Monday, February 29, 2016

Self- Help

By: Miranda Sings
Location: 920 MIR
Genre: Yep another YouTuber book   

I had a good look at this book and chuckled- at times laughed out loud and I do confess to a bit of a snort as well.
This book is hilarious but bizarrely in a weird way- it is wise.
The thing is Miranda is not real- Miranda is fictional and the real Miranda is a very talented and qualified musician called Colleen Evans.
What I like is how she has adapted  the inside real character of what it is like to feel ridiculous, useless and incompetent and chucked it onto the stage for all to see what we know is tucked up inside of us. That is why 6 million people follow her, we all inside say "yes" to what she is portraying outwardly.
This book does the same!
"Over six million social media fans can’t be wrong: Miranda Sings is one of the funniest faces on YouTube. As a bumbling, ironically talentless, self-absorbed personality (a young Gilda Radner, if you will), she offers up a vlog of helpful advice every week on her widely popular YouTube channel. For the first time ever, Miranda is putting her advice to paper in this easy-to-follow guide, illustrated by Miranda herself. In it, you’ll find instructions on everything: how to get a boyfriend (wear all black and carry a fishing net), to dressing for a date (sequins and an orange tutu), to performing magic (“Magic is Lying”), and much, much more! Miranda-isms abound in these self-declared lifesaving pages, and if you don’t like it…well, as Miranda would say…“Haters, back off!”"


The Revenant

By: Michael Punke
Location: FIC PUN
Genre: " A superb revenge story"- Historical Fiction at its best!

Is today Leonardo DiCaprio day- will he finally win an Oscar for his role of Glass in this adapted novel!
As always read the book first- it is always better.. but then there is Leonardo DiCaprio.....

The word REVENANT is defined as "a person who returns, especially supposedly from the dead." There could be no better title for Michael Punke's high spirited, outback survival, revenge novel that is based on a true story.
The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.
But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two men from the company are ordered to remain with him until his inevitable death. But, fearing an imminent attack, they abandon Glass, stripping him of his prized rifle and hatchet.
As Glass watches the men flee, he is driven to survive by one all-consuming desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, he sets out on a three-thousand-mile journey across the harsh American frontier, to seek revenge on the men who betrayed him.
The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

“When the need arose, a man extended a helping hand to his friends, to his partners, to strangers. In so doing, each knew that his own survival might one day depend upon the reaching grasp of another.”
― Michael PunkeThe Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

Friday, February 26, 2016

Shadow Squadron Books

By: Carl Bowen
Location: Easy Reads-  EAS BOW
Genre: Great fun short good vs evil stories

Short simple adventure with simple comic style illustrations.

 Phantom Sun is a  quick read based on a special secret operation team in Antarctica sent to retrieve a Chinese drone, before the Russians. One tricky ambush as the American patrol approaches the drones landing site leads to the death of one soldier. Earpiece negotiations save 41 scientists but lose the drone. 

White Needle  is about a multi-branch elite military team must infiltrate Syria and stop rebels from launching a chemical weapon. Readers who are into military, war, etc. would enjoy this story. I could see it being a solid recommendation for younger, strong readers as well as older high-low students. There are casualties though they are kept to a minimum and the good vs. evil message is clear.

All I know now

By: Carrie Hope Fletcher
Location: NF 920 ELE
Genre: Another blogger/ writer

“Don't ditch your childhood dreams just because you dreamt them up as a child.” 

Carrie Hope Fletcher is a singer-songwriter and an author. She also plays the ukulele, guitar and saxophone.

Carrie is well known on YouTube for her channel 'ItsWayPastMyBedtime' where she has over 600,000 subscribers. Most of her videos consist of giving advice to her younger audience, talking about Disney and covering her favourite songs.

She played Eponine in the West End production of Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre until February 13th 2016. She is the first actress to have played both young Eponine and older Eponine.

Her debut book, 'All I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully' was published in May 2015. The book is based on what she writes on her blog.

Her first fiction novel, 'On the Other Side' is due to be published in July 201

The only thing bigger than Carrie Hope Fletcher’s hair is her heart. But here’s her not-so-secret: This rising star was once a high school misfit.

Carrie’s youthful fans come to YouTube to hear her talk music, books, and whatever comes to mind! But when they write to her, they want advice most of all. In All I Know Now, Carrie tackles every tough topic, from how to apologize (“Don’t make excuses but do explain.”) to how to handle bullies (“Punch them in the face. Kidding! Kidding!”).

Carrie grew up just one step ahead of her teen and tween fans. She can remember her own awkward phase (all too well!), so she never lectures her readers; she confides in them. Thanks to Carrie’s personal touch—plus 21 of her own illustrations—this generous guide to growing up is as one-of-a-kind as its author!

We need to start treating ourselves how we deserve to be treated, even if you feel that no one else does. Prove to the world you ARE worth something by treating yourself with the utmost respect and hope that other people will follow your example. And even if they don't, at least one person in the world is treating you well: YOU.” 
― Carrie Hope FletcherAll I Know Now: Wonderings and Reflections on Growing Up Gracefully

A poem from a student librarian

It t'was the night before Christmas
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse.
'Cause the cat had pounced,
And torn him apart.
Ate his mousy intestines,
And chewed up his heart.

Hey y'all, a beautiful poem from the librarian moose's.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Scooby-Doo- You Chose

By: Laurie  Sutton
Location: EAS SUT
Genre: Scooby Doo - it is its own genre

I had a love hate relationship with Scooby Doo . As a kid I liked how Shaggy and Scooby solved crimes in a fraught and confused way. I loved how unbrave Scooby was and I wanted so much to be able to imitate Scooby.
I love how Scooby pronounces things: " Ri don't rink so"  but despite that it always scared me!
But when these two books came across my desk for just old times sake- I could not resist.

They are You Choose books, which means you get to figure out what path to take the story. They have 12 possible different endings!

One of the stories goes like this..
Velma's uncle, a famous archeologist, asks the gang to visit his dig site in Mexico. It seems something is scaring his workers, and he needs to get to the bottom of it. But when Scooby-Doo and the gang arrives, the dig is empty and Velma's uncle is missing! Where did he go and what's scaring everyone? To solve the mystery, readers choose which characters to follow, discovering what seems to be Aztec ghosts and monsters along the way."

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Style Yourself

By: heaps of stylists
Location:  NF 646.34 ALD
Genre:  I need this cause I am useless at this stuff

This book is pretty- full of photos, well set out and fun to look at but it is more than that..

Style Yourself is the perfect personal-style handbook—and gift!—for fashionistas of the digital age. This book presents the best of fashion bloggers, with tons of outfit ideas and expert tips that show you how to apply high-fashion inspiration to your everyday wardrobe.
In this innovative guide to personal style, 95 of the world’s premier fashion bloggers—whose sites receive over 500,000 daily visits combined—give hundreds of coveted insider tips, which are sure to delight teens, industry experts, and urban professionals alike.
-GARMENT BASICS. Each type of garment is broken down, piece by piece, to help readers get their personal perfect fit.
-TAKE YOUR PICK. Illustrated galleries showcase tons of garment types, giving you variations on the basics, plus how to style each one.
-GARMENT REMIX. Bloggers show you how to mix and match basic garments in clever, fresh ways.-
BUILD YOUR LOOK. Learn how fashion bloggers start with a basic garment and use it to build a complete, head-to-toe look.
-SKIRT THE GLOBE. Go on a whirlwind tour to see how international bloggers wear a trend piece.
Chapters include:
Wardrobe basics – Get on top of your everyday look and learn what’s a must-have for any woman’s closet. Plus, insider shopping tips!
Tops – Start at the top—literally. See how to remix that old rock-band tee, wear a sequin shell any day of the week, and get cuffs that hit just right.
Bottoms – Craft fresh, high-fashion looks with fun layered tutus, elegant maxi skirts, clever cropped trousers, and brave knit shorts.
Dresses – Be a knockout at every occasion—from picnic-perfect pinafores to sexy date-night mini dresses and formal goddess gowns.
Colors and Fabrics – Take a crash course in color to figure out which hues look best on you! Discover how to go monochromatic, use an accent color, and play with multiple prints for unexpected looks.
Shoes – Skimmers, kitten heels, booties, brogues, and more! Study up on these fun shoe styles to see how a great pair of kicks can transform any outfit.
Accessories – Top off your look with a fedora worn in a surprising way, a pair of perfectly flattering sunglasses, or a stack of luxe bangles.
Underpinnings – Bras and hosiery can make or break an outfit! This chapter ensures that the garments closest to you give you the confidence to make the whole ensemble rock.
With its vibrant imagery and user-friendly appeal, Style Yourself is a book to be savored, showcasing ideas that range from highbrow couture to everyday chic. Let these self-made fashion experts guide you through the maze of fashion, so you can build a personal style that’s all your own!

Fish in a tree

By: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Location: FIC HUN
Genre:  Could be a true story- but isnt

 This book had me swiveling on my library chair reading happily. It was like reading my sons own story- super intelligent, spunky, quick as a fiddle, amazingly  gifted with oral and verbal skills- sometimes misdirected but often used as compensation.
He had to survive high school years with dyslexia.
Some years he had teachers who just did not get it, and made his life extremely difficult, like asking an obese man to run a marathon, each day.  Often he was told "Common- just write down what you are saying- write it!" They could of asked him to speak Russian with the same results.
He has made it, he is my hero, he is working with kids kicked out of school as an outdoor instructor, many of whom have also learning difficulties.
I guess it was our support and belief but also Mr Peters and Mrs Dixon and Miss Taigels. Tyler got an excellence in Yr 13 English- because of them! The power of a believing teacher!

So this story is very very real to me and I want teachers and bullies of dyslexic kids to read it. I know of very few people who have an EQ as high as my sons, intelligence is not school worksheets, or essays, it is how you hold what you are taught and then use that to make an impact into your world.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike

Monday, February 22, 2016

Room- The Movie Trailer

The Movie

Its going to be great! may need tissues!

After Eli

By: Rebecca Rupp
Location: FIC RUP
Genre: Coming of age- war, death and love

When Daniel’s brother Eli is killed at war, Daniel considers the history of unusual fatalities to determine what makes a death — or a life — matter.

I had a good friend die- I was 14 , she was 15. Her name was Sonia. She fell off a horse on a road in Canterbury on her way to a hockey game. 
She was so talented, gifted, an athlete, an artist, a musician, a great hockey player and a good friend. She was from a loving large family who deeply mourned her death. 
I could never figure out at the age of 14 why she had to die.
Maybe I needed this book- then!

Danny is one of those characters whose voice just seems so authentic. When his older brother Eli dies in Iraq Danny’s family flounders with their grief. His mother is chronically depressed, his father is angry and their family has fallen apart. Set over one long summer holiday period Danny makes some new friends in Isabelle, the quirky visitor from New York and Walter, the genius social misfit who is the target of the school’s bullies. Their friendship helps Danny make sense of his feelings of anger and grief. Danny creates a Book of the Dead in which he compiles facts about the deaths of famous people. Each chapter of this novel deals with the death of a person that Danny then relates to an aspect of his own life. Although the premise sounds quite heavy, and it is deeply moving and philosophical, this is also a very funny story. Danny has a very humorous and straight-forward voice that offers a light touch in some very dark moments. Seeing the world through Danny’s eyes, particularly through his memories of Eli, is heart-warming, poignant and yet also uplifting. In this coming of age story Danny learns that sometimes the only way to move forward is to let go of the past.

Read between the lines

By: Jo Knowles
Location: FIC KNO
Genre: Youth Fiction- set in a school- in a small town

“But then, as she looks at their unsuspecting, uninterested faces, she will start to think about what that really means. That just like there is more to her than what they see, there is more inside each one of them. What’s your story? she will wonder as she scans the room from face to face. And this time, when she pleads with them to read between the lines, she will try to do the same."

We live in a small town and I work in the school of that small town and when I look around I see groups of mates, hanging out, being, doing, chatting, planning. Most students are in a group, most students understand what the culture of school is,  most know that you have to lock yourself in a group, get your identity from that group and hold on tight to survive school years.
This book is just about that- one day in the life of a school, the groups, who they are and how they intersect and interlock.
Nine teenagers, one adult, one day, and one rude gesture that connects their stories. Told in ten vignettes, Jo Knowles’ story shows the face of human life and the personal struggles that underlie each character’s actions. It also shows the real and tenuous connections between both friends and strangers.

Nate, Claire, Dewey, Jack, Stephen, Keith, Dylan, Lacy, Grace, and Ms. Lindsay. Ten people, one day. This is the story of ten people who are all connected to Irving High in some way and all want to see themselves as something different and/or wonder if anyone ever sees the real them. It's a normal day in a suburban town, but it's on this most ordinary day that these ten people show us what it's like to walk in their shoes. Heartbreak, bullying, family problems, and high school.... that pretty much sums up this book. - Michelle

Friday, February 19, 2016

Alone on the wall

By: Alex Honnold and David Roberts
Location: NF796352 HON
Genre: Rock climbers with a death wish!

A twelve-year-old kid in the audience raised his hand and asked, 'Aren't you afraid you're gonna die?' 
Without missing a beat, Alex shot back, 'We've all gotta die sometimes. You might as well go big.'

My husband is an outdoors man, so is my son. They climb rock walls and kayak white water and bike on mountains, but I am never too worried about them- they want to live! They use ropes when they climb, this guy doesn't. he climbs vertical  walls 100's meters high- unprotected! Even the cover gives me the heebyjeebies!

Alex Honnold is 28 years old, and perhaps the world's best 'free solo' climber, scaling impossible rock faces without ropes, pitons or and support of any kind. There is a purity to Alex's climbs that is easy to comprehend, but impossible to fathom; in the last forty years, only a handful of climbers have pushed 'free soloing' to the razor edge of risk.
Half of them are dead.
From Yosemite's famous Half Dome to the frighteningly difficult El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico, Alone on the Wall is structured around Alex's seven most extraordinary climbing achievements so far. These are tales to make your palms sweat and your feet curl with vertigo. Together, they get to the heart of how - and why - Alex does what he does. Exciting, uplifting and truly awe-inspiring, Alone on the Wall is a book about the essential truths of risk and reward, and the ability to maintain a singular focus, even in the face of extreme danger

They Let Me Write A Book

By: Jamie Curry
Location: NF 920 CUR
Genre: Yep another one- Blogger writer- this one is cool as it is from a kiwi perspective!

 I like Jamie- she rides a unicycle...

"Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Jamie, I'm 19-years-old. I make videos on the Internet, and enough people watched them that they let me write a book. I know. What is life?" Inside these pages is my life so far, and what I've learnt - or haven't learnt - along the way. Read about my cowboy hat years, the year I dug a big hole, and the time I pulled down my pants at a badminton game. I'll tell you my top travel tips (drink water), how to have fun at a school ball (don't go) and how to be an adult (eat an oyster). And I'll talk about YouTube, because I suppose that's what got us into this mess in the first place ..

I seriously loved this book. I love Jamie and this books was amazing. 
Jamie is so funny and great, and this book just blew my expectations through the roof. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It made me cry because I was laughing too hard. Thank you for writing this, Jamie!  - KENDALL

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire

By: Dan and Phil
Location: If you ever find it in the library it is 920 HOW. I got two copies!
Genre: Bloggers,  who have published REAL books

OK- This book is cool-  very cool. Doodles, information, cartoons, bio's, weird photos, texts, writing challenges, Chat Logs YouTube advice, Apocalypse information, Phangas and my favourite- Emojinterview  :)
As for Dan and Phil- we get to know them pretty well- kind off!
It is the perfect rainy day book- hang on- its raining- this librarian is about to find a beanbag and have a gander, now where is my teapot!

Hello reader,

In this book is a world. A world created by two awkward guys who share their lives on the internet!

We are Dan and Phil and we invite you on a journey inside our minds! From the stories of our actual births, to exploring Phil's teenage diary and all the reasons why Dan's a fail.

Learn how to draw the perfect cat whiskers, get advice on what to do in an awkward situation and discover which of our dining chairs represents you emotionally. With everything from what we text each other, to the time we met One Direction and what really happened in Vegas.

438 DAYS- An extraordinary true story of survival at sea

By: Jonathan Franklin
Location: NF 920 FRA
Genre: Survival at sea- the real Life of Pi without the animals

I love the story of Unbroken- the whole story. But it was in the movie that the long long long days of being in the boat adrift at sea made me realize what a horrid existence  ocean drifitng is. The movie dragged on and on and I guess that was the impact it was supposed to have- imagine filming this book-  438 days of it-wow!

438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history—as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.

On November 17, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and blasted him west. When he washed ashore on January 29, 2014, he had arrived in the Marshall Islands, 9,000 miles away—equivalent to traveling from New York to Moscow round trip.

For fourteen months, Alvarenga survived constant shark attacks. He learned to catch fish with his bare hands. He built a fish net from a pair of empty plastic bottles. Taking apart the outboard motor, he fashioned a huge fishhook. Using fish vertebrae as needles, he stitched together his own clothes.

He considered suicide on multiple occasions—including offering himself up to a pack of sharks. But Alvarenga never failed to invent an alternative reality. He imagined a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to toss him up on a remote palm-studded island, where he was saved by a local couple living alone in their own Pacific Island paradise.

Based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and interviews with his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to health, this is an epic tale of survival, an all-true version of the fictional Life of Pi. With illustrations, maps, and photographs throughout, 438 Days is a study of the resilience, will, ingenuity, and determination required for one man to survive fourteen months, lost at sea.

Auggie & Me: Three wonder stories

By: R.J.Palacio
Location: FIC PAL
Genre: Wonder- the backstorys

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”

WONDER has been huge at our school. I think it is because kids relate to feeling different, to not fitting in, to feeling awkward at those around us who suffer. It speaks to the soul about being an outsider fighting to fit in! Yet it screams out redemption and justice and smiles at humanity rather than scowls at it- most of the time.
So what are the back stories of the other characters in this book. Auggie and Me tells you.

WONDER tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him.

This companion book is a must read also. Told from the POV of Julian (the bully who torments him all through fifth grade), Chris (the friend Auggie has known since birth who moved away two years ago), and Charlotte (the girl who was chosen to be his buddy and show him around the first week of school), the stories give us insight into why Julian hates Auggie, the reason Chris lets his friendship with Auggie fall away, and what's going on in Charlotte's busy life as Auggie navigates his way through his first year at Beecher Prep. Loving Wonder as much as I did, it was great to be back in Auggie's world again, if only from another perspective.  JAN-

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


By: Joe Sugg
Location: GRA SUG
Genre: Vlogger writes Graphic Novel

Like anyone who feels as though they just don't fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself.

Despite his failing health, Evie's father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it's finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app... and the power to cause trouble in paradise

"I loved the story idea so much and actually, I feel connected with Evie because her case was just like mine. I’ve been struggling with this school life thingy in these past 2 years now. I just feel like everyone don’t want to accept me for who I really am, like Evie. So I’m just trying to find my own safe place, like Evie. :D So yeah, I feel connected with her". TIFANY

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Wolf by Wolf

By: Ryan Graudin
Location: FIC GRA
Genre:   Historical Ficton x SciFi Fantasy

"Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them -- made of ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.
Her story begins on a train."

In a alternative 1956, where the Nazis have won WWII and Germany and Japan are the two major ruling powers in the conquered world, the story follows the story of Yael our MC, who is an escaped concentration camp prisoner who was experimented on. This vile experiment gave her the ability to skin shift or in other words she can change her appearance. To celebrate the alliance between Germany and Japan, a yearly motorcycle race across Europe and Asia- a cross continental race is held. In 1955, Adele Wolfe is the only female to ever win the race and had the rare chance to dance with Hitler himself at the victors ball. So, Yael is on a mission for the rebel resistance, impersonate Adele Wolfe to infiltrate and win the race and get close to Hitler at the Victors Ball so that she could kill him herself and give the resistance the fuel it needs for uprising against the Axis. Meanwhile, she also has to deal with Adele Wolfe's twin brother- Felix Wolfe's sudden appearance at the race as one of her competitors and Luka- another competitor who has a romantic history with Adele from the last year's race. Second Operation Valkyrie depends on Yael succeeding and killing Hitler in front of the whole world through live telecast during the Victors ball.
It was action packed, fast paced, super interesting, full of adrenaline pumped narration. The story is set in present with flashbacks, telling the story behind the five wolf tattoos on her arm. Each wolf named after a person from her childhood journey to her joining of the resistance. Each wolf's help and guidance molded her into the person she is today, tells the story of her past.

There would be no dressing up as a maid. No cyanide slipped into his crystal glass of mineral water. The Fuhrer’s death was to be a loud, screaming thing. A broadcast of blood over the Reichssender.

Wolf By Wolf is a brilliant, alternative history of the world where Hitler triumphed during WWII. Filled with action, betrayal, gut wrenching loss, lab experiments, motorcycle races, impersonation, and the tiniest smidgen of romance, this novel is the obvious child from a Code Name Verity and an X-Men liaison. 
AMI- Goodreads

Ten Thousand Skies Above You

By: Claudia Gray
Location: FIC GRA
Genre: Sci Fi with complicated relationships
Series: Firebird #2

“So, yeah, we go through some terrible things together, and I’ve seen versions of you who are darker, and damaged, and I don’t care. I want you even when you’re broken. I want you no matter what. Your darkness, your anger, whatever it is you fear inside yourself—it doesn’t matter. I love you completely, don’t you see? I even want the worst of you because it’s still a part of you.”

This series is a bout a girl named Marguerite. Her parents create this device called the Firebird, which enables you to travel between different dimensions. Every dimension is basically like a different universe, with more or less the same people. The result of each dimensions is based on the choices people make, or the possible choices they could of made.
In this book  had the idea of a romance between two people in multiple different dimensions in which they're quite different people every time. The book uses an interesting blend of science (the multiverse) and more fanciful concepts like destiny (the idea that even with a multiverse, certain people are drawn to one another.)

This book uses the whole multiverse/different versions of a person concept to create some really fun and shocking plot twists.

A spectacular sequel! Never would I've imagine that things can become so much more thrilling! The plot definitely expanded a great deal and I am impressed. Travelling between alternate worlds with not the slightest clue what to expect, doing whatever it takes to save lives, uncovering shocking revelations, ties and can this not be nerve-wrecking and adrenaline-pumping! Woahhh the various plot twists I didn't see coming and that freaking ending - its mind-blowing to say the least. Now I sure am pumped up to continue with this series which I believe is gonna be epic!  WL-

Monday, February 15, 2016


By: Tyler Oakley
Location: NF 920 OAK
Genre: Blogger writes Book

Here we go- the bloggers and YouTubers are writing books and we have a stack of them!!!

Pop culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays written in the voice that’s earned him more than 10 million followers across social media.

Tyler writes with substance as well as plenty of humor. He discusses his experiences with eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, abusive relationships, coming out to a religious parent, advocacy, and his slow rise to fame in the world of social media. Tyler shared that he wrote Binge with the wish to demonstrate "the value of taking chances, pushing beyond our comfort levels, dusting ourselves off after our inevitable humiliations, and remaining open to the life and feelings and possibilities that are happening while we are busy either chasing phantoms of success or trying to outrun our fears."  Jennifer

"A good mom is supportive of you but the best moms are supportive of your growth. Even when it doesn't seem like they're on your side, great mothers are on the side of your becoming a better person and you'll be so much better off in the long run. So pull out your flip phone and text a quick thank you to your mom. She has your best interest at heart even if you are sometimes a dick."

“My mom screamed, jumping out of her seat and making her way toward me, wrapping her arms around my rotund body and pumping it an attempted Heimlich maneuver. (Until my early twenties, I thought it was called the Heimlich remover. Which makes more sense, if you think about it.)”
― Tyler Oakley, Binge

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Grief is a thing with feathers

By: Max Porter
Location: FIC POR
Genre: It will make you sad in a clever way

I read this over the holidays, it was sad but it was hopeful. Any story with a mum dying in it leaving a dad and two boys is going to be sad, but what redeems it is the journey to realisation and continuation without minimising the pain of loss.
It is also has a cuteness. The conversations are real, subtle, obvious and cutting to the heart. I have two boys and a man.. I felt this book! I also have a daughter I wonder what amazingness she would have bought into this story- her voice would had added much. But thankfully my family is not this story- it belongs to others.

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This self-described sentimental bird is attracted to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. As weeks turn to months and physical pain of loss gives way to memories, this little unit of three begin to heal. In this extraordinary debut novella, Max Porter’s compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.
 ‘I found it utterly astonishing. Truly, truly remarkable. At once deeply affecting and fiercely intelligent, an elegy and a celebration …

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

By: Mitch Albom
Location: FIC ALB
Genre: Classic Albom -Music x fantasy x

I am a big fan of Mitch Albom, it is an immediate buy for me personally and for the library.  This book of course was no exception.
It has a ring of The Book Thief about it, but instead of Death being the narrator it is Music. The story moves from Spain to the UK, to the USA to Waiheke Island in my own country, to The Philippines and back to Spain. It is about music first, or is it about love, can the two collide together, or not? It is about the burden of being gifted and yet the joy of expressing that gift, it is historical both in terms of music but also in terms of our world. It is mystical. It is classic Albom and it is a great read - one I have mulled over since I put it down a week ago...

At nine years old, Frankie Presto is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. But Frankie's talent is unique, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King and even KISS. Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realises, through his music, he can actually affect people's futures -- with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered. At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later does he reappear, to change one last life ...

We Are Back!

Location: Cambridge High School Library
By: As many authors as there are names
Genres: Everything we have it all

We are in for another great year. Heaps of new books are about to enter the library and we will be reviewing the best of them daily if we can.

Heaps of great books are being made into movies in 2016 and we reckon you should read the books first. We have nearly all of them in here!

Lots of sequels and some stunning new books by debut authors are being published in 2016 and we promise you  will find them in our library as fast as anywhere else you can lay your hands on them.

2016- it is going to be massive- get on board!