Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Match the Teacher to the Book

Announcing the launch of our latest Library competition ‘Match the Teacher to the Book’.

To enter simply pick up an entry form from the Discovery Library and link the person with the book you think they are reading.

You can ask them for clues! 

Please remember to include your full name and your form on your entry.

The closing date is 24th May

 Good luck!

Winners to be announced after May half term.


Monday, 29 April 2013

World book day and beyond

Always keen to promote reading and reading for pleasure, the ‘World Book day and beyond’ article in this month’s Books for Keeps outlines some of the ways that we do this.  As well as creating a positive reading culture, where everyone is encouraged to carry a reading book making reading ‘the norm’ and library competitions, we also create interesting displays to entice children to borrow.
The journalist, Laura Fraine, interviewed our Librarian Ms Roberts and other winners of the Siobhan Dowd competition about how to spread the joy of reading.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Convince the Critics competition - Year 9 winners announced

We are delighted to announce the Year 9 winners of our Convince the Critics library competition. There were six winners, who all received a book and a £5 WHSmith voucher. Their winning entries appear below. The six highly commended entries, who received a certificate and a bar of chocolate, were Charlotte 9DV, Marc  9DE, Georgia 9MD, Christopher 9DV, Deja 9DV and Kirsty 9LO.  All entrants were also awarded VIVO points.

Young Samurai by Chris Bradford
Written by Mark L 9ML
I would suggest a book called Young Samuari because I have immensely enjoyed reading it and re-reading it again and again and again.  All eight books are by the author Chris Bradford.  It is about Jack, an English boy who is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, where he barely survives the onslaught of ninjas that kill his father and crew; he is saved by a famous swordsman who trains Jack to be a samurai warrior.  The books (any of the 8) are extremely fun to read and have extreme action and adventure.

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Written by Bradley 9ML
Are you bored of reading the same kind of book with boring plots? Then you should read The Hunt.  It is addictive, terrifying and truly sublime.  Razor sharp prose, a genius plot and a searing pace.  Seriously, this book is magnificent and you have to read it, just think of the Hunger Games, with Vampires.  This book is amazing, gripping and you won’t want to stop reading it!

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Written by Nicola 9ML
You should read this book because it’s very scary, so if you like horror stories then it’s a good book for you to read.  Also, another good reason to read it is because it’s nothing like the film!  In the film there was a happy ending but the book is very gory.  It’s very powerful and can make you feel real emotion for the characters and that’s why you should read The Woman in Black!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Written by Amy 9DE
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  is one of the best books you will ever read.  This thrilling and action packed book will unleash even more secrets and mythical creatures into your knowledge of the wizarding world. When Voldomort returns with a surprise at the Quidditch World Cup, all hell breaks loose.  You must read it to find out what happens.  It is truly spellbinding.

Heavier than Heaven: the biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R Cross
Written by Layla 9DE

‘Why should I read this book’ I hear you ask?  Well, this isn’t just any old book, it’s the story of a troubled Rock star trying to escape his sudden fame.  You may think ‘Oh, he’s the bloke who shot himself’.  Well my friend you are wrong!  This book is more than just an opinion on Kurt’s suicide.  It gives you an insight into his early life and how he became one of the world’s greatest rock legends!  If you’re a Nirvana fan or are just interested in Kurt Cobain, I suggest that you read this book and remember it’s better to burn out than fade away.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Written by Becky 9ML
You should read the Hunger Games because it’s creative, realistic and romantic.  It does things such as raises thousands of questions to the mind. Could we end up like this?  If so then when? It even makes you feel for the character.  How she – at the age of 16 – is entered into the Hunger Games because she volunteered so her younger sister Prim wouldn’t have to.  Why would you not read a book that makes you feel and wonder so much? You wouldn’t.  It’s a thrilling read.  It’s a captivating read.  It’s an unmissable read.  I personally enjoyed the book throughout.  It was definitely a page-turner and I had it read in under a week.  Once you have started the book you simply can’t put it down.  Read the Hunger Games trilogy and you will not regret it.

Convince the Critics competition - Year 7 winners announced

We are delighted to announce the Year 7 winners of our Convince the Critics library competition. There were six winners, who all received a book and a £5 WHSmith voucher. Their winning entries appear below. The seven highly commended entries, who received a certificate and pen, were Saffron 7GE, Jessica 7KE, Paige 7KE, Ellie 7LC, Jada 7CB, Jack 7SA, Ollie 7GE and Albin 7BC. All entrants were also awarded VIVO points.

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
Written by Krichelle 7SA

In my opinion I think you should read the tremendous and hilarious book ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams.  This is the ideal book for comedy-loving readers.  It has an amazing and touching story behind it.  It takes you through all of Granny’s and Ben’s ups and funny downs! It’s based on a young school boy called Ben and some jewels to do with Granny ….
……Seems interesting doesn’t it?
-          To find out more just read it, it’s fantastic!

Henderson’s Boys: Eagle Day by Robert Muchamore
Written by William 7CB
If you want action, anger, spies and war, read Eagle Day.  Muchamore will grip you with suspense; you will not be able to put the book down.  There are many choices to be made whilst working undercover in France, and Henderson will have to sabotage German invasion plans to win the war for the British.  He will have to break the law, keep secrets and blow many areas up before escaping to Britain.  If you love these things, you have just found heaven.

Kaspar; Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo
Written by Shannon 7RN

If you read this book I can guarantee that you will not be able to put it down!  It is such a gripping read and is one of my favourite books.   Johnny Trott is a bell boy who carried Countess Kandinsky’s things to her room in the Savoy Hotel … that is when Johnny met Prince of Cats, Kaspar Kadinsky!  From the moment the young Johnny say Kaspar, he knew what an extraordinary cat he was!

Read this book to find out about their journeys and lives ….You’ll definitely want to recommend it!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Written by Danny 7RN

You should read the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid because it is outstanding.  It was such a great book and it sold over 16 million copies.  The book has many layers and each layer holds a different story.  The book is very funny and hilarious!

Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
Written by Anya 7SA

Lola Rose is a really good book because you really don’t know what is going to come next.  It is also good because it could be a real life story; most girls could relate to this.
Jacqueline Wilson is on the most creative authors.  It is mouth-watering, heart-pumping and is very exciting.  You would want to read on more and not stop!!!!!!! The story line is like a roller coaster when the feelings of the characters go from sad to happy to lonely to angry.

In the book you meet lots and lots of new characters on the way and learn more about the characters feelings and emotions.

Horrible Histories by Terry Deary
Written by James 7GE
Critics, I’m going to explain why you should read a book by showing you the one I’m reading at the moment.  The book is called Horrible Histories by Terry Deary and it builds a picture in your head of things that went on in the different stages in history!

It also improves your talking skills when reading it so when you’re older it will be easier to get a job when you’re being interviewed by a boss or manager.
If you have children in the age of 5-13 this book is recommended by librarians and kids who have already read it, also if you finish and you like it there are lots more varieties starring the Saxons, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Tudors and not forgetting World War I and World War II!

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Written by Sean 7GE
Are You looking for an exciting book?

Are You sure you can defeat the story?
Then Private Peaceful is for You!

If you refuse you will be the only person that has never read this adventure book.  But also, have you ever noticed that someone has talked about this book but you don’t know the story?  If so, read this book NOW then your weakness will vanish.  Although you can be boring and miss out but this an awesome recommended book for adults and kids.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Convince the Critics competition - Year 8 winners announced

We are delighted to announce the Year 8 winners of our Convince the Critics library competition.  There were six winners, who all received a book and a £5 WHSmith voucher.  Their winning entries appear below.  The four highly commended entries, who received a certificate and pen, were James 8CM, Amber 8HB, Haris 8SH and Ben 8SH.  All entrants were also awarded VIVO points.

Winning entries:

How to Walk in High Heels by Camilla Morton
Written by Jessica 8SH

You should read my book “How to Walk in High Heels” by Camilla Morton because it is a book that every girl should have on their shelf.  It teaches you everything from how to be fashionably late to catching a mouse.  It tells you everything a girl should know about everyday life.  It is a book that you can go back to many times to remind yourself of that one thing that you just can’t remember.

Anything you can think of this book has it.  I can guarantee that you will get your full money’s worth and much more.  This book is perfect for any modern girl or woman in the modern world of today.  You will wonder how you every survived without it!

The Darke Academy by Gabriella Poole
Written by Lisa 8HB

Read the Darke Academy books.  If you read them I guarantee you’ll enjoy it thoroughly, as much as I have.  Do you want an awesome series of books to get sucked into?  Then read these books.  They have a very interesting storyline, which even dummies can understand.  However it does have a lot of literate language to boost your vocabulary.  The Darke Academy books are very gripping; I always find that I can’t quite put the book down.

So, if you want a good book then try these series of books.  It doesn’t matter what genre you usually go for whether it’s horror, mystery or romance – it’s got it all!  The Darke Academy books are entertaining, thrilling and truly compelling, so do yourself a favour and give it a shot.  Pick up your copy today.  You won’t regret it.

You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum! by Andy Stanton
Written by Jack 8SW

I strongly feel that everyone should read this jaw-dropping book as it takes you to a hilarious new dimension.  This book is great; the best book I’ve ever read by a mile.  I know you’ll like it.

This brilliant book is recommended for ages 7-12 however the humour inside will even make the older ones giggle like mad!  Ecstatic, entertaining and elevating, this book will blow your mind away (not literally though!).  This fantastic book has won numerous awards and if you read it you will know why.

There are many magnificent drawings to compliment the descriptive text, like the champagne with your oysters.  Don’t be tempted to read other books because this is the one for you.  If you do, you will miss out on a lifetime of reading heaven. 

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Written by Daniel 8SW
The book I would like to put forward is called Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian.  It is a superb read, constantly leaving you on the edge of your seat; it will also leave you in stitches.  It is a page turning read that is very entertaining.  It is a real hectic fusion of the real, the imaginary and the interesting uses of fairy technology.  From laser guns to mind wipers this book has it all.  The main character is a boy called Artemis Fowl; his parents are caught up in a lot of criminal activities and when his father goes missing he inherits the empire.  Although his plans are more folklore than fraud (he does steal millions of pounds from them but …), this is a brilliant book to read and I really would recommend it.  There aren’t any books that come even close to how individual but excellent this book is.

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams
Written by Wayde 8MZ

I really think that you should read this book because I think it is hilarious.  This is because the main character does stupid things.  It is a gripping story because he puts £50 into the hamster cage to make the hamster eat it and what happens next is really funny.  This a must read book!

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Written by Joe 8CT

Do you like adventure? Do you like being unique? Do you like happy endings? Then you will love the book War Horse by the brilliant children’s author, third children’s laureate, Michael Morpurgo.  Told by a horse called Joey this book teaches through the movement of excitement, surprise and sadness.  You will learn about World War 1, how the life of a horse is and what it feels like to have an ‘irregular’ family.  This author has been awarded an OBE for the brilliance of his novels so join me in the everlasting spirit of reading one of his many inspirational books!

 Winning entrants for Year 7 and 9 will be announced shortly!

Banned books!

In a bid to provoke discussion, we have put together a display of banned books in the WML.  The books have been wrapped in brown paper and yellow and black tape, and some of the paper has been ripped to tantalizing reveal the books beneath.  Our selection of books includes Twilight, The Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple and Animal Farm.  Feel free to ask us about why the books were banned and to borrow them!