24th Oct, 2020

Pupil praised for reading 21 books during school lockdown

AN AVID reader from Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College put her time to good use during lockdown when schools were shut by completing 21 books.

Year 8 student Molly Bower chose an eclectic variety of titles to fill her time during the national coronavirus lockdown.

Molly, who enjoys reading across of a range of genres, counts Anthony Horowitz as her favourite author and particularly enjoys the Alex Rider series of spy books.

Of all the books Molly read over lockdown, her favourite was The Long Walk – The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz. The book, first published in 1956, is counted as one of the world’s greatest true stories of adventure, survival and escape, and was the inspiration for the film The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris.

Since returning to school, Molly’s achievement has been recognised by the school as she has been awarded House Points for each book she has read and has been presented with an award from head teacher Alison Davies.

Miss Davies said: “I was delighted to hear that Molly has read so many books, and I was very pleased to be able to celebrate her success when I presented her with an award. I hope that she will inspire others to find a good book to enjoy.

“For many years we have put a lot of time and effort into a range of reading initiatives that encourage our students to pick up a book and read. We hope our initiatives will lead our students to a lifelong love of literature and reading.”

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