Thursday, July 30, 2015

Scorch Trials- Trailer

Its coming in September- you all know the drill- READ THE BOOK FIRST!!!!

The Lost and Found

By: Cat Clarke
Location: FIC CLA
Genre: Contemporary Youth Fiction. Missing Family. LBGT

Madeline McCann- its a name and a story we all know, the young girl taken from her family in Spain while they were on holiday. I cant help but think this book is inspired  by that story through the eyes of Madeleine siblings. What is THEIR story in this story.
I also wonder why the author chose the protagonist to be called "Faith" - faith means to hope, to know that what is not possible can come to reality- like your sister returning!


When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister. 


Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…

"I  thought this was a fantastic read. I was gripped and raced through the book, which offers a brilliant plot, well-developed characters, and also a commentary on the way in which victims of crime and their families are treated by the tabloid media. The Lost and the Found is a tour-de-force of young adult thriller writing, exploring the heights of tensions and the depths of personal tragedy, and I can’t recommend it highly enough." as reviewed by Lauren Logan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Earth- a Visitor's Guide - Weird , Strange, Bizarre ... and True

By:Ian Harrison
Genre: Real weird stuff that happens here on Earth
Location: NF 030.2HAR - Lying all over the place in the library- it is one of THOSE books!!!

A guide to Earth, this title is packed with everything you ever needed to know about our planet and the people who live in it - and a lot you probably don't.

Its Weird
Its Strange
Its Bizarre
Its True...

And it all happens here on planet Earth!

This book tells you the secrets of humans and their planet...
How could the world end tomorrow, where could I get a decent Salami from? What is a perfect body, how do I fight a duel? How can I use a maggot, and what is the best time to escape from a sinking car? What things can be done with a spoon  and what is my body worth? How can I walk on water and how can I save the world? How do you say "I love you" in 100 different languages?
Yes you want to know all this stuff don't you?  
There are 352 chapters of facts, weirdness, knowledge, information, photos ...

In France it is illegal to address a pig as "Napoleon.."

One Kick

By: Chelsea Cain
Location: FIC CAI
Genre: Mystrey- Thriller- Tough Topics!
Series:  Kick Lannigan #1

Some books you wonder if you should have in the library and if you should expose to our students. Writing about child pornography and its impacts is a brave thing for a YF market. But perhaps exposing it for what it is has more power than silencing the beast that it is!

Kick Lannigan is one kick-ass heroine! . Abducted at 6y old and used to make child pornography movies which still circulate on the internet, she was eventually rescued in a police raid six years later. Now at 21, she still suffers from the effects of her time in captivity. Her parents put her into all sorts of therapy but the only thing that worked for her was learning self defence, martial arts and how to shoot a gun with deadly accuracy. Now she lives alone with her old childhood dog, near her best friend James, another person damaged as a child.

Into Kick's life explodes Bishop, a man with a mission, ex-cop now working for a very wealthy private company. Also a man with a horrific event in his childhood. Two children have recently disappeared, known to be abducted and Bishop wants Kick to help him find them. To do this Kick must revisit her past and the man who abducted her.

A gripping rollercoaster of a novel, it deals front on with issues of child sexual abuse, pornography and the effect on victims. The relationship between Bishop and the independent Kick is fasciniating to watch as they each try to protect or outdo the other. This is the first book in a new series from Chelsea Cain and I look forward to the next, hopefully starring her new hero and heroine Bishop and Kick.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Off the Page

By: Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Location: FIC PIC
Genre: a FICPIC - Fairy Story retold

It has different colored print for each characters chapters POV- there are three of them.. It has luscious illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert - they are traditional beauties. In fact is has twelve full-color illustrations, and black-and-white decorations throughout. It is a stand alone story- which is refreshing but if you have read Between The Lines first- that is a good thing!!Escapism at its most fairytale-ish best!

 This story is a beautiful "fairy-tale" about how your prince can get out of your favourite book and live your happily ever after in a real world. Of course, nothing is as easy as it seems. 
Sixteen-year-old Delilah is finally united with Oliver—a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale. There are, however, complications now that Oliver has been able to enter the real world. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to take Oliver’s role in Delilah’s favorite book. In this multilayered universe, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, but all must be resolved for the characters to live happily ever after.

 OFF THE PAGE, is a tender and appealing romantic YA novel filled with humor, adventure, and magical relationships.

“Well, you have to find that rare someone for whom you’re not putting on a show. Someone who shines a spotlight in your direction—not because you’re who they need you to be, or who they want you to be…just because you’re you.

"This is a laugh out loud book, full of witty banter and a cutesy love story." Kaira

Big Nate Series

By: Lincoln Peirce
Location: FIC PEI
Genre: Comics, humour, fun.

“Give a boy - ANY boy - enough time, and he WILL eventually pick his nose!” ― Lincoln Peirce

I just bought this whole series of books- as bit of a request from a couple of our  classes, but hopefully a bit of fun for everyone!

Nate knows he's meant for big things. REALLY big things.

But life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome.

Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool no matter what.

He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so.

For fans of the hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher's pet

Monday, July 27, 2015


By David Arnold
Location: Still in the mail but on its way
Genre: Road trip, mental health, contemporary.

"And as simple as it sounds, I think understanding who you are--and who your are not--is the the most important thing of all Important Things."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

Check out the trailer!!

Finding Audrey

By: Sophie Kinsella
Location: FIC KIN
Genre: Chic Lit. Mental Health

“Most people underestimate eyes. They're infinite. You look someone straight in the eye and your whole soul can be sucked out in a nanosecond. Other people's eyes are limitless and that's what scares me.” 
― Sophie KinsellaFinding Audrey

School bullying- why oh why do we have to tear each other apart because we are different, or because we have a set of views, or because we have a mental health issues. What makes one human thrive on the hope of destroying anothers soul? Why do we bash someone down to enhance ourselves? It really is so dumb because she who destroys- gets destroys, he who bashes- becomes smaller. It is so counter productive and so destructive. Bullying harms everyone!  
It is no wonder that some of us crawl into a self preservation cave and refuse to stick our head out- that way we can at least survive!

Audrey is a fifteen year old girl suffering from social anxiety disorder after an experience of school bullying that has led her to therapy and confined her to her home. As she works to regain her confidence and reengage in society, she meets a sensitive and funny boy named Linus who helps her step into the light and live again. With Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.

Where this book really shines is Audrey’s family and their day-to-day interactions. They are hysterically funny and add a much needed character and charm to the story. 
 Finding Audrey. is just as heartfelt and poignant as it is wonderfully charming and hilarious. It's a perfect book for a sunny afternoon on the beach. A great picker-upper, feel-good novel capable of making you laugh out loud and all teary-eyed at the same time.

"I think what I've realized is, life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn't matter if you slip down. As long as you're kind of heading more or less upwards. That's all you can hope for."

Friday, July 24, 2015

Beautiful Dogs

By: Carolyn Menteith
Photos by: Andrew Perris
Genre: Dogs:)
Location  NF 636.7 MEN

This book is a stunner, and it has made many people in this library laugh- a lot.
It looks at 40 breeds of dogs and gives a precise on each one. This includes the temperament of each breed of  pooch. What made us laugh- matching the doggie with the student or teacher.
Shih Tzu is a happy friendly dog that is extrovert and loves life and is equally at home tramping across the countryside as it is cuddling up as a lapdog- just like Chloe!
Pomeranian- small in size, big in personality with endearing looks and a docile temperament- just like Megan! Kings Charles Spaniel- friendly, happy, intelligent, trainable and affectionate and does well in obedience classes- hmm  Gabby!
Foxhound- escape artists who hate training-  pack hounds- to all the waggers in the library- this is you! Chihuahua- self-important guardians which uses its tiny but surprisingly accurate sharp teeth- that would be the deans who come in looking for certain students! Boston Terrier - friendly and good natured, a great friend,outgoing and social and loyal to their mates but they snore and maybe slightly stubborn- Mr Nick!!!
Griffon Bruxellios- it has long eyelashes, and a cheeky face, they are playful, inquisitive and a fun pet and like a good game- just like Jaz!  Labrador Retriever-  A guide dog, that always looks happy, a great companion and gets on with children- works hard all day but loves good food- to all our English Teachers out there!!

The Cage

By: Megan Shepherd
Location: FIC SHE
Genre: Sci Fi Contemporary, Dystopia, Dystoromance, Fantasy,Multiple POV- is this enough genres for you!

Cool Cover!!!

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race.

What would you do if you woke up as an exhibit in a zoo? Well that's pretty much what happens to Cora Mason and 4 other teenagers that inhabit The Cage.

Cora Mason wakes up in a desert not knowing how she got there. She quickly discovers she is not alone. With her are four other teenagers: Lucky, Rolf, Nok and Leon. Together they try to piece together the mystery of what happened to them. To their surprise an alien, called the Caretaker (aka Cassian), appears and explains they have been “rescued” from Earth and placed in an artificial habitat for their safety. They are given 3 rules they must follow in order to survive. The habitat is really a cage and as days go by Cora becomes more desperate to find her way home. As tension and paranoia builds among the group they must decide who is the true enemy: the aliens or themselves.

As Cora Mason explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. 
Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

The Cage is well written and it will keep you reading through the night.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

By; Brian Katcher
Location: FIC KAT
Genre: Contemporary YA- Romance  

SciFi Geek meets  School Goody Over Achiever, he likes her, she doesn't like him until .........

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is one of those laugh out loud, quirky contemporaries with fantastic underlying messages that every contemporary junkie needs to read!
 It’s a romantic comedy that is told in dual POV by two seemingly totally different people over the course of one day, set at a sci-fi themed convention (think Armageddon  or any other geeky festivals)

When Zak is caught cheating on a paper he is roped into attending quiz bowl semi-finals headed by the perfectionist Ana Watson. By attending quiz bowl he is missing comic-con, something he has been invested in since he was ten. Zak can stop talking about comic-con and it drives Clayton, Ana's little brother, to sneak out of the hotel and catch a cab. Ana, with her strict parents, needs to find him before they find out. She teams up with Zak who knows comic con like the back of his hand and it turns out they have more in common than they thought. 

This book has an incredibly quirky cast of characters and is such a treat! It is told over the span of one weekend (mostly over one night and through the next day), and is unlike any other books I've read. It made me laugh more often than not, and there were also parts that were really touching. I fell in love with Ana and Zak and their crazy adventures from page one, and it has easily become a favorite!

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is a coming-of-age story that shows you that there are always two sides to a story, and that first-impressions aren’t always the impressions that are intended to stay, because everyone has more to them than what they appear to be on the surface.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Back from India

By: The Blogger
Location: Library office
Genre: Be the change you want to see

I just got back from India, disappointed that the books recently published were pretty up to date with what we have here now. I wonder why  John Green is so published over there? I mean what has Paper Towns, or Finding Alaska got to do with a teenager from Dehradun whose life is scripted for him or her. Yet there they are- perhaps as an ultimate form of escapism or the hope of a dream never to be realised.
It was awesome being able to take 9 Kiwi teachers to help and support education in India and a real buzz listening to kids read books we took from New Zealand in English- these kids now do have a hope and a future and perhaps even dreams that may be possible because they are educated in schools that believe in them and dream for them.
I got the flu so I did not visit the bookshop of insanity- but my daughter did and here is the evidence.
So now I am back at work but I will not forget those kids loving learning, loving books and having teachers who are now better equipped to help those kids achieve their dreams- there is hope!

Paper Things

By: Jenifer Richard Jacobson
Location: FIC JAC
Genre: Homelessness - tough stuff to deal with in life!

First there was Paper Towns, then there was Paper Planes and now there is Paper Things!!

When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live.

"Twenty-six cents won't get you much, but a library card will. A library card can let you borrow books, an MP3 player, and movies, or download materials on a computer but you need to have an address to get a library card, and homeless people don't have addresses."

I have seen homelessness- it is heart breaking. Walking past men, woman and children who have hopes and dreams just like I do- but they sleep on a cold pavement sheltered by the rain by a meagre overhang, while I sleep in my soft memory foam bed heated by an electric blanket. Homelessness = disempowerment. Homelessness = a daily battle for meaning and hope. In this story you are made to go face to face with homelessness and if you have a heart you will discover an empathy for the journey of Ari and Gage- if you have no empathy- make sure you stay on your memory foam bed and never travel into the real world- you would be no use!

Patty from reviewed has book

This book is a treasure. If ever I was unmindful of how difficult it would be to not have a home? This book brings it home. Some nights Ari and Gage stay with friends...some nights it's a shelter...once it was a car...another time another homeless friend...let them stay in his storage container. Ari tries her best to hide the fact that her clothes are spotted, wrinkled and dirty. Her hair is greasy. She is hungry, tired and losing her status at school. She was always the smart kid...when she hears a former friend say that she is heart broke.
What I loved best...
The writing of this author is simply beautiful. She has captured Ari perfectly. Everyone seems to be trying to help Ari in sweetly subtle orange in her backpack, a new pair of shoes from a kind teacher, special help from a gentle librarian. I must say this again...Ari is the heart and soul of this book.
What potential readers might want to know...
My eyes filled with tears at various parts of this beautiful story. Life...real life and all of its ugly parts as well as lovely parts are told in a way that makes this book real...not ugly real...but real. This is a very special book. I loved every word