Recommended Reads

Pembroke School pupils and staff recommend their favourites old and new


As part of the school's celebrations of International School Library Day 2009, pupils and staff were asked to recommend their favourite books and magazines. Here are some of their hot tips for a good read:


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown was Mr Hamilton’s choice because “all his books are awesome, with great twists and turns.”


Claire also chose Dan Brown’s latest thriller for its “historically accurate information and mystery and suspense.”


Caitlin chose My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson because “it’s heartfelt.”


“Books in the Deathnote series make my spine chill and are very spooky.” Jake


Top of the Pops magazine is my favourite because there’s lots of information and hot pictures of George Sampson.” Becky


The Flowers in the Attic series was Courtney’s choice because it “keeps you reading.”


A favourite of Liam’s and Ryan’s is Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory “because it’s fun to see what happens to the other children.”


Craig and Callum both chose Anthony Horowitz’s Myths and Legends as their favourite “because it’s amazing” and “because I like Greek myths and legends.”.


Rachel chose Just Listen by Sarah Dessen for its “in-depth view of teenage problems.”


NME was Faye’s favourite magazine “because my favourite bands are in there.”


Lauren chose Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic “because it’s funny.”


Ursula Le Guin’s Wizard of Earthsea was Mrs Owen’s choice “because it explores real human issues in an alternative fantasy environment. She had the idea of a school for wizards long before J K Rowling!”


Using digital photography to make people smile prompted Mr Einig to choose DSLR User, published by Bright Publications, as his current favourite.


Manga series cropped up again with Ben’s favourite series being DragonballZ and Kyle’s Shaman King.


Mrs Managhan’s favourite book at the moment is World without End by Ken Follett, a “brilliant sequel” to Pillars of the Earth. “It includes interesting characters who keep encountering obstacles and complications in their lives. You can’t put the book down for wanting to see how they overcome them. Set in the 1300s, the books are packed with interesting historical facts which enhance the setting.”


Joe’s all-time favourites are Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories “because they’re funny and interesting at the same time.”


Alex chose Walter Farley’s classic Black Stallion “because it is about a boy who tames a horse.”


The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness is Mrs Smith’s favourite recent read “because it explores what it means to be human and the choices we have to make, as well as being a thrilling, fast-paced read. Can’t wait to get my hands on the second part of the trilogy, The Ask and the Answer, now!”


Miles to Go, Miley Cyrus’ autobiography, is Aaren’s current favourite “because I enjoyed learning all about her.”


An all-time favourite for Rhiannon is Enid Blyton’s classic Famous Five series.


Born to Run
by Michael Morpurgo was Alexander’s choice “because I like dog stories”.



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