Friday, May 29, 2015

This one to go with our display

An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted.
Be here later in the year!!! Have a great long weekend everyone!!!

The Buried Giant

Location: FIC ISH
Genre: Fantasy- magical-realism-and-allegory
By: Kazuo Ishiguro

Its is my long weekend read and I cant wait..
The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war 
A sometimes quiet, sometimes tense quest novel, The Buried Giant weaves the pastoral with the magical. An elderly couple start a journey to visit the son they haven't seen in years. Anticipating an easy trip, they soon become entangled with a warrior, a knight, and a sleeping dragon, not to mention pixies and slightly sinister boatmen. Not just a fantasy story, Ishiguro has much to say about marriage, trust, memory and love. With a nod to Charlie Kaufman's The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ishiguro asks whether or not, if possible, we would choose to keep our painful memories. Do they make us who we are? Do they change us into other people? Before they know it, the elderly couple realizes the choice they make about memory will effect their entire world. Sweet, and bittersweet as well, The Buried Giant is an unexpected story from a literary giant.

Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war .
“But then again I wonder if what we feel in our hearts today isn't like these raindrops still falling on us from the soaked leaves above, even though the sky itself long stopped raining. I'm wondering if without our memories, there's nothing for it but for our love to fade and die.” 
― Kazuo IshiguroThe Buried Giant

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Smoothies and Juices

By: Terry Jeavons
Location:  NF 641 JEA
Genre: Smoothies for my new blender

I got a George Foreman blender for Christmas and I have had so much fun chucking lots of different fruits in it, pressing the button and drinking what comes out. I have had a few disasters like the mint, cucumber and kale smoothie- I got diarrhea after that one!
But I have designed some culinary masterpieces. Best tip- freeze your banana's and chuck them in the blender frozen- oh so creamy, add your feijoa's and throw in some coconut water and natural yogurt- delishimo!!!
This book is going to give me a whole lot more ideas to play with and tonight is the night I am going to explore other combinations. Can I use Manderines from our tree I wonder? How about some limes...

Geek Girl- All that Glitters

By: Holly Smale
Location: FIC SMA
Genre: fan-girling-ly-fabulous

GEEK GIRL has just been announced as the Number One biggest selling teen book in the UK last year.... yes it might make you want to look twice at this book again people!The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling No1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie.

Becky has read the others in the series and this is her review on this one..

I have been with Harriet from the start and I absolutely love the series, despite being double the intended age of reader. Harriet is her usual geeky, list loving, fact spouting, loveable self and i always find myself learning things when i read her stories. Despite the unfortunate way Nick and Harriet parted in the last book there were still plenty of flashbacks to satisfy my Nick fix. 

Having missed the first few weeks of sixth form, Harriet is trying to fit back in to her school but without Nat and distinctly missing a stalker. We follow her on the highs and lows of trying to make friends, experience adventure in Morocco for some modelling and are with her through her times of admiring heartbreak. 

As usual Holly Smale had me laughing out loud at Harriet's awkward moments, misinterpretation of situations and general all round clumsiness. I fell in love with her a little bit more as she continued to show one of her best traits, always seeing the best in people, and trying to navigate the strange world of sixth form alone. 

I really need the next book now, as without trying to give too much away, i was left wanting so much more, despite the good ending to the book. Please tell me this will be out soon!!!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Little and Friday

By: Kim Evans
Location: NF 641.86 EVA
Genre: Yum yum yum

This is the recipe book that has been begged for from the cafe of the same name in Auckland. I just went to Goggle Images and oh my... I am now salivating from looking at what this cafe produces. I bought this book on the condition two of my librarians, Elysha and her triplet sister Moira create amazingness for me to devour! This is a brilliant win win!
I am heading to Auckland soon and they tell me there is always a line outside the door of this cafe, I am just going to have to stand in it. Its most famous for it delectable delicious donuts!

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

By: Melanie Dickerson
Location: FIC FIC
Genre: Robin Hood- retold, with a bit of  Swan Lake.

I like Robin Hood, I like the idea of making sure everyone has enough to eat and those with much sharing it with those that have little, it is sadly a shame ol Robin and in this story Odette have to steal to make that happen though- this begs the question is stealing from the rich and giving to the poor the right thing to do?

In this "Swan Lake meet Robin Hood" story,  Odette is the notorious poacher of Thornbeck Forest and her intentions are to help and feed the poor. Though she does know that poaching is against the law, she longs to help people in need, as she once was one. Though she lives with her rich Uncle Rutger, she still has chosen to help the ones in need. But then a handsome forester comes into play and his is name is Jorgen Hartman. Jorgen's job is to protect the wildlife in the king's forest, even if that means he must catch/shoot (with a bow an arrow) a poacher. Odette meets Jorgen and there is an instant spark which leads to them to fall in love with one another. Funny thing is, Jorgen has no idea that Odette is the poacher. As the story goes on, much more happens. There are moments when Odette questions her choices of poaching as she becomes tired of it and turns to God to help her. But she knows that it is helping the poor families who have no food. Or is it? 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The New Zealand Cycle Trails- Nga Haerenga

By: Jonathan Kennett
Location: NF 796.6 KEN
Genre: On ya bike- go explore

On my computer wall paper is a photo that I took on one of these trails. I bought this book for our own use at home and have pawed through it- that is not a spelling mistake either! We have studied this book and we have done it.  Being on your bike and cycling through our wonderful nation is one of my greatest pleasures- and I am so thankful that now we have trails that are not mountain bikers delights but peddle pushers like me who want to bike in our land and not attempt to kill yourself while you do. I did the Alps to Ocean over summer with my daughter, probably the best and most beautiful holiday of my life, I adored it. Then we did the Timber Trail, first day was hard out for me, my hubby cruised it, the second day was awesome.
This book was our information guru on both trips, from the distances, grades, places to eat, sleep and rest and now we have a list of the ones we plan to do next. The Rimutaka Incline is first and then the Great Taste Trail in Nelson and then the West Coast Wilderness and of course closer to home the Mountains to the Sea and then there is........ I just need a decent bike! Here are a couple of my photo's.... ahh to be back there now, snow and all on a sunny day, how awesome would that be!!

Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister

By: Gregory MaGuire
Location: FIC MAG
Genre: Fairy Stories Retold

This book is has it all, the retell of Cinderella from the Ugly ones, set in Holland  in the 17th century written by a master of the genre! And ... it has amazing quotes, Princess Bride-esk almost!

“The thing about a mirror is this: The one who stares into it is condemned to consider the world from her own perspective.” 
― Gregory MaguireConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister

"In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings. . . . When we grow up we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats."

We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed—and love unveiled—in the most unexpected of places

“...perhaps charity is the kind of beauty that we comprehend the best because we miss it the most.” 
― Gregory MaguireConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister

  One more..

“Damn the human stomach, this fat betrayor of ideals” 
― Gregory MaguireConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister

“who knows what we want? We’re all mysteries, even to ourselves.” 
― Gregory MaguireConfessions of an Ugly Stepsiste

Monday, May 25, 2015

All Blackography; The indispensable guide to every All Black

B Ron Palenski
Location: NF 796.33 PAL
Genre: The All Blacks!

I went to the movie called "The Ground We Won" in the weekend about the Reperoa Rugby Club and it players. We have a current All Black from Reperoa- Sam Cane! I wonder what he thinks of the movie and I wonder if the rugby population of NZ is proud to be painted in the way this docomovie paints them. I wonder if our All Blacks past and present know and understand the culture of the country rugby changing sheds, and bus ride home- or has professionalism rescued them from it! This movie has made me wonder a lot of things. But in the midst of all that- we have produced a team of unequaled legacy- The All Blacks!
Know everything there is to know about all 1,130 All Blacks—past and current members of the New Zealand team that is current holder of the Rugby World Cup.

From the very first player, James Allan in 1884, to the most recent crop selected for the All Blacks , this is an indispensable guide to every All Black. A headshot of every player, many in full color, is accompanied by a short biography, including all playing statistics. This is the most comprehensive book on the 1,130 players to have represented New Zealand in rugby ever published.

This book has one of our very own CHS teachers in it, yes we have an All Black on our staff! See if you can find him!

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By: Sarah J Maas
Location: FIC MAA
Genre: Fae, Fairy Tales Retold, Paranormal

The breathtaking start to a seductive high-fantasy from New York Times bestselling author of Throne of Glass series.

“You look . . . better than before."
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
"And you hair is . . . clean.”

Beauty and the Beast- Sarah J Maas styles!

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

The action! The romance! The love scenes! Tamlin! Rhys! FAERIES! A character who I totally HATED but who redeemed herself! A kick-butt heroine! A fairy-tale-esque setting! A GIANT manor! Baddies in the woods!  - Anna

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.” 
― Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Wolf Princess

By: Cathryn Constable
Location: FIC CON
Genre: Once...

It is the Genre "Once.." because that is the title of our new display. Once.... there was a time....
This  new display is awesome- based on  Fairy Stories Retold! We have our very own "wee man", a giants foot, a make your own Velcro castle and a whole stack of new books and movies. It is an awesome collection.
I will blog a few over the rest of this term!

In a modern-day fairytale, orphan Sophie Smith gets lost in Russia on a school trip and discovers a Princess, a dilapidated palace, some albino wolves and a dark, hidden past involving cursed diamonds. 
Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this. 

On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. 

But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets!

A Burnable Book

By: Bruce Holsinger
Location: FIC HOL
Genre: Historical Fiction

 Prof. Holsinger  is professor for an excellent class entitled "Plagues, Witches and War: The Worlds of Historical Fiction." I want to go to that class! What an awesome combination.
Now for a confession- I am a fan of Wills and Kate, George and Charlotte, these guys are great role models, they are able to discern  how society needs them to be and have reacted, I think genuinely , to that. They are genuine, sincere and have managed to carve there own groove in a world of  entrenched structure. I want William to be King, and I hope the monarchy survives so he has a shot because I reckon he will reinvent it to be relevant and give an opportunity for that position to have reputable voice in how society is caring for itself. Wills and Kate can do this and I think they will. So long as the prophecy does not come true!
Political intrigue! Machinations! Powers struggling for the British Crown! All set in the reign of Richard II.
In Chaucer’s London, betrayal, murder and intrigue swirl around the existence of a prophetic book that foretells the deaths of England’s kings. 
The story starts with the murder of a young woman and the theft of a ancient book that contains accurate prophecies of the deaths of England's kings -- and one about the current monarch, Richard II. Poets John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer are working on finding the book ... as is half of England's gentry, because the Duke of Lancaster is implicated in the plot.

And who happens to find the book? A whore named Agnes, who witnesses the murder of the young woman. She tells her friend, a transvestite prostitute called Eleanor, about it...
As the intrigue deepens, it becomes clear that Gower, a man with secrets of his own, may be the last hope to save a king from a terrible fate.

Highly recommended for fans of medieval literature and anyone looking for a cracking-good read.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Paper Towns- The Movie

The movie.... yep it is coming this year! I will buy more of the books so you can all read it first, but here is a taster of the movie...

The Lie Tree

By: Frances Hardinge
Location: FIC HAR
Genre: Fantasy? Murder Mystery? Historical fiction? All of the above!

I love the imagery of the tree. Tolkien used it, Aesop used it, Jesus used it, Maori use it and so do many Aboriginal peoples. This story is about a tree that fruits when it hears lies.... and so much more.

Jules from reviews it this way

The Lie Tree is a ‘fantastic’ tale, in the true sense of the word. It is imaginative, extraordinary, dark and at times magical. I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything quite like it.

This is a historical novel that focuses on a teenage girl called Faith, her challenging relationship with her parents, and her struggle to be taken seriously as an intelligent young woman in a society that thinks women should be seen and not heard, and shouldn’t worry their tiny little brains with intellectual matters.

The death of Faith’s father throws her into a personal mission to find out the cause of his death. As she looks through her father’s books and written notes, she discovers the truth about a secret tree her father has been keeping hidden. A magical tree that needs to have lies whispered to it. The bigger the lie, the bigger the fruit. What consequences will knowing about this tree have for Faith? 

This story covers religious faith, the challenge of faith versus science, death, friendship, and the truly bizarre. It is happy, sad, serious, sometimes funny, dark and hopeful.

It is really hard to place this book into one genre, as there is the murder mystery, the feministic attitude of Faith and her struggle because of this, and the fantasy aspect of a truly unusual and magical tree.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes something a little bit bizarre, while still containing serious historical topics and a thrilling murder mystery

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Man in the Shadows

By Chris Morphew
Location: FIC MOR
Genre:Start to the end of the world

The Phoenix Series by the same author was really popular here at CHS. This a a new series with a revisit to Phoenix and is sure to please all you who read the first series! if you like Cherub Series- or the Gone series- then this will be for you!

As soon as Luke touches down in Phoenix, he knows that something's not right. 

The brand-new town is supposed to be a paradise, but it's not long before the cracks begin to show: malfunctioning phone lines, restrictions on car use, and a private security detail instead of a police force. 

Then Luke, Peter and Jordan uncover the true reason for the town's existence - a secret that means Phoenix is suddenly both the safest and most dangerous place on Earth. 

Someone in Phoenix is plotting to wipe out the human race. 


6 Amazing New Picture Books

Location: Pic...
Genre: Everyone loves a good picture book
Authors: A-Z

I am being a bit vague but we have a stack of new picture books and they are awesome. Our Year 13's are loving them.
The Farmer and the Clown: by Marla Frazee- this book has no words but it still made me sigh! I wanted the old man to have a friend!
Mr Tiger goes Wild: by Peter Brown, it is about being happy with who you are not what others determine you should be through the eyes of Mr Tiger.
A Book: by Mordicai Gerstein- this is a great story about a girl who wants to write her book but cant decide what her story is going to be..
Wall: By Tom Clohosy Cole- It is about the Berlin wall and  a family split by it and their courageous journey to reunite. The illustrations are haunting..
Art- Seen Art? : By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith-  This is a book about a boy called Art who gets lost in the New York Museum of Modern Art, of course it has all the master pieces as part of the story.
Gaston: By Kelly Dipucchio- This is a book about two dogs swapped at puppy birth, and how they felt different but loved in the families they found themselves in.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Frozen- A Taken Novel

By: Erin Bowman
Location: FIC BOW
Genre: Dystopian
Series: #2 in the Taken Series

 A world built on lies is bound to collapse. A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

"I loved this book. Gray and the gang are as kick-butt as ever, and WHOA. Talk about a twisty plot (in the best possible way). There was one shocker at the end that left me gaping (again, in the best possible way). If you're a fan of high action, dystopian/sci-fi, or survival stories, I definitely recommend FROZEN." Student review

"Humans are complex creatures," Adam adds. "We are not all good or all bad. We are shades. Many, many shades. Surely you understand this, Gray, with a name like yours."


Author: Jane Shemilt
Location: FIC SHE
Genre: Family Drama

I have a daughter, she is wonderful, I am so proud of her. As I read the blurb on this book, I felt a real sense of panic- what if... what if my daughter did not come home one night after the school production when she was 15? It is unthinkable, and if you really go there- harrowing.

Jenny thinks she has it all, perfect husband, perfect children and the perfect job. That is until their 15 year old daughter Naomi goes missing. As the days roll into weeks, then months, secrets about her family will surface that shocks Jenny to the very core of her being. She will question everything she knew about her loved ones, has she really been blind to her family and what has been going on below the surface with them? What ever the case Jenny's once perfect life has changed forever.
Daughter is a haunting tale of guilt, betrayal, truth and family prompting the reader to consider how well we really know the ones we love most.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Not for Parents Continent Series- Lonely Planet

By: Lonely Planet
Location:Check out each Continent  area in the NF 940's to 980's.
Genre: Travel from  a non parents world view- not so many Museums in these books.

Travel- love it and as a kid I wanted to see all the globe had to offer me- but please  don't take me to a million museums or eternal ruins- show me the real stuff!!!!

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, children's books, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places where they travel.

This is the info on the Europe.
 In this book you'll read about bizarre pastimes from wok racing and mobile phone hurling to grown-up food fights and rotten shark chomping. You'll learn the gruesome facts about some of history's most bloodthirsty rulers and can check out sculptures made of human bones, the world's biggest pizza, ultracool ice hotels, and a metal-munching Frenchman. This book shows you a Europe your parents probably don't even know about.
Or South America
 In this book you'll hear fascinating tales about wrestling ladies and man-eating fish, lost cities, intrepid explorers, and remarkable survivals. Check out cool stories about the real Robinson Crusoe, a navy without an ocean, rivers that shimmer with colors, and floating islands. You'll find dirty dancing, fowl play, daring prison escapes, and history galore. This book shows you a South America your parents probably don't even know about.

BOY NOBODY- The entire series

By: Allen Zadoff
Location: FIC ZAD- I know it is hard to find the 'Z' books but just do it!!!
Genre: If you love the 'Gone " series, this is for you. ( Or Cherub or James Patterson...)
Series: Unknown Assassin

Eventually people stop looking at me, stop meeting my eye.
There is nothing to meet.
There is nobody here.

 Boy Nobody  is a trained assassin. Abducted as a pre-teen, he is singled out by The Program for special training. He is to consider himself a patriot, serving his country’s best interests. The training he receives is very practical for an assassin. He demonstrates a mastery of relational psychology as well as using covert violence in order to accomplish a mission. 

At the beginning of this book, he’s sixteen years old. This makes the anonymity of the character rather chilling, considering how efficient he is at his job in the very first scene.

But it is the second mission we witness as readers that shows us his true character. Getting sprinklings of clues about his real life, he is still largely an Invisible Man to the reader except in how he chooses to respond to the situations he confronts. His latest mission gives him quite a quandary: his target is the beautiful and elusive Samara, daughter of the local mayor...

Books have multiple names depending on country: This is very confusing and in a world of universal information not helpful. But because it will be very popular to the library I now have three copies of the first book:) DOH!!! Maybe it was just a cunning marketing plan!

Book 1: I Am the Weapon | Boy Nobody | The Hit
Book 2: I Am the Mission | The Lost Mission | The Mission | Fearless
Book 3: I Am the Traitor | The Trait

“Death is a tool I use for my work. It’s not something I do lightly.”

“I feel cold, I feel hungry, I feel the fabric of a new shirt rubbing against my skin, and I feel gravel beneath my feet. But those are sensations, not feelings. I had feelings once.

And would you know it- it is becoming a movie. READ THE BOOKS FIRST!!!!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Soul Print

By: Megan Miranda
Location: FIC MIR
Genre : Sci Fi

How can you identify your soul? Do we have a soul print?

‘Most souls are free of their pasts. Of their crimes and transgressions, their love and hate. Because a soul has no memory, and that’s a scientific fact.

Still, most people agree it’s better not to find out who you once were. And if you do find out, it’s best to keep that knowledge to yourself. Because while the soul has no memory, the world does, and that is usually enough...

The last review is everything I love about a book- but this one is probably not, I am not into the whole reincarnation thing- it feels a cop out to me, a place off second chances if you don't grab the first chance you've got with credibility.  

Can you be punished for something your soul did a lifetime ago? Apparently, you can. Alina has been locked up ever since she was a little kid for crimes she did not commit - at least not in this life. But because it's common knowledge that some character traits are tied to one's soul it's a precaution to keep Alina and those around her safe...or so they say. When the opportunity to escape arises, Alina doesn't think twice about it. But will she find what she's looking for?

The Crimson Ribbon

By: Katherine Clements
Location: FIC CLE
Genre: Historical Fictionn

While based on real people and events from the past this is a work of fiction. Oliver Cromwell, Elizabeth Poole- what a fascinating lady, Witch Hunters, Religious Zealots, Civil Wars and Politics. It even has a bit of f/f friendship - this book is a cocktail of all that I love!

Opening line:
‘Sometimes death comes like an arrow, sudden and swift, an unforseen shot from an unheeded bow.

THE CRIMSON RIBBON is set in England in 1646, in the midst of the English Civil War. Oliver Cromwell leads the army of the people against a tyrannical king, witches are hunted down, the skies are full of evil portents. A young woman named Ruth Flowers is on the run, trying to find a safe place for herself. She is helped by an enigmatic young soldier named Joseph, but – bruised by the encounter - takes refuge in the house of an extraordinary young woman named Elizabeth Poole. Her beauty and kindness ensnare Ruth, and she uses an old charm to tie herself to her new mistress. But Elizabeth is as troubled as she is charismatic, and – as the King of England finds himself imprisoned and on trial for his life - Ruth finds herself drawn into danger, intrigue, witchcraft, and treason. 
When Elizabeth claims to be receiving messages from God urging Oliver Cromwell to spare the life of Charles I, she becomes caught up in a dangerous game of politics which may prove fatal for both her and Ruth. 

I found myself utterly unable to put this book down, constantly surprised, and constantly rewarded. This is an astonishingly assured debut title from Katherine Clements, and I’m really hoping she has more stories like this one up her sleeve! 
Kate Forsyth-

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Robot Overlords

By: Mark Stay
Location: FIC STA
Genre: SCI FI


Three years ago, Earth was conquered by a force of robots from a distant world. They have one rule: STAY IN YOUR HOMES.

Step outside and you get one warning before you are vaporized by a massive robot Sentry, or a crawling Sniper or a Flying Drone. That's if the vast Cube doesn't incinerate you first!
but Sean Flynn is convinced that his father-an RAF pilot who fought in the war- is alive. And when he and his gang figure out a way to break the robots' curfew they begin an adventure that will pit them against the might of the ROBOT OVERLORDS.

Heroes up against loads of scary robots and a truly nasty collaborator, there is plenty of action in a fast-paced, thrill-filled story. Great fun to read. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales

By: John Scieszka and Lane Smaith
Location:PIC SIC
Genre: Fairly stupid fairy tales is my guess! You will all love it is my other guess!

Chicken Licken, The Princess and the Bowling Ball; The Really Ugly Duckling, and Jack's Bean Problem.

Our library is in the midst of a new display called "Once..."
It looks so cool with a giants foot, a wee man, banners, castles and a mirror. To support this display we have bought a stack of awesome Fairy Tales retold in a variety of formats. Picture Books, Youth Fiction, Classics and of course a heap of DVD's. Come in and see what wondrous fairy Tales we have collected for youe reading pleasure and your imaginations delight!

This picture book is great- it is the retelling of fairy tales that are really rather stupid.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

By: Cynthia Hand
Location: FIC HAN
Genre: Youth Fiction- Suicide, Depression

There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

So heartbreaking. Be prepared to cry. And cry. And then cry some more

The Last Time We Say Goodbye is not about the phone call, not about the terrible shock, not about the funeral. It’s about the months after, when everyone else seems to move on with their lives but you can’t. It’s about the little things that remind you of that person, about the gaping hole in your chest that starts to unravel more every day. It’s not about “moving on”, but it is about learning to live with it.

Lexie's brother, Ty, committed suicide at age 16. A popular, basketball star, with tons of friends and yet decided to end it in only his junior year of high school. And she feels horrible guilt. Why did he do it? And why didn't she see the signs? Why didn't she talk to him? Why couldn't she help him? Should she blame her dad for leaving them? His ex-girlfriend? Life doesn't have simple answers though.

Lexie pushes her friends away. Like you would expect she is having a really hard time dealing with her grief. Her therapist told her to write a journal so there is a mixture of journal entries and her recalling her past with her brother. Lexie also tries to figure out if there was a specific reason why he decided to end his life that day. She connects with his old friends and girlfriend. 

Dealing with a death in the family affects everyone differently. There is no right way to help a friend or daughter or girlfriend out of it. Some of her thoughts and reactions are definitely ones I was familiar with and other ones were not. Lexie reconnected with a neighbor that helped her through it but then it was sad because her best friend was trying so hard to help. But sometimes you just need the unexpected.
At the end the author shares that her own brother committed suicide at age 17 while she was age 20. The book is fiction but I definitely think those real feelings of loss came through in her writing and made this a really touching, realistic, important, and worthy read. 
Thanks to for this combo of reviews.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl- The Movie

Oh- one of our popular books is being made into a movie, it is kind of a Fault in our Stars story, but a bit more gritty! Here is the trailer!

A Darker Shade of Magic

By: V.E. Schwab
Location: FIC SCH
Genre: Fantasy


“And so Kell—inspired by the lost city known to all as Black London—had given each remaining capital a color.
Grey for the magic-less city.
Red, for the healthy empire.
White, for the starving world.”

V.E. Schwab creates and weaves a world that the reader is quickly pulled into. Some fantasy authors lump information in their world building, while others don't give enough. Schwab made her world building a true treat to the senses as the gloomy, smoke filled streets of Grey London to the vivid rich filled magical world of Red London to the ash,cold and pain filled White London. Each builds onto the other as closely as they are connected to the other by a "traveler" Kell.


–Cross-dressing thieves

–(Aspiring) pirates

–Londons (plural)

–Sadistic kings (and queens)

–A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness

–More magic (blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic, etc. etc.)

–Epic magicky fights scenes


–And coats with more than two sides

This book was exactly what I wanted it to be and more. It constantly kept me on my toes with the fast, suspenseful pace, amazing magic system, some of the best world building I’ve experienced in a long time, wonderful and interesting characters, and an absolutely brilliant story. There was not a single aspect of this book that I didn’t like, besides the fact that it had to end at some point, and I would recommend it to everyone. The only problem now is I’m wondering if I've waited long enough to re-read it.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015


By: Abbie Rushton
Location: FIC RUS
Genre: LGBT - Youth Ficiton

I imagine what it would be like to talk to Jasmine. I wonder how my voice would sound. Probably like a gate with rusted hinges - creaky and stiff. Perhaps I've neglected it so long it's rotted away, and I'll never be able to use it again.

Unspeakable  has a really interesting blurb that immediately drew me in. A main character that doesn't speak? How is she going to narrate the story? 

Unspeakable is the gorgeously written novel telling the story of Megan. 
Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn't spoken in months. Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.  But Megan is scared of finding her voice, because finding her voice would only mean one thing. The truth. Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan cant quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter. Megan would love to speak again, and it seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else? Some secrets are too dangerous to be told. 

 Abbie Rushton did an amazing job telling Megan’s story. Looking through Megan’s eyes and reading her thoughts were outstanding and absolutely heartbreaking.
This book deals with difficult issues, like sexuality and bullying, guilt and being an outsider. All are dealt with so much integrity and maturity and work so well together in this story. Unspeakable has these underlining factors that it tackles, as well as the mains plotline of Hana's death and Megan being a mute. It tackles sexuality (I'm not only talking about relationships, here - the topic of calling someone or something 'gay' also comes up), and it tackles bullying (Sadie and Lindsay taunt Megan constantly) - it tackles guilt, it tackles silence. It tells the tale of noise and silence, and the battle between the two.

Thanks to for this combo of reviews!