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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Accelerated Reader Certificates 🤓✌📚

Well done to our first round of First Year Accelerated Reader winners who received certificates and prizes. You are all Star Readers! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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We also have our first Word Millionaire of the year. Maia Carvill in L1 has read well over a million words since September. What a huge achievement, well done Maia! 🤗

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The next round will be handed out before Christmas so get reading!

*Not pictured (due to a camera malfunction😂) from P1, Caitlin Evoy and Sarah Moore also received AR certificates

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Book Bingo Reading Challenge 🤓

Challenge yourself and diversify your reading in 2019 by playing Book Bingo! 📚📚📚 

How it works:

  • Pick up a Book Bingo sheet from the library
  • There are sixteen boxes in the grid — each one describes a different type of book
  • The aim is to read as many of the different types of books that you can, but also to complete them in lines (vertically, diagonally, or horizontally). Click here for book suggestions.
  • If you complete at least one line or more you will receive a certificate at the end of the year (1 line = Bronze certificate, 2 lines = Silver certificate, full house = Gold certificate)
  • After each book you have read, fill the title in the relevant box and bring it to the librarian to be stamped
  • Only one box may be filled per book read
  • You have until the end of the school year to complete as many boxes as you can (May 2019)
  • GOOD LUCK!

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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.

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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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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October Senior Book Club 🍁

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

 

 

The Accident Season by Moïra FowleyDoyle  🤕

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 💘

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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The Great Reads Award Shortlist! 📚📚📚

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. 📚📚📚Voting will be open soon. Meanwhile enjoy reading and have your say! ✌😍📚🤓

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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 on www.greatreadsaward.com/rateyourbook 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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September Book Club for Juniors

 

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

“I haven’t read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder.” –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, his 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.

Suitable for 11+ 

 

The Girl of Ink and Stars 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 island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – 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+ 

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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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The Great Reads Award 2017 📚📚📚📚📚

This is the second year of The Great Reads Award, a debut YA award shortlisted by SLARI (School Library Association of Ireland) and voted on by teen readers! This summer I’m delighted to one of those school librarians who gets to read wonderful YA books with other librarians to decide on which books will make the shortlist! 🤓✌📚❤
The shortlist will be ready in late August, just in time for all of our eager readers teens to get going on their reading once we are back to school! Our Lady’s is going to be very much involved in the awards so we will get as many readers on board as possible! 👐

Here’s the current longlist, which will be whittled down to eight from 20 by the end of August. I foresee some very hard decisions as they all look so interesting! 😍

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I have a lovely little pile to read over the next few weeks, and I’m very tempted to add a few more! 🤓😂

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