Many of our Prep School pupils have recently produced fantastic book reviews, some of which will be going up on display in our Library.  Here is a small selection for you to peruse. Clemmie D (8DB) reviewed “I Capture the Castle” by Dodie Smith, Francesca F (8PB) reviewed “Me before You” by Jojo Moyes, Seren W reviewed “Watership Down” by Richard Adams, Elsie B reviewed “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott and (very impressively for a Junior member of the Prep School), Cecily G (4L) reviewed “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” by Joan Aiken.

We also have a review of “Running Wild” by Michael Morpurgo (written by Albie G, (6P)) and a review of “A Little Princess” (written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, by Clemence W (6P)) and a review of “Knights of the Borrowed Dark” (written by Dave Rudden, by Thomas S (6M)).

Book review – Francesca F (8PB)

Book review of Watership Down by Seren W

Cecily G 4L – book review

Little Princess Book Review by Clemence W 6P

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo – book review by Albie G 

Knights of the Borrowed Dark – reviewed by Thomas S

It is wonderful to see our pupils reading such a wide range of books, from old classics to more modern fiction, and writing with such honesty, enthusiasm and enjoyment.

It was particularly refreshing to read Clemmie D’s review (perceptive and reflective without being effusive). I am currently reading “I Capture the Castle” to see whether I agree with Clemmie’s review so that we can debate this vigorously in our virtual classroom!

With educators nationwide concerned about literacy levels in lockdown, it is positive to report that reading is alive and kicking at Vinehall.  To close, I shall magpie the words of JK Rowling: “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

Emily Platt, Head of English