Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Uprooted

By: Naomi Novik
Location: FIC NOV
Genre: Fantasy


"Enchanting in every sense" Robin Hobb



“If you don't want a man dead, don't bludgeon him over the head repeatedly.” 
― Naomi NovikUprooted


This fantasy is one part Polish folk tale, one part coming-of-age magical fantasy, and one part horror. The main character is Agnieszka, a 17 year old village girl who is chosen by the local wizard, called the Dragon, to be his servant for ten years, the latest in a long string of local girls who each serve the wizard for a decade, emerging at the end somehow changed. Agnieszka turns out to be both more and less than the Dragon expected, with powerful but rather uncontrolled magic of a nature that no one alive has ever seen before, and they both become deeply embroiled in the Dragon's ongoing battle against the Wood. 
Everyone fears the Wood. It encroaches on the valley further each year, or tries to. Those who go into it never are seen again, or worse, they emerge corrupted, evil and murderous. Sometimes it sends out wolves whose bites will kill or corrupt, or huge walking stick monsters that kidnap villagers and take them into the Wood.
Uprooted is beautifully written, with an unusual setting and a great set of characters, realistic and flawed but admirable. There's a wonderful, touching, layered relationship between Nieszka and her friend, Kasia. It explores good and evil, love for friends, family and nation, and other complex themes in a nuanced way. One of my favorite fantasy reads this year.

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Signs Preceding the End of the World

By: Yuri Herrera
Location: FIC HER
Genre: Mexican Border Crosser- Real life- tough stuff.

So Trump wants to build a wall. Yesterday I saw a doco about the Warsaw ghetto and its wall. The wall seemed innocent at first- 100,000 died within that ghetto and those that lived got a train ride to the death camps- 400,000 of them. Innocent walls that separate, condemn and control. This story is set on on the Mexican/USA border- before a wall.


Makina is a young woman from a “Little Town” in Mexico. Although poor and inevitably associated with the criminals who dominate the town, she uses her language-skills and intellect to secure a job at the local telephone switch-board  and, thus, a position of some respect. Her mother suddenly instructs her to cross undercover into America to locate their son and brother, who has migrated and since disappeared. Soliciting the help of the local “top dogs” for the crossing, Makina is given a mysterious package to deliver once she arrives, by way of returning a favour. Her encounters with these criminals – and with their operatives on the other side – define her character wonderfully: sharp as a tack and brave to boot, she holds her own with these dangerous men. Makina makes for one of the most compelling and appealing female characters I have recently read in any kind of literature. She's not simply a 'ballsy' woman in a man's world: knowing she can't out-man the machos, she relies on her wit and discretion to get around them.  The novel has a wily strength that will hopefully see it across the borders of our own prejudice and to a place in our conscience. -Ben Paynter


"This was so, so good. The text is so spare and precise but also so deep and impactful. It's only a few pages in, when you've met the protagonist, a switch-board operator named Makina, and you see that she is smart and powerful and cool as hell, and you don't know what her journey is about exactly, but you know that your heart is already tied to hers.
It's the story of a journey from Mexico to the States, but it's also a journey through the underworld. The chapters are short but the characters she meets and the moments she experiences are indelible. It's epic, mythological in scope. I gasped at the ending, I couldn't believe where the story ended up. This is easily going to be one of my favorite books of the year. I love Makina and I love this book."- Kevin Fanning

"We are to blame for this destruction, we who don’t speak your tongue and don’t know how to keep quiet either. We who didn’t come by boat, who dirty up your doorsteps with our dust, who break your barbed wire. We who came to take your jobs, who dream of wiping your shit, who long to work all hours. We who fill your shiny clean streets with the smell of food, who brought you violence you’d never known, who deliver your dope, who deserve to be chained by neck and feet. We who are happy to die for you, what else could we do? We, the ones who are waiting for who knows what. We, the dark, the short, the greasy, the shifty, the fat, the anemic. We the barbarians."

Girl at War

By: Sara Novic
Location: FIC NOV
Genre: War

“...I knew in the end the guilt of one side did not prove the innocence of the other.”

Will we ever learn- will we!!!
This book is set in Zagreb, genocide, child soldiers, brutality in the 1990's. We thought we may have learnt something then- but we haven't. We now have Syria...

This past weekend 700 refugees died escaping the horrors of war hoping to find a life that would offer them hope and peace. The Guardian tell us how it unfolded...

 "More than 700 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the deadliest seven days for Europe-bound asylum seekers in more than a year.
The casualties happened in three separate incidents on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after more than 13,000 people set sail from Libya for Italy in an eight-day period.
The full details of the disasters emerged slowly because of the chaotic nature of the situation. The UN refugee agency said it was now certain that this was the highest weekly death toll since April 2015, when more than 1,300 died in two separate incidents off Libya.
 UNHCR spokeswoman Carlotta Sami told the Guardian. “We can say that most probably there were more than 700 dead.”
Rescue teams on Sunday described the shocking scenes that confronted them as they responded to the shipwrecks.
“It was pretty gruesome,” said Giorgia Linardi.
“There were already many dead bodies floating in the sea. Some of them were between life and death because they weren’t reacting, but still breathing.
“Whether they made it, we don’t know.”
Many of the bodies were clearly motionless, she said by phone from the middle of the Mediterranean. “We found a little kid of a few months. Most of them were young people – we found a [dead] couple hugging each other.”
As for this book- that reminds us in fiction form about the horrors and scars of real war
Zagreb, summer of 1991. Ten-year-old Ana Jurić is a carefree tomboy who runs the streets of Croatia's capital with her best friend, Luka, takes care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But as civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, soccer games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire and air raid drills. When tragedy suddenly strikes, Ana is lost to a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers; a daring escape plan to America becomes her only chance for survival.

Ten years later Ana is a college student in New York. She's been hiding her past from her boyfriend, her friends, and most especially herself. Haunted by the events that forever changed her family, she returns alone to Croatia, where she must rediscover the place that was once her home and search for the ghosts of those she's lost.
“Their musings about how and why people stayed in a country under such terrible conditions were what I hated most. I knew it was ignorance, not insight that prompted these questions. they asked because they hadn't smelled the air raid smoke or the scent of singed flesh on their own balconies; they couldn't fathom that such a dangerous place could still harbor all the feelings of home.” 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Radio Silence



By: Alice OsemanLocation: FIC OSEGenre: Young adult, lgbtqia, fandom



This is the highest rated Goodreads.com book I have ever reviewed- 4.58 starts with 388 ratings!

Here are a few of the comments about it....

"I think Radio Silence is an important read for teenagers about to decide what to do after school. It carries some really important messages about education and the pressure put on student to get into a great university and be academically gifted. Radio Silence shows that there are other choices, it shows that you can be successful without that degree, it shows that creativity is also important. At the core of this book, the message is that you do what makes you happy and I think that is a really great message. It is also an incredibly realistic book that you know is written by one of our own generation, and Alice Oseman doesn't belittle the topic and the stress and emotional and mental strain that academia puts on teenagers these days." 

"Radio Silence is a story about a person’s different personas created to fit society’s norms. More importantly, this is a story about being true to who you are. Of finding a safe place to express how you feel. Of finding an avenue for your voice to be heard. It is also a story about family, friendship, and unconditional love."

"Seriously, this book had everything. The characters were so real, the situation so relatable and overall, I don't think a more perfect book exists. So many races and sexualities are represented in 'Radio Silence', so many personality types and career aptitudes...it was amazing. I mean, AMAZING. "

"The characters in this book are so genuine, so complex, so beautifully flawed. Their personalities were so brilliantly vivid...it's the type of book that once you're finished, you feel like the characters are real enough to call them up and talk to them about the most remarkable of things."

"This is a well-written, relatable and touching coming of age story. Frances is the studious, hard-working head girl of her sixth form. She has an array of top grades and is destined for a future in Cambridge University. Aled is the quiet, mysterious and intelligent boy across the road. Frances has no idea how her life will change when she discovers that Aled is the anonymous face behind her favourite ever Youtube podcast series. "


“I wonder sometimes whether you've exploded already, like a star, and what I'm seeing you is three million years into the past, and you're not here anyore. How can we be together here, now, when you are so far away. When you are so far ago? I'm shouting so loudly, but you never turn around to see me. Perhaps it is I who have already exploded. Either way, we are going to bring beautiful things into the universe.” 

Armada

By: Ernest Cline
Location: FIC CLI
Genre: Sci Fi - Geek Culture- Gaming into reality?


Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline’s trademark pop-culture savvy.



It’s just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom—if he can make it that long without getting suspended again.

Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

At first, Zack thinks he’s going crazy.

A minute later, he’s sure of it. Because the UFO he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

But what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can’t help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little too… familiar?

“I’d spent my entire life overdosing on uncut escapism, willingly allowing fantasy to become my reality.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Alive

By: Scott Sigler
Location: FIC SIG
Genre: Mystery Thriller- SciFi in a dystopic world! Its got everything!
Series: -The Generations Trilogy #1

Alive is a mystery / thriller / survival novel that can be described as a fusion of DivergentThe Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner.


My  father-in-law has made his own coffin- it is sitting in the corner of his garage - all lined with his old jerseys... waiting...

For fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising comes a gripping sci-fi adventure in which a group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor with no knowledge of who they are or how they got trapped. Their only hope lies with an indomitable young woman who must lead them not only to answers but to survival. 

I open my eyes to darkness. Total darkness. I hear my own breathing, but nothing else. I lift my head . . . it thumps against something solid and unmoving. There is a board right in front of my face. No, not a board . . . a lid.”
 
A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief—she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust, but no people . . . and no answers.
 
She knows only one thing about herself—her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin—yet she finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her. Now, if they’re to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.
 
Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it. If she has to lead, she will make sure they survive. Maybe there’s a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come. Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.

“Don't base reality on what you have seen when you have seen very little.” 

The Periphal

By: William Gibson
Location: FIC GIB
Genre: Sci Fi- Dystopic

Books with eyeballs on the cover- really- again- why? they creep me out! AND is this some kind of world where Trump is in charge of the USA and Cameron is in the UK not liking each other in our future worlds...

"Wild, richly satisfying, big-screen, pop corn chewing thrills. What a glorious ride"  Guardian

“Because people who couldn’t imagine themselves capable of evil were at a major disadvantage in dealing with people who didn’t need to imagine, because they already were.” 

Flynne Fisher lives in rural near-future America where jobs are scarce and veterans from the wars are finding it hard to recover. She scrapes a living doing some freelance online game-playing, participating in some pretty weird stuff. Wilf Netherton lives in London, seventy-some years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. Things though are good for the haves, and there aren't many have-nots left. 
Flynne and Wilf are about to meet one another. Her world will be altered utterly, and Wilf's, for all its decadence and power, will learn that some of these third-world types from the distant past can be real badass.


'Fast moving, accessible, instantly gripping, so laden with cliffhangers you become afraid he will run out of cliffs" SFX








Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Gates of Evangeline

By: Hester Young
Location: FIC YOU
Genre: Crime- Mystery- Thriller -Gothic


"Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was pretty spooky at times. There was actually a couple of times that I actually got chills. That's a great thing!"- Susan


Soon after the death of her young son, main character Charlie Cates starts having dreams of children coming to her for help. One such dream leads her to the swamps of Louisiana, where she gets entangled in a decades-old cold case of a missing child from a wealthy and powerful family.

This book is the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a touch of the paranormal. Charlie is a sympathetic character as a grieving mother determined to do right by her son and help others. My heart broke for her. The mystery was so intriguing – hard to put down, for sure. I will say that I was able to figure out some parts of this multi-layered mystery, but others were quite a surprise. Lots of dark & twisty goodness here. Maybe not everything that happened was plausible, but overall this book was a darn good read. - Book of Secrets

The Shadow Queen

By: C.J.Redwine
Location: FIC  RED
Genre: Fairy Story retell- Snow White
Series: Ravenspire#1


“You don't go into battle because you're sure of victory. You go into battle because it's the right thing to do."

"The Shadow Queen is a retelling of Snow White, except that Snow White is a magic-wielding gravity-defying ninja and the huntsman/Prince Charming is a fire-breathing dragon with a weak spot for frat parties"  Helen has this summed up pretty well I reckon!

Redwine weaves the story of Snow White into a fascinating fantasy. She fleshed out the land and created additional kingdoms, magic and DRAGONS! The world building was done well allowing me to understand and see the lands of Ravenspire and beyond. The story begins with Irina's marriage to the King and it was dark and delightful. 
Lorelai Diederich is the princess of Ravenspire and its rightful Queen. She has spent years hiding as a fugitive and watching Queen Irina destroy her beloved kingdom. The princess has lived in the woods and mountains of Ravenspire, along with her younger brother and a former guard who has pledged his loyalty to protecting the true Queen. Lorelai was strong, passionate, and developed into a kick-ass heroine as the story progressed. I loved that she shoved her pain aside and thought of the kingdom. 
In the Shadow Queen, there are no dwarfs, but Redwine does give us a huntsman and dragons. The neighboring kingdom is Eldr. After his parents and older sibling are attacked and killed by ogres, Prince Kol suddenly finds himself King of Eldr and need of magical assistance. Kol’s people are shifters and Redwine brilliantly fed us information about him and his kingdom. Kol did not have an easy time, and I admired his courage, internal struggles and growth. 
There is a romance in the Shadow Queen that developed from attraction and circumstance but was bound in trust. I love that Redwine did not wrap this up in a bow instead; she left the reader hopeful and smiling. 
Redwine knows how to weave a story from the romance to the intense action scenes and battles I found myself immersed within its pages. Nothing felt rushed and the darker aspects she brought to the story thrilled me. She stayed true to many aspects of this classic but placed her own stamp on it. I find myself anxious to return. - Kimberley Goodreads.com


Monday, May 23, 2016

My Cool Caravan


   

By: Jane Field Lewis, Chris Haddon and Hilary Walker
Location: NF 629.226FIE
Genre: Quirky Fun! Coverting muchly!

This book I bought because of my daughter Sarah, who always wanted a cute rustic or retro caravan to escape into the wonders of NZ.
This is her dream and this book will feed her wonderlust- an irresistible desire to travel using a caravan.
Not me- I am a campervan person- hate the idea of towing something, I love the idea of roaming, parking and being, not having to unhitch and reverse and yet these little beauties are kind of appealing...
The caravans featured in this book are stark, sweet and inspiring. Be forewarned; if you read this book, you'll covet these tiny mansions, and then, you'll likely fantasize about drastically downsizing and slipping away into a towable rustic or retro dwelling of your own.








Girl waits with Gun

By: Amy Stewart
Location: STE
Genre: Historical Crime Fiction

" I loved every page of this smart, romping, hilarious novel" ELIZABETH GILBERT

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten, true story of one of the US's first female deputy sheriffs.

"He looked up and said, in a loud, plain voice, “She’s not a regular lady.”

"Based on a true story, this fast paced book is about the Kopp sisters, mainly Constance Kopp, who becomes one of the USA's first female deputies. Constance and her two sisters were strong, witty and resourceful women living on their own in the countryside in 1914, and I quickly fell in love with the dynamic of their sisterhood. The trouble starts for them as they venture into town in their buggy and find themselves in an accident with an automobile full of less than desirable men. They soon pair up with the sheriff and try to put a stop to the thugs that continued to harass them after the accident. 

This was a fun read. The author did a great job bringing humor and lightness to situations that could have been written with a darker edge. There were a few times I was even laughing out loud! I will be looking forward to her next book with Constance Kopp and her sisters!"

"This is an intelligent, enjoyable, and fun read. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and wants a pleasurable read. If Stewart writes another Constance Kopp caper, I’m definitely reading it, even if it’s pure fiction. Stewart has proven to be a wonderful fiction writer."  Barbara -Goodreads.com

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Liquidator

By Andy Mulligan
Location: FIC MUL
Genre: Young Adult contemporary thriller with a few laughs and a crack at the addictive food industry!

"For those who wanna win!"

From the award-winning author of TRASH comes an action-packed thriller full of danger, hilarity and - above all - friendship.

LIQUIDATOR! The brand-new, delicious and wildly popular energy drink. "For those who wanna win!" The company that makes it is set to earn a fortune, with its global launch climaxing at an international rock concert that will SHAKE the planet. The only problem?An innocent child is dying. Meet Vicky and her class-mates - their work experience is about to spin totally out of control as they uncover a secret that could change the world. And put them all in mortal danger ...

Liquidator is an amazing new sports drink that people just can’t resist drinking. It’s more addictive than Coca Cola and Coffee, and billed as being good for you! When a couple of kids stumble over the truth they discover files that contain details of a very sick child in Africa called Jamie who was part of a trial for the drink in Kenya and his life is now in danger after consuming nearly 500 drinks.  As Vicki and Ben investigate this thee find themselves facing life and death situations, and not just for themselves.
Once the Liquidator company realises the files are in the possession of the young friends, they set the dogs on them, with a sinister black-clad pursuit team relentlessly chasing the group all over England.

Let's Get Lost

By: Adi Alsaid
Location: FIC ALS
Genre: Road trip - Youth Fiction

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.


What is it about road trips that changes who we are, what we think, how we react? Why do we do road trips to escape?  Yes it is escape but it is escape that has positive consequences. We are away from our scaffolding, from trusted places and circumstances, we are on an adventure of unknowns that grows us up and changes our world views, it gives us self confidence- we can- when others say we cannot. I think at heart we crave that- something to shudder our world, kick us of of our norm and plonk us into a new challenging and formational reality

Leila is a free spirited young woman on the ultimate road trip—she's headed from her home in Louisiana to see the Northern Lights, which she has always wanted to see. Driving her bright red car, moving from place to place, she comes upon several different people, each in a time of need or dealing with an emotional crisis. Acting as a cross between a fairy godmother and a partner in crime (sometimes literally), Leila tries to help each of them find a way to solve their problems, winding up in some interesting and occasionally zany situations.
They are Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia. Each of them faces a difficult situation. Leila tries to help these 'strangers' to find their right path again.

"Captivating, mysterious, fun and deep.... for readers of JOHN GREEN" - Fresh Fiction
"People hurt each other," Leila said without much inflection in her voice. "It happens to everyone. Intentionally, unintentionally, regretfully or not. It's part of what we do as people. The beauty is that we have the ability to heal and forgive."


Monday, May 16, 2016

In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World

By: Joey Graceffa
Location: 920 GRA
Genre:  YouTuber!

“You have the power and control to be whatever you want to be, no matter where you start in life.” 

Joey Graceffa currently has 5.2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel- that is more than the population of our nation!
Bullying, loneliness,learning disabilities divorced parents an alcoholic mum, an autistic brother, self doubt, sexuality- this book is a story that encapsulates them all- its Joey's story'
Because he has lived through theses issues in many ways he has a right to be a commentary to them- and he does, its honest, real, and inspiring but also gave advise to his readers as to what they should do, if they were to get caught in the same situations. 

In real life is a sad and uplifting, autobiography by youtube star, Joey Graceffa. The book is simply him telling his life story which will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired to turn your life around. He discusses the struggles he went through as a child. His parents were divorced, his mother was an alcoholic, and due to the consumption of paint shavings as a child, he developed a mental handicap. Which caused severe bullying. All this together makes one heck of a life story.- Shanno

The girl with the glass feet

By: Ali Shaw
Location: FIC SHA
Genre: Fairytale - magical realism

“I should take a photo.”
“No. Just remember it, and us in it.”
He swallowed.
She smiled. Here was rightness of place and time.”


 Erica from Goodreads reckons - The Girl with Glass Feet is a beautiful, achingly romantic tale, full of breathless wonder and untold promises. It captured my heart, and I became a part of the story, part of the enchantment. And I loved it, oh so dearly. This book is like a fairytale, a poetically beautiful fairytale. Yet it’s more reminiscent of the original fairytales, with the flow of the writing and the very detailed descriptions. Ali Shaw, though, is modern, so this fairytale has more of a modern feel, with more developed characters and more emotion. But he still manages to make it feel like an old, graceful captivating tale, and it swept me away with its magical allure. - 
An inventive and richly visual novel about young lovers on a quest to find a cure for a magical ailment, perfect for readers of Alice Hoffman
Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Unusual winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts, a mainlander who has visited the islands only once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure.
Midas Crook is a young loner who has lived on the islands his entire life. When he meets Ida, something about her sad, defiant spirit pierces his emotional defenses. As Midas helps Ida come to terms with her affliction, she gradually unpicks the knots of his heart. Love must be paid in precious hours and, as the glass encroaches, time is slipping away fast. Will they find a way to stave off the spread of the glass?
The Girl with Glass Feet is a dazzlingly imaginative and magical first novel, a love story to treasure.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wolf in White Van

By: John Darnielle
Location: FIC DAR
Genre: Heavy literature- Sci Fi- Bizarre fiction

"It’s the sort of book you read in three hours and then think about it for ten".- Kinga

Forever is a question you start asking when you look at the ceiling. It becomes a word you hear in the same way that people who associate sound with color might hear a flat sky-blue.

The book introduces Sean Philips, who at the age of 17 suffered a serious accident - one which has left him permanently disfigured,and turned him into a recluse who has retreated into the world of fantasy. But during his recovery Sean has invented a role-playing game which he called Trace Italian, which became his source of income. Trace Italian is an RPG which is played through snail mail, and where players journey through a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Each player picks a move from the list of options and sends it to Sean, who in turn develops the story for them and sends a letter back with new moves to choose. Everything is going fine until two high school students from Florida, Lance and Corinne, turn the game into real-life, and Sean is called to personally account for it.

Amazing. One of the best books of 2014. 207 mesmerizing pages that I read in 3 sittings. I have never read anything like this. Big ideas that don’t shout. At once gentle and brutal, Wolf in White Van tells a story about a teenager—a fantasy lover, a gamer, sort of a loner—who approaches the edge of inner darkness and keeps going.- Julia

Ruby Redfort - The series!

By: Lauren Child
Location: CHI- right beside Lees books!
Genre: Cherub for tweens or Nancy Drew if you are old!

Ruby Redfort is a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a 13-year-old girl. She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they're always ice-cool in a crisis.

What's not to like about a smart, wisecracking, codebreaking thirteen-year-old who sees herself as a spy? Well, there's not a lot readers won't enjoy about Ruby Redfort except maybe her clueless but well-meaning parents. Ruby has always been intelligent and observant, and as the prologue shows, she once watched as dognappers stole her neighbor's prize-winning Pekinese. After that incident, she started keeping notebooks about spying. In this title, the first of a promised series, Ruby is hired by an agency to crack a code left unfinished by a previous sleuth. She and her friend Clancy eventually find themselves in peril as a plot concerning a jade Buddha is revealed. The bad guys in the story are really bad, and Ruby is brave and determined to get to the root of things. This one was fun to read, and the inclusion of codes to crack adds to the delight. For those readers who are code-challenged, solutions are provided on a website.- Barbara


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Animal Hats

By: Rachel Henderson
Location: NF 746.43 HEN
Genre: Craftyness

 How are we going to celebrate winter! I know by getting a book that has 25 amazing animal hats for you to knit, crochet or make from fleece. This book teaches you how to knit, crochet and craft them, it is full of tips and ideas. So what hats can you make?

A Polar Bear hat- with ear flaps even.
An Owl Teabag hat
A Cow earflap hat
A Crab hat- this one is cute
A crocheted Cat Hat:)
A Fleece Frog hat- looks like Kermit
There is even some for the kids- A fleece fish hat!




Breakthrough

By: Jack Andraka
Location: NF 920 AND
Genre:  Memoir of a teenage world changer


Today we have visitors arriving from the States, they are coming to cuddle there granddaughter who was born here three weeks ago. They are bringing their daughter with them- she has cancer.
Many years back  I journeyed with a teacher who watched as his daughter fought cancer, the battle was furious and she lost. It was such a painful experience and so hard to know how best to journey with them.
Oh if we could stop the pain of cancer, if we could do something, anything to halt its destructive path.
Jack saw, he watched and he did!
In this book, teen innovator and scientist Jack Andraka tells the story behind his revolutionary discovery. When a dear family friend passed away from pancreatic cancer, Jack was inspired to create a better method of early detection. At the age of fifteen, he garnered international attention for his breakthrough: a four-cent strip of paper capable of detecting pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers four hundred times more effectively than the previous standard.

Jack's story is not just a story of dizzying international success; it is a story of overcoming depression and homophobic bullying and finding the resilience to persevere and come out. His account inspires young people, who he argues are the most innovative, to fight for the right to be taken seriously and to pursue our own dreams. Do-it-yourself science experiments are included in each chapter, making Breakthrough perfect for STEM curriculum. But above all, Jack's memoir empowers his generation with the knowledge that we can each change the world if we only have the courage to try.
 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Conspiracy of Us

By: Maggie Hall
Location: FIC HAL
Genre: YA version of The Da Vinci Code 


"A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance--perfect for fans of Kiera Cass and Ally Carter"


“Toska.” He leaned forward, too. “It’s a Russian word. It has no translation into any other language, but the closest I’ve heard is the ache. A longing. The sense that something is missing, and even if you’re not sure what it is, you ache for it. Down to your bones.”
― Maggie Hall, The Conspiracy of Us


Maggie Hall's debut novel The Conspiracy of Us is a pure adrenaline rush! Suspenseful and unpredictable from the very first page, I was always wondering what would happen next. With secret societies, conspiracy theories, and international locales, what's not to love about The Conspiracy of Us? I also loved the novel's admiration of the beautiful, ancient cities of Paris and Istanbul and their rich sense of history and culture. 

The Circle of Twelve can trace their origins back to the time of Alexander the Great. From world leaders to Hollywood celebrities, their members are some of the most powerful and wealthy in the world. But this secret society also has an ancient enemy—an organization simply called the Order. Violence between the Circle of Twelve and the Order has recently escalated, and Avery finds herself in the heart of all the trouble when she learns she's the key to a prophecy. 

Avery only came to Paris to learn more about the father and his family that she's never met, but suddenly, she must race against time to unravel a series of obscure clues that were left behind by a man who's always been a grandfather figure to her. But who can Avery trust? She's right to be suspicious and on her guard—Avery's life is in danger. Both the Circle and the Order would love to either see her dead or use her as a pawn. Amongst strangers in a foreign city, Avery only has Stellan and Jack to rely on, but they both work for the mysterious, shadowy Circle and have their own personal motivations in wanting to help her.
Liz- Goodreads.com

Anya's Ghost

By: Vera Brosgol
Location: GRA BRO
Genre: Graphic Novel- Ghost Story


* Juicy
* Spooky
* Hilarious
* Page Turning
* Darkly Humorous
 " Really sweet, really funny and really scary"

Anya is a teenage schoolgirl with all the usual insecurities about her weight, clothes, friends, etc. compounded by embarrassment over her Russian heritage. She makes an effort to lose her accent, avoid fatty Russian food, and even tells people her surname is Brown instead of her actual lengthy and complex Russian one. Upset after making another social faux pas, she ditches school and heads off to the park, promptly falling down a dry well where she meets the spirit of a long-deceased schoolgirl called Emily. So begins a strange friendship as Anya sets out to discover Emily’s killer. - Sam

“Oh, Anya! Let's have an intense spiritual relationship for no believable reason!” 





Monday, May 9, 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children -The Series

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Hollow City
Library of Souls

By: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

"Every so often a book comes along that is pure magic, and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is one such book. Part fantasy, part adventure, part eccentric photo collection, this is a story that will enthrall and enchant teens and adults."- Sarah- Goodreads.com


MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in this groundbreaking novel, which mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling new kind of reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 
 
HOLLOW CITY: September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she's trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary adventure continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner.
 
LIBRARY OF SOULS: A boy, a girl, and a talking dog. They're all that stands between the sinister wights and the future of peculiar children everywhere. Jacob Portman ventures through history one last time to rescue the peculiar children from a heavily guarded fortress. He's joined by girlfriend and firestarter Emma Bloom, canine companion Addison MacHenry, and some very unexpected allies

"Most definitely peculiar, but very good." Susan


“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.” 
― Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Friday, May 6, 2016

Movie Books

By: Roald Dahl, and Rudyard Kipling 
Location; Fiction; DAH and KIP 
Genre: Books into movies

So many good books are being made into movies at the moment and I have made sure we have purchased them so we can enjoy the book before the movie. So why have they been made into movies;

BFG- Roald Dahl- My favourite Roald Dahl book is Danny Champion of the World, but the BFG is a close second. I grinned from ear to ear, I laughed out loud, and I even nodded in grave seriousness. if the book is great- the movie will be stunning!

‘Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind. Even poisnowse snakes is never killing each other. Nor is the most fearsome creatures like tigers and rhinostossterisses. None of them is ever killing their own kind. Has you ever thought about that?’

- The BFG


Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling; No this is not your Disney movie - Kipling wrote a fantastic series of short stories, only a few of which include Mowgli. Baloo is not a lazy idiot, Kaa is not a bad guy, SherKahn is killed rather then run off, the wolves are not always the noble good guys... this is VERY different then our cotton candy Disney film. And so much more enjoyable for it- read the book!!! AND the new movie is so much more connected to the book than the cutesy Disney one!

"The boy could climb almost as well as he could swim, and swim almost as well as he could run; so Baloo, the Teacher of the Law, taught him the Wood and Water Laws. Then, too, Mowgli was taught the Stranger's Hunting Call, which must be repeated aloud till it is answered, whenever one of the Jungle-People hunts outside his own grounds. It means, translated: 'Give me leave to hunt here because I'm hungry'; and the answer is: 'Hunt then for food, but not for pleasure.'"