Thornton College girls stuck their heads into a good book for UNESCOs World Book Day on Thursday 5th March – the world’s biggest celebration of reading. To get the girls closer to the books they love, we took a photo of each and every one of them – and teachers too – engrossed in their favourite story. We pinned the shots around the school to get the students talking about what they had chosen. Our librarian Mrs Barnes said: ‘Peer recommendation is really strong. This created conversation about reading and was a great way of increasing the profile of books.’ She added: ‘It was interesting to see a pattern emerge. Following the success of John Green’s A Fault in our Stars there has been a shift towards ‘grief’ type books and away from the likes of Twilight and vampire books. The Divergent series also appears very popular with our Seniors and the Harry Potter books are being read by a brand-new generation. All of David Walliams books are also winners across the board from Year 4 and up.’

Thornton’s Head of English Mrs Clements plumped for Sabriel by Garth Nix as her number one, with another 356 novels running a close second! Would you have as much trouble narrowing it down?

Her top five teen fiction books:

1. Sabriel (the Abhorsen series) - Garth Nix

2. The Kin - Peter Dickinson

3. Snow-Walker - Catherine Fisher

4. Across the Nightingale Floor - (Tales of the Otori series) Lian Hearn

5. His Dark Materials series - Philip Pullman




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