Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cathy Cassidy

Another in a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books

Cathy Cassidy is a British author who writes for young adults and more recently for younger readers. Her books are especially popular with girls.

Cathy was born in Coventry in 1962, and wrote her first book at about the age of eight for her younger brother. She has worked as a teacher, an editor of Jackie magazine and for 12 years was an agony aunt for Shout magazine. Cathy has been a vegetarian for 35 years and loves chocolate - she's not alone there I'm sure!  She's married and lives in the Galloway hills in Scotland with her husband, two teenage children, two dogs, two cats and a rabbit.

Cathy's recent books are from the Daizy Star series (for younger readers) and The Chocolate Box Girls series about five girls whose parents start a business making chocolate truffles (Yum!).

Currently we have 7 books by Cathy Cassidy in the Senior Fiction section (including 3 books in the The Chocolate Box Girls series) and 2 books in the Daizy Star series in the Fiction section of our library.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of about 16 books by Cathy Cassidy, 1 of them is in the Teen fiction section, and 1 is on order.

The above information about Cathy Cassidy was adapted from HERE, HERE and HERE. You can find out more about Cathy, her books and other cool stuff on her website.       The photo of Cathy Cassidy at the top of this post is from her website.

Monday, May 27, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Fight this Fire" by Michael Anthony STEELE, illustrated by Chuck PRIMEAU (Lego City series)
  • "There's a Wocket in my Pocket" by Dr. SEUSS
  • "Alice-Miranda Shows the Way" by Jacqueline HARVEY (Alice-Miranda series)
  • "Guys Read : Thriller" by Jon SCIESZKA (editor)  (Guys Read series)
  • "Wild Stories" by Colin THOMPSON
Senior Fiction:

  • "Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian" by Rick RIORDAN (Percy Jackson series)
  • "People who Changed the World" by Cara ROGERS
  • "Macbeth" retold by  Adam McKeown (Young Readers Shakespeare series)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Friend in Need!

Apparently these two became "friends" during flooding in India in 2006 when the monsoon rains arrived early. You can find out more about this picture and some other unlikely animal friendships HERE.

Monday, May 20, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories" by Dr. SEUSS
  • "Billie B Brown : The Beautiful Haircut" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
  • "Billie B Brown : The Secret Message" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
  • "Rainbow Street Pets" by Wendy ORR
  • "The Secret of the Sphinx" by Geronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton Graphic series)
Senior Fiction:

  • "Ruby Redfort : Take Your Last Breath" by Lauren CHILD (Ruby Redfort series)
  • "Goodnight Mister Tom" by Michelle MAGORIAN
  • "Fun to Draw Monsters" by Robert AINSWORTH
    • "The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia" by David BURNIE

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "How Do You Feel?" by Anthony BROWNE
    • "Manukura : The White Kiwi" by Joy COWLEY, illustrated by Bruce POTTER
    • "Pilot & Huxley and the Holiday Portal" by Dan McGUINESS (Pilot & Huxley series)
    • "Sapphire Battersea" by Jacqueline WILSON (Hetty Feather trilogy)
    • "Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt" by Thea STILTON (Geronimo Stilton series)
    Senior Fiction:

    • "Cool Robots" by Sean KENNEY
    • "Dictionary of Guitar Chords" by Nick BRYANT

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2013 - Children's Choice

    Now that you've had time to have a look at and read the NZ Post Children's Book Awards finalists for 2013 it's time to vote for your favourite book.

    You can vote for your own favourite book or you could encourage your teacher to take a classroom vote. A classroom vote is especially useful for the picture book finalists - after the class has read the books of course.

    You can pick up a voting form from the library. You can also vote online HERE or download and print out a voting form from HERE.

    Some past overall Children's Choice Award winners have been:

    2012 Children's Choice Winner
    "The Cat's Pyjamas" by
    Catherine Foreman
    2010 Children's Choice Winner
    "The Wonky Donkey" by
    Craig Smith & Katz Cowley

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "Great Big Mystery Book" by Richard SCARRY
    • "The Girls in the Kapahaka" by Angie BELCHER, illustrated by Debbie TIPUNA
    • "Five Go to Smuggler's Top" by Enid BLYTON (Famous Five series)
    • "Fashion Fraud" by Susannah McFARLANE (EJ12 series)
    • "Gangsta Granny" by David WALLIAMS
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Extreme Weather" by Margaret HYNES (Navigator series)
    • "Mean Machines : Supercars" 

    Friday, May 3, 2013

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