Wednesday, May 31, 2017


32711591By: Meagan Spooner
Location: FIC SPO
Genre: Fantasy  Re-Tell

“To the girl
who reads by flashlight
who sees dragons in the clouds
who feels most alive in worlds that never were
who knows magic is real
who dreams

This is for you

"This is definitely one of the best fairy tale retellings I've found (and I take that category pretty seriously)! It's a brilliant twist on Beauty and the Beast that incorporates the Russian fairy tale of "Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf."- Cait

Beauty knows the Beast's forest in her bones—and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. The Beast.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange creature back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of magical creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin, or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


32827036By: Alice Broadway
Location: FIC BRO
Genre: fantasy- Dystopia
Series: Skin Books #1

 Loving this quote....
“The past doesn't have to define you Leora. Your mistakes don't have to be for ever. There's redemption. There's always redemption.

I am not a fan of tattoos,  that imprint an eternal message, some messages stay relevant I guess and have deep meaning and I get that, but some tats I wonder become aged and irrelevant. I often ask people the story behind their tats. Some ae deeply meaningful, a reminder of a past family member, a memory of a child or parent to forever remember, never forget- that is a good thing. Others have tats to connect to their culture as a form of identity and honour, that too is a good thing. But tat art- it is just not me... a wolf head coming out of a human body.... ????

As for this story, 

Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora's father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

“We're all a bit bad. We all have things in our lives that bring us shame and regret. Things that have hurt our souls or hurt the people we love. But 're all a bit good too. i reckon we're mostly good actually. And life is about trying to learn the balance, plot our place on the continuum... We're not just made up of good and bad: we're everything else too.”
"I enjoyed the spiritual themes of faith and doubt, the afterlife and leaving a legacy, of being remembered or forgotten. It also has a nice line in the power of myth, legend and story, and in quoting familiar fairy-tales. "- Philip


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Leap of Faith

34759315By: Jenny Patrick
Location: FIC PAT
Genre: New Zealand Historical Fiction

A vivid novel about ingenuity and hard slog, crooks and dreamers, bootleggers and love.

I have read Jenny Patrick I liked Dennistion Rose a lot, and so had to go up the Denniston Plateau to see it. Then I read Landings- within six months I had kayaked the Whanganui River- its story connecting as I paddled the dark moody blue waters of history. But I already have been to the Makatote Viaduct, it is on the road from Rarimu Spiral to National Park. You get a good understanding of what it took for these monsters to be built if you cycle the Old Coach Road from Horopito to Ohakune. It is a great ride and tells the historical journey of the building of that track back in the day.
Now Jenny Patrick has given that story heart, people, reality and meaning- as she does all her amazing yarns about the early devolpment of our nation.This book is no different...

Billy is a young, impressionable dreamer. In 1907, he strikes off on his own, keen to prove himself an able worker on the new railroad. It’s being cut through steep mountainsides and across deep gullies to join the two ends of the Main Trunk Line. Also drawn to the remote worker settlements are miners from Denniston, young men fresh off the boat, sly-groggers, temperance campaigners, women following their menfolk, local Maori and a varied assortment of people after a new life or a quick buck.

Among them is a preacher, Gabriel Locke, who is running from a shady past and determined to avoid the daily grind. With untimely and suspicious deaths, the horrendous weather, impossible deadlines, the rugged landscape and a blossoming romance, it will take a lot more than a leap of faith for this disparate group to complete the railroad and build the magnificent Makatote viaduct .


34726991By: Sebastien De Castell
Location: FIC DE
Genre:Fantasy- magic
Series: Spellslinger #1

“Life’s a curse, kid. Love is the cure.”

“First thing you learn wandering the long roads, kid. Everyone thinks they're the hero of their own story"

“Your ancient enemy is basically just a really, really big squirrel”

There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is surviving your fourteenth year. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things."

MAGIC IS A CON GAME. Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage's duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi - a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She's difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen's only hope...The first in a rich and compelling fantasy series bursting with tricks, traps and a devious talking squirrel cat.

"...Plenty of scuffles, magic duels, baddies, blended with the author's signature sense of fun and humour.
This book made me laugh, gasp in horror, and I probably even teared up a little. Most assuredly looking forward to the next installment" Haillee

Jake Bailey: What Cancer Taught me

By: Jake Bailey
34914668Location: NF 920 BAI
Genre: The title says it all...

‘None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have"

I have had this quote up in our library on a large poster for all to see as the meander in. The 4 G's- gallant, great, gracious and grateful. 
Who can forget Jakes speech in his wheelchair at his final school assembly, it was deeply moving, it was couragous and I doubt if anyone would ever have know the ripples it has produced.
Our students in our school have seen those words now and it is my hope that they deeply resonate. That our students will be gallant, that they will be great, that they will be gracious and they will be grateful.
Thankyou Jake for sharing with us your journey, in your words, to your generation, it is gallant, it is a great, you have been gracious and we are grateful.

Jake Bailey’s inspirational end-of-year speech as head boy at Christchurch Boys’ High School was delivered from a wheelchair just one week after he was diagnosed with the most aggressive of cancers. As he lay in hospital fighting to stay alive, his speech grabbed headlines around the world.

Jake’s cancer, and that speech, became the start of a bigger journey that continues today. In this remarkably honest account of his illness, treatment and recovery, Jake shares all that the experience has taught him. His book is an uplifting call to action for people of all ages.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The North Water

By: Ian McGuire
30255227Location: FIC McG
Genre: Historical Fiction
Prizes: Long listed Booker Prize 2016

Whaling, it is something that has made me curiuos from  a kid as I holidayed in Kaikoura amongst the harpoons and big bellied pots. A whalers life was hard, yet full of adrenaline and adventure, but is that romantic and a kids eye view...

“Cleverness, he thinks, will get you nowhere; it is only the stupid, the brilliantly stupid, who will inherit the earth.”

A nineteenth-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.
Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.

In India, during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which man can stoop. He had hoped to find temporary respite on the Volunteer, but rest proves impossible with Drax on board. The discovery of something evil in the hold rouses Sumner to action. And as the confrontation between the two men plays out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic winter, the fateful question arises: who will survive until spring?

With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, The North Water weaves a superlative story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.

“The most important questions are the ones we can't hope to answer with words. Words are like toys : they amuse and educate us for a time, but when we come to manhood, we should give them up.'
Sunmer shakes his head.
' The words are all we have,' he says.' If we give them up, we are no better than the beasts.'
Otto smiles at Sunmer's wrong headedness.
' Then you must find out the explanations on your own, if that is what you truly think.”
― Ian McGuire,
The North Water

Silence is goldfish

29387184By: Annabel Pitcher
Location: FIC PIT
Genre:Youth Fiction- real stuff

"When Tess Turner learns that the man she thought was her dad isn’t her birth father, she’s shocked into silence. Literally. As she looks into her past, the truth about her real dad may uncover a lot of painful secrets. But when you aren’t talking, it’s easier to keep them. This is a fantastic contemporary coming-of-age novel about the definition of family and identity. " Book Riot Community

“I might not always pay attention in Biology, but I am pretty certain that two blue-eyed parents cannot produce a brown-eyed child.”

My name is Tess Turner - at least, that's what I've always been told.

I have a voice but it isn't mine. It used to say things so I'd fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn't. It lied.

It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too. But the words that really hurt weren't the lies: it was six hundred and seventeen words of truth that turned my world upside down.

Words scare me, the lies and the truth, so I decided to stop using them.

I am Pluto. Silent. Inaccessible. Billions of miles away from everything I thought I knew.

Tessie-T has never really felt she fitted in and after what she read that night on her father's blog she knows for certain that she never will. How she deals with her discovery makes an entirely riveting, heart-breaking story told through Tess's eyes as she tries to find her place in the world.

Basketball books! Lots of them!

 Kevin Durant
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Russell Westbrook
Michael Jordan
The Book of Basketball

We have been asked to get in basketball books- so we have. We have got a selection of biographies, autobiographies and general basketball books. They are ALL in 796.323, now there is a good bit of dewey for you all! If there is a players story we don't have and you want- please ask us and we will get it in for you!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Shadows on the Moon

33154755By: Zoe Marriott
Location: FIC MAR
Genre: Cinderella re-tell -Japanese Style
Series: The Moonlit Lands#1

Better naked and alive than decent and dead, I thought.”

Family, revenge, power, beauty, magic.

Shadows on the Moon is a lovely retelling of Cinderella set in a magical version of feudal Japan. The Cinderella of this story, Suzume, witnesses the murder of her beloved father and cousin and barely avoids death herself. The traumatic event shatters Suzume and she compartmentalizes the broken pieces to survive.

On my fourteenth birthday when the sakura was in full bloom, the men came to kill us. We saw them come, Aimi and me. We were excited, because we did not know how to be frightened. We had never seen soldiers before.
Suzume is a shadow-weaver. She can create mantles of darkness and light, walk unseen in the middle of the day, change her face. She can be anyone she wants to be. Except herself.

Suzume died officially the day the Prince's men accused her father of treason. Now even she is no longer sure of her true identity.

Is she the girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands?

Everyone knows Yue is destined to capture the heart of a prince. Only she knows that she is determined to use his power to destroy Terayama.

And nothing will stop her. Not even love

Our Chemical Hearts

28928700By: Krystal Sutherland
Location: FIC SUT
Genre: Contemporary Romance

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

“Love doesn't need to last a lifetime for it to be real. You can't judge the quality of a love by the length of time it lasts. Everything dies, love included. Sometimes it dies with a person, sometimes it dies on its own. The greatest love story ever told doesn't have to be about two people who spent their whole lives together. It might be about a love that lasted two weeks or two months or two years, but burned brighter and hotter and more brilliantly than any other love before or after. Don't mourn a failed love; there is no such thing. All love is equal in the brain.”

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first lo

Birdy Flynn

By: Sarah waters
Location: FIC DON
Genre: Young Adult

A delightful, real, complex and thought provoking read. Highly recommend it.

An uncompromising and uniquely powerful novel about growing up, making friends and being true to yourself.

It is the summer and a group of children are playing down by a stream when they do a terrible thing. Something that Birdy tries unsuccessfully to avert. While the other children in the gang find it easy to forget what they have done, Birdy is trapped in the moment and feels bound to do something to make amends. But how does a child face up to responsibility and find the courage to do the right thing?

Birdy Flynn follows a 12 year old girl (Birdy Flynn) growing up in 1982 London during the IRA bombings. The story starts out with the family cat being tortured by her group of male friends, and Birdy feels powerless to stop it. When the boys take off, she puts the cat out of her misery, and this secret tortures her throughout the novel.

Then there are more secrets. Because Birdy is taken advantage of by a teacher she once really liked, and Birdy doesn't feel quite like a girl should feel. She does not like to be called "young lady" and when mistaken for a boy, she feels a secret thrill inside.
No longer friends with the group of boys, Birdy tries to find her way on her own, carrying secrets and guilt, and the discomfort of not being on the outside the way she feels on the inside. She makes an effort to be the way she is "supposed" to be, but it only gets her into more trouble...RIVER

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

25332051By: Ann Aguirre
Location: FIC AGU
Genre: Young Adult- Romance

 This quote is cute but a bit gagable
 “I don't know how to be a boyfriend," he warns me.
I cock a brow at him, smiling. "That's too bad...since I have a PhD in girlfriendology from the University of So Many Feelings.”

This quote is for real- we have just watched the Manchester bombings...
 “The future sometimes looms like a monster, a horrible scary one with teeth and claws.It’s hard to plan your life when all the news talks about is how screwed up the world’s become.”  

This quote is real stuff, things a counselor might say
“They're fooling themselves," I say. "It's better to deal with your shit head on. Life doesn't get better if you look away."

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won't peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She's learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it's working just fine . . . until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He's a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He's got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn't expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.
But love doesn't mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again

Rogue One- A Star wars Story

30008713By: Alexander Freed
Location: FIC FRE
Genre: The Force
Movie Tie In

"One of the best movie adaptations yet."--Cinelinx

“The Force is with me,” he repeated. “And I am with the Force.” Did he believe the words? Did it matter? Had it ever mattered?”

"This is what it feels like to read Star Wars.

There are space battles, yes. Alien worlds. Martial arts mystics. But the shining jewel in this book's crown is Freed's character work. The characters are the heart and soul of this story--Jyn Erso, ultimately, most of all--but on the shoulders of the ensemble cast, cycling with well-honed timing from POV to POV, we get to know them, their motivations and struggles, and as they grow and arc on their doomed paths the reader's investment in them is signed, sealed, delivered. Sold.
"- Jessica-

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate . . . and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

If the worlds at the Empire's mercy stand any chance, it lies with an unlikely band of allies: Jyn Erso, a resourceful young woman seeking vengeance; Cassian Andor, a war-weary rebel commander; Bodhi Rook, a defector from the Empire's military; Chirrut Imwe, a blind holy man and his crack-shot companion, Baze Malbus; and K-2SO, a deadly Imperial droid turned against its former masters. In their hands rests the new hope that could turn the tide toward a crucial Rebellion victory--if only they can capture the plans to the Empire's new weapon.

But even as they race toward their dangerous goal, the specter of their ultimate enemy--a monstrous world unto itself--darkens the skies. Waiting to herald the Empire's brutal reign with a burst of annihilation worthy of its dreaded name: Death Star


Goodbye Days

31575528By: Jeff Zenthner
Location: FIC Zen
Genre: Realistic Fiction

I get mad when I see this.. real mad. Why do people think they can text and drive. I have taken to turning of my cell phone when I drive, or sticking it in the glove box- I just don't want to be that person, that it tempted and forever regrets it....

"We assume that it's better to survive things, but the ones who don't survive don't have to miss anyone. So sometimes I don't know which is better."

Can a text message destroy your life?

Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help.

“For the most part, you don't hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.” 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart

By: Tamsyn Murray
31760965Location: FIC MAN
Genre: Young Adult -Medical story with a bit of romance

"Wonderful....I loved every minute" Jill Mansell

This is a story about facing the future no matter how frightening. This is a story about healing your heart, no matter how much it hurts

Jonny isn't like "normal" teenagers. Every day he wakes up in hospital, kept alive by a machine. Every day he wonders if this is the day they'll find a donor match for his heart. Every day he wonders if this is the day he'll die.

Every day, Niamh fights with her "perfect" brother Leo. Every single day, Leo wins. Every day, Niamh dreams of a life without Leo. But all that changes on the day of the accident: the day EVERYTHING falls apart.

The book follows Jonny, a teenage boy who's never had a real childhood because he's spent most of his life in hospital due to some severe cardiac issues, and Niamh, a girl whose life gets knocked inside out when her twin brother Leo meets with a fatal accident. Their lives suddenly become entwined when Jonny becomes the lucky patient who receives Leo's heart. 


31812350By: Philip Reeve
Location: FIC REE
Genre:  Sci Fi
Series: Railhead #1


“ can't keep children in the nursery forever. If you do, they never become grown-ups, but they're not really children either. They are just pets.” 

This book excites me!!!!
I am a great fan of Philip Reeve- he got my son into reading and he forever got him hooked into SciFi/Fantasy. We were at Harrods in London on holiday and he saw a Mortal Engines book- signed by Philip Reeve- most of his holiday money was spent on that book. He is all growed up now and he treasures that book still! As for Railhead- it will start a new generation of  Reeve readers- hot on the heels of Mortal Engines coming out as a movie... and for that- me and my boy are having a date and this time- he is paying!!!!

Come with me, Zen Starling, she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did she know his name?
The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station Angels. The place of the thousand gates, where sentient trains criss-cross the galaxy in a heartbeat.
Zen Starling is a petty thief, a street urchin from Thunder City.
So when mysterious stranger Raven sends Zen and his new friend Nova on a mission to infiltrate the Emperor's train, he jumps at the chance to traverse the Great Network, to cross the galaxy in a heartbeat, to meet interesting people - and to steal their stuff.
But the Great Network is a dangerous place, and Zen has no idea where his journey will take him.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars

By:Miranda Emmerson
32320986Location: Fic Emm
Genre: Historical

Historical- really- 1965! Please No!!!!!

How do you find a missing actress in a city where everyone’s playing a role?

A mystery, a love-story and a darkly beguiling tale of secrets and reinvention set in 1960s London.

Soho, 1965.

"This book was way more than I was expecting. More than just a mystery, this is a book with a diverse cast that are fun to get to know, with plots that interweave fluidly. Think of it as an anti-Brexit book: in the city of London people come together from all walks of life to try to save the day. It deals with abortion, race and most importantly finding your place in the world. It's also excellently written, not that surprising in retrospect given the author is a scriptwriter. The characters are fully realised, and the dialogue sharp. Highly enjoyable, do recommend"- Thomas-

In a tiny two-bed flat above a Turkish café on Neal Street lives Anna Treadway, a young dresser at the Galaxy Theatre.

When the American actress Iolanthe Green disappears after an evening’s performance at the Galaxy, the newspapers are wild with speculation about her fate.

But as the news grows old and the case grows colder, it seems Anna is the only person left determined to find out the truth.

Her search for the missing actress will take her into an England she did not know existed: an England of jazz clubs and prison cells, backstreet doctors and seaside ghost towns, where her carefully calibrated existence will be upended by violence but also, perhaps, by love.

For in order to uncover Iolanthe’s secrets, Anna is going to have to face up to a few of her own…

Star Touched Queen

By: Roshani Ghokshi
30841101Location: FIC GHo
Genre: Fantasy 

“I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.”

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

A retelling of Hades and Persephone

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

A Sticky Note Guide To life

By: Chaz Hutton
29986021Location: NF 808.87HUT
Genre: hehehehehe

I use sticky notes all the time, reminders, doddles, ideas, markers- so useful, and can be so funny...

LIFE! What does it all mean?
Chaz Hutton, the world’s first sticky note lifestyle guru, has taken it upon himself to figure it all out so we don’t have to. He covers all the important things: dating, working, eating, fighting gorillas, the impossible physics of toothpaste, the family history of a sock drawer, and so much more
From the popular instachaaz instagram account, A Sticky Note Guide to Life takes the same tongue-in-cheek observations of life and crudely illustrates them on small pieces of yellow paper. With around 120 brand new, never-before-seen illustrations, and extended captions of nonsense, this is the best return on a money-for-laughs investment you’re likely to find.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

How to keep rolling after a fall

How to Keep Rolling After a FallBy: Karole Cozzo

Location: FIC COZ

Genre: Cyber Bullying- fiction- Young Adult

 “Really. I'm a firm believer in new beginnings. Looking back all the time... It really starts to hurt your neck." He shrugs carelessly. "If you don't want to be defined by your past, you shouldn't have to be.”
After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That's all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl's suicide. Now Nikki's been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can't look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates - almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance... and everyone deserves to be loved.

"The difficult issues of bullying and the repercussions of online harassment are addressed beautifully. This book SHOULD be read by teens. (But don't forget to grab some tissues. I sobbed during a couple scenes.)
A wonderful, heartbreaking book which will stay with you." Danika

The Garvie Smith Mysteries - Running Girl and Kid Got Shot

Image result for garvie smith By: Simon Mason
Location: FIC MS
Genre: Like Sherlock but lazier
Series: The Garvie Smith Mysteries
Shortlisted for the Costa Children Book Award
Meet Garvie Smith: Charming, brilliant and completely bone idle. If anything can get his attention, it might just be a murder.
 Image result for garvie smithChloe Dow was as beautiful as she was … not a nice person (at least in the eyes of her peers). But still, she did not deserve to meet such a tragic end.

The community is shocked by her death and DI Singh has been entrusted with the task to bring the perpetrator of her crime to justice…If only, teenager Garvie Smith kept his nose out of it, it would make his job a lot easier.

Unfortunately, Garvie who is a brilliant mind and equally the greatest underachiever in his school was yet to have his mind stimulated until the case of Chloe Dow came along to DI Singh’s dismay.

“Running Girl” is a very well balanced piece of literature with the right amount of crime ingredients mixed in with YA elements. It is well paced, heavy with mystery and enough clues dropped along the way with a good build up to the culminating moment revealing the murderer, which by the way I did not suspect at all!!.- Virginie

"The mystery is excellent- while reading I was constantly at a stage of low-level, baffled frustration, which is exactly how I want to feel while reading a whodunnit..." Kiera-

Kings of the Wyld

By: Nicholas Eames
34880234Location: FIC EAM
Genre: Epic Fantasy


"A rollicking, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat road trip of a book" John Gwynn

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld

"Eames wrote a story of tragedy and darkness, but in an amusing, humoristic and light-hearted tone. All in all, Kings of the Wyld is a pleasant, poignant, well-told and engaging story, and Nicholas Eames is a talented author who's here to stay.
 Clay Cooper leads a peaceful and quiet life. He takes some shifts in the City Watch, he drinks a couple of beers in the King's Head, and spends some quality time with his wife and daughter. Or at least he used to. Because right now he's robbed, hungry, on the road, and trying to do the unthinkable; re-unite his old mercenary band called Saga, cross a forest full of every possible monster you have ever imagined and then some, and face a horde of one hundred thousand strong. What could possibly go wrong?" Peter-

"Pay attention every avid fantasy readers, let me do you a favor. Make sure you read this book no matter what. As of now, I’m calling Kings of the Wyld one of the best fantasy debuts of all time. " Petrik


Friday, May 19, 2017

Under the Almond Tree

32315737By: Laura McVeigh
Location: FIC MCV
Genre: Historical Fiction- refugees

“So when I feel most lost I choose to remember those things that help me survive. I choose love.”

Refugee stories settled inside of me at a young age- I Am David was one of the very first books I read that produced a deep inner reaction inside of me. Injustice, homelessness, discrimination and the share courage to survive that had to be displayed because of  the trauma of war- It infuriated me for all the right reasons and these books still do...

 If you lost everything you loved, how would you survive and begin again? Under the Almond Tree tells the story of one refugee family fleeing conflict and war in Afghanistan in the 1990s as they travel towards freedom and safety.

Fifteen year old Samar, the middle child, shares the story of her incredible journey on the Trans-Siberian Express - with the help of Napoleon, the Ticket Collector, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and her parents and siblings. Forced to flee Kabul as the Russians, then the Taliban, turn their lives inside out, the children and their parents face the loss of their world and their place in it.
Throughout, our storyteller Samar bravely holds onto family and hope, often when all survival seems impossible. With the true strength that comes from love, learning and imagination, Samar reveals her extraordinary resilience and the discovery that anything may be possible - if you can just hold on to hope and love.

The story is told from a train on the Trans-Siberian Railway, with flashbacks to a yellow house in Kabul, where Samar’s family lived, with an almond tree in its garden. Slowly, the tale of how Samar became a refugee begins to unfold. During the telling of the tale, you will meet her parents and grandparents, her brothers and sisters, her friends and the friends of her family, and several really nasty and unpleasant people. You will also discover that Samar has a really powerful imagination, and that this is one of the things that helps her to survive.

You will also discover that she is immersed in books, and that “Anna Karenina” has a very special attraction for her. The passionate love between Anna and Vronsky appeals to her, as does the throwing of all caution to the winds.- David

Everything I Never Told You

23442209By: Celeste Ng
Location: FIC NG

Everything I Never Told You is a gripping page-turner, about secrets, love, longing, lies and race

“Before that she hadn’t realized how fragile happiness was, how if you were careless, you could knock it over and shatter it.”

"what an intense, dark, thought-provoking book. This will stay on my mind for a long time. I feel a mixture of emotions after finishing this. The telling of the story and writing was excellent. The story itself was very intriguing, but very sad."- Lindsay

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.
Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. Her father is an American born of first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity, and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting.

When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest in the family - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the only one who knows what really happened. 

Before the Fall

By: Noah Hawley
30984391Location: FIC HAW
Genre: Mystery

“It's hard to be sad when you're being useful.”

On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.
With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members--including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot--the mystery surrounding the crash heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy: Was it merely dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations--all while the reader draws closer and closer to uncovering the truth.
The fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

"There's really just a lot more than a plane crash mystery suspense thriller going on here. It's a very memorable book that will stick with me for a bit. I didn't expect much from it, and I was pleasantly surprised and completely sold after just a few chapters. I guess what I'm saying is you really can't judge a book by its cover, and I'm glad I decided to give this one a shot because it was well worth it." Justin

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Summit Lake

By: Charlie Donlea
31019872Location: FIC DON
Genre:  Mystery

A gem of a mystery, fast-paced and suspenseful." -- Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author.

"An exciting debut, with all the right touches, captivating from the first page to the last." -- Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author.

"A swift, outstanding debut." -- Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author.

"Fans of contemporary suspense will enjoy this brisk read." -- Booklis

Some places seem too beautiful to be touched by horror. Summit Lake, nestled in North Carolina s Blue Ridge Mountains, is that kind of place. But two weeks ago, Becca Eckersley, a first-year law student and daughter of a powerful attorney, was brutally murdered there. Now the town is reeling with grief, and the police are baffled.

At first, investigative reporter Kelsey Castle thinks of the assignment as a fluff piece. But the savagery of the crime, and the efforts to keep it quiet, hint at something far more sinister than a random attack by a stranger. As Kelsey digs deeper, despite danger and warnings, she feels a growing connection to the dead girl. And the more she learns about Becca's friendships, her love life and her secrets the more convinced she becomes that walking in Becca's footsteps could lead her out of her own dark past.


By: M.P.Kozlowsky
28599500Location: FIC KOZ
Genre: Science Fiction- Robot Style

How good is this cover!!!!

But it is a scary book and I don't like scary books!

Being human is her greatest strength.

"At one point, they came across a rotting, severed finger that still had a ring on it. There was a pair of baby shoes, practically new, the laces still tied. Wedged within a large crack was a doll, ragged but still smiling. Despite her growing anxiety, Frost smiled back."

Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters.

She understands why she’s never met a human besides her father. She even understands why he forbids her to look for medicine for her dying pet. But the thing is, it’s not her real father giving the orders…

It’s his memories.

Before he died, Frost’s father uploaded his consciousness into their robot servant. But the technology malfunctioned, and now her father fades in and out. So when Frost learns that there might be medicine on the other side of the ravaged city, she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the one living creature she loves.

With only a robot as a companion, Frost must face terrors of all sorts, from outrunning the vicious Eaters…to talking to the first boy she’s ever set eyes on. But can a girl who’s only seen the world through books and dusty windows survive on her own? Or will her first journey from home be her last


30969076By: Jay kristoff
Location: FIC KRI
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Nevernight Chronicle #1

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You're a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.

How awesome is that quote!!!

Simply put NEVERNIGHT is a story about the daughter of a failed revolutionary, seeking revenge against her father's killers

Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Losers Take All

27414351By: David Klass
Location: FIC KLA
Genre: Sports- Youth Fiction

"Losers Take All put a huge smile on my face. It was funny, heartwarming, different, and full of love-ably quirky characters." Michelle

  Our kids had to play sport, didnt care what- so long as they were in a team. Chess, debating, even synchronized
drowning ...
Sport matters, teams matter, mates matter- yep being in a team matters and it is good!
What if you were forced into a team game, what would you pick and who with and why?

At Jack Logan's sports-crazy New Jersey high school, the new rule is that all kids must play on a team. So Jack and a ragtag group of anti-athletic friends decide to get even. They are going to start a rebel JV soccer team whose mission is to avoid victory at any cost, setting out to secretly undermine the jock culture of the school. But as the team's losing formula becomes increasingly successful at attracting fans and attention, Jack and his teammates are winning in ways they never expected—and don't know how to handle.

Losers Take All by David Klass is a fresh and funny novel that throws out all the rules of high school sports. After all, if you can't win the game, change the rules

Shot at Close Range

32605561By; John Silvester and Andrew Rule
Location: NF 920 SIL
Genre: Organized Crime- mafia and stuff
Series; Underbelly

This is the real true story of the underbelly of organized crime in Aussie
 Who goes to a funeral of a mafia gang lord and why...

'Pino' Acquaro got his big Italian funeral, but the mobsters didn't get the memo. The church was packed but nearly every gangster he knew stayed away. The handsome mafia lawyer had bungled burning down his Brunswick bar for the insurance but he had burned his bridges beyond repair. A couple of hard men turned up. The sort that wear sunglasses in church. One was the departed's last client, a cool customer who'd been a regular at Acquaro's bar. And there was a bald heavyweight wearing so much chunky gold he'd hardly need concrete boots if he had to be sent to sleep with the fishes.

The dead man's son read from the Book of Wisdom. The bit that says he who lives among sinners being carried off before treachery seduces the soul. Good advice but it came too late for the guy in the coffin...Just another tale from Australia's underbelly. There are plenty more in Shot at Close Range, the latest from the writers that have charted the rise and rise of crime in this country for more than twenty years.


By: S.Jae-Jones
33393824Location: FiC JON
Genre: Romantic fantasy

Recommend for lovers of dark poetic fairytales

“I looked him straight in the eye. "What was it your father used to say?" Hans said nothing. He turned his head away. "What's the use of running, if we are on the wrong road?”
― S. Jae-Jones, Wintersong

❝'I am the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground,' he said, mismatched eyes glinting. 'I am wildness and madness made flesh. You’re just a girl'—he smiled, and the tips of his teeth were sharp—'and I am the wolf in the woods.'❞    S. Jae-Jones, Wintersong

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paper Home

By: Esther Thorpe
31143018Location: NF 736 THO
Genre: Making Fun Paper Stuff

This looks like fun...

Make 15 stunning origami projects for your home!
Although rooted in traditional shapes and techniques, Esther Thorpe’s origami designs have an altogether modern and beautifully graphic aesthetic. Her striking items appear more intricate than they actually are, and are perfect for easing novices into the craft and building their skills. Featuring 15 projects of varying levels of difficulty, Thorpe’s richly illustrated first book includes everything from a simple Triangular Box and Star Garland to a vase using sonobe origami modules; a child’s mobile; a set of “feltigami” storage baskets, and an incredibly impressive concertina lampshade