Welcome to Sutton Grammar School Library

All students and staff are automatically members of our Library and able to borrow books from the collections.

The Library houses a large range of regularly updated fiction and reading for pleasure is very much encouraged throughout the school. The non-fiction collection is carefully chosen to support the curriculum.

There is a careers information collection and lists by subject of suggested wider reading for sixth form students as they prepare for their final exams and onward destination.

The Library is a bright, light and welcoming environment ideal for study or quiet reading and is open to all students during morning and lunch breaks. Resources include Pc’s, Scanners, printers, newspapers and Journals.

 

 

 

SGS Library Blog

  • SGS Library Blog – End of Summer term

    date posted: Monday 19 Jul 2021

    SGS Library Blog – End of Summer term

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently not visible on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    I hope everyone has a lovely summer holiday. I've put together a bumper edition of the blog full of ideas and resources for your summer reading. Next term the following clubs will be held in the library - book club, creative writing and podcasts. Book club will be after school on Wednesdays and we will confirm the timings for the other two after the summer break.

    For the first half of this term we looked at the top SGS Library book borrows using the Reading Cloud 'reserve and collect' service. This half of the summer term it is the top borrowers on the Library Sora app who have been rewarded. Congratulations to the following students who have each been awarded an achievement point :-
    Yr7 - Jayden, Agam and Rayyan
    Yr8 - Vikesh and Vedant
    Yr9 - Lavaan

    New blog header

    Through the holiday period, the SORA Student Reading App is always open!

    For those of you who haven't logged into Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via Sora. But if you are having any difficulties accessing Sora, then I will be happy to help you.

    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 https://soraapp.com
    Enter the setup code uksecondary if asked, select Sutton Grammar School and sign in with your school Google login and email password.
    And in the meantime, here is a Getting Started video guide or there is a PDF version on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Sora folder.

    Book Spotlight!

    Moondust by Gemma Fowler

    Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the first day man walked on the moon, when Neil Armstrong famously said ”that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".  So I've decided to feature a moon-based fiction book, Moondust by Gemma Fowler as this week's book spotlight. You can read the first chapter here and there are plenty of resources on Gemma Fowler's website for both this. We have a copy of this book in the school library.

    Lucy Strange books

    Winners have been announced for the 2020 Young Quills for Historical Fiction awards. The winner of the age 14+ category is The Stolen Ones by Vanessa Curtis with The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys being highly commended. The winner of the age 10-13 category is Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange with Diver’s Daughter – A Tudor Story by Patrice Lawrence being highly commended. All of these titles apart from The Stolen Ones are available to borrow online from Sora and of course we have a copy of The Fountains of Silence in the school library as it is one of the titles we were reading at book club for Carnegie Shadowing.

    The Stolen Ones by Vanessa Curtis

    2021 Branford Boase Award winner

    More award news with Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray winning the 2021 Branford Boase Award. This award is for new authors and you may watch the Awards ceremony on YouTube, which also features other shortlisted authors. This book is available to borrow online from LLC or you may read the first two chapters here.

    2021 CLiPPA shortlist

    Also the shortlist for the 2021 CLiPPA - CLPE Poetry Award was announced yesterday and it includes Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann, a great novel written in verse, which some of our book club students have read. This is another award which has a shadowing scheme so we will investigate the possibility of getting involved in 2022.

    Edinburgh International Book Festival

    The Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 14-30 August and all events will also be available to view online, either live or afterwards until 30 September. There are lots of great authors lined up and I'm going to highlight a few sessions.

    Malorie Blackman: Noughts & Crosses, 20 Years On
    Happy Here with Dean Atta, Patrice Lawrence & Yomi Sode
    Liz Kessler & Alex Wheatle: Whose Side of History Are You On?
    What's the T? with Juno Dawson & Special Guests

    YA at home event

    There are three YA author panel sessions taking place on 24 July which you may enjoy. More details of how to register here.

    Toppsta reviews

    I've been reminding you in each blog post that Toppsta are running a weekly book review competition throughout the summer with prizes for you, your class and the school. However it is limited to reviews of books featured in their pack (images above and below), so I have mentioned below those which are available in the school library or via Sora or LLC. Of course there may be other titles that you have already read, so do check out the full list. Final closing date is 27 August.

    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (SGS / Sora / LLC)
    Malamander by Thomas Taylor (SGS / Sora / LLC)
    Gargantis by Thomas Taylor (Sora / LLC)
    The Danger Gang by Tom Fletcher (Sora / LLC)
    After The War by Tom Palmer (Sora)
    Future Friend by David Baddiel (LLC)

    Toppsta reviews

    Free Comic Book Day

    Free Comic Book Day is usually held in May, but this year it will be on 14 August. Both Marvel and DC will be releasing a few free titles which you can get from participating stores including Forbidden Planet in Croydon. However no need to wait until then, as Comixology have lots of free comics available now.

    On a similar topic, the National Literacy Trust have issued a challenge in conjunction with The Beano to make your own comic.

    arvel's Captain America: The First 80 Years

    Did you know that Captain America is 80 years old this year? He was created in March 1941 during World War II as a patriotic superhero to boost morale. Marvel's Captain America: The First 80 Years was published last month.

    BookMatch Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

    The Reader Teacher has created a set of #BookMatch lists by either book or author to help you find new reads based on your favourites which Yr7 may find helpful.

    What I've been reading recently!

    La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

    This week I borrowed the audio version of La Belle Sauvage, the first volume in Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust series from Sora.  Although published later, this is set prior to The Dark Materials when Lyra is a baby. It is a nice read but rather a slow start in my opinion. I have also read The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, a brilliant thrilling sci-fi adventure and Skellig by David Almond, an empathetic read which was the winner of the Carnegie Medal back in 1998. All these titles are available to borrow from the school library or online via LLC. And La Belle Sauvage is also on Sora.

    My next audiobook from Sora will be Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. What have you read recently? How about posting a review of your latest book on Reading Cloud.

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    Bumper News Round Up this week!

    The Week Junior magazine have a summer reading challenge to make reading your superpower. Read and review any three books, Open to those aged upto 16. Closes 3 Sep.

    Penguin Lit in Colour are running their Creative Student Prize asking the question: what place do books have in your world? Entries can be submitted in a variety of written or visual formats. Open to those aged 14-18. Closes 17 September.

    The UK's YA Lit Con will be taking place from 6-8 August as part of the London Film & Comic Con. Keep an eye out as the programme isn't up on their website yet.

    I featured You Are A Champion: How to Be the Best You Can Be by Marcus Rashford as the book spotlight on the blog previously and here is your chance to win a copy. We also have this title in the school library. Closes 4 August.

    Not long now until the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021 closes at the end of this month.

    Here is an opportunity to obtain a free copy of Skin Taker by Michelle Paver to read and review. Closes 30 July.

    ReadingZone have a selection of teen book giveaways. Closes 31 July.

    Following on from our Big Bang Fair, you may enjoy trying some of the activities from the Digital Discover Zone of the Cheltenham Science Festival. How about the Agent Y Code Book Challenge?

    Goldsmiths are running three Young Writer Competitions for short stories, journalism and anthropology. Open to those aged 16-18. Closing date 1 August.

    One of our newest additions to the school library is Derek Landy's latest book The Skulduggery Pleasant Grimoire, a compendium recapping on the books so far, plus a reference guide to characters and a treasure-trove of bonus content. And you may listen to Derek Landy reading the introduction here.

    Caboodle have a giveaway for an advance copy of action-adventure book Swarm Rising by Tim Peake and Steve Cole before it is published at the end of September, plus you can read the first chapter here. 100 winners. Closes 5 August.

    Teachers here is one for you if you would like to participate in the 2021 Teachers’ Reading Challenge.

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    If you are successful in any of the challenges or competitions we mention on the blog, then please email us to let us know.

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     With the Olympics starting later this week and all the recent action of Euro 2020 and at Wimbledon where some of you were ball boys, I have created a crossword featuring sport related fiction. All titles can be found either in the school library or online via Sora or LLC.

    crossword featuring sport related fiction

    Crossword created at puzzle-maker.com

    Here is the solution to the STEM fiction crossword. This will remain online until the start of next term.

    solution to the STEM fiction crossword.

     

     

  • SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 11

    date posted: Friday 09 Jul 2021

    SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 11

    SGS Library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently not visible on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    Yesterday saw the first session of the Yr8 Creative Writing Club. Wow, I loved listening to what you wrote. If you fancy trying this, then come along to the library after school next Thursday. 

    Flash fiction runner up

    There will be no library blog next Friday. Instead there will be a bumper edition of the blog on the last Tuesday of term. Don't forget to reserve your holiday reads for collection from the school library before the end of term. Lower School may borrow upto 4 books over the summer holiday or upto 8 for the Upper School.

    For those of you who haven't tried the 'Click and Collect' service for the school library out yet, here is the link to our library catalogue. Key in SUT, to search for our school. Books reserved before lunchtime, will be available for collection after school on the same day. If you don't see a book you are searching for listed, please let us know and we will consider adding it to our wishlist. Sora will continue to be available in parallel for those of you who prefer ebooks or audiobooks, plus it may offer a wider choice of titles to those on our shelves here.

    And please may we remind you to return books to the Library lobby as soon as possible. There are still about 175 overdue books.

    This week's top tip is regarding Sora rather than Reading Cloud and is relevant for those of you live outside the London boroughs in Surrey. You can now link the Surrey County Council library catalogue into Sora, in the same way as London Library Consortium (LLC).

    So a reminder of how to access a public library within Sora. Under settings, click add a public library, then type in Surrey County Council (for all Surrey public libraries eg Epsom, Banstead etc) in the search bar and select by clicking on the "This is my library" button.

    how to access a public library within Sora

     

    2021 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

    Winners have been announced for the 2021 Waterstones Children's Book Prize. The winner of the older category is Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (SGS/Sora/LLC) and the overall winner is A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll, a book which we have previously featured for having also won Blackwell's Book of the Year 2020 and the Blue Peter 2021 book award.

    2021 UKLA Awards

    After Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, there is more success for Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann which is the joint winner alongside The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery in the 11-14+ category at the 2021 UKLA Awards. These are the only national awards in the UK judged by class teachers, plus this is the first time that the judges have considered two books to be so exceptional, that they have awarded joint winners. You may see details of all shortlisted titles and winners of other categories here.

    Book Spotlight!

    The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery

    Following its UKLA success, I've chosen The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery as this week's featured book spotlight. Here is a YouTube video of the author reading from her book when it was published last year. This book is set in Japan both in modern day and at the time of the Hiroshima bomb in 1945. If you wish to have a go at folding a traditional origami paper crane, here is a tutorial on YouTube, as suggested in the book.

    Amazing Book Awards 2021

    Winners have also been announced for the Amazing Book Awards for both 2020 and 2021. For these young adult awards, students select which titles make it onto the longlist and shortlist plus vote for the winners. Any school may participate, so this may be something we consider joining in the future for our book club.

    2021
    Bronze – The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Silver – Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew
    Gold – The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

    2020
    Bronze – Viper by Bex Hogan
    Silver – Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green (SGS / LLC)
    Gold – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

    Amazing Book Awards 2020

    I'm continuing to remind you weekly for the rest of this term that Toppsta are running a weekly book review competition throughout the summer with prizes for you, your class and the school. However it is limited to reviews of books featured in their pack, so I have mentioned below those which are available in the school library or via Sora or LLC. Of course there may be other titles that you have already read, so do check out the full list. Final closing date is 27 August.

    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (SGS / Sora / LLC)
    Malamander by Thomas Taylor (SGS / Sora / LLC)
    Gargantis by Thomas Taylor (Sora / LLC)
    The Danger Gang by Tom Fletcher (Sora / LLC)
    After The War by Tom Palmer (Sora)
    Future Friend by David Baddiel (LLC)

    What I've been reading recently!

    Unstoppable by Dan Freedman

    This week with football and tennis in full swing, I chose to borrow Unstoppable by Dan Freedman from Sora. A great read encompassing themes of sibling relationships, rivalry and gang violence. We will be purchasing a copy for the school library. This title is the July read for the Oxplore book club, who have plenty of resources including a preview of the first 4 chapters. I also listened to the audio version of Radio Silence by Alice Oseman from LLC. This is a powerful YA book covering many topics including sexuality, relationships, bullying and internet fandom. What have you read recently? How about posting a review of your latest book on Reading Cloud.

    Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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    Weekly News Round Up!

    Here is this month's selection of free teen reads from publishers Simon & Schuster.

    There is a Young Poets Takeover at Wakefield LitFest at 6.30pm on 15 July with online open mic opportunities for those aged 14+

    Book Trust have put together a list of 100 best books over the last 100 years and you may see their recommendations in the age 12-14 category here and in the age 9-11 category here.

    Book Trust also always have plenty of giveaways. This week I'm highlighting one to win copies of The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris and The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman, both of which I mentioned on the blog back in January in a US inauguration feature. Closes 23 July.

    The theme of the Young Wild Writer Competition 2021 is what does rewilding mean for you? Open upto age 16. Prizes include an online author visit to school. Closes 16 July.

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    For those of you who haven't logged into Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via Sora. But if you are having any difficulties accessing Sora, then I will be happy to help you.

    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 https://soraapp.com
    Enter the setup code uksecondary if asked, select Sutton Grammar School and sign in with your school Google login and email password.
    And in the meantime, here is a Getting Started video guide or there is a PDF version on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Sora folder.

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    To tie in with today's STEAM event at school which I hope you have all enjoyed, I have created a crossword featuring STEM related fiction. All titles can be found either in the school library or online via Sora or LLC.

    crossword featuring STEM related fiction

    Crossword created at puzzle-maker.com

  • SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 10

    date posted: Friday 02 Jul 2021

    SGS Library Blog – Summer term week 10

    SGS library

    Please click into the individual blog post, as the links are currently not visible on the library page, (formatting issue being investigated).

    Creative Writing Club

    For those of you who haven't tried the 'Click and Collect' service for the school library out yet, here is the link to our library catalogue. Key in SUT, to search for our school. Books reserved before lunchtime, will be available for collection after school on the same day. If you don't see a book you are searching for listed, please let us know and we will consider adding it to our wishlist. Sora will continue to be available in parallel for those of you who prefer ebooks or audiobooks, plus it may offer a wider choice of titles to those on our shelves here.

    And please may we remind you to return books to the Library lobby as soon as possible. There are still about 170 overdue books.

    Book Spotlight!

    Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

    Tomorrow is Alice's Day, so I've chosen Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There for this week's book spotlight since this year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll writing this sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We have an omnibus book in the school library featuring both titles and they are also available to borrow online from Sora.

    Most of the activities for Alice's Day take place in Oxford, where Charles Dodgson - the actual name behind the pseudonym Lewis Carroll lived for most of his life, but there are some online activities including mirror writing which Alice had to read in Through the Looking Glass. I'm going to highlight this YouTube video where authors Piers Torday and Amy Wilson discuss returning to Wonderland without Alice and imagining alternative universes. They are two of the eleven authors of short stories featured in the book Return to Wonderland.

    Alice's Day

    Return to Wonderland

    The Indie Book Awards took place last week and the winner of the children's fiction category is Tamarind & the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan. You may see other shortlisted titles and previous winners here. Last year this category was won by The Girl who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, one of the books we have been reading at our school book club.

    The winner of the non-fiction category is the autobiography My Name is Why by poet Lemn Sissay, including exploring the institutional care system and race. Upper school may enjoy this title.

    2021 Indie Book Awards

    I'm going to remind you weekly for the rest of this term that Toppsta are running a weekly book review competition throughout the summer with prizes for you, your class and the school. However it is limited to reviews of books featured in their pack, so I have mentioned below those which are available in the school library or via Sora or LLC. Final closing date is 27 August.

    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (SGS / Sora / LLC)
    Malamander by Thomas Taylor (SGS / Sora / LLC)
    Gargantis by Thomas Taylor (Sora / LLC)
    The Danger Gang by Tom Fletcher (Sora / LLC)
    After The War by Tom Palmer (Sora)
    Future Friend by David Baddiel (LLC)

    What I've been reading recently!

    Sabriel by Garth Nix

    This week I challenged myself to a genre I don't usually read, namely fantasy. So I chose to listen to the audio version of Sabriel by Garth Nix from Sora. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This is the first title in The Old Kingdom series. We also have a copy of this book in the school library. A 25th anniversary edition of this title is due to be published next month featuring additional exclusive content. And the sixth title in the series, a prequel about Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor is planned for publication in November. What have you read recently? How about posting a review of your latest book on Reading Cloud.

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    Weekly News Round Up!

    A new online book club has been launched for Scouts, but the resources are available to all. The book for this month is Twitch by M. G. Leonard. Resources include a sampler of the first 3 chapters, plus and audio version of chapter 1.

    The Young Poets Network have a competition to write a poem imagining natural solutions to problems caused by the climate crisis. Closes 11 July.

    The Stephen Spender Trust has two competitions for translating a poem from another language to English. The first can be any poem of your choice in any language and the second is from a list of Urdu poems. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know Urdu – you can use Google Translate or ask a friend for help. Closes 16 July.

    The Poetry Foundation in the US are holding a series of 4 online teen poetry lab workshops on Tuesdays and Thursday between 20 - 29 July. These are at 4pm BST for KS3 and 7.30pm BST for KS4/5. If interested, you need to register in advance.

    YoungWriters have two creative writing competitions for KS3/4. Both close on 23 July.

    Inkspots is a new series of free, weekly live streamed events on Saturday mornings to connect young people with their favourite authors. The session on 10 July will be a cook-along event with recipes inspired by stories of Enid Blyton.

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     For those of you who haven't logged into Sora yet, here is a reminder of how to borrow library ebooks via Sora. But if you are having any difficulties accessing Sora, then I will be happy to help you.

    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 https://soraapp.com
    Enter the setup code uksecondary if asked, select Sutton Grammar School and sign in with your school Google login and email password.
    And in the meantime, here is a Getting Started video guide or there is a PDF version on the P drive in the P:\LIBRARY\Sora folder.

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    Today is World UFO Day, so I have created a crossword featuring mainly UFO or alien fiction. And on Wednesday, it was World Asteroid Day which aims to raise awareness about asteroids and how we might protect the Earth from a catastrophic event. All titles can be found either in the school library or online via Sora or LLC.

    sci-fi crossword

    Crossword created at puzzle-maker.com