Showing posts from September, 2012

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

By: Muriel Barbery
Genre: French Literature
Location: FIC BAR
We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers.  With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her.


By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Genre: Fantasy
Location: FIC FIT

The third book in the internationally bestselling hush,hush sequence.

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.


By: Allan Stratton
Location: FIC STR
Genre: Africa

In two days I fly out to Africa, I am going to see cute baby orphaned elephants, I will see proud strutting giraffes, I will avoid the pincers of the hunting scorpions, I will listen to the soul of rythmic African beats, I will see the colour of vibrant fabric that wants to sing its story, I will drive in buses that  are like aged cats- onto their ninth life, I will eat the pulpous  flesh of  paw paw and I will sit and gaze upon the aged who delve into the secrets of life as they quitely chatter under the baobab tree.
More than that I will work in schools - run by the poor for the poor and help set up three libraries in a slum area that is bereft of books, and in those schools are Chanda. Chanda who holds her family together, Chanda who know the deeps secret about her mother, but cannot even for once mention it, Chanda who for the sake of her family risks her own oppertunity to flourish.Chanda who protects against the maurandering desir…


By: Alyson Noel
Location: FIC NOE
Genre: Fantasy

A new home, a new life, but Daire meets Dace and he has unearthly blue eyes and she discovers her powers as a Soul Seeker. All this collides to bring you book one in the new sizzling Soul Seekers series.

  The Immortal series was a big hit in our library, this book  "The Soul Seekers- FATED" is a new series by the same author.


By: Rachel Hartman
Genre: Fantasy
Location: FIC HAR

"Beautifully written. Some of the the most interesting dragons I've read in fantasy. I can't wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next" Christopher Paolini.

I have just re-read the Hobbit, and it has hooked me into dragon stories, Smaug has almost an endearing evil smugness about him, I want to like him, so I am looking for a story that makes me cheer for the dragon come good. This story has a plot that reminds me of The Hobbit. A royal prince brutally murdered, a talented court musician who harbours deep secrets, investigations that led to darker plots, fantastical gifts and kingdom fighting battles. You almost expect Gandalf to appear puffing his rings of smoke, with a trail of hobbits and dwarfs behind him. The cover is great and wouldn't you believe it, it has a gazing intense eye on it, looking at you, now where have I seen that before...

Throne of Glass

BY: Sarah J Maas
Location: FIC MAA
Genre: Hunger Games cross Game of Thrones?

A heart of ice. A will of steel.Meet the Assassin.

Audrey from Goodreads said this
Audrey rated it ·It is more than just a fairy tale. It is epic. Cinderella didn't see this one coming. Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Sirocco- the Rock Star Kakapo

By: Sarah Ell
Location: NF 333.95 ELL
Genre: New Zealand

Sir Occo- that is what I reckon this bird should be called. His Majesty the Parrot. He currently is on show at our local Maunga- mountain. Why is a bird so famous, and how come Sirocco gets so much attention- this species is in a situation where it has been rescued from the brink of extinction, in 1997 they only knew of 51 birds left and only one female. It is the worlds largest parrot and it is flightless and its mascot is Sirocco. This book tells not only Sirocco's story but the Kakapo's as well. It has excellent web sites and a Q&A section in the back about Kakapo. This book will be a great research tool for your studies on New Zealand Flora and Fauna- but it also is kind of a cute story about a character bird!

Skin Deep

By: Laura Jarratt
Location: FIC JAR
Genre: Part romance and part crime story.

Ugly people don't have feelings...
They don't notice if you stare at them in the street.
They are not like real people.
or that's what I used to think.
When I was younger.
before I learned."

After a car crash Jenna is left permanently scarred, she struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare wants to make her retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan.

Why is it we look at people who are different to us with big judging eyes? Why is it that my 3 year old buddy with Spina Bifida is going to be forever looked at, with people thinking that he can't. He is coming to my house tonight and he is going to design pizza!! Why is it when we see people who are scarred,  who cannot walk, who are different in colour, who wear cultural clothes, who are globally delayed- why tell me- do we box them, make ourselves superior, and somehow in our heads we eliminate any thoughts that these people love, a…

Moonrise Kingdom

This movie is going to be a classic and my bet is that some if you will be studying it here at school for your movie in NCEA and it will be great for your Connected Theme study. But putting education aside, this movie gets a huge nod from my sons, and daughter, who laughed out loud, and called me straight after and demanded I watch it!! That is the perfect recommendation! It is showing now at the Lido!!


By: Danny Katz
Location: FIC KAT
Genre: Humour

"SCUM is great. Dannt Katz is one of the hilariest writersd I know. Hilariest ? Is that a word? It is now." FRANK WOODLEY

It's just an ordinary day for Tom Zurbo-Goldblatt. The possibility of romance with his dream girl. Powerful friendships to forge. Wrongs to right. The ultimate test of survival against the Badass Ninjas of Stupidity of Death.   The Students Combined Underground Movement (S.C.U.M.) is a society for outcasts, weirdos and massive losers. At their headquarters on the bench beside the bin behind the canteen, they plot their revolutionary ideas for a better schoolyard. Divided they may be weak, but as S.C.U.M., they're still weak; but at least they have somewhere to sit.

Snowwhite and the huntsman - The Novel

By: Lily Blake
Genre: Fairystory made into fantasy ( but still has a few cute dwarves:)
Location: FIC BLA

It had to happen, the film was great and so a screenplay turned into the book was inevitable. So now we have a fairystory turned into a film that has been turned back into a book. I once took some little kids I was baby sitting to see the Disney version of Snow White- it was so sad, those poor dwarves were heart broken when she died, the kids were highly bemused as to why there caregiver was sniffling..
So now you can offically read a fairystory at High School and it will be legit for your reading logs!!

Conspiracy 365- MALICE

By: Gabrielle Lord
Location: FIC LOR
Genre: Adventure

Another book in this very popular series, Winter Frey has been warned. She has 30 days, the countdown has begun, the clock is ticking and will The Drowner get her before the mystery is solved.

 The YouTube  below is about the film made for TV audience, but if you watch it, you will see the suspense and explosive plots that make these books so popular.

Gods and Warriors

By: Michelle Paver
Location: FIC PAV
Genre: Fantasy

A fantastic new series by Michelle Paver, the writer of Wolf Brother. This time she delves into her own fascination with Greek Methology and weaves a magical story full of myths and heroes.

From a time of myths and ancient magic will come the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, tales of gods and warriors - and the rise of a hero.

His sister is missing. His dog has been killed. High in the Greek mountains, Hylas is running for his life.

The mysterious black warriors want Hylas dead. So begins his quest across land and sea with only a girl and a dolphin by his side. But the warriors are relentless. Why are they hunting Hylas - and how will he survive?

In the turbulent world of the Mediterranean Bronze Age, long before the Greek myths, a boy and a girl battle for survival. With the help of three animal allies - a dolphin, a falcon and a lion cub - they defeat the forces of tyranny and withstand the elemental powers of the gods of land and …

A canoe in midstream

By: Apirana Taylor
Location 821 TAY
Genre: New Zealand Poetry

Today we had the privilege of Apirana Taylor doing some readings in school assembly and then running a writers workshop for a couple of hours in the library.  How did it go- well after school today I had 7 students in my office, myself and one of our Yr 12 girls read the poems from this book to the other students for 40 minutes.They discussed the Assembly, they talked about the writers workshop and we picked apart some poems that we read together.
The thing about the poems in this book- is that they are so real and relevant. As Alex read Lady Anorexia , I had tears in my eyes as I visualised my niece in her struggle to combat the war that assaults her everyday. This poem is so true, my niece could have written it. ..smash the chains, they make for thee. Eat and be well, as thy maker loves thee and intended thee to be.
  The kids thought that Swiss Alps was a good one  for me- cheeky they are.
These poems make you chuckle, p…

Everything Left Unsaid

By: Jessica Davidson
Location: FIC DAV
Genre: Sad!!

Why do I read these books at the end of the day and why when I read them do I get visitors. I was reading the end of this book,  and overwhelmed by where this story was heading, I started to get to the teary eyed stage, it developed into the runny nose phase and then as the tears started to stream a Year 13 students walks in- she understands, offers me lollies and leaves me to wallow. At this point the emotion takes control as I empathise, I have seen this story, I have seen a teenager battle a brain tumour, I have watched the journey of friends, family and the battler, this journey is never fun, and now I am reading about it, too fresh. Sobbing- into the office walks the IT manager..... all he asks is "do you have enough tissues"


By: Photosport
Location: 796.0993 REP

I  wonder what photos will become famous from Saturdays All Black- Argentinian Test Match over the weekend.None probably - the lights went out. But the World Cup rugby final- oh yes forever we will indulge of those images to make us feel national pride until next time. The who can forget Valerie Adams with a flag draped round her, or Peter Blake with his red socks on the boat, Danyon Loader with his gold medal proudly places around his neck, or John Walker stridding to a gold with his hair flowing behind his back, or Richard Hadley arms in the air making an appeal, or that underarm bowl... ouch. Another ouch- the faces of the Silver Ferns when they lost the world cup, but oh the delight when they got it back! What about Jock Hobbs giving Richie his cap, or Sarah Ulmer gasping in the air after her Olympic gold..oh so many sporting moments all captured  and most of them in this book for us to reminisce by. This is a goody and makes me wants to say  &…

The Deserter

By: Peadar O Guilin
Genre: Dystopia
Location: FIC GUI

Sci Fi cross nano technology with a bit of dystopia and a bit of a love stort as well.  It is the sequel to Inferior.

Humans are weak and vulnerable. Soon the beasts that share their stone-age world will kill and eat them. To save his tribe, Stopmouth must make his way to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world above the surface. But the Roof has its own problems. The nano technology that controls everything from the environment to the human body is collapsing. A virus has already destroyed the Upstairs, sending millions of refugees to seek shelter below. And now a rebellion against the Commission, organized by the fanatical Religious, is about to break. Hunted by the Commission's Elite Agents through the overcrowded, decaying city of the future, Stopmouth must succeed in a hunt of his own: to find the secret power hidden in the Roof's computerized brain, and return to his people before it is too late.

Stolen Night

By: Rececca Maizel
Location: FIC MAI
Genre: Vampire

Not a fan of the blood sucking vampire genre - but I guess you all might be, so go on - be a sucker and read this - it has a really cool cover, so that made it worth getting!

After 500 years as a Vampire Queen a sinister ritual transformed Lenah Beaudonte into a living, breathing teenage girl- a girl with a beating heart, capable once again of human love.
Now Lenah has been represented with an impossible choice: to go back through history to before she became the cruel vampire that she once was  and undo all her evil deeds, but never meet and fall in love with the darkly gorgeous Rhode. Or continue her life in the present with Rhode nearby but beyond her reach forever.

My Brothers War

  By: Davd Hill
Location: FIC DAV
Genre: WWII
di·chot·o·my/dīˈkätəmē/:A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.2.Repeated branching into two equal parts This story is one of those- a dichotomy.Two brothers - same mother, same upbringing but two very different choices. One enlists in the Second World War, the other becomes a Conchy- a conscienous objector. Edmund believes his duty is to fight for his country, but William cannot bear the thought of killing another man, ever. William ends up in prison and Edmund on the front lines- that is until William is sent off to be a stretcher bearer- the most dangerous of all jobs at the front. He scuttles into no-mans land to rescue the fallen, he cares , he heals, but he refuses to kill. Brothers- yet so far apart, but are they, and is William really a coward, and when his brother needs him- William is there carrying his strecher.This is a powerful story of how differing opinions…

Empire Magazine- and my top 10 movies.

Location: Magazines and all over the library!!!
Genre: Film

This is the magazine of all things movies.
I love the movies, I get to see most of them on the small screen- the aeroplane as I travel, but this year I have managed a few more at the theatre. I love the ones on the plane as the selection is so vast you get to watch movies that are not generally that well known. Movies of stories about people, historical, fictional, but real, are the ones that feed my soul the most. Stories of the journey of people from one state to another, from one set of circumstances to another, the journey of a child to an adult, the stories of survival- emotional and physical. So maybe I should list my top ten in no particular order-
The Lord of the RingsWater ( and the rest of this series- Fire and Earth- Indian movies)Princess BrideBellaMama Mia ( Sorry bout that one)My Afternoons with Margueritte BoyBabelJunoGandhiWell that is the list today for what it is worth.This is the favourite magazine in the sch…

TRYLLE Novels- Switched, Torn and Ascend

By:Amanda Hocking
Genre: Fantasy
Location: FIC HOC

This is a great trilogy, the author descibes them this way
 The Trylle Trilogy,  is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.

But I can tell you - it has trolls. It has love stories  with 1 princess and 3 potential men. It has kingdoms and wars, power, sacrifices and loyalties. Goodreads describes the trilogy this way.
Seventeen-year-old Wendy Everly has always been different, but she never thought she was more than human. However, when she’s thrown into a world unlike any she’s ever imagined, Wendy must uncover her heritage, tap into her powers, and fight against those who want to use her gifts for evil. Enter a world of magic, mystery, and romance in Amanda Hocking’s bestselling young adult series that takes readers to Trylle, a world as beautiful as it is deadly. Torn between worlds, Wendy must decide who she really is and what she wants, between love and duty, in a struggle fo…


By: Bob Langrish
Location: 636.1 LAN
Genre: Horses

Horses, they are so powerful, graceful, useful and we as humans have a long connection with them. I went to see a famous horse trot around the park a few years back, and its strength and power blew me away, yet in its speed it had real grace. I also watched the Queens horsey party thing at Windsor Castle on TV and a world of horses was on show, the tricky ones, fast ones, dancing ones, and horses used in warfare, they were stunning. This book captures it all, the beauty, the power, the breeds and 250 breathtaking colour photo's.  This is a picture book and one of our students reckons one of the horses looks like Bieber- can you find which one, but I reckon one looks like Lady Gaga, and maybe another like Jack Black.
Yep- its  a great book to peruse through and in the office right now is a stack of us- pupils and staff loving it.


By: Daniel Wilson
Location: FIC WIL
Genre: Sci Fi
 WE WILL NOT BE EXTERMINATED Ohhhh Steven Speilberg is making this into a movie, how cool is that going to be.  The cover is cool, the story is amazing and my son is going to love this book!! It is so good to get a new author with new idea's in SciFi. Clive Cussler, Stephen king and Steven Speilberg cannot all be wrong, they all loved it .
Roughly twenty years from now, our technological marvels unite and turn against us. A childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and kills the man who created it. This first act of betrayal leads Archos to gain control over the global network of machines and technology that regulates everything from transportation to utilities, defence and communications. In the early months, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - from a senator and single mother disconcerted by her daughter's "smart" toys, to a lonely Japane…

The Universe Rocks: The complete guide to space

By: Raman Prinja
Location: NF 520 PRI
Genre: Science- Space

This book rocks, it has amazingly colour pictures, clear concise information, a whole range of do-able experiments that link to the space theme,  and every question you ever want to know about space answered. It has the top 40 Universe facts at the back of the the book which for me as a "Stuff" Quiz" doer is brilliant. It has great links to other web sites and a full glossary, but the best thing is the colour, it oozes Hubble photos  and it goes a long way to again prove to me that books give better information that random web sites. For students in the Yr 8-11 age- this book is perfect for research top get you started. This is the kind of book my son would of loved, and I suspect even now he is older with a degree tucked under his belt, when he comes home to visit this weekend, he will spend time perusing this book and learn a few things along the way.

Destiny Path Series

By: Allan Frewin Jones
Location: FIC JON
Series: Destiny's Path
Genre: Historic fantasy
This is a great series based around a feisty Welsh freedom fighter, determined to free her home land.  TheBooklist says this " This series has Strong heroines, ancient magic and a hint of romance". The cover does not really portray the story of a shield wielding, battle hardy warrioress who defends her patch and her band of freedom fighters to the death. It is not pretty, it is gory, the Saxon invaders get a pounding and the ancient gods ensure a bit of magic thrown in for good measure adds a bit of intrigue to the plot.  There are four books in the series, we have them all. ONE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE ONE HEROIC JOURNEY ONE PATH TOWARDS DESTINY...