Posts Tagged ‘Survival’

Scar Island

By Dan Gemeinhart

ISBN 9781338053845

Scholastic 

This book landed on my desk this week and I have added it to my TBR pile as a must read.  I have even sneaked it to the top of the pile and hope to get stuck in very soon as long as I can get in before the senior students at school grab hold of it or I might have to wait my turn. Certainly one to look forward to.

Book trailers have so much power. They encourage us, taunt us and leave us hurrying to get the book to find out just what is going to happen to the characters. Check out the trailer below and see what I mean. The fact that the author is a fellow librarian is also very cool.

“Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys–an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.
Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he’s willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming.
Just as he’s getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can’t come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety… then every boy on the island is doomed.”

 

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The 5th wave
By Rick Yancey

Penguin Young Readers

“They are coming for us. All of us”.

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”

You can download and start reading the first few pages here. I have and it is very exciting. Can’t wait until May!
And here, not one but two trailers to promote this book.

On two feet and wings
By Abbas Kazerooni

Kids and war should not mix but the reality is that they do. For some children life is based on a daily struggle just to survive. If you have read any of the Parvana books by Deborah Ellis or any of Morris Gleiztman books about Felix then this is for you too. Set during the Iran-Iraq War, nine year old Abbas has to leave his family and friends to escape Tehran. War is at its worst and if he does not escape now then very soon he will be enlisted to fight. He arrives in Istanbul where struggle continues. Courage is what he needs but how will he find it when he is all alone?

Pure
By Julianna Baggott

Book one in the trilogy
Check out the website where you can download the first chapter.

Since the detonations Pressia Belze, now one of the ‘wretches’ has been living outside the Dome.Every day is a struggle just to survive. The Dome is designated only for the ‘Pure’, those unaffected by the bombs. Pressia desperately wants inside the Dome where life is easier, while Partridge, living inside the Dome knows that nothing is as it seems to be.
All the reviews tell us that if you are a fan of the Hunger Games, then this is the one to read next.

INSURGENT is the much-anticipated sequel to the number 1 New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT
by Veronica Roth.

Tris is fighting for survival in a shattered world where truth may be her only hope. Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family but the cost has been high. Too high. Tris needs to uncover the truth about her world but she must be stronger than ever because there are more shocking choices and sacrifices ahead.

Young Samurai
The ring of wind
By Chris Bradford

Jack Fletcher was left stranded and shipwrecked in Japan in the 17th century after his father and crew were slaughtered by ninja pirates. He was rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi and taken to his martial arts school where he trained to become a samurai warrior. Ever since he has had to face danger and fight for his survival.
This is the latest book in the series where the fight continues. Heaps of action and just great for primary and intermediate.

The ring of wind

The ring of water

Fear
By Michael Grant

This is the latest book (No 5) in the Gone series. It is a year since all the adults disappeared. Survival is still all there is! Now, the sun has been blotted out and gloom pervades Perdido Beach. Their greatest enemy now – is the darkness of their own minds and what it will drive them to do.


In Gone (book No 1) all the adults – well anyone over 15 has just disappeared. Gone! It is either kill or be killed but how can you fight when some people suddenly have strange powers.
Gone

Hunger
Book 2


Lies
Book 3

Plague
Book 4


Callie is 16 and on the run with her younger brother after their parents die from the ‘genocide spore’.
There is a choice for young people to rent out their bodies to Enders, the elderly people in society who simply want to be young again.
What will this decision cost Callie when she discovers her renter has murder on her mind.

This trailer is intriguing. Lots of philosophical thinking if you wanted to dig deeper. Can’t wait!

‘The Final Hour’ by Andrew Klavan, Homelanders Series #4
If you loved the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz or the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore then this is a great series just for you.
Charlie West is a hard working student and the prettiest girl in his class has just given him her phone number. After graduation he wants to join the air force. He is good guy who suddenly wakes up strapped to a steel chair, and someone has ordered his death. Charlie can’t remember a thing about how he got there. He can’t remember the whole previous year or how he came to be convicted of murdering his best friend and working with terrorists. He is on the run in a search for the truth and for his very own survival. Grab the first one and you will want to keep reading the rest.


The last thing I remember #1
The long way home #2
The truth of the matter #3
The final hour #4

Creepy!

Posted: December 6, 2011 in Secondary
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Dark inside

By Jeyn Roberts

To be honest – this trailer is on the creepy side but I do want to read it.  Who doesn’t like a good scare now and then? Mind you having lived through the devastating earthquakes here in Christchurch, New Zealand, over the last year and a bit and coping with the damage and ongoing destruction to my beautiful city, I am not sure if I want to read it right at this moment. In the story, there are huge earthquakes all over the world. It is after the earthquakes that strange things begin to happen and the story really takes place. Inner rage has been released and some people fight it but others can’t and life becomes a battle for survival. It does sound good but I will wait awhile. Do feel free to let me know what you think if you have already read this book.

Brotherband

Posted: November 9, 2011 in Intermediate, Primary School
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Outcasts
Book 1 in the new series Brotherband by John Flanagan.

If you loved the Ranger’s Apprentice series then this is one for you.

In Skandia, in order to become a warrior Hal Mikkelson must endure three months of gruelling training. He must lead a team in battles and challenges, learn weaponry, and survival but there can only be one winner.

 

Different worlds

Posted: September 25, 2011 in Intermediate, Secondary
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Extinction
By Lizzie Wilcock

Annie and Mac are twins and the only survivors at the end of the world – or are they?

And now for dystopian worlds where choice is never yours.

Divergent
By Veronica Roth

You must choose the strongest part of your personality and then join the group that fits your type. The trouble is your choice is forever!

Matched
By Ally Condie

In Cassia’s society everything is mapped out. Where she will work, when she will die and who she will marry. Cassia has other ideas but just what will happen if she goes against society?