SGS Library Blog - April 2022

SGS Library Blog - April 2022

We have bunny hopped into Spring with our April issue of the library blog! With lots of Easter treats ahead of the Easter Holidays.

We have plenty of new books to look up on the Reading Cloud but here are some “eggscellent” titles to feast your eyes on: The Upper World by Femi Fadugba; How to Save the World by Emma Shivah; Young Samurai, the Ring of Earth by Chris Bradford; The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud; The Chronicles of Will Ryde & Awa Maryam Al-Jameel, (Book one) by Rohan Khan.

Fadugba; How to Save the World by Emma Shivah; Young Samurai, the Ring of Earth by Chris Bradford; The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud; The Last Apothecary by Sarah Penner; The Chronicles of Will Ryde & Awa Maryam Al-Jameel, (Book one) by Rohan Khan

A Taran Literacy Treat for year 7

Recently our year 7 students were treated to a webinar with acclaimed writer Taran Matharu, author of the ‘Summoner’ series and
the ‘Contender’ series. Hearing Taran speak about his childhood favourite books, Harry Potter being one, and how they inspired him
to become a published author was truly inspiring.

Taran was born in London in 1990, wrote his first book at the age of nine years old. After graduating with a degree in business administration he set about getting into publishing and landed an internship in digital sales at Penguin Random House in 2013.

At the age of 22 he took some time off to travel were he started to write his famous ‘Summoner series.’ He posted his story on, it received over 3 million reads in less than six months attracting the attention of NBC news. Following from this success, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career, and it is great to see his work growing.

If you would like listen to Taran Matharu’s webinar click below, available until


Anthony Horowitz set to release
new James Bond novel

Details have been revealed that proclaimed author Anthony Horowitz will release his third James Bond novel, ‘With a Mind to Kill,’ published in May 2022.  This book is sure to grasp any 007 fan, set at M’s funeral, but one man is missing from the graveside, the traitor who pulled the trigger! Bond must embark on a mission where treachery is all around.

We currently have Anthony Horowitz’s latest crime novel ‘A Line to Kill.’ Here is what the critics are saying about it…

'This is crime fiction as dazzling entertainment' SUNDAY TIMES
'Funny, intriguing, thrilling and thought-provoking: a marvellous mystery' ADAM HAMDY
'My favourite literary hero at the moment is Anthony Horowitz' SHARI LAPENA

Here is a little audio clip from ‘A Line to Kill’

You may also enjoy two other Anthony Horowitz titles, ‘Magpie Murders and Moonflower Murders.’


Keeping ‘In Check’

We have some brand new Chess books in for our enthusiasts with lots of moves to really up your strategy across the board… No Stalemates here!
My System by Aron Nimzowitsch; How to Reassess your Chess 4th edition; Silman's Complete Engame Course, both by Jeremy Silman. 


SGS ‘Prime’ time

Prime magazine is available for all students to peruse with some interesting articles on maths, drawn from a slightly different perspective to maths that you may have learnt in school.  Mr Barlett highlights some books (on pages 4-5) all of which are available in our library for all to gasp over.

Enjoy some maths hacks and much more!  Titles include: Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan; Probability by John Haigh;
Norm Chronicles by David Spiegelhater; Ten equations that Rule the World by David Sumpter.



Yoto Carnegie & Greenaway 2022 Shortlists

YAHOO…. for the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway medal shortlists which have been released and the big news is all of the books on the 2022 shortlist are in our school library NOW!


If you would like to join ‘Carnegie Shadowing’ group – come and chat to Mrs. Payne or Mrs. Taylor in the Library.

October October by Kayta Balen; Guard your Heart by Sue Divin; Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock.

Ever wondered who Carnegie and Greenaway were?
Your questions are answered in the link below! 
Cheeky Library Clue: One created 2800 libraries and the other was a nineteenth century artist!

I Talk like a River by Jordan Scott & Sydney Smith; Shu Lin’s Grandpa by Yu Rong & Matt Goodfellow; Drawn Across Borders by George Butler

The Carnegie & Greenway awards are the UK’s longest running award scheme for books for Children and Young people. 
Whilst the books are voted for by Children’s Librarians, Kids get to vote too in the Shadowers’ choice! Stay tuned for your link to
take part, write a review and vote for your favourite book!

Explore with Oxplore!

Are you aged 11-14? This year Oxplore Book Club is back and is waiting for you!  If you dig dystopian drama, sizzling short stories, and
awe at young adult fiction then check out this link….

Oxplore Book Club introduces you to stories and poems that you might not have come across before and is designed to encourage critical thinking, debate and much more through power of the written word.

We have some new non-fiction books which have swooped into the library, be the first to have a look at them as part of our Subject specific vocabulary: How Money Works by DK; Equal by Carrie Gracie; Our Universe by Jo Dunkley; How to Teach Relativity to your Dog by Chad Orzel.  For a more comprehensive list look on the ‘P drive’ under Library.


Calling all Coders

Collar this coding books in our Library NOW with colourful and entertaining illustrations to make coding and Html fun and exciting and unique! We have lots more books on computers in our library to take home for the Easter break. Alternatively, take a look on Sora by searching “Computers.”



International Children’s Book Day 2nd April 2022

International Children’s’ Book Day is on 2nd April and is famously the birthday of Danish author Hans Christian Anderson whose charming fairy tales include “The Emperor’s New Clothes;” “The Little Mermaid;” “The Nightingale;” “The Snow Queen;” “The Ugly Duckling;” “The Little Match Girl;” and “Thumbelina.”  Many of his books have been made into films and they continue to attract and enchant audiences, with new additions of his books printed continually.

The aim of International Children’s Book Day is to inspire a love of reading for children of all ages and to recognise the importance of how books can help us improve our knowledge, vocabulary and most importantly our imagination.

Take a look on the reading cloud at some classic books our Library has.  A few good Classics we have picked out are: Blood Brothers by Willy Russel, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie.

In addition Sora is always a good place to look for some more Classic reads which you can access at home.  If you type in the Search: ‘Classics.’


SGS compete in the South West London Regional NRCQ heats

Well done to both our A & B teams for competing in the NRCQ (National Reading Champions Quiz). Both teams performed well showing extensive knowledge of fiction book characters, authors, titles and illustrators.

Big congratulations to our A team, comprising Suhail, Perry, Marcus and Esah all from Y7 who came 3rd in the Regional heats and will be rewarded with a book tokens each.

‚ÄčA huge thank you to Mrs Jones who compiled weekly quizzes to help the teams practice for the quiz.


Overheard in the Library...


Twelve year old Joe Whale from Shropshire, who is also known as ‘Doodle Boy,’ has shot to stardom after his illustrations were posted on social media.

Doodle boy was initially told to stop doodling on his books in school but his parents encouraged him to attend an after school art club to continue his love of illustration.

Joe’s Head teacher saw his talent and posted his illustrations on Instragam where his doodles got noticed and he was asked to do a wall for a restaurant in Shrewsberry. Since then Doodle boy has designed the set for the American show ‘Little Big Shots;’ illustrated a book series called ‘Game of Scones;’ He has even drawn the attention of giant ‘Nike’ for trainers and the Royal family commissioned him to draw the ‘Royal train.’

For hints and tips on how to become a famous doodler, check out this link below:


Blue Peter book Awards announced

Much loved Children’s TV program ‘Blue Peter,’ joined up with the Book Trust in the millennium to bring us the ‘Blue Peter Book Awards.’  This annual event brings together the best authors and creative illustrators to promote and excite reading for Children and young adults.

To find out about the two winning books and to see other books that made the longlist click below.


Easter Reads…

Reading lists for Easter are on ‘P drive,’ under Library, you will find both fiction and non-fiction.


Free Activities in the Easter Holidays

V&A Museum
14st April – 15th April 2022
Free family activities to enjoy in the Easter Holidays, with Pop-up Tales from the Forest workshop sessions run for 40mins at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily.
Saturday 16th April 2022
Drop-in Design: Theatrical Paper Fashion
Design and make your own paper accessories and explore how to make 2D models into 3D. Each workshop is 45mins sessions run on
the hour from 11am 4pm.
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


National Maritime Museum
Open all year round 10am – 5pm

Discover great Maritime stories of exploration and endeavour.  You will need to book a timeslot ticket but it is free and includes
the “Lives at Sea exhibition.”
Where: Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF

Deepdene Trail
Open all year round 10am – 5pm
A short walk from Dorking town centre lies the signposted Deepdene trail, perfect for Easter Walks.  You’ll discover the “Lost” estate of Regency designer Thomas Hope; 19th Century Hope Mausoleum and the romantic tower.  The trail leads all the way to Betchworth Castle and Brockham village if you wish to make it longer.
Where: Deepdene Ave, Dorking RH5 4AE
click to see the video: Deepdenetrail/video

Activities in the Easter Holidays with an entry fee

Easter Fun at Hever Castle
2nd April – 18th April 2022
£19.50 adult/£11.25 child/Family ticket £52.65

Visit the historic Hever Castle and grounds for a fun day out with lots of Easter activities including a free Easter Egg hunt and follow the trail for the Golden Carrot.  Inside the Castle you can listen to an interactive audio guide to take you around.  Why not challenge yourself to
the Yew Maze while you’re there!
Where: Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Easter Trail at Albury Vineyard
9th April – 18th April
£5 per person

Enjoy this self-guided tour through this luscious vineyard this Easter.  You’ll be sure to find some Easter treats.
Where: Albury Vineyard, Silent Pool, Shere Road, Albury,
Guildford GU5 9BW


Gatton Park
Open days on the first Sunday of every month
from February to October 1-5pm

£5.00 adult/Children are free
Gatton Park is a private estate owned by the Royal Alexandra & Albert School with parkland designed by Landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the estate boasts a huge amount of history. They have a programme of special events and activities.
Where: Gatton Trust, Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0TW

Breaking the News
Opens: 22nd April – 21st August 2022
Members and Children under 11 go free, Child (12-17) £7, Adults £16 advance booking prices
(on the day Child £9/Adults £18, Children under 11 free)

News is everywhere it has the power to make or break elections, bring people fame and bring them down again.  This exhibition will challenge the way you think about news and encourage debate about the news we consume.
Where: PACCAR 1, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Have an eggsceedingly happy Easter holiday!