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Book of the Year 2013

For information about this year’s shortlisted books check out this prezi

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Mr Pip

For all fans of Lloyd Jones’ prize-winning novel, Mr Pip, the long awaited film adaptation, starring Hugh Laurie, will be released next month. Check the trailer on YouTube – but be sure that you have read the book first!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRn3gr8Pt_o

 

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It’s official – reading literature makes us smarter!

DSC00561Readers have known it all along, but now there is research to prove it…..research psychologists in Canada have completed a number of surveys which indicate that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. Another study found a similar result in young children: the more stories they had read to them, the keener their “theory of mind,” or mental model of other people’s intentions. Deep reading can be likened to a hypnotic trance where brain activity is elevated and enhanced.
So….keep reading!

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/06/03/why-we-should-read-literature/#ixzz2ZBQihvcl

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Parkouring – new urban adventures

runParkour can be described as a creative way of getting from A to B quickly and efficiently, using only your body and the physical surroundings to propel yourself. It can include running, jumping, sliding, vaulting, rolling and more.
Parkour is non-competitive. It may be performed on an obstacle course, but is usually practiced in a creative (and sometimes playful) reinterpretation or subversion of urban spaces.Parkour involves ‘seeing’ one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for movement around it.[Wikipedia]
In Tim Sinclair’s exciting new novel ‘Run’, Dee invents an alternate world to escape his mundane life. With parkour he is not running away – but he is free. Sinclair uses the visual text to add to his narrative.

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The Under Age

For those interested in journalism as a career, or in seeing the news through the eyes of young writers, check out The Under Age – a version of the news written and edited by 12 young adult writers.Image

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Life of Pi – Yaan Martel

The holidays are a great time for catching up with movies – especially if you have enjoyed reading the book on which the mocie is based. The Life of Pi was an amazing story which has been beautifully filmed and remains true to the essence of the novel. This is not a film for children, however it has been promoted, and you will need to be able to suspend disbelief and go along with the storyline. The cinematography is, at times, quite breathtaking!

For those of you who may be confused about the ending, or the choice of endings, check out this website [a spoiler if you haven’t read the book – so be careful!] http://screenrant.com/life-of-pi-movie-ending-spoilers/2/

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Welcome to 2013 – a great year for reading!

ImageWelcome back to Woodleigh School! We hope that you enjoyed a fantastic holiday with lots of time for reading…a whole variety of things. Please let us know what you have enjoyed so that we can share it with others. Remember to check here for information about book and reading events during the year, and great websites and book trailers. Happy reading!

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