Friday, September 3, 2010

Screw Loose by Chris Wheat

Review by Ben Whitcombe (Year 10) as part of the 50 Book Challenge

The story follows the different troubled lives of a bunch of teenagers, at school in Melbourne, Australia.  It is the second book in a series but you don't have to read the first one to like this one.  There are lots of twists and turns around every corner in this book.  Elephants, Doggirl, football, first love, some criminals, new love, and one hellava party this book is great for unusual people, because there are plenty of them in here!  

I really liked the twists and turns in the story, the characters developed well, and it was a really good book.  I thought the ending was a little disappointing compared to the rest of the book.  My comments are that it is definitely weird, there are people who talk to Barbie dolls, and a girl who boils and then irons shoelaces, seriously!  It is funny and strange and I liked it, but not everyone will. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dan Carter by John Matheson

A tribute to the All Blacks perfect 10

Any book about rugby does well in the King's Library and this brand new one will be no different I expect.  This book follows the career of Dan Carter and contains interviews, lots of great photos (probably hard to take a bad photo of Mr Carter) and a wealth of information about the teams he has been in, his representation of the Canterbury district and his life as one of the most sought after players for appearances and his hopes and dreams for his career.  

If you want statistics there are plenty at the back of the book and for those who like the inside information about the players, what they get up to in their spare time and how the media affect their lives this is the perfect book. 

And while on the subject of Rugby and although the season has finished here at King's, here is the latest in safety videos from the rugby mad Air New Zealand team!

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Review for:  Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Reviewed by Aidan Hall (year 13)
This book is written by 2 people, Rachel Cohn, and David Levithan who each write half of the book. Rachel writes as Norah, the daughter of a record company exec, who fails to fill her father’s expectations of an out of control teenager, and David writes as Nick the non-queer bassist in the queer core band previously known as None Of Your Business
So, this book is about a night Nick and Norah spend together in New York, after Nick randomly asks Norah to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes, after he sees his ex walk up to him while sitting at the bar in a club.  However, this 1 question leads on to more, as Nick and Norah spend the evening getting to know each other, over a few MAJOR ups and downs, as they walk around Manhattan.  Did I mention that Norah was kinda one of Nick’s ex’s best friends?
I liked this book because of how one chance question, asked in order to avoid some-one else, leads onto 2 people getting to know and love each other, over the course of a single night.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Meet Nick - mad on biographies

This is Nick.  He is in Year 13, and has discovered biographies.  He is keen on books about people.  He is a big music fan, and he likes books about the people who make the music he listens to.  In recent times he has been reading Mr Nice (his own book) but he also really liked Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman and anything about heavy metal musicians. 

Nick is often to be found in the library after school engrossed in a book while he waits for a lift home.  This is his favourite corner and he sets up camp and moves in for half an hour or so, accompanied by his book and his iPod playing the soundtrack to go with the book he is reading!


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