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.



New Senior Science Books

We’ve purchased several new science books to support the Level 2 and 3 Science curriculum as well as Scholarship. So we now have most books on the list from this Biology Scholarship link.

Bio Scholar 2016

Other new books include:

Dewey Title  Author
500 What if? Munroe, Randall
551 Active Earth Claybourne, Anna
551 Central Rocks: A guide to the geology and landscapes of Central Otago Lee, Daphne;Forsyth, Jane
551 Extreme Earth Claybourne, Anna
551 New Zealand minerals and rocks for beginners Forsyth, P. J
551 The changing landscape Dixon, Dougal
551.5 Mini-climates: Examining our Environment
551.6 Atmosphere of hope : searching for solutions to the climate crisis Flannery, Tim F
551.6 Towards a warmer world : what climate change will mean for New Zealand’s future Meduna, Veronika
552 Rock and mineral Farndon, John
574.92 Endangered oceans : investigating oceans in crisis Rake, Jody Sullivan
575 Evolution : the human story Roberts, Alice M
575 Evolution : the whole story Parker, Steve
577.6 Polluted inheritance : New Zealand’s freshwater crisis Joy, Mike 1959
580 Plant Life De la Bedoyere, Camilla
591 R The Living world of animals World Wildlife Fund
598 Birdlife of Mount Aspiring National Park Child, Peter
598.2P Grebes of Wanaka Macleod, Heather
610 Human Body Woodward, John
612 How your body works Canavan, Thomas 1956-
612.3 Gut : the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ Enders, Giulia
616.8 Freaks, geeks and Asperger syndrome : a user guide to adolescence Jackson, Luke 1988-
616.8 Born on a blue day : a memoir of Asperger’s and an extraordinary mind Tammet, Daniel 1979-

Keep sending good books recommendations!

The library helps with your studies

Knowledge books for your learning

In the knowledge section of the library, you can find all books needed to cover the curriculum. Understand something in maths? Want a wider perspective in art, economics or science? Deepen your knowledge in literature, history or biology? Check the library catalogue, on the right of the blog page or directly here . And if you do not find what you want, please ask the librarian.

Revision guides

Besides, there is a collection of revision guides in all subjects, level 1, 2 and 3 available to use in the library only – NOT FOR LOAN – so that everyone can have access to them. 

Study skills

Do you want to improve your study skills? Check the 153 section.  

You can come to study in the library every week day until 4 or ask the librarian for other times.

Enjoy learning! Enjoy your library!

High-interest Easy-to-read Books for Boys Year 9 / Year 10

So you do not like to read yet? Surely there are good books you will enjoy in the library.

How to find a book for you with the library catalogue:

What are YOU interested in? Hunting? Skateboarding? Dating? Humorous or Scary? Extreme? Type one word in the library catalogue. Or try to type the words “reluctant” or “easy”.

Scroll the list of results to find a book that you may like, open the record details and read the Subjects, Notes and keywords to decide if you will like it. 

How to find a book for you in the shelves:

Find narrow books, or book published by Barrington Stoke.

Look for large fonts and short chapters.

Read the blurb on the back of the book. Open the book. Read one paragraph. If there are more than two words you do not read or know, then find an easier book.

Browse the Graphic Novels and Breezy reads (picture books area).

Or pick a book from the lists below or ask your librarian 🙂

When you have chosen, always record your book at the issue desk.

Good Books

Title Author Description Location
A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E. Malorie Blackman Elliot’s Mum is arrested for breaking into a giant pharmaceutical company… BLA
The Last Boy June Colbert When Ben emerges from his hiding place, he is the last person on Earth… COL
The wish list Eoin Colfer Meg dies perfectly balanced between good and evil… Can she save her soul? COL
Fifteen Love Robert Corbet Told from two perspectives, about daily life and a burgeoning relationship COR
Shelf Life Robert Corbet Short stories of people in charge of different supermarket aisles COR
A Good Keen Man Barry Crump NZ yarn CRU
Bruises: Boys don’t cry Archie Fusillo Hard hitting novel dealing with teen culture in schools FUS
Touch Me James Moloney Boy/girl relationship MOL
Trash Andy Mulligan Kids survive on a dump, until they find a purse… MUL
Holes Louis Sachar Stanley Yelnats is sent to a detention centre for a crime he did not commit… SAC
Milkweek Jerry Spinelli Street children innocently surviving the Holocaust. Poignant! SPI
To Die For Mark Svendsen A thrilling fishing story SVE
The Underdog Marcus Zusak ‘Boys are like dogs – ready to bite, bark, and beg to be given a chance to show their value.’ (Back cover) ZUC

Good Authors

Title Author Description Location
2Much4u, Boyznbikes Vince Ford Funny, real life stories FOR
Boy Overboard, Once… Morris Gleitzman Great easy to read war stories GLE
Burnt, Groosham Grange… Horowitz Quick reads – Horror, creepy stories HOR
Uncanny (and others) Paul Jennings Humour JEN
Hatchet, and sequels: the Return, the River… Gary Paulsen Brian, stranded alone in a crash in the wilderness, survives with just a hatchet… PAU
Rani & Sukh, Dream on Bali Rai Real life stories, of street kids, family, soccer… RAI

Good Series

Series Author Description Location
Cherub Robert Muchamore  Kids are trained to spy and survive in dangerous missions MUC
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins TV reality game, to death… COL
HIVE Higher Institute of Villainous Education Mark Walden Full of baddies, action and lashing of humour WAL
Animorphs K. A. Applegate Friends are given the power to morph… APP
My Story             Examples:
Blitz (CRO)
The Mine’s Afire (BAT)
Sitting on the Fence (NAG)
Various authors Based on true stories, a young person writes a diary of the time or event…  
Saga of Darren Shan Darren Shan Plenty of horror and macabre… SHA
World of Adventure Gary Paulsen Action-packed, danger, excitement in those Breezy reads PAU/B
Alex Rider Anthony Horowitz Perfect spy and action hero chasing all criminals and surviving the worst situations HOR
Tomorrow series John Marsden When Australian teenagers see the war coming… MAR

Good Knowledge books

Theme Examples Location
Personal Life issues Chicken soup for the teenage soul
A child called It
Relationship issues The courage to be strong 302.5
War stories The secret agent and other spy kids
War torn
Sport stories Legs on Everest 796.52
Hunting stories Deer were their lives 799.2
Biographies : real person’s lives Willie Apiata, the reluctant hero 92 API
History stories True stories of D-Day 940.54

Maori Language week !

04 July – 10 July 2011

  • Participate in the whanau Quiz, to add points to your house
  • Maori display in the library, with fantastic authentic items thanks to MAC maori teacher, with free leaflets
  • Maori signage throughout the school
Lots of books in the library :
– Maori authors : Gavin Bishop BIS /P, Alan Duff  DUF, Patricia Grace GRA, Keri Hulme HUL, Witi Ihimaera  IHI, Kelly Ana Morey MOR, Apirana Taylor TAY
– Maori culture 306
– Maori myths 398.2 (also in Picture books area, with lots of new bi-lingual books)
– In history of New Zealand 993.1
– and many more, check the library catalogue.
And many resources on Maori language week website.

Te reo Give it a go!

Kara whiua!

Bibliography = Sources = Reference List

When you write an assignment, you use information from different sources. It is important that you acknowledge their authors and publishers, in listing them.

There are several standards for writing them. You can use footnotes or place the list at the conclusion of your assignment (Bibliography). There, you can list all of your sources in the order of appearance in the paper or in alphabetical order. Which ever you choose, keep the format consistent.

For a book:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title in Italic. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.
Example: Gleitzman, Morris. Boy Overboard. Camberwell: Penguin, 2002.

For an article:

Author Last Name, First name. “Title of Article”. Magazine Name in Italic. Date of publication. Pages.
Example: Nachtwey, James. “Mandela’s Children”. National Geographic. June 2010. p80-109.

For a webpage:

Author’s name, Title.  database name in Italic (if from a database), Date you accessed it, <url of the page>
Example: Eileen McSaveney. Historic earthquakes: Liquefaction demonstrated, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 15/06/2011,

You can use BibMe a fast and easy bibliography maker or EasyBib, same tool, less graphic but more popular…

See also the Information Literacy Tutorial here

New VERY interesting Reference book

Do you want to know everything without spending too much time to read?

Check this new book from the Reference shelve (spine 030.2 /R) and its clever visual way of presenting facts and stats.


Earth: from space to water cycles, weather, natural disasters, record breakers…

Wealth of Nations (c) p. 140-141

People: from population to diets, beliefs, celebrations, school days…

Power: countries, political systems, human rights, business, crime and punishments…

Industries: world market, land use, energies, minerals, robots, shopping…

Connections: tourism and internet, media and satellites…

And for each chapter, a fascinating “World in one day” page.

Reference Books

Visit the Reference area in Maclic along the wall on the right when you enter the library. Reference books are sources of information or facts: Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, atlases or books that gather all the knowledge on one subject. They contain an index to help you find quickly what you need.

Books are organised on the shelves along the DEWEY classification, like the knowledge area.

Generalities (0) start on the top right, with general encyclopaedias and World books, Guinness books of records.

Below are stored Social Science (3) books, with in particular a beautiful “Book of the People of the world” and Yearbooks which provide for a comprehensive statistical picture of life in New Zealand.

 Then are Dictionaries and thesaurus (4), which are great to find synonyms and keywords.

 Then are the Science (5) reference books, with a new set of scientific discoveries books, several science encyclopaedias, including one of the Animal world.

Under Science are Technology (6) books, that include Health and body Encyclopedias, followed by Arts (7) and sports guides.

At the bottom are literature (8) guides and the very useful Biography (92) books which trace the lives and achievements of famous people.

On the left shelf are the History (9) encyclopedias and Chronicles books which detail events and happenings year after year. Last are atlases to learn about places and geography.

They cannot be borrowed from the library, because:
– you generally only need them briefly in search of a particular piece of information (you can photocopy)
– they need to be always available for other library users.
– they are often very expensive, too large and fragile to travel in school bags.

The reference section is where to start a research and where to browse and gather nectar.

Here is help to find information from references online.