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For those of you who have asked me (Helena) for book recommendations for  relations (and for those of you who haven’t) here are the favourites of the children in the Middle Graders’ Book Club, Teen Book Club and Young Adult Book Club.

FROM 13-16 year olds

Caitlin – One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus
The Silver Sword – Ian Seraillier

Jake  – More Than This – Patrick Ness
One of Us Is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Ellie  – One of Us Is Lying – Patrick Ness

Zahra  – Every Day – David Levithan
More Than This – Patrick Ness

Zaki – One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Ashiana  – One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

Amario  – Every Day – David Levithan

FROM 11-12 year olds

Zayne  – My Sister Lives on The Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher

Jake  – Warrior Cats – Erin Hunter

Leah  – Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

Bella  – Warrior Cats – Erin Hunter

John  – Warrior Cats – Erin Hunter

Kian  – Warrior Cats – Erin Hunter

FROM 8-10 year olds

James – Coraline – Neil Gaiman,
Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver

Bella – Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

Freya – Mary Poppins – P.L Travers

Katerina – Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver
Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

Mary Ellen – Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford
Mary Poppins – P.L Travers

Rian – The Diamond Brothers series – Anthony Horowitz

Maria – Cogheart – Peter Bunzl

Angelina – Cogheart – Peter Bunzl

Zain – Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver

Helena’s Favourites – A Kingdom by the Sea – Robert Westall, Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver, Mary Poppins – P.L Travers, Coraline – Neil Gaiman,  More Than This – Patrick Ness, My Sister Lives on A Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher, The Rest of Us Still Live Here – Patrick Ness, How I Live Now – Meg Rossof, The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness





11-plus Maths and English Course

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Course for Year 6 Children sitting 11-plus exams in January 2017
Date: Sunday 19th November 2017
Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Location: Woodhouse College, Woodhouse Road, London N12 9EY
What will the course cover?
1 hour Maths – The maths session will look at the more challenging problems that are typical of independent schools papers. Your child will be given the opportunity to tackle multi step problems and discuss different ways to approach these problems.
1 hour and 15 mins English –  The English session will focus on one of the longer questions that typically appear on comprehension papers for independent schools. There will be instruction on the creative writing paper focusing on how to approach a choice of titles or how to write about a picture stimulus.
There will be a 15 minute break in between the two sessions where your child can approach the tutors with questions.
Fee: £110.00 for the course and Succeed 11-plus mock on 3rd December (usual combined price for course and mock £125.00)
Fee: £55.00 for the course date only


Review – Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

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Dear Ross,

I chose your Time Travelling with a Hamster for a group of year 7 children recently. I had previously read it with a group of years 4,5 and 6s and they enjoyed it so I wanted to pass it on to the older group. The loved it… the boys in particular. And anything that gets boys reading gets a huge thumbs up from me!

We had a long discussion about the characters and how well-drawn the characters were. One boy did not like the step-dad at all! But they all love Grandpa Byron. They also would have loved to have driven a scooter  like Al! They were all uncomfortable with the kitten scene but understood why it was in the book. Here are some of the letters they wrote – they are not very long… year 7s  don’t want to do much writing after a long day at school.

Thank you for reading their letters! Helena

Dear Mr Welford,

Thank you for writing the book. I think it is really good and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep up the good work! I especially liked the part when Al’s mum jokes and tells him that his Dad is dead and got killed by a gang at the end.


I found the book Time Travelling with a Hamster thoroughly enjoyable. My favourite character was Grandpa Byron as he was very wise. My favourite scene was when Al stole the moped. I didn’t like it when Al was bullied though.


I have read your book and I loved it! It was perfect in every way. How did you get the amazing idea of time-travel and dying fathers? It was awfully interesting.

Thank you for taking the time to write it.

J.H. (a book club somewhere in Southgate)


Thank you for writing Time Travelling with a Hamster. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a fun and interesting read. Keep writing!


P.S. I am really jealous of Al – I wish I had the adventures he had.

I was really impressed with how you crafted your characters in Time Travelling with a Hamster. My favourite character was Grandpa Byron and his little head shake. I enjoyed learning about some of the foods and history of Bangladesh. You don’t find many books where the main character is Asian and that is what is unique about this book.