Saturday, 13 January 2018

Are you a man or a mouse? A tale of friendship and hardship

OK, so this isn't strictly a BOOKClub post, but I've had such a fab time with this novel, I felt the need to share.  Indulge me!  

Year 9 have been enjoying this short novel by John Steinbeck and wow - what a reaction we've had! 

(Our Year 7 and Year 8 BOOKClub members haven't read it as part of BOOKClub, but there's always a copy in the classroom and we've talked about the story.)

Year 9 have absolutely loved the characters in this book, with lots of empathy being shared in the classroom. 

What's been particularly surprising, is how the students have reacted to the way the characters deal with their own particular situations: 

"Curly's Wife is really unlikeable at first.  But when you understand how rubbish her life is, you can understand why she behaves like that.  She's just lonely." 

"I thought Lennie was weird - I didn't know why he was relying on George so much.  The ending is harsh." 

Too many spoilers to share much more.  Suffice to say, this is a book to read in Year 9 before the pressure of GCSE texts hits! 

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