Esme from Ottery stays on track throughout lockdown to complete reading challenge

Esme Bromley, who completed her Book Track reading challenge despite libraries closing during lockd

Esme Bromley, who completed her Book Track reading challenge despite libraries closing during lockdown. Picture: Ottery St Mary Library - Credit: Archant

Nine-year old Esme Bromley of Ottery St Mary has completed her Book Track 100 Books Reading Challenge during lockdown.

Esme, of West Hill, began her Book Track journey two years ago at Pinhoe and Topsham libraries. When her family moved just over a year ago, she was determined to continue with Ottery St Mary Library.

The closure of libraries when lockdown began in late March did not stop her; she managed to write a detailed summary for the remaining fifteen books and emailed it to the library.

Esme has read a wide range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, and even found two books with her name in the title.

She read some history, particularly World War Two which she was learning about in school, and is fascinated by books about the human body, wanting to be a doctor when she grows up.


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The fictional books she read, were “exciting, fun and enjoyable,” because they expanded her imagination and let her picture characters in her mind. When asked which book she has most enjoyed, she replied; “I love all the books I’ve read and can’t pick a favourite.”

Although Esme has enjoyed the Book Track Challenge immensely and would love to do it again, she can’t wait for the libraries to re-open their doors soon.

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