Monday, September 30, 2013

Which Fictional Character are You?

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Have you ever wondered what character you would be if you were a character in a fiction book?

If you have, now you can find out, by answering a short quiz  HERE at AbeBooks.

After finding out about this quiz here I thought I'd try it out and see how it went ... and was surprised to discover the fictional character I am most like is Hermione, from the Harry Potter series.

Today, as a bit of fun, I decided to do the quiz and choose the answers for each question that I would be "Least Likely" to choose to do in real life and see which fictional character I was maybe the least like ... and apparently I am least like the White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia.
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Why don't you have a go at the quiz HERE at AbeBooks and see what fictional character you are most like and let me know in the comments below. You never know who you might be most like, perhaps Peter Pan or Lucy Pevensie or Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen or Achilles or Juliet!

You might even like to find out your "anti-character" - the one you are least like.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Another School Library in a Bus

This image from HERE.
Abbots Langley School in the United Kingdom have part of their library in a bus in the school grounds. Find out more HERE.

Monday, September 23, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Christmas Angel" by Hans WILHELM
  • "The Three Bears, Sort Of" by Yvonne MORRISON; Illustrated by Donovan BIXLEY
Fiction Book:
  • "Big Brother" by Susannah McFARLANE (EJ12 series)
  • "Tom Gates : Excellent Excuses (And Other Good Stuff)" by Liz PICHON (Tom Gates series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Hachet" by Gary PAULSEN
  • "Claws" by Mike & Rachel GRINTI
  • "Dinosaurs" by Sally LEE
  • "Geology" by Nicholas BRASCH (Go Facts series)

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Secret Garden

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

The Secret Garden was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Though now regarded as children's literature it was originally published in serial format in an adult magazine during 1910, and first published in book format in 1911.

The Secret Garden tells the story of 10 year old Mary Lennox who begins the story living in India with her wealthy parents. She is spoilt and selfish and has little respect for those who are less well off than herself. After her parents and much of the household die in a Cholera epidemic Mary is sent back to England to live with an uncle she has never met. Feeling unwelcome and with little to occupy her time Mary wanders the house and grounds meeting her invalid cousin and eventually discovering a secret garden locked and forgotten since the death of her aunt. This is the beginning of the transformation of her life and of those of her uncle and cousin also.

This image from the 1993 movie is from HERE
A number of film, television and stage adaptions of The Secret Garden have been made, currently the most well known of these being the 1993 American film adaption, from which the image above is taken.

Currently we have a copy of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett in the Fiction section of our library.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds 4 copies of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett as well as an ebook version; an audio book and a DVD.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett can be read online at Project Gutenburg and is available for download free at Project Gutenburg.

Most of the above information about The Secret Garden was adapted from here, here and here.

Monday, September 16, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Merry Christmas, Splat" by Rob SCOTTON
  • "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" by Dr SEUSS
Fiction Book:
  • "Billie B Brown : The Copycat Kid" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
  • "Billie B Brown : The Deep End" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
  • "A Mutiny in Time" by James DASHNER (The Infinity Ring series)
  • "The 13-Storey Treehouse" by Andy GRIFFITHS
Senior Fiction:
  • "Vampirates : Tide of Terror" by Phillip WEBB (Vampirates series)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Roald Dahl Day 2013


Roald Dahl wrote oodles of splendiferous books for kids and every year on 13th September people all over the world celebrate Roald Dahl and his books. 
A few facts about Roald Dahl which you might not already know:
  • If he was still alive today it would be his 97th birthday
  • Heaps of his books have been made into movies
  • He wrote books for adults too
  • There's a Marvellous Roald Dahl website with treats - make sure you have the sound turned on if you go there for a peek!

Monday, September 9, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy RATHMAN
  • "Slinky Malinki, Open the Door" by Lynley DODD
Fiction Book:
  • "Bad Kitty for President" by Nick BRUEL (Bad Kitty series)
  • "The BFG" by Roald DAHL
  • "Pearlie and the Christmas Angel" by Wendy HARMER (Pearlie series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Six Days" by Phillip WEBB
  • "The Complete Guide to Flags of the World" by Brian JOHNSON BARKER
  • "Physics" by Nicholas BRASCH (Go Facts series)

Thursday, September 5, 2013


"Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else." Wikipedia

Image from HERE.
This Eastern Screech Owl is a great example of camouflage in the animal world. I think his eyes give him away in this picture, if they were closed he would be almost invisible against the tree bark. Even with his eyes open the further you moved away the harder it would be to see him. You can see a larger version of the photograph and find out more about it HERE.

Monday, September 2, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Witch in the Cherry Tree" by Margaret MAHY; Illustrated by Jenny WILLIAMS
  • "Mog the Forgetful Cat" by Judith KERR
  • "Horse Crazy : The Complete Adventures of Bonnie and Sam" by Alison LESTER
  • "Cows in Action : The Wild West Moo-nster" by Steve COLE (Cows in Action series)

Senior Fiction:
  • "The Silver Sword" by Ian SERRAILLIER
  • "Lily Alone" by Jacqueline WILSON
  • "The Elements : A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe" by Theodore GRAY
  • "Charles Dickens and his Penpals" by Tracey TURNER (Horribly Famous series)
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