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Pupils from both Divisions joined Chloe Germaine Buckley from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in the Library for two special book club meetings. The event was part of a pilot scheme run by Chloe, Alex W and Blanca from Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, who have received funding through the Siobhan Dowd Trust to purchase books in order to set up these sessions in schools. The group is looking at diversity in young adult fiction, the environment, feminism and racism, along with young people’s reading engagement, and hopes that their project could transform into long-term book groups throughout Manchester.

Year 10 pupils were invited to read and talk about The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson. A second session, which was open to younger pupils as well, focused on Alex Wheatle’s young adult novel Liccle Bit. Pupils were keen to discuss in detail the issues raised in both of these books.

The Bolton School pupils involved each received copies of the books to keep and were keen to discuss The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo and Liccle Bit in detail with Chloe and each other over the course of lunchtime. Year 10 pupils enjoyed a delicious spread provided by the Catering Department while talking about Liccle Bit and its themes.

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