Alleyne's Readers - Reading Group for Students, Parents and Staff


In the autumn term, every student and member of staff is given a free copy of the same book to read and the whole school takes part in activities connected with the book. Previous books include The Hunger Games, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Mr Stink, a selection of World War One titles (to commemorate the anniversary of the start of WW1), Wonder by R.J. Palacio and I am Malala.

Parents are invited to join in some of the events.

Here is just some of the feedback we received about previous events:

“We need to share with others how relaxed this workshop was as it might encourage others”

“I felt it was a really nice event, especially to be able to come together and enjoy the event with the whole family”

 “I feel that the whole project was run really well and it’s nice to be able to get involved with my child’s work now she is at secondary school”.


TAS Book Club

Book Club meets in the Library every Thursday during the second half of lunchtime. It is open to all book lovers, (both students and staff) to discuss what they have been reading and take part in book based activities.

As well as discussing what we have been reading, we read the shortlist for the North Herts Schools Book Award and some lucky Book Club members attend the Book Discussion morning with lots of other keen readers from the schools taking part. The award runs from January to March. This year's shortlisted titles are shown below.

In the summer term we shadow the Carnegie and Greenaway Medal shortlists.

Mrs Benoy's World of Reading...


Mrs Benoy's World of Reading...


I have been very busy reading all six of the shortlisted titles for the North Herts Schools Book Award ( see the image above under Book Club) and enjoyed all of them in different ways. Jessica's Ghost explores accepting being different, Gorilla Dawn covers deforestation and the effect on wildlife in a moving, topical story and Dreaming the Bear is about a British girl whose family relocate to Yellowstone National Park and her struggle with both leaving her lifestyle and friends behind and dealing the extremes of weather and nature. In the Older Readers category, We are All made of Molecules features a 'blended family', Girl on a Plane  is set in 1970 and involves a plane hijack in the Middle East, and finally, Denton Little's Deathdate imagines that people know the date of their death and the eponymous Denton Little is due to die on the night before his school prom. I am really looking forward to reading the follow up to this title.

Two very different titles also caught my eye and The Bone Sparrow is a topical, though harrowing account of life in an Australian migrant camp. This is a real 'talk about' book and one secondary school age children should definitely read. It made me cry and is so thought-provoking. I read London Belongs to Us directly after The Bone Sparrow when I needed something lighter to read. it is a typical teenage romance story, though in reality the author is showing her love for London as she weaves the story of one crazy night in the city.

On My Reading Pile...


I'm looking forward to getting my hands on lots of proof copies of upcoming titles when I attend the FCBG Conference in April!

New Books...




Blast from the Past…

It’s always exciting to read a newly published book, but there are plenty of excellent books sitting on the Library shelves. This week’s choice is:



This the first in a trilogy from screenwriter William Nicholson and is a fantasy set in the walled city of Aramanth where twins Kestrel and Bowman rebel against their evil overlords.


Some of our students have been creating picture books in library lessons recently as part of a national ReadingZone competition. I sent off two entries from our Year 8 students and you can read them below. 

Just One Little Guy.pdf

Luke the Lion Goes to the Dentist.pdf