Usborne Children’s Books
The official web site of Usborne Publishing
School Friends: Book 7
Party at Silver Spires
by Ann Bryant
Nicole is so proud to be starting at Silver Spires boarding school, but she can’t help worrying that her new friends will realize that she doesn’t really fit in. After all, they have expensive clothes and amazing holiday homes, while she couldn’t even afford to come to the school without her scholarship. And now there’s an ultra-glam welcome party and she doesn’t have anything to wear… How is she ever going to look the part, and stop her friends from discovering the truth?
“refreshing, fun, and really re-readable!”
CITV - WHAM!
Ann Bryant is both an author and a musician. She started her writing when she was young, writing a play when she was still at primary school. At school, one of her favourite activities was just hanging out with friends and Ann is happy to relive these times again with the girls of Silver Spires in the fantastic School Friends series. Ann now teaches music and drama as well as writing children's fiction, including the very successful Ballerina Dreams series.
Visit www.annbryant.co.uk to find out more.
PARTY AT SILVER SPIRES
My name’s Nicole Williamson and today is the very first day of my new life at Silver Spires Boarding School for Girls. I can’t believe I’m here at last after all the days and weeks and months of waiting. I’ve actually only been here about two hours, but everything is just as brilliant as I’d hoped and dreamed it would be.
There are six of us in this enormous bedroom, or dormitory as it’s actually called, and we are all sitting cross-legged on our beds, talking across the room to each other. When I look at my duvet cover I can imagine for a moment that I’m still at home, as we’ve all brought our own duvet covers with us, but then when my eyes travel round the room I feel a million miles away from home because everything else is so different.
The dormitory is completely square with a lovely green carpet, and the walls are painted in a colour that I would describe as apple white. My dad’s a painter and decorator, so I know lots of different paint shades, as I’ve seen them on colour charts and in brochures and things. There are two big windows, with curtains that are patterned in dark green and white splodges and go right down to the floor. I think all the green in here is because the Year Seven dormitories in all six boarding houses are named after precious stones, and ours is called Emerald, which is a beautiful green stone. The light seems to stream through the windows, which makes it really bright and I love the way it all feels so modern and luxurious. I’ve never ever stayed in such a beautiful room before.
I must stop thinking that I’m staying here like a visitor, though, because I’m actually living here, and that feels so exciting – but also scary, as I’m not used to it yet.
"...School Friends, a new boarding school series aimed at girls of eight and up, is published at the end of August. Its publishers are claiming that it's 'Malory Towers for the new Millennium.' My daughter is already a fan, proclaiming concisely that she 'really, really likes them.'"
School Gate - Times Online
Girl Talk Magazine
Silver Spires Boarding School is the setting for a brand new book series, School Friends. Each book stars a different girl from the school, and follows her adventures throughout the term. But don’t worry, this is not just another set-in-a-school story, it’s actually refreshing, fun, and really re-readable! The characters are interesting and draw you into their adventures, and the books are real page turners – once you start reading one you won’t want to put it down! WHAM gives the School Friends book series four out of five for read-ability!
Every young girl dreams of going to boarding school...But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Well Silver Spires certainly is... and reading about the girls you meet there is like discovering a bunch of new friends. Ann Bryant’s fun-filled and must-have School Friends books are a new and refreshing take on Enid Blyton’s boarding school stories ... Malory Towers with attitude! Nicole, Izzy, Emily, Antonia, Sasha and Bryony are the girls from Emerald dorm and together they share secrets, laughter, problems and some life-changing adventures. Each book takes us on a journey with one of the friends as we learn about their ambitions, their innermost fears, their disappointments and their triumphs. School Friends books are ideal reading for the eight plus age group ... collectable, exciting stories with a real-life edge but buzzing with all the gossip and glamour a girl could want. If only all schools could be like Silver Spires!
Lancashire Evening Post
I would rate this book an 8/10, and would recommend it for ages 8+. I didn't expect the ending to go like that, but I did expect everyone's reactions to her big secret...
A fun, light read that'll have you in either stitches, tears, or begging for more. The only bad thing about it? I am now seriously begging to go to boarding school.
Life of an awkard donkey blog
Do you agree or disagree with the reviews below? Why not write your own?
Party at Silver Spires
Party at Silver Spires is soooooo good!! I can't wait to read the rest of the books!! It's so weird how language could get in the way of friendship!
Stephanie, 2nd July 2010
© Copyright 2013 Usborne Publishing. Web design & Development by Semantic