Sarah Crossan Author Visit πŸ˜πŸ“šβœŒ

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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, β€œThe 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.

β€œThe 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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Library News Roundup! πŸ€ 

D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything And Readscreenshot_20170427-133859.pngΒ Β On Friday Our Lady’s School was involved in the nationwide D.E.A.R.! Β 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! Β πŸ‘ We definitely want more of this kind of thing!

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  • Book ClubsΒ –Β Our Junior Book Club meets every Wednesday at lunchtime in the library. Β Starting from this month we also have an online version of our Book Club in both Junior and Senior formats. Β  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! Β  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! Β  In September, we hope to have a Senior Book Club monthly meeting in the library! Β  You can see the current monthly picks by clicking on the book clubs below πŸ™‚Β Β Β There is now a ‘Book Clubs’ tab on the websites main menu πŸ€“βœŒπŸ“–

 

 

  • 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. Β  So moving on from Mystery Month, we are now into Fantasy Month! Β πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„ Look out for fantasy posters around the school, and come check out a fantasy book from the library! Β Take a look at the fantasy options on the library’s online catalogue here.Β tumblr_static_tumblr_static_filename_640.gif
    • Β Parent Reading HabitsΒ 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! πŸ€“πŸ“–βœŒ

 

  • CBI Shadowing Scheme –Β BOTYA-2017-A3-PosterDelighted to report that the shadowing of the CBI Book Awards books is going brilliantly! Β Everyone seems to be particularly enjoying ‘The Call’ by Peadar O’ Guilin. Β  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! 😎

 

 

 

  • Monthly Book Review CompetitiontenorΒ 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 €10 book token! Get writing! πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

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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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World Book Day Celebration! πŸŒŸβš‘πŸŽ‰πŸ“–

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to and made an effort to make World Book Day at Our Lady’s a huge success!  There were some fantastic costumes on the day as you can see below!

A big congratulations to our winners of ‘Best Costume’ from each first year classes, who received a €10 book token for their effort! ❀

From C1 we have Emma Jane Weir as Alice in Wonderland πŸ„

From P1 Emer Keely as The Queen of Hearts πŸ‘Έβ€

From B1 we have SEVEN winners as a fantastic group costume, The Seven Dwarves are ShΓ³na Kelly, RΓ­onach Kelly, SinΓ©ad McCloskey, Jessica Horan, Katheine Hesse, Lauren Dwyer and Sophie McGovern πŸ˜΄πŸ€“πŸ˜³πŸ˜‘πŸ€—πŸ˜·πŸ™„

And last but not least from L1, Niamh Foran as Goldilocks! 🐻🐻🐻

WELL DONE GIRLS!

Here’s a selection of some of the other costumes on the day (more to be added to the gallery on the school app)


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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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November Book Review Competition Winner! βœŒπŸ˜ŽπŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“šπŸ€‘

The November Book Review Competition winnerΒ is Ava Power in P1!

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

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Here’s her winning book review:

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls is about a boy called Conor who has the same nightmare every night since his mum became ill. The nightmares are about a monster that comes walking from a nearby yew tree and the monster tells Conor three tales. The fourth tale will be about Conor.

Conor is having a difficult time with these nightmares but he has other worries. His mum’s treatments are not working and she’ll have to go back into hospital. Conor will have to go and live with his grandma who he finds very irritating.

Conor doesn’t understand why the monster comes walking every night but he soon learns why.

I thought this book was exceptionally good and gripping. I would highly recommend this book.

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5/5 stars

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Thanks Ava! Patrick Ness is one of our favourite authors in the library! 😱😱😱

The deadline for this months competition is WednesdayΒ 30th of November so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and giveΒ 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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Book Review Competition winner! βœŒπŸ˜ŽπŸ“–πŸ€“πŸ“šπŸ€‘

This years first Book Review Competition winner is Saffron Ralph in L1 CONGRATULATIONS SAFFRON, you have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!

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Here’s her winning book review:

Spiders by Tom Hoyle 🐜🐜🐜🐜

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Spiders is an adventurous, scary novel about a young boy of fourteen. Adam is an unordinary boy just trying to fit in. After just barely escaping with his life from a group of nutters the year before, Adam is trying to forget the difficult challenges he came across and the life changing decisions he had to make.

Now there is a new group arising who also believe that Adam is the chosen one and will do whatever it takes to get Adam to lead them to the Golden Planet. these people believe that earth is covered with many monsters and demons and want to escape this darkness by travelling to a new dimension. They believe that through killing themselves and others they want to bring with them that they will travel to this new world. Attempting to escape this madness, Adam must face his greatest fears while going on an adventure to save hundreds of people from their deepest nightmares.”

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5/5 stars

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Thanks Saffron! This one sounds quite thrilling! 😱😱😱

The deadline for this months competition is Wednesday 30th of November 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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