It’s story time – for teenagers

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Once upon a time, there was a science teacher called Bill Wilkinson.

Bill loved reading, and he wanted to pass this passion on to his form group of 25 secondary school boys.

Huzzah! He was in luck. His school introduced a mandatory 20-minute silent reading time to take place once a week during tutor time. To begin with, this filled him with joy – as the kids read, he read. A lovely, peaceful 20 minutes amid the madness of the school day.

And yet, he quickly noticed a problem...

“They borrowed a different book each week, opening it at a random page,” Bill writes.

“Some didn’t even turn a ...

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