Monday, August 20, 2018

The Leavers

Image result for 9781616208042BY: Lisa Ko
Location: FIC KO
Genre: Literary Fiction

Everyone had stories they told themselves to get through the days.” 

"Exquisitely written ......deeply human meditation on despair, loss, love, immigration, identity, diversity, hope, human longings, consequences, .......multilayered and deeply felt!!!!"- Elyse

Lisa Ko’s powerful debut, The Leavers, is the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice.

One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. 
With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind. 
Told from the perspective of both Daniel—as he grows into a directionless young man—and Polly, Ko’s novel gives us one of fiction’s most singular mothers. Loving and selfish, determined and frightened, Polly is forced to make one heartwrenching choice after another. 
Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It’s a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. 

"Here is imperative reading: a vivid fictional exploration of what it means to belong and what it feels like when you don't . . . Ko gives us an unsparing portrait of the resilience and grit it takes to risk everything to break free of tradition and start over in a foreign land. --O", The Oprah Magazine (Favorite Books of 2017) 

The Leavers is the year's powerful debut you won't want to miss. The Leavers expertly weaves a tale of the conflicts between love and loyalty, personal identity and familial obligation, and the growing divide between freedom and social justice. An affecting novel that details the the gut-wrenching realities facing illegal immigrants and their families in modern America, Lisa Ko's debut is the 2017 fiction release you can't afford to miss.

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My Fight, My Life

Image result for 9780143771296By: Stephen Adams
Location: NF 920 ADA
Genre: Basketball Legend, kiwi as !

A review by Jo- a  6ft 5 inch Year 11 Basketball addict at Cambridge High as told to me! He stole this book before it even was processed after coming in every day for two weeks demanding it!

" A very good book Miss, it was inspiring, a fantastic read and I will read it again Miss. Told me stuff about Stephen Adams not shown by the media- I loved it Miss!

That is a good review!

Now for the official one

For the first time, Steven Adams shares the story behind his meteoric rise from Rotorua to his emerging stardom in the NBA.

In this intimate account of his life story so far, the seven-foot centre reflects on his humble upbringing, the impact of his father’s death when he was just 13, the multiple challenges and setbacks he has faced, early career-defining moments, and what basketball means to him.
Told with warmth, humour and humility, My Life, My Fight is a gripping account from one of New Zealand’s most admired sporting stars
Adams overcame the odds to become a top prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. From there he went on to secure a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder – making him New Zealand’s highest-paid sportsperson ever – and forge a reputation for his intense, physical style of basketball.
In this intimate account of his life story so far, the seven-foot centre reflects on his humble upbringing, the impact of his father’s death when he was just 13, the multiple challenges and setbacks he has faced, early career-defining moments, and what basketball means to him. Told with warmth, humour and humility, My Life, My Fight is a gripping account from one of New Zealand’s most admired sporting starsAdams overcame the odds to become a top prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. From there he went on to secure a four-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder – making him New Zealand’s highest-paid sportsperson ever – and forge a reputation for his intense, physical style of basketball.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

We Are Okay

Image result for 9780735232013By: Nina LaCour
Location: FIC LAC
Genre: Young Adult, LGBGT

"If you've loved books by John Green and Jandy Nelson and Gayle Forman, or if you're in the mood for a gorgeously written book that's both melancholic and healing, i would definitely recommend this!"-Kat

"This is a book about family, first love, grief and solitude"-Lola

"You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother."

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

You go through life thinking there's so much you need. Your favorite jeans and sweater. The jacket with the faux-fur lining to keep you warm. Your phone and your music and your favorite books. Mascara. Irish Breakfast tea and cappuccinos from Trouble Coffee. You need your yearbooks, every stiffly posed school-dance photo, the notes your friends slipped into your locker. You need the camera you got for your sixteenth birthday and the flowers you dried. You need your notebooks full of the things you learned and don't want to forget. You need your bedspread, white with black diamonds. You need your pillow-it fits the way you sleep. You need magazines promising self-improvement. You need your running shoes and your sandals and your boots. Your grade report from the semester you got straight As. Your prom dress, your shiny earrings, your pendants on delicate chains. You need your underwear, your light-colored bras and your black ones. The dream catcher hanging above your bed. The dozens and dozens of shells in glass jars.

The cab was waiting at the station.
The airport, I said, but no sound came out.
"The airport," I said, and we pulled away.
You think you need all of it.
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Pieces of You

Image result for 9780143770473By: Eileen Merriman
Location: FIC MER
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Wise, tough, heart-breaking, funny, this compulsive love story is about facing your demons.

Trigger warning for;
repeated self harm
suicide/accidental death.
Fifteen-year-old Rebecca McQuilten moves with her parents to a new city. Lonely but trying to fit in, she goes to a party, but that's when things really fall apart.
I couldn't tell anyone what had happened. Especially since I was the new girl in town. Who would want to believe me?
Things look up when she meets gregarious sixteen-year-old Cory Marshall.
'You're funny, Becs,' Cory said.
'You have no idea,' I said, and clearly he didn't, but I was smiling anyway.
And after that, he was all I could think about.
Cory helps Rebecca believe in herself and piece her life back together; but that's before he shatters it all over again . . .


By: Michael Mammay
Image result for 9780062694669Location: FIC MAM
Genre:Science Fiction 

“A tough, authentic-feeling story that starts out fast and accelerates from there.” – Jack Campbell

“Planetside is a smart and fast-paced blend of mystery and boots-in-the-dirt military SF that reads like a high-speed collision between Courage Under Fire and Heart of Darkness.” – Marko Kloo

“Definitely the best military sci-fi debut I’ve come across in a while.” – Gavin Smith

A seasoned military officer uncovers a deadly conspiracy on a distant, war-torn planet…

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big—and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated—but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.

The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won't come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that’s before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet—because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there—Butler just has to make it back alive…

The Traitors Kiss

By: Erin Beaty
Image result for 9781250158840Location: FIC BEA
Genre:Fantasy Romance


"One of the most hotly anticipated young adult fantasy reads of 2017.” —Bustle
"An action-packed, expertly plotted story, drenched in double crosses and intrigue, with an irresistible heroine and a sweet and sexy romance.” —Publishers Weekly,

An obstinate girl who will not be married. 
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
 A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they'd call a lady--which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls--and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust--and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

"Marital and martial matters collide when brides and spies become ensnared in a treasonous plot. . . . Sage is a clever, contrary female protagonist who remains realistic and likable, while her fellow protagonist Ash is enigmatic enough to require a second read. . . . Both epic and intimate, a semi–old-fashioned alternative to the wave of inexplicably lethal superheroines and their smoldering love triangles." —Kirkus Reviews

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Continent

Image result for 9781489243478By: Keira Drake
Location: FIC DRA
Genre: Fantasy- survival

Part allegory, part romance and part against-the-odds survival story, Keira Drake's sparkling debut novel engages readers with questions of social responsibility, the nature of peace and violence, and the value-and danger-of nationalism. Thought-provoking, fast-paced and surprising, The Continent will haunt readers long after its covers have been closed.
From a land without war to a continent of two warring nations… one girl's crash landing becomes a fight to survive.
For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire – a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two “uncivilised” nations remain perpetually locked in combat. Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of war, a thing long banished in the Spire. For Vaela–a talented apprentice cartographer – the journey is a dream come true: a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she's drawn of this vast, frozen land.
But Vaela's dream all too quickly turns to a nightmare as the journey brings her face–to–face with the brutal reality of a war she's only read about. Observing from the safety of a heli–plane, Vaela is forever changed by the bloody battle waging far beneath her. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she'd ever imagined. Starving, alone and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home – but first, she must survive. 

This is a book that’ll have you turning the pages frantically to see what happens next. It's a book that'll make your heart go mushy as you and the characters fall in love. It's a book you'll be excited to read. But it's also a book that'll make you want to be better. To do more. To try harder. And that's a powerful thing-Anna

I love you too much

By: Alicia Drake
Image result for I Love You Too Much alicia drakeLocation: FIC RA
Genre: Contemporary fiction

"Everything was extravagant and elegant and I cried then because I knew it would always be this way. Paris will never change, not for you, not for me. Paris doesn't care that you are dying inside; it will always be beautiful, untouchable, aloof, unmoved by you and your pathetic fate."

Set in the heart of Left-Bank Paris, this is the story of Paul, a lonely, quiet boy who makes an astonishing discovery and confronts that brutal turning point in adolescence when he learns he must leave the privileges of naivety behind.

Thirteen-year-old Paul is a lovable but unloved boy on the vulnerable cusp of manhood. Paul lives in Paris, in a world of privilege where beauty dominates, adults are intent on their own satisfaction, and everything looks perfect. There's nowhere to get dirty, or so it appears.

His mother is glamorous and powerful, distracted by a younger lover and her own fear of aging. His wealthy father is desperately seeking to assuage his endless discontent. Paul lives between the two apartments of his broken family, looked after by a Filipino babysitter who hasn't seen her own children in years. When Paul meets Scarlett, a beguiling classmate, he uncovers the cruel gulf between the world as it is and how he imagined it to be. It's only a matter of time before Paul witnesses a shocking event and inherits a burden he's far too young to shoulder.

A dazzling coming-of-age story, I Love You Too Much is a devastating literary debut born from the saying, Je t'aime trop: a distinctly French expression of excessive love. In a world of abundance, a Paris where parents don't always mean what they say, Paul must look beyond his glamorous home to find a love that's real.

"This story captures the pain of being an awkward adolescent beautifully. Paul's friendship with Scarlett is deep and fast, like a struck match, and burns out just as quickly.
This is an absolutely gorgeous debut novel."- Nat

The Dry

Image result for 9781925481372By: Jane Harper
Location: FIC HAR
Genre: Mystery, Crme
Series: Aaron Falk #1

2017 Indie Book Awards (Debut Fiction & Book of the Year)

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds are reopened. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret ... A secret Falk thought long-buried ... A secret which Luke's death starts to bring to the surface ...

"I devoured it in just over 24 hours ... Spellbinding" Ian Rankin
"Devastating debut ... a suspenseful tale of sound and fury" Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A nail-biting thriller ... this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime." Kirkus, starred review

Friday, August 10, 2018

Tahi, Rua, Toru, Manu!

By: Na Dave Gunson
Location: PIC GUN
Image result for 9781775435044Genre: Picture book- Te Reo

5 tiny tomtits on the forest floor. 6 cheeky kea, keen to explore.
5 miromiro nonohi, runga papa ngahere. 6 kea whakatoi, kea toro haere.

The illustrations in this book are just gorgeous, - Na Ngaera Roberts has done a stunning job!
From the author of the All About New Zealand series is a wonderful book that introduces children to counting and New Zealand's native birds. 1-2-3 BIRD! takes us through thirteen different birds as they get up to mischief and activities in their natural habitats. The colourful watercolour illustrations are full of emotions, with each of the birds having their own unique character.

There are many fun layers to this book as it is both a counting and search and find book. Birds in the background of each scene follow on from the previous scene and hint to the next scene. The numbers one to thirteen are hidden in each scene and at the back of the book is a checklist of other native animals and insects to find hidden in the pages.

Need To Know

Image result for 9780593079607By: Karen Cleveland
Location: FIC CLE
Genre: Thriller

‘Prediction: if you read chapter one, you’ll read chapter two. If you read chapter two, you’ll miss dinner, stay up far too late, and feel tired at work tomorrow. This is that kind of book. Superb.’ LEE CHILD

‘You'll devour this terrific debut like the rest of us, skipping lunch, losing sleep, turning pages until the end.’ JOHN GRISHAM 

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.
What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.‎

Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?


By:James Swallow
Image result for 9781785763755Location: FIC SWA
Genre: Thriller/ Suspense

A terrible threat from the depths of the dark net.

A devastating betrayal at the heart of a covert strike force.

A deadly pursuit across a digital battlefield.

A ruthless terrorist fuelled by revenge.

The explosive new action thriller from the internationally bestselling author of Nomad and Exile.
When betrayal strikes at the heart of the Rubicon team, Marc Dane uncovers the plot of a deadly cadre of black-hat mercenary hackers - to use an unstoppable virtual weapon against vulnerable civilian targets.

Is their plan to spread chaos and to sell their skills to the highest bidder? Or is there a deeper, more personal agenda at work?

As attacks unfold across the world - crippling power grids, crashing trains, sowing panic and worse - Marc must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious 'Madrigal' before the ruthless hackers' plans bring the world to the brink of war... 
'Unputdownable. A must-read' Wilbur Smith

'Britain's answer to Jason Bourne' Daily Mail

'An ultra fast paced, worldwide chase to stop a madman, while leaving the reader breathless' Choice

'Explosive' Irish Examiner

'This is edge of the seat stuff that is terrifyingly real in places' Closer

'A killer of a thriller' Weekend Sport

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian - My Story of Rescue, Hope, and Triumph

By: Yusra Mardini
Image result for 9781509881680Location: NF 920 MAR
Genre: INSPIRING, TRUE, HEARTBREAKING, MEMOIR  and yes I am shouting....

Yusra Mardini is an Olympic swimmer and Syrian refugee who, in 2015, fled her hometown of Damascus when it became too dangerous to live in the war-torn country. In 2016 Mardini swam with the Refugee Olympic Team and was subsequently named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She lives in Berlin and is training for the 2020 Olympics.

This is the  inspiring story of how one woman saved fellow refugees from drowning--and how she went on to become an Olympic swimmer.

When young Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini realized her boat's engine shut down as she was traveling from Syria to Greece with other refugees, there was no hesitation: she dove into the water. Surfacing, she heard desperate prayers and sobbing from the passengers in the sinking boat above her. Between the waves, her elder sister Sarah screamed at her to get back on the boat. But Mardini was determined. She was not going to let Sarah do this alone. Grabbing the rope with one hand, she began kicking up the black water, inching the boat towards the distant shore.

This bold act of bravery saved the lives of a boatload of refugees heading to Turkey from Syria. After her arrival in Greece, Mardini, focused and undeterred, worked toward a lifelong goal: to compete in the Olympics. She succeeded, and competed in 2016 on the Refugee Olympic Team in Rio de Janeiro.

Butterfly tells her story, from Syria to the Olympics to her current work with the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador. Mardini is eager to tell her story in the hopes that readers will remember that refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, chased from their homes by a devastating war. In today's political climate, this story is guaranteed to inspire and educate readers from every background.

"War, for all its atrocities, is punctuated by instances of unfathomable human spirit and grace. Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini's story is a prime example. Butterfly recounts this Syrian refugee's extraordinary tale of bravery, survival, and winsome, never-give-up moxie. It is impossible not to be won over by Yusra, who once swam for her life at sea and is now fighting for the dignity and wellbeing of countless refugees like her whose lives have been upturned by war". -- Khaled Hossein

The Science of Superheroes: The Secrets Behind Speed, Strength, Flight, Evolution, and More

By: Mark Brake
Image result for 9781631582110Location: NF 500 BRA
Genre: Science Nerd- super heroes stuff

The concept of the superhero has permeated our culture. They fascinate their fans with their incredible superhuman abilities and impressive technology. But do you ever wonder if any of it is plausible or rooted in fact? Enter The Science of Superheroes, which address more than fifty topics that span the worlds of your favorite superheroes and villains. Explore and examine their amazing abilities and fantastic gadgets with a detailed scientific lens. The scientific questions examined within this book include: -Can an Iron Man suit be made? -How does Thor's hammer work? -Could any known forms of radiation cause superpowers? -How many calories does Superman need each day? -Could you cross a Lamborghini and a hummer to make the Batmobile Tumbler? -And many more! Whether you're a movie or comic buff, this book is certain to entertain and open your eyes to the truth behind these amazing characters

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Reincarnation Blues

By: Michale Poore
Image result for 9780399178504Location: FIC POO
Genre: Sci Fi- Fantasy Humour

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

“The most fun you’ll have reading about a man who has been killed by both catapult and car accident.”—NPR

“This book made me laugh out loud. And then a page later, it made me sob. Reminiscent of Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, Poore finds humor in the dark absurdities of life.”—Chicago Review of Books

“Charming . . . surprisingly light and uplifting . . . It reads like a writer having fun.”—New York Journal of Books

First we live. Then we die. And then . . . we get another try?

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. Ten thousand lives to "get it right." Answer all the Big Questions. Achieve Wisdom. And Become One with Everything.

Milo has had 9,995 chances so far and has just five more lives to earn a place in the cosmic soul. If he doesn't make the cut, oblivion awaits. But all Milo really wants is to fall forever into the arms of Death. Or Suzie, as he calls her.

More than just Milo's lover throughout his countless layovers in the Afterlife, Suzie is literally his reason for living--as he dives into one new existence after another, praying for the day he'll never have to leave her side again.

But Reincarnation Blues is more than a great love story: Every journey from cradle to grave offers Milo more pieces of the great cosmic puzzle--if only he can piece them together in time to finally understand what it means to be part of something bigger than infinity. As darkly enchanting as the works of Neil Gaiman and as wisely hilarious as Kurt Vonnegut's, Michael Poore's Reincarnation Blues is the story of everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking.

Because it's more than Milo and Suzie's story. It's your story, too.

“The longer she lived in San Viejo, the more she appreciated the kind of things that went with living. Like having a window open when you slept, and grass, and tortillas. Being happy when people came to visit, and being happy when they left. The way certain things felt wonderful when you held them in your hands: a book, an ax, a baby, a beer, a big-ass pile of M&M’s.”
― Michael Poore, Reincarnation Blues 


Between the Blade and the Heart

By: Amanda Hocking
Location: FIC HOC
Image result for 9781509807680Genre: Fantasy and Mythology
Series: Valkyrie#1

Amanda Hocking lives in Minnesota, had never sold a book before April 2010 and has now sold her millionth. She is now 'the most spectacular example of an author striking gold through ebooks' according to the Observer. In her own words, Amanda is an obsessive Tweeter, John Hughes mourner, Batman devotee, Muppets activist and unicorn enthusiast. Her books include the Trylle trilogy, the Kanin Chronicles and the Watersong series.

Game of Thrones meets Thor: Ragnarok in Between the Blade and the Heart, a gripping story of love and revenge from Amanda Hocking, author of the Trylle trilogy and the Kanin Chronicles.

Malin is a Valkyrie-in-training. It's her responsibility to slay immortals, returning them to the afterlife to maintain balance in the world. She also struggles to maintain balance in her own life - between her studies, her duties as a Valkyrie and her conflicting feelings for her ex-girlfriend. But when a beguiling stranger breaks into her home on a quest for vengeance, Malin's carefully balanced life falls apart. Asher is hunting the rogue immortal who murdered his mother, and he thinks Malin may have information. Her loyalties are tested, as she uncovers a betrayal that unravels everything she thought she knew. And she must decide if helping the mysterious Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk - to the world, and to her heart.

Blood Water Paint

By: Joy McCullough
Image result for 9780735232112Location: FIC MCC
Genre:Historical Fiction- ART

A debut novel based on the true story of the iconic painter, Artemisia Gentileschi.

"Those men.
These women who dare
to judge
your heart
by your body
will never have
an ounce of your worth.

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

"Magical and powerful. I was torn between tearing through this and forcing myself to take my time with how wonderfully constructed the language was. Being a woman is a battlefield." Emma  
"Amazing historical fiction set in Rome in the late 1500s-early 1600s, which puts you in the head and life of Artemisia Gentileschi, an enormously talented female painter in a very male world. This book is beautiful, powerful, stark yet lyrical. You will live with Artmisia through testing, trauma, devestation, trial (literally) and redemption. Based on a true story, this book packs an emotional whallop!! "- Pam-

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fearless Frederic

By: Felice Arena
Image result for 9780143786757Location: FIC ARE
Genre: Historical Fiction- Yr 9-10

Boxing, floods, murder, friendship, justice, heroism..

Lovers of historical fiction will really enjoy this drama set in the Paris “Great Flood” of 1910; a true historical event. Young Frederic goes to work with his father who is a security guard at the Louvre. When a robbery becomes violent Frederic’s world is torn apart when his father is murdered. Frederic is determined to find justice for his father. With the rising waters forcing people from their homes Frederic is forced into a shelter. With his new friends Claire and Thierry the children form a team that shows incredible courage and bravery in the most difficult of situations. Facing pickpockets, escaped crocodiles, thugs and finally his father’s murderer, Frederick overcomes physical and emotional hardships. This is an adventure story with strong themes of justice and friendship.

"Having recently been to Paris again this story charmed me. It is a tale with adventure, friendship and courage in spades. Bravo." Patricia

Prayers for the Stolen

By: Jennifer Clement
Image result for 9780099587590Location: FIC CLE
Genre: Documentary Fiction: Mexico

Now we make you ugly,’ my mother said. ‘The best thing you can be in Mexico is an ugly girl.’

On the mountainside in rural Mexico where Ladydi lives, being a girl is dangerous. Especially a pretty one. If the Narcos hear there is a pretty girl on the mountain, they steal her. So when the black SUVs roll into town, Ladydi and her friends hide in the warren of holes scattered across the mountain, safely out of sight. Because the stolen girls don’t come back.

Ladydi is determined to get out, to find a life that offers more than just the struggle to survive. But she soon finds that the drug cartels have eyes everywhere, and the cities are no safer than the mountains.

... an angry piece of land that once held a real community, but was ruined by the criminal world of drug traffickers and the immigration to the United States. Our angry piece of land was a broken constellation and each little home was ash.

"Clement was raised in Mexico and based this book on extensive interviews with women affected by the country’s culture of drugs and violence, as well as women in prison. In a world where up to 800,000 people are trafficked annually (a U.S. State Department estimate), often for sexual purposes, it is essential to raise awareness of the plight of women. That is what Clement has done with her gritty and at times disturbing coming-of-age novel. Though the plot grows darker than you might imagine, there is still a glimmer of hope for Ladydi at the end. "- Rebecca

Monday, August 6, 2018

New Zealand Wars

By: Philippa Werry
Image result for 9781869664787Location: NF 993.02 WER
Genre: The New Zealand Wars

This topic is one that has sat heavily  with me this year, I have been on my own journey of discovery. I live in Cambridge, a town that originated by hosting the 3rd Waikato militia. A force set up to fight the wars this book speaks off. I live 15 minutes away from some of the worst war atrocities that occurred and I never knew- no-one told me! well I know now!
We have descendants of those officers who fought these wars in our school today? They should not ever have to carry the guilt of the activities of there forebears, yet the stories must be told, with the brutal honesty of the treachery that many of them are.
Rangiaowhia  has to be one of the darkest days in our nations history, it sits beside Parihaka.
This book is a  great book to introduce us to the stories that need to be told, the stories that are hard to read, and the truth behind them. It is well illustrated, it deals with the future and the way forward and it would act as a great tour guide to the sites that we all need to know about and honor.
This book is the story of the 19th century New Zealand Wars, a part of New Zealand's history that many people wish they knew more about. The book describes how the wars came about, where and when they were fought, who was involved, and how they affected women and children. It explains the emergence of Kingitanga or Maori King movement, the land confiscations and the story of Parihaka.

The Unpredictablility of Being Human

By: Linni Ingemundsen
Location: FIC ING
Image result for 9781474940634Genre: Young Adult

Meet Malin, a fifteen-year-old who sees the world differently. Malin knows she couldn’t change much about her life, even if she got to play God. Her dad would still yell all the time – especially as Malin is still friends with Hanna, the girl she met shoplifting. Her mum would still say a glass of wine is good for her heart – and Mum needs it, with Malin’s brother, Sigve, getting into trouble all the time. And Malin would still be Malin. Because she can’t be anybody else.

"This is a beautiful book; a poignant view into a specific time in Malins' life when life comes crashing into her world. A coming-of-age vignette, there is no real plot, so to speak. But that actually enhances the feel of the story. Malin is a brilliant character, clever, bold and quite naive. She also has Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is Malins' perception of everything going on around her that tells the story and creates a fascinating view into human nature; the things we protect, the things we hide, what we can and cannot deal with as human beings, our hopes, our fears and our frustrations. There are many issues dealt with in the book. All of these are handled with great sensitivity on the part of the author, making it an insightful and emotional read, with moments of real humour and light."- Mary

This is a heartfelt book and quiet and sad but hopeful. It has secrets and confusion and anxiety and loneliness. And just the way it captured loneliness??? So accurate-
 C Drews-

No Good Brother

Image result for 9780008228897By: Tyler Keevil
Location: FIC KEE
Genre:  Thriller, Crime, Mystery


The Coen Brothers meets Patrick deWitt in this glorious novel from award-winning author Tyler Keevil: a high-stakes adventure of love, loss and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws…
Quick-witted and beautifully observed, No Good Brother is an exquisite portrait of brotherly love and loyalty, examining the loss of innocence and the ties that bind us.

Tim Harding has spent the fishing season in Canada working as a deckhand, making an honest living. When his hot-headed younger brother tracks him down at the shipyards in Vancouver, Tim senses trouble. Jake is a drifter, a dreamer, an ex-con, and now he needs help in repaying a debt to the notorious Delaney gang.

So begins an epic, unpredictable odyssey across land and sea as the brothers journey down to the Delaney’s ranch in the U.S., chased by customs officials, freak storms and the gnawing feeling that their luck is about to run out. But while they may be able to outrun the law, there’s no escaping the ghosts of their tragic family past and neither is prepared for who and what awaits them at the other end.

`No Good Brother is a paean to brotherly loyalty and a meditation on the things we can change and the things we must learn to love regardless. It is also the funniest and most exciting book I've read in years. A grand adventure in the spirit of Mark Twain, it is reckless and wild and beautiful like something dreamed up by Cormac McCarthy and Hunter S Thompson on a drunken camping trip. It's as big and as perfect as the prairie sky'. DD Johnston

Friday, August 3, 2018


Image result for 9781925700992BY: Lynette Noni
Location: FIC NON
Genre:- Sci-Fi/ Fantasy
Series: Whisper #1

“Words demand respect. They are beautiful; they are terrible. They are a gift and a curse. I will never forget what they can do.”

“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me.

I believed them. That was my mistake.

There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster.

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

Pro: easy to read, fast paced, page turner, mystery, suspense, humor, couldn’t put down, underground world

Con: none

The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Image result for 9781460754283By: Cynthia Hand
Location: FIC HAN
Genre: Another Re-Telling- Scrooge!!!!

Everyone started sniffling at that point. Everyone, that is, except me. I never did the crying thing. It would have ruined my makeup.

Holly Chase has the job of saving souls, but it is her own that she realizes needs examining.
On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
She didn't.
And then she died.
Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge-as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change...

"I actually really enjoyed this. I went into it expecting a classic Scrooge story: a deep, meaningful tale about learning the error of your ways and becoming a better person through love of your fellow man (i.e. in this case, hot dude), but you should know - this is actually a very light, silly, feel-good book" I can't deny that the entire reading experience was pure enjoyment for me.- Emily- Goodreads

The Beasts Heart

By: Leife Shallcross
Location: FIC SHA
Image result for 9781473668713Genre: Re-telling of a fairy story

Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast's heart.

A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast's side of the story at long last.

I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.
I am the Beast.

The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.

My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.

My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.

And now I might lose her forever.

The Beast’s Heart is a magically woven retelling of the everlasting classic Beauty and the Beast. Shallcross does the original story justice with her beautifully written retelling – bringing the reader into a world of love, friendship, magic, darkness and beauty.- Sarah