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Ealing Teen Read 2019

Ealing Teen Read 2019 (01)Nineteen of our Year 9 students have been taking part in the Ealing Teen Read since November.  This event, organised by Hounslow School Library Service for Ealing secondary schools, aims to encourage reading for pleasure.  Students read a shortlist of six thought-provoking novels for teenagers chosen by Ealing secondary school librarians.  Between the Launch event and the Grand Final, there are four months to read the books.  Then, participating schools vote for their favourite.  The winning book is announced at a Grand Final in March.

Ealing Teen Read 2019 (02)This year’s host school was Brentside High School.  We travelled there on 7th November for the Launch event.  Students enjoyed a talk given by popular teen author, Patrice Lawrence, before learning which books were on the shortlist. This year, students got to read about a teenage girl in danger of radicalisation, a boy coping with his brother being on Death Row, a Jewish spy in Nazi Germany, a spiritual quest, a thriller about corruption set in a tower block and a disturbing mystery involving maths, murder and mental health.

The Grand Final took place on Thursday 21st March.  Guest author at the Final was Will Hill.  Our students enjoyed hearing him speak about his books and his life as a writer.  Will’s book, ‘After the Fire’, inspired by the Waco siege of 1993, won the Ealing Teen Read 2019 (03)Ealing Teen Read last year.  Before getting an opportunity to buy signed copies of Will’s books and have photographs taken with him, the author announced this year’s winning book - I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan.  Our students enjoyed reading this book, written by a London maths teacher.  They were engaged by the topical subject matter of teenagers being groomed by terrorists.  Hamda was particularly pleased that this book had won as it was her favourite on the shortlist.  Ahmad also voted for the book because it “talks about society’s problems”.

Shreya enjoyed the book, ‘Potter’s Boy’.  She said that reading the book gave her a sense of calm and particularly liked learning about breathing techniques.  Antwone enjoyed the chance to get his photograph taken with Will Hill.