Friday, May 14, 2010

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Review by Aiden Hall (Year 13) (Extreme John Green fan)

Guys always have a certain type of girl.  Whether it is that they are blong, short, skinny or tall.  Colin's type is Katherines, and not Katies or Kats or Kitties or Cathys or Rynns or Trinas of Kays or Kates or God-forbid Catherines!

Meet Colin, noted child prodigy, ut on his quest to find a formula to predict when relationships will end, from his experience of getting dumped by no less than 19 Katherines'.  As it goes, he ends up taking a road trip with his friend Hussaqn, after getting dumped by K-19.  They end up in the small country town of Gutshot, where, Hassan and Colin end up living for a few weeks. 

Colin then meets the girl who breaks the streak of Katherines, and comes to the amazing conclusion that his formula cannot work because you can't predict the future.

This book is pure awesome because it's all about an outcast from society, who somehow manages to find the only other person that really does care about him for who he is.

John Green's website Sparksflyup.com is very cool.  There are links to videos, all the books, his special projects and heaps more.  Go there.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Bronte Sisters Power Dolls

This video is scooting around the book reading, librarianish world at the moment.  It is nice to share, so here is a book writers against the publishing world superhero movie for you.

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Review by Chris Harbrow as part of the 50 Book Challenge

This is the second book in the His Dark Materials series.  The second book starts with an accidental death, someone who was asking questions about Will Parry's father who has mysteriously disappeared.  This sets off a quest for Will to find his father.  Will then walks into a window in thin air and he ends up in another world which is called Cittagazzze.  It is a world that kind of is like our world but is very different as well. Will meets Lyla, who is the main character in the first book in the series which is called the Northern Lights.  They have to deal with spectres, angels and the mysterious torre, there is an important secret that everyone wants.

I thought this was a really good book, and the ending came too soon.  I'm looking forward to book 3. I think lots of people would really like this book and not just kids.

Here is the link to Philip Pullman's website where he talks about these books and the other books he has written.

Careers Blog is up and running

It's only in it's infancy but you can now take a look at the new blog for careers at King's High School.  Lots of work yet to do on it, but May is an important month for careers in Otago with the Otago Careers Festival and there is lots of information to share so I have launched it now.  Over the next week it will begin to evolve into what I hope is a useful tool for our students, and this is a time of great change, universities and tertiary providers are changing the requirements for entry and this blog is one way of keeping out students abreast of the changes.


As always comments are welcome.  Check out the blog here!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Coming Soon - A companion blog!

Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine.  ~Robert C. Gallagher

This is a heads-up on a new development that Ms Schaumann is working on.  I hope, that by next week, there will be an extra section to this blog, another blog,  to sit alongside this one which will have a Careers Education focus.

It will specifically for King's High School students, with a focus on resources that are available, links to current information and some help with subject choice for students.

May is a big month for careers here in Dunedin, and there are more careers events than at any other time of the year.  Information about events is fed  through to students in an effort to see that they get as much information as possible, but we know that some of our students miss out on that information.  The Careers Blog will go a little way to having lots of information all in one place that students can go to at home, or at school and have a browse through.

One of the most important things is that parents are able to easily access valuable information that they can use to talk to our students at home, hopefully if everyone is aware of the Careers section on this blog then it will be a good connection to quality information and a starter for discussions at home.

So watch this space!

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