The English Department at NLCS Dubai is a great supporter of the Emirates Literature Festival; every year the festival brings authors from around the world to Dubai and celebrates the wonderful world of reading. Since opening, we have hosted the first round of the Chevron Readers’ Cup at our school, welcoming hundreds of keen readers from schools all across Dubai to test our their knowledge of some of the books from this year’s festival’s authors. This year was another success and we were proud to field four teams of our own, answering questions on books such as ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’, by Onjali Q.Rauf, a heartfelt and moving book aimed for ages 9 to 12, and ‘Our Castle by the Sea’ by Lucy Strange. This book is highly recommended for 11 to 14 year olds.
Reading is central to students’ success at school and it is vital that all students are reading every day, so if you haven’t read either of these books, then perhaps they can feature on a holiday reading list.