Keeping Reading Alive From a Distance

Plymstock School Library

Stories are a gift to you in this life. They have the power to transport you into different worlds, places, times. They enable you to process and understand your own thoughts, to develop ideas, inspire and perhaps, most importantly comfort you when you need it the most.

Miss Hogben's reading page videos will be taken down on 1st April in accordance with copyright rules.

Don't miss out! You still have 3 weeks to listen to 'Code Name Bananas' and 'Billionaire Boy' written by David Walliams and read by Miss Hogben.

Go to MISS HOGBEN READS to check it out...

The Foyle's Young Poet Award 2021 is now open!

This prestigious competition is open to anyone between the ages of 11 - 17!

Go to our News & Events page for more information...

Exciting World Book Day (Thursday March 4th 2021) news...

Miss Hogben as the character Beatrix LaStrange, from the brilliant 'Harry Potter' books by J K Rowling.


This year's World Book Day will be very different from other years, as most of us are at home.

Usually (as many of you already know), we like to dress up as our favourite book characters to celebrate reading across the world! And we LOVE to decorate the library with whatever theme we choose :)

As you can see from the rather scary photo (to the left of this) in 2017 we did 'Harry Potter' - I have included some more photos below (less scary, more informative) so you can see for yourselves :)

Sadly this year we will not be in school...


Mrs Oakley has come up with a brilliant idea to keep the joy of 'dressing up alive' with a fantastic competition involving...potatoes and toilet roll!

Go to WORLD BOOK DAY 2021 to find out more!

A reminder of the library last year (2020), when the theme was based on the glorious fairy fantasy book...'The Cruel Prince' by Holly Black.

(which clearly, Mrs Elliott has been unable to let go of...just wait until you see her competition entry (go to World Book Day page).


Harry Potter


Harry Potter


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

sneak preview...

Don't miss out on Mrs Elliott's WBD competition entry...

...never before has Prince Cardan looked so good.

To find out more go to our WORLD BOOK DAY 2021 page!

This week is the launch of a very special project...which brings together the whole of Year 7 and staff from Plymstock school...

A special project, for a very special a very extraordinary time...

Although this project is aimed at Year 7 students, who we feel have missed out on precious library time, we invite all students - from every year group - to join in and celebrate this incredible story and tune in to our special book readings...which will start on Wednesday 3rd February.

No books at home?

Not sure what to read?

Miss Hogben will be reading from David Walliam's latest best seller, during DEAR time!

Go to MISS HOGBEN READS to check it out...

Keep checking out our HOGWARDS page and follow our students as they make their final judgements on their favourite books of 2020!

Go to our HOGWARDS page now :)

It's that we are at home reading again please send us your photos so we can continue to celebrate reading...

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Mrs Elliott and Mrs Sherwood share their virtual author experiences...

Go to The World of Books & Authors for more information on this weeks focused author...

...Sarah Crossan.

Don't miss out on Mrs Oakley's Parent and Carer twitter challenge:

'Virtual School Library'

Read books for free! With the new 'Virtual School Library'.

For more information, go to Drop Everything And Read

Welcome back lovely students,

Remember, reading is gift and at a time like this a wonderful mental health tool. A book can offer you an escape like nothing else can – a chance to dip into another world and free yourself from any worries or stress – it is also a brilliant way of growing your brain without really thinking about it 😊 (win win).

Having said that, it is important for me to point out that some of you do struggle with reading, whether you find it difficult or you just don’t enjoy it. I want you to know that we are here for you and will do everything our my power to support you with this. Please contact me at if you would like me to give you some extra support.

Miss Hogben, Mrs Elliott & Mrs Sherwood

Check out this site suggested by Mr Burdett. It has many different online books that you can read for free!

Check out this page for more resources and information for improving literacy at home.

Continue with your fantastic reading habits whilst in the comfort of your own home.

I will continue to update the library website and keep it going to support you with your reading at home and school.

Don't forget... if you are in Year 7 and you haven't handed in your fish for the 'Great Library Fish Competition' the entry date has been extended until Lockdown is over!

We have already had some fantastic entries. Thank you so much to all of you who have already entered - you are all so talented!

Check out this term's featured book...

For a full review of this book, go to our What Shall I read Next? page.

For more information on 'Ghost Boys' and to find out more about the author Jewell Parker Rhodes, go to our Black Lives Matter page

Read the book BEFORE the movie release in 2021

Go to News & Events for more information

Check out our new 'Every Life Matters' page...where we celebrate the diversity and brilliance of our favourite authors.

This term's focus will be on authors and stories from our LGBTQ community...

Ready for Christmas reading?

Check out our new Year 8 page, full to the brim with Christmas recommendations...

Ready for Christmas reading?

Read Mrs Elliott's review on the delightful new book by Catherine Doyle, go to our Year 7 page for further details...



We have missed seeing our lovely students and being in the library. Unfortunately, the library building remains closed, for the time being.

However, we have just set up our 'click and collect' (well it's more a 'email and deliver') library, that will enable you to still borrow and return books (hooray).

You will have received information about this via SHMW and your English teachers and tutors.

REMEMBER - we need to leave 72 hours between handling the book and giving it to you, so please remember to bring a book from home if your library book hasn't arrived yet!

Please continue to read and contribute to our 'virtual library'. We intend to keep this going alongside the actual library (when it re-opens again).

Look after yourselves and have a wonderful first term,

Miss Hogben, Mrs Elliott and Mrs Sherwood

Ms Robinson's Year 7 Class, with their library books :)


Go to Reading at Home to check out where Mrs Robinson's tutor group are reading during lockdown!


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Student Book Reviews

Go to Student Book Reviews

Please send your reviews to


Carnegie Award 2020

Lark by Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan wins this year's Carnegie Medal...see his winner's speak

For more information on this fantastic book, Go to What Shall I read Next? and read Mrs Elliott's latest review.

myOn by Renaissance are offering free online books to support reading or for those reluctant readers!


At home reading?

Send us your photos so we can celebrate reading away from school.

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Further improve your vocabulary by exploring Mrs Glastonbury's Latin and Greek root words of the week

Continue with your fantastic reading habits whilst in the comfort of your own home.

No library website would be complete without some Harry Potter.

Remember to enjoy yourselves as much as you can...and take care.

Mrs Elliott, Miss Hogben & Mrs Sherwood