Apr 24

These are our Top 50 Authors

(books borrowed by our students over the last year):


1 Robert Muchamore 26 Clive Gifford
2 Alan Gibbons 27 Sophie McKenzie
3 Anthony Horowitz 28 Rick Riordan
4 Charlie Higson 29 Yamin Ma & Xinying Li
5 Jeff Kinney 30 J K Rowling
6 Michael Morpurgo 31 Chris Bradford
7 Darren Shan 32 Sue Limb
8 Suzanne Collins 33 Pittacus Lore
9 Jacqueline Wilson 34 Julie Bertagna
10 Derek Landy 35 Andy Briggs
11 John Townsend 36 Ally Carter
12 J R R Tolkien 37 Rebecca Lim
13 Philip Reeve 38 Hilary McKay
14 Michael Grant 39 Rosalind Mist & Andrew Solway
15 Paul Strathern 40 Alyson Noel
16 Matt Groening 41 Christopher Paolini
17 Alexander Gordon Smith 42 Helen Reynolds
18 Garth Nix 43 Giles Sparrow
19 Brian Knapp 44 Anne Cassidy
20 Malorie Blackman 45 Sue Penney
21 Anita Ganeri 46 Louis Sachar
22 Veronica Roth 47 Vivienne Sanders
23 M G Harris 48 Cath Senker
24 Lincoln  Peirce 49 Kelley Armstrong
25 Mark Walden 50 Rachel Caine

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Jun 19

Many thanks to Alan Gibbons for a fantastic day!

Students from Year 5 to 7 enjoyed an Author Talk from Alan in the morning. They really enjoyed his sense of humour and also finding out about how he became a writer.

Year 8 students had Creative Writing Sessions and wrote the beginnings of stories about vampires and werewolves – scary stuff!

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Alan Gibbons’ Day

These are some of the comments from our Year 8 students:

“He taught me how to make simple sentences interesting”.

“The bit I liked most was writing the story. It really helped with my skills.”

“It was interesting and fun at the same time.”

“He helped me realise that you can’t just run into the exciting part of the story and that each little bit is just as important.”

“Alan has a good sense of humour and I liked how he did impressions.”

“I really liked his sense of humour and the way he spoke was so inspiring. I liked how he could make up a great story in a couple of paragraphs.”

“He was funny and made me laugh. I think the writing task was OK.”

“…he explained it (the writing task) well and interacted with you and he knew what way we wanted to hear it, not the boring long way.”

These are some of the comments from our Year 7 students:

“He was funny and seemed to be passionate about his writing. When he was talking about the different genres he seemd to have written loads.”

“I liked his humour and jokes, especially when he was talking about his life and book awards.”

“He was funny and he was very inspirational. I think the way he told us about each book was very helpful.”

“I really liked how he was really funny when he described his childhood and how he described his books.”

“He was funny and I thought he was going to be boring but he wasn’t. He was easy to listen to.”

“I liked that he was really happy and he told us about his past. I liked that he told us about his books.”

“… it was action packed, funny and dealt well with the questions.” “Rating out of 10 – 100!”

“He was hilarious and made me cry laughing!”

“Overall it was great.”

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May 30

Yes, this famous, award-winning children’s author is visiting us on Monday 18 June.

He will be giving an Author Talk to students from Years 6 and 7, then Creative Writing workshops with Year 8.

To find out more about Alan Gibbons, and see the full programme for the day, why not visit our Guide – click on the image below:

Alan Gibbons Guide

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