Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

8.00am until 4.00pm from Monday to Friday.

The LRC is a modern area which is designed for independent study. The LRC has wireless internet connectivity, 45 PCs, copying and printing facilities and over 12,000 reference and fiction books.

The LRC is open every day after school and is open to all students who want to find a quiet place to read or do their homework in a silent environment before making their way home.

New Library system: http://U021046.microlibrarian.net


Every week I am planning on suggesting a few books for you to read. These will be from different genres and topics.

This week I have been looking at books that are dealing with immigration and refugees. Below are a few of my favourites.


The Weight of Water- Sarah Crossan


Reading age: 10+, Pages: 256 

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England in search of her father. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

Told in the voice of 13-year-oldPolish Immigrant Kasienka thisbook is written in a series of shortpoems and deals with the issues of immigration, prejudice, first love,familyand heart ache.

Available to borrow as an e-book through Merton Libraries Libby app or purchase for£4.89 through Amazon Kindle.

Sarah Crossan will also be on Instagram daily where she will be running poetry workshops and discussing her books. Follow her at: sarahcrossanwriter


Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

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Reading age : 10+, Pages: 224

Fourteen-year-old Shif and his best friend Bini are ordinary boys with big ambitions, but their world implodes when they attract the attention of the military "giffa". Wrenched from their families, they’re sent to a remote desert prison, where their cellmates are barely clinging to live.

However, the boys’ arrival sparks hope in the imprisoned men, and they give everything to ensure their escape. Reaching the nearest town, Shif has only just begun the perilous journey which he hopes will end in safety and freedom.

Available to borrow as an e-bookthrough Merton Libraries Libby app or purchase for £4.31 through Amazon Kindle.


American Street by Ibi Zobi


Reading age 14+, Pages: 334

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. 

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. 

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Available to borrow as an e-bookthrough Merton Libraries Libby app or purchase for £4.49 through Amazon Kindle.


For all you Enid Blyton fans out there the BBC's new adaptation of Mallory Towers is available to watch on iPlayer from the 23rd March 2020, and on CBBC from the 5th April.

Usborne Publishing have made all their ebooks 99p until the end of April. This offer is currently only available on Kindle but is being rolled out to other devices as quickly as they can.

S.F Said, author of Varjack Paw is running a live Twitter chat on Tuesday's from 1pm-2pm. He will be answering questions about his books, chatting about reading, writing and books in general. You can send your questions in advance to #WhatSFSaid

If any of you would like to suggest your favourite books, or a book that has helped you through these challenging times please email me and I will do my best to include your recommendations.

If you would like recommendations for books you can email me at Gemma.Toop@Ursulinehigh.merton.sch.uk and I will do my best to find a suitable ebook for you. 

Happy Reading. 

Mrs Toop.



For any further inquires please contact


Ms Gemma Toop

0203 908 3174

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