The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
There is no better recommendation for your next read than the most popular books that are currently being borrowed by our readers. Ms Lester has nominated a selection of books across a variety of genres that she says never make it back onto the shelves as everyone wants to enjoy these #greatreads. Reserve your copies for the holidays.
The Disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is a fun book about a girl who refuses to be excluded, side-lined or taken for granted. It is our book of the week and recommended as a great female YA read.
This term, our Yr 11 English Communication students are enjoying exploring the picture book genre and then writing their own. It is always a popular topic, and we suggest they look at the CBC Shortlist for 2016 to see some excellent examples of this genre - both in the Early Childhood and Picture Book of the Year categories.
Raymie Nightingale is a delightful new book by Kate DiCamillo. Essentially, this is the story of a young girl, Raymie, and her two friends as they make their way through a series of adventures. It is highly recommended for Middle School readers and for anyone who loves Kate DiCamillo.
Most people are intrigued by the Titanic story - of a luxurious British passenger liner, the largest ship afloat at the time and built to be unsinkable and yet it met this fate in the early hours of 15th April, 1912, after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean. One of the unsolved mysteries surrounding the sinking is why the SS Californian, a British steam ship that was sitting idly in an ice flow a few miles north, did not come to its rescue. This is the story explored in The Midnight Watch by David Dyer.
Illuminae , co-authored by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is the first installment of the new trilogy The Illuminae Files. Be warned - this is a high-octane, thrilling, science-fiction, edge of your seat read that will leave you breathless! The year is 2575 and two megacorporations are at war over a planet that is at the edge of the universe. This is a novel like no other I have read.
The Land of Stories, an exciting new series for middle school readers, is gaining great popularity amongst our Yr 7 students. Written by Chris Colfer of Glee fame, the series begins with The Wishing Spell, where twins Alex and Conner enter a magical land where fairy tales are real! Readers begin a thrilling quest of page-turning adventure which continues throughout the four stories that are currently published. The fifth story in the series is due out in July 2016.
What We Saw is a confronting read in which the issues of silence as a form of complicity, the high stakes of speaking up, and the courage it takes to do the right thing are all examined. Based on true events, this is a gripping story that wrestles with some big questions and is a novel suitable for older, more mature readers.
On her death, Kate Grenville's mother left behind the fragments of a memoir which this accomplished author has used as a starting point to weave an evocative, engaging and moving homage to her mother Nance, and the life she lived during the dramatic changes of the twentieth century. This is the compelling story of a woman who qualified as a pharmacist in an era when women stayed at home, and of her struggle to combine work and parenting. Highly recommended for all our avid readers.
If you are interested in what's new in fiction, take a look at our newest Pinterest board where we have curated the latest books to be added to our collection. The board, New in the iCentre, is being updated continually and serves as an inspiration for your next read. Browsing the titles and clicking on the link of a featured novel will take you to a Goodreads or publisher's outline of the story, which can help you decide your next #greatread.