Monday, February 29, 2016

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Family Forest" by Kim KANE; illustrated by Lucia MASCIULLO
  • "Lost & Found" by Halle DRIVER: illustrated by Paul CORNWELL
    Fiction Book:
    • "The Enchanted Charms" by Geronimo STILTON (Kingdom of Fantasy series)
    • "Pearlie in Paris" by Wendy HARMER  (Pearlie series)
    • "Wheelnuts! Deep Sea Dash" by KNIFE & PACKER (Wheelnuts! series)

    Senior Fiction:
    • "An Island of Our Own" by Sally NICHOLLS
    Non- Fiction:
      • "Malala Yousafzai : Education Campaigner" by Caudia MARTIN (Inspirational Lives series)
      • "What about ... Science and Technology" by Steve PARKER (What About ... series)

      Thursday, February 25, 2016

      Sally Gardner & Cornelia Funke in Wellington in March

      As part of the New Zealand Festival's Writers Week authors Sally Gardner and Cornelia Funke will be in Wellington for an "hour in conversation" events next month. Every Writers Week session will be followed by a book signing so readers will be able to talk to the authors and get their books signed by them. For more information on these events and to book tickets you can visit:

      HERE for the Sally Gardner event at 11am on Sunday, 13th March and 

      HERE for the Cornelia Funke event at 2pm on Sunday, 13th March.

      Monday, February 22, 2016

      On the New Books Display this Week

      Picture Book:
      • "The Three Cattle Dogs Gruff" by Chris GURNEY; illustrated by Myles LAWFORD
      • "Fly Guy's Amazing Tricks" by Tedd ARNOLD
        Fiction Book:
        • "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator" by Roald DAHL
        • "300 Minutes of Danger" by Jack HEATH
        • "Ella and Olivia : Cupcake Catastrophe" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN  (Ella and Olivia series)
        • "Undead Pets : Rise of the Zombie Rabbit" by Sam HAY (Undead Pets series)
        Non- Fiction:
          • "How to Change the World with a Ball of String" by Tim COOKE
          • "Animal Camouflage and Defence" by Kate Petty (Nature Files series)

          Thursday, February 18, 2016

          New Harry Potter Book

          Image via Twitter HERE

          Have you heard? There's going to be a new book about Harry Potter!!

          The book will be released on Harry's birthday, the 31st of July 2016. It will be different to the other books because it won't be a novel, it will be the script of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II, in book form. The play opens in London the day before the book is released. As you will imagine A LOT of Harry Potter fans in New Zealand, and around the world, will not be able to go to London to see the play, so although it's not the novel we might have all wished for, at least we'll find out whats happened to Harry after he's left Hogwarts.

          I've adapted the above information from HERE and HERE - where you can also go to find out more.

          Monday, February 15, 2016

          On the New Books Display this Week

          Picture Book:
          • "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy" by Lynley DODD
          Junior Browsing Book:
          • "Minions : Seek and Find" by Trey KING

            Fiction Book:
            • "The Big Wish" by Brandon ROBSHAW
            • "Pearlie and the Silver Fern Fairy" by Wendy HARMER (Pearlie series
            • "Wheelnuts! : Space Mash" by KNIFE & PACKER (Wheelnuts! series)
            Senior Fiction:
            • "Geek Girl : Picture Perfect" by Holly SMALE  (Geek Girl series)
            Non- Fiction:
              • "Fire Fighter" by Amanda ASKEW (People Who Help Us series)
              • "Teacher" by Amanda ASKEW (People Who Help Us series)
              • "Police Officer" by Amanda ASKEW (People Who Help Us series)

              Thursday, February 11, 2016

              Most Popular in 2015

              The most popular books in St Brendan's School Library in 2015 were:

              1st          EJ Spy School series 

                           by Susannah McFarlane

              2nd =   The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

                                by Jeff Kinney

                         Disney Princess Readers series 

                          by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg 

                                or by Ruth Homburg

              3rd     LEGO Star Wars : DK Readers series by Emma Grange or 

                        by Elizabeth Dowsett

              4th=  Minecraft Handbook seriesLittlest Angel series by Elizabeth 

                       Pulford; Freak Street series by Knife & Packer.  

              5th=  Pearlie series by Wendy Harmer; Daisy-Head Maizie by Dr Seuss; The Very Ugly Bug by Liz Pichon; Boy vs Beast series by Mac Park; Trenches (Horrible Histories series) by Terry Deary; The Dragon Prophecy (The Land of Fantasy series) by Geronimo Stilton; Little Darlings by Jacqueline Wilson; Zac's Test Drive series (Zac Power) by H I Larry.

              6th=   The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths;  Oliver's Party by Margaret Beames; Milo and the Magical Stones by Marcus Pfister; Disney Joke Book; Snowball (Puppy Place series) by Ellen Miles; Billie B Brown : The Midnight Feast (Billie B Brown series) by Sally Rippin; The Great Ice Age (Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels series) by Geronimo Stilton; The Journey to Atlantis (Thea Stilton special edition) by Thea Stilton; Pilot & Huxley series by Dan McGuiness; The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett; How Santa Really Works by Alan Snow.

              Many of these books are previous favourites and are also on earlier Most Popular in ... lists, but a few are new to the list this year. 

              Is your favourite book or series of books on our Most Popular list? 

              Tuesday, February 9, 2016

              On the New Books Display this Week

              Picture Book:
              • "A Day with the Animal Builders" by Sharon RENTTA
              • "LeQuesnoy : The Story of the Town New Zealand Saved" by Glynn HARPER; illustrated by Jenny COOPER
                Fiction Book:
                • "Ariel : The Birthday Surprise" by Gail HERMAN (Disney Princess series)
                • "Cool School" by John MARSDEN
                • "Creep Street" by John MARSDEN
                • "Make Me the Flower Girl" by Pamela FREEMAN (SOLO's series)
                Senior Fiction:
                • "Skulduggery Pleasant : Armageddon Outta Here" by Derek LANDY   (Skulduggery Pleasant series)
                Non- Fiction:
                  • "Military Vehicles" by Jack WESLEY
                  • "What About ... The Universe?" by Brian WILLIAMS (What About ... series)

                  Tuesday, February 2, 2016

                  Back to School 2016

                  Image from HERE
                  Welcome back to school for 2016. I hope you had a great time over the holidays and that you've been enjoying the sunny weather we've had recently. I also hope you found time to read some good books! If you think any would be great additions to our library then please come and tell me all about them or add a sticky note to the Book Wishlist 2016 - just in case we haven't already got them!

                  This week in the library I'm updating the classroom lists and adding new students to the library database so that you're all in your correct classroom for 2016.

                  Next week things should be back to normal, with new books on display and the library will be open for classroom visits and during most lunchtimes.

                  See you soon.
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