Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Divergent and TFIOS

Divergent - the books are hugely popular here, and now the movie has hit the movie theatres. Unfortunately the BookGang hasn't been able to make it to the movie as a group because end of term madness intervened, but I encourage you all to head to the movie if you've read the book, or even if you haven't, because then you could head straight to book 2, Insurgent.  Here is the trailer.

And if you like the actor playing Triss in Divergent, you'll be able to see her in The Fault In Our Stars in a few weeks.  And we lurve TFIOS!  We love anything John Green here at King's.  Get out your tissues in preparation.  That book has been known to make Yr 13 boys cry.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Read it, Loved it, Share it

At BookGang the last couple of weeks, students have been given a big pile of brand new free books to read, share and then comment about on the Penguin Teen Facebook Page.
The books they sent us were great, but none of you lot have been to the FB page yet! They sent us lots of copies of The Fault in Our Stars, a new book called Half Bad by Sally Green and The Awakening and The Vampire Academy.  Please please go to the Facebook page if you received one of the books and give some feedback.  We want to give you more free books, the whole idea is that you give feedback on the FB page.  Go on.  You know you want to.  You could win some great prizes.  Click here to go straight there and tell them what you thought of the book.

New eBooks in the Library

Today the library purchased a whole bunch of new eBooks for you to read.
You can get to the ePlatform via The Moodle (Virtual Learning Centre) or you can come into the library and pick up an info sheet.  New books added today include:

  • Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
  • Arrival and Contact by Chris Morphew (The Phoenix Files)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick
  • Murder at Mykenai by Catherine Mayo
  • When We Wake and While We Run by Karen Healy
  • Scott Pilgrim (2 volumes) by Bryan Lee O'Malley
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick
  • Severe Risk by Ray Garton
  • Why We Took The Car by Wolfgang Herndorf
  • A Boy Called Hope by Lara Wiliamson
  • Gingerbread by Robert Dinsdale
  • The Testing and Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green

Some of these are ecopies of books we have in the library and others are new to us and will only be on the ePlatform.  Why not borrow an ebook on your phone, iPad, iPod or Tablet.  They work on all those!  If you need help come and see Ms Schaumann.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

You are never too old for Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake

Today in the library office, while the rain tipped down outside.  The wind whipped around every corner and blew all the doors open around the library, driving in all the terrible weather from outside, there was a moment of perfect peace and tranquility in the library office.  Jake read a story to Mackenzie and Nigel his year 13 classmates.  It was really appreciated and while Mackenzie was able to predict the end of the story there were enough surprises to keep them interested.  Nice job Jake!  And see, nobody is too old for Poo Bum!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book reviewers wanted

The opportunity you have been waiting for!  Share your thoughts on the books you read, write a short - or long - review of a book you've read from the King's High School Library and you will receive a reward. 
Juniors or seniors we want reviews from you all.  If you are a BookGang member you are getting access to the new books before everyone else, why not tell everyone about the new cool books, but any book can qualify. 

If you write a review you can send it to and it will be put on the blog.  If you want to comment on a review which is already on this blog you can do that by yourself.  Just click the comment button at the bottom of each post, your comment will automagically be added.

Any questions?   Come and talk to us, Ms Schaumann or Gill, in the library.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Poor Jamie!  Five years ago his little sister Rose was killed in a terrorist attack in London.  It was shocking and terrible and it has caused Jamie's family to gradually crumble.  Jamie is only 10 and he struggles to understand what is happening.  Jamie hasn't cried in that whole time and he has bottled up all his feelings and emotions inside himself, but he can hardly remember his sister but her ashes are in the urn on the mantlepiece in the lounge and he can see that every day.

This is one of the saddest books I've ever read, it is gut wrenching, taking you into Jamie's world, his feelings, his poor struggling Mum and his Dad who is full of troubles.  While the book is only small and very easy to read, it might be the most complex book you read this year.  Fabulous writing, perfect characters. Wonderful book. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

James Patterson is missing! Join the search

An interractive adventure.  If you are a fan of James Patterson you might find this really fun.  He is the author of the I, Funny and Maximum Ride books, as well as heaps and heaps of crime novels.  Join in the adventure. You can win prizes!
Details here
The action begins 21 February 2014 at 09:00hrs GMT at

It is all go in the library for 2014

Hello and welcome to the first post for the year of 2014.

Classes are coming through all the time and books traveling in and out at speed.  BookGang has had two meetings, our first proper one was today at lunchtime.  We will be meeting regularly on Fridays at lunchtime in the library courtyard until the weather drives us inside.  Boys are welcome to bring their lunch.

Below are the first photos of 2014.  In the top one Connor and Ben who are in Year 13 have made a project of building the new library bookshelves.  These bookshelves will contain some of our really popular series books, freeing up shelf space for other books.

In the bottom photo you can see Hemiona, also of Year 13, who has discovered Manga.  He has never been a big fan of reading but in recent days he has become hooked on the library Manga stock and is reading them avidly.  He is not alone, heaps of boys are into these and the library will be adding to this collection this year.  If you have suggestions of Manga that we should get, please write them in the suggestions book on the counter.

Ben and Connor, student librarians make up our new library bookshelves

Hemiona is totally engrossed in this Manga series.


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