Favourite Book Festival!


Starting next week… There will be:

♥ Scholastic Book Fair
♥ Book exchange
♥ Book Bingo
♥ Favourite book poster competition and whanau quiz

Click on the image to view the programme details!


Book your Holiday Reading Pack!


How about you give a kick to your reading habits during the holidays?

Register below for a Reading Holiday Pack by Wednesday 2nd July.

The librarian will selects 10 books specially for you, to extend your reading level while nurturing your pleasure for reading and deliver them to you in class on the last day of the term.



Dystopian fiction


Hunger_Games_+_DivergentIn the wake of the Hunger Games and Divergent series, here are some books suggestions, all in the Dystopian genre. Dystopian fiction is part of Science Fiction but is not necessarily set in the future nor does it include lots of technology. Instead it imagines a different society organisation or a political system, then explores how people live in it. These books often revolve around apocalypse or post-apocalypse, survival, social control, rebellion, special gifts and identity with a pinch of romance.

Classic dystopian books include 1984, by George Orwell (ORW)*, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (HUX) and We by Evgeniæi Ivanovich Zamiatin (ZAM).

The popularity of the Uglies Series, by Scott Westerfeld (WES) in 2005 revived the genre which is now pouring with best selling series:

  • Juno series, by Fleur Beale (BEA) NZ authorMaze_+_Uglies
  • Matched series, by Allie Conde (CON)
  • The Maze Runner, by James Dashner (DAS)
  • Tomorrow Girls, by Eva Gray (GRA)
  • Wool Series, by Hugh Howey (HOW)
  • Legend novels, by Marie LU (LU)
  • The Declaration series, by Gemma Malley (MAL)
  • Chaos Walking series, by Patrick Ness (NES)

And also some stand alone novels:Blood_Red_Road_+_Only_Boy

  • Genesis, by Bernard Beckett (BEC) NZ author
  • Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow (DOC)
  • The Only Boy, by Jordan Locke (LOC)
  • The Giver, by Lois Lowry (LOW)
  • Unidentified, by Rae Mariz (MAR)
  • Only Ever Always, by Renny Russon (RUS)
  • Blood Red Road, by Moira Young (YOU)

Most of these books are on high demand so ask the librarian to reserve them.

* letters in brackets indicate where you can find the book in the library.

Vote for your NZ Post book finalist favourite


NZ Post book award finalists have been announced. Have you read and really liked one of them?

Then click on the image to vote for it by Monday 26th May 2014 5pm !

Award finalistsYou can also use a voting card, available at the library.


Gavin Bishop visit


This morning, Gavin Bishop came to our college and talked to a captivated audience of Year 7 and 8 students.

GavinBishop4To Year 7 students, he talked about illustrations and all the steps between the idea of a book and its publication. To Year 8 students he talked about his favourite book Piano Rock and his book in preparation Teddy One Eye, the life seen through the eyes of his own Teddy, which he showed us.

He answered many questions and we thank him very much for his visit. We also thank the New Zealand Book Council for organizing it as part of their Writers in Schools programme.

If you want to know more about his books or if you want to write to him, here is his website http://www.gavinbishop.com.

Holiday reading packs


Following the SHRIMP programme  created by Pam Garry, Librarian at John Mc Glashan College and Slanza award recipient, MACLIC presents the MAC Holiday Reading Pack.

Holiday packEach pack will contain:

  • 10 books chosen by the librarian based on the student’s reading history and information provided in the form below,
  • The list of  books read by the student in the past year to share with parents and prompt discussions,
  •  and a surprise!

The pack will be delivered in class on the last day of the term. The bag must be returned with the books in the first week of term 2.

SORRY, TOO LATE TO ENROL NOW but the service will be re-offered before next holidays.

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!


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