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Mrs James – Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Five Quarters of the Orange has two time lines which alternate throughout the novel. One begins during Framboise Dartigen's childhood during the German Occupation. Framboise remembers her difficult relationship with her mother and two siblings as well as her dangerous friendship with a young German officer. The other is in present-day France, now following the life of the widowed Framboise Simon, having returned to the village of her childhood from which her family was expelled during the Second World War. Framboise opens a small restaurant, cooking the recipes left to her by her mother, whilst concealing her identity, lest she be recognized as the daughter of the woman who once brought shame and tragedy upon the village.

Mrs James loves this book because of the authorial craft used to flit between different decades in the main character’s life.





Miss Reid – Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden

Jadie never spoke, never laughed, never cried. She spent every waking hour locked in her own private world of shadows. But nothing in Torey Hayden's experience had prepared her for the nightmare Jadie revealed to her when finally persuaded to break her self-imposed silence. It was a story too painful, too horrific for Hayden's professional colleagues to acknowledge.

But Torey Hayden could not close her ears… or her heart. A little girl was trapped in a living hell of unspeakable memories. And it would take every ounce of courage, compassion, and love that one remarkable teacher possessed to rid the "Ghost Girl" of the malevolent spirits that haunted her.

Miss Reid loves these stories by Torey Hayden as "they remind me of why I became a teacher!"



Mrs Morton – Union Street by Pat Barker


Union Street, Pat Barker's first novel, is set in the early 1970's in an unnamed city in England's industrial Northeast. The impoverished, grimy town has two basic industries: the steelworks, from which the men are frequently furloughed or prematurely retired, and the cake factory, where many of the women work or have worked. Miss Barker skillfully employs the factory setting to touch on matters like automation, race prejudice, feeblemindedness and the sheer human hardship experienced by some of those trapped on the assembly line.

Mrs Morton first read this book at University. Since then, she has read it at least 10 times!




Mrs White – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The reason: HARRY POTTER IS      A WIZARD!

Mrs White loves Harry Potter books as she says they transport her to a new and exciting world!






Miss Rollins – Jam Panda Picnic

The annual picnic to Bluebell Wood doesn't go quite to plan for the Jam Pandas. They run into all sorts of trouble on their way to their picnic but work together to enjoy their special day!

Miss Rollins loves this book as it was one of her favourites when she was a little girl.





Mrs Dale – Beach Side Café by Lucy Diamond


Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by.

Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love . .

Mrs Dale loves this book as it reminds her of Cornwall, her most favourite place in the world.



Mr Betts – Nicholson – Truckers and Diggers by Terry Pratchett


This is the story of Jekub, the Dragon in the Hill with great big teeth and a great loud voice. (Well, that’s according to the nomes, but they are only four inches tall.)

When humans threaten their new home in the quarry, the natural thing would be to run and hide. But the nomes have got the wild idea that they should fight back. After all, everyone knows that nomes are faster and smarter than humans, and now they have a secret weapon…

The fantastically funny second book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.


Mr Betts- Nicholson loves this book as it is full of fun characters and escape ideas!



Miss Millward – The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton


The stories take place in an enchanted forest in which a gigantic magical tree grows – the eponymous "Faraway Tree". The tree is so tall that its topmost branches reach into the clouds and it is wide enough to contain small houses carved into its trunk. The forest and the tree are discovered by three children named Jo, Bessie and Fanny, who move into a house nearby. It is then that they embark on adventures to the top of the tree…


Miss Millward loves this book because it was read to her at school by her teacher and she now reads it to her nephew when he comes to stay at her house. She finds the stories comforting.