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

English Zoo Links

Issues Articles we used in class can be found here
(You will need a password and username from the library to access these)

Gemma's Been Reading...

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke 5/5
Scipio was a thief and it follows him around.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling 5/5
It was amazing I loved it.

A Brief History of Pants by Kjartan Poskitt 3/5
It was hilarious.

Ancient Greece 3/5
It was very informative.

Mrs Borthwick's been reading

A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin 3/5

A slow starter, but hard to put down near the end. Focus on Inspector Rebus as he investigates the shooting of three pupils in a school in South Queensferry.

If you like crime novels, this is the book for you!

Amy's been reading

Dear Olly by Michael Morpurgo 4/5 - It was very emotional I cried.

Have a Little Faith by Candy Harper 3/5 - The book seemed to go on forever. I wouldn't recommend it.

Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson 5/5 - It was about two best friends. I ♥ it.

Don't Blink

Target Who donated some classic Doctor Who novels to JYHS Library plus with the new series airing on BBC we thought it only fitting we make it a display but be warned;

"That which holds the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel."

Want to read a Doctor Who story but can't get to the library? Have no fear you can download some for free on the BBC website. Including the original Stephen Moffat short story that 'Blink' was based on!

Not up to speed on the the Weeping Angels? Questioning Umbrella has a handy guide on YouTube

What's Your Story?

Stories worth telling don’t only live in books, or even on paper, and creative writing definitely isn’t just something you do in school.

If you’re keen to create, to share, and to gain skill as a writer or illustrator – 'What's Your STory' can’t wait to hear from you!

They’re looking for 10 young people in Scotland with stories to share and a passion for discovering how to tell them. They’re not just talking novels and poems, They’re talking video games, blogs, fanfic, slam poetry and spoken word, TV, movies, comic books, journalism, illustration, zines, song lyrics, web serials and anything you’d like to write!

Head over the the website for more information and details on how to apply

Ian's been reading...

Roald Dahl is one of my favourite authors.

The BFG by Roald Dahl 5/5
It's about an orphan girl who is kidnapped by a 24 foot giant. 5/5 Amazing!

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl 5/5
A coinless boy who finds out his Dad's deepest, darkest secret. Superb.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 5/5
It was about a poor kid called Charlie Bucket who finds a golden ticket! I loved it.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl 5/5
Charlie inherits the Wonka Chocolate Factory! Fantastic.

Matilda by Roald Dahl 5/5
A 6 year old bookworm girl finds she has a secret power. Magical.

Fairy Tale Reads

Inspired to read some Fairy Tales?

You can find free e-book versions of the original oral tales on Project Gutenberg:

German - Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
(Includes Little Red  Cap (aka Riding Hood), Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel among others)

Danish - Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen by H. C. Andersen
(Includes Emperor's New Suit, Little Mermaid and the Ugly Ducking plus more)

French - The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault by Charles Perrault
(Includes Cinderella, Little Red Ridding Hood and Sleeping Beauty plus other stories)

Arabic - The Arabian Nights Entertainments by Andrew Lang
(Also known as One Thousand and One Nights this collection of stories includes Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor)

Fancy looking at the Pied Piper of Hamelin for yourself?
Have a read of the Brothers Grimm story here
and have a read of the is article from the Independent which offers a possible explaination for the story.

Eilin's been reading...

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 4 out of 5
It's about a girl called Katniss and a boy Peter who get chosen to go into the Hunger Games. I thought it was a very cool and fun book to read.

Fire Starter by Catherine Forde 4 out of 5
It is about a 16 year old called Keith who was in his house baby sitting for a week, but on the second day a strange boy went into the next door neighbors house from then on it became a catastrophe. Very good book.

Tim the Tiny Horse by Harry Hill
Tim the Tiny Horse at Large by Harry Hill
3 1/2 out of 5
They are about the life of a horse that is tiny (and blue). Funny and good book for young children under 10.

Mystery of the Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton 3 1/2 out of 5
Five kids and a burnt cottage. Nobody knows who lit the cottage on fire and the kids try and figure it out! Good book for kids who are just getting into reading chapter books.

Middle School: Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson 3 out of 5
A boy called Rafe who wants to brake every rule in the school rule book. I thought this book was good but it trailed on a bit too much.

Laura's been reading...

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ****
This book is about a boy who just watches life around him pass, and seems to find it quite hard to be 'normal'. He is very thoughtful, introverted and lets things happen to him, but we won't know why for a very long time. I loved this book. Charlie was a character that I could understand and enjoyed following his thoughts. I love how everything makes sense in the end, but before that, his life is still so interesting. The only downside is that I didn't find it overly thought provoking.

Treasure Island by R.L.Stevenson ***
The story is of a boy who finds a treasure map and goes out to find it. It is well known classic, yet I felt it lacked in some sense. For the genre it is, I felt it lacked an exciting story, which was there in a way, but I would have liked more adventure.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
This book is about a boy who meets a girl, but finds out he might not have known who she really was/is and tries to figure out this girl. I felt as though the storyline was a bit boring. Also, I can't seem to enjoy any of John Green's books as his style of writing doesn't work for me. The way thoughts and feelings are portrayed make them hard for me to relate/empathise with them. I kind of liked the ideas of the book, however.

David's been reading...

Hulk: Banner D.O.A. by Mark Waid and Mark Bagley *****
Bruce Banner has been shot in the back of the head twice causing brain damage and when he hulks out, Abomination attacks him. Great book loved it completely.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown *****
Professor Robert Langdon tries to solve the Da Vinci Code. I really liked it as it has an interesting plot and has great suspense and action at points.

X-Men the Ultimate Guide by Peter Sanderson *****
It is an in depth guide to the X-Men characters, eras and comics and it is an amazing book.

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket *****
The 10th chapter in the series is about how Violet, Klas and Sunny try to reach VFD by travelling up a mountain. A great book - highly recommend reading.

Anna's been reading...

Ruby Redfort - Take Your Last Breath by Lauren Child

Score - 5/5

Ruby solves a mystery about mysterious happenings in the sea involving sharks!

Want to know more? Head over to

Comic Con Guests

We have two more special guests coming to Comic Con -

Jessica Byrne is an illustrator whose work has appeared in the novel, Darker Shadows and the horror comic anthology, The Shadow Collection. She has submitted guest strips to the webcomic, Two Guys and Guy and writes and illustrates her own webcomic, The God Stone.

James McCulloch is the writer of the horror comic, City of Lost Souls, editor of the horror anthology, The Grime, a film review for GoGuide and has his own film blog called grandmasterwookisfantabulousfilmblog. He also sings and plays bass for the bands Bat Country Massacre and the Black Lights.

Top Ten Reads for Newbery Award

Gone by Michael Grant

"It isn't until the world collapses around you that you find out what kind of person you really are."  Looking for something exciting to read over the summer holidays? Check out the "Gone" series.

GONEReview of Gone: In a town in southern California suddenly all the people over the age of 15 disappear and the town gets sealed off from the rest of the world. The town falls into disarray so it is up to our hero Sam to restore order to the town but fear starts to spread when some of the survivors get powers.
I think everyone should read this book because it is loads of fun to read and it has got lots of action and some very good characters.
By heat man 06    

Review of the series: The Gone series is by author Michael Grant. It is about a small town where all the adults have vanished and the kids are trapped in a small town. Every kid under 15 stays in a dome. The kids must learn how to survive. Eventually other kids come and a battle starts. The books in the series are: “Gone”, which is about kids getting used to the new world; “Hunger”, which is about the kids starving; “Lies” which is about a psychopath who died in a fire, but is back for revenge;” Plague” which is about a disease inside the Dome, which the kids must fight off; “Fear” about a monster that has been hiding in the cage out to kill every last kid; and “Light” which is about Sam the main character fighting off the monster and Drake. Everyone should read this series because it is an award winning series and some of the best books I have ever read.
By Pedro13 

 Check out the book trailer and more information about the Gone series on the Michael Grant website. If you enjoyed 'Gone', then you should  read the next books in the series: "Hunger", "Lies", "Plague", "Fear" and "Light".

Pre-Order Metaphrog Books

Coming to JYHS Library's Comic Con? 
Pre-oder a copy of Metaphrog's books so you can get them signed by John and Sandra on the day!

Cheats Guide to Summer Reading Challenge

A few people have commented to me that 25 challenges sounds like a lot so I thought I should post a wee 'cheats guide' to help you out (yes I fully intend to do it this way!)

Firstly - you don't need to read 25 books.

Secondly - multiple challenges can be ticked off by the same book.

For example I intend to read:

Guy Martin: My Autobiography 
I can count this as:
'That's about a real person'
'That is about being brave'
'About your favourite sport' 
'Whose main character is about my age'
'That is non-fiction'
and if I read it 'with a flashlight under the stars' I can tick that off as well.

Paddington by Michael Bond
I can count this as:
'That was written more than 20 years ago'
'That you've read before and loved'
'That is part of a series'
'That has been made into a movie'
'That takes place in your favourite city'
'That your mom or dad liked a  child'
and if I read it 'with a favourite toy' job done.

Please don't think of this as having to read loads unless you want to.

Don't forget to snap a pic of yourself having a read for one of the challenges. 

If you'd like to share what you read a what you counted it for that would be great as I can share it via the blog but you don't have to.

Mrs. Wilson


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