Christmas Tree of Knowledge and book craft ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“š

The annual Christmas Tree of Knowledge is back!

It’s a Christmas Tree, made from books!

 

 

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Crafty Books and Booky Crafts!ย 

This year we are also hosting book and paper craft sessions in the library! Sessions started on Friday at lunchtime and will run every lunchtime until Christmas. We are making Christmas decorations out of very old and unusable books. Anyone is welcome to come in and learn! See the girls in action below.

 

 

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Senior Book Club December Edition ๐ŸŽ„โ„โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐Ÿ“š

Our newly formed Senior Book Club met for the second time since the initial meeting in November. They discussed their chosen November title which was The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt. It went down pretty well all round! This month the title they have chosen is Tangleweed and Brine by the wonderful Deirdre Sullivan. This book recently won an Irish Book Award in the YA category. ๐Ÿ‘Œโญ

Blurb from Amazon:

A collection of thirteen dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales from one of Ireland’s leading writers for young people. In the tradition of Angela Carter, stories such as Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings, in the style of Aubrey Beardsley, by a new Irish illustrator.

Blurb form Goodreads:

Tangled tales of earth, salty tales of water

Bewitched retellings of thirteen classic fairy-tales with brave and resilient heroines. Tales of blood and intrigue, betrayal and enchantment from a leading Irish YA author.

With 13 stunning black and white illustrations by new Irish illustrator Karen Vaughan.

Senior Book Club will meet to discuss this book and choose another one in mid January. Other Seniors who wish to join then are more than welcome!๐Ÿค—

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Junior Book Club December Edition ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽ„โ„

We have two Christmas themed books for our December Junior Book Club! โ„๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜

Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances โ˜ƒ๏ธby John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle.

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of todayโ€™s bestselling teen authorsโ€”John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracleโ€”the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

Suitable for 12+

AR Book Level 4.7

Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’€

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms – but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College.

Two days before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident – until the Detective Society look a little closer, and realise a murder has taken place. Faced with several irritating grown-ups and fierce competition from a rival agency, they must use all their cunning and courage to find the killer (in time for Christmas Day, of course).

The fabulously festive fifth mystery from the bestselling, award-winning author of Murder Most Unladylike.

Suitable for 12+

AR Book Level 5.0

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Sarah Crossan Author Visit ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“šโœŒ

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We were so lucky to have the hilarious, engaging, and hugely talented Sarah Crossan with us yesterday afternoon on the same day that she was nominated for a Costa Award for her latest novel Moonrise! ๐ŸŒš We all had so much fun with her, and she was so generous with her time and energy especially with signing books for everyone who queued up after the talk. Thanks to the TY journalists for the photos and for very professional interview they did with Sarah, looking forward to seeing that in print in the school magazine! Certain Reading Reps, Book Club members and Library Assistants were a huge help on the day. Well done to everyone involved! โญโญโญโญโญ

Above you can see Sarah photographed with our ‘Sarah Crossan Special’ Book Review Competition winner, Marie Bishop from B4! Well done to Marie on her winning book review which you can read below. As well as receiving the usual โ‚ฌ10 book token prize, she had her photo taken with Sarah, and she also publicly thanked her after the talk, it was really wonderful! More photos from the day below, and plenty more on the school app!

Marie Bishop’s winning book review on Sarah Crossan’s The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossanโ€™s debut novel, โ€œThe Weight of Waterโ€, will make you laugh, cry, and wish you could read it all over again.

This incredible book is written as a series of poems that follow the journey of a Polish girl called Kasienka who moves from Poland to England with her Mama to find her Tata, who has left them. When she joins an English school her teacher changes her name to Cassie and she finds it difficult to fit in. She is tormented by a number of her classmates for being different and her only respite is when she goes swimming, or spends time with William, a boy she slowly develops feelings for.

โ€œThe Weight of Waterโ€ is the beautiful story of a girl whose life was completely changed. I enjoyed this book immensely because of how it displayed the challenges of being an immigrant. One of the ways it did this was by saying that Kasienka and her mother carried their possessions in a laundry bag. This showed that they couldnโ€™t afford anything better to carry their things in. It also shows that they didnโ€™t have enough things to need another bag.

This book is a must have for anyone who struggles to make friends or anyone who is scared to move to a new place. I give this book five starts for its beautiful poetry and its depiction of the life of a young immigrant.

___________________________________________________________________________ The Monthly Book Review Competition will return in January, so get your reviews in! Email them to librarian@olschool.ie

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Accelerated Reader Certificates ๐Ÿค“โœŒ๐Ÿ“š

Well done to our first round of First Year Accelerated Reader winners who received certificates and prizes. You are all Star Readers! โญโญโญโญโญ

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We also have our first Word Millionaire of the year. Maia Carvill in L1 has read well over a million words since September. What a huge achievement, well done Maia! ๐Ÿค—

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The next round will be handed out before Christmas so get reading!

*Not pictured (due to a camera malfunction๐Ÿ˜‚) from P1, Caitlin Evoy and Sarah Moore also received AR certificates

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Monthly Book Review Competition ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The winner of October’s Book Review Competition is Sarah Moore in P1! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Well done Sarah, you have won a โ‚ฌ10 book token! ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ“š

As you will have heard from your class Reading Reps, this months book review competition is all about Sarah Crossan! ๐Ÿ˜

This months winner will get to have their photo taken with Sarah when she visits us next Wednesday, as well as the usual โ‚ฌ10 book token! โคโœŒ Sarah will be with us on Wednesday afternoon, and after her talk she will do a book signing so don’t forget to bring you book! If you would like to buy any of her other novels to have it signed on the day, you can collect them from the library once they have been paid for on EasyPayments through the school website ๐Ÿ™‚

Write a review on any of Sarah’s books by next Monday the 20th of November. Email it to librarian@olschool.ie (do not send it to the library Google Classroom mail as that is not an email address and I won’t receive it)

Remember that a review is not just your account of what happens in the book, and it should never contain spoilers! Write about your opinion on the themes and the characters and what you enjoyed or disliked. Would you recommend the book, and who would you recommend it to?

Below is a sample book review template to help you structure your review. You do not need to use this if you don’t want to.

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Book Bingo Reading Challenge ๐Ÿค“

The Book Bingo Reading Challenge is back! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š You can see this year’s sheet below, and they are available to collect in the library. โœŒ

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 โ€˜One School One Bookโ€™ selection, The Weight of Water, could be placed in โ€˜a novel that deals with bullyingโ€™.
  • 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 โ€“ Bronze Cert

2 lines โ€“ Silver Cert

4 lines (whole grid) โ€“ Gold Cert

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Book Bingo Reading Challenge sheet 2017

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November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special! โญโญโญโญโญ

For November we are all about the wonderful Sarah Crossan in preparation for her visit to the school on the 22nd of November! ๐Ÿ˜

So for both Junior and Senior Book Clubs we are recommending any of Sarah’s books, all are available in the school library๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿค“โœŒ

 

The Weight of Water๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ฆ

As our 2017 One School One Book pick we have all read this beautiful story.

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, 9781408823002Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

Suitable for 12+

AR Book Level 4.7

Apple and Rain๐Ÿ๐ŸŒง

When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she 9781408829455will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.

Suitable for 13+

AR Book Level 3.8

One ๐Ÿ‘ญ

Winner of the Carnegie Medal * Winner of the YA Book Prize * Winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award

Tippi and Grace share everything–clothes, friends . . . even their body.51dO5j9xcaL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. Each of the sixteen-year-old girls has her own head, heart, and two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi. How long can they hide from the truth–how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

Suitable for 13+

AR Book Level 5.2

We Come Apart ๐Ÿ’”

YA stars Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan join forces to break readers’ hearts in this contemporary story of star-cross’d lovers.

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Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants.

As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?

Suitable for 13+

AR Book Level 4.0

Moonrise ๐ŸŒš๐ŸŒƒ

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But I didn’t. You hear?
Cos people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

This poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Suitable for 13+

This is brand new so doesn’t have a quiz on AR just yet…

 

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For Halloween month we have two dark and creepy offerings! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ‘ป

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be 51wXIxEhA3L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jackโ€”who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

Suitable for 11+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.1

 

 

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse By Chris Riddell ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿญ

Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award.

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous 91xM+Rsn9rLGhastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.

Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!

Suitable for 11+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 6.5

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For Halloween month we have two dark and witchy offerings! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ

 

 

The Accident Season by Moรฏra FowleyDoyleย ย ๐Ÿค•

A bewitching, dark and beautiful debut novel about a girl living in the shadow of a mysterious curse.

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as 23346358she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Suitable for 14+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.1

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan ๐Ÿ’˜

A collection of twelve dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted.

You make candles from stubs of other candles. You like light in your room to read. TB-Cover-High-ResGillian wants thick warm yellow fabric, soft as butter. Lila prefers cold. All icy blues. Their dresses made to measure. No expense spared. And dancing slippers. One night’s wear and out the door like ash. You can’t even borrow their cast-offs. You wear a pair of boots got from a child. Of sturdy stuff, that keeps the water out and gets you around.

Written for a teen audience from one of Irelandโ€™s leading writers for young people. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings. Stunning.

Suitable for 14+

 

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