Years 7, 8 and 9 at Derby Grammar School are busy gathering sponsors to raise money during the half term readathon.

Co-ordinated through the organisation Read for Good, the readathon gets children reading for fun. The money raised buys books for schools and brings the power of stories to children in hospital via Read for Good’s mobile bookcases and resident storytellers.

Our ever-popular Fiction Library at School is getting even more use at the moment as pupils are gathering up the books they are going to read over the holiday. Isa is reading books by Dan Freedman, the series is based on footballer Jamie Johnson.

Matthew has plumped for The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. He’s starting with Book One, the Lost Hero. And Matt is reading books from his favourite author, Michael Morpurgo, starting with The Ghost King. All are hoping to read as many books as they can and are raring to go.

The readathon is organised by Miss Rowe who says: “We have taken part in the readathon for a number of years now. It’s a really useful way to spur the boys on in to discovering new stories and authors, and has the added bonus of raising money for a good cause.”