Monday, 21 November 2016

Grimsdon by Deborah Abela (general fiction)

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"Grimsdon is in ruins. Three years ago a massive wave broke its barriers and the sea flooded this grand city. Most were saved, some were lost – and some were left behind.

Isabella Charm and her best friend, Griffin, live with three other children in the top of an opulent mansion. They've survived with the help of Griffin's brilliant inventions, Isabella's fighting skills and their vow to look after each other.

But what will happen when a newcomer arrives in his flying machine? Grimsdon is full of hidden perils, from bounty hunters to sneaker waves. Could Xavier's daredevil risks put all their lives in danger?"

This has a bit of a dystopian for younger readers kind of feel.  If you like stories of adventure and survival then this might be one for you. 

And here is the link to a book trailer...

And a link to the author talking about the book...

If you love this book, then there is a sequel... New City...

Saturday, 12 November 2016

High Tide by Anna MacKenzie (senior fiction)

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I was fortunate enough to meet Anna MacKenzie recently, and was embarrassed that I hadn't read any of her books.  So I made it my job to get going.  I started with High Tide and I loved it so much I read it in one day... which is pretty unheard of for this slow reader!

Sam and six of her class mates embark on a week-long bush adventure with one of their favourite teachers. The aim is to find out more about each other and themselves.  But when disaster strikes, they have to find out more about themselves than they had originally intended.

A tense read, which keeps you turning the pages...

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Teddy One-Eye by Gavin Bishop (general fiction)

Teddy One-Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear

What starts off as a simple autobiography of a teddy bear, with all the expected sorts of twists and turns (chewed eyes, broken arms, being lost) turns into quite a poignant and heart-warming story of love and loss and growing up.

You are taken on a real journey through New Zealand history, seen through the eyes of a much-loved special friend. 

It won't be a book for all, as it is quite slow-paced and meandering.  But it will appeal to those who had a special toy growing up as they will definitely be able to relate to many of Teddy One-Eye's adventures!

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan (senior fiction)

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At this stage you will only find this book on our e-platform.
Sarah Crossan is an awesome writer and many of her books are written in poetic prose - making every word mean something.
Polish immigrants, Kasienka and her mother, arrive in England to look for Kasienka’s father, who has disappeared. They are lonely and desperate in their new environment.
Kasienka is bullied at school and her only outlet is swimming. Slowly she begins to find her feet in this strange land… but her mother is finding it much harder.
This is an amazing coming-of-age story which would appeal to many of our older girls.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen (senior fiction)

A Night Divided

This is an amazing insight into the events surrounding the way in which the Berlin Wall was put up in 1961.  It quite literally went up over night. 

Gerta's dad and younger brother had gone to the west of the city that night to look at the possibility of moving. The wall goes up and the family is split. 

Gerta and her older brother decide to start tunneling under the wall in order to get to the west. 

Jennifer Nielsen really builds the tension as the story progresses.  It is not always fast moving, but it is fascinating, especially as they get closer and closer to their destination.

Highly recommended to those who love historical fiction. 

Friday, 14 October 2016

The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr (senior fiction)

The Winter Horses

This would be an amazing read for fans of Stacy Gregg, or for those who love stories set during World War 2. 

Kalinka is a Ukrainian Jewish girl who is on the run from the Nazis after they killed her family. She goes into hiding and forms a strong relationship with the wild Przewalski's horses. When the Nazis decide that the Przewalski's are an inferior breed they decide to eradicate them.  Two escape and Kalinka goes on the run with them, and a dog given to her by an old man called Max who befriends her.

This is an inspiring tale of the endurance of the human spirit. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Max Helsing : Monster Hunter by Curtis Jobling (general fiction)

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Max has an unusual family history... his family have all been monster hunters. He is in training to become one himself, and he knows the difference between a ghoul and a ghost. 

But since he turned 13, all the monsters have been hunting HIM - even the ones he has developed friendly relationships with.  He finds out that he has been cursed by an evil warlock with even more evil plans. 

This is definitely a great read for those who enjoy Percy Jackson or Skulduggery Pleasant, and for those with a sense of humour!