A group of Academic scholars at Rydal Penrhos have been running the rule over a prestigious shortlist of novels in the latest of a series of special seminars.
During session three of the new initiative, pupils were asked to read books that have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Award, which is presented by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for young people.
This was due to Rydal Penrhos enrolling in the CLIP Awards Shadowing Scheme, which engages thousands of children in reading the books on the shortlist via school reading groups, with dedicated educational and digital resources to support each shortlist.
Those that had read two or more books were invited to a special lunch last week with Headmaster Simon Smith, Head of Lower School Gabriella Murphy and English and Drama teacher Fiona Earle.
They discussed the various books, but nobody had read enough of the titles to predict the winner, though ‘The Smell of Other People’s Houses’ was recommended so highly by pupils that Miss Earle subsequently read it.
Despite this glowing recommendation, the winner was announced as Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys on Wednesday, June 20.
“We have all enjoyed reading, and look forward to the establishment of reading groups next year,” said Miss Earle.
The final Academic Scholar Seminar will be held next week and it will be held at the Maths department.