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Senior Library blog

Here you will be able to read features about our library collection, events in the library, and book reviews by students, teachers and parents

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I encourage anyone who loves reading to submit a book review or write a piece on a topic of your choosing (50-150 words), perhaps about a favourite author, series, or beloved childhood book. (see Book review template at the bottom of this blog).  

Today we have a review of Assassination Classroom from year 8 students Stanisław Szymański and Tomasz Mroczkowski, a review of A Boy in the Water from teacher Robert Shepley, and a review of The Complete World of Greek Mythology from parent Izabela Solomon.  But first, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the PTA who recently donated 80 new books to the Senior Library. New titles will be added to our English reading lists and will be available in the coming weeks. 

If you are interested as a parent, student or teacher on submitting a book review, please complete the attached and email through to me.

Happy Reading! 


Ms Bałut 

Secondary Librarian

Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui 

Book Review by Staś Szymański and Tomasz Mroczkowski (Yr8) 

This series has very exciting moments (there are 12 books in total): every book ends on a cliff hanger so if you do read the first book in the series and don’t have the second one it’s pretty painful not knowing what happens next. We would recommend the series to anyone who likes manga and action and, most importantly, to people who like reading comics. The books have a lot of jokes and strange moments just like every book. We would rate it as a 9 out of 10. The series is about an alien octopus-like creature who destroyed 70% of the moon; he later becomes the teacher of a class that has the task of killing him before they graduate. If they fail this task he will destroy the whole earth! 


A Boy in the Water by Tom Gregory 

Book Review by Computer Science teacher Robert Shepley. 

Anybody who has ever swum in cold, open water will appreciate the sentiments of this wonderful autobiographical book which describes the story of Tom, an unremarkable student who develops from being a non-swimmer at 8 years old to becoming the youngest person ever to swim the Channel, the world’s busiest sea route. Tom is affectionately known as Tefal, courtesy of a 1970s TV advert and this brought back fond memories of the nicknames my friends had at school (e.g. Lemon Head, who had a large, lemon-shaped head!). More than simply a memoir however, this book is a testimonial to John Bullet, the local pool manager and self-taught swimming coach who recognises Tefal’s potential and nurtures it. I highly recommend this book, which is accessible to anyone in KS3 and above. Do please note that there is a smattering of coarse language, although it’s nothing you wouldn’t hear on the football terraces! 


The Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton. 

Book Review by parent Izabela Solomon 

I know gift fever is over but if one is looking for a book gift idea, I would recommend going for The Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard Buxton. Once a part of the literature curriculum at schools these stories have been forgotten lately or introduced at too early a stage as fairy tales. The stories were written a "while ago" but written by very wise men, Aristotle, Sophocles or Plato to name but a few, and are still relevant. The myths aren't just fairy tales, they are stories with reason and purpose, higher purpose, helping people to realise the difference between right and wrong. Immerse yourself in the world of ancient Greek culture, learn about a world of symbolism, memorise some modern phrases from Greek Mythology which are still widely used and find a connection between perhaps your favourite snickers brand and the Greek goddess of Victory.