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RHA Readers receive exciting new books from the Rotary Club - Literacy Matters

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

Over the last few terms, our book club on the Upper Site, RHA Readers, have been reading and judging this year's Yoto Carnegie Awards shortlist. Students have met with Ms Spenner once a week to discuss the book they've been reading and to write reviews as shadowers for the award. Students had to select and nominate their favourite titles, with The Blue Book of Nebo and The Light In Everything being picked as two we loved the most.

A huge well done to Amelia and Jasmine in Year 10 who managed to read all 7 books in just under 6 weeks. Students were given badges in assembly as a reflection of their passion for reading. The books are available to borrow from the Upper Site English office should anyone wish to have a read.

This term the RHA readers have continued to meet and discuss new titles that we've managed to get hold of. Fortunately the Rotary Club and their Literacy Matters! project has been able to source new books for the group. Having already donated books to the Lower Site, Maria Blackburn, has again enabled our students to benefit from this generous initiative and they couldn't be more grateful.

Mrs Spenner, English Lead at the Upper Site, said, 'It's brilliant to be able to offer our students the chance to select books they can read for pleasure. Our RHA Readers group love discussing and reviewing books that they wouldn't otherwise come across. The group cannot wait to get started on the books that have been delivered by Maria and they look forward to telling her all about them at a later date.'

The Rotary Club Literacy Matters initiative ensures that students in Thanet are able to build vocabulary, read for pleasure and read for learning. The titles that students have been gifted include:

  • Crossing the Line by Tia Fisher

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

  • Tsunami Girl by Julian Sedgwick

  • The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

  • Lies We Sing to the Sea by Sarah Underwood

The RHA Readers would like to say a huge thank you to Maria at the Rotary Club for allowing them to continue their quest to read and review books for their own enjoyment.


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