The skull in the woods
By Sandra Greaves
Yay! Another ghost story I just have to read.
I love the atmosphere and sounds of this trailer as it hooks you in just enough to make you think this could get a little scary! And who doesn’t like a good scare.
“In Old Scratch Wood on Dartmoor, quarrelling cousins Matt and Tilda find a buried skull. And from that moment black things begin to happen. Birds and animals turn bad, and there are rumours of the return of an ancient curse known as the Gabbleratchet. But what can Matt and Tilda do to stop it.” Sandra Greaves recommends this for ages 10 up.
Posted: December 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
No, this isn’t a book or a trailer but just the best feel good song to get you in to the spirit of Christmas. I keep playing this in the library while I try to stock take but I’m sort of dancing at the same time as the music is so good. (My dancing is not so good)
This is the song Little drummer boy by a group called Pentatonix who sing beautifully and they are all so young and talented.
It is amazing – you would think they have a whole band of musicians behind them but they don’t. They do it all themselves without instruments and it is brilliant. Some things are just meant to be shared.
Book 2 in The Arcana Chronicles
By Kresley Cole
After The Poison Princess, Evie is now the Tarot Empress, able to control her powers. Her and Jack have been through so much and have become close but when Evie meets Death, both gorgeous and dangerous, she finds life even more difficult. But is there more to Death than the man in front of her. They share a past which Evie can’t remember – but Death – well he can’t forget. And all the time the fight for survival continues as the war gets closer and closer.
“22 Arcana cards. 22 Chosen Teens. Let the cards fall where they may”.
Evie Greene discover she has powers after her disturbing hallucinations foretold the end of the world.
After the apocalypse there are very few survivors, but among them is Jack Deveuax, both handsome and dangerous. Evie and Jack team up only to discover that they are part of an ancient prophecy that must be played out. Survival is tough but there are others out there, some with special powers but not all of them are for the good of others. Good versus evil, action, adventure, race for survival and a little romance.
By Sally Gardner
Tinder is inspired by the classic fairy tale, THE TINDERBOX written by Hans Christian Andersen . It involves a young soldier and of course a captive princess, 2 witches, 3 wolves and Death.
It is on my list to find a copy this week. It has amazing dark and emotive illustrations from the very talented David Roberts.(I love his illustrations in the retro fairy tales, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Little Red written by Lynn Roberts). The illustrations in Tinder tie in well with the dark themes of the story, of love and loss. Add in magic and mystery and you have the makings of a great young adult novel. Bother having to work – just let me loose in a bookshop!
I thoroughly enjoyed her novel I, Coriander and Red necklace so I am looking forward to this new one.
The Legion series
By Kami Garcia
Yes! Another ghost story I need to add to my collection. Murder, ghost-hunters and a fast-paced young adult novel.
Kennedy Waters doesn’t believe in ghosts but that all changes when one tries to kill her. The recent death of her mother turns out to be no accident but the result of paranormal forces. Forces which turn out to be everywhere.
Identical twins, Jared and Lukas Lockhart break in to Kennedy’s house destroying a dangerous spirit and telling Kennedy that her mother was a member of a secret society responsible for protecting the world. Kennedy is now forced to join the society and try and find out the truth but just staying alive could be much harder than anything she could ever imagine. Can she do it – I will be getting this book to find out. Ghosts are one of my fave topics.
By Anthony Browne
Antony Browne is another of my favourite illustrators so I had no hesitation buying his latest book for school.
Some of us have been reading it again and again this Monday lunch time. Every time we do, we find something new in the pictures. Browne deliberately plays with the reader throwing in pictures within pictures and adding strange things and ideas. My student librarian pointed out, for example, that the elderly man’s cup of tea was actually floating. I’d missed that on my first reading.
In What if…? Joe makes lots of excuses for not going to a party. “What if he doesn’t like the food, or the games, or the people?”
Many children struggle to make new friends and I think this will be a great book to read to those children and open up discussion.
This is a great picture book for children who worry, which seems to be a theme in many of Browne’s books and one he does well.
And here is Anthony Browne talking about his book.
Everything I need to know I learned from a Little Golden Book
By Diane Muldrow
I bought this delightful book yesterday for the school library and even though I haven’t even processed it yet I have children and teachers begging to be first to read it. (Teachers mostly!)
We have all grown up with Little Golden Books. They were everywhere – they still are but this one is a treasure to keep.
It is simply a “guide-to-life” seen through the pages of Little Golden Books. It really is aimed at adults who will be transported back in time to their own childhood and their own memories of these wonderful books. The size and format is exactly the same with its iconic golden spine. The end pages are gorgeous.
I wish I could show you the inside of this book and all the hilarious retro illustrations. There is mother in her perfection wearing the full apron while hoovering the house and father in his suit.
My favourite was and still is The Poky little puppy who here tells us to “remember to stop and smell the strawberries”.
It is a look back at some of some of best illustrators, including Richard Scarry and Eloise Wilkin and the Poky Little Puppy illustrator, Gustaf Tenggren, whom I admit I have never heard of – but know his little puppy anywhere!
The book is full of little quips to lead us to a better life. It is great for children but equally great for the child in us all. This really is a beautiful book and would make the most wonderful gift to give this Christmas.
The shock of the fall
By Nathan Filer
The US edition just released is titled Where the moon isn’t
Wow! This two minute movie was inspired by the book and has heaps of impact. It has me so intrigued that I just have to find a copy as soon as I get off my computer.
Within the first few pages we are let into a secret;
“‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that”
On vacation, Matthew and his older brother sneak out to create a bit of fun and mischief but only Matthew returns. The journey to the truth is complicated and heartbreaking. I really can not wait to read this one.
For the month of November schools and libraries in the UK are celebrating Michael Morpurgo’s 70th birthday. Oh How I would love to be in the UK right now!
He writes the most wonderful stories for children and often pulls no punches when it comes to hitting us with raw emotion. I have cried over so many of his books but am in awe of his ability to take me places and leave me right in the middle of it all.
There are far too many books to mention but some of my favourites are:
I believe in unicorns (all time fave)
In my day job as school librarian he is always at the top of books being issued. In this video he talks about how and why so many of his books have animals in them and not for the reasons you might think!
Michael Morpurgo talks about war in his novels and why it is a common thread in his books.
The coldest girl in Coldtown
By Holly Black
Inside the walls of Coldtown quarantined monsters and humans are thrown together – either predator or prey. Once inside there is no escape. Tana lives there and one morning wakes up surrounded by bloodied corpses.
The massacre leaves few survivors; one an ex-boyfriend and another is a boy with secrets. Tana is determined to help them survive but her only option is to head straight into even more danger.
Dark and creepy, this is sure to please fans of both horror and paranormal novels.
The killing woods
By Lucy Christopher
“Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.”
This sounds like a great psychological thriller, fast paced and full of suspense. I saw this book at one of my jobs today and was tempted to sit there and read it instead of working so I just have to ‘bag it’ instead so I can be first to read it.
By Randi Zuckerberg
I have just seen the trailer and blurb for this new picture book and I think it is so cool and so important.
Dot is a clever little girl with all the skills need for modern day use of electronic devices.
Dot knows how to tap, how to swipe and and lots more techno stuff online but her everyday real life skills are not quite the same standard. Where is the balance? There is a real need for this book. I know I will have to get one for the school library and share with the junior classes who are all pretty savvy with their Ipads etc. I think promoting it to parents as well will be worthwhile. It is a wonderful world we live in but there has to be a balance and I believe this book will show children just how to achieve this.
I am a Dr Who fan from way back in the days of Black and White TV where the daleks terrified me. Now it is the weeping angels which terrify me. This trailer is too good not to share. Whether you read the books or not, this is for the fans. I can’t wait for the show to air.
Au Pair girl
By Judy Klass
“Janine Larson is a quiet, responsible kid. But her ditsy friends keep her out past her curfew, and her parents are angry she hasn’t found a summer job. They think she spends too much time hanging with her friends and her boyfriend, Dan. Her father arranges for her to spend a month as an au pair girl for Dr. Cargill and his wife; they take their two kids to an island summer vacation home, and Janine goes along. Janine slowly wins the trust of the little boy. She can’t get close to his spoiled, snooty sister. But she has bigger problems to worry about, with the rude, unpleasant parents – and the fact that there is something not quite right about the way Dr. Cargill arranges adoptions for “orphan” children. Once the Cargills suspect that Janine knows too much about what is going on, Janine finds that her employers have changed from difficult to deadly . .” Itoh Press
Something a little different from all the dystopian stories out there at the moment.
Rules of summer
By Shaun Tan
I have been hanging out for this book for some months now and when it arrived in the shops this week I didn’t wait. I bought it immediately and I am already in love with it. Shaun Tan is one very talented artist who not only challenges the reader but excites and moves us as well.
The feel of the book, its colours and textures from cover to cover are a work of art but then again you would not expect anything less from Shaun Tan.
This is a story about two boys, either friends or brothers. It is not made clear but it is the relationship between the two on this particular day that is important. There is almost a sense of foreboding and superstition in the “rules” being told about how to deal with life. Terrible things will happen if you break the rules. Tan deliberately adds bizarre characters to the mix and places them in amongst the everyday, asking us to question just what is real and what isn’t.
Tan tempts us to look back on our own childhood and remember the long hot days of summer, the good and the bad and how often what we remember is not what really happened.
This beautifully crafted book can be used at face value or read over and over again on so many different levels. There are teacher notes available for class use which will help unpack this book and lead to an even deeper understanding of this story.
Rules of summer
As with all of Shaun Tan’s work when it comes to the crunch, there are just no rules and that is why he continues to win so many awards. Absolutely love this book!