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NEWS: Penguin Random House aims 100 Classic book package at secondary schools


Penguin have long been the ‘go-to’ when buying or purusing a Classic title, and now they’re taking 100 books from their Classics series and offering them to schools.

“Penguin’s offer to schools is 30 copies of each of the 100 books for £3,000, allowing students to read together.”

This is pretty darn cool.

And we’re sure everyone remembers, maybe with a groan, at least one book you were forced to read at some point for studies. Because Dickens and Tolstoy? So last century. So blah.

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Or are they?

Schools minister Nick Gibb says “it is important that all pupils in secondary school are taught to read and enjoy challenging books from amongst the world’s greatest literature.”

Emphasis on the word “enjoy”.

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We know being made to read something is never the best way to make something fun but with publishers like Penguin teaming up with secondary schools and becoming actively involved in initiatives like this, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

You can read a little more about it here.

Do you have a favourite Classic? “Fond” memories from year seven English Lit? Tweet us about it @maximumpopbooks

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