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KS3 Class reader

Discussion in 'English' started by bettycoltrane, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. bettycoltrane

    bettycoltrane New commenter

    I'm looking for a single book that I can read with a mixed ability year 7 class and a mixed ability year 9 class. It is purely for pleasure - no assessments etc. attached. However, I would really like it to increase their cultural capital and, things being as they are, copies of the book need to be cheap - I'm talking £2.50ish.

    I've been looking at the Wordsworth children's classics. I also really like the idea of Greek myths, but I'm struggling to find a collection that fits our budget. The main thing is that it's quality stuff that the kids enjoy. Any ideas?
  2. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    I’m afraid I don’t know about the budget side - although one book between two might be a compromise? You may find a few copies second hand online to supplement if you can’t achieve a full set on your budget?

    Year 7
    Beowulf by Rosemary Sutcliffe
    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
    Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
    The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byers
    The Silver Sword by Ian Seraillier

    Year 9
    The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

    Just some ideas! And great to hear that someone wants children to read for pleasure! All the best!
  3. bettycoltrane

    bettycoltrane New commenter

    Viola, thank you so much! I'm excited to explore some of these...
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  4. tolkien

    tolkien New commenter

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  5. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    My old school librarian managed to get massive quantities of the same book from the local library network (libraies often withdraw stock once the initial popularity of the book has declined). She once managed to get over 100 copies of The Diary of Anne Frank for free!

    Might be worth a try.

    The other thing would be to talk to Oxfam - they might be able to pull in copies of texts (e.g. Animal Farm) from lots of different shops in order to make up a class reader set for cheaper than buying new.
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