Thursday, May 14, 2009

The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi

I need to confess right at the start that I am a major Kate De Goldi fan, and therefore might be totally biased. I enjoyed this book, I read it in two sittings, with a break between to try and make it last longer.

Frankie Parsons is a 12 year old boy with lots of things going on, both in his mind, and in his life. His mother is a wonderful kind woman who listens to Frankie's questions about all manner of things that worry him at about 10pm at night, most nights, Frankie has turned worrying into an art form. Frankie's Dad, called Uncle George for reasons explained in the book is busy, fun and tired, also in the picture are some eccentric aunties, who Frankie lived with as a wee boy, and a brother who has had a wild teenage past, and the wonderful Gordana his very 'intollerant of younger brothers' sister. Add to the mix Frankie's great mate Gigs and the new girl in the class the very unusual Sydney. She and her sisters are all named for the places they were born.

From the first page of this book I felt as if I had Kate De Goldi reading me the story in my ear. The voice in the book is her, the tone of the book is her and anybody who like me listens to her on Kim Hill on Saturday mornings will understand what I mean.

Highly recommended, maybe more for adults than teenagers. The two boys here who have read it have not been overly enthusiastic I have to say, but I enjoyed it enormously.

Ms Schaumann

Yay for the return of warmth!

Just a note to let everyone who was concerned, especially the people who have twittering, facebooking and emailing me, warmth has been restored to the library and my fingers have well and truly thawed. With the sun out and the heating on it is positively tropical in here today.

Thank you everyone for your concern, I really appreciated it. Confidentially, I think that it was the sight of me dressed for polar conditions that did it, not one of my more attractive looks apparently!

Cheers and happy reading

Ms Schaumann

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman

Reviewed by Mrs Rosie

Knife Edge is the second book in this series.
Crosses (are the blacks and they are superior) and Noughts (the whites, and they are inferior)

Racism in a quiet, mild form tied in with IRA type groups pitting their beliefs against the priviledged blacks, especially those blacks in authority - government (local/national).

Sephy is a cross, from a priviledged background, loves Callum (a nought) and gives birth to his child, a daughter called Callie Rose, after he swings from the gallows. Callie Rose is neither a cross or a nought and Sephy is living on the edge. She doesn't know who or where to turn for help, support or guidance.

Jude, a nought and part of the IRA type group is very bitter after his brother Callum's death and he blames Sephy.

This is quite different to what I expected and not what I would normally read, but I found it to be a very good read. Highly recommended.

Monday, May 11, 2009

It is Cool in the Library!

As the library regulars know, the heating is broken in the library, and, with snow on the hills, and winter in the air, Ms Schaumann has taken to wearing her warmest items to work!

Having posted last week that the library was hugely popular because it was the warmest place in the school, the opposite now applies.

Hopefully warmth will be restored soon, and the wonderful Kelvin and Michael are onto it, but in the meantime it is puffer jackets and hats!

A long way from Dunedin but ...

The Auckland Readers and Writers Festival

This event always attracts fantastic writers and their readers, with lots of book readings, discussions and various book related events. I know it is a long way from Dunedin but because books are just so 'hot right now' I thought I would post the promotional clip from Youtube.
It is very clever, and strikes just the right note I think.

Ms S @ the library
With thanks to McGovern Online for bringing it to my attention!


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