Monday, November 29, 2010

Getting Ready for End of Year 2010

The Christmas School Holidays are almost here, but before they arrive there are some important tasks to get done. In the library we are preparing for our annual end of year stocktake. All library books are due back before Friday, 3rd December. You can help out by returning all your library books to the library A.S.A.P. (as soon as possible) and before the end of this week please. Lets see if your class can be the first to return all their library books this term.
If you find any other school books such as journals, junior reading books and class books lying around at home please return these to school too.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Indian in the Cupboard

The second in a series of posts about children's classic books available for borrowing from our school library.

The Indian in the Cupboard was written in 1980 by Lynne Reid Banks, it is the first in a series of books about a boy whose toy Iroquois Indian comes to life. It was made into a movie in 1995.

Omri, a young boy, discovers that when an old cabinet is unlocked with an antique key it has the power to bring small plastic figurines to life. The first toy he puts into the cabinet is a 10cm tall Iroquois Indian figure. Omri is shocked when the toy comes out of the cabinet and tells him that his name is Little Bear, and that he is from the 18th century. But Omri’s troubles really start after he puts a plastic cowboy into the cupboard and then has to deal with “Boone” the cowboy trying to kill Little Bear. Boone wounds Little Bear and Omri must try to bring a plastic WWII medic to life to save him. You will have to read the book to find out what happens next but I can tell you that the book finishes with Omri giving his mother the key so that he won’t be tempted to bring more toys to life. (I guess this idea didn't work so well as The Indian in the Cupboard is the first in a series of five books....)

We have a copy of The Indian in the Cupboard in the Fiction section. The other books in the series, and the The Indian in the Cupboard DVD, are available for borrowing from Upper Hutt Library.

Information adapted from here and here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

On the New Books Display this week

Browsing Book:
  • "Can You See What I See? - The Night Before Christmas" by Walter WICK
Picture Book:Fiction:
  • "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth GOUDGE (Filmed as "The Secret of Moonacre")
  • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth" by Jeff KINNEY (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)
  • "The Case of the Mummy Mystery" by James Preller (A Jigsaw Jones Mystery)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Knife" by R.J. ANDERSON
  • "Maori Tales of Long Ago" by A.W. REED

Monday, November 15, 2010

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. MOORE
  • "Kapai's Thermal Adventure and other stories" by UNCLE ANZAC
  • "Freak Street - Wizardsons' Time Machine" by KNIFE & PACKER (Freak Street series)
  • "The Key to Rondo"by Emily RODDA (Rondo series)
  • "Buddy"by Ellen MILES (Puppy Place series)
Senior Fiction:Non-Fiction:
  • "World Cup Soccer Stars" Edited by Joe FUNK
  • "Ripley's Believe it or Not" 2010 Special Edition

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Eoin Colfer

This is the first in a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books.

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born and raised in Ireland. After leaving school he gained a degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary school teacher. He currently lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998 and was based on his experiences in Tunisia where he and his wife spent time working in the 1990's. Eoin is best known for his Artemis Fowl series of books about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind from North Dublin. Artemis lives in a world where the traditional Irish folktale meets the world of modern technology - hardcase leprechauns, elves with attitude and fairies with machine guns! In 2001 when the first Artemis Fowl book was published he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing. Eoin has also written a series of books about Will and Marty for younger readers (The Legend of ...)

Books by Eoin Colfer:
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl : The Arctic Incident
Artemis Fowl : The Eternity Code
Artemis Fowl : The Opal Deception
Artemis Fowl and the The Lost Colony
Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex
The Artemis Fowl Files
Half Moon Investigations

The Supernaturalist

The Wishlist

Benny and Omar
Benny and Babe
The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth

The Legend of Spud Murphy
The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World

We have copies of most of Eoin's books in the library.

Most of the information above has come from Eoin Colfer's official website. To find out more about him and his books visit his official website here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:


Senior Fiction:

  • "Oracle" by Jackie FRENCH (browse inside "Oracle" here)

Non Fiction:

  • "Bones - Skeleton's and how they work" by Steve JENKINS
  • "Killer Africa" published by Five Mile Press

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Black Beauty

This is the first in a series of posts about children's classic books available for borrowing from our school library.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell is the compelling tale of a spirited young Thoroughbred that captured the hearts of readers throughout Victorian England when it was first published in 1877. Black Beauty grows up in the fields and horse meadows of Victorian England but when the young black colt is sold, he has no idea of the hardships he is about to face. Read his story in his own words as he tells of his life in nineteenth-century England, his treatment under many different masters, both good and bad, and as he faces and overcomes danger, mistreatment and cruelty in a world that cares little for the happiness of animals.

We have two copies of Black Beauty in the library, one in Fiction and one in Senior Fiction.

Monday, November 1, 2010

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:Fiction:
  • "Freak Street - Humansons' Time Machine" by KNIFE & PACKER (Freak Street series)
  • "In the Dark"by Suzannah McFARLANE (EJ12 series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Vampire Dusk : Outbreak" by Sebastian ROOK (Vampire Dusk series)
  • "Conspiracy 365 - August" by Gabrielle LORD (Conspiracy 365 series)
  • "The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary" by Jeff KINNEY
  • "Extreme Sports - Bike!" by Monique PETERSON & Zachary ZIMMERMAN (National Geographic Extreme Sports series)
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