Grant's Top 5 Books

1. Carrie by Stephen King
2. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
3. Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
4. Batman: The Long Hallowe'en by Jeph Loeb
5. Holes by Louis Sachar

Mrs. Wilson's Top 5 Books

In no particular order:

1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Arthur Dent hitches a ride just before the Earth is destroyed but what he really wants is a cup of tea. Adams' book is wonderful, I've lost count of how many times I've read since 2nd year in high school but I still find it funny and every reading beings a new perspective.

2. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
The first of the Amelia Peabody stories which I can't recommend highly enough. This volume sees our Victorian heroine head off to Egypt and end up mixed up in an adventure on an archaeological dig site. The author's an Egyptologist so the archaeology is spot on.

3. Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
Harry Flashman is a Victorian war hero to the public but is really a coward and bully. You shouldn't like him but you do and the stories are brilliant adventures with the added bonus of being historically accurately.

4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The shadow of Maxim de Winter's first wife is long and haunts his new wife when she arrives at his magnificent home, Manderley. It's a brilliant read and was not at all what I had expected.

5. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie
Hercule Poirot solves the murder of a PE teacher at a girls school. I love all Christie's work as a rule but this one is a personal favourite.

Free chance to meet author Keith Gray

Meet Keith Gray for free at 6.30pm on the 26th November 2015 at the Bathgate Parnership Centre, Lindsay House, 22 - 25 South Bridge Street, Bathgate EH48 1TL.
Click here for larger version of the flyer.  
For more information email 
You can find out more about Keith here.  
This event is being held as part of Book Week Scotland.  

Gemma's Been Reading..

King of the Cloud Forrest by Michael Morpurgo ***
Not the best. Entertaining at times but felt like it went on and on.

How to Fossilize Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist edited by Mick O'Hare **** 
Great experiments to try.

Mr Stink by David Walliams *****
It was amazing, funny at times.

The King's Curse by Philipa Gregory *****

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott *****
I love reading as it captures my imagination.

My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart *****
It was hilarious I loved it.

Reading Hack Podcast

The first JYHS Library Podcast has been launched! 
The junior Reading Hack group discusses the big issues rasied by the Harry Potter series.

Mrs. Wilson's been reading...

Batgirl: Vol.1 The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone ***

This particular book collects the first few issues of the relaunched Batgirl for the 'All New 52' and was originally published in 2011. It reads well as a stand alone volume and the six comics link nicely together. The stories and characters are enjoyable to read and the alternative art work is interesting to look through. You don't need to know the lore of the comics to read the new 52 (and I have to say I've found it more of a hindrance when you have preconceived ideas about the characters) so it's a good place to start into the DC universe.

Three stars is probably harsh for this collection - it's probably really a four but while I enjoyed the writing and artistry, I was disappointed by the a younger, able bodied Barbara Gordon (though the repercussions after being wheelchair bound is a addressed in every issue). Not that this young incarnation wasn't an interesting character in her own right, just that she isn't as interesting to me as the she was as the wheel-chair bound, older, Oracle/Barbara Gordon before the reboot.

Mrs. Borthwick's been reading..

A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin ***
Crime in Edinburgh!
Crime in West Lothian!
Crime everywhere!
Slow to get to the ending though :(

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell **
It's about spirits occupying the bodies of different people in a very confusing manner. Written from the perspective of several characters. If you like strange - you'll love this!

Alix has been reading...

Tom Gates: Everything's Amazing (sort of) by Liz Pichon *****
"It was like a diary and I found it interesting because there were a lot of illustrations and things."

Find out more about the World of Tom Gates on his website.

Molly, Heather and Aimee have been reading...

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne **** 
"It is quite a sad story but it's an amazing storyline." - Molly
"It is a bit emotional and sad." - Aimee
"I think it was quite emotional and it was very deep."- Heather

Dead Romantic by C J Skuse 
"It was good but it was a wee bit inappropriate like at the end but it was good. 3/5" - Molly
"I think it was a great book. I don't think it is appropriate for people under 11 it has some rude parts but overall it was great. 4/5" - Heather

Extraordinary Dogs by Elizabeth Wilhide *****
"It was heart warming to see all the dogs helping their owners and helping the world." - Molly

David's been reading...

I had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnston *****

It's a great help book about depression and it really helped.

Stan Lee Excelsior Award Winners 2015

Pupils in JYHS Library voted


our winner and it picked up the 'Judge A Book By Its Cover Award' but the national pupil vote choose something different;

3rd Place
ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER: ENGINES OF VENGEANCE by by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore

2nd Place
MS. MARVEL: NO NORMAL by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

1st Place
SUPERMAN / WONDER WOMAN: POWER COUPLE by Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel

You can read all of the shortlist for yourself in the library and see if you agree.
Dear All

We need your help, the school library needs new books. We have set our target of £2000!  

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Do you use your phone to shop online? Download the easyfundraising app and you can raise a whopping 50% more to help the school library buy new books

We really need your help, to help all the pupils of James Young High School to have a updated library.

Thanks for all your help.

The Fundraising Team
JYHS Parent Council

The Future is Here #BTTFDAY

Since the dismal weather means you aren't out playing on your hoverboards how about tucking up with a Pepsi Perfect and a dehydrated pizza and reading a good time travel tale instead.

The Time Machine by H.G.Wells (fee eBook)
Classic time travel where having build his time machine (a phrase coined by Wells) this Time Traveller hops around the past and future observing but not interfering.

You can also read H.G.Wells' gripping, time travel, murder mystery, short story 'The Chronic Argonauts' for free online.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (free eBook)
The hero of this tale finds himself uprooted from 19th century America to Medieval Britain where he sets about setting up the infrastructure for a civilised society.

If you can head down to the library why not try:

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
A grandfather clock that strikes 13 opens a portal to the 19th century in this classic children's story. If you haven't read it yet now is the time, there is good reason why this has remained in print since it was first published in the 1950s.

The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Henry can't control his spontaneous time travel while his wife, Claire, is stuck on the same linear path as the rest of us. This is a tear-jerker folks, keep a box of tissues on hand.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Sequel to The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy it sees our hero of sorts Arthur Dent on a quest with his new found travelling companions to find somewhere for lunch. Where better than at the end of the universe?

Meet Kick-Ass author Mark Millar

When: 7pm Friday 27th November 
Where: Wishaw Library in North Lanarkshire 
(Before you discount it was being too far Wishaw Library is a mere 35 minute drive from the school!)

Mark was already a comic superstar (writing for Marvel and DC as well as for the creator-owned comics in his Millarworld line), before the huge success of movies Kickass and Kingsman made him a movie superstar too. 

Join Mark in conversation as he discusses his rise from a dreamy 13-year old schoolboy in Coatbridge (hopefully sending comics pitches to New York every week), to a veritable titan of the graphic novel industry. He’ll be chatting about his latest publication, Jupiter's Legacy, as well as the comics that helped him get where he is today.

Tickets are free but you need to book - get more info here

(This is part of Book Week Scotland)

Ian's been reading...

House of Robots by James Paterson *****
It's about... a boy who brings a bro-bot to school
What did you think of it? Really really cool

Big Hero 6: Book of the Film by Irene Trimble ****
It's about... a 14 year old boy whose big brother dies in a mysterious fire.
What did you think of it? Not bad, could have some pictures.

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl *****
It's about a fox who out smarts 3 evil farmers and their 108 men! Fantastic (Mr. Fox!)

George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl *****
It's about a small boy and his mean grandma. I like the four different effects the medicine has: #1 Tall #2 long legs #3 long neck #4 tiny

The Twits by Roald Dahl*****
It's about two evil people - nothing but hilarious.

Mrs Wilson's Been Reading...

Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains by Catriona McPherson ****

This is book five in the Dandy Gilver series, though since I totally failed to look that up before I started reading it is the first in the series I've read. The plot is self contained so there was little that was affected by this oversight, though I did wonder about Dandy's husband and Alex as it's clear there has been more of a story before the setting of this book.

Set in Edinburgh during May 1926, as workers down tools to support the coal miner strikes, Dandy takes up a job as a ladies maid to try and help a wife who fears her husband is going to kill her. However it's the apparently wicked husband who is bumped off in a locked house where the only suspects are his wife and the staff.

I do like a locked room mystery and this one was certainly diverting. I liked the characters and the little bits of history thrown in -it was interesting to find out about the 1926 strikes something I'd never been particularly aware of. Enjoyable to read, I'll be on the look out for the first book in the series.

Mr Holt's Home Schooling Links

In Scotland children must be educated between the ages of five and 16, but they need not attend school.

Arguments for and against Homeschooling 
(warning- some of this may not be correct for Scotland)

IDEA - This House Supports Home Schooling


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