World Book Day - 7th March

This year, Greater London Tutors will be supporting World Book Day with various events and initiatives.

Book Review Competition – Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in celebrating World Book Day with Greater London Tutors. We would especially like to thank all of our competition entrants for giving us the joy of reading some fantastic book reviews. We received over 100 reviews from all over the country, and after much deliberation we are pleased to announce our chosen winners for each age group.

Review by Nimrah Mazher, 11 years old, Manchester
Book: Alice Next Door by Judi Curtin

Alice next door is a story about two girls who are the greatest friends. One of the girls, Alice has to move to Dublin caused by the row between her parents. Megan (the other girl) was very upset. Alice makes a conspiracy, and one of the things is to hide in Megan’s house, so her parents get worried and her mum gets shocked to move back to Limerick. But unfortunately her mum gets mad and discovers their secret. Thankfully, Alice’s gets angry (he argues and shouts) and Alice has to come to Limerick every two weeks.

I liked the story because of some of the ambitious vocabulary used and the interesting sentence starters, that are different each time. The story was a piece of simple writing, but a fascinating story hidden in it. Between each chapter the suspense builds and along with it, so does the tension. Each sentence adds to the information and adds to the mystery.

The descriptive writing, along with the suspense has added to my inspiration of becoming an author, which has been my dream since I was 7. Since that moment I’ve written and created many stories and even made a book, which I hope is published one day. My teacher is the most fantastic person who has helped my improve my writing by miles!

My favourite character is Alice as she is daringly brave. She sound sympathetic and kind, a girl with a warm heart. She also sounds clever with a smart personality. I like the way she is described, through the story.

Overall, I give the book 5 stars out of 5, as I enjoyed reading it. *****

Ellie Martin, 14 Years old, Gloucestershire
Book: How to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird tells the tale of Maycomb in the 1930s, a town in the South of America, steeped in racial prejudice. Uniquely told from the viewpoint of young Scout Finch, the novel explores the series of events that shook a small town’s conscience and shaped three children’s characters.
The story begins with a long, hot summer. This is the summer that Scout and her brother Jem meet Dill and become obsessed with the idea of making Boo Radley come out and talk to them. Boo is a man crowded by fear and mystery who has been locked in the house by his father after a youthful misdemeanor. The character Boo is the reader’s first real indication of Maycomb’s distinct intolerance. Boo has been turned into a malevolent phantom by the town but is actually a gentle, quiet, very shy man; a mockingbird in his own right.
The story develops quickly. Along the way Scout, Jem and Dill meet a variety of different townspeople, from Maudie Atkinson – the children’s favourite neighbour, to Dolphus Raymond – a white man who lives among Negroes.
Finally we come to the main plot: the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Scout’s father Atticus, a local lawyer, is appointed to defend Tom. What follows is an insight into the complexities and prejudices of human nature.
To Kill A Mockingbird is a story about the innocence of children and the cruelty that people inflict on others, conveyed through a child’s journey to maturity and the struggles and pressure she is faced with from her community. By the end of the novel Scout has finally learned that ‘you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.’

Rebecca Beirne, 17 years old, County Meath, Ireland
Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is an intriguing, heart wrenching, thought provoking story of a young German girl evacuated to a family during the Second World War. We experience the world through Deaths eyes as he watches young Liesel live through the harshest time in history. We see how books have the ability to save people. How they can both inspire and destroy a person without firing a bullet. Death watches as Liesel is saved by words.
Zusak has given the world a book that will change the lives of everybody who reads it. His talent in descriptive writing is unmatched by anybody in his field. He has shown us just how powerful words can be by placing them in the hands of twelve year old girl. This book is so different, so unique that it cannot be compared to any other I know of. Zusak is a magician with words. He can create the most breath-taking imagery out of the most simplistic ideas. I dare anybody not to be in tears by the last page!
Never before has a story touched me so deeply. To give away any plotline is a crime. You need to read it to experience the true magic of it! The story itself is so simple and plain yet it is Zusak’s words, painted through his narrator; a realistic but caring Death, that gives it such depth and pure emotion that each character, event, word comes alive off the page. It’s a novel of unbelievable scope, told with such truth and meaning that every sentence will stay with you for years to come.
“I have hated words
And I have loved them…
And I hope I have made them right.”

Book Donations

The second of these activities will be to ask for your help in sending us any unwanted books that might be lying around the house. We will be selecting some schools in the local West London area that are in need of books for their library. We are asking for any books in good condition for children under the age of 18 years old. Please email for more information or drop any unwanted books to 35 Baseline Studios, Whitchurch Road, London W11 4AT.

Please contact the office if you have any other queries, and we look forward to helping you with your educational needs this year.

About World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 16th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why World Book Day will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.


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