Wednesday, June 27, 2018

White Night

By: Ellie Marney
36524608Location: FIC MAR
Genre: Young Adult-Cults

'Gutsy characters, a cracking plot, and the perfect amount of swoon - everything Ellie Marney does best.' Vikki Wakefield

A wonderfully compelling novel from the acclaimed author of the Every series.
In Bo Mitchell's country town, a 'White Night' light-show event has the potential to raise vital funds to save the skate park. And out of town, a girl from a secretive off-the-grid community called Garden of Eden has the potential to change the way Bo sees the world. But are there too many secrets in Eden?

As Bo is drawn away from his friends and towards Rory, he gradually comes to believe that Eden may not be utopia after all, and that their group leader's goal to go off the grid may be more permanent - and more dangerous - than anyone could have predicted.
 


“I decide to be brave. Being brave isn't always about throwing your body on the line in footy clashes. Sometimes it's about letting your heart show in your face." 

This was quite a lovely slow unwinding tale about highschool and love and sustainability and then at the end -- BAM. It PUNCHES YOU IN THE FACE. CWDREW 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Extinction Files- Pandemic and Genome

By: A.G.Riddle
Image result for 9781788541282Location: FIC RID
Genre; SciFi- Thriller
Image result for Genome riddleSeries: Extinction Files #1 and 2  

“Life is uncertain; in the end we control only a single thing: our own thoughts.”



A deadly outbreak in Kenya.
A conspiracy beyond imagination.
And a race to save humanity in its darkest hour.

From A.G. Riddle, the worldwide bestselling author of The Atlantis Gene and Departure, comes a novel that will change everything you think you know about pandemics.


PANDEMIC is A.G. Riddle's first new novel in almost two and a half years. The product of extensive research, PANDEMIC takes readers inside the CDC and WHO response to a deadly outbreak. It features the real-life science and history blended with fiction that readers have come to know and love in Riddle's past novels. PANDEMIC is the first novel in a new series: The Extinction Files. 

This book is full of intrigue, mystery and deep philosophical theories, religious beliefs merged with science. 

This book illustrates the most important fundamental principal of emerging technology... WHO CONTROLS IT.- Brandon


Wonderful writing that captivates and intrigues! Thoroughly enjoyed the anticipation of each upcoming event, written with such realism and creativity!- Rachael

This is a review of both by Jim on Goodreads

PANDEMIC is really the first part of a single novel cut into two parts, and concluding with GENOME. Riddle apparently likes to do this, and used the same strategy with his first (and also hugely successful ATLANTIS GENE, ATLANTIS PLAGUE and ATLANTIS WORLD.

PANDEMIC starts out as your basic plague that destroys the earth thriller, but with a much richer and more complex backstory. Initially there is an outbreak of a new type of hemorrhagic fever, like Ebola or Marburg but not, in a tiny hospital in Kenya. The local head of the hospital very quickly realizes that this is big trouble and immediately notifies the authorities.

In the second chapter we are introduced to Desmond Hughes, who wakes up in a Berlin hotel along side a corpse, not knowing who he is, or the corpse, or why he is in Germany at all. He finds a cryptic note scribbled on the back of a Dry Cleaning ticket, figures out what it means and we are off to the races.

The writing and pacing are excellent and the ideas, the plotting and execution are all fantastic. There are myriad characters each of whom speaks in a distinctive voice, and as in the best mysteries, because PANDEMIC and GENOME are really one giant mystery like and onion with different layers being peeled back one at a time. Each time you think you have figured out what is really going on, Riddle peels back another layer. Missing submarines, ancient secret societies, world-wide conspiracies, molecular biology and computer simulations are all intertwined in a rich soup.

There is great character development going back (and forth) for decades for many of the characters. It is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, and they switch back and forth several times before the final denoument near the end of GENOME, which, unless you are a lot smarter than I am, you won't see coming in a million year
s.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

It's All In Your Head A Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together

Image result for 9781526300027By: Rae Earl
Location: NF 616.89 EAR
Genre: Mental Health

 Rae Earl says it all...
What I hope you take away from this book: good Mexican food deserves to go viral; good underwear never features the word 'string'; good mental health is the single most important thing you need to live a happy life.

I don't have a psychology degree - in fact, I once tried to throw a typewriter at a child psychiatrist (this was in the days before MacBook pros) - but I do have experience, understanding and coping mechanisms to help you get your sh*t together. From anxiety and eating disorders to OCD and psychosis, I want to help break down taboos surrounding mental health conditions (which directly affect 1 in 4 of us each year - you are NOT alone) and help you come out the other side happier and healthier. I'd also like to gift you with a deeper understanding of what's going on in your head, and how to navigate through life without feeling overwhelmed or isolated.

Where my lack of medical background becomes an issue, Dr Radha swoops in to the rescue. As a GP, mental-health expert and co-host of BBC Radio 1's The Surgery, I've worked with her to make sure all the information and advice is spot-on. She's clever, she's kind and she GETS it. I wish my teenage brain had had access to Dr Radha.

After My Mad Fat Diary published, and the TV show followed, lots of people from my past got in touch to say they'd thought I'd been a largely splendid teenager. And, to most people, I probably was. Because I was very adept at hiding my OCD, my anxiety, my depression, my eating disorders, behind a smile and a big sack of silly. And that is why I've written this book. Because I hate to think of any teen going through what I did, and feeling like they can't talk about it, or need to hide it. This is a book to break down taboos, to start conversations, to help you talk about things that seem impossible. It's a book for fans of Gemma Cairney and Open, Ruby Wax and Frazzled, Matt Haig and Reasons to Stay Alive, Bryony Gordon and Mad Girl. And most importantly, it's a book to make you feel like you're not alone. You're really, really not. @RaeEarl

I am Thunder and I Wont Keep Quiet!

Image result for I am thunder and I won't keep quiet bookBy: Muhammad Khan
Location: FIC KHA
Genre: Everything- Romance, War, Rascism, Religion, Family


I loved The Hate U Give. It made me mad, today I read about a 15 year old boy who was shot by the police and killed. He was running AWAY!
This book will press the same buttons for me!

A stunning new YA voice which questions how far you'll go to protect what you believe in.

“I wrote Muzna’s story for you. Muslim or non-Muslim? It doesn’t matter to me. It shouldn’t matter to you. You are thunder. Don’t keep quiet.”

“These terrorists are the antithesis of Islam. They’re not Muslim. Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us.”   

Fifteen-year-old Muzna Saleem, who dreams of being a writer, struggles with controlling parents who only care about her studying to be a doctor. Forced to move to a new school in South London after her best friend is shamed in a scandal, Muzna realizes that the bullies will follow her wherever she goes. But deciding to stand and face them instead of fighting her instinct to disappear is harder than it looks when there's prejudice everywhere you turn. Until the gorgeous and confident Arif shows an interest in her, encouraging Muzna to explore her freedom. 
But Arif is hiding his own secrets and, along with his brother Jameel, he begins to influence Muzna with their extreme view of the world. As her new freedom starts to disappear, Muzna is forced to question everything around her and make a terrible choice - keep quiet and betray herself, or speak out and betray her heart?


"I Am Thunder deals with radicalisation so well. Because as you go along with Muzna’s story, there are little warning signs here and there, but it’s only towards the end of the book that you actually realise how far things have gone. It was so subtle, and so easy to get caught up in if you were actually living it. It was  terrifying.
"- Kate, Goodreads.com


The book manages to squeeze in a lot of topics including racism, radicalization, living in a multi-ethnic multi-faith society, open dialogue between teenagers and their parents, and doing the right thing. I am Thunder is my top read of 2018. It will be tough to top.-Usman 

Wayfarer Series

By: Becky Chambers
Location: FIC CHA
Image result for 9781473619814Genre: Sci Fi- Space Opera
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet introduced readers to the incredible world of Rosemary Harper, a young woman with a restless soul and secrets to keep. When she joined the crew of the Wayfarer, an intergalactic ship, she got more than she bargained for - and learned to live with, and love, her rag-tag collection of crewmates.

A Closed and Common Orbit is the stand-alone sequel to Becky Chambers' beloved debut novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and is perfect for fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon, Mass Effect and Star Wars


"If you're looking for an action-packed, page-turning adventure story, this book is not for you. However, if you want a sci-fi novel that delivers wonderful characters and thoughtful commentary on existence, you've found the right book."- Maxwell

“Ninety percent of all problems are caused by people being assholes.”
“What causes the other ten percent?” asked Kizzy.
“Natural disasters,” said Nib.”
 


Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

Rebel Genius

Image result for rebel geniusBy: Michael Dante DiMartino
Location: FIC DIM
Genre: Fantasy

Awesome cover art!

Even more awesome art inside the book!

A fantasy-adventure series from Michael Dante DiMartino, the co-creator of the hit animated shows Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra!

In twelve-year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he's in serious trouble.

Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons.

But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools--objects that would allow him to destroy the world and everyone in his path--Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.


"Rebel Genius contains all of Mike DiMartino's hallmarks: an exquisite world dripping with magic and color, a cast of incredible, diverse characters, and artwork that will take your breath away. Get ready to fall in love." --Marie Lu, author of the Legend trilogy and the Young Elites trilogy 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dreamland Burning

Image result for 9780316384902By:Jennifer Latham
Location: FIC LAT
Genre: Historical Fiction- Mystery

“The dead always have stories to tell. They just need the living to listen.”


Some bodies won't stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past.

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self-discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.


This is one of the best reviews I have ever read- it is from Johanna Pugh about this book and it is on Goodreads.com

I am not sure I can put into coherent words how madly in love I am with this book. I was really fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of it. Never in my life have I identified with a main character like this. I usually gravitate away from a lot of the popular YA novels because let's be real, I'm a biracial black woman--I can't see myself in a lot of the white dude protagonists.

Jennifer Latham is the type of author I hope to be someday.

She seamlessly wove together the stories of a modern day, biracial black teen who discovers a buried body on her family's property with the story of a white and Native American teen in 1920s Tulsa, which was home to Greenwood, the most prosperous African-American neighborhood in the country before the KKK started growing in the area.

I read it in less than 24 hours. I stayed up all night (it's been such a long time since I've found a book I could not put down) and as much as I quickly read it and got to the end, I kind of wish I savored it more haha.

The research, respect, and heart that went into crafting these characters who realistically struggle and learn from the way racism affects who we are and forces them to decide who they're going to be is really admirable. They felt like real human beings, not caricatures (two of the modern day black characters had an argument stemming from their perception of their own blackness and how they're treated by the world and it was so damn important and beautiful and rare and satisfying to see), framed around the Tulsa Riots--which is a forever relevant story that needs to be told. I was upset I hadn't heard about it sooner.

This book made me livid, it made me rant about the state of the world and the necessity of the ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ movement, it made me cry, it made me scared and happy and validated and motivated and both satisfied and dissatisfied (I have a lot of feelings okay). From the social commentary to the friendships to the wonderfully skillful and fast-paced, addicting way it's written and the relatable coming-of-age stories in this book...I'm just really happy and thankful this book exists. I hope when it releases in 2017, it gets the readership and praise it truly deserves

What to say next

By: Julia Buxbaum
Location: FIC BUX
Image result for 9780553535716Genre: Romance- youth- contemporary

"What to Say Next reminds readers that hope can be found in unexpected places." -Bustle.com

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. Nicola Yoon, the bestselling author of Everything, Everything, calls it "charming, funny, and deeply affecting."


“What if we all jumped out of our boxes and chewed up our stupid labels? Who would we discover?

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don't know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I'm going through. How could they? I don't even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I've attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I've never once sat with someone until now. "So your dad is dead," I say to Kit, because this is a fact I've recently learned about her.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David's blunt honesty--in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit's attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad's tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they'll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?



"Charming, funny, and deeply affecting all at the same time." -Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star

"Heartfelt, charming, deep, and real. I love it with all my heart." -Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

 

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Love That I Have

Image result for 9781460754634By: James Moloney
Location: FIC MOL
Genre: Historical Fiction- Holocaust

For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read.
 
From award-winning Australian author James Moloney, comes a fresh and compelling story about love, loss and profound bravery.

Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin.

Margot is shielded from the camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But she does handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn the letters, she is horrified by the callous act she must carry out with her own hands. This is especially painful since her brother was taken prisoner at Stalingrad and her family has had no letters from him. So Margot steals a few letters, intending to send them in secret, only to find herself drawn to their heart-rending words of hope, of despair, and of love.

This is how Margot comes to know Dieter Kleinschmidt - through the beauty and the passion of his letters to his girlfriend. And since his girlfriend is also named Margot, it is like reading love letters written for her.



Although essentially a holocaust love story, it certainly takes a very different perspective and the power of love in protecting our human spirit; not receiving but giving. I found this simple idea challenging and relevant especially in today’s increasingly disconnected society. Love in our culture is not usually presented this deeply; often it is sexualised and trivialised.
I also enjoyed the challenge to stereotypes with a German guard that was helpful and inmates that were unpleasant. Margot’s family itself shows the full range of attitudes from her mother’s anti-Semitism to her father’s indifference. Even Margot overthrows her own attitudes during the story and then at the end undeservedly finds herself the victim of prejudice at its very worst. 
-Lyn- Goodreads.com

Furthermore and Whichwood

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By: Tahereh Mafi
Location: FIC MAF
Genre: Fantasy


Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice's pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself and her own magical abilities.

To do so she'll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice's wits to find her father and return him safely home




Tahereh Mafi does such a great job with writing these dark, imaginative MG novels. I love them!- Hailey

The magic, the tale, the characters - it all came together beautifully to become the whimsical, wonderful content between these pages.- Alexa 

The beauty the remains

Image result for 9780525578284By: Ashley Woodfolk
Location: FIC WOO
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary

“For the sensitive among us
sometime the noise
is just too much...”


Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next?


Trigger Warnings: Death of a sibling, death of a best friend, death of an ex-boyfriend, suicide, leukemia, alcoholism, mentions of drug dealing, marijuana use, death of a queer character.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Blackfish City

Image result for 9780356510033By: Sam J. Miller
Location: FIC MIL
Genre: Sci Fi- Dystopic

"Ambitious, imaginative and big- hearted"- Publishers Weekly

Blackfish City is a remarkably urgent—and ultimately very hopeful—novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection.

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.


“Everyone can afford to be nice to each other, when no one is trying to exterminate anybody.”  

Restart

Image result for 9781338053807By: Gordon Korman
Location: FIC KOR
Genre: Realistic Fiction 

"Compelling, humorous and intriguing" Publishers Weekly
 

Chase's memory just went out the window.
Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.
He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.
Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.
One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.
Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is--it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.
From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.


"As a high schooler, I generally think Gordon Korman, while excellent, is too juvenile of a writer for me to seriously enjoy at this point. So when my ten-year-old sister raved about it and incessantly recommended it to me, I was very skeptical. However, this book pleasantly surprised me. It took on a lot of tough topics like bullying, injury, and self-image, while simultaneously keeping it light hearted. Plus, there were enough twists to keep it interesting for even a mature reader, yet it still wasn't too much for a younger reader. It struck the perfect balance. It was a wonderfully written children's book." Skutti

The Mountain

Image result for 9780857056917By: Luca D'Andrea
Location: FIC DAN
Genre: Thriller/Mystery

“Some say you become an adult when you bury your parents; others, when you become a parent yourself. I didn’t agree with either of these two philosophies. You become an adult when you learn to apologise” – Jeremiah Salinger


"A very good story for when you are stuck at home with a coldy flu."- Colleen.
Sounds like the perfect time of year to read this book then!


"The novel contains some fantastic writing and a twist you will NOT see coming! I was genuinely amazed at how much this seemingly cold case, gripped me. In the process of his case Salinger uncovers revelation after revelation, some of which shake him to his core"- Abby

An atmospheric commercial thriller for readers of Stephen King and Joel Dicker.Jeremiah Salinger blames himself. The crash was his fault. He was the only survivor. Now only his daughter Clara can put a smile on his face. The depression and the nightmares are closing in. But when he takes Clara to the Bletterbach - a canyon in the Dolomites rich in fossil remains - he overhears by chance a conversation that gives his life renewed focus. In 1985 three students were murdered there, their bodies savaged, limbs severed and strewn by a killer who was never found. Salinger, a New Yorker, is far from home, and these Italian mountains, where his wife was born, harbour a close-knit, tight-lipped community whose mistrust of outsiders can turn ugly. All the same, solving this mystery might be the only thing that can keep him sane

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mandelbrot the Magnificent

Image result for 9780765398055By: Liz Ziemska
Location: FIC ZIE
Genre: Historical Fiction-  Holocaust-Maths

"Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I’ll be thinking about this novel for a long time."-Laura


"Liz Ziemska has fashioned a beautiful story about one famous survivor and the magic and mathematics he's brought to the world." --Karen Joy Fowler

Mandelbrot the Magnificent is a stunning, magical pseudo-biography of Benoit Mandelbrot as he flees into deep mathematics to escape the rise of Hitler

Born in the Warsaw ghetto and growing up in France during the rise of Hitler, Benoit Mandelbrot found escape from the cruelties of the world around him through mathematics. Logic sometimes makes monsters, and Mandelbrot began hunting monsters at an early age. Drawn into the infinite promulgations of formulae, he sinks into secret dimensions and unknown wonders.

His gifts do not make his life easier, however. As the Nazis give up the pretense of puppet government in Vichy France, the jealousy of Mandelbrot's classmates leads to denunciation and disaster. The young mathematician must save his family with the secret spaces he's discovered, or his genius will destroy them.


"What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone."- Megan

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

By: Siobhan Dowd
Image result for 9781911370048Location: GRA DOW
Genre: A graphic novel with heart- prejudice- Irish gypsies

"Smart, clear-eyed, unsentimental; tough but full of truth" - PATRICK NESS

A stunning graphic novel adaptation of Siobhan Dowd's moving story of prejudice and violence, the uncertainty of lives lived on the fringes of society, and of love in its many forms. Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the
Traveller kids suffer at the hands of teachers and other pupils alike, called 'tinker-stinkers', 'dirty gyps' and worse. Then the punches start. The only friendly face is Kit, a settled girl who takes Jim under her wing and teaches him to read in the great cathedral chamber of the cave below the town. With Kit and the reading, Jim seems to have found a way to exist in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence see his life uprooted once again.
Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the Traveller kids suffer at the hands of teachers and other pupils alike, called 'tinker-stinkers', 'dirty gyps' and worse. Then the punches start. The only friendly face is Kit, a settled girl who takes Jim under her wing and teaches him to read in the great cathedral chamber of the cave below the town. With Kit and the reading, Jim seems to have found a way to exist in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence see his life uprooted once again.

The Wild Robot

By: Peter Brown
Image result for 9781848127272Location: FIC BRO
Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy yarn!

The illustrations in this books are just gorgeous...


When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her....

"Picture book author/illustrator Peter Brown gifts us with The Wild Robot: a spare, haunting tale of figuring out the roots of your humanity, and trying to reconcile what you learn with the reality of the life you are living. It's a story of family and community; of learning what loneliness is and how to fight it; of growing together and coming apart; of the interaction between the human world and the natural world. It's a story of sacrifice and overcoming fear of the unknown and different; of changing for both the ones you love and for yourself (and knowing when not to, knowing when you are enough). It's a story that has resonated with me every day since I finished it." Melissa