My name is Harper Clark-Tonberg and I am in P6 at Broughton Primary School in Edinburgh. I love reading because I enjoy it – I learn a lot from it too! Reading helps me with my vocabulary and understanding of different texts. I also get to explore different worlds, for example when I’m reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan I find out lots about Greek Mythology. Sometimes I even have more than one book on the go at once because I like to read different genres depending on how I feel. The great thing about reading is that If I’m not in the mood for one thing, I’m in the mood for another - I can always find something I like!
I’ve been EXTREMELY excited about the First Minister’s Reading Challenge because reading is my thing. As part of the Challenge I’m going to read every day if I can, sometimes even in the morning before school!
In the first part of your Reading Passport you can set your own challenges and I've set myself three:
1. To read as much as I can without skimming.
2. To try reading as many different genres as I can (but I know I’m not keen on just plain fantasy). Maybe I’ll like some of them, or maybe I won’t, but that's fine.
3. To choose books I wouldn’t normally have picked up. For instance, The Secret of the Kelpie by Lari Don because the cover didn't grab my attention (a bit like when my mum suggested I read the Madame Pamplemousse series by Rupert Kingfisher, which is about a girl who discovers a shop full of magic edibles - the pink sparkly cover really put me off but the stories were brilliant).
Some books I’d recommend to others are:
1. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan (for age 9 and above) – I’d recommend these books because they are brilliantly written and are full of magical monsters and lots of Greek mythology.
2. The Asterix series by René Goscinny - I'd recommend these comic strip books because they're absolutely hilarious and always fun to read. My favourite funny character name is 'Memamastinkus', one of the Roman soldiers!
3. Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne – I’d recommend this one because it's very emotional and moving. It’s about a boy who runs away and meets an old man in a toy shop who helps him to find his way home.
The books I’m going to read next are:
1. Ghosts of the Forest by Steve Backshall - it sounds exciting and fascinating and I really like Steve Backshall's Deadly 60 TV series.
2. Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy - Heather at Scottish Book Trust suggested this as a funny but embarrassing read if you're on the bus because it will make you laugh out loud!
3. Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume - the fourth in a series I've been reading and it looks jaw-droppingly funny!
I'm so excited about the First Minister's Reading Challenge and can’t wait to see where it takes me!