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Hanmore Road, CHINEHAM,

Hampshire, RG24 8PQ

08:40 - 15:30

Monday to Friday


Hanmore Road,

CHINEHAM, Hampshire. RG24 8PQ

08:40 - 15:30

Monday to Friday



At Four Lanes Junior School we recognise the importance of reading (especially reading for pleasure). With this in mind, we are proud to have a well-stocked and maintained library – with over 4,000 books for our children to use and enjoy. In addition to this, we are able to borrow 900 books from Hampshire School Library Service which helps to keep our library as up to date as possible.

To assist in the running of the library, we currently have 9 pupil librarians, one from each class (Year 4 upwards) as well as 2 additional Year 6 helpers. The librarians are trained to assist, not only the librarian but also their peers in the choosing and borrowing of books.

Within the library our display boards are updated to inspire the children to read. We have an ‘Author of the Month’ display. This board includes information about the author as well as some of the books they have written. This year the pupil librarians have assisted in the nominating and choosing of these authors. We also have a ‘Library News’ board, not only to give information about what happens in the library but give ideas for suggested reading with a ‘Book of the Week’ – this is one book from any section of the library, so over the weeks should cover many interests and abilities.

Over lunchtime, we currently run 2 library clubs: Tuesday for lower school and Thursday for upper school. These sessions can be attended by anyone who would like 30 minutes of book related fun.


Our children are fantastic at writing book reviews, these are shared with author/publishers and often help us to obtain free books we can add to our library.

Mary kindly volunteered to read and review Pages & Co for TOPPSTA:


Alex was suggested by his teacher to be the first person to read The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo, a 40th anniversary retelling of the original Raymond Briggs tale. This book is due to be published November 2018:

Check out our newest Class Book Review which was published in the TES and available with The Times newspaper on 21 September 2018:

A Darkness of Dragons

Author: S A Patrick

Publisher: Usborne

Details: 416 pages, £6.99, paperback

ISBN: 9781474945677

A Darkness of Dragons is a captivating introduction to the new Songs of Magic series. If future books in the series are as compelling as the first, this could turn out to be a fantastically popular new series. This is a tale of three unlikely heroes, who take on the most infamous villain pipers have ever known: The Pied Piper of Hamelyn. SA Patrick has adapted the traditional fairy tale to create a fearsome character and then filled the plot with action, suspense and magic from start to finish.

SA Patrick’s young heroes are well developed and likeable characters, so you will definitely find yourself invested in how they overcome their individual predicaments. The main protagonist is Patch Brightwater – a disgraced, but promising, young piper on the run after escaping his 500-year prison sentence for playing the illegal ‘dance’ spell. During his travels, he befriends Wren (a girl cursed by a sorcerer to live as a rat) and Barver (an injured young dracogriff – half dragon/half griffin).

A bond develops between these three and they set off on a quest to reverse Wren’s curse, fulfil Barver’s mothers dying wish and help Patch avoid incarceration. With a Man in the Iron Mask-style twist to the tale, they inadvertently become the only three able to face, and ultimately stop, the Hamelyn piper’s evil plan to create a piper army. With so many unanswered questions and the piper of Hamelyn still on the loose, my only disappointment is having to wait for the second novel to be published.

All of the upper key stage 2 pupils who have read this book with me have thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it to readers Year 6 and above but it would also make a fantastic class reader with upper KS2.

Angela Kent is a school librarian at Four Lanes Community Junior School in Chineham, Hampshire

Pupil reviews

‘A twist to the tale’

A book for children 11+. The magicians, a rat, a dracogriff and pipers create an exciting adventure. The rat (Wren) was actually a girl who had been enchanted by a mean Sorcerer (Underath). The way the author used the same words at the end that were at the beginning created an effective cliffhanger. Enthralled, I read with anticipation to the end. I don’t like the fact I have to wait for the next book, as I wanted to read more. I enjoyed the fact that SA Patrick has taken characters from a traditional tale. There is a twist to the tale though, as we discovered the Hamelyn piper had a brother. While most of the story I couldn’t wait to read, I didn’t like the fact that it was quite scary in places. I would recommend this book to Year 6 and above.

Eliana, aged 10

‘An adventure filled with surprises’

I really enjoyed reading this book. With lots of suspense, you can’t put it down from the start. The book is an adventure filled with surprises, loyalty and three very accidental heroes. Patch (a disgraced piper), Wren (a girl cursed to live as a rat) and Barver (a dracogriff) know a secret that could mean the end of their world and it’s up to them to save everybody. It is captivating and it is the perfect book for people that love adventure books. It makes you feel like you are there with the characters. I particularly like the character Wren because she is a risk-taker and a loyal friend. I would rate this book 10/10 and I would recommend it particularly to children aged 11+.

Isla, aged 10

‘A rollercoaster of emotions’

The story follows on from the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelyn and the capture and imprisonment of him in the dungeons of Tiviscan castle. The three main characters – Patch, Wren and Barver – are brought together by different events in the story and become great friends. The friends discover that there is evil on the loose and together use their different strengths to protect themselves and other people from the malice created. I liked how engaging the writer made the story by adding suspense and detail in their writing. The book made me feel a rollercoaster of emotions – sad, happy, scared and excited. These emotions helped me to predict what was going to happen further in the story. My favourite part of the story, which I felt was portrayed well by the author, was when Patch was locked in the dungeon at Tiviscan. I really got a sense of the fear he felt and the challenges he had to deal with. I would recommend this book to children aged 10-15 years as the magical aspects of the story would prove more understandable to them.

Lucy, aged 10

‘A complex storyline’

This book was very enjoyable and I would happily read it again and again. I liked the fact that the author used a familiar story as the basis for a new one. The complex storyline is easy to follow: it tells of a young boy called Patch who played a forbidden song 102 times, so was imprisoned for 510 years. Wren, a girl cursed to live as a rat, meets Patch on his way to prison. The prison is attacked and the Hamelyn Piper speaks his last words: Aye…I am…I am not the Hamelyn Piper.” After escaping prison, Patch and Wren meet Barver (a dracogriff) and together they attempt to stop the real piper of Hamelyn. I can’t wait for the whole series to be published. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone 10 years and older.

Samuel, aged 10

‘Sometimes creepy, sometimes magic’

Sometimes creepy, sometimes magic and with reference to the folk tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelyn, this was an enjoyable story. This is a great book for age 10+, especially those who enjoy lots and lots of mystery. It has a wide variety of characters with wizards, sorcerers, dragons, a dracogriff (a mix of dragon and griffin), pipers and rats. I liked the suspense in this book and the fact you have to refer back to what you have previously read – like when the iron mask is found and they realise whose it is. Can Patch Brightwater, Barver Knopferkerkle and Wren Cobble stop the real piper of Hamelyn? Will they be victorious, or will they need to hop in the second book to finish it once and for all?

Aiden, aged 10

Check out our Class Book Review in TES:

By Angela Kent

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked

Author: Adrian Edmondson

Illustrations: Danny Noble

Publisher: Puffin

Details: 256pp, £5.99, paperback

ISBN: 9780141372495

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked is the second book from comedian Adrian Edmondson. I was expecting an abundance of humour – but what I got was so much more. Surprisingly, Junkyard Jack was an emotional rollercoaster of a book. In among the humour of Uncle Ted’s flatulence problems (complete with comical wind instrument references), and a moody and very opinionated Shetland pony named Boadicea, Edmondson deals with sensitive issues such as dyslexia, loss, incarceration and estranged parents.

When Jack Sampson’s mum is imprisoned (much like The A-Team, for a crime she did not commit), Jack is sent to live with Aunt Violet, flatulent Uncle Ted and vile cousin Kelly. Struggling at school and at home, Jack finds solace in helping Mr Mudge with his junkyard and two horses (Lightning and Boadicea). When poor Mr Mudge is involved in an accident, Jack inadvertently runs away – as he is determined to rescue Boadicea from the junkyard – and this is where his adventure begins.

During their escape attempt, Boadicea breaks her animal oath and speaks. A firm friendship develops and the two unlikely friends meet Jack’s dad and granddad, Jack takes part in the Grand National and – after taking a vow to keep the animals’ secret – he sets out to prove his mother’s innocence, with the assistance of an army of talking woodland animals.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as did all the children who read it with me. I would recommend this book for all key stage 2, although some of the humour was missed by our lower key stage 2 pupils, who enjoyed it regardless. It would also be great for a class-read or book club. It has an equal measure of humour and serious issues, and the illustration complements the story perfectly.

Angela Kent is library assistant at Four Lanes Community Junior School in Chineham, Hampshire


Pupil reviews

‘A great book with sad parts’

I recommend this book to older children as there is some complicated language and sad parts. It is all about the talking animals that help Jack, who has run away from home (well, from his drippy Aunt Violet, farting Uncle Ted and horrible cousin Kelly). There is a funny talking horse called Boadicea, who Jack is especially fond of. This is a great book.

Sofia, Year 4

‘I’d recommend this to everyone’

I liked this book because Jack acted really heroic and brave. It’s a great book for imaginative children and people who love horses. I liked the ending because he got to buy a farm and keep the talking horse. I didn’t like it when Mr Mudge died or that Jack’s mum was in prison. I would recommend this book to everyone.

Elena, Year 4

‘Funny with a scoop of giggles on top’

This book is funny with a scoop of giggles on top. It is also exciting, with a couple of sad moments. I would recommend it for children aged 7-12. My favourite character was Mr Mudge, who was funny and kind. Jack Sampson is the main character; he is cheeky and daring but has had an upsetting life. So I was really pleased that he found his happy ending.

Olivia, Year 4

‘This book is perfect entertainment’

It’s a whole other world! I think lots of children would like this story, with its talking animals and fun characters. This book is perfect entertainment, especially with the funny illustrations. You will not want to put this down once you start it – I didn’t!

Edward, Year 3

‘Brilliant Boadicea keeps a big secret’

I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious. There is a smelly uncle who doesn’t care about Jack, and Jack’s poor mother is locked up. Jack’s friend Mr Mudge is an old man with two horses (Lightning and, best of all, the brilliant Boadicea). She kept a big secret from Jack – she could talk! Unfortunately there are some sad moments but that is what makes this story so fantastic.

Beth, Year 4

‘One very moody horse – and a happy ending’

This fun-packed adventure is very funny and enjoyable for ages 7-10 years. My favourite character was Boadicea because she can talk and is very moody. It does contain some sad moments but it does have a happy ending. I would give it 5/5 stars.

Amelia, Year 4

‘Jack’s on a mission with his animal friends’

A small boy called Jack runs away from his Aunt Violet and stinky Uncle Ted and meets a talking horse. His mission is to prove his mum’s (who is in prison for a crime she claims she did not commit) innocence, with the help of his friends from the animal kingdom. I really liked it when the animals told Jack that they let humans think that they are in control.

Samuel, Year 5


We currently have two weekly book clubs:

TUESDAY 12.30pm-1pm (Years 3 & 4)

THURSDAY 12.30pm-1pm (Years 5 & 6)







We are currently taking part in the Scholastic LOLLIES Book Awards.

We are looking at extracts from each of the books to enable us to vote for our favourites.

Some pupils have also been given the opportunity to take the books home and writing their own reviews – to send to Scholastic.


All children are welcome at book club.


Pupil Librarians

Congratulations to our 2018/2019 pupil librarians:

Year 6 – Samuel, Eleanor and Tahlia

Year 5 – Anwen, Anna, StaceyJay, Olivia, Annie, Lydia and Carly

Year 4 – Samuel, Lily, Mary, Drew, Olivia, Toby, Maisie and Emily

Thank you to everybody who took the time to apply. The volume and quality of applications made it very difficult for us to choose our librarians.

These pupil librarians are an asset to the library, not only do they assist in the organisation of the library but their enthusiasm and effort to promote reading is essential for creating a reading culture in school.
Here is what our 2017/2018 librarians said about their role:
Beth, Sofia and Charlotte (Year4) – We are passionate about our jobs because we love books. We enjoy our job as we get to tidy and repair books – so everyone gets to read them. We love the library as it is relaxing and the best place to read.
“I wish library duty was every day because I love helping Mrs Kent.”
Samuel and Ben (Year 5) – We love our jobs because we are devoted to books and enjoy every minute of it. We keep our library tidy and if books are broken we try our best to repair them. We want to make the library a happy place for everyone to enjoy.
Ella and Ellie (Year 6) – We work in the library because we love the library and we love books. It is one of our favourite jobs in the school as we give suggestions to Mrs Kent to promote the library. We have helped with ‘Author of the Month’ and World Book Day competitions, to get the school involved and encourage our peers.
Niyati and Aishwarya (Year 6) – We want to help people get the right book. We want to make the library a better place to be. We help create competitions and activities to make sure the library is fun! We just love our jobs.