Feb 25th / This year World Book Day is on March 3rd.  As always, everyone is being encouraged to make the most of the opportunity to read fantastic books, and all of pupils will receive a £1 WBD Book Token.  Click here to learn more about this on the official WBD site.

As part of our own World Book Day celebrations, it is our great pleasure to welcome THREE fantastic authors into school!

Year 10 pupils will spend time with Sarah Crossan, the author of this year’s Whole School Read.  Sarah has been nominated for various awards and will be talking about “Apple and Rain” as well as her novels “The Weight of Water”, “One” and “Breathe”.   To find out more about Sarah Crossan’s life and work, click here.  There will also be an opportunity for the students to buy one or more of her books, and to get it dedicated and signed by Sarah.  The books will range in price from £6 – £10.

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Year 9 pupils will receive a visit from the award-winning Muslim author Sufiya Ahmed.  Her novel “Secrets of the Henna Girl”, published in 2012, tells the story of an everyday teenager, waiting for her GCSE results, looking forward to college and dreaming of the day she will meet her one true love.  However,  Zeba’s world is shattered as her future is threatened by an unthinkable – and forced – duty to protect her father’s honour.  You can read Sufiya’s own comments on her novel here.  Again, it will be possible to buy books which Sufiya will be happy to sign.

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Y8 Pupils will receive a visit from another award-winning author, Sophia Bennett, who we are delighted to welcome back into school.  Our pupils really enjoyed her last visit, and we know that the current Year 8 pupils will appreciate her insights.  Her books include “Threads”, “Beads” (Threads part 2), “Stars” (Threads part 3), “The Look”, “You Don’t Know Me” and “The Castle”.  Her Sixth Title, “Love Song”, is due for release this year.  To learn more about Sophia’s work, please click here.

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In addition to enjoying these author visits, Y7 & Y8 pupils also have the opportunity to take part in a competition as part of their Lenten Fundraising.  Students are invited to write a short review of Sarah Crossan’s book “One”, and/or design a new cover for “One”.  All entries cost £1.00 and the girls should pay via parent mail.  The prizes include signed copies of “One”, as well as Waterstones vouchers and some chocolate goodies!

Year 7 & 8 pupils have also been encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character for World Book Day, so we are hoping to see lots of creative costumes around school.

For further information about World Book Day at Loreto College, please contact Mrs Parkin, our school librarian.