September 2018: Keen reader Theo completed 16 by 16 challenge two years early

BOOKWORM Theo Dunn was the first to complete our challenge to read 16 traditional and modern classic books by age 16 – and he did it two years early.

Students have to select 16 books out of a choice of 20 and then write a review of each.

This opened Theo’s eyes to a range of genres he had never considered trying before with his three favourites being ‘The Life of Pi’, ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’.

He said: “I read books ranging from Shakespeare to Frankenstein, but the worst book for me was ‘Wuthering Heights’, because it was slow and it took a long time to get anywhere. I never finished it and my mum told me she never managed to read it to the end either.

“’Lord of the Flies’ was not a book I would have chosen to read myself and it was all right, but not the best.

“After I read ‘The Life of Pi’ I then watched the film, but I thought the book was different because it tells the story differently. Both had their good points.

“I like a book that makes you want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.

“I think the school challenge is good because it motivated me to read books that I wouldn’t normally pick.”