Book Club

The 6th form Book Club is run by Mrs Adams and is open to anyone in the 6th form. We meet every month or so to chat over the book club book, any other books and everything reading!

Our current books are:

Angry, stirring and tender, this is a bold, questioning exploration of the lengths to which we’ll go for the people we love. 

Bobby Seed has questions. What’s another word for ‘thesaurus’? How can I tell Bel I want her as my girl friend, not my girlfriend? How much pain is Mum in today? Has she taken her pills? And sometimes, secretly, ‘Why us?’.
Bobby’s little brother Danny has questions too. Will Bobby let him have Rice Krispies for dinner? And can he stay up late on the computer? And why won’t Mum’s stupid illness just GO AWAY?

But it’s Mum’s question for Bobby that could turn everything on its head. It’s the Big One. The Unthinkable One. If Bobby agrees, he won’t just be soothing her pain. He’ll be helping to end it.

Would he? Could he?

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception in 1952, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.

Kate Atkinson has written a multigenerational story about a dysfunctional family.   Her mother is irritable and unhappy, her father is a philanderer, and her sisters are not very likable. Chapters with Ruby’s story moving forward alternate with flashback chapters filling us in on the family history, going back to Ruby’s great-grandmother. It’s a family tale of loss, lack of fulfillment, and unhappiness. However, Atkinson’s ironic sense of humour and Ruby’s upbeat personality prevent the story from being a dark book.

Family secrets are foreshadowed, and slowly revealed. One of the most heartbreaking secrets comes close to the end of the book. It’s a very complex book with an elaborate plot and many interconnections.  

Our Previous reads:

‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

Meet Scout, the narrator of this book. Her story is one of American Deep South summers, fights at school and playing in the street. The spooky house of her mysterious neighbour, Boo Radley, sags dark and forbidding nearby. Her brother, Jem, and her friend, Dill, want to make Boo come outside.

More than these childhood games though, Scout’s story is about justice. When Scout’s father, the lawyer Atticus Finch, agrees to defend a black man against an accusation by a white girl, he must battle the prejudice of the whole town and the era in which they live. It’s about imagination – not just the kind you need for childhood games. Because you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.

Moving, personal story that shines a light on the attitudes of a time and place… a powerful ‘must- read’.

This book won the YA book prize 2018, a prize which is run by The Bookseller in conjunction with the Hay Festival. Its is a wonderfully written psychological thriller about a girl, Moonbeam, who belongs to a religious community based on a closed compound in the desert of Texas. No contact is allowed between members of the Lord’s Legion and Outsiders. The charismatic leader asserts that only the members of the Legion are on the True Path and will Ascend – and that Outside the Fence is only misery, evil and sin.

Moonbeam survives the attack on the compound from law enforcement agencies who are concerned about the stockpiling of weapons in the Legion. Her story is explored in her interviews with her psychiatrist and the FBI investigator, and supervised interaction with other survivors – but Moonbeam has a secret none of them know….

Who does she trust? How can she move on?

Five years ago, Andie Bell, a girl in Pippa’s village, was murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh, but the body was never found. Pippa suspects it wasn’t an open and shut case, and chooses to make a study of it for her final year project at school.

With the help of Sal’s younger brother Ravi, Pippa is determined to find out what really happened that night. Neither of them thinks Sal was the murderer, but by trying to prove it, Pippa puts herself, her friends and her family in real danger. Someone in the village doesn’t like her delving into the past, and the murder was a little too close to home.

Meat Market tells the story of a girl from a south London estate, Jana Novak, who is uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she is unexpectedly scouted to work as a model and catapulted into superstardom. However, Jana soon discovers that the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous, and there are unexpected predators at every turn.

Dawson has described the novel as her “most challenging book to date” because of the difficult subject matter. Talking to The Bookseller about the inspiration for the story, she said: “Meat Market was originally inspired by the brave women who spoke out against Bill Cosby, but I also have a strange love/hate relationship with fashion and I wanted to explore that.” She spent two years conducting research for the book, talking to models, model bookers, magazine editors and designers to learn about the fashion industry from the inside. 

Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author Sara Barnard.

When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I?

Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. And it’s the last person she would have expected.

Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.

As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.