Friday, June 27, 2014

The One

By: Keira Cass
Location: FIC CASS
Series: The Selection- Number Three

ohhh I have been waiting and lots of our students have been waiting and asking and finally today Fishpond emailed me to say they have posted it!!!!

So Cambridge High Students- first into my office Monday morning gets it.


By: A G Howard
Location: FIC HOW
Genre: Ramping up Alice in Wonderland- contemporary Fairytale

This book has a seriously cool cover!!!

"This book is very clever and the character Morpheus is an amazing manipulator and nothing it what is seems.It is all about being cursed with madness- or is it?" I loved this version of Alice in Wonderland!  Prisca- YR 13 Student at Cambridge High

“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
 A magical, romantic, thrilling, and well written book...
“Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. "You want me. Admit it."
Even if he's partly right, I'll never tell him. "Why would I want you?"
He lifts three fingers to countdown. "Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible."
"Such an optimist."
"My cup is never empty."
"Too bad your brain is." The words bite, but my smile softens with affection.”
A.G. Howard, Splintered

“I hate you," I say, the sentiment muffled against his heart, hoping to make it true.
"And I love you," he answers without hesitation, voice resolved and raw as he holds me tighter so I can't break away and react. "A crossroads, my beautiful princess, that was unavoidable—given our situations.”

A.G. Howard, Splintered 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Legacy: 15 Lessons in Leadership

By: James Kerr
Location: NF 158 KER
Genre: All Blacks and Leadership

Champions do extra.
They sweep the sheds.
They follow the spearhead.
They keep a blue head.
They are good ancestors.

Off course I am a fan,"THE" All Blacks define New Zealand, they are iconic, they like Gallipoli are our tangible nationhood. Right now they are on a winning streak of 17 consecutive wins, the most in all rugby history. Not only do show the world who we are as a nation- they do it to perfection.
What makes them tick, as Kiwi's, as men, and as a team?
This book is a gem, it is filled with succinct titbits about leadership, about the winning culture of our national team, it is full of whakatauki and it is inspirational.  
I am a leader of an organisation and this book is really helping me not only in the "way" I do things, but also it is helping me define "why" I do thing!

In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world’s most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business.

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success – sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you’re gone?

What will be your legacy?

_ Tis death! 'tis death! 
I may die! I may die! 
'Tis Life! 'Tis Life!
I might live!. I might Live!

Monday, June 23, 2014


By: Rainbow Rowell
Location: FIC ROW
Genre: Youth Fiction- Fan Fiction

I have just been on to a Fan Fiction site... wow.

 Fanfiction is when someone takes either the story or characters (or both) of a certain piece of work, whether it be a novel, tv show, movie, etc, and create their own story based on it.
It is huge. Check out this site

This book is based on Fan Fiction and it enters the world of Cath- a fanfic writer. She is immersed into the world to hide herself from the real one, and she takes 1000,s of online followers with her. It is just that it is not the real world, and no matter how hard you try to hide yourself online- the real world is forever gazing you in the eyes.
“To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.
Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

This book is stunningly written, crafted , it is clever and unique,  fluid and natural, allowing every situation to become relatable. The dialogue was witty and funny, with an effortless feel.
And sometimes you held somebody's hand just to prove that you were still alive, and that another human being was there to testify to that fact

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Baking Collection

By: The Australian Womans Weekly
Location: NF 641.8 BAK

Its Friday and I have been off sick all week, so no blogging from me all week- sorry about that. But when you are crook there are two things that cheer you up- nice warm sustaining winter soup and sumptuous plumpy hot cakes.
Black forest Cupcakes, Butterfly cakes. Lemon Meringue Pie, Pear and Cinnamon Sugar Lattice pies, and best of all- Chocolate self saucing pudding.
Yes we are a library, yes we do fiction, and I reckon we have one of the best collections of Youth Fiction in our region... but we also do cakes, and baking and recipe books. I also reckon we have an amazing collection of recipe books- all the big names!
This book is a ripper - it has the everyday favorites, but it also has the opulent treats and the refined delicacies.
To very student who takes this out- I place a charge, make me something!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire

It is here....

In the Library ....

For you.....

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stand Strong

By: Nick Vujicic
Location 269 VUJ- but I am going to just leave it around anywhere for you guys to pick up and read!
Genre:Overcoming Bullying by  a hero and a role model

 This guy is a hero, a legend, he is a man who demands to be listened too. The other week on YouTube I watched the Kid do a rap on Britain's got Talent, he did it with his mate and they wrote it. It was amazing- it was about being bullied because you are different.
It takes the voice of a young lad, and a man with different abilities to showcase to the world that bullying is not OK. One of our staff today told of his bullied days at his High School- he reacted, did something dumb and ended up having to leave the school- he needed to read this book by Nick.
 Stand Strong- You can overcome bullying- and other stuff that keeps you down.

With no arms, no legs, and no defenseNick Vujicic was once a bully’s target and knows what it feels like to be picked on and pushed around:  It makes your stomach hurt, gives you nightmares, and feels like there is no hope in sight. But Nick shows how you too can overcome and rise above bullying. 
No Bully Can Define Who You Are

Find out how to:
·         Turn being bullied into a great opportunity (yes, really!)
·         Create a safety zone within yourself
·         Establish strong values that no bully can shake
·         Deal with cyber bullies
·         Develop a spiritual foundation to stay strong against bullying
·         Monitor your emotions and control your response to them
·         Help others who are being bullied
Are you facing the unwanted attention of a bully?  You can stand up to the challenge, because you have greater power over your feelings and your life than you may think! Just ask Nick--the man with no arms or legs…and “a ridiculously good life.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Eye of the Wolf and the "Readers Bill of Rights"

By: Daniel Pennac
Location: FIC PEN
Genre: Fairy Tale x Foreign Lit.

First of all the author of this book wrote the "Readers Bill of Rights" below.  I love them.
This book is a fable, it is  all about respect, understanding, selflessness and friendship. It is the story of two, both hurt, both wanting to regain somethings that have been lost, and belief that maybe they can be found. It is a short book only 115 pages long, but it packs a punch. And it goes where I love too...
Reminiscent of THE LITTLE PRINCE, Daniel Pennac’s fable of a boy and a wolf who dare to meet each other’s gaze unfolds with humor, poignancy, and philosophical resonance.

They were born worlds apart, the wolf from the Far North and the boy from Yellow Africa. Now all that separates them is a cage at the zoo. The wolf has lost much on his journey, including an eye and his beloved pack. But when he finally consents to trust the strange, still little boy who has been watching him ― to meet his eye ― their lives intersect with unforgettable results.

Master storyteller Daniel Pennac weaves the events of two lives into a mythic tapestry that ultimately and magnificently reveals the fellowship of all creatures.

“Reader's Bill of Rights

1. The right to not read

2. The right to skip pages

3. The right to not finish

4. The right to reread

5. The right to read anything

6. The right to escapism

7. The right to read anywhere

8. The right to browse

9. The right to read out loud

10. The right to not defend your tastes”

The Giver

I really want you all to read this book before this movie is released. This is a 10 minute trailer that came out yesterday and I reckon it is going to be one of those those that start off under the radar and then explodes into enormity. The Giver by Lois Lowry is a stunning book, its large story packed into minimal words- its ideas immense.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Thousand Words

By: Jennifer Brown
Location: FIC BRO
Genre: Youth Fiction

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Snap Chat. I like snap chat- it keeps me in contact with my kids, my mates, and one little picture can say so much. Last weekend I went to  National Park- it is in the middle of the North Island, it was stunning, I went mountain biking and took a snap chat- sent it to a few people and without me saying anything- it said heaps.
It is just that so many people- and I guess most of all- teenagers- abuse it, they are naive as to its power and and other malicious characters who have no scruples in how they use inappropriate material.

 Thousand Words is somewhat of a modern cautionary tale. A timely and relevant topic of discussion - it is about sexting. Pictures do say a thousand words, sometimes the wrong ones.
Ashleigh has no idea of the consequences when she sends a picture of herself naked in a text to her boyfriend while she is in an intoxicated state. After a breakup, Kaleb sends the picture to some friends who send it to some more friends and soon not just some people know, but everyone knows. Ashleigh is ostracized, she loses her friends and she loses something in the eyes of her parents disappointment in her that she can never regain. Strangers she doesn't know call her names and feel they have the right to judge her and she is kicked off the track team. And then to top it all off, she is arrested for distributing child porn. With sending a picture naked of herself, something that countless other teens have done. 
It is a topic that our students should read about, before they too face the consequences of a quick stupid decision, they can have and does have enormous repercussions.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dogs of War

By: Sheila Kennan and Nathan Fox
Location: GRA KEE
Genre: Graphic Novel- War

Some war heroes heard the wind whistling over a hidden trip wire.
Some war heroes sniffed out a sniper 1,000 yards away.
Some war heroes stood tall . . . on four legs!

Dogs - It is going to be a sad office this week as my colleague says goodbye to her dog, I had that trauma last year. We had our dog for 17 years, the memories, fun, mischief and company of Rex is incomparable. My life never depended on my dog though, but he added bucket loads to it- I tell you that dog could sing- yep sing- he probably though would be useless at war!

DOGS OF WAR is a graphic novel that tells the stories of the canine military heroes of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. This collection of three fictional stories was inspired by historic battles and real military practice. Each story tells the remarkable adventures of a soldier and his service dog and is rendered with fascinating and beautiful detail, bringing to life the faithful dogs who braved bombs, barrages, and battles to save the lives of countless soldiers.

Based on the real-life roles of military dogs that served as Red Cross rescuers, messengers, scouts, search-and-rescue teams, sentries, and mascots, DOGS OF WAR captures both the adventure and the devastation brought on by war, as well as the celebrations of life and friendship between soldiers and their dogs.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Everness Series- Planerunner, Be my Enemy and Empress of the Sun

 By: Ian McDoanld
Location: FIC MCD
Genre|: Sci Fi, Alternate Worlds with some Steam Punk.
Series: Everness Series- three books!

Some lines grab you...

"He’s got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking ".

A dude in a alternative world who can cook a curry- this has to be good. Then there is the " Infundibulum" - what a cool word! It has quantum physics, mulitple universes , its multicultural, multi-dimensional and multi-planetary.

There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one among billions of parallel earths.

When Everett Singh’s scientist father is kidnapped from the streets of London, he leaves young Everett a mysterious app on his computer. Suddenly, this teenager has become the owner of the most valuable object in the multiverse—the Infundibulum—the map of all the parallel earths, and there are dark forces in the Ten Known Worlds who will stop at nothing to get it. They’ve got power, authority, the might of ten planets—some of them more technologically advanced than our Earth—at their fingertips. He’s got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking.

To keep the Infundibulum safe, Everett must trick his way through the Heisenberg Gate that his dad helped build and go on the run in a parallel Earth. But to rescue his dad from Charlotte Villiers and the sinister Order, this Planesrunner’s going to need friends. Friends like Captain Anastasia S
ixsmyth, her adopted daughter, Sen, and the crew of the airship Everness. 

“It's the superhero problem . . . .Superpowers make everything personal. Batman versus Joker. Fantastic Four versus Galactus. The Big G might be the Devourer of Worlds, but in the end he's just a dude. Beat him and the problem goes away. But the real problems aren't like that. You can't solve them by hitting them. The real supervillains. . . . were people in suits who met in rooms and decided things. Destroy one and another would take her place”