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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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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September Book Club for Juniors

 

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

“I haven’t read anything that has moved me this much sinceย Wonder.”ย –Jennifer Niven, author ofAll the Bright Places

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel.

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan–named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth,ย hisย earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover–from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

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The Girl of Ink and Starsย by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the islandโ€™s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographerโ€™s daughter, sheโ€™s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the islandโ€™s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland โ€“ and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

Suitable for 12+ย 

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Summer Junior Book Club Picks

May Junior Book Club Books

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Library News Roundup! ๐Ÿค 

D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything And Readscreenshot_20170427-133859.pngย ย On Friday Our Lady’s School was involved in the nationwide D.E.A.R.! ย It was so much fun to be able to stop working and get our books out. A huge thank you to all of the participating teachers! ย ๐Ÿ‘ We definitely want more of this kind of thing!

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  • Book Clubsย –ย Our Junior Book Club meets every Wednesday at lunchtime in the library. ย Starting from this month we also have an online version of our Book Club in both Junior and Senior formats. ย  The idea behind this is to allow anyone to read the Animated-gif-cat-reading-a-bookBook Club monthly picks in their own time, and then discuss them here in the comments! ย  The Senior version allows for both senior students, as well as teachers and parents, and anyone else who would like to join in on the reading fun! ย  In September, we hope to have a Senior Book Club monthly meeting in the library! ย  You can see the current monthly picks by clicking on the book clubs below ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย ย There is now a ‘Book Clubs’ tab on the websites main menu ๐Ÿค“โœŒ๐Ÿ“–

 

 

  • Reading Reps MeetingAs well as consolidating all of the Parent Reading Habits survey information (see below), our Reading Reps decided on a new theme for the month. ย  So moving on from Mystery Month, we are now into Fantasy Month! ย ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฆ„ Look out for fantasy posters around the school, and come check out a fantasy book from the library! ย Take a look at the fantasy options on the library’s online catalogue here.ย tumblr_static_tumblr_static_filename_640.gif
    • ย Parent Reading Habitsย Survey results
      It turns out that parents of OLS students love to read :)~58% of those surveyed read on a daily basis. The other 42% varied between, every few days, once a week or less often.
      ~61% prefer to read in the evening, while 29% like to read at any opportunity!
      ~55% spend around 30 minutes reading at a time, while 30% read for an hour or more, and the rest 20 minutes or less.
      ~Fiction, biographies, and specifically crime fiction and mysteries are the most popular types of books with OLS parents!
      ~And finally, from the MANY listed favourite books, the most common ones were ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zuzak, ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen, and ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins.Well done to the parents for even deciding on favourites, we know how hard it is! Thank you so much for taking part in the survey, and a very well done to the Reading Reps for carrying out the survey and for tallying the results! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“–โœŒ

 

  • CBI Shadowing Scheme –ย BOTYA-2017-A3-PosterDelighted to report that the shadowing of the CBI Book Awards books is going brilliantly! ย Everyone seems to be particularly enjoying ‘The Call’ by Peadar O’ Guilin. ย  As well as that we have some secret and exciting news regarding the Shadowing Scheme that we will soon be able to share with everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

 

 

 

  • Monthly Book Review Competitiontenorย This Friday is the deadline for April’s Book Review Competition (where did April go?!) To enter you just need to review any book and give it a star rating out of five. Then email your review to librarian@olschool.ie to be in with a chance of winning a โ‚ฌ10 book token! Get writing! ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

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It’s Mystery Month with our Reading Reps! ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿค”โ“๐Ÿ•ต

You might have seen some very artistic Mystery themed posters around the school, these are down to our school Reading Reps, who are hosting Mystery Month! ๐Ÿ•ต

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The idea is to get us all reading something new and exciting, and what’s more exciting than a mystery?!  Get on board by checking out any of our mystery tagged books in the library, and start talking about and recommending books to your classmates! ๐Ÿ“–โค

You’ll find a list of some of the ‘mystery’ tagged books that we have in the library here. Have other book recommendations? Comment below!

Come in and take a look at our Mystery display, featuring some of the posters made by the Reading Reps and a selection of mysteries.

Expect another exciting theme next month! Well done to our lovely Reading Reps!! โœŒ๐Ÿค“

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