Friday, December 2, 2011

Monsters of Men

By: Patrick Ness
Genre: War
Location: FIC NES
Series: Chaos Walking Trilogy

Winner of Carnegie Medal 2011. Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: WH Smith Children's Book of the Year 2010 and Arthur C. Clarke Award 2011
The electrifying finale to the multi-award winning trilogy, Chaos Walking, this is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating reality of war. "War," says the Mayor. "At last." Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge...

Puss in Boots

I cannot wait for this movie- I loved Shrek and I reckon this will be just as good.

Survival Handbook

In association with the Royal Marines Commandos:
Endurance essentials for great outdoors

A great book for those of you who study Outdoor Education or who are in the "Sir Ed" team or in the "Get2go" team.


No words needed- photos say it all.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Recon Team Angel Assault

By: Brian Falkner
Location: FIC FAL
Genre: Sci Fi war

The first in a high octane sci-fi adventure series by best-selling and award-winning author, Brian Falkner. It is 2030, and the world is at war with an alien race. The Bzadians. The battleground: Earth. Recon Team Angel, made up of teenagers from around the world, has been training for years. They have learned Bzadian languages. Learned how to operate their weapons. How to work, eat, and think like them. Now it is time to act. Recon Team Angel must slip behind enemy lines, work their way into the top-secret alien facility under Uluru, and uncover the truth. But what they discover will shock not just them, but all of humanity.

Pams Whisper

By: Sue Lawson
Location: FIC LAW
Genre: Youth Fiction- relationships and family.

Pan Harris is is brash, loud and damaged. Ordered into foster care, Pan is full of anger at the mother who abandoned her, and the older sister who kept her from her father. Pan is certain that she knows the reality of her past - until she meets Hunter, the boy who understands her story better than anyone else, and who just may be the key to unlocking the truth of Pan's memories. But are some memories best left forgotten? And is Hunter worth Pan breaking her most important rule - Never. Trust. Anyone

I shall wear midnight

By: Terry Pratchett

Location: FIC PRA

Genre: Pratchett- he has his own genre!!

My son and my nephew LOVE Pratchett and the Discworld books- it has made them funny, wierd, witty and maybe even wise, so when any new Pratchett books come out - Im in.

This new one "has brilliantly funny dialogue and high peaks of imagination" The Times. If you love language, puns, wordplay and the creation of formidible characters and stories- then you simply MUST read Pratchett.

The Bad Queen

By: Carolyn Meyer
Location: FIC MEY
Genre: Historical Fiction

More of my favourite genre, historical fiction this time set in France. Who was Marie-Antionette- was she as bad as I have ben made to think, did she deserve her beheading on the streets of Paris.

History paints her as a shallow party girl, a spoiled fashionista, a callous ruler. Perhaps no other royal has been so maligned--and so misunderstood--as Marie-Antoinette. In this latest installment of her acclaimed Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals the dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last Queen of France.

From the moment she was betrothed to the dauphin of France at age fourteen, perfection was demanded of Marie-Antoinette. She tried to please everyone--courtiers, her young husband, the king, the French people--but often fell short of their expectations. Desperate for affection and subjected to constant scrutiny, this spirited young woman can't help but want to let loose with elaborate parties, scandalous fashions, and other unimaginable luxuries. But as Marie-Antoinette's lifestyle gets ever more recklessly extravagant, the peasants of France are suffering from increasing poverty--and becoming outraged. They want to make the queen pay.

The Bad Queen is a fresh look at an endlessly fascinating life.

Urban Assassin

By: Jim Aldridge
Genre: War

Location: FIC ELD

Mitch and the boys of Delta Unit are on their most dangerous mission yet. And this time it is personal...

THE MISSION: To stop the assassination of the British prime Minister by a ruthless renegade killer. But this assassin is no stranger to the team- he is a highly trained, ex-member of Delta Unit.

THE SQUAD: elite Black-Ops soldiers- Gaz, Two Moons, Tug, Benny and nelson- codename, Delta Unit.



Carrier of the Mark

This looks so cool- and we have it now in the library.


By: Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams
Series: Tunnel Series
Location: FIC GOR
Genre: Adventure

If you thought the Limiters were nasty, think again. They've brought their females with them this time. And all that stands in their way are Will and his friends, and a rag-bag team of retired commandos. It's a smoking spiral of chaos and not everyone is going to survive.

How to be a boy

By: Short Stories - so a whole lot of authors.

Location: FIC HOW

Genre: Short Stories for the lads.



Ian Beck, Mal Peet, Tim Wynne Jones and 7 other authors write about what it really means to be a man. Inspiring and pro boys, a book to counter the bad press guys are getting and stories about manning up and showing what courage young men do have in the face of adversity.

Time Raiders - The Eternal War

We have the new book in the library... check this out!!


By: Marcus Sedgwick
Location: Fic Sed
Genre: Everything- Love, Vampires, Sci Fi and Fantasy

What would you sacrifice for someone you've loved forever?

"I will live seven times and I will look for you and love you in each life. Will you follow?

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar even when you've never been there before, or felt that you've known someone even though you are meeting them for the first time? In a novel comprising seven parts each of them influenced by a moon - flower moon, harvest moon, hunter's moon, blood moon - and travelling from 2073 back in time to the dark of the moon and the days of Viking saga, this is the story of Eric and Merle who have loved and lost one another and who have been searching for each other ever since. In the different stories the two appear as lovers, mother and son, brother and sister, artist and child as they come close to finding each other before facing the ultimate sacrifice. Beautifully imagined, intricately and cleverly structured this is a heart-wrenching and breathtaking love story, but it also has the hallmark Sedgwick gothic touch with plenty of blood-spilling, a vampire and sacrifice.

Passion- The Book Trailer

This series is running hot in the library- check out the trailer and you will see why!


By: Kathy Reichs
Genre: Forensic Fiction
Location: FIC REI
Fourteen-year-old Tory Brennan is as fascinated by bones and dead bodies as her famous aunt, acclaimed forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan. However living on a secluded island off Charleston in South Carolina there is not much opportunity to put her knowledge to the test. Until her and her ragbag group of technophile friends stumble across a shallow grave containing the remains of a girl who has been missing for over thirty years. The question is, did whoever was responsible for the girl's death have anything to do with the sick puppy they rescued from a secret laboratory on the same island? With the cold-case murder suddenly hot, Tory realises that they are involved in something fatally dangerous.

If James Patterson loves it- you simply cannot go wrong.

Stay With Me

By: Paul Griffin

Location: FIC GRI

Genre: Youth Fiction- Drama

The door opens, and this guy comes in, kind of tall, clean cut, definitely nice-looking, but there's something wrong with him. he strikes me as both wounded and perhaps a little dangerous...

And so it began...

The latest Listener magazine rates this book really highly as its number one youth fiction for 2011- so it must be good.This story is about hope, and first love and it will apparently change the way you think about the world- sounds like a challenge to me!!

The Rogue Princess

By: Eve Edwards

Genre: Historical youth fiction

Location: FIC DEW


I love historical fiction and none more than set in Tudor England. Throw in some forbidden love, a merchants daughter who falls in love with a vagabond and we have a great story.

The Shadow Girl

By: John Larkin
Genre: Youth Ficton:- A thriller with survival themes
Location: FIC LAR
Tragic, comic and epic, The Shadow Girl is as devastating as it is inspiring " Marcus Zusak.
The shadow girl never imagines she would live on the streets. After her parents disappear, life with her aunt and uncle takes a sinister turn. Terrified that the authorities will believe her uncle over her, she flees. Then she pretends...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tin Tin Movie Trailer

You all would have seen the Tin Tin comics and posters around the library- that is because I am very excited about the Steven Speilberg/Peter Jackson movie that is coming our way over Christmas. So come on in - read a few of the comics and get the vibe before you watch the movie.

Muppet Movie

Oh yeah cant wait..

Friday, September 30, 2011

Lion King 3D Trailer

This has got to be amazing... and since I am going to Africa, I think relevant!!

Off to Africa

Well it is holiday time and for me I am heading to Africa. I will not be chasing wild lions or sneaking up on elephants, but rather doing all we can to aid and assist untrained teachers in the schools for the poor, run by the poor. These schools are all over Africa, but we will go to Tanzania, Ghana and CapeTown.It is with an organisation called RATA and you can check it out on One of my jobs will be to help set up three libraries in Ashiamen, a slum area near Tema in Ghana. These schools will boast the best libraries in almost any school in the capital city when we have finished- kids will have access to books, and that access will enable them to discover their worlds. They have no computers- so books are it!
So have a great holidays and value the freedom you all have to chose whatever book you wish to read, and the power you have to enlarge your world view and understanding by having access to books- because many many kids can't.
See you all when I get back- and drop into the office if you want to hear more!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Help- Movie trailer

If you love this move- come and get the book!! I just have to make sure that the staff who are reading it- return it!!!

The Iron Queen

By: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Iron Fey
Location: FIC KAG

Meghan Chase, who is half faery, half human, knows that the struggle against the Iron Fey is not yet over and that they will tear her away from the banished prince she loves and force her into battles she may not survive.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ashes Ashes

By: Jo Treggiari
Genre: Sci Fi

Location: FIC TRI

The world has ended.

What comes next..

Jo Treggiari spins a thrilling tale of adventure, romance and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Conspiracy 365: Revenge

By: Gabrielle Lord

Genre: Adventure

Location: FIC LOR

Series: Conspiracy 365

Prologue: I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw the envelope.

It was waiting for me on my pillow. A red wax seal marked it like a thick wet drop of blood. I ran to the window and looked out, but the front yard was dark and quite. Cautiously, I pulled the curtains back across and picked up the creamy coloured envelope. The front was blank, but the seal on the back was carefully pressed with something feathered. I held it under a lamp. A chill shuddered through my body...

Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 30 days. The countdown has begun.

The Scorch Trials

By: James Dashner
Location: FIC DAS
Sequel: The maze
Genre: Adventure fantasy

Thomas was sure that escape from the maze meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one knew what sort of life they were going back to. The earth is a wasteland. Government and order have disintegrated and now Cranks, people driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim.and meal.Thomas can only wonder - does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED? The pulse-pounding sequel to The Maze Runner.

Heart of danger

By: Fleur Beale

Genre: SciFi

Series: Juno

Location: FIC BEA

The third gripping book in the JUNO series...

Off the Island of Taris, and having survived the pandemic, the people from Taris settle into their new life around Aotearoa. But two year old Hera's life is threatened and Juno is being pursued by the handsome Ivor. A desperate journey of survival and the powerful use of Juno's mind that is unleashed in a terrifying way all mingle to enable Juno and her family from Taris to maybe, maybe- have true freedom.

Girl about time

By: Kerstin Gier

Genre: Fantasy

Location:FIC GIE

Imagine falling in love in another century. Gwyneth did.

Gwyneth discovers she has inherited a secret time-travelling gene, and she is not the only one. Soon she is caught up in a dangerous mystery with a gorgeous boy- and a sinister society determined to spin the past....


By: Lauren Kate
Genre: Fantasy
Location:FIC KAT

This is the long awaited sequel to FALLEN!!! Finally it has arrived. Is it true that "love never dies"? It took Lucinda an eternity to find her beloved angel, Daniel.He waited for her - but now they are separated again as the Outcasts want Luce dead.
While separated Luce learns a lot about her past she discovers more about Daniel- is he hiding something from her?
Are they truly destined to be together?..
Well read it- and find out!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The secret life of bees

By: Sue Monk Kidd

Genre: Drama -Family

Location: FIC KID

Like the freedom Writers this book has been out of the library a while and again we finally have it back on the shelves. I loved the movie, but as they say- the book is even better.

Did Lily kill her mother at age four? At 14 can she deal with her fears that she did kill her Mum. All she wants is a mothers love and forgiveness- is that too much to ask?

Could a black servant be her friend and help her through this pain, and the anger of her unyielding father? This book is about a journey, its about love, its about redemption.

Its a goody!!

The Freedom Writers Diary

With: Erin Gruwell

Genre: Autobiographical

Location: NF 370.11 FRE

Well it has been out of the library so long, and I have hunted it down all year- and finally we have our mitts on a copy. The movie was amazing and this book tells the story of the "Freedom Writers". It is written in a diary fashion with many of the students contributing. It talks of the huge impact the holocaust survivors has had on these students and how being a writer has impacted the students life holistically. This book will be brilliant for Yr 12 thematic studies and for 12905.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Inheritance - the Book Trailer

Christopher Paolini's new book comes out on October- its the last one in the series. Eragon started it- so just how will it end?

Hunger Games Trailer

Ok- its not the super official trailer- but it is still AMAZING!!!

A straight line to my heart

Author: Bill Condon
Genre: Fiction

Location: FIC CON

A funny, poignant, heartwarming story of first love, first job, friends, family and the inevitability of change in the first summer out of school.

School is over, not just for the year, but forever. Tiff and Kayla are free, which is what they've always wanted, but now summer is nearly at and end and that means life decisions. Tiff is hoping her job at the local paper will lead to something more... But 'The Shark' soon puts her straight on what it takes to become a hard-nosed reporter like him. At home, Reggie - the only grandad she's ever known - has quit the smokes and diagnosed himself as cactus. Then Kayla hits her with some big news. And into all this stumbles Davey, the first boy who has ever really wanted to know her.

Pig Boy

By: J. C. Burke

Genre: Youth Drama

Location: FIC BUR

"Last Friday I collided with adulthood. It was like a slap across the face with a wet hand. I can still feel the sting"...

On Damon's Styles eighteenth birthday he was expelled from school. But its what happens afterwards that changes everything.

First thing to do is get his firearms licence, then learn to pig hunt. Then he will need all he needs to know. Oh and he had better get a lock for his wardrobe- so his Mother wont find out about his plan.
Damon's taking matters into his own hands...

The invisible hero

By: Elizabeth Fensham

Genre: Youth Fiction

Location: FIC FEN

Philip was used to being the odd one out- the loner. But who are the villains- the heroes, not only do they study them at school, they soon learn who they are face to face in their world. The issues of justice and persecution are not just historical things you learn at school, sometimes you learn them in your own small world.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blood Ninja

By: Nick Lake

Genre: Ninja Fiction

Location: FIC LAK

"A fast paced, gripping book, with ninjas. Its all i could ask for really" Conn Iggulden

Blatantly brilliant..A thrilling and action packed tale of horror, duty and destiny. " Derek Landy -author of Skulduggery Pleasant.

Taro has been bought up a fisherman's son. He will become a ninja, a silent assassin trained in the arts of death...

He will face Samurai, warriors, warlords- all for the title of Shogun.

BUT- he must do all this in darkness for no Blood Ninja can face the light of day.

I am so strong

By: Mario Ramos

Genre: Humour

Location: Picture Books PIC RAM

This is my favourite picture book in years- it is funny, witty, and written so subtly sarcastic- YET it carries real themes about bullying and self esteem. It is a perfect read aloud to anyone who you make listen to it- including anyone that dares set forth into the librarians office.

The Horse Girl

By: Mary Finn
Genre: Historical Fiction

Location FIC FIN

" A remarkable book- a writer to watch"

The fate of one horse- Belladonna, will change two lives for ever. Set in 1757 , Thomas Rose discovers a girl concealed in a ditch outside his rural village- she looks drab. Yet she enchants Thomas with tales of the circus and dancing on her horse.. This book feels like a youth version of Water for Elephants- just its set in the 18th century and in England and its about a horse not an elephant.. I loved Water for Elephants so here is hoping this one is as good:)

The bridge

By: Jane Higgins

Genre: Dystopia

Location: FIC HIG

Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation. They are hungry to cross the river.

Cityside- ISIS is in charge. Its job- to keep the hostiles at bay.

The city is at war... Nik and Fyffe are on the run- across the bridge..

Billy T James Movie Trailer

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


By: Lauren Kate

Genre: Chic Fantasy

Location: FIC KAT

Series: Fallen series

Angels are better than vampires.. and the Fallen series prove it. In the latest in the series Luce and Daniel go backwards in time to unlock the curse that forbids them to love. Each century, each of her lives - holds a different clue.

Can her and Daniel unlock their past, so they can have a future?

"Dark, seductive mysterious- an unforgettable love story" Cindy

Withering Tights

By: Louise Rennison

Genre: Humour for Chics

Location: FIC REN

Tallulah Casey- charges around in her tights, hanging out with her famous cousin- Georgia Nicolson- who has confessed in her books already. Now its Tallulahs turn to expose the stories of first kisses- of growing up and all the crazy stuff around it.

It was the winner of the Roald Dahl FUNNY prize.

The Godless Boys

By: Naomi Wood

Genre: Religious Fiction. Coming of Age

Location: Naomi Wood

If you were forced to live with faith- or without, which would you choose?

England 1986. The church controls the country and the Secular Movement has been banished to "The Island". On The Island- religion is banned. A gang of boys patrols the community, searching for signs of faith and punishing any believers.

Then an English girl arrives- wanting to find her mother- long since vanished.

Then comes the love bit... a boy on The Island falls in love with her- but another wants revenge. Violence erupts...

This book is about faith, power, love, revenge. It is violent and yet it is tender.


By: Chrissie Keighery
Genre: Drama

Location: FIC KEI

Being a teenager is hard enough. But being a deaf teenager... Hard does not even begin to cover it.

How do you act when your friends are talking about you behind your back, or if a boy likes you?

You'd hear the whispers..wouldn't you?

Monday, June 27, 2011


By:Monique Polak

Genre: Youth fiction- Family/religion

Location: FIC POL

16 year old Ani lives in a tiny Quebec town of Sainte-Anee-de-Beaupre, where the family runs Saintly Souvenirs- a tourist shop catering to the many pilgrims who come to the town seeking a miracle. Ani is a good girl- devout and obedient, her sister though is the opposite: irreverent, over- sexed and hyperactive. When Ani's faith is tested and she is confronted with something shocking in her mothers past- she has to rethink her whole existence..

I started to flick through this book and ten minutes later I realised it had grabbed me- students were waiting at the library desk while I was getting to know Ani and Colette. As for the secret- well it is an issue that the catholic church is facing and so it is a topical book that handles it very well . It may not be in the library in the holidays- I will have it.


By: Richard Harland

Genre: Fiction Thriller

Location: FIC HAR


Starwars cross Mortal Engines

Col and Riff led the oppressed Filthies to victory, but now the revolution on their mountain sized juggernaut is falling apart. A saboteur strikes, and suspicion and paranoia reign.

Will Riff deny her love and brand Col a traitor? Can anyone stop the extremists taking over? And can they defeat the juggernauts massing for war?

"A page-turner pulse pounding read" " A terrific novel- hard to put down.."

TOP GEAR 100 Fastest Cars


Genre: What do you think?

Location: NF 629.222 TOP

Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari, Lotus, BMW, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, MG, Audi... the fast cars, amazing stats, photos, cool factors and Top Gear repartee.

Along for the ride

By:Sarah Dessen

Genre: Family youth fiction

Location: FIC DES

Insomnia, parents divorce, summer at the beach with Dad and his new family, gossiping girls at work, crushes and ELI- a fellow insomniac who becomes her nocturnal guide. With an endless supply of long summer nights between them, almost anything can happen...

Terminal Velocity

By: Andy McNabb Genre: War fiction Location: FIC McN Series: Drop Zone

This wasn't going to be a situation he could negotiate; it was a fight for his life.

Andy McNab goes Cherub SAS style... some say that this series will rival Muchamores Cherub series- that's a big call, but McNab has been around the block and this could just be his biggest success ever.17 year old Ethan Blake goes skydiving for fun- except he doesn't- he is actually on a crack SAS covert operation unit. Homeless teenagers are scattering the streets- dead- and they need an undercover agent to go into the organised crime unit called The Raiders- to see what is going on. Ethan's life just got very dangerous.


By: Lauren DeStefano

Genre: Sci Fi - Chic lit

Location: FIC DES


In our brave new future, DNA engineering has resulted in a terrible genetic flaw, woman die at the age of 20, men at 25. Young girls are being abducted and forced to breed in a desperate attempt to keep humanity ahead of the disease that threatens to eradicate it... 16 year old Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold as a bride to Linden, a rich young man with a dying wife- even though he is kind to Rhine- she is desperate to escape. With the help of a servant called Gabriel she attempts to escape... in what little time she has left.

Friday, June 24, 2011

What is real?

By: Karen Rivers

Genre: Youth Fiction

Location: FIC RIV

My life used to be a pitcher of white, pure, clean, delicious milk just bubbling over goddamn wholesomeness. My entire life. My whole family was shiny and perfect, snipped right out of the stereotype catalogue, Mum, Dad, me, Chelsea and our loyal dog Glob....

I'm seventeen now and that's all gone. seventeen doesn't sound old. But it is . Trust me....
How the perfect life becomes a life of hell.... the pitcher of nice milk turned sour.

Thunder over Kandahar

By: Sharon E. McKay

Genre: Fiction- Cultural

Location: FIC MCK

A powerful novel of enduring friendship set amid the terror and chaos of present-day Afghanistan.
Best friends Tamanna and Yasmin cannot believe their good fortune when a school is set up in their Afghan village;however, their dreams for the future are shattered when the Taliban burn down the school and threaten the teacher and students with death. Tamanna faces an arranged marriage with an older man, and the Taliban target Yasmin's family- the girls realise that they must flee....

Theodore Boone; Kid Lawyer

By: John Grisham

Genre: Youth Fiction

Location: FIC GRI

A perfect murder

A faceless witness

A lone courtroom champion knows the whole truth

and he's only thirteen years old.


Prisoner of the Inquisition

By: Theresa Breslin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Location: Fic BRE

"Unputdownable" The Times

This book has a fantastic cover- if you judge a book by its cover- then you will read this book. I bought this book for the library before I even turned a page- but then I also love history. So what is it about..

The flames begin to rise around her...

Zarita, only daughter of the town magistrate, lives a life of wealth and privilege.

Saulo, son of a beggar, witnesses his father wrongfully arrested and brutally dealt with. Hauled off to be a slave at sea, he swears vengeance on the magistrate and his family.

The cruel agents of the Inquisition arrive in Zarita's town bringing suspicion, terror and death. Then, amid the intrigues of the royal court, Zarita and Saulo meet once more, to face final acts of betrayal and revenge.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes

By: Nahal Tajadod Genre: Non fiction- travel

Location: NF 920 TAJ

Tehran, Lipstick and loopholes is a wry and humorous account of Nahal Tajad's quest to get her Iranian passport renewed. She embarks on a bizarre journey, meeting a colourful cast of characters along the way: two photographers who specialise in Islamic portraits, a forensic surgeon who specialises in human organs and a grandmother who offers a live chicken to an implacable official.
"She knows that the people have no weapon against all oppression: laughter. Laughter that brings about mutual support and quite simply makes life possible.