SGS Library Blog - September 2021

SGS Library Blog - September 2021


SGS Library Blog – September 2021


Welcome back to the start of another exciting school year. I always feel that September is full of optimism as we look forward to a new term and new beginnings. The opportunity to acquire more knowledge and make new friends coping with any challenges along the way. Perhaps joining a new after school club or reading a different genre book, doing something that will take us slightly out of our comfort zone, the list could be endless.


There are a lot of new books in the school Library, both fiction and non-fiction so hopefully something for everyone. The best news is that the Library is OPEN and you can visit in person! Well done all of you who kept reading last year using the ‘reserve and collect’ service and of course the e-book service using SORA continues to be available to all.


This term the Library blog will be monthly – so here is a round-up of some of the interesting book related events and features that are on offer during September.





For those of you studying gothic novels this year – take a look at the articles and insights given by the British Library as there is information that could help you with your studies.





‘Aftermath’ and ‘The Mutant Project’ are two of the longlisted titles for this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize and are new to the school Library this month. The longlist can be viewed at



Authorfy is a great site to explore with book extracts like David Almond’s ‘Bone Music’, author of the week video clips with authors introducing their books, ten minute challenges and much much more. You can filter by age group to speed up your searches.





International Day of Peace

was on 21st September 2021


Sometimes officially known as World Peace Day it is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope on any day of the year.


‘Hope Nation’ is a where some of today's most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal nonfiction collection of essays, poems, and letters, each a first-hand account that ultimately strives to inspire hope. The book is available to download from SORA.





Reading is Magic Festival 27th September – 1st October

  • The events for the 2021 festival will be available from the time and day listed on each event pages well as being available to watch on demand until the end of 2021. You will need to set up a free account to watch the videos, once you have logged into your account you will be able to watch all the 2021 videos available. You will be able to set up an account from 20 September ready to log in and watch from the following week.



For fans of the Malorie Blackman Noughts & Crosses series – the latest book hit the shelves on 16th September. Look out for copies in the school Library by the end of the month. If you haven’t read the series from the beginning the books are available both in the school Library and to download from SORA.


Climate Change is a topic discussed almost daily in the news and is especially topical with the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in the city of Glasgow in November this year.

There is more fiction being written with climate change as the main theme. The two books below will be new to the Library this month and for those interested further they should check out the Climate Fiction Writers League.



And a non-fiction addition to the Library :



For Stephen King fans – his latest thriller ‘Billy Summers’ will be new in the Library this month!


If you haven't logged on to Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via the app. There is a link to the Sora app on the pupil page of the school website or at the top of the sidebar here on the library page.
Download the Sora app or explore in browser
Enter the setup code uksecondary and select Sutton Grammar School, sign in with your school Google login and email password.
To help, here is a Getting Started video guide or there is a PDF version on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Sora folder.



The latest issue of Catalyst the chemistry magazine can be read online at



For fans of Marcus Rashford – you can now see an interview with him about his book in the YouTube link below.

The book is available to borrow from the school Library or can be read as an e-book on SORA.


Anyone who would like to submit a book review or book related article for the October blog please send it to


Happy reading!