Fleetwood High School was delighted to welcome world famous author, Joseph Delaney, back to the school to talk to the Year 7’s about his career and to listen to him read an extract from his latest book. This was a great way to finish our celebrations for World Book Day.

Joseph spoke about his early career and some of the difficulties he encountered along the way as he wrote his Spooks books. He also chatted about the making of the book into a movie and the challenges this involved. Mark Anthony Bairstow commented, “It was good to hear the actual author reading his own book. I am going to start and read the Arena 13 books because they sound great.”

Throughout the week the school’s Learning Resource Centre had lots of activities for pupils to enjoy, all based around books and reading. These included book quizzes, designing your own bookmark, word searches, design a book token, and ‘guess the book in the jar’. There were prizes for all and many enjoyed the World Book Day free books. Local shops Asda and WH Smith kindly let our pupils choose their books with their free tokens so that they could have them on the actual day.

In class the Year 8 pupils took part by delivering a presentation to the Year 7 pupils. As part of the Leading Edge Award the pupils delivered a speech about the importance of reading and different ways everyone could celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. They then organised the Year 7’s into groups to form a discussion about favourite books, with each class voting on their particular favourite. Lucy Birch, Year 8 said, “I was nervous at first standing in front of the class but they were really good and everyone took part, I really enjoyed the experience.”