Jennifer Webb

Grammar for (academic) writing: sentences working hard…

This post is based on my part of a conference talk with Marcello Giovanelli at ResearchEd Warrington in April 2022 based on the work we have been doing for our forthcoming book, Essential Grammar, which will be released by Routledge in 2023. In our book, we argue that grammar is the foundation of language. Grammar …

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Recommended by Rachel Cook (@dramateech) Form and genre: novel written in verse Length: 371 pages Summary: Narrated between two girls who lose their father in a plane crash and ultimately learn about each other as long lost sisters. Age recommendation and challenging content: Contains death and grief. Would recommend for Y8 and above. Notable reasons for recommending this book: This is a …

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The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla

Recommended by Naomi Murcutt (@NaomiMEnglish) Form and genre: contemporary young adult fiction, prose Length: 288 pages Summary: The Boxer focuses on the life of a young Asian boy, Sunny, who has moved from London to Bristol. When he is the victim of a racially motivated attack, he joins a boxing club and befriends Keir, a white teen with a family …

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The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan

Recommended by Vina Vekria (@VVekria) Form and genre:  Prose novel Length: 170 pages Summary: Journey of an orphaned boy in Mumbai trying to find his birth mother using the tiffin delivery service. My students love it! Age recommendation and challenging content: Child abuse – protagonist is hit by carer. Hints of sexual exploitation but students often miss it. Recommended for year …

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The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Recommended by Ruth Holder (@MrsRHEnglish) Form and genre: prose, gothic, action, mystery Length: 270 pages Summary: Irene’s family moves after her father dies and her mother gets a job as housekeeper for enigmatic toymaker, Lazarus Jann, whose sick wife has been shut away for years.. Strange events and figures, mechanical and shadowy creatures, chases…an exciting story! Age recommendation and challenging …

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