Book your Holiday Reading Pack

15/09/2014

Spring_holiday_reading_packSki season is nearly finished, the swimming pool is closed for repairs, it’s too cold for lake activities… so what do you do during the holidays? 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
  • 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.

 


What to read next?

12/09/2014

So you really like a series or a book? Travel the literature map to find similar authors.

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Click here and enter your favourite author’s name…

The results spring like this and you can click on an author to seek further…

GNOD also offers to explore the world of Music, Art and Movies. Gnod is an artificial intelligence self-learning system that will lead you to find things you don’t even know they exist… Great to explore!


Top Tens

09/09/2014

I recently found a good list of Top Ten Books for teens on The Guardian website. Written by famous authors of the genres, they give a good overview. The library has many of the books listed and can get them on demand.

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MACLIC Top Ten in 2014 are:

  • The Recruit by Robert Muchamore,
  • The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins,
  • Geek girl by Holly Smale
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Maximum security by Robert Muchamore,
  • Then by Morris Gleitzman,
  • Lily alone by Jacqueline Wilson,
  • Best friends by Jacqueline Wilson,
  • Catching fire by Suzanne Collins,
  • Running wild by Michael Morpurgo.

New hit series

04/09/2014

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.


Favourite Book Festival competitions results!

27/08/2014

Winning Posters:

Congratulation and well done everyone for your participation! The library is now nicely decorated with all your favourite books recommendations.

Library House Competition Winners*:

House Competition podium

1st tie: Roy and Barker!

2nd: Pisa

3rd: Iron

*Whanau quizzes and posters earned points.


Favourite Book Poster

12/08/2014

Create a poster to recommend your favourite book to your peers and win!

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  • Points for your House in the 2014 Library House competition
  • The 3 best posters authors will win a book

How to participate

  • Create a poster promoting your favourite book  that includes : Title, author, illustration, genre/s, age and gender recommendations  + your name and whanau at the back. Use the template on the right if you wish or design your own, showing all the required information.
  • Return to the library by Monday 18th August 4pm

 

 


Book Exchange

08/08/2014

After the book fair where you can only buy with money, here is the book exchange where you can get (near) new books without money.

Sort your books at home and choose the ones you no longer want. They need to be in good condition and please check with your parents.

Bring them to the library this week to get your tokens (about one token per hundred pages). You can choose Tokensto get your book back after the event, if it didn’t go.

The books (showing  a token “price”) will be set up in the library from the 11th August. You can then come and spend your tokens on books.


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