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?

If you fancy just a quick look into the bits Disney missed out have a read of this article over on the Scottish Book trust.

Want to take it further?
You can find free e-book versions of the original 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.