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.

Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her34376638 in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide.

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 🌚🌃

They think I hurt someone. 33837404
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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Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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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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September Junior Book Club

Summer Junior Book Club Picks

May Junior Book Club Books

September Book Club Picks for Seniors, Teachers, and Parents!

As per usual we have one YA (Young Adult) book and one adult book.

First up…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

Suitable for 14+ 

Accelerated Reader Book Level 3.9

 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero–and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting,My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Warning: extreme and disturbing material!

Suitable for 17+ 

 

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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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, and Needlework 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, ‘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 Dhonnagaín, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tarsila Krüse and Christina O’Donovan for Bliain na nAmhrán. Futa Fata. Suitable for 3-7 year olds.

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  • Eilís 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 Call  Peadar Ó Guilín for        The Call. 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! twitter

 

 

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

Picturebook maker Chris Haughton with his book Goodnight Everyone0Chris was also the recipient of the Honour Award for Illustration for the same title. The award judges said ‘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 the Children’s Books Ireland Press Release for more information on the awards.

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An Evening With Patrick Ness! 😍✌🤓📖

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! 😂   (pictures below)  He said to say hi to you all 👋

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! 👐

 

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

#SkipToTheNaughtyBits 😂😱✌

Release is available in the library now, unfortunately for seniors only 😅

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Go to GoodReads.com  to read blurbs and reviews!

 

 

 

 

Library News Roundup! 🤠

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

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

 

 

  • 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.   So moving on from Mystery Month, we are now into Fantasy Month!  🦄🦄🦄🦄 Look out for fantasy posters around the school, and come check out a fantasy book from the library!  Take a look at the fantasy options on the library’s online catalogue heretumblr_static_tumblr_static_filename_640.gif
    •  Parent Reading Habits 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! 🤓📖✌

 

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

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Senior Book Club – May

May Senior Book Club Recommends…

 

 

The Power by Naomi Alderman

In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who larks around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.

This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

 

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerny

The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies*

Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is.

This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he’s irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn’t accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour.

There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss’s ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he’s made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.

*The Glorious Heresies is highly recommended if you haven’t read it yet!

Junior Book Club – May

May Junior Book Club recommends…

 

Keeping the CBI Book Awards theme, for May our picks are both nominated for the award, and are being read on the CBI shadowing scheme

The Minsitry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things by Paul Gamble

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…

 

The Call by Peadar O’ Guilin

Cut off from the rest of the world by the carnivorous Sídhe, Irish children over the age of ten wait in fear to be abducted and hunted by these vicious faery folk. Following the travails of several teenagers, including Nessa (unlikely to survive ‘The Call’ due to being permanently disabled from polio), this intense story does not flinch from exploring the price of survival. Ó’ Guilín has created an engrossing young adult novel with rich world building and a distinctive evocation of dread, suspense and resilience.

Health and Fitness Week 2017! 🏃🙌🙏🙂

It’s day two of Health and Fitness Week at Our Lady’s and already so much has been packed in!

The launch, which included a talk from the fabulous Paralympian Ellen Keane, and a ridiculous and very brilliant staff dance video to Can’t Stop the Feeling 😂,  was really fantastic.  We have also had mindful colouring, African drumming/dance groups, and even a morning rave! ⚡⚡

Tomorrow is digital detox day! 😱 But to distract us from the horror of not checking facebook and twitter 😂 we have a bouncing castle on the grounds all day! 🙌👑

It’s great to see everyone going about the school in their active wear and sporting their Green Ribbons for mental health awareness. The schedule for the whole week is below, and it looks like there will be lots more fun had before the week is out! 🙌❤

We have an information point in the library which focuses on the theme of this years Health and Fitness Week, mental health.  This includes some mindful activities such as colouring sheets and origami book work templates (see the post about this here) a selection of books about teenage stress and mental health, as well as information leaflets on other aspects of mental health disorders.

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We also have lots of games and jigsaws in the library which anyone is welcome to use at break or lunchtime. 

Most importantly though, we have lots of BOOKS in the library! 📖📖📖 Reading has been proven to help you de-stress, improve focus, and help you sleep better.  It also improves your memory and your intelligence, and can keep your brain agile as you age. Very importantly it also builds empathy which can help improve your relationships. What’s not to love?! 📖❤

As well as our huge selection of young adult and junior fiction that you can borrow, or read in the library in a comfy corner on a beanbag, we also have audiobooks which are incredibly relaxing to listen to and we have a lovely little area especially for this. 🤓📖

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The Bailey’s women’s prize for fiction longlist

We should all be making an effort to read more female authors, so with that in mind here is the nominated longlist for the Bailey’s women’s prize! There are some fantastic sounding books on this. I am particularly looking forward to reading The Bees, The Country of Ice Cream Star, and Station Eleven. Have a look and see if any of them interest you and comment! 🙂

See the books here
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UPDATE!
I read The Bees and Station Eleven over the summer. Both fantastic, and available in the library!