Friday, April 24, 2015

Mobile Library by David Whitehouse

If you are a fan of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and books of a quirky nature, then Mobile Library might be the next book you fall in love with. In the book you will meet Bobby Nusuku, who is bullied at school and around his neighborhood and who only has one friend.  Bobby's mum has died and his dad has a new girlfriend, and Bobby is in their way.  In fact they are downright mean to him.  One day Bobby meets a kind woman called Val and her daughter Rosa, they have the keys to a Mobile Library and within it's walls Bobby discovers the power of books. As Bobbies life becomes more and more difficult, and his best friend's quest to become a cyborg to protect Bobby proves to be more complicated than they had thought, Val, Rosa and Bobby take off in the Mobile Library. They are on the run. Hiding out from the police who believe that Bobby has been kidnapped and not without reason. A police chase across Britain begins, these unlikely fugitives will meet all kinds of interesting people, will find love in unexpected places, will become involved in a quest and ultimately will have the time of their lives.

This is such fun, but it is also sad and moving and very easy to read. The story races along with no dull moments at all. Highly recommended.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

This book is a winner for boys who like to read something which is a little different, which has a setting which takes you out of your comfort zone and transports you to another unexplored place.  It is a beautiful story of a young boy, orphaned by AIDS, trapped in a world where he is indebted to a money lender to pay back the debt of a hospital bill caused by his Mum dying of AIDS. A horrible situation, a terrible life, not enough to eat, fighting to survive and living in squalor with a bunch of other children in similar circumstances. Then an interesting man turns up, convinces him to head into the jungle to help him study chimpanzees. What follows is the most beautiful story of bonding with animals that I've read in years. Such a lot going on, the behaviour of the creatures, the relationship between the boy and the professor, intruders, hunters, predators and all manner of danger which definitely includes the chimpanzees. A gem of a book. If you are sick of dystopia try this one.

Inner Fire by R.L. Stedman

Inner Fire is a contemporary young adult novel with plenty of tension and a fantastic premise. Corinne Peterson, with a passion for fashion and desperate to do well in her fashion studies at school, has a genetic disorder, which means that she becomes full of raging heat and can, if sufficiently enraged or stressed, set things on fire!  This disorder has been passed down to her from her rather fabulous and bolshy grandmother.  She is basically a good kid but when a friend tries to drag her into being an accessory to a petty crime, all in aid of getting hold of the right fabric, it all goes horribly wrong.

The setting is London, where CCTV is all pervasive, where your every move is watched and where sometimes the people watching might not want the best for you.  Corrinne is spotted during an altercation in a shop and now it seems that she and her family are being spied upon by sinister men.  Corrinne is removed to her grandmothers house, something she is less than pleased about, but the situation is improved by the fact that the rather gorgeous Rowan is there.  Romance seems to be on the cards and this is new to Corrinne.  But of course it is complicated, tension rises and suspicions are ever present.  

I really enjoyed this book, read it in an afternoon and was fascinated by the disorder Malignant hyperpyrexia, and how difficult that would be to live with. Corrinne is an engaging character and Gran is someone I really wanted to meet.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

This is a book for everyone, a picture book which works for grownups as much as it works for little kids and teenagers of every age.  It is the story of Sam and Dave who go digging for something spectacular.  A long hard day ensues.  And that is about it, but that is not really it.  There is lots of funny stuff in the book, lots of quirky little jokes and you have to be clever to see them.  I'm a big fan of these authors, they have a special niche in the picture book world, capturing ideas that appeal to kids are logical to kids but spectacularly funny to adults. Below is the book trailer but also a TED talk by Mac Barnett about what it is to write for kids.  It is really inspiring and funny and well worth the 20 minutes watch. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It has been ages!

A really long time since this blog was given love and attention and more importantly a blog post. This will be rectified. This will hum again. A host of new blog posts will come your way in 2015. The King's High School Library has plenty going on worthy of blogging about, soon you can expect to meet our student librarians (there are a lot this year), you can expect some great books to be reviewed, you can look forward to seeing some of the library life which has been a feature of this blog over the years and you can be introduced to some of the new cool things which will happen in the library over 2015. I'll be back soon. Watch this space!


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