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

MOONHEAD AND THE MUSIC MACHINE by Andrew Rae

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!  

The easiest way you can help us achieve this is to please sign up to  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/jyhspa
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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



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.