Another OLS Author! βœŒπŸ»πŸ“–βœ

We have an author in first year! Casey Anne in B1 has posted her first Fan Fiction online! If you haven’t guessed by the quote above, it’s Doctor Who fan fiction and you can read it here https://m.fanfiction.net/s/12916508/1/Tales-of-the-TARDIS

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Christmas Tree of Knowledge and book craft πŸŽ„πŸ“šπŸŽ„πŸ“šπŸŽ„πŸ“š

The annual Christmas Tree of Knowledge is back!

It’s a Christmas Tree, made from books!

 

 

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Crafty Books and Booky Crafts!Β 

This year we are also hosting book and paper craft sessions in the library! Sessions started on Friday at lunchtime and will run every lunchtime until Christmas. We are making Christmas decorations out of very old and unusable books. Anyone is welcome to come in and learn! See the girls in action below.

 

 

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Senior Book Club December Edition πŸŽ„β„β˜ƒοΈπŸ“š

Our newly formed Senior Book Club met for the second time since the initial meeting in November. They discussed their chosen November title which was The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt. It went down pretty well all round! This month the title they have chosen is Tangleweed and Brine by the wonderful Deirdre Sullivan. This book recently won an Irish Book Award in the YA category. πŸ‘Œβ­

Blurb from Amazon:

A collection of thirteen dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales from one of Ireland’s leading writers for young people. In the tradition of Angela Carter, stories such as Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings, in the style of Aubrey Beardsley, by a new Irish illustrator.

Blurb form Goodreads:

Tangled tales of earth, salty tales of water

Bewitched retellings of thirteen classic fairy-tales with brave and resilient heroines. Tales of blood and intrigue, betrayal and enchantment from a leading Irish YA author.

With 13 stunning black and white illustrations by new Irish illustrator Karen Vaughan.

Senior Book Club will meet to discuss this book and choose another one in mid January. Other Seniors who wish to join then are more than welcome!πŸ€—

Previous Book Club picks:

November Book Club Sarah Crossan Special!

October Senior Book Club

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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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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Accelerated Reader Certificates πŸ€“βœŒπŸ“š

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! πŸ€—

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

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

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Book Bingo Reading Challenge πŸ€“

Challenge yourself and diversify your reading in 2019 by playing Book Bingo!Β πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šΒ 

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). ClickΒ hereΒ 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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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

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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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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+Β 

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 DarlingΒ is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Warning: extreme and disturbing material!

Suitable for 17+Β 

 

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