Cheney Choice 2023-4 launches

The 2023/24 Cheney Choice selection was launched on 31st October via an introductory film presented by Cheney Librarian, Mrs Fenton, shown to all students in years 8 and 9 in their English lessons. 

The Cheney Choice selection is a set of 4 books each for years 8 and 9 chosen by Mrs Fenton with the specific tastes of the readers at Cheney in mind. Once the books have been chosen, Ms Mortimer (KS3 English Lead) puts together a series of lessons based on the themes and content of each book. Each book also has an introductory film to entice the students to read the books themselves; every student who reads one of the books and writes a review receives 50 house points. 

The books themselves are diverse in nature, with cultural capital and readability at their heart. Each set includes a graphic novel and some historical fiction/fact. The year 8 selection includes a dyslexia-friendly title (Welcome To Camp Killer by Cynthia Murphy) and the year 9 selection has yet another brilliant title by Cheney favourite, Alex Wheatle. 

We will run a vote after Christmas with a view to announcing the Cheney favourite on World Book Day at the beginning of March 2024 and it is hoped to run some book discussion sessions if there is interest. 

This is the fourth year we have run the selection and previous titles have proved to be perennial favourites amongst students with younger students now rediscovering the titles for themselves. 

Further information can be found by clicking on the headings below: 

A set of each of the books for each year group costs about £25. If any parent/carer would like to purchase a set for the school, please contact Mrs Fenton

Mrs Jill Fenton, Cheney School Librarian

Ms Phoebe Mortimer, KS3 English Lead.