The shop window is currently alive with children's pictures and reviews of shortlisted titles they particularly loved. The winners of the awards will be announced next week, as will the winners of the shop competition. The standard of work submitted by Woodstock Primary School and Wootton-by-Woodstock Primary School is fantastic. It is interesting that so many children chose The Savage: all the entries from Woodstock Primary School were on that title, as Year 5 had read it together, and many of the Wootton entries were too. The Savage is a graphic novel by David Almond and Dave McKean, and explores the grief and longings of Blue Baker whose father has recently died. The book is raw and alive and much loved by the children who read it.
The shortlist for the Carnegie Medal is particularly strong this year and also appeals strongly to boys which is no bad thing when boys' reading has become a matter for concern. If anything might tempt a boy to read, the books on this list might!
Creature of the Night - Kate Thompson
Black Rabbit Summer - Kevin Brooks
Ostrich Boys - Keith Gray
Bog Child - Siobhan Dowd
The Knife of Never letting Go - Patrick Ness
Airman - Eoin Colfer
Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Greenaway Medal shortlist:
How to mend a Broken Wing - Bob Graham
Harris Finds his Feet - Catherine Rayner
The Savage - David Almond & Dave McKean
Little Boat - Thomas Docherty
Molly & the Night Monster - Chris Wormell
The Way Back Home - Oliver Jeffers
The Snow Goose - Paul Gallico, illustrated by Angela Barrett
Varmints - Helen Ward
Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop
The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.
We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and listed in the recent Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.
We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.