The Read Up! project – in which all incoming Year 7 pupils are gifted a book by the School to read over the summer before they start with us in September – marked its third year here at Surbiton High School. This year’s book was The Girl Who Lost A Leopard by Nizrana Farook, and after participating in some lessons and competitions around the book earlier in the year, the project culminated with a visit to the School from Nizrana on Tuesday 25 April.
In a wide-ranging talk that was both entertaining and informative, Nizrana discussed, among other things, how Sri Lanka has inspired the setting of all the books she has written to date; her passionate advocacy for strong female protagonists; and the intricacies of the creative writing process, from initial draft to final publication. She also engaged the pupils with a fun animal trivia quiz, which all found very engaging!
At the end of the talk, pupils were able to purchase copies of Nizrana’s other books, and competition winners in each of the three categories – Review, Alternative Cover and ‘Extreme Reading’ – were announced. Well done to our three winners Shreeya (7F), Michayla (7P) and Allie (7R)! Thank you to Nizrana for agreeing to be our Read Up! author this year, and we look forward to welcoming a new author to the School for next year’s equivalent project!
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