In part 3, we are looking at responses from three more members of staff at Berkhamsted School and their current favourite books, together with those of their classes.
Mr Maxted’s recommendation for this year is A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. He says:
‘I read some excerpts from A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen to my Year 9 boys and my Year 13 group this morning. I talked to them about how Bob has helped James to turn his life around after his heroin addiction and mentioned that the sequel, The World according to Bob, has just been published. One of my students mentioned that she has seen Bob a couple of times, draped around James’ neck in Covent Garden!’ My daughters and I have also seen Bob and James in Covent Garden and I have found this story heart-warming.
If you like this story, why don’t you try Dewey the Library cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter? Vicki found Dewey as a kitten who had been put through the dropbox at the town library in Iowa where she worked, on the coldest night of the year and she tells the tale of how he became the resident library cat who made the library an even more welcoming place!
Mr Bridle went for something more in keeping with his interest in military history, being a committed member of the CCF. He says:
‘I talked to my year 8s and 9s about a book I have got for a couple of the boys to read called Commando by Brigadier John Durnford-Slater. It is an account of his time commanding No. 3 Commando during the Second World War. I read them a couple of the stories in it, they seemed interested and 3 of them are going to read it over Easter.’ Sounds engaging for boys of any age!
Mr Baker inspired his boys’ classes to engage with each other talking about books they enjoy:
‘The point I stressed was that they should be asking each other for advice about which books to read – they were so enthusiastic about telling each other about the great books they were reading that I wanted that enthusiasm to spread within the class (particularly to those students who struggled to pick books for themselves).’