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Newhaven Book Beats – March 2021

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Newhaven School Library Blog/News, reviews and giveaways

Carole Oldfield librarian@newhavenschool.co.uk

World Book Day 2021

Thursday March 4th is World Book Day, the annual celebration of reading for pleasure. Collect a £1.00 token from me for a free book. Find out more about each book here.

The website also has live events with the authors and illustrators, a book club and free resources and audio books. Test your memory and powers of observation about childhood picture books in the MC Grammar World Book Day video, daft but fun.

Moxie: the book and the film


‘Moxie’, by Jennifer Mathieu, is a story about Viv, a sixteen-year-old student who publishes an anonymous ‘zine’, tackling a toxic sexist culture in her school. Viv gets the idea from her mother’s rebellious youth as one of the ‘Riot Grrls’ in the nineties. Her action spirals, taking her and her new friends much further than they planned.

It’s been adapted into a movie of the same name, out on Netflix on 3rd March. We have a library book copy to borrow.

International Women’s Day 2021 – True stories from over fifty countries

Share the IWD beat with this 45 second British Council video inspiring you to take action for equality.

IWD is a global day held each year to recognise social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. The theme this year is ‘Choose to Challenge’.

If you are looking for stories to inspire your future you’ll find plenty in the directory of inspirational women speakers. Select a country, choose a name and find out more about many amazing women in sports, business, creative and other industries.

5th to 14th March is Science Week 2021

We were given some great new science books by the Royal Society at the end of last year when they sent us six books to judge. You can meet the authors at the virtual award ceremony, on the Royal Society YouTube channel on March 12th.

Here are two of your favourite shortlisted books which you can now borrow from our library.

For cats, very bad puns and real science facts read ‘Cats React to Science Facts’ by Izzi Howell.

Take a scary look at what keeps your guts in order in ‘Gut Garden’ by Katie Brosnan

Book Giveaway Roll Over

I am extending the deadline for two of the book giveaways from the February edition of Book Beats.

  1. “Black and British” by David Olusogu
  2. “After the War” by Tom Palmer

Maximum one gift per student
Deadline extended to 31st March 2021, midnight
Available for students from all Newhaven sites, learning at home or at school

I look forward to seeing you all back in school this month and to sharing stories, real and imagined.

Carole Oldfield