Book of the month - May 2019Book of the Month: May
KS3 Book of the Month (years 7 and 8)
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
In Newt’s Emerald, the bestselling author, Garth Nix, takes a humorous and mischievous approach to redefine the forever popular Regency romance, captivating the minds of all readers and presenting a charmed world where everyone has something to hide.
On her eighteenth birthday, Lady Truthful, nicknamed “Newt,” will inherit her family’s treasure: the Newington Emerald. A dazzling heart-shaped gem, the Emerald also bestows its wearer with magical powers.
When the Emerald disappears one stormy night, Newt sets off to recover it. Her plan entails dressing up as a man, moustache included, as no well-bred young lady should be seen out and about on her own. While in disguise, Newt encounters the handsome but shrewd Major Harnett, who volunteers to help find the missing Emerald under the assumption that she is a man. Once she and her unsuspecting ally are caught up in a dangerous adventure that includes an evil sorceress, Newt realizes that something else is afoot.
KS4 Book of the Month (years 9, 10 and 11)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is a gothic novel written in the early 19th Century that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a hideous, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Having created the monster out of deceased body parts that he initially thought beautiful, Frankenstein is horrified with the eventual outcome of the monster and abandons the monster to a lonely existence that is met with fear and horror at every turn. After discovering his brother has been murdered by a monster, Frankenstein swears to track down his creation and destroy it.
The story follows the journeys faced by both Frankenstein and his monster, exploring the themes of existence and consciousness; revenge; sacrifice and deceit among many others.
Open a copy to learn the real story of Frankenstein and his monster.