R1 Africa and India Assembly
Hillingdon Book of the Year
For this event, Hillingdon School Library Service presents schools with a shortlist of current children's fiction titles. Pupils read the books over a period of six months and then all vote on their favourite book. The title with the most votes from all participating Hillingdon schools becomes the Hillingdon Book of the Year. A presentation event is held at the Winston Churchill Hall at the end of the reading sessions. Pupils from each participating school give a presentation about their favourite book to an audience of fellow students, teachers, librarians, authors and the Mayor of Hillingdon.
Several Year 6 pupils read and discussed the shortlisted books. Adeen, Tanishka, Dylan and Kamran represented the school at the presentation event. They gave a presentation on "The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brockett" by John Boyne. The story involves a boy born with no gravity - he floats and visits many places around the world, meeting many different people. Our pupils gave a presentation on the places they would like to visit if they could just float away.
Unfortunately the event was held on the same day as the school singers' concert, which meant that some avid readers could not take part. Sahar, Bela and Rachel were unable to attend, but they participated enthusiastically and helped with the presentation.
The shortlisted titles were:
Stitch Head by Guy Bass
The Devil Walks by Anne Fine
Midnight Pirates by Ally Kennen
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton
Fate in the Box by Michelle Lourie
Dragon Frontier by Dan Abnett
The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brockett by John Boyne
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz
All of these books will be available in the school library very soon.
The winning title, and Hillingdon Primary Book of the Year 2014, is IN A GLASS GRIMMLY - an unusual and rather irreverential retelling of several fairy stories.