Reading Challenge – December

The 2015 Surbiton High School Reading Challenge is now officially underway. After a suitably unsettling assembly from Mrs Stead, Mr Bird, Mr Humphreys and a few girls in the sixth form, you’re all hopefully aware that the theme for December is Dystopia and Disturbia, with three excellent tales of worlds gone very wrong our featured books:


The core of the reading challenge remains the same, but there are two key new features this year. Firstly, there is a greater emphasis on how much points you can earn for your house. As the totals are added up just before the end of the year, you could have a major say in where your house ends up finishing, as each person who does the challenge can earn up to 50 points for their house.

Secondly, the Advanced Challenge requires more creativity this year, but with greater rewards granted as a result. This month, for example, you’re required to sum up a book in six words, a task taken on by the girls in our Year 7-9 reading club at lunchtime today. Here’s a selection of some of their efforts, with the book the summary is about in brackets alongside:

One wand, one scar, everlasting magic (Harry Potter)

Strange boy, strange house, strong friendship (Indigo’s Star)

Fighting in war, love left behind (Birdsong)

Small bear, big woods, huge heart (Winnie the Pooh)

A love never falters…until now (The Fault In Our Stars)

Why not have a go yourself? It’s not as easy as it looks, so be warned! Whatever you decide to read over the festive period, we all wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!