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Junior Book Club - November

Thursday, 23 November 2006


Today is our November Kid's bookclub. The Bookclub will be reviewing "Starring Tracey Beaker" by Jacqueline Wilson and we'll be picking our book for next month.

Katriona McFadden Book Club Chair
Katriona McFadden has been working as a reporter with RTÉ Radio since 2001. Most recently she has worked as a roving reporter with The Tubridy Show and from September she will work as a reporter on the new RTÉ Radio 1 weekday drive-time programme. She joined RTÉ Radio after completing a B.A. in Journalism at DCU.  To date she has worked as a researcher and reporter on Five Seven Live and a newspaper reviewer on RTÉ 2fm's The Full Irish.  She has co-produced and co-presented a10 part series on the EU accession countries and her documentary Five Days in Tallinn was broadcast in December 2003.  She also produced and presented the children's radio programme The Funday Show. In 2002 Katriona spent some time working as a researcher on The Late Late Show. Katriona hails from Milford in Co Donegal, where her parents Michael and Kathleen continue to live with her brother Nicholas.

Kids Bookclub consists of
Mike Dolan (10)
Connor O'Neill (10)
Lauren O'Brien (8)
Kerry Lawrence (9)

About the kids
Mike Dolan

Mike is 10 and has two sisters, Naoise and Joey. He also has a rabbit called Crash! Mike likes reading, origami and computer games. His favourite books are the Artemis Fowl and Eragon books.. He goes to Zion school in Rathgar and his teacher's name is Mr Conaty. He loves to watch Mash and The Simpsons and his favourite ice-cream flavour is strawberry.
Connor O'Neill
Connor is 10 and has 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Connor also has a kitten named Billy. He loves to read, play soccer and Gaelic football, play tennis and chess and he also likes lego. His favourite books are the Darren Shan series as he loves scary books. He goes to St Joseph's in Terenure and his teacher is Mr Ring. His favourite TV programme is Spongebob and his favourite ice cream flavour is mint chocolate chip.
Lauren O'Brien
Lauren is 8 and has 2 brothers, Craig and David. She also has a goldfish called Cindy. She loves to read, shop for clothes and play basketball and soccer. She loves her mobile phone and doesn't like her old dog lucky (he used to growl a lot). Her favourite books are Tracey Beaker and My Secret Unicorn. Lauren goes to Loreto, Crumlin and her teacher is Miss Murray. She likes to watch Tracey Beaker on TV and her favourite ice cream is strawberry.
Kerry Lawerence
Kerry is 9 and has one sister named Aoife. She has a goldfish called Junior. Her hobbies are reading, drawing, arts and crafts and camogie. Her favourite thing in the world is creating stuff. Her favourite books are Tracey Beaker and My secret Unicorn. She loves books in which exciting things happen. Kerry goes to Loreto Crumlin and her teacher is also Muss Murray. She likes to watch Tracey Beaker on TV and her favourite ice-cream is strawberry.

Book being reviewed today on the show
"Starring Tracey Beaker" by Jacqueline Wilson  (Doubleday, ISBN: 0385610173)
Tracy Beaker is would do anything for a role in her school play. This year they are performing "A Christmas Carol". Tracy is doubting her ability to even play one of the small parts of a street urchin, characters without even a name. Much to her surprise, Tracey is cast in the leading role! Now the worry for her is whether she can play the famous difficult, mean and grumpy part of Ebeneezer Scrooge. At least she can get inspiration from Justine Pain-in-The-Bum Littlewood! Even if Tracy manages to learn all her lines, what's really on her mind is whether her film star mother will make back from Hollywood in time to see the play. Bestselling author, Jacqueline Wilson has chronicled the adventures of Tracy for fifteen years. Her stories have never failed to contain laughter, tears and excitement. "Starring Tracy Beaker" is no exception.

About the author Jacqueline Wilson, OBE
(born Jacqueline Aitken in Bath on December 17 1945 is a British author of children's books. Currently one of the bestselling authors in Britain, her books have won a range of prestigious awards, and been adapted for television and stage. When she was a teenager, she started working with the Dundee-based publishing company DC Thomson on a new girls magazine Jackie after she had an article published in the namesake magazine. An urban myth that the magazine was named after her has been perpetuated by the author in promotional work even though this has been denied by those who were involved in the launch. Over 20 million copies of Wilson's books have been sold in the UK alone. In a poll conducted by the BBC The Big Read, four books by Jacqueline Wilson were voted in the top 100 most popular books in Britain: Double Act, Girls In Love, Vicky Angel, and The Story of Tracy Beaker. In 2004 she replaced Catherine Cookson as the most borrowed author in Britain's libraries, a position she retained the following year.

Children's reviews of the book
Mike: Mike didn't like the book. He thought it was repetitive and boring. He didn't like Tracey and thought she was moody and whiney. He didn't feel sorry for her even though she had no mum or dad. He thought the characters were all very alike and didn't really like any of them. He has been in plays before too and he enjoyed them. He played the king in Sleeping Beauty once.
Connor: Conor didn't like the book either. He didn't think it was very scary and he likes scary books.  He also doesn't think school plays are exciting and they are not a very good thing to write a book about. He didn't like Tracey as she was a moan but he did feel a little sorry for her as her mother didn't turn up for her school play. He didn't really like any characters at all. He had never read Tracey Beaker before and he has never been in a school play.
Kerry: Kerry has read the Tracey Beaker books before and she loved this one as well. She thinks it's brilliant but she thinks it's more suitable for girls than boys. She really likes Tracey. She thinks she's funny even though she's bossy. Tracey is her favourite character. She felt really sorry for Tracey because Tracey 's mam didn't go to her school play. She has been in a school play "Jack and the beanstalk" where she delivered the bills to Jack's mam. She loved it and would like to be an actress
Lauren: Lauren had read the books before and loved this one too. She thinks it's a bit better for girls than boys. She likes that its about a school play. She likes Tracey and she likes that in this book Tracey shows that she is not only a bully but she has a soft side too. She also likes the characters of Cam and Justine. She also starred in "Jack and the beanstalk" and she was the giant!

How to vote for November's bookclub
You can call 1512 71 70 71 and follow the instructions.
Calls cost 25cent
Or you can text BOOK A, BOOK B or BOOK C to 53555.
Texts cost 25cent.

Book A : "Horrid Henry's Christmas Crackers" by Francesca Simon ( Orion ISBN: 1842555464)
Book B : "Disney High School Musical: The book" ( Parragon Plus ISBN: 1405491493)
Book C : "The Young Oxford book of Christmas Poems" by Michael Harrison ( Oxford University Press ISBN: 0192763423)

"Horrid Henry's Christmas Crackers" by Francesca Simon (Orion ISBN: 1842555464)
Four new fantastic Christmas stories from Horrid Henry. He ruins the school play, attempts Christmas shopping without spending his pocket money, tries to get in Santa'a way and has Christmas dinner with some not very nice guests! It's everybody's Christmas nightmares coming true and it's absolutely hilarious. Horrid Henry does it again!

"Disney High School Musical: The book" ( Parragon Plus ISBN: 1405491493)
This is the book of the Disney High school Musical Film. It tells the story of Troy and Gabrielle. Troy always wanted to be a big sports star and win the basketball championship. But since he met Gabrielle all he wants to do is star in the High School musical opposite her! Gabrielle is also torn between the musical and The Scholastic Decathlon team. Will they lead their teams to victory or will they follow their dreams onto the stage? Disney High School musical is an exciting tale of this young couple.

"The Young Oxford book of Christmas Poems" by Michael Harrison ( Oxford University Press ISBN: 0192763423)
This is a great book for all the family at Christmas. It's packed with poems for the whole Christmas and New Year season all accompanied by fantastic illustrations. The book brings together well known modern poets in an effort to celebrate and reflect on the year past and the new year to come. There's some humour in there as well! A great read for all the family around the fire at Christmas time!

Book prices may vary from shop to shop
"Horrid Henry's Christmas Crackers" by Francesca Simon
( Orion ISBN: 1842555464)
Price: €7.45

"Disney High School Musical: The book"
( Parragon Plus ISBN: 1405491493)
Price: €5.95

"The Young Oxford book of Christmas Poems" by Michael Harrison
( Oxford University Press ISBN: 0192763423)

Books on the show
"Staring Tracey Beaker" by Jacqueline Wilson was provided by Random House Publishing.

Books For November Book Club were courtesy of
Borders Bookstore,
West End Retail Park,