This series will consist of weekly episodes where your teachers will read a selection of short stories from a range of different cultures and perspectives to you all.
Once you've listened to the story, you can send your thoughts and feelings about the story to Mr Galea directly firstname.lastname@example.org. Your views may even be shared on the next episode!
The Hitchhiker by Roald Dahl (Read by Mr Wolstenholme).
The Hitch-Hiker is a short story by Roald Dahl that was originally published in July 1977 issue of the Atlantic Monthly, and later included in Dahl's short story collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
The story is about a man who picks up a hitch-hiker whilst driving to London.
The Girl Who Became a Tree by Joseph Coelho (Read by Joseph Coelho)
Joseph Coelho reads to us from his Carnegie nominated text 'The Girl who became a Treel'.
Daphne is unbearably sad and adrift. She feels the painful loss of her father acutely and seeks solace both in the security of her local library and the escape her phone screen provides by blocking out the world around her.
As Daphne tries to make sense of what has happened she recalls memories of shared times and stories past, and in facing the darkness she finds a way back from the tangle of fear and confusion, to feel connected once more with her friends and family.
The Girl Who Became a Tree sees Joseph Coelho deploy a wide variety of poetic forms with consummate skill in its narration of events. He seamlessly but searingly weaves together the ancient legend of Daphne, who was turned into a tree to avoid the attentions of the god Apollo, and a totally modern tale, mixing real-life and fantasy, in which a latter-day Daphne seeks her own freedom.
This a heart-stoppingly imaginative story told in poems, at times bleak and even tragic, which is layered, rich and ultimately a tour de force of poetic skill and energy.
Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Read by Manjeet Mann).
Manjeet Mann reads to us from her Carnegie nominated text 'Run Rebel'.
Amber is trapped - by her father's rules, by his expectations, by her own fears.
Now she's ready to fight - for her mother, for her sister, for herself.
Freedom always comes at a price.
Run, Rebel is a trailblazing verse novel that thunders with rhythm, heart and soul.
On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Read by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick)
This week we have Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick reading a chapter from her Carnegie shortlisted text On Midnight Beach on our school podcast.
About the novel: In this beautiful, epic coming-of-age novel, an old tale is rewoven as a stunning YA story by well-known Irish author/illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick. I kept clear of Dog Cullen. Till the summer we turned seventeen, the summer the dolphin came to Carrig Cove ...
Donegal, 1976 When a dolphin takes up residence in Carrig Cove, Emer and her best friend, Fee, feel like they have an instant connection with it. Then Dog Cullen and his sidekick, Kit, turn up, and the four friends begin to sneak out at midnight to go down to the beach, daring each other to swim closer and closer to the creature . . . But the fame and fortune the dolphin brings to their small village builds resentment amongst their neighbours across the bay, and the summer days get longer and hotter
But the fame and fortune the dolphin brings to their small village builds resentment amongst their neighbours across the bay, and the summer days get longer and hotter ...
There is something wild and intense in the air. Love feels fierce, old hatreds fester, and suddenly everything feels worth fighting for.
The Man with the Yellow Face by Anthony Horowitz (Read by Mr Blakelock)
A boy gets his photo taken at a train station, in a sinister photo booth which produces pictures that foretell future events. The picture he gets shows a grown up with a hideously deformed yellow face. The train he boards crashes and injures him severely, leaving him with the same yellow face as the one in the photo.
The Flowers by Alice Walker (Read by Ms. Ebrahim)
'The Flowers' is a short story by Alice Walker that explores a young girl named Myop's time as a child ending when she discovers the body of a violently murdered man. This story's setting is during the summer on a sharecropper's farm, placing it after the American Civil War.