Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

July 13, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Teen Reads Monthly Update!

Fantastic news for fans of the epic His Dark Materials trilogy! Author Philip Pullman has revealed the covers of the American and UK editions of his highly anticipated upcoming book, LA BELLE SAUVAGE, volume one of The Book of Dust … Continue reading

July 7, 2017
by Miss Stewart

New Zoella Book Club Pick!

Calling all Zoella fans! Here’s the latest from WHSmith‘s blog – The next Zoella Book Club pick is ‘The Start of Me and You‘. Chosen by Amy Alward, this is an uplifting story of a girl determined to take a second … Continue reading

June 30, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Teen Reads Monthly Update

Whoop! The new Teen Reads newsletter is here, and it’s bursting with fresh teen flava – book recs, reviews, and competitions: “Ah, summer! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE turned 20 this week! … Continue reading

50 Children’s Books All Adults Should Read – For Reading Addicts

Looking for tips on how to engage your teenager with reading, and keep the reading habit? Make sure they see you reading! Why not read a book together? A lot of teen fiction is crossover, and appeals to both teenagers and adults. This article from For Reading Addicts is very useful if you are looking for some good ‘book recs’ to start the ball rolling. 🙂

Here’s a wee PowerPoint I made for our P7 Transition Parents’ Event last week. It’s packed full of sound advice I garnered from the Scottish Book Trust and World Book Day 2017.


June 15, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Jam-packed with Teen Read Recs!

The juicy June Newsletter from Teen Reads is jam-packed with book recs, Reviews, Features, Blog, Contests, and Coming Soon sections. Read This Newsletter Online You might also want to try,,, and Art/text©TheBookReportNetwork 

June 11, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Involving parents…

This Guardian article from 2015 is well worth sharing. Shared Reading is a successful interactive reading technique, and one we use here in Brechin High School. Typically, senior pupils will read alongside less confident, junior readers. The shared reading of … Continue reading

Booking up for June!

June 8, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 0 comments



Those most excellent people at Lovereading4kids have compiled their Books of the Month for June, and what an abundance of fabulous new releases for all ages there is! Did someone mention Alex Rider? That’s right peeps! A brand new adventure for everyone’s favourite teenage spy is out – Never Say Die – plus Wave Me Goodbye by the one-and-only Jacqueline Wilson. 😀

Click here to salisbury-comp_smread the epic newsletter in full. Here’s a wee taster for you all –

June Bugs! – Debuts of the Month

A flurry of fantabulous first-timers for kids to find their favourite! Don’t miss:

Phantom Limbs (YA) by Paula Garner – A Poignant and profound contemporary romance about love and friendship for fans of Jandy Nelson. Makes for compulsive reading.

The City of Secret Rivers (9+) by Jacob Sager Weinstein – A breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London’s underground rivers crackling with originality and energy.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (YA) by Julie Israel – A tear-jerking, soul-stirring, heart-warming story about losing a sister, and the ensuing aftermath of grief and mystery.

Gosh I love books! 😉

Art credit: taken from – Lovereading4kids

June 6, 2017
by Miss Stewart

The human experience…

The Human Experience: 8 Books to Inspire Young Adults, Part I “Racial discrimination. Police brutality. Religious intolerance. Sexual repression. Bigotry. Today’s problems touch each of us in myriad ways. These eight books examine injustice in the world today and challenge … Continue reading

June 6, 2017
by Miss Stewart

Celebrating 50 Years of Game-Changing YA

  This literary round-up from Penguin Teen shines a spotlight on the ground-shaking, heartbreaking and movement-shaping books that have changed the name of the game in Young Adult fiction. There’s an American bias to be sure but this is still … Continue reading

May 25, 2017
by Miss Stewart

3 on a YA Theme: Authors Inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale

On inspiration from The Handmaid’s Tale…

The idea of a narrator who doesn’t want to be telling a metafictional story but is compelled to and tortured by it.

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