A blustery day at Folk East but that didn't deter beautiful book making...that's the Folk of the East for you :-)
If you'd come any earlier you'd have found me curled up with it and not wanting to put it down. It's a unique idea about 'heritage crime' - a new law which states children are now responsible for any previously undetected crime committed by their parents. Those children are then imprisoned and maimed by a strap key in their back which tracks their every move, limits their movement causing them to 'strut' so they are called 'strutters'. They live in cramped conditions, never see daylight and have to endure 'correction' where particular children's families are highlighted for their past deeds which is also broadcast across the nation.
This is chastening read especially for our current climate and explores what happens when powerful people use fear as a weapon and mark humans against humans. It's gripping, sometimes uncomfortable but un put down able. One for 12+ I'd say but well worth a read. I really like Simon Mayo's writing even though it makes me feel old because I can remember him on Radio 1!
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“everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in someone’s imagination” Astrid Lindgren
Ain't that the truth....really interesting article and reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books about 'The Six Bullerby Children' by Astrid Lindgren which has since been re illustrated by Tony Ross as 'The Children of Noisy Village' and 'Happy Times in Noisy Village'. Very charming and just a lovely slice of Lisa's life in a small village. I can remember lots of chapters of this book-pulling her brother Lars ' teeth out and hiding them under a floor board and a lovely bit which I still think about for birthdays. Lisa moves into a new room for her birthday which I thought was just wonderful-her doll's house is put in there, she has her own bed, her own chair and her own rag rug. It's just about the important things and would be a great first chapter book read.
I actually know of Astrid Lindgren through this route not through her most well known character Pippi Longstocking.
I love the quote above though and thoroughly believe it. Where would we be without imagination?
"There will be times in your life when you will be lost and confused. The way back to yourself is through reading."
Half term reading has started with a bag with Matt Haig's 'Echo Boy'. A gripping story about Audrey and her search for answers after her parents are killed by an ECHO - Enhanced Computerized Humanoid Organism. The story is a Sci Fi Thriller for 13+ and you'll probably need to put aside some hours because you might feel the urge to read it in one sitting-therefore perfect for the holidays. It is thought provoking and raises many questions about what it means to be human and the power of technology versus humans who feel.....very topical indeed.
Matt Haig's writing about the power of reading also struck a chord with me as he writes as Audrey recalls her mum encouraging her to read:
" 'A book is a map,' she said, after I had finished reading Jane Eyre. 'There will be times in your life when you will feel lost and confused. The way back to yourself is through reading. There is not a problem in existence that has not been eased, somewhere and at some time, by a book. I want you to remember that. The answers have all bee written. And the more you read , the more you will know how to find your way through those difficult times.' "
What a lovely adventure....here's a story about children at a beach who set off on an amazing adventure. Who hasn't done this when they were little and if you haven't...it's NEVER too late! There's lovely rhyme-perfect for reading aloud and saying together AND Helen Oxenbury's delightful illustrations so really what is not to like? I'm sure you already know it but if you are heading to the beach and you haven't got a copy you can find one in Storyshack OR your library. HAPPY IMAGINGING.
"Children need the FREEDOM to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears...." Loris Malaguzzi
Made by Ellen, who is 6 years old, with no help AT ALL-apart from threading a needle. That was it. An afternoon of total absorption in Storyshack. Just a little bit more time for our children to BE, to make, to create and to work out for themselves without adult interference to 'take overs'. Look what happens when you give a little space.........
"If this was real, and so far there had been nothing to prove it wasn't,then he was in one of the most extraordinary situations that any young man could find himself. This was his beanstalk in the gutter of time"
Another rapid read because it's lovely to have TIME to read in the hols. Page turners are always brilliant when you've got the time to read them aren't they? So Sally Gardner's 'The Door That Led to Where' is just that. It won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2013 and is a gripping read. You know she is one of my favourite authors and I was very lucky to hear her make an inspiring speech about holding creativity dear to us in primary schools. Not only does she speak passionately about education she's also an enthralling writer.
This novel centres around 3 friends who are not having the easiest of teenage lives-in fact they're really struggling with things that we all hope our children wouldn't have to struggle with but lots of young people DO. AJ is the main character and this story is really his-the mystery surrounding his father , his awakening of his own talents and his recognition of this chance to change his life. The boys are living a harsh life but the magic and mystery in the book contrasts with this and gives it a quirky lift. I like that bit of magic particularly when it is a key which enables you to go back into time and in a more exciting way than in the Magic Key that Biff and Chip use!!
14 + for this one I think-it's got some themes better suited to this age range -drug use, gangs. The book uses the F word a couple of times just to warn you if you feel offended by that or if you like to know what you're children are reading. It would detract if they said something much more polite because it just wouldn't feel real.
Read it if you haven't already and then read 'I Coriander' if you haven't already ......
Avid reader, sometimes a headteacher AND founder of Story shack. A place where you can release your imagination and see where it takes you....
Release your imagination......
Explore new worlds.
Make your own stories.
Explore a map-real or fantasy....where do you want to go? Make your own and see where your imagination takes you.