Nomad Junior Book Club gets off to a flying start

28 Sep

The first meeting of our re-established Junior Book Club was held this afternoon and I believe it was a great success! The group met to discuss  ‘The Poisoned House’, a brilliant ghost mystery/thriller by Michael Ford (ISBN: 978 1408 804 506 – see our recommends page for more details). It became apparent quite early on that this was not the type of book any of the children would have chosen for themselves, but the fact that they had all enjoyed it and had much to say about the story, was heartening as the aim of the club is to introduce the youngsters to new authors and stories and to encourage a love of reading. ‘The Poisoned House’ is set in the past and does deal with ghosts and old-fashioned values, but I think the reason the children were kept in thrall was that the characters are written in such a convincing way, which is important as one generally needs someone to relate to within a book. And interestingly, when asked which character they would most like to be or to meet, each of them gave a different answer which implies that they had all read bits of themselves in particular individuals. After discussing the book amongst ourselves and picking out actors for our imaginary film version (anyone have Miley Cyrus’ number?), we were unbelievably lucky to have the author join us to sign our books and take part in a question and answer session. Amongst other things we learnt what the inspiration for the book had been (a large spooky house in Chelsea and the account of a poorly treated servant girl who had lived there) and whether Michael believed in ghosts or not. All in all it was a fantastic first meeting and everyone went home with a ‘Poisoned House’ themed word search. I would like to thank everyone who came along today – especially Michael for giving up his time and travelling across London to join us. It was very much appreciated. Our next book will be ‘Unhooking the Moon’ by Gregory Hughes, date tbc. If you have any queries concerning the Junior Book Club please don’t hesitate to contact Amy at Nomad Books at info@nomadbooks.co.uk, or phone on 0207 736 4000.

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