Archive for September, 2012

Elysia is born as a 16 year old girl, having been created in a laboratory. She is an experimental model of a teenage clone. Created – or replicated after another young girl had to die before Elysia could be created. Her purpose is to serve in a world of perfection. Elysia is not supposed to feel or to have a soul just like other clones. But something is happening, somehow she is different and just why is feeling the things she does? What will happen if the authorities discover that she can feel and think for herself?
I love the idea of this and can’t wait until it reaches New Zealand shores.

The adjusters
By Andrew Taylor

The cover of this book caught my attention straight away and the story holds even more appeal.
“Welcome to Newton, the perfect town…Where kids get perfect grades…And everyone seems perfectly happy”. –
Henry Ward is a newcomer who just does not believe what he sees. Henry makes friends with two misfits and they are determined find and expose the dark secrets of Newton’s false facade. Danger lurks everywhere especially from the doctors who perform a procedure called “adjustment” on kids who don’t fit in.
Suddenly Henry and his friends are at the top of the waiting list.
This is definitely another for my ‘must read’.

By Terry Pratchett

Dodger is a thief living amongst the sewers and squalor of Dickensian London. One night he rescues a young girl from a beating and suddenly everybody is after him. And just who is the young woman he rescued? There is a cast of eccentric characters living in well detailed Victorian London. Great for those who love historical novels with great writing.

Private Peaceful
By Michael Morpurgo

Anyone who knows me, knows that my all time favourite author is Michael Morpurgo. His books are powerful and always very moving. He came out to New Zealand a few years ago and thundered out on to the stage, his voice booming and suddenly hundreds of students, teachers and librarians were in awe of this wonderful story teller.
This trailer is actually for the movie of his very popular book Private Peaceful. Those of you in the UK will get to see this way before we will here in New Zealand so I will be waiting to hear how it goes. If you haven’t read any of his books then I urge you to do so.
Private Peaceful is about two brothers out on the battle field trying to survive in World War 1. It is a story of love and loss and the horrors of war. I can not wait to see this movie.

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Vengance is mine

This is definitely not for younger readers but will suit young adults who like a good thrill and a scare.
Best friends Meg and Minnie are on Henry Island with a bunch of teenagers for a good time of boys, booze and partying.
The discovery of a DVD with a sinister message, “Vengeance is mine” changes everything. Cut off from the outside world with a huge storm brewing the teens are beginning to turn up dead. Who is killing them and why? And can Meg stop the killings before she is next.
The trailer to this book is quiet creepy and I will have to make sure I am not reading it late at night when I do get it.

While I was checking out the trailer for Ten I found Gretchen McNeil’s trailer for her debut novel Possess.
Very cool. Both trailers are brilliant and I can’t wait to find the books at my library although again, not to be read late at night!

Fifteen-year-old Bridget hears creepy voices that turn out to be demons. She soon discovers she has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.
Confiding in a local priest hoping to find a solution, Bridget becomes embroiled in
dangerous cases of demonic possession. A demon delivers a special message leaving Bridget trying to save someone close to her from being killed. What do the demons want from her?
Both of these books are definitely ones to order.

If you enjoyed The History Keepers Book 1 The storm begins then you will love this sequel.

History Keepers
Circus Maximus
By Damian Dibben

The drama and adventure continues. Jake’s parents are still missing somewhere in time and it is up to him to find them but Atomium; the crucial ingredient which allows them to travel through time is running out. Will Jake find his parents in time?

” In this exciting sequel, the History Keepers embark upon another roller coaster adventure that takes us into the heart of the ancient world, from the doors to Hades, to the streets of Rome at the height of its glorious empire. You think the chariot race in “Ben Hur” is exciting? Wait till you see the History Keepers racing round Rome…”

The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket
By John Boyne

Cover illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

I loved John Boyne’s book The boy in striped pajama’s even if it was a tear-jerker and I am looking forward to his latest book.
Barnaby is no ordinary child really because he defies gravity and floats high up in the air. After struggling to cope with Barnaby and his abilities, his mother decides she got rid of him. Suddenly he is alone and floating higher and higher. But what an adventure Barnaby is about to face.

Check out local blogger and librarian Zac for more fun about this book and a chance to win a signed copy. Be quick.

This moose belongs to me
By Oliver Jeffers

Wilfred has a pet moose but like any pet – it doesn’t always follow the rules. Just how much trouble can he cause?
Jeffers work is always brilliant and I simply can not resist anything he does.
I can’t wait to see this book.

If you enjoyed the thrill of the chase in the 39 Clues Series then you are sure to enjoy this great new Infinity Ring series.
A mutiny in time
By James Dashner

Book One is out now.
“Fix the past. Save the future.”

Dak and Sera are best friends living in an America which is controlled by the SQ. An ancient conflict between the SQ and historians leads to the friends travelling back in time to fix the breaks in history.
Alongside their new friend Riq, an Historian in training, they end up in the year 1492 where Christopher Colombus is in grave danger. Can they prevent disaster?

Check out this very cool website here there are heaps of fun things to do. Codes, games, and fun for all.