Friday, May 22, 2009

Seen in the library this week!






Here are some images from the week that was.

Above some photos from Interhouse Debating. Hanover House versus Stuart House. Stuart won this match.

It's a 'Wild Thing', Jed McCammon channelling Maurice Sendark's famous creature!

NZ Post Quiz - the winning team

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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Unwind by Neal Shusterman


Reviewed by Aidan Hall (Year 12)

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.

Maximum Ride - Flavour of the month at King's



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.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Piano rock by Gavin Bishop


Piano Rock, A 1950s Childhood by Gavin Bishop

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.

Ms Schaumann

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