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Book Holes by Louis Sachar (Bloomsbury pound;6.99). Teaching English is about reading books and if this classic isn't on your shelves, buy it today. The best book you can read with your Year 8 class. Read it yourself and you'll write the best scheme of work you've ever done. Resource www.newagemultimedia. comfirebrace. Storytelling, music and art from Francis Firebrace, a passionate, entertaining and educational master of the craft. Book him for a full day of fun-packed activities. Website Get your class to research and compare reviews and perhaps choose their own book. There is even a "turkey" section for those books best avoided. David Wares teaches English in Gateshead

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