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New Releases — Jimmy Coates: Blackout by Joe Craig

Joe Craig Blackout

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If you’ve not heard of the Jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig, I suggest you take a trip to the library and ask Mrs. Venuto to kindly point you in the direction of Jimmy Coates: Killer, the first in this award-winning series of books about a teenage boy who finds out that he has been genetically engineered by the government¬†to be the perfect killing machine.

Popular with many a reader here at King Solomon, each one of these spy/action thrillers is a gripping story from start to finish. So it is with great delight that I read a few weeks ago that the seventh and what is rumoured to be the penultimate instalment was published on the 6 June and that the author, Joe Craig, was doing readings and signings in local bookshops in East London.

Not only is Mr Craig a gifted storyteller, but he is also very generous with his time, as we all know having hosted him at this school four years ago. Through diligent efforts, Mrs. Venuto arranged that the author come and chat to groups from key stage 3 and 4 about his novels, writing, and the process of storytelling. You can read more about his visit to KS here and you can see a trailer for Blackout here.

A new book coming out is a great event. Don’t just sit there! Go and read! Enjoy!


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Famous Literary Birthdays… Orwell!

The Man Himself, Great British Author George Orwell (Image taken from

The Man Himself, Great British Author George Orwell (Image taken from

Yesterday was the Great British author George Orwell’s birthday. He wrote darkly prescient political novels like 1984 and Animal Farm. My personal favourites are two of his non-fiction works, Down and Out in Paris and London and Homage To Catalonia, a brilliant account of Orwell’s participation in The Spanish Civil War.

For Orwell fans, there is a great series recently done by Radio 4 on ‘The Real George Orwell’ parts of which are still available to download and listen to here. Do check it out. For more information about Orwell, check out The Literature Network’s page on him here.

What about you? What’s your favourite Orwell?

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