Friday, March 12, 2010

The Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks

Reviewed by Sam Davis (Year 13)
This book has a very good cover.  I instantly wanted to read it.  The style of the writing is very interesting, how he establishes a main character, but shows other characters as well and then deepens the story.  This really helps the reader to understand the decisions the characters make.  I really enjoyed the way the characters interacted with each other.  The combination of characters who are very dark and ominous but at the same time good but willing to do wrong made for really interesting reading.  I had to go and find the rest of the series straight away because I was hooked into it.  This is a very good trilogy.

There is a website you can go to to find out more.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Classics meets Classical Gas

Every year Mr Frost who is our year 13 Classics teacher invites his class to enjoy the classical guitar playing of our Music and Maori teacher Mr Nathan Tane in the library.  Mr Tane always performs Classical Gas which is a special request by Mr Frost for the class, but also speaks to the students about the history of the pieces he is playing.  Every year the students sit enraptured by the music, and are amazed at the skill and technique of the playing. Mr Tane is a well known performer around Dunedin and he plays styles other than classical music as well.  Not just students arrive for these concerts, staff who have non-contact periods also head to the library to enjoy the music.  It is a beautiful thing!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Review by Warren (Year 10) as part of the 50 book challenge

This book is part of the Twilight series.  It is the third book in the series.  It continues the story of Edward and Bella.  Seattle is full of mysterious killings and an enemy has continued her quest for revenge.  Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and friendship with Jacob.  Which one?  She has two options other than this life or death?  I pretty much liked everything about this book, and I thought the ending was actually really interesting. 

The trailer below may not be the official trailer.  Thanks to The wonderful Skerricks blog the correct link for the official trailer is:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Every Minute on Earth by Steve Murrie and Matthew Murrie

Fun facts that happen every 60 seconds.

This very cool little book has been travelling in and out of the library very fast recently.  It has lots and lots of facts in it, and is really easy to read.  Our boys like books with lots of facts and figures and statistics in them and this kind of book is always well used here.

Here is a selection from the book showing the kind of thing it has inside:
Did you know that in every minute?
  • 134 horses will be born.
  • Earth will be hit by 6000 lightening strikes.
  • 954 camera phones will be sold on earth.
  • The sun converts 218.2 million tonnes of matter into energy every minute.
  • Americans will pass 177 cubic metres of gas!
So if you are someone who likes to know weird and fun facts and figures come and get this book out of the library, and if it is already issued to someone, you can reserve it.


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