The Winter Reading Challenge is into its second week but it’s not too late to take part. All you have to do is read SIX books from now until Sunday 8th January 2017.

Click here for a challenge booklet or an entry form for adults.

There’s nothing better than curling up with a book in the winter.

Books read during Book Week

Here are just some of the books that pupils and staff read during Book Week 2015.

Divergent trilogy



Fun Reads

Fun books for boys

Manga Favourites


Cathy Cassidy

Cathy Cassidy trio

Adventure Time

Cosmic and b

Books to suit all tastes

book week books

Thanks again to everyone – pupils, staff, parents, friends and families – who took part in or supported Book Week 2015 at Annan Academy.

Special thanks to Mrs Nixon and her Library Assistants for all their hard work and enthusiasm.

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There are books to suit every pocket – or piggy bank.

M07F6I_Z   One of my favourite books this year was The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

winner's Curse

Kestrel is a general’s daughter and lives on a lavish estate. Despite her father’s wealth and status, her choices are limited: she is expected to marry or to join the military. The latter may be a problem as she is hopeless with weapons but she is shrewd, intelligent and an excellent strategist.

Nevertheless, she is tricked into buying Arin at a slave auction and a series of events is set in motion that will see the rebels taking back what was once theirs.

A strong, clever female character, just the right amount of romance, and an ending that leaves you desperate for more.

Countdown to Christmas


There are lots of reasons why you should give a book as a gift this Christmas.

Reason 1: Books are really easy to wrap. 

I bought my daughter a giant polar bear for her Christmas and couldn’t bear (pun totally intended) to wrap it up so he’ll simply be going in a very large gift bag. I’ll not have any problems wrapping up the books she’s asked for.

If you’re looking for a good book for a boy, this year the boys in my junior classes have loved the Tom Gates books.tom_gates_6bks

Summer Reading Challenge 2013

19 S1 pupils completed the Six Books in Six Weeks Summer Reading Challenge. Click below to read their reviews.

Read this year's Summer Challenge reviews

Read this year’s Summer Challenge reviews

Are you missing Alex Rider?

If you’re looking for something to read whilst hiding from the thunder and lightning, then don’t despair. Alex Rider may have sailed off into the sunset (or more accurately, taken a plane to the USA) but there are new heroes out there.

Boy Nobody

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff is my hot tip for the summer.

Boy Nobody is on a mission. Posing as the new kid in town, his job is to get close to his target, kill him (or her), then move on. No one will ever suspect that their kid’s sixteen-year-old friend is really a trained assassin.

Recruited when he was only twelve, after the death of his parents, our ‘hero’ faces his most difficult mission yet and begins to question his orders. His doubts might just get him killed.

I read this book at one sitting. It zips along at a terrific pace and is just what we Alex Rider fans were looking for.

Bodyguard: HostageChris Bradford, author of Young Samurai, has begun a new series. Bodyguard: Hostage (with Bodyguard: Ransom due out in May 2014) is about a group of teenagers who are trained in surveillance, hostage survival and unarmed combat and become Buddyguards – young bodyguards. (You’d think by now that the villains of the world would stop underestimating teenagers!)

Connor Reeves is on his way home from a kick-boxing tournament when he spots a boy in trouble and steps in to save him being beaten up by a gang of youths. However, he ends up being arrested and the boy he helped isn’t around to back up his story.

If you want to know how he gets from there to protecting the daughter of the President of the USA, you’ll have to read the book.

The Summer Reading Challenge is back!

Summer Challenge 2013 - BOOKLET

For the third year we are challenging our new S1 pupils to read SIX books during the summer holidays.

Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a certificate.

You can check out the favourite summer reads from 2011 and 2012 by clicking on the links below.

Summer challenge 2011

Summer challenge 2012

If you are looking for a book that will make you want to keep the lights on at night,  you should try Darren Shan’s Zom-B series. (The fourth book in the series – Zom-B: Angels has just been released.) Perfect for reluctant readers who enjoy horror stories, these books zip along at top speed with lots of twists and turns – and gruesome illustrations – throughout.

Zom-B series


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