Our Library

The Library at BSCA is a pupil focussed resource to help with their journey at BSCA.  We hold a wide range of resources to support our students with school assignments covering from Primary right through to GSCE revision guides.  Also, to help our students to discover the love of reading that will last them a lifetime.

The library is open to all students from Nursery to Year 11 and all students are automatically made members of the library.

Secondary students can use the library at break, at lunchtimes and after school to read, use laptops for Accelerated Reader quizzes, for homework and research. After school students can use the internet but this will be monitored.

https://boltonstcatherinesacademy.oliverasp.co.uk/library/home/browse/list​

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Key Stage 2 Reading Suggestions

 

The Wild Robot – by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot.pngWhen robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is - but she knows she needs to survive.

After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realises that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home - until, one day, her mysterious past comes back to haunt her.

 

The Legend of Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood

The Legend of Podkin One Ear.pngPodkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he's quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin's home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee.

The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe.

With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbit kind has ever known.

 

 The House with Chicken Legs – by Sophie Anderson

The House with Chicken Legs.pngMarinka dreams of a normal life, but her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning.

For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next.

Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...

 

 

Fish in a Tree – by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree.pngAlly has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people.

Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the troublemaker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

 

Time Travelling with a Hamster – by Ross Welford

Time Travelling with a Hamster.png"My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine and again four years later when he was twelve." On Al Chaudhury's twelfth birthday his beloved Grandpa Byron gives him a letter from Al's late father. In it Al receives a mission: travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine and save his father's life. Al soon discovers that time travel requires daring and imagination.

It also requires lies, theft, setting his school on fire and ignoring philosophical advice from Grandpa Byron. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer..

 

 

 

Wonder – by R.J. Palacio

Wonder.pngAuggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old.

He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren't stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life.

Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it.

 

 

 

The Girl who Speaks Bear – by Sophie Anderson

The Girl who Speaks Bear.pngThey call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found - only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong. Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from.

She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way.

 

Gangsta Granny – by David Walliams

Gangsta Granny.pngOur hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma's house.

She's the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup.

But there are two things Ben doesn't know about his grandma. 1) She was once an international jewel thief. 2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben's help.