Thursday, 29 September 2016

Magyk by Angie Sage (general fiction)

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Cover art for Magyk by Mark Zug

Fans of Harry Potter might enjoy this fun, fast-paced fantasy series. 

Septimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son, and he is stolen the night he is born. He is pronounced dead by the midwife who steals him, and his parents are left bereft.  However, on that same night, Septimus' dad, Silas, finds a new born girl in the forest. He brings her home and the family raise her as their own.  But who is she and why was she abandoned?  As the years go by, it starts to become clear that the little girl may have important heritage.  

When the power hungry forces in the kingdom start to show interest in the Heap family there begins a rollicking chase as the family try and protect themselves. 

"The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart." Good Reads

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

When We Wake by Karen Healey (senior fiction)

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Love the basic premise of this book... teenage girl, Tegan, is killed (in 2027) and is cryogenically frozen as part of an experiment. She awakes 100 years later, not knowing what happened to her and mourning the friends and family she has left behind in the past. 

She persuades her 'captors' to allow her out of the facility she is being kept in and she discovers that the world is on the brink of environmental disaster. She has to decide whether she is going to quietly live out her second chance at life or fight for a better future for the world, in memory of those she loved in the past.

This is a great story, set in a world not so far removed from what we know. Great food for thought, but more importantly an entertaining read. 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (senior fiction)

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Cover photograph courtesy of Yefim Tovbis

This book LOOKS amazing, FEELS amazing and IS amazing. 

The cover design just says "read me" and when you pick the book up it has a satisfying heaviness to it that is undeniable. 

The story has been inspired by some frankly freaky old photos and is set on a strange little island off the coast of Wales.

Jacob visits the island after the traumatic death of his grandfather, with whom he was extremely close.  Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather's stories of the children he grew up with - all of whom seemed to have some extremely odd characteristics.  As Jacob grew older he stopped believing the stories were true, but when he arrives at the island he starts to wonder whether his grandfather was telling the truth all along. 

This is a real spine-chiller, not least because of the odd photos scattered throughout!

I can't wait to see the movie. 

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen (senior fiction)

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Jacket Art by Larry Rostant

Nic is a slave in the mines outside of ancient Rome. When he is forced by the evil Radulf to enter a sealed cave, allegedly containing Julius Caesar's lost treasures of Julius Caesar,

 he finds much more than gold. He also discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to Caesar. It is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods, a magic some Romans would kill for.

Nic starts to realise that the bulla is giving him power, and he finds himself mixed up with some of the most powerful people in Rome. 

I was not really expecting to enjoy this book - but it was a real page-turner, and fans of Percy Jackson might also love this.  

It is the first in a trilogy and here is the link to an amazing book trailer...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (senior fiction)

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This is a neat collaboration between Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha can Leer, who came up with the idea. 

Delilah hates school, but she loves books.  Her favourite is a child's fairy tale, which she keeps a secret as she is afraid that the cool kids will mock her love of a 'kids' book.'

But Delilah loves the book because the fairy tale is much more than the words on the page.  
She is the only person who can see that the characters in the story are actually actors, who come to life to tell the story while it is being read, but who have their own lives when the book is closed. 

This is a great read for lovers of fairy tale magic... 

One by Sarah Crossan (High School)


This is a stunning read, written in poetic prose. It tells the story of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi, who, at the age of 16, have to go to school for the first time. 

It sure is an eye-opener into the lives of a conjoined pair... it throws up so many questions.

The book deals with the inevitable question of separation, and the story takes many unexpected twists and turns. 

It is in our High School section as there is a little too much bad language, as well as drinking and smoking.  However, I felt that it was worth holding in the library to be available to some of our readers who would appreciate it.  It would also make a great readaloud, with plenty of room for discussion!!!!

The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer

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The Land of Stories is currently a four book series which tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. 

Alex is the 'good' twin - hard-working, but not that popular.  Conner is kind-hearted, but not a fan of school.
Through the mysterious powers of their grandmohter's favourite book of stories, they enter a strange land full of wonder and magic where they meet the fairy tale characters of their early years. 

The problem, however, is how are they going to get home again?

This is already hugely popular in the library, with children demanding to read the next in the series!