Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holding up the Universe

By: Jennifer NivenLocation: FIC NIVGenre: YA, Romeo and Juliet for the 21st Century...

This is the latest book from the author of 'All the Bright Places' which was eye-opening enough for me. This novel is equally as amazing and really makes you think about humanity and relationships.

Libby is America's 'Most Overweight Teen' and Jack is a typical high school jock- the sporty, popular, good-looking guy.

Niven loves the Romeo and Juliet concept (I mean, I haven't actually asked her... but this is my interpretation) and she enjoys writing about two 'star-crossed lovers' who shouldn't be together... but are. 

I don't want to give too much away, but I think it's fair to say that everyone can figure out the book is going to be about Libby + Jack. Along the way there are cringe-worthy moments, moments of disgust, and moments that made me hope that teenagers really aren't that mean to each other (if they are- tell someone!)

I enjoyed this book and give it 5/5- and Mrs Bichan knows that a 5/5 from Mrs Featonby doesn't come easily!

A Monster Calls- Trailer

This movie is going to be amazing, sad, challenging and thought provoking. Take your tissues and be reflective!!! Even this trailer gave me goosebumps and bought a tear to my eye!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Game of Love and Death

By: Martha Brockenbrough
Location: FIC BRO
Genre:Historical Fiction- race relations

“We do not choose whom we love...We can only choose how well.”
― Martha Brockenbrough,
The Game of Love and Death 

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now... Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured—a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.
Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.

"She whispered this into the baby’s ear: Someday, everyone you love will die. Everything you love will crumble to ruin. This is the price of life. This is the price of love. It is the only ending for every true story. "

Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920's, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?

“Life is a temporary condition, Henry. And it's uncertain. That's why you have to seize chances when you find them. Pursue what you want. Take risks. Live, love...all of it. Every last one of us is going to die, but if we don't live as we truly want, if we're not with the one we want to be with, we're dead already.”
― Martha Brockenbrough,
The Game of Love and Death 

Monday, November 21, 2016


By:Brandy Colbert
Location: FIC COL
Genre: Contemporary Youth- eating disorders

"Gritty and raw...a must read"-

This book has a range of interesting things about it. First the protagonist is a black ballet dancer, there is also some pretty big issues to deal with- abduction, rape, paedophilia, eating disorders and anxiety disorders. Eating Disorders are so flipping difficult- I have seen them up close and it is like waging war against an unending enemy... I have never felt so hopeless as watching a loved one go through this heinous disease. it has a happy ending thankfully!  A warning with this book- pick a happy one to read after it!!!

Theo is better now.

She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse

In the Shadow of the Gods

By: Rachel Dunne
Location:FIC DUN
Series: Bound Gods#1

"Brutal and cold, In the Shadows of the Gods is a stunning debut. A must have for fans of dark fantasy!"- Michael R. Fletcher

A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.
Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the “Twins” grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire-lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked, until now.

Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny—a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it.

When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious. Joros, a mysterious and cunning priest, has devised a dangerous plan to win. Over eight years, he gathers a team of disparate fighters—Scal, a lost and damaged swordsman from the North; Vatri, a scarred priestess who claims to see the future in her fires; Anddyr, a drug-addled mage wandering between sanity and madness; and Rora and Aro, a pair of twins who have secretly survived beyond the reach of the law.

These warriors must learn to stand together against the unfathomable power of vengeful gods, to stop them from tearing down the sun . . . and plunging their world into dar

"Dunne's debut novel is visceral grimdark fantasy with ruthless religions, deeply conflicted characters and a bleak, hostile setting. This trilogy is off to a gritty gutsy start"  Beth Cato-author of Clockwork crown

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Tiger and the Wolf

By:Adrian Tchaikovsky
Location:FIC TCH
Genre: Fantasy- Shapeshifters
Series: Echoes of the Fall #1

"It's addictively brilliant" John Gwynne


Maniye's father is the Wolf clan's chieftain, but she's an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan's animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul, so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution. Maniye's father plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It's a season for omens as priests foresee danger, and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?

"Bleak. Brutal. Brilliant. The Tiger and the Wolf is a unique and powerful novel, where loyalties are defined by birth and where cultures clash with spectacular frequency. Adrian Tchaikovsky has succeeded in creating a novel with incredible scope and limitless vision; a vivid depiction of a world inspired by the cultures of our past and told in a style unique to this series. This is a novel where only the strong will survive, where the weak will perish and where wars are played out both on the battlefield and within the soul. The Tiger and the Wolf is a fantastic series opener written in a wonderfully unique style, a style which almost takes you to the side of a campfire in the dead of night, listening to the shrieks of owls and tales of long forgotten ages."- proxy fish review from Goodreads

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Lydia Ko

By: Michael Donaldson
Location: NF 796.352 DON
Genre: Sporting Heroess💦

  Lydia Ko is proudly ours- a kiwi sporting icon. But what is her story, what made her so amazing so young? What influence has Korea had on her career, why did she move to New Zealand? How come she is such a cool cucumber that despite the pressures of being Number One in the world- she can still be 19 and have a bit of a giggle. I like her- I think we all do!

I am so excited to read a book with all the answers to Lydais story!

Lydia Ko’s ascendency to the top of the women’s golf world has been stunning. The youngest player of either sex to win a golf major – and then the youngest player to go on and win two – Lydia Ko continues to amaze the world with her golfing feats. She became the number 1 women’s player at just 18 and has cemented her dominance of the game by never finishing far from the top of the leader board.
This book reflects on the unique influences that shaped Lydia Ko into such a stunningly good golfer, from her move to New Zealand from Korea at the age of six to her parents’ nurturing approach and the young coach that instilled in Ko a fun-loving attitude that still sets her apart today.
Written by sports journalist and devoted golf fan Michael Donaldson, this respectful portrait unlocks the secrets of one of the golf world’s hottest talents

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Replica by Lauren Oliver

By: Lauren Oliver 

Location:FIC OLI 

Genre: Young adult, Dystopia, Clone wars (not that clone wars)

1. Lauren Oliver is FAB-U-LOUS. If you haven't read 'Vanishing Girls', 'Panic' or the 'Delerium' series then hop to it for the summer reading programme (ask Mrs Bichan what that's about).

2. I love the concept of this novel- you flip the covers over and there is another story for you to read- genius! The two covers are beautiful and bright.

3. The story was great- a nice young adult piece of writing which explored themes that are important to everyone: individuality, identity, and what it means to be human. We get one half of the story from Lyra's perspective, and the second half from Gemma's point of view. Both parts of the story are needed to understand the whole novel. And it really does raise questions about perspective and how we view others.

4. Any novel about clones and the crazy foreboding dystopian world is interesting, and I loved Lauren Oliver's take on it.

Overall thoughts- I loved the novelty of the cover/physical book and how it was different to other books on the shelf. The story was good and engaging- give this novel a whirl!

Words in Deep Blue

By: Cath Crowley
Location: FIC CRO
Genre: Contemporary Youth Fiction- a love story with books

This book hits a great combo for me- fiction centered around a bookstore and books. I loved The Little Paris Bookshop . I love the idea I could be a "book apothecary"

I am about to read Mothers by Britt Bennett! I loved Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. I adored Potato Peel Pie. I devoured The Storied life of A.J Friky.

Now we have this one... oh my!!!!!

"Before you say it words do matter. They're not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn't start revolutions and they wouldn't change history and they wouldn't be the things that you think about every night before you sleep. If they were just words we wouldn't listen to songs, we wouldn't beg to be read to when we're kids. If they were just words, then they'd have no meaning and stories wouldn't have been around since before humans could write. We wouldn't have learnt to write..

This book is set in a secondhand bookshop called Howling Books, which is fueled not by money but the passion for literature of the family who owns it. Inside it is a section of books called The Letter Library, which the idea is basically to circle, underline, and make notes on the margins of the books as a way of sending a message to strangers, to their lovers, to secret admirers. Words in Deep Blue is about that bookshop, and the people and the stories surrounding it.

Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie were best friends once, some time ago, before Henry unknowingly broke Rachel's heart and Rachel moved out of town. Now, three years later, Henry is being a dumbass over a girl who gives zero shit about him and Rachel is back in town, completely different and ridden with grief over the death of her brother.

Now Howling Books is bound to close because it's not doing well financially, Rachel was hired to catalogue the entire Letter Library and Rachel is stuck to spend time with Henry, who is the son of the owner of the said bookshop. Together they'll unravel the the interwoven stories of the people around them, or those in the margins of the books, of the past, and of the future.

his book is set in a secondhand bookshop called Howling Books, which is fueled not by money but the passion for literature of the family who owns it. Inside it is a section of books called The Letter Library, which the idea is basically to circle, underline, and make notes on the margins of the books as a way of sending a message to strangers, to their lovers, to secret admirers. Words in Deep Blue is about that bookshop, and the people and the stories surrounding it.

Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie were best friends once, some time ago, before Henry unknowingly broke Rachel's heart and Rachel moved out of town. Now, three years later, Henry is being a dumbass over a girl who gives zero shit about him and Rachel is back in town, completely different and ridden with grief over the death of her brother.

Now Howling Books is bound to close because it's not doing well financially, Rachel was hired to catalogue the entire Letter Library and Rachel is stuck to spend time with Henry, who is the son of the owner of the said bookshop. Together they'll unravel the the interwoven stories of the people around them, or those in the margins of the books, of the past, and of the future.

Aside from being a love story, this is also a book about grief, about family, and the love of literature. 
Jams reflections from

A love letter to books and book shops and words. Beautiful.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

My Lady Jane

By: Hand, Ashton and Meadows
Location: FIC HAN
Genre: Historical Fiction with a Twist

It was amusing. It was romantic. It was slightly based on medieval history. And it was a gem.
I'm dancing like a happy ferret!- Katarina

The Authors: Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton.
Think...  Unearthly series, Everneath series and NewSoul series. this is a powerpack of authors collaborating in one book!!! And there are great quotes that make you smirk that flow in this book! It even references Princess Bride with a hint of Jane Austen and  a touch of Monty Python infused through it! What a combo- this book is a combo of combo's!!!

No horse jokes," he said.
"My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book---unharmed!---I will give you a carrot."
He brandished the book at her. "Was that a horse joke?"
"Was that a horse joke?”

“He pretended to stretch his arms, in order to shift even closer to her. (This isn’t in the history books, of course, but we’d like to point out that this was the first time a young man had ever tried that particular arm-stretch move on a young woman. Edward was the inventor of the arm stretch, a tactic that teenage boys have been using for centuries.)”
― Cynthia Hand, My Lady Jane  

So what is this all about...
Meet Jane. She's about to marry a total stranger since her cousin, Edward VI, is dying, and she's next in line for the throne, but all Jane wants to do is read her books. Meanwhile, Edward has problems of his own to worry about - there are plots to overthrow him, he's slowly dying of "the Affliction," and he's never even kissed a girl!
A comical, fantastical and witty re-imagining of the Tudor world, perfect for fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger - and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that's the least of Jane's problems. She's about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.


By: Jack Grimwood
Location: FIC GRI
Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Crime

'Even better than Child 44' Daily Telegraph

'A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma . . .'

This Cold War novel begins in 1985, with the discovery of the body of a frozen boy, found in Red Square clutching a wax angel, and goes back to Berlin in 1945. The shadow of WWII looms over this novel and over Russia itself, as our hero finds himself involved in the search for the missing step daughter of the British ambassador, Sir Edward Masterton.

January, 1986. A week after disgraced Intelligence Officer Tom Fox is stationed to Moscow the British Ambassador's fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing. Fox is ordered to find her, and fast. But the last thing the Soviets want is a foreign agent snooping about on their turf. Not when a killer they can't even acknowledge let alone catch is preparing to kill again . . .

A Cold War thriller haunted by an evil legacy from the Second World War, Moskva is a journey into the dark heart of another time and place.

Mesmerising, surefooted, vividly realised . . . something special in the arena of international thrillers' Financial Times
'A compulsive and supremely intelligent thriller from a master stylist' Michael Marshall, author of The Straw Men

'A blizzard of exciting set pieces, superbly realized' Daily Telegraph


Friday, November 11, 2016

The Call

By: Peadar O'Guilin
Location: FIC OGU
Genre: Horror, dystopian survival & Irish folklore fantasy all rolled into one!

  Christine describes this book like this:

Imagine the Hunger Games, but instead of only one group of kids a year having to go, every single teen has to go at one point. And, instead of fighting each other to the death, there are ugly, twisted, vicious monsters chasing you down to torture and kill you. You only have to survive the day, but only 1 in 10 makes it out alive. And, even then they are not without emotional and physical scars .

"Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun. Could you survive the Call?"

"3 Minutes
You wake up alone in a horrible land.
A horn sounds. The Call has begun.
2 Minutes
The Sidhe are close. They're the most beautiful and terrible people you've ever seen.
And they've seen you.

1 Minute
Nessa will be called soon.
No one thinks she has any chance to survive.
But's she's going to prove them wrong.


Could you survive the call?"

3 minutes and 4 seconds. The length of time every teenager is 'Called', from the moment they vanish to the moment they reappear. 9 out of 10 children return dead. Even the survivors are changed. The nation must survive. Nessa, Megan and Anto are at a training school - to give them some chance to fight back. Their enemy is brutal and unforgiving. But Nessa is determined to come back alive. Determined to prove that her polio-twisted legs won't get her killed. But her enemies don't just live in the Grey Land. There are people closer to home who will go to any length to see her, and the nation, fail... 

The Glass Arrow

By: Kristen Simmons
15750874Location: FIC SIM
Genre: SciFi/ Dystopia- feminism 

This is good- it is a stand alone dystopia- not part of a drawn out series!

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

"My ma taught me one thing from the beginning: My body is mine. My own. No one else’s. Just because somebody thinks they have rights to it, doesn’t make it true. I thought I understood that before, but here, in this place, it’s become more clear than ever how right she was. My flesh and blood–it’s the only thing I own, and I’ll defend it until I can’t fight anymore.”
This quote is not from someone scarred of  Trump- it is from this book.
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.  
"Kristen Simmons has done it again in this EPIC standalone, that interweaves thrilling dystopia, heart-pounding adventure, turmoil of survival, and a fresh and truly unforgettable romance, that will touch your hearts for years to come. THE GLASS ARROW definitely delivers!!!" Alicia

Thursday, November 10, 2016

By: Andrus Kivirahk
 Location: FIC KIV
 Genre: Fantasy

 “At that moment it seemed to me that we knew perhaps too much that others didn’t know, and on the other hand too little that was known to everyone else…”

'Marvellous in all the senses of the word" Le Monde

'A strange wonderous book"- Toronto Star

"An incredible novel, a mystifying treasure of a book"- Pschologies Magazine

Andrus Kivirahk is the most popular contemporary author in Estonia, known as a satirical journalist and a bestselling novelist. This novel, which appears to take place in a fantastic version of his homeland during the early middle ages, is his first to be translated into English. It is a thoroughly engaging tale of old ways giving way to modernity, filled with episodes of comic invention, family drama, young love, and the sadness of old traditions giving way to a modernity that offers much but exacts a stiff toll. 

Unfortunately people and tribes degenerate. They lose their teeth, forget their language, until finally they're bending meekly on the fields and cutting straw with a scythe. Leemut, a young boy growing up in the forest, is content living with his hunter-gatherer family. But when incomprehensible outsiders arrive aboard ships and settle nearby, with an intriguing new religion, the forest begins to empty - people are moving to the village and breaking their backs tilling fields to make bread. Meanwhile, Leemut and the last forest-dwelling humans refuse to adapt: with bare-bottomed primates and their love of ancient traditions, promiscuous bears, and a single giant louse, they live in shacks, keep wolves, and speak to snakes. Leemet, lives in the forest and follows the old ways of those who can speak a language known as Snakish, which allows them to communicate with snakes and all other animals. But the world is changing, and those of the forest are leaving to settle in villages where they begin to worship God and look up to the Iron Men (knights). Leemet watches as everything around him changes and those of the forest are left to fight to preserve their way of life, and to prevent the old ways from being lost to civilization, religion, and ignorance. Told with moving and satirical prose, The Man Who Spoke Snakish is a fiercely imaginative allegory about a boy, and a nation, standing on the brink of dramatic change.

Behind the Throne

By: K.B.Wagers
Location: FIC WAG
Genre: Sci Fi- Space opera with a political twist
Series: The Indranan War #1

Once a Gunrunner- now heir to an empire!

A gun smuggler inherits the throne in this Star Wars-style science fiction adventure from debut author K. B. Wagers. Full of action-packed space opera exploits and courtly conspiracy - not to mention an all-out galactic war - Behind the Throne will please fans of James S. A Corey, Becky Chambers and Lois McMaster Bujold, or anyone who wonders what would happen if a rogue like Han Solo were handed the keys to an empire.

Quick, sarcastic, and lethal, Hailimi Bristol doesn't suffer fools gladly. She has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. That is, until two Trackers drag her back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir.But trading her ship for a palace has more dangers than Hail could have anticipated. Caught in a web of plots and assassination attempts, Hail can't do the one thing she did twenty years ago: run away. She'll have to figure out who murdered her sisters if she wants to survive. 

"Political intrigue and space battles: two great tastes that taste great together! You've got an Indian-inspired culture on a new planet with a matriarchal government, a smart-mouthed rebel princess who spent years as a gunrunner before returning home to take her place on the throne, a vast conspiracy about to bring on civil war, and lots of family squabbles resulting in assassination. Seriously. What's not to like?" Maegan

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Museum of Heartbreak

By: Meg Leder
Location: FIC LED
Genre: Young Adult- romance

It is something we see in our library quite a lot. Heartbreak. Sad endings to once happy moments. Misunderstandings and confusions, sad faces, broken smiles. It is not just teenage romance, it is the mates that hurt each other, the cutting words spoken, the families they are not there to be there. As the cover of this book says maybe in life there are not too many happy endings... But what if you kept a memento of the things that break your heart, a shrine of brokenness maybe. What would be in it? I would have a fluffy toy dog, a bangle, a letter from a guy that has since been murdered by his wife, a bell to remind me of the school bully- it was her surname.  I guess I would have  a few books and music that connects me to those times and places.

"The Museum of Heartbreak is a unique story about a girl dealing with all sorts of heartbreak. I loved the main character and found her to be so relatable. The themes of family and friendship added even more to the book, and made me really happy. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance as this is a quick and cute read, perfect for summer. I found it so original how each chapter focuses on one item from Penelope's Museum of Heartbreak and how she acquired it." Olivia

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

The Girl In The Blue Coat

29546348By: Monica Hesse
Location: FIC HES
Genre: Holocaust- Historical Fiction

An unforgettable story of bravery, grief, and love in impossible times.

The missing girl is Jewish. I need you to find her before the Nazis do.

I have heard of a few stories first hand of those that resisted in Holland. My friends father was 13 during the war, he shifted to New Zealand as soon as he could after it. He was a bread delivery boy with a basket at the front of his bike full of yummy dutch bread- and resistance pamphlets hidden underneath. One day he was riding his bike to deliver 'bread" and a german plane flew low overhead- it scarred him so much he drove his bike off the road, he fell off and the bread tumbled out of the basket. the pamphlets flew out of the basket  in the opposite direction before he could react. He jumped on his bike and peddled as fast as he could to somewhere, anywhere- he stuck to the bread rolls after that! He was 13!!!

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person--a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.
Meticulously researched, intricately plotted, and beautifully written, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice in historical fiction.

Monday, November 7, 2016


By: Michael Adams
27804000Location: FIC ADA
Genre: Young Adult Sci Fi
Series: Seven Signs #1

Seven talented and driven teenagers from around the world have been selected by trillionaire Internet King Felix Scott to form an elite group of young people committed to help make a difference in the world. They meet at the ceremony announcing their selection, then their lives are bound together on a quest as they come to realise that each of them has been sent part of a code that predicts an unknown disaster.

 Skyfire begins The Seven Signs series where seven young people are entangled in a dangerous and compelling mystery that puts the whole world in danger. It is fun, fast-paced and full of action.

Seven young people have entered a competition that is set to change their lives. As the winners, they are granted the chance to work with the internet and technology king Felix Scott. They are gifted the latest in phone technology, rides aboard space-skimmers and even one million dollars. But as they are named winners they become targets for a cruel and dangerous plot to destroy the world. They each receive a sign, which together they must decode before terror is unleashed on the world

A tension-filled ending (almost a cliffhanger) will have readers eager for the next book in the series. And, luckily for those keen readers, this series will have a rapid release with all seven books released within 13 months.  This is a fantastic book for readers who like a bit of mystery, danger and adventure with their action.-Madison

The Madman's Daughter

17565924By: Megan Shepherd
Location:  FIC SHE
Genre:Historical Fiction- Horror
Series: Madman's Daughter #1

“The last thing the justice system is, is just.”
― Megan Shepherd, The Madman’s Daughter 
Wow! this book surprised me in the best way possible. So interesting and mysterious. A must read! And that plot twist at the end....gahhhh! On to book two!!- Sasha Alsbarg

London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself-working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumours about her father′s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true.

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor′s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father′s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island′s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father′s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father′s genius-and madness-in her own blood.

Friday, November 4, 2016


28118498By: Cara Nicoletti
Location: NF641.5 NIC
Genre: Books and Food- what can't go wrong

A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books 

From the breakfast sausage in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, these books and the tasty treats in them put her on the road to happiness

There is no better combo than books and food- maybe we need to add travel as well to make it supreme.

This book is all about books and food. Out student librarians did a "Master-chef"  based on this idea. We had Winnie the Pooh, we did lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson and Alice in Wonderland. The students loved it and they made stunning dishes. 

This book has a similar idea- it looks at three levels - childhood books, teenage books and adults books. In the childrens section we have Pippi Long stockings Buttermilk Pancakes and Charlotte's Web- pea and Bacon Soup- oh no poor Wilbur!!!.

In the Teenage section we have To Kill A Mockingbird - Molasses Butter and in the adults section we have Gone Girls -brown butter Crepes!

Theer are over fifty recipes and each one is attached to a book and has a great description come essay as to why the recipe matches the story. The problem for me now is I cannot stop thinking about what foods are attached to all my favorite books!

AN IRRESISTIBLE LITERARY FEAST Stories and recipes inspired by the world's great books  Beautifully illustrated, clever, and full of heart, Voracious will satisfy anyone who loves a fantastic meal with family and friends-or curling up with a great novel for dessert.