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Book Factor 2019!

Lower School Book Factor 2019

This year’s Book Factor certainly brought the sunshine on a grey, blustery Wednesday during Reading Week! A very enthusiastic gaggle of contestants plus a an equally excited audience queued up in the Quad ready to enjoy the afternoon’s presentations, while Miss Bufton and Mrs Pendred kindly agreed to forego their lunch break to preside as judges of this year’s competition. After beginning proceedings, the children were called up individually to present their book or series and to tell the audience why they loved it so much. Both the variety of books and passion with which the children spoke was delightful both to see and hear. The titles discussed ranged from picture books to funny books, classic tales to graphic novels and all sorts in-between. I will be displaying copies of this year’s Recommended Reads in the Library in the near future so keep your eyes open!

All children who were brave enough to stand up and present will receive a Commend for their House; in addition, the most persuasive speakers will be presented with prizes during Monday’s Assembly.

Thank you to all the children who participated, whether an audience member or a speaker, and a special thanks to Mrs Pendred and Miss Bufton for generously giving up their time to judge!

Mrs Hunt, Belmont Librarian


Lower School Book Factor winners

  1. Katie Gill
  2. Yasmin Amitai-Hecht
  3. Duncan McNaught

Highly Commended:

  • Ruby Sackerchand
  • Lena Parvitzi
  • Iris Iacovou


Lower School Book Factor 2019 – Recommended Reads

Yasmine recommends ‘Voices in the Park’, written and illustrated by former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne.

Ben recommends ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio.

Yasmin recommends the Ottoline series, written and illustrated by form Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

Xenia recommends the Tom Gates series, written and illustrated by Liz Pichon.

Katy recommends ‘The Riddle of the Runes’ by Janina Ramirez.

Alex recommends ‘Fing’, written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross.

Lexie recommends ‘The Folk of the Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton.

Ruby recommends ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’, written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross.

Lena recommends the Rabbit and Bear series, written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field.

Duncan recommends ‘Tom Gates’ by Liz Pichon, ‘Looshkin’ by Jamie Smart and ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ by Joe Todd-Stanton!

Evie recommends ‘The World’s Worst Children’, written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross.

Iris recommends ‘Gangsta Granny’, written by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross.

Shubh recommends ‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ vol.1, written by Katie Cook and illustrated by several different artists!

Alicia recommends ‘The Wizards of Once’, written and illustrated by Cressida Cowell.


Upper School Book Factor 2019

The third annual Book Factor competition kicked off on Thursday lunchtime, featuring a whole range of Upper School pupils excited to talk about their favourite book or series. Competitors were asked to stand in front of the audience (and judges) and describe what their choice was about, why it was so good and why they enjoyed it! The selections this year were incredibly diverse in topic, ranging from WWII Holocaust fiction to autobiography to animal stories. The judges had a thoroughly difficult decision and, after much deliberation, selected some winners. All entrants received a Commend for their House and a certificate in Assembly, with the Highly Commended and 1st-3rd place pupils also winning an extra prize.

A huge well done and thank you to all those who entered – we always love hearing about what you have been reading, and thank you to those in the audience who simply came to enjoy the fun!

See you all next year…

Mrs Hunt, Librarian and Miss Bufton, Head of English


Upper School Book Factor winners

  1. Tabitha Vale-Harris
  2. Jamie Coffer
  3. Parul Saha

Highly Commended:

  • Roma Meghani
  • Maya Denton


Upper School Book Factor 2019 – Recommended Reads

Jamie recommends ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne.

Parul recommends ‘Skin in the Game’ by Nigel Wray

Amelie recommends ‘Carrie’s War’ by Nina Bawden.

Avnish recommends the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.

Maya D recommends ‘The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone’ by Jaclyn Moriarty.

Tabitha recommends ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ by Bruce Cameron.

Anna recommends ‘Girl, Missing’ by Sophie McKenzie.

Diana recommends ‘Spy School’ by Stuart Gibbs.

Charlotte recommends ‘Twilight’ by Stephenie Meyer.

Christalla recommends ‘A Sheepdog Called Sky’ by Helen Peters.

Roma recommends the Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell