Friday, August 7, 2009

Uglies and more by Scott Westerfield

This series is THE most popular series here at King's right now.

The author, Scott Westerfield has just allowed the first book of the series, Uglies, to be available for everyone to read on the website. We have a few of Scott Westerfields books, Peeps, all of the Uglies and the first Midnighter book. He has a new book coming out soon called Leviathan which I for one can't wait to read.

Here is a synopsis of the story from the website: Uglies is set in a world in which everyone has an operation when they turn sixteen, making them supermodel beautiful. Big eyes, full lips, no one fat or skinny. You might think this is a good thing, but it’s not. Especially if you’re one of the Smokies, a bunch of radical teens who’ve decided they want to keep their own faces. (How anti-social of them.)

Uglies is a trilogy-plus-one, with Extras being a “companion novel” and told from a different point of view. All four Uglies books have been New York Times bestsellers!

So click here to download the full book. It is only available for a limited time.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Have you tried Glogster?

Glogster is a very cool site where you can make interactive posters.
Here is one for the book the Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold, a great book and about to be turned into a movie by Peter Jackson. You can make Glogsters with embedded video, photos, music and plenty of other stuff. Have a look at

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Chaos Walking: Book One

On the back is this book is a quote from Frank Cottrel Boyce (who wrote Millions) which states that this book has "One of the best first sentences I've ever read and a book that lives up to it!" The first sentence is "The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say. About anything."

In Todd Hewitt's world you can hear the thoughts of all the people around you, you can hear animals thoughts, it is like a constant stream of noise, never quiet, so that you have no privacy, you cannot get away from the sound of people thinking and you don't have any secrets. When boys (and there are no women in this world) turn 13 they become men. Todd finds a patch of silence, and a huge surprise in the swamp by accident. Then there are questions that cannot be answered by the people who love him and he must leave. He, his dog and a girl called Viola are on the run.

This book is totally engaging, Todd and his dog Manchee had me totally absorbed and I became desperate to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to them. Their world is so well described, the people they meet are interesting and I'm now anxiously waiting for the next book in the series, and to read his other books.


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