Dulwich Despatch Christmas 2015

Dulwich Despatch Lower School Boys’ Newspaper—Christmas Issue 2015

Sam Hepburn Author Visit

Sam Hepburn visited the Raymond Chandler Library for Black History Month. and gave a lively author talk to an enthusiastic audience. She was promoting her new book If You Were Me which has been well received by the boys here--they universally gave it excellent reviews. Nick’s Review: Sam Hepburn came to talk to us about her new book- If You Were Me . She talked about how to write crime novels and the different techniques used to write them. She told us about the competition between author and reader in crime novels- if the author still has you guessing who the villain is the author has won, but if the reader is absolutely sure of who the villain is the author has lost. The book was really interesting as it follows a young teenage girl, Aliya who must prove her brother is not guilty of terrorism and prove the world wrong. It follows Aliya as she goes through problem after problem to find out the truth. It was a real privilege for us to have Sam Osman at the College and I know everyone who came enjoyed the talk. Plot summary:

Nicholas Blumschein, 8W and Jake Connellan, 8L met the author

leak, they set out together to try and find out why Behrouz, Aliya’s brother, is now in hospital and is being a accused of being an Afghan terrorist. This book is set in central London and is filled with all of the classic clichés that you would expect. There are rundown, leaning apartment blocks and a dirty canal with shopping trolleys crashed into it and thin Tesco plastic bags floating on the top of the algae-infested water. Polluted air hovers over the vast city as the dark clouds of a British autumn approach the city from the western coast. This is truly a book where you feel as though you are standing right there watching the events unfold before your very eyes. What I think is especially good about this book is that not only is it written from two points of view (Dan and Aliya’s) it also has a very good storyline and the variety of characters is really excellent. In addition there are many surprises and shocks that come with the book, popping up almost ever chapter. I would personally recommend it to anyone who enjoys an excellent quality of writing.

Not long after Aliya’s family escapes Afghanistan for Britain, her brother is accused of a bomb attack. Aliya is sure of his innocence, but when plumber’s son Dan finds a gun in their bathroom, what’s she to think? Dan has his own reasons for staying silent: he’s worried the gun might have something to do with his dad. Thrown together by chance, the two of them set out to uncover a tangled and twisted mystery. Jake’s Review:

Despite it’s rather dull front cover and simple title, If You Were Me is one of the most gripping, thrilling and well- written books that I have read in a long time. It tells the story of Aliya, a fourteen year old girl from Afghanistan who has fled to England for a new life with her family. After meeting Dan Abbott, the son of a plumber who comes to visit to fix a

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McDonalds in North Korea

22 Jokes

40 My Book

23-24

Paris Attacks

33-35 Traditions

11,12 Poetry:

2-3, 11, 32 & 35

Russian doping

25 Word Search

12 Under the Bridge

8

US Muslim teen security alert

25

History:

Sport:

Japan

16-18

Cricket Test Matches

31

Computing:

Artificial Intelligence

5 Nazi Gold Train

32 Football or Rugby

19

Coding

5 Pompeii

15 Football Premier League

26

Programming Club

4

Race of Champions

21

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Awesome Recipes:

6-7 General Interest:

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Cartoons

24, 37 Rocca Restaurant

13 Brain Teasers

20

Comic Project

31 The Martian

9 Origami

37-39

House Photo’s

29-30 Walking with Dinosaurs

14 Dream Machines

27

YouTube Favourites

40

Kids Lit Quiz

10

My Cat

36

RCL Report

28

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