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Book Recommendations for Years 7-9 (secondary school).

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We have a group of avid readers in Teen Book Club. They read a wide variety of books – some for younger children and some for older teens – so I asked them what they had read over the summer that they would recommend to other readers and here is that list:

Girl Missing – Sophie MacKenzie

The Boy at the Back of the Class Onjali Rauf

The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan O’Dowd

The Opposite of Always – Justin Reynolds

The Tattooist of Auschwitz  Heather Morris

The Hitchhikers’ Guide to The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Holes  Louis Sachar

Stepping Stones  Louis Sachar

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

The End of Time – Gavin Extence

Spies – Michael Friarn

Wonder – R.J Palacio

The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

The Blood Guard – Carter Roy

Boy 87 – Ele Fountain

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

Please use caution when choosing books for young teens. I’m not a fan of censuring reading but some teen books can deal with very adult themes, so please choose according to your child’s maturity and sensitivity.

Happy Reading!

Proud Moment

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Ok… so this requires a DRUM ROLL… as you all know we are proud of what all the children write at The Story Room and we all work hard on building their confidence and ability as writers. Jessica has been coming to The Story Room since she was little. She has always been an absolute pleasure to write with and it has been a privilege to watch her grow as a writer.  Two years ago she came second in The Readers Digest 100 words competition with The Puppy’s Music story which she wrote at The Story Room – as usual she did not see the absolute wonder of what she had written! This year we ran a poetry session where the children were encouraged to enter their poems into competitions. Jessica Warren (rather effortlessly, we have to say!!) wrote two poems… submitted them to The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 and DRUM ROLL…. out of thousands (lots of thousands!!) of entries she was selected as one of 85 commended Poets for this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.…/foyle-young-poets-of-the-yea…. We are so so proud of Jessica. She deserves the recognition for her work and we hope that this is the beginning of a writing career for her… if only she knew how good she was!!! We hope she does now. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer girl. She’s a regular teen (a cool, lovely one!)who loves writing…. So it is great that she has been commended for her work. WELL DONE JESSICA, it is a privilege to be with you on your writing journey!

Caroline Green – Author Workshop

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Saturday 28th April

We have the pleasure of welcoming Caroline (Cass) Green to run a workshop with our writers on Saturday 28th April . Her books for young adults have won many awards  and her latest novel for adults, ‘In a Cottage in a Wood’,  is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.  Caroline has years of experience teaching teens. Caroline also runs workshops for adult writers and is involved in mentoring schemes. We are very excited that she has agreed to come to The Story Room to run an exciting fantasy workshop and pass on some of her wisdom to our teen writers. She has a gentle manner and tonnes of enthusiasm that will inspire novice and experienced teen writers.

For more information about Caroline please visit

Praise for‘Cracks’By Caroline Green

‘If you devoured The Hunger Games, (this) will hit the spot.
Green’s fast-paced thriller is a standalone novel, and you’re on
her hero’s side all the way…entertaining, funny and thoughtfu
Amanda Craig, The Times

‘Caroline Green’s thriller is taut and suspense-packed 
right up to the last page.’
Financial Times

‘Beautifully crafted, fast-paced thriller in which nothing is as it seems. 
More like this please.’
The Independent

Time of Workshop:3.30pm to 5.00pm
Location:Friends House, 59 Church Hill, London N21 1LE

Fee: £25.00 .- please book in advance to avoid disappointment .

If you have any Caroline Green books at home bring them along for Caroline to sign.

Thank You Tatum Flynn!

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Dear Tatum Flynn,

Thank you so much for the inspiring workshop on graphic novels last night. We all enjoyed your company and your wisdom! We have many talented writers in our group, so it is always great to see them learning something new and discovering new ways and styles of writing. Your inspiration will remain with them for a long time. The drawings you did for them, of  the characters they created, will be treasured. Thank you for your patience and kindness.

Thank you to Allan Burroughs for organising and planning the workshop with Tatum!

Please visit us again!