The week in books: 11 January 2019

11th January 2019 at 00:05

How to be a Peaceful School: Practical ideas, stories and inspiration

Anna Lubelska

Jessica Kingsley Publishers £14.99

ISBN: 9781785921568

 

I suspect that many people looking at the divisions caused by Brexit, as well as the schisms, chaos and conflicts across the globe, will agree with the central theme of this book: what the world needs now is peace. What is encouraging in reading this book is that it is clear that becoming a “Peaceful School” does not have to be yet another new initiative, one that creates work for teachers. Instead, becoming a Peaceful School is a way of framing some of the excellent practice that is already happening in schools up and down the country. “Peace,” Lubelska says, “is flowing through our schools, in the classrooms, playgrounds and corridors,
fuelled by the energy of passionate pioneers.”

Rae Snape is headteacher of the Spinney Primary School, Cambridge

 

Lightning Chase Me Home

Amber Lee Dodd

Scholastic, £6.99

ISBN: 9781407191652

 

Aside from being an enthralling tale about a courageous girl whose mundane life is overturned by some powerful magic, Lightning Chase me Home is a relatable story that reaches out to anyone who knows the anguish of a broken home. This book has left us inspired by bravery, mystified by magic and thankful for the ordinary things we take for granted. There is a happy ending, but you have to know where to look.

Eve Man is second-in-charge of English at Copthall School in North London

Amelia is an adventurous character and even though she’s having a difficult time at home and at school, she tries not to let that affect her.

Irene, Year 7

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