At George Green’s School, we have three flourishing Book Clubs running: an enthusiastic Year 10 Student Book Club, a Staff Book Club and a Young Adult Fiction Staff Book Club. Members post reading suggestions each half-term to compile a shortlist and the final choice is decided by a vote. Members then meet up either remotely (during school closure) or in person to chat about their thoughts on the book.
Both staff book clubs have over 25 members from all corners of the school from Maths to Drama, Business to MFL.
When staff members in the Young Adult Fiction Book Club finish reading the ‘Book of the Month’, they then lend it directly to students they teach or in their year group who might also enjoy it. When it’s returned, they lend it again and again!
Last October, saw students and staff in the YA Book Club reading the same book: Dashka Slater’s The 57 Bus. Students and staff were spotted reading The 57 Bus in the playground and even at bus stops. You can read comments and reviews on the The 57 Bus page.
November to January reads were The Night Diary By Veera Hiranandani and Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls. February to April titles were the piercingly relevant The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, winner of the 2018 National Book Award for her novel Poet X and now on the CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2021 The Year 10 Book Club also voted on The Hate U Give as the Spring term’s title. Watch Angie Thomas in conversation with Merin Kazi in Year 10, one of our First Story’s Young Writers and in the Year 10 Book Club as they discuss Thomas’ writing life and how young writers can find and use their voices.
Add to this, the general Staff Book Club are on their seven book since summer 2020: Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners. Previous titles included: Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Stephen Fry’s Mythos and Bolu Babalola’s Love in Colour and Megan Giddings’ Lakewood.