Welcome to the library blog. You'll be able to see what is happening in this busy place, find resources to help with study and homework, view the books we love, find careers information and have some library fun.
The blog is a mix of the interesting, the helpful, the quirky and the fun! Comments are welcome, staff and students can submit reviews and suggestions to Bridget Schaumann, the librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org Our school is located in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.
This is the team that won the New Zealand Post Book Awards Quiz this week. We at King's are mightily proud of them. The are Henry Stewart, Ali Aman, Chris Harbrow and Fergus O'Leary. All in Year 9 at King's. They did us proud! If you read this blog regularly you will know that Ali and Chris are regular contributors. Well done boys.
This book is about 3 kids, Risa, Conner, and Levi who are marked to be dismantled for their body parts, while being fully alive and conscious. Risa and Conner go AWOL dragging Levi, who wishes tobe 'unwound' with them. The 3 kids have to avoid special 'juvy-cops' in their bid for freedom until they reach 18, if they can get to 18 they will survive. To achieve this the 3 make their way to the Graveyard, run by an ex-military Admiral who protects these buwanted kids from the authorities. It is really exciting and quite horrific in places.
Basically I like it because its a book about defying the system to have the right to do what you want to do.
The boy's are hooked. Maximum Ride has them totally engrossed. I can't keep the books on the shelves, and people are lined up and reserves are off the scale.
There is a very cool website to go with the various series, Maximum Ride and Daniel X. It's got videos people have made about the books, interviews with James Patterson and links to other stuff you might like. http://www.max-dan-wiz.com/ is the place to go.
This book has been beautifully illustrated and written, and is a finalist for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards this year. I spent a lovely evening with it last night. The book feels great to hold, the paper is nice and thick, and the print large. For anybody who had a country up-bringing this book will have lots of little reminders of your childhood. I grew up in Alexandra, not very far from Kingston, where the book is set, and found that the stories of cold mornings getting dressed by the fire, building huts in pinetrees, washing being done in the copper, walking for miles to a friend's place and stories featuring box brownies, drives on winding unsealed roads that made you feel sick and catching crawlies (or yabbies as they were in my house) in the streams and ponds, really rang true.
It is easy to read, and will appeal to lots of people young and old, and teachers would be able to use it to talk to classes about old ways and how New Zealand has changed since the 1950s. I'm going to lend the book to my parents who I think will love it. It has an old fashioned feel and is full of nostalgia, especially the artwork which is just great. An real treasure of a book. Will it appeal to the boys, well certainly not all of them, but for some it would start a great conversation with parents or grandparents.