New Books! 😃

NEW BOOKS!! Extra copies of the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS picks have arrived, along with a few more including Annabel Pitcher’s latest, thrillers from Sophie McKenzie, the first Gallagher Girls book, and A Crack in Everything which is by an Irish author and set in a fantasy version of Dublin. Drop into the library before midterm for a book to curl up with when it’s raining  #BooksAndTea  😊📖☕

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Happy Reading Week!! 📚 📖

As well as all of the fun competitions happening during Reading Week, the school library is launching the BOOK BINGO READING CHALLENGE. 😃 It was a great success last year and lots of girls received CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES at the end of the year. This year I would love to see it built upon and have a lot more of you challenge yourselves to it! It’s a reading challenge that is suitable for the WHOLE SCHOOL as you decide which books you will read based on the challenges in the grid. The rules and grid are below. Everything will be available in the library so drop in if you want to pick up the sheet and get going! As we are all reading The Outsiders this week, it means by the end of the week you will have one box to check off. If there are any questions COMMENT BELOW or drop into the library 😊

How it works

  • There are sixteen boxes in the grid
  • Each one describes a different type of book
  • The aim is to read as many of the different types of books that you can, but also to complete them in lines (vertically, diagonally, or horizontally)
  • If you complete at least one line or more you will receive a certificate and prize at the end of the year
  • The more you complete the better the certificate and prize!
  • After each book you have read, fill the title in the relating box and bring it to the librarian to be signed.
  • Only one box may be filled per book read
  • For example, this years ‘One School One Book’ selection, The Outsiders, could be placed in either ‘a novel that was made into a film’, ‘a novel about friendship’, or ‘a novel that deals with bullying’, but only one of those boxes of your choosing.
  • You have until the end of the school year to complete as many boxes as you can (May 2016)
  • Certificates are as follows:

1 Line – Bronze Cert

2 lines – Silver Cert

4 lines (whole grid) – Gold Cert

There is a list of recommendations for each type of book in the library and on the library’s Google Classroom

Good Luck and Happy Reading!! 😊

BOOK BINGO READING CHALLENGE 2015/16

 

A novel with non-human characters

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A biography

 

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A comic book or graphic novel

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A novel written by an Irish author

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A novel that was made into a film

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A book that is considered a classic

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A mystery or thriller

 

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A novel that will make you laugh

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A novel that is the first in a series:

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A novel about friendship:

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A novel with LGBTQ* characters

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A novel set in the future

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A novel set in a dystopian world

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A novel that is set in Ireland:

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A novel with magic or fantasy characters

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A novel that deals with bullying

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Signed:

NAME:_________________               CLASS:_________

*LGBTQ- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning

Reading Week Teacher Challenge! 👱 👩👴 👵

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS! 📚 📖
This year for Reading Week we are launching a STAFF READING CHALLENGE. Sixteen young adult books have been chosen and they will be read by staff in four different rounds until one winner is chosen! The table and rules are attached below which will hep to explain it. Information will be posted in the library to keep everyone up to date until the winning book is announced on WORLD BOOK DAY which is on March 3rd 2016. All of the books chosen are available in the library if you would like to read any of them and give your own opinions! If you have read any of the chosen books let us know here in the comments.

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Battle of the Books book list

  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  3. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  4. Teacher’s Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah
  5. One by Sarah Crossan
  6. The Year of the Rat by Claire Furniss
  7. The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  9. Am I normal Yet? By Holly Bourne
  10. Solitaire by Alice Oseman
  11. Only ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
  12. Infinite Sky by C.J Flood
  13. Seven days by Eve Ainsworth
  14. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  15. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  16. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Battle of the Books Rules

  • Sixteen YA (Young Adult) books have been chosen.
  • There are four rounds.
  • 30 readers are required.
  • Readers will be paired up and given two books to read.
  • Each pair of readers will read the two designated books and must decide which one will go on to the next round.
  • There will be 30 days between each round for the readers to read both books and decide.
  • The final winner will be announced on World Book Day which is the 3rd March 2016.
  • There will be a display in reception and announcements so that the students know what is happening and can get involved by reading some of the books as well.
  • If a pair of readers really can’t agree we can do a student poll to decide!
  • After reading the books, readers could do a short review that Ms. Lundon will post here and on Google Classroom.

 

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Book Review

HOLY COW!
I just read a book called Holy Cow! by David Duchovny. I absolutely loved it. It’s hilarious and smart and a lovely quick read. It’s about a cow called Elsie, who escapes the farm to go to India where she has learned cows are sacred. While being funny, it also makes you think about our relationship with the animals we kill for food. Please don’t let that put you off! I have added a review which was written by Matt Haig, he is a favourite author of mine so ask me about some of his books 🙂 Do you think you would like to read Holy Cow?

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Book Review 😍📚 📖

I just recently finished Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 🌈 and I couldn’t put it down. I was so devastated when it ended that I didn’t know what to read next! It’s funny and beautiful and heartbreaking ❤️💔. I recommend it to anyone from third year up (no juniors sorry). Below is a link to an interview with the author and a couple of reviews by teens. She also wrote Fangirl which is available in the library too.

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Rainbow Rowell interview: “YA books teach you that your weird stuff is normal.”

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – review

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – review

 

The Bailey’s women’s prize for fiction longlist

We should all be making an effort to read more female authors, so with that in mind here is the nominated longlist for the Bailey’s women’s prize! There are some fantastic sounding books on this. I am particularly looking forward to reading The Bees, The Country of Ice Cream Star, and Station Eleven. Have a look and see if any of them interest you and comment! 🙂

See the books here
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UPDATE!
I read The Bees and Station Eleven over the summer. Both fantastic, and available in the library!