This year marks the 20th Anniversary of World Book Day so it was only fitting that we celebrated in style. We started the week with a group of 30 Year 7 students participating in a World Book Day Extravaganza at Altrincham Boys Grammar where not 1 but 3 authors gave talks on their work and the inspiration behind their stories: adventure historian Rob Lloyd Jones, award-winning Vivian French and author illustrator Joe Berger. This was an entertaining and inspiring afternoon with the opportunity to meet each of the authors at the end.

On Wednesday students were invited to join in the Golden Ticket Search in the Reading Room. Channelling Sherlock Holmes they were required to solve a series of bookish clues and a final conundrum before 2 lucky winners tracked down the Golden Tickets in copies of RL Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Well done to Liz Fraser 11R and Kieran Earl 9S who led the winning teams.

We opened World Book Day itself on Thursday with an Assembly which celebrated the new Alternative Reading List and our own Academy Awards, the `Arlos`: Alternative Reading List Oscars, nominated by our Literacy Ambassadors and voted for in school. The results were announced with baited breath and student delegates for each winner entertained us with acceptance speeches.

During World Book Day lunch break `Book Swap`, which is becoming something of a UG tradition, took place in the LRC: students bring in a book or books from home which they have already read and `swap` them for a new read. Special mention must go to Liz Fraser who brought in a staggering 25 books – Liz we salute you.

Book Swap

All in all a great week for reading and participation here at UG!

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