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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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!

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 😉

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.

Lots of new books!

Lots of new books have arrived on the shelves!

New Award Winning Books
New Award Winning Books
  • Jacqueline Wilson classics and recent books
  • Action / Thriller series: Beast Quest, by Adam Blade; Vampirates by Justin Somper; Special Agents, by Sam Hutton, Malichea by Jim Eldridge…
  • Dystopian fiction (like the Hunger Games): The last Thirteen, by James Phelan; Gone series, by Michael Grant; Blood Red Road, by Moira Young; Divergent series, by Veronica Roth; Wool trilogy, by Hugh Howey…

And romance, mystery, adventure, humorous books, award winners (featured), graphic novels…

So many books, so read faster!

Bob presents lots of great books

Bob

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.