Literary Canon Blog


This story is set in a boarding school, where Killer Game is a tradition that few students are invited to play. Students must avoid being killed by a series of pranks and then identify the murderer. Suddenly, however, things take a sinister turn and it no longer feels like a game. Cate, the main character, is now the target. Who is stalking her and will she and her friends find out who it is in time? This is a great read - atmospheric, creepy and keeps you guessing till the end! Suggested reading for years 7 - 9.


What does genre mean? (a styleespecially in the arts, that involves a particular set of characteristics).

Examples:  adventure, comedy, horror, mystery, romance.

Consider the book you are currently reading.  How does the title make you feel?  Which word or words draw your attention the most?  What sort of themes have been covered in the book so far?  What genre do you think it fits into?

Is it possible for a book to fit into more than one genre?  Which descriptions best fit each genre?  Give examples, eg: 

  • Crime has many overlapping subcategories, including mysterysuspense, and the action-oriented thrillers.
  • Romance focuses primarily on a love story. This can stand alone or be combined with other genres, usually historical or paranormal fiction.
  • Historical fiction can be set at any point in the past.
  • Action or adventure describe fast-paced tales of danger and exploration.
  • Science fiction tends to focus more on ideas than plot. It's often set in the future or in space and attributes unusual phenomena to science (which may or may not be plausible).
  • Fantasy includes magical or supernatural elements beyond the understanding of science. It tends to be plot-driven.
  • Horror seeks to terrify the reader. While usually grouped in speculative fiction, there are examples of realist horror as well.

Cy cle

Anything around, repeated sequence of events.

Prefixes can change everything!

U ni cy cle— Uni meaning 1 (A one wheeler).

Bi cy cle—Bi meaning 2 ( A two wheeler).

Tri cy cle— Tri meaning 3 (A three wheeler).

Re cy cle—Re meaning again (To be able to use something again).

Mono cy cle – Another name for Unicycle (mono meaning also 1).

Mega cy cle – Another name for Megahertz meaning a unit of frequency equal to one million cycles per second. 


What do you look for when choosing a book?

  • Title – is it eye-catching? Does it attract buyers?  What does it make you think about the storyline? eg what is the book about; who is it aimed at?
  • The back page ‘blurb’ – this should tell you enough to capture your interest, without giving the story away, eg “will Harry’s life ever be the same again?”
  • The back page also gives the price.
  • Is the book spine clear and attractive? Often this is the only part of the book on show when shelved.
  • Number of pages.
  • The author.
  • Fiction or non-fiction.
  • Genre of the book (adventure/comedy/horror/mystery/romance).
  • Where you got the book from – eg a present or one you chose?
  • Have you read the book before?


“Every summer, Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned - cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive?”

This is a wonderful book! I read it in just 7 days and finished it last night, excited to recommend it to you all. It is set in St Kilda - a cluster of islands and sea stacs, the most remote in the British Isles. It is based on a TRUE STORY, which makes it all the more poignant. A beautiful story that will linger with you for a long time. It is so good, it won the author the Cilip Carnegie Medal (a British literary award) in 2018 and I think it would make an excellent choice for a future literary canon book. Suitable for all age groups.

At the end of the book, the author gives her definition of fiction, which I think sums up this book beautifully: “Fiction is elastic: it stretches to encircle true facts and then crimps them into shape to create Story.” A MUST read for you all. Enjoy.