Review: The Windsor Knot, S J Bennett

genre(s): (cosy) crime audience: adult readers read it for: an intricately plotted and satisfying mystery tucked into a delightful and affectionately presented ‘sneak peek’ at the home life of HM The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.… More Review: The Windsor Knot, S J Bennett

PC Language: a ‘change’ and ‘diversity’ topic

PC (or ‘politically correct’) language is a topic in English Language A Level that rather nicely illustrates how artificial it is to separate ideas into topics like ‘change’ and ‘diversity’. But, of course, we have to draw lines for the purposes of curriculum organisation. What this actually means for you as a student (or a… More PC Language: a ‘change’ and ‘diversity’ topic

YA Book Feature: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (review plus teaching resources)

Age Range: 12+ (according to publisher’s website; I would happily use this throughout the secondary school – plenty to engage older teens, nothing ‘unsuitable’ for yr7/8, although they will be less interested in the romance aspects) Themes: family, friends, being different, romance Narrative style and genre: Strong first-person narration plants you firmly in Grace’s world and… More YA Book Feature: The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas (review plus teaching resources)