Favourite books 2016

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.

Title

Author

3 Keywords

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

Posters winners!

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.

Winning Book Poster, by Ruby Burke

Well done to runner-up Noah Regan-Roach and third best Maggie Dougherty.

You all won book vouchers!

Library Festival 2016

22nd August to 5th September

Book exchange
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.

Poster competition
• 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

 Whanau quiz
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

Book Club favourite book!

9780008140878Demon Road

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!

 

 

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!

Quick find for books

Awesome book return box

Awesome book return boxAwesome book hovermark

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.

 

GrababookGrababook!

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.

And the winning posters are…

First!

Evie_Simonsohn

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!..

Second !

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!

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Third !

Well Done Keltan Voyce for the graphic novel style of the poster of the first book in the popular series Bone!

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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.

Favourite book poster competition

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.

Design a poster promoting your favourite book or books on your own paper or on a template from the library or here: Favourite Book poster or Favourite Books poster.

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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!

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 😉

Favourite books in 2015

New books Term 2 2015The library has stocked a large number of new books from award-winning to best-sellers and most popular on Goodreads and LibraryThing and it is a good idea to reserve one of these if you want to read them as they are usually out. Yet the most popular in 2015 are not new.

Top Twenty

  • Paul Jenning‘s “Uncanny” and “Don’t look now” are both in the top 20 as they are great humorous stories.
  • The Last Thirteen series is next. It is a fast-paced thriller with short chapters.
  • Popular as ever Jacqueline Wilson‘s books in particular “Lily alone” and “Queenie”
  • 5 books of the Robert Muchamore Cherub series are in the top twenty. There are 46 books by this author in the library and usually very few on the shelves… Ask the librarian to reserve the book you need.
  • Night Vision is 5th and has a long reserve list.  So if you are having one of the 3 copies, please read it fast and return it promptly!
  • Tom Gates has rocketed up the list, now in 6th Position. It’s funny, it’s easy, go for it!
  • Bear Grylls adventures (with real survival details!) are riding up.
  • Brilliant, the 3rd in Rachel Vail series, great for girls year 9 – 10 as other books by Sarah Dessen, Ann Brashares or Louise Rennison.
  • Where she went, by Gayle Forman is successful in the wake of the film as other books (and films) by John Green (The Fault in our Stars) or Lauren Oliver (Panic).
  • And twentieth on our most popular list this year is War Horse by hugely popular author Michael Morpurgo, one of the many novels about World War One.