Archive for October, 2013

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.”
Chicken House

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!

The very hungry caterpillar
By Eric Carle

As it is holiday time – for a few more days anyway – this is just a chance to show a few fun clips for younger readers.

This a cute version of Eric Carle’s classic story.

We’re going on a bear hunt
By Michael Rosen

Love the language in this – great for a read aloud and of course you just have to make the sound effects.

The eye of minds
By James Dashner

This is due out in November and I do recommend you look out for it.
The Eye of Minds is the first book in The Mortality Doctrine. This new series is set in a world of hyper-advanced technology and cyber-terrorists. Gaming may be way beyond your wildest dreams but it may also be your worst nightmare.

Michael and other gamers live for the VirtNet where your wildest fantasies become real. In order to have more fun, you have to have the best hacking skills but eventually that isn’t enough and some gamers want to break the rules but at what cost.
As with everything rules are made for a reason – to protect. One gamer is taking people hostage in the VirtNet and that means incredible danger and risks.

The government believes Michael has the best skills and want him to track down the rogue gamer but what happens when the boundaries between real and unreal become blurred. Michael has more to lose than just a game. His life!

While checking this out I visited James Dashner’s website. Very cool and well worth a visit. Great trailer too.

This is a cute trailer for Stay where you are and then leave as reviewed in the previous post. It came out after my post but I’m adding it anyway as the book really is worth reading especially if you are a John Boyne fan – and even if you aren’t. You soon will be after reading his latest novel for children.