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Try one of these books recommended by pupils and staff from local schools doing the Time4Reading Schools Award.  All the books are free to borrow from any South Gloucestershire Library, just click on the title:

Schools across South Gloucestershire are taking part in the Time4Reading Schools Award to promote the enjoyment of reading across school communities.  Visit Time 4 Reading | South Gloucestershire Council to find out more.


“Recently I read – for the fourth or fifth time – ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Set in 1920s America, it is a compelling story about a mysterious man called Jay Gatsby (if that is his real name) and his busy social life in his enormous mansion in New York.  The book includes themes of truth, morals and whether money makes people happy.  The story is told by Gatsby’s friend, Nick Carraway – but is he a reliable witness?  This is one of my favourite American novels and I always discover new things in it every time I read it.”

(Mrs Gough – TA Year 6, Cadbury Heath Primary School)

‘Flowers for Algernon’ by Daniel Keyes.  I have just finished reading this book for the third time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it is one of my favourite books. It’s quite a short read. The main character is Charlie, a simpleton, who undergoes tests as part of a research project. He gradually gains intelligence and becomes more aware of the world around him but it is debatable whether the changes are beneficial or not. Certainly a book which gives you “food for thought”.

(Mrs Turner – Reception Teacher, Cadbury Heath Primary School)

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness.  For Conor O’Malley, his nightmares take the shape of a very old and very dangerous monster who visits him every night at seven minutes past midnight. He’s half-convinced that these must be dreams. But how can they be, when the visits are so vivid and when he finds physical evidence of the monster’s existence the next day?

Conor’s nightmares begin shortly after his mother starts her treatments for cancer. He’s also dealing with a father who lives in America with his new family, a brisk and determined grandma who doesn’t understand him, and school friends who don’t seem to see him anymore. This is an incredible book about the enormous burdens of responsibility and grief and loss.

I brought this book to read to my son but ended up reading it to myself in 3 hours! I was fooled into thinking this would be a simple story as it is only 200 pages, but it is not. It is so not. This book is raw and emotional and cathartic. It deals with grief, loss, and anger in ways I have never read about before. I don’t know what else to say except that everyone should read this book at least once……..also it should definitely come with a mascara warning!!

(Mrs Stevens – SENCo, Cadbury Heath Primary School)

I have just finished reading a book called ‘The Letter’ by Kathryn Hughes.  The story starts in modern times and tells of a lady who works in a charity shop. She finds a sealed letter in the pocket of a suit which intrigues her and she sets out to discover why the letter wasn’t delivered to the addressee.

The book then jumps back in time and focuses on a young couple at the start of World War 2. Just before Billy is called into the Army he writes a letter to his girlfriend.

I really enjoyed this book, I read it in just a few days as I couldn’t put it down. I liked the way the book was set in two different time zones and the way they connected.

(Mrs Wootten – TA Reception, Cadbury Heath Primary School)

‘Disclaimer’ by Renee Knight – I have just finished reading this book which is classed as a psychological thriller but I would consider it more of a suspense mystery type book. It is based on a main character Catherine who discovers a book ,which upon reading it has details of her most darkest secrets, which have come back to haunt her. I found it a very thought provoking story about two families told from different points of view with some really great character development!

Catherine and Stephen have a good life and stable marriage, but that is all soon to change following the departure of their son Nicholas, who has recently moved out to follow his own goals in life. Having moved to a new home Catherine discovers a novel on her bedside table which she has never seen before. When she starts to read it, she discovers that she is the main character and it reveals a secret that she thought only she could know. This is where the story unfolds and you find yourself as the reader on a rollercoaster ride, as Catherine’s world falls apart.  Definitely a book to read during the cold winter nights, as you will not want to put it down!!

(Mrs Maloney – Librarian/Reading Assistant, Cadbury Heath Primary School)



‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl.  This book delivers a strong message that you should follow your dreams. It is about a young girl called Matilda who is ignored by her family and learns to find solace in reading. It isn’t until she starts school that her full potential is realised by her classroom teacher Miss Honey who eventually takes Matilda into her life and looks after her. My favourite part of the story is when Matilda uses her special powers to knock over a glass of water situated on the teacher’s desk, whilst remaining in her seat. She has a strong character and helped not only herself but others to stand up to bullies. This book is a great read for boys and girls from the age of 7 upwards. I have read it several times and love it!

(Year 3 pupil, Cadbury Heath Primary School)

‘The Midnight Gang’ by David Walliams.  I have read all of David Walliams’ books so was really looking forward to reading this latest book. It is set within a hospital and tells of the adventures of five children with the main character Tom, who is admitted to hospital following an incident with a cricket ball which hits him on the head. In true David Walliams style the book is full of strange and funny characters like Matron, Tootsie the hospital’s dinner lady and Doctor Luppers. A definite read for fans of David Walliams and those who are new to his amazing storytelling and great sense of humour within literature. Age range 8 – 11.

(Year 4 pupil, Cadbury Heath Primary School)


‘Llama Drama’ by Rose Impey.  This book is hilarious to read and is about a Farmer – Farmer Palmer – who has the task of choosing an animal on his farm that he can trust to look after his sheep. Amongst the llama’s is Lewie, one of the smallest lamas who loves to sing and dance, not the most obvious choice for the job but none the less he is the chosen one. Discover how he copes with the challenges that face him. Children from the ages of 7 will love the simplicity and humour of this story.

(Year 5 pupil, Cadbury Heath Primary School)

‘A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book One’ by Lemony Snicket. This is the first in a series of thirteen books which follow the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parent’s death in a fire. The children are sent to live with a strange relative Count Olaf, who tries to steal their inheritance and is responsible for numerous disasters that the children encounter whilst trying to escape. The story has humour but in a more sarcastic and dark tone making these books more appropriate for ages 10+.

(Year 6 pupil, Cadbury Heath Primary School)

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