Bestselling teen author at King James

Author Sarah Rees Brennan signing books for pupils at King James's School and, below, students in "Crafty Friday" and one-to-one literary sessions.
Author Sarah Rees Brennan signing books for pupils at King James's School and, below, students in "Crafty Friday" and one-to-one literary sessions.
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Knaresborough King James School’s library has welcomed bestselling teen author Sarah Rees Brennan, who spoke to students about her hit series The Demon’s Lexicon.

The students were enthralled by Sarah’s stories of her journey in becoming a successful writer and she continued with a reading from her newest book, Unspoken.

kna   One to One tutor Gail Earnshaw working with a pupil at King James's School.  (121019M2c)

kna One to One tutor Gail Earnshaw working with a pupil at King James's School. (121019M2c)

The school’s library is home to a lot of different activities, and the same day some students were involved in the new Crafty Fridays initiative. This term some 20 students have taken on the challenge of learning to knit. Working in groups they are encouraged to develop their listening, speaking and communication skills, and the more experienced knitters use their knowledge to help and inspire others.

And on the top floor the one-to-one literacy and numeracy programme was going on, with Key Stage 3 students developing their basic skills and increasing their confidence.

Literary auditions for a place on the team to represent King James’s at the Yorkshire Heat of the Kids’ Lit quiz in November were also well under way.

Lisa Bryden, Chartered Librarian at King James’s School, said: “I feel very privileged to be working in a school that is fully supportive of the Library as a vibrant learning environment. I am also extremely fortunate to have enthusiastic staff from many different departments helping to run the craft sessions as well as parent volunteers.

kna  Pictured in a Crafty Friday session at King James's School are pupils Charlotte Flanegan, Jack Wilkinson, George Midgley, Thomasin Pick and Rachel Turnbull with Library and Resorce Centre Manager Lisa Bryden.  (121019M2b)

kna Pictured in a Crafty Friday session at King James's School are pupils Charlotte Flanegan, Jack Wilkinson, George Midgley, Thomasin Pick and Rachel Turnbull with Library and Resorce Centre Manager Lisa Bryden. (121019M2b)

“All these sessions are helping the students to develop transferable lifelong learning skills that will help them to achieve higher levels of attainment across the curriculum.”