The Baileys Women’s Prize longlist! ✌👭📖❤🤓

Without fail every year at least one new favourite book of mine comes from reading books from the longlist of the Women’s Prize for fiction.

This year’s longlist is looking just as promising, you can see the whole list here: 

Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018

The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
Sight by Jessie Greengrass
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

So far I have only read one on the list, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and  I would highly recommend it to seniors! Two more sound particularly interesting to me, The Idiot by Elif Batuman, and H(a)ppy  by Nicola Barker (this one because it sounds dystopian and I have a soft spot for dystopian fiction!)

ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE

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 Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely anything is better than…fine?

THE IDIOT

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Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language – and languages – can do.

Along the way, she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a writer, and how baffling love is.

H(A)PPY

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Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear.

 

 

 

 

Last year there was Hagseed by Margaret Atwood and The Power by Naomi Alderman which went on to win it!

 

In 2016 we The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara, and The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerny which was the winner that year.

 

And in 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Bees by Laline Paull.

 

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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2018 Shortlist 📚📚📚

The Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Shortlist was announced last week, and our Book Club members will be joining in on their Shadowing Scheme again this year! 🤗 (some members pictured)

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The shortlist was compiled by a group of judges, two of whom were Marie Bishop B5 as the young judge, and Ms. Lundon the librarian. The shortlist represents the best in Irish Children’s Literature each year. All titles can be seen on the poster below and are available for loan.

The Shadowing Scheme allows reading groups all over Ireland to read and vote on their favourite titles. The winner of this receives the coveted Children’s Choice Award. Last year’s winner was our favourite The Call by Peadar O’Guilin! We can’t wait to see what the reader favourite will be this year! The award ceremony will be held in May so all will be revealed then. 🤔📚❤

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Shortlisted Titles:

A Dangerous Crossing by Jane Mitchell

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea written by Sarah Webb and illustrated by Steve McCarthy

Chocolate Cake written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Illegal written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest written by Julian Gough and illustrated by Jim Field

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Tangleweed and Brine written by Deirdre Sullivan and illustrated by Karen Vaughan

The Space Between by Meg Grehan

Senior Book Club March Edition

Our Senior Book Club met last week to discuss their January read which was Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall.

This month the title they have chosen is

THE AWARD WINNING, INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

THE CHOICE BY EDITH EDGER

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‘The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed’ DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

In 1944, sixteen-year-old Edith Eger was sent to Auschwitz. There she endured unimaginable experiences, including being made to dance for the infamous Josef Mengele. Over the coming months, Edith’s bravery helped her sister to survive, and led to her bunkmates rescuing her during a death march. When their camp was finally liberated, Edith was pulled from a pile of bodies, barely alive.

In The Choice, Dr Edith Eger shares her experience of the Holocaust and the remarkable stories of those she has helped ever since. Today, she is an internationally acclaimed psychologist whose patients include survivors of abuse and soldiers suffering from PTSD. She explains how many of us live within a mind that has become a prison, and shows how freedom becomes possible once we confront our suffering.

Like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, but exceptional in its own right, The Choice is life changing. Warm, compassionate and infinitely wise, it is a profound examination of the human spirit, and our capacity to heal.

 

 

 

Previous Book Club picks:

Senior Book Club January Edition📚📚📚

Senior Book Club December Edition 🎄❄☃📚

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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Senior Book Club January Edition📚📚📚

Our Senior Book Club met last week to discuss their December read which was the beguiling Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan.

This month the title they have chosen is Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall.

THE INTERNATIONAL AND NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Blurb form Goodreads:

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements – but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.

If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here.

In ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

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

Previous Book Club picks:

Senior Book Club December Edition 🎄❄☃️📚

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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Senior Book Club December Edition 🎄❄☃️📚

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. 👌⭐

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!🤗

Previous Book Club picks:

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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Junior Book Club December Edition 📚🎄❄

We have two Christmas themed books for our December Junior Book Club! ❄🎄😍

Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances ☃️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 today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—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 Stevens🎄💀

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

 

See previous Book Club picks

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Junior Book Club

September Junior Book Club

Summer Junior Book Club Picks

May Junior Book Club Books

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Sarah Crossan Author Visit 😍📚✌

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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! 🌚 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! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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 €10 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 Crossan’s debut novel, “The Weight of Water”, 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.

“The Weight of Water” 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 couldn’t afford anything better to carry their things in. It also shows that they didn’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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Monthly Book Review Competition 😮

The winner of October’s Book Review Competition is Sarah Moore in P1! 🎉🎉🎉

Well done Sarah, you have won a €10 book token! 🤑📚

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

This months winner will get to have their photo taken with Sarah when she visits us next Wednesday, as well as the usual €10 book token! ❤✌ 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 🙂

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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November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

So for both Junior and Senior Book Clubs we are recommending any of Sarah’s books, all are available in the school library📚🤓✌

 

The Weight of Water🏊‍♀️💦💦💦

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 Rain🍏🌧

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 👭

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 💔

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 🌚🌃

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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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See previous Book Club picks

Senior

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

Junior

October Junior Book Club

September Junior Book Club

Summer Junior Book Club Picks

May Junior Book Club Books

October Junior Book Club 🍁

For Halloween month we have two dark and creepy offerings! 👻🎃

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 👻

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 Jack—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 👻🐭

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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