Lots of new Breezy Reads

Breezy ReadWhen the South Pacific books representative brought her boxes of new books to choose from, I asked some students to choose easy books they’d like to read. They are now ready !

Spot the Smiley Face!

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The vocabulary is easy, the chapters are short, the fonts are large and legible, there are some illustrations, just like in children’s books. But the stories are engaging and high-octane to provide the experience of a good novel.

Find them in the Picture Books / Breezy Reads section of the library.

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Books and book stuff to your teen for Christmas (for parents)

bookschristmasOffering a book for Christmas prevents the “Summer slide” and is a great way to show you value books and reading. So head down to the bookshop and stroll the shelves. What to choose?

  • A book of the genre your teen likes
  • A series is a great gift as it is difficult to get them all in order from libraries.
  • An award-winning book, they are actually usually good
  • Books to Films are popular eg. Mortal Engine, by Philip Pullman
  • A book to convey a message, eg. Life of Pi
  • A useful book, eg. cooking or fitness (for teens)

If you don’t know, go book shopping with your child, it is a great way to talk books, what s/he likes, what you like or offer a book voucher.001

I like to make hamper presents that include a book. It demonstrates actively the usefulness and ubiquity of reading. For example:

  • a learn-to-knit book in a basket with wool and needles
  • a learn-to-fish book with a fishing rod and kit
  • bike maintenance or bike skills with a new bike

Other ways to reinforce the love for books is to offer book-related items, bookmarks, bookends, bookstands… but also fancy book covers, book jewels, decorations or book paraphernalia. For example book earrings will tell your girl: “I know you’re a great book lover, I value that and it suits you well”. You’ll find ideas at the bookshop, at DOC or online on Wheelers for books. Explore NZ Book Lovers and Ex-Libris crafts for other book-related gifts.

 

Awesome Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels are a great way to read and read more. They offer a progression to more words and more complex stories, of course supported by graphics that help comprehension and offer a rich experience.

Historically disdained as US Comics used to be mainly about superheroes, graphic novels have evolved to a rich and valuable reading material.BD selection in France European graphic novel culture is incredibly varied and creative. In every bookshop, there is an extensive Comics or Bande dessinées (BD) section and many towns have  their graphic novel shop. There are 2 major Festivals that honour and reward graphic novels and artists, the Lucca Comics and Games festival in Italy coming up in October and the International Festival “de la Bande dessinee” in Angouleme, which is more than 40 years old! The Comic Strip museum in Belgium gives an idea of the variety and magnitude of the “9th Art“.

In New Zealand, graphic novels regularly make it in the book awards finalists and bestsellers. Click here to open an excellent history and review of NZ graphic novels.

Picture booksTherefore here at MAC, the graphic novel section is steadily expending, with new graphic novel series and stand alone:

Come to the library and dive in a good BD!

Book Club term 2 book

This year, MAC Book Club students are fans of Skulduggery Pleasant and the first term was happily spent creating a trailer for the series. Unfortunately, most of the footage went lost when a device died and the project aborted.

Term 2 has been enlightened by the reading of the Young Elites, by Marie Lu, which also features a strong adventurous female character in a hostile fantasy world.

Adelina is a malfetto scarred by blood fever many years ago. But when she is accused of her father’s murder and sentenced to death by Teren, the King’s inquisition leader, she is rescued by a mysterious Enzo, the Young Elites leader who seems even more dangerous than her jailers. Not knowing who to trust, Adelina must manipulate Teren in order to save her sister and the Young Elites.

It’s a story of family, love and loyalty and ultimately a rebellion against prejudice, a quest for justice and freedom. Full of surprising special powers and action, this fantasy thriller is also a suspenseful romance.

It is difficult to relate to the heroine as she holds as much good as evil. We rated the book 4 out of 5.

What to read next?

What_to_read_nextHere are some cool websites to help you find a book you will like.

The literature map on Gnod is spectacular: Enter your favourite author’s name and similar authors will pop out the screen. Impressive. Gnooks now offers a more refined search tool.

Also based on your favourite author, What Should I Read Next analyses Amazon’s huge database of real readers’ favourite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions. Quite accurate!

Goodreads is a huge social network for readers and offers great book lists. If you log in and enter your own reading habits, book shelves, etc. you get excellent customized recommendations.

LibraryThing, another readers social network, has an impressive Zeitgeist page, with lists of favourite authors, books etc. Click on an author to find a useful “If you like” link. Or click on a book for tags and similar books.

I am looking forward to BookFlavour to be up and running: you will enter your criteria (sad, scary, funny, etc. ) and it will devise a list with them. Based on a similar concept but designed for adults so will only suit senior students, Whichbook stretches your reading habits…

And if all fails, ask your librarian 😉

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…

New hit series

DashnerMaze Runner series, by James Dashner (DAS)

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. A young-adult post-apocalyptic science fiction trilogy that fans of Hunger Games will love.

MedusaThe Medusa Project series, by Sophie McKenzie (MCK)

Fourteen years ago, scientist William Fox implanted four babies with the Medusa gene – a gene for psychic abilities. Fox’s experiment left a legacy: four teenagers, each with their own distinct and special skill. These four teens were originally brought together to form crime-fighting force, The Medusa Project.

UnleashedUnleashed, by Ali Sparkes  

Being a COLA is an incredible thing. It stands for Child Of Limitless Ability and for Dax Jones and his friends at a super secret college run by the government’s COLA Project, it’s the Limitless bit that’s the problem. Each book in the Unleashed series tells the adventures of different characters with their amazing special powers.

GameGame, Buzz, Bubble, by Anders de la Motte (MOT) 13+

When Henrik HP Petterson HP picks up a mobile phone on a Stockholm train one morning, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. The phone invites him to play a game… an Alternate Reality Game that takes place right in the middle of the naive and unsuspecting Swedish society. But is it still a game when it is real?

LoreI am Number 4, Power of 6, Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (LOR)

Nine alien teenagers are hiding on Earth waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, they will need to fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.. Three are dead. Number Four is next.

WoolWool, Shift, Dust, by Hugh Howey (HOW)

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies.

HaloHalo, Hades, Heaven series, by Alexandra Adornetto (ADO)

Three angels, Ivy, Bethany and Gabriel are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness. They work hard to conceal their true identity and – most of all – their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls for the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods…

 

Check out posters in the library for more series ideas.

Book your Holiday Reading Pack!

How about you give a kick to your reading habits during the holidays?

Register below for a Reading Holiday Pack by Wednesday 2nd July.

The librarian will selects 10 books specially for you, to extend your reading level while nurturing your pleasure for reading and deliver them to you in class on the last day of the term.

 

 

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.