Book your Holiday Reading Pack

Spring_holiday_reading_packWhat do you do during the holidays? Bike – Read – Socialize – Read – Contemplate – Read – Play – Read – Climb – Read…

Get a Holiday Reading Pack containing 10 books specially chosen for you.

Advantages of reading for pleasure:

  • Perfect brain gym
  • Perfect relaxation between stints of revisions and sporting activities
  • Proven improvement of your study skills (see a previous article “Reading is good for you”)
  • You’ll never be bored.

Fill in the form below by Wednesday 24th Sept and the librarian will deliver your Holiday Reading Pack to you in class on the last day of the term.

Too late now ! Sorry.

The offer will be on again before autumn holidays next year…

Gavin Bishop visit

This morning, Gavin Bishop came to our college and talked to a captivated audience of Year 7 and 8 students.

GavinBishop4To Year 7 students, he talked about illustrations and all the steps between the idea of a book and its publication. To Year 8 students he talked about his favourite book Piano Rock and his book in preparation Teddy One Eye, the life seen through the eyes of his own Teddy, which he showed us.

He answered many questions and we thank him very much for his visit. We also thank the New Zealand Book Council for organizing it as part of their Writers in Schools programme.

If you want to know more about his books or if you want to write to him, here is his website

Holiday reading packs

Following the SHRIMP programme  created by Pam Garry, Librarian at John Mc Glashan College and Slanza award recipient, MACLIC presents the MAC Holiday Reading Pack.

Holiday packEach pack will contain:

  • 10 books chosen by the librarian based on the student’s reading history and information provided in the form below,
  • The list of  books read by the student in the past year to share with parents and prompt discussions,
  •  and a surprise!

The pack will be delivered in class on the last day of the term. The bag must be returned with the books in the first week of term 2.

SORRY, TOO LATE TO ENROL NOW but the service will be re-offered before next holidays.

Bob presents lots of great books


Last Thursday, Bob Docherty came to our school and presented lots of excellent books to a dozen of junior classes. He kept the crowd focused and entertained. 

Here are the lists of books he presented:

Come to the library to reserve one or several of them.

Check out Bob’s blog for lots of books recommendations.

Book Hooks…

More than 100 books hooks are now on display in the library.

A book hook is a short and sharp blurb designed to hook attract you to a book, written by someone who was hooked enjoyed it and wants to recommend it.
It can be used in book talks or speed booking sessions. We used them to present 3 books in 1 minute in Assembly.

In another way, a “Hook Book” is the book that hooked you into reading, the book which made you love reading, the book which made you realise how good it is to read. As far as I remember, the book which hooked me into reading was Enid Blyton’s “Five on a Treasure Island”, first of the Famous Five series and when I have finished the series, I went on with anything on the small school library shelves and started my reading career…

Which book hooked YOU into reading?

Book Hook Examples

Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy

Skulduggery is a skeleton living in a city. But when his friend Gordon (who is a writer) dies, Skulduggery must find the sceptre of ancients before the evil Serpine, in order to stop him ruling the world.

I’m the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

Ed is a young taxi driver, living in the suburb of a big city. But when he receives a strange message, Ed must complete tasks involving people and his personality changes.
Lachlan said: “It is a thrilling story with lots of tension, action and humour. I give it a rating of 7 ½ out of 10.”

The Navigator, by Eoin McNamee

Owen is a young boy who lives with his mother in a small town. But when time reverses, Owen must help the Resistors and defeat the Harsh, in order to restore time and become the Navigator.

Book talks

All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have had the pleasure to be presented a dozen books for their age, by Bob Docherty.

Bob Docherty is a professional book reviewer who travels from Cape Reinga to Bluff to talk to kids about the books he prefers. His aim is to motivate you to read, as he says: “The best thing you can do for yourself is READ, READ, READ.”

Check out his blog for great books reviews:

And judging by the looooooong reserves lists I got, he succeeded! 

Here are the titles he recommended, in order he talked about them:

Year 7

Title Author
Emerald Atlas John Stephens
Trash Andy Mulligan
Running Wild Michael Morpurgo
Lily Alone Jacqueline Wilson
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
Noah Barley Water runs away John Boyne
No such thing as a dragon Philip Reeve
Prairie Whispers Frances Harrington
Z Rex Steve Cole
Bone Tiki David Hair


Year 8

The Emerald Atlas John Stephens
Trash Andy Mulligan
Billionaire Boy David Walliams
Lily Alone Jacqueline Wilson
Prairie Whispers Frances Harrington
To die for Mark Szendson
Running Wild Michael Morpurgo
Loblolly Boy and the sorcerer James Norcliffe
Z Rex Steve Cole
Lawn Boy Gary Paulsen
No such thing as a dragon Philip Reeve
Monster republic Ben Horton
Funny business Guys Read  


Year 9

Boys don’t cry Malorie Blackman
Warm Bodies Marion Isaac
Bone Tiki David Hair
You against Me Jenny Downham
MonsterRepublic Ben Horton
Bride’s farewell Meg Rosoff
Rich and Mad William Nicholson
To Die For Mark Svendson
Funny business Guys Read  
Dark Planet Philip Carman
Medusa Project Sophie McKenzie
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove Lauren Kate
Mice Gordon Reece

 Most of these books are now in the library, often several copies but there are waiting lists. So if you want to read one of them, come to the library to reserve it and be patient.

If you are lucky to have one of the library copies, please read and return promptly so that the next student can enjoy it.

Bob the Book Talker

We had the pleasure to welcome Bob Docherty, ‘the book talker”, in the library last Wednesday. Four Y7 and Y8 classes have enjoyed listening to his presentation of about twenty MACLIC books and a few new books too.

In 2 or 3 minutes, with a book in the hand, he talked about the plot, what is special with the book, the reading level, he sometimes reads a page, leave a few hints for reading and how reading is good for you…
The most popular are Don’t Call me Jojo, Cirque du Freak, Night Hunting, Wolf Brother and Red Kayak, on which there are many reserves.

You can find his book recommendations on his blog