendation is The cursed child, a play written by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Diehard Harry Potter fans have been waiting for something like this but does it live up to expectations? Well the answer is yes and no. For a start this is a play and it reads well and secondly, while it draws on characters from the original story it is its own creature. On the plus side the dialogue is often funny and the narrative delves more deeply into the relationships between the characters. We’ve all wondered what would happen to Harry and his friends but did we need that question answered? Is this just a fan fiction aberration or a genuine addition to the Harry Potter legacy? As you can see there are more questions than answers.

  Title Author Genre Call No.
The Cursed child Thorne, Jack Rowling, J.K Fantasy : Play F THO
Spain or shine Jellen, Michelle Travel F STU
Blue dog De Bernieres, Louis Animals F DEB
Blink and you die : Ruby Redfort (bk 6) Child, Lauren  


The secret diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old Groen, Hendrik Comedy F GRO
The Joyce girl Abbs, Annabel Relationships F ABB
Leave me Forman, Gayle Family F FOR

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