October Junior Book Club πŸ

For Halloween month we have two dark and creepy offerings! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman πŸ‘»

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 Jackβ€”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 πŸ‘»πŸ­

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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See previous Book Club picks

September Junior Book Club

Summer Junior Book Club Picks

May Junior Book Club Books

October Senior Book Club πŸ

For Halloween month we have two dark and witchy offerings! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒ

 

 

The Accident Season by MoΓ―ra FowleyDoyleΒ Β πŸ€•

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 πŸ’˜

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 Ireland’s leading writers for young people. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings. Stunning.

Suitable for 14+

 

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September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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The Great Reads Award Shortlist! πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š

We are delighted to announce the Great Reads Award shortlist for 2017! There is great diversity among the titles this year with something to suit all tastes. See below for more information. All of the books are available in the library, and extra copies of each arrived today. πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šVoting will be open soon. Meanwhile enjoy reading and have your say! βœŒπŸ˜πŸ“šπŸ€“

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Read as many of these books as you like – preferably all five in your category! Let us know what you think at #GRAIrl on FB, Twitter, or Instagram. Rate your book onΒ www.greatreadsaward.com/rateyourbookΒ by Friday 12th January 2018. We will count the scores from all around Ireland and the winning titles in each category will be announced in February 2018. Students in any second level school are welcome to take part. There will also be a prize for the school that submits the ratings. Have your say!

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SO many books 😱🀀

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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

After months of reading the shortlisted books for the CBI Book of the Year Awards, talking about them, voting on them, and partaking in a video about them (!) the awards were held in Smock Alley Theatre on Tuesday 23rd May and we finally got to hear the winners!

First take a look at our fantastic Book Club Beanbag ladies discussing Historopedia, Plain Jane, The Call, The Ministry of SUITs,Β and NeedleworkΒ along with other young shadowers in this wonderful video

*8 mins in to see the OLS girls

Aren’t they fantastic?! Thanks to Sarah Hyland L3, Marie Bishop B4, Jennifer Bishop B1, Catherine Galvin L1, Roisin O’ Neill C1, Anna Murray C1, Isabelle Roantree C1, Halle Donnelly Mahon B1, and Aisling Coyle C1 for participating!

Now for the awards…

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  • Honour Award for Fiction: needleworkDeirdre Sullivan for Needlework. The judges said, β€˜Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan is a poetic and eloquent exploration of violation, abuse, neglect and advocacy of the transformative power of art. Starkly genuine and sincere, Sullivan’s powerful use of the metaphor of tattooing invites reflection about identity, difference, self-protection and self-invention. This searing yet delicate representation of adolescent experience will resonate deeply with teenagers and is a story that needs to be told and needs to be read.’ Little Island Books. Suitable for 15+

 

 

  • Judges’ Special Award: Tadhg Mac DhonnagaΓ­n, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tarsila KrΓΌse and Christina O’Donovan for Bliain na nAmhrΓ‘n.Β Futa Fata. Suitable for 3-7 year olds.

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  • EilΓ­s Dillon award for a first children’s book: Paul Gamble for The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things. Little Island Books, Suitable for 9+the ministry

 

 

 

Children’s Choice Award:The CallΒ  Peadar Γ“ GuilΓ­n for Β  Β  Β  Β The Call.Β This is the award that was chosen by the shadowing groups who read and judged the ten shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite!

*This was our favourite, and got our vote for Children’s Choice which we think is the most important award, shh…

David Fickling Books. suitable for 14+

 

 

And with such high praise from the man himself who can argue!Β twitter

 

 

And finally, the overall winner and recipient of the CBI Book of the Year Award 2017 is…Β 

Picturebook maker Chris Haughton with his book Goodnight Everyone!Β 0Chris was also the recipient of the Honour Award for Illustration for the same title. The award judges said β€˜Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

 

I don’t know about you but now I’m just excited to find out what books will be on the shortlist next year!

 

You can read theΒ Children’s Books Ireland Press ReleaseΒ for more information on the awards.

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An Evening With Patrick Ness! πŸ˜βœŒπŸ€“πŸ“–

I went along to the Easons event in the Lighthouse Cinema last night to see Patrick Ness talk about his new book Release. An extra surprise was that he was interviewed by Deirdre Sullivan who is the author of Needlework, one of the CBI Awards shortlisted books!

I also got to meet him and he signed my book, but more importantly 😜 one for the school library too, with an extra special message! πŸ˜‚ Β  (pictures below) Β He said to say hi to you all πŸ‘‹

I’ve been a huge fan of Patrick Ness’ writing for a long time, if you haven’t read any of his books come and talk to me in the library! In fact he is my Author of the Month, which wasn’t a thing but now it is! πŸ‘

 

*update! see our Twitter @ourladyslibraryfor info on another favourite author coming to Dublin soon! ✌😱

#SkipToTheNaughtyBits πŸ˜‚πŸ˜±βœŒ

Release is available in the library now, unfortunately for seniors only πŸ˜…

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Go toΒ GoodReads.com Β to read blurbs and reviews!

 

 

 

 

CBI Book of the Year Awards Shadowing Scheme 2017 πŸ“–πŸ€“β€

Our Book Club are delighted to be part of the CBI Book Awards Shadowing Scheme this year!  Established in 2005, the CBI Shadowing Scheme is a unique programme for schools and libraries, designed to encourage awareness and enjoyment of the CBI Book of the Year Awards. 😊

How it works

Each of our Book Club members will read at least two of the choices (which are age appropriate!) by the 10th of May. Up until then we will discuss how our reading is going, and pair up with readers on the same book to discuss them more in depth and to avoid spoilers for others! On the 10th of May, we will each give the books we have read a number of marks out of 100. We will then average the marks for each book and fill out our special CBI Book Awards Ballot Sheet and send it back! It will be very exciting to see if any of our favourites end up getting the Children’s Choice Award! πŸ€“

Another extremely exciting aspect of being a part of the Shadowing Scheme is that by returning our votes by the 12th of May, we will be in with a chance of attending the CBI Book of the Year Awards ceremony in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre on 23rd May as part of International Literature Festival Dublin!! Book nerds unite! πŸ˜‚βœŒπŸ€“πŸ“–

CBI will announce the Children’s Choice Award during the official prize ceremony in May. The shadowing groups alone choose the Children’s Choice winner so every vote counts! Look out for CBI’s Q&A with shortlisted authors and illustrators on Instagram (@kidsbooksirel) and check out their YouTube channel (CBI-Childrens’ Books Ireland) for lots more.

You can read more about the CBI Awards here

Anybody who is not currently in Book Club, but who would like to be part of the Shadowing Scheme can come and join us on Wednesdays for the 2nd half of lunch! We have books and biscuits! πŸ“–πŸͺ

Here is this years shortlist from which we have chosen four titles to read

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The four titles chosen by Book Club are:

The Call

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by Peadar O’ GuilΓ­n

This YA novel is my mashup of the darker parts of Irish mythology and classic survival stories.

‘Your people drove them out of their homes. Thousands of years later they turn up again – and they’re gonna wipe you out.’

THREE MINUTES…

On her birthday, Nessa finds out the terrible truth about her home in Ireland – the truth that will change her future forever.

TWO MINUTES…

That she and her friends must train for the most dangerous three minutes of their lives:

THE CALL.

ONE MINUTE…

That any day now, without warning, they will each wake in a terrifying land, alone and hunted, with a one in ten chance of returning alive.

And it is Nessa, more than anyone, who is going to need every ounce of the guts, wit, and sheer spirit she was born with, if she – and the nation – are to survive.

Suitable for 14+

Published by : David Fickling Books

 

 

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Plain Jane

by Kim Hood

Jane has lived in the shadow of her sister Emma’s illness for over three years; her life is a never ending monotony of skipping school and long bus rides to the hospital, and her love life is not exactly setting the world on fire.

She feels like she’s stuck in neutral, until she meets Farley, who sees the world –  and Jane – differently. He may just be the person she can count on when things get tough. A heart-breaking novel about dark times, family and – just maybe – love.

Suitable for 12+

Published by : The O’ Brien Press

 

 

The Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible the ministryThings by Paul Gamble

The Ministry of SUITs is a novel full of adventure, hilarity, heroism and …pirates, The Ministry of SUITs tells the story of a secret Ministry hidden away in the far reaches of the Ulster Museum in Belfast. It deals with all the strange, unusual and impossible things in the world, the things we don’t want to have to think about or deal with as perfectly-normal-thank-you-very-much people: ancient monsters, wild animals, pirates, aliens and much more. Some people are born to work in the Ministry, and 12-year-old Jack is one of those people. Endlessly curious, perhaps to a level that might be called nosy, Jack finds himself and his frenemy Trudy as the Ministry’s newest recruits. And their first mission? To find out where all the school oddbods are disappearing to…

Suitable for 10+

Published by: Little Island Books

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by Deirdre O’ Sullivan

‘I would like to make things beautiful, but a tawdry and repulsive kind of beauty. A braver sort than people have from birth. Sexy zombies on a bicep. That sort of thing.’ Ces longs to be a tattoo artist and embroider skin with beautiful images. But for now she’s just trying to reach adulthood without falling apart. Powerful, poetic and disturbing, Needlework is a girl’s meditation on her efforts to maintain her bodily and spiritual integrity in the face of abuse, violation and neglect.

Suitable for 15+

Published by: Little Island Books
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March Book Review Competition Winner! πŸ€“πŸ“–βœ¨πŸ€‘

Our March Book Review Competition winner is Hannah Fowler in B1! πŸ™Œ

CONGRATULATIONS HANNAH! You have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library! πŸ™ŒπŸ’ƒπŸ“–β€

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Here’s her winning book review:

*CONTAINS SPOLIERS!*

Book: Paper Towns  Author: John Green

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Paper Towns  by John Green is a fictional novel about a teenage boy named Quentin, who has a huge crush on his neightbour, Margo Roth Spiegelman, since he was very young.  Quentin and Margo had always been very different; Margo had always loved going on wild adventures and solving mysteries, while Quentin had always preferred to stay out of trouble and within his comfort zone. When Margo invites Quentin to come with her on a ‘night of revenge’, he realises for the first time in his life that you should take risks and step out of your comfort zone. The next day Margo disappears and Quentin is determined to find her. she has left clues for Quentin to follow, like a trail of breadcrumbs. Quentin discovers that Margo has run away to a paper town. Now Quentin will stop at nothing to find her, and bring her home.

I chose to read this book because the blurb gave a very clear description of the book’s content and i was very interested to read it.  Paper Towns  was also recommended by a few of my friends.

The book sends a very clear message to all readers –  that life is about taking risks and having fun, as well as finding your own path.  After reading this book I have one question to ask: Why did Margo choose to not return home with Quentin at the end of the book?  MArgo was my favourite character because she was different to everyone else.  She also pointed out that “in the time that she lived in Orlando, she had never met someone who  had cared about things that really mattered.” This quote highlights  Margo as a character and was the best quote that stuck with me after I had finished the book.

I really enjoyed this book because it tells the readers to follow their own path and to live life to the fullest.  It also included many different levels of  humanity and ways of reasoning.  The ending was unexpected and a little disappointing, but it showed Quentin’s optimism throughout the book, and the sudden realisation that he couldn’t make Margo return. I would definitely recommend this book to young teenagers especially because of it’s use of metaphors, diction and perspective. I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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Thanks Hannah, what a great review!! John Green’s books are all available in the school library. We think that he is currently working on his next book which will be a must read when it comes out!

If you would like to read previous winning reviews click here

The deadline for next months competition is Friday 28th of April so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to librarian@olschool.ie for a chance to win €10 book token!


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February’s Book Review Competition Winner! πŸ€“πŸ“–βœ¨πŸ€‘

February’s Book Review Competition winner is Aoife Doyle in P1!

CONGRATULATIONS AOIFE! You have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!

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Here’s her winning book review:

Hunger by Michael Grant

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Book review by: Aoife Doyle

Title: Hunger

Author: Michael Grant

Series: This book is the second book in the β€˜Gone’ series.

Setting: This book is set in a place called Perdido beach in California. Perdido beach is on the coast of California and attracted many surfers before the FAYZ began.

The main characters: the main characters are Sam the leader of the good side and has the ability to shoot burning light from his hands that could kill someone, Caine the leader of the bad side and Sam’s long lost brother and has Telekinesis powers, Astrid is Sam’s girlfriend and a bit of a genius ,Drake is a bad guy who has a whip hand that cuts through your skin leaving ripped up flesh and Diana who is Caine’s girlfriend(sort of) and has the power to power read and see what your power is.

What is the FAYZ: The FAYZ stands for β€˜fallout alley youth zone’. It is a circular dome around the Perdido beach town, the centre of which is the nuclear power plant which may have potentially caused the FAYZ. Kids up to the age of 15 live in this town. The FAYZ consists of only kids as all the adults and kids over 15 β€˜blinked’ out or β€˜left’ when it occurred first. Sam and his brother Caine were the first people not to leave when they turned 15. Many more have stopped themselves from leaving the FAYZ by following instruction from Sam. Some characters develop powers in the FAYZ and use them to fight the good/bad guys.

Why I liked this book: I liked this book because I thought it was very descriptive and had a lot of action in it. It described everyone’s powers very well. It also described the setting very well and I could picture everything very clearly. It was full of action and was a real page turner.

Rating: I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people who have an interest in fictional and action books presumably 12 to 15 year olds.

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Thanks Aoife, what a great review!! Michael Grant’s Gone series is hugely popular in the library πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–

The deadline for next months competition is MπŸ“–onday 27th March so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to librarian@olschool.ie for a chance to win €10 book token! πŸ€‘πŸ“–

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January’s Book Review Competition Winner! πŸ€“πŸ“–βœ¨πŸ€‘

January’s Book Review Competition winner is Asteria Fetsum Berihe in B4!

CONGRATULATIONS ASTERIA, you have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!

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Here’s her winning book review:

The eagerly anticipated β€˜Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo is, in my opinion, one of my favourite books of all time. It is a book that I would recommend to others in my generation because of its comprehensible tone and interesting story line.

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A young boy named Michael travels the sea on a boat named Peggy Sue. One night during their voyage, he mysteriously disappears, then awakens to been washed up on an island with his dog, Stella Artois. They strive for survival. But, the simplicity of this process makes Michael wonder if he really is isolated on this island. A feeble and grubby man reveals himself and helps Michael to survive. After a long time passes, the boat returns victoriously. What will the revelations be once the boat returns to rescue him?

The author successfully provoked multiple emotions from me, for the duration of the story. The opening sentence begins with β€œI disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday”. By this, we already know who the narrator is and there is a sense of curiosity expressed from the reader. The reader will wonder how this boy had disappeared the day before his birthday. The author has made this book interesting but comprehensible. One key emotion that was triggered the most was sympathy. One important event of the story is when Kensuke is first introduced. Kensuke explains who he is and where he is from. He speaks about his family, about how he is unaware if they are alive. I felt a brief glimpse of sadness and sympathy for him. I started to imagine how it would feel if I was placed in the shoes of Kensuke.

Although, the author has disappointed me in a certain aspect of the book. There was not enough depth to the actual story. I feel that it could have went on for much longer, considering the fact it was intensely interesting.

If I were to recommend this book to a certain target audience, I would say to those who are under the age of eighteen. The language is not complex and that is one of the reasons why I like it. Even people who find reading challenging or lack concentration, this book will grab a hold of their attention span. If I were to give this book a star rating, I would say four and a half stars out of five.

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Thanks Asteria! Michael Morpurgo is an incredibly popular author in the library and we have MANY of his books here for loan πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“–

The deadline for next months competition is Tuesday 28th February so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to librarian@olschool.ie for a chance to win €10 book token! πŸ€‘πŸ“–πŸ˜Ž


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Monthly Book Review Competition! βœŒπŸ“™

January’s Book Review Competition deadline is Monday 30th January. Any student can enter, and all you have to do is write a review of any book you like, give it a star rating out of five stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and then email it to librarian@olschool.ie to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token!

Since we started running this competition we have had 6 students win a book token! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰

Julie Traynor in P2

Ava Moore in L2

Ambereen Zafar in B5 (who won it twice! πŸ‘)

Connie Heather in B2

Saffron Ralph in L1

and most recently Ava Power in P1!

The next winner could be YOU! 😊

Take a look at the books with winning reviews so far, and you can read the reviews by clicking here


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