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Winners of The NGA 'Love to Read Club'

Every week there will be ‘Book Tokens’ to be won for articles about 'Loving Reading’.

Winners of The NGA 'Love to Read Club' will be announced each week on this page.

The first two winners of the week commencing 22 June 2020 are:

- Freyja, Year 10

- Rhianna, Year 9


Press the links below to see some of the winning articles.

Freyja, Year 10

Reading in Lockdown 

Lockdown, in many ways, has been a confining experience. As we are forced to stay at home, we must face the advantages and the disadvantages of this strange time. Staying at home is both a comfort and an inconvenience, and while it is currently unsafe to travel within the world outside, we must look for worlds to uncover indoors.

Books are now the doorways of exploration. Reading allows us to escape, explore worlds of magic and wonder, and be captivated by the adventures and amazed by the journeys undertaken.

My favourite Lockdown read transported me to another world entirely:

‘Sorcery of Thorns’ by Margaret Rogerson is one of the most captivating fantasy novels I have read and is sure to transport you to a world of magic and mystery. This book is the perfect escape from Lockdown.

‘Sorcery of Thorns’ was enthralling. Magic and mystery riddle every page of this novel and it leaves you on the edge of your seat with every twist and turn.

So incredible and cruel is this book's ability to make you feel as though you are there. While you read, you truly see the magic unfurl and the characters come to life. This book had me laughing, crying and eager to read more. An emotional rollercoaster in the best way possible. The characters witty humour, heartbreaking back stories and great personalities really engage the reader and make this book what it is.

This tale is for those who enjoy fantasy, magic and everything this entails. It is a story for those who want to be immersed in the strange and wonderful, the unfamiliar and fantastical. The protagonist Elisabeth Scrivener is an empowering female heroin, and a character you can route for. The tale does involve a subplot of romance, so those who enjoy reading such stories may also love to read this book. Rated 14+, ‘Sorcery of Thorns’ is a perfect, well-rounded book that tackles many relevant issues within its magic and mystery (eg sexism and unchanging social views).

If you would enjoy a slightly more light-hearted, romance-based fantasy, then another of Margaret Rogerson’s books may appeal to you. ‘An Enchantment of Ravens’ is another standalone novel by this author and is perfect for those who enjoy fantasy. I have also read this book during lockdown, and it is definitely one of my top ten books to read.