He talked about how characters are his friends in his mind and how he develops their personalities by asking them questions before telling their story.He explained how problems in stories (as well as in life) are prompting reflections and interesting series of actions.He says what going on inside during the decision making process is as interesting as the resulting action.By imagining what it feels like, the reader not only gives life to the story but also learns more about himself.
These are the books MAC students chose to feature on the Favourite Book Posters they created at the occasion of the Library Festival in 2016.
|Darwin Awards||Wendy Northcutt||Evolution in action|
|The Painted Man||Peter V Brett||Fights back against predators|
|A Clockwork Orange||Anthony Burgess||Dark, dystopian, humourous|
|Molly Moon Stops the World||Georgia Byng||Mindblowing hypnotic powers|
|The Selection||Kiera Cass||Charming, captivating, entertaining|
|Artemis Fowl||Eoin Colfer||Fairies, butter, mulch diggums|
|The Hunger Games||Suzanne Collins||Peta, brave, great|
|The Hunger Games||Suzanne Collins||Mockingjay, hunt, adventure|
|Lion Boy||Zizou Corder||Jaw-dropping, eye-opening, stunning|
|The Power of One||Bryce Courtenay||Compelling, powerful, exciting|
|Snake and Lizard||Joy Cowley||Friendship, arguments, trouble|
|One||Sarah Crossan||People, love, siamese twins|
|Matilda||Roald Dahl||Genius, awesome, engaging|
|Lake of the Dead||Stu Duval||Lake, death, survival|
|The Honest Truth||Dan Gemeinhart||Adventure of a lifetime|
|Lord of the Flies||William Golding||Exciting, interesting, microcosm|
|Asterix||Rene Goscinny||Fighting, funny, adventure|
|Sands of the Scorpion||Bear Grylls||Breathtaking, survival, adventure|
|And the Mountains Echoed||K Hosseini||Family, love, life|
|Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas||Hunter S Thompson||Too weird to live, too rare to die|
|Don’t Look Now||Paul Jennings||Exciting, weird, funny|
|The Secrets of the Fearless||Elizabeth Laird||Intriguing, awesome, wrapping|
|The Giver||Lois Lowry||Rediscover, mystery, adventure|
|The Road||Cormac McCarthy||Adventurous, interesting, compelling|
|The General||Robert Muchamore||Spy, War, Exciting|
|Acid||Emma Pass||Exotic, dangerous, scary|
|Hatchet||Gary Paulsen||Exciting, thrilling, survive|
|Percy Jackson||Rick Riordan||Immortality|
|How to Speak Dolphin||Ginny Rorby||Water, swimming, dolphins|
|Harry Potter||J K Rowling||Magic, wizard, Gryffindor|
|Dork Diary: Once Upon a Dork||Rachel Renee Russell||Humour Girls|
|Holes||Louis Sachar||Camp, curse, friendship|
|Varjak Paw||S F Said||Most gangster, cats|
|The Lovely Bones||Alice Sebold||Captivating, emotional, revenge|
|Green Eggs and Ham||Dr. Seuss||Epic poem|
|The Cat in the Hat||Dr. Seuss||Fun, exciting, adventurous|
|The Light Between Oceans||M L Steadman||Morally riveting story|
|One Dollar Horse||Lauren St John||Heartwarming, heroic, thrilling|
|Girl Online: On Tour||Zoe Sugg||Life on tour|
|The Hobbit||J R R Tolkien||Quest, fantasy, dragon|
|Ratburger||David Walliams||Thrilling, funny, crazy|
|The Book Thief||Markus Zusak||Knowledge, death, racism|
Thank you to all the participants of the “Favourite Book” poster competition. Your creations now decorate the library and are great book recommendations.
Congratulations to our winner, Ruby Burke, for an impressive illustration of the all times favourite Harry Potter Series, by J. K. Rowling.
Well done to runner-up Noah Regan-Roach and third best Maggie Dougherty.
You all won book vouchers!
22nd August to 5th September
Renew your book shelves for FREE!
• Bring your own books in good condition to the library to collect tokens
• Come to the library from the 22nd August to spend your tokens on other books.
• Design a poster promoting your favourite book (must include Title, Author, an illustration -can be the book cover- and 3 keywords that describe the book. Don’t forget to write your name and whanau at the back)
• Bring your creation to the library by Monday 5th September
Prizes: Book vouchers for 3 best posters and House points
On Monday 5th September in whanau, fill in the quiz given to your whanau teacher
and return the same day.
Prizes: Chocolates for the winning whanau and House points.
Winners and house competition results will be announced in assembly on Wednesday 7th September
By Derek Landy, the author of the series Skulduggery Pleasant, which we also love.
We rated this book 5 out of 5!
Amber Lambert has never heard of the Demon Road. But when her parents try to kill her, her life changes forever. A maze of secrets, lies and mysteries uncover the real truth of her parents. Now on the run with Milo, her parents and their friends closely behind, she is forced to travel along the Demon Road and confront the devil himself.
Genre: Thriller, fantasy, adventure (and a little bit of humour too)
The best book of the year!
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. 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“.
- classics like Maus,
- series from Cinebooks who translate many from the Belgium publishers,
- NZ must-haves from local publishers and
- following the students favourites, like Scott Pilgrim.
Come to the library and dive in a good BD!
Awesome book return box
Did you find a book awesome and wish to spread the word? Then drop it in the Awesome Book Return Box. The book will receive an AWESOME hovermark and will proudly stand out on the shelves. And when choosing a book, look out for
AWESOME hovermarks. If somebody found a book awesome, chances are you will too.
If you are still not sure what to read or you have no time to choose a book, then take one from the Grababook box conveniently placed on the issue desk. The librarian fills it with favourite and sure-to-please popular books.
Congratulation to Evie Simonsohn for the beautiful drawing of a shooner to illustrate her favourite book “Bloody Jack”, by L.A. Meyer. This book is unfortunately not in the library and is now out of print!..
Congratulation to Caleb Eason for his effective illustration of the Chaos Walking trilogy, by Patrick Ness, Winner of Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008. — Shortlisted for Carnegie Medal 2009. — Shortlisted for Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2008. The background has been made by writing words in mirror on the back of the paper. Quite smart!
Well Done Keltan Voyce for the graphic novel style of the poster of the first book in the popular series Bone!
Come to the library to get your prize: A book voucher 😉
And thanks to all students who participated. Your poster will soon decorate the library windows and give ideas of good books to read to everyone.
Because peer recommendations is one of the best way to encourage reading, the library is organising a poster competition again this year. Favourite book posters will be displayed in the library to help you find your next read.
Posters must include:
- The title of the book
- The author name
- Genres and/or keywords
- Who the book is recommended to (Boys, Girls or both, Age…)
- An illustration (could be a photocopy of the book cover)
- Your name and whanau
Bring back your creation to the library by the 28st August.
All eligible posters will earn points for your house… and a lolly!
The authors of the 3 nicest posters will win a book voucher.
It’s a house competition so get in there!
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 😉