Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Unholy Night

By: Seth Grahame-Smith
Location: Under the Christmas Tree FIC SMI
Genre: Lets mock Christmas but tell the story in a weird  but maybe authentic way anyway.

Game of Thrones based in the Gosple of Luke

The three wise men, who were they. I was one once, school play. I am not a man and I am not wise- never figured how that happened and I always wanted to be Mary- but never was!
I also went to Cologne Cathedral once- they say in there is the bones of the Three Wise men in a fancy box, that is not so wise I dont reckon. Did you know in the Bible they give no number- who said it was three,  there could of been six...

It’s one of the most iconic images in history: three men on camelback, arriving at a manger, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. A moment of serenity and grace. A holy night.

But who were the Three Wise Men? What if they were murderous thieves on the run, escaping through Judea under cover of night? In Seth Grahame-Smith’s telling, the so-called “Three Wise Men” are led by the murderous Balthazar—the infamous “Antioch Ghost.” After escaping from Herod’s prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by Joseph, Mary, and their infant. But when Herod’s men begin to slaughter the firstborn in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt. Thus begins a dark and savage tale that will see them cross paths with biblical figures such as Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist, as the magic of old times gives way to the vicious empires of man.

Ya know being a wise man actually is pretty cool! Perhaps my navitiy role was not so bad after all!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Divergent- Movie

The movie is coming, we have the first two books in our library, Allegiant is on order! So read them before this movies busts out in 2014!!! Books are always better than the movie!!!

But please read the books first!!!


By: Terry Pratchett
Location: FIC PRA
Genre:  Sir Pratchett- he is his own!

My nephew has a hero to beat all heros'- Pratchett! So in honour of my nephew and of the ultra incredibleness of Sir Terry Pratchett, I buy all books with his name on the front. This one- is as good as Nation- which  I liked the best!

Dodger is a tosher - a sewer scavenger living in the squalor of Dickensian London. Everyone who is nobody knows Dodger. Anyone who is anybody doesn't. But when he rescues a young girl from a beating, suddenly everybody wants to know him. And Dodger's tale of skulduggery, dark plans and even darker deeds begins...

So continues the legacy of Pratchett, this book was published in 2012 and was in a list of the top 25 Youth Fiction books your library must have.

Jeanette from Goodreads sums it up this way..
I say that Terry Pratchett has written a wonderful romp through early-Victorian London. Our hero, Dodger, teams up with Charlie Dickens and John Mayhew, both men who worked hard to improve the lot of London’s poor, to help a young lady caught in a difficult situation. Along the way, Dodger encounters, and rubs elbows with, many notables of the period, including Robert Peel, Mr. Disraeli, and Angela Burdett-Coutts. They are all united in unravelling the mystery surrounding this abused girl, and bringing her to safety and justice. Terry Pratchett is back in top form here, with his usual scathing take on politics, news reporting, the police force, and life on the bottom and top rungs of society. He gives us a hero that we fall in love with, root for, and applaud as he solves the mystery, and finds out a lot about himself along the way.

Friday, October 25, 2013


By: Amy Tintera
Location: FIC TIN
Genre: Post Apocalyptic


After a month a way in Africa, it seems kind of a weird cultural shift to be reviewing a book about zombies and with a killer heroine. Actually as an aside have you ever seen giraffes fight, I tell you they put zombies to shame- Google it if you don't believe me!
Anyway this book is huge, Lucy who is 17 reckons it far surpasses The Hunger Games,
Hannah who is 15 said it latches onto you by the throat and pulls you through till the end!
I think Id prefer a giraffe fight,  but I know some of you will love this. Check out the trailer!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Let the blogging continue...

Back from Tanzania and Ghana. This library is in a "container" and after sending the books over last year, we managed this year to create a system for Joyce the librarian to sort and stack her books. Working in a 'container" in over 30 degrees heat and high humidity has its challenges, but watching teachers and kids to able to easily locate and use books was worth every bit of the sweat we chucked into it.
So from tomorrow, I am back into a few good reviews with the pile of new books stacked on my desk waiting to enter our collection back in Cambridge High School Library, just want to say that our students are so blessed to have the range of books that they do! I hope that they know that!
Maybe if anyone complains I will get them to count the number of taps in their house and then tell them how many Joyce has!
Lastly we are planning a couple of new libraries in Tanzania, but what freaks me out about that is how do we locate the snakes in the shelves before they find us!!! Now that is something we don't have to worry about here in little NZ is it??
Also just want to say that we have had officially over 50,000 hits onto this blog- so thanks to all of you who have been part of this blog so far!!