At the Summer Reading Club this year we are reading two books. The younger group is listening to Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now. The story is off to a rousing start as older sister Marcie overflows the bath. First the ceiling begins to drip on Grandpa. Then it collapses – and crushes the television. Oh no! Luckily Clarice Bean has words of wisdom from her favourite literary character, girl spy Ruby Redfort, to guide her: When you lose an important piece of equipment, improvise or seek out an alternative. Even more luckily, her best friend Betty Moody has her own tv in her bedroom. Problem solved! Except the stove was crushed too, and the family is going to have to live on toast forever.
The older group is hearing Cornelia Funke’s Ghost Knight, in which Jon, jealous of his new stepfather, makes himself so sulky and unpleasant at home that his mother sends him away to his late father’s boarding school in a famous cathedral town just dripping with history. Jon is determined to be as miserable as possible, but when the ghosts of three malevolent knights began haunting him, he finds himself drawn into a dark tragedy that unfolded around the cathedral back in the middle ages.