Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
They actually have a wide selection of different books and authors and have stocked a lot of the books that I've been raving about and promoting at the SRR including many of the books from the Teens' Top Ten list.
When I took a group of the girls on a book-buying trip earlier in the year, we were absolutely shocked by the difference in prices. On a few books we looked at, Booker was actually 30 - 40% cheaper.
No, I don't work for Booker, but I'm just so pleased that at least one bookstore is trying its best to stock a variety of books for young adults and teens. The more people who buy those books from them, the more they will be able to stock. You get the picture.
I had visited a number of other shops in the past month and I had been wanting to buy a copy of hush, hush (recently voted #5 on the 2010 Teens' Top Ten list) but I didn't want to pay the crazy prices at the other shops. Anyway, I went to Booker last week and told myself, "If they have hush, hush I'm going to buy it." Sure enough, they had it and it was very reasonably priced. Watch this space for a book preview and review in the next couple of weeks!
The other way that I buy a lot of my books now is through a website called bookdepository. They have almost all of the books that you would expect to buy at Amazon, but there is a huge difference - at bookdepository shipping is free. For me that's huge! I used to spend as much on shipping as I did on the books whenever I ordered from Amazon. Also, I used to save up my money for three or four months and then order books to try to cut down on shipping. At bookdepository there is no shipping so I can order even just one book at a time whenever I want to. It's great.
Some people probably guess that bookdepository has more expensive prices than Amazon. That may be true sometimes, but not always. And, from my experience, when you factor in shipping, bookdepository has always been much cheaper. You might guess that shipping is slower with bookdepository, but I certainly haven't noticed any difference in shipping times so far - they seem to be pretty much the same. I recently ordered Maria V. Snyder's Storm Glass and it got here in only about two and a half weeks.
By the way, I've registered the SRR as an affiliate with bookdepository so if you click on our link below, we'll get a small commission on the order. It doesn't cost you anything to order through our link, but it can help us out a little bit. So far after 15 months as an affiliate we have about $20 in commissions saved up which will be enough to order a book or two.
Anyway, please help to support the SRR by clicking on the banner ad below if you are going to order any books from bookdepository. Thanks and happy shopping! :-)
PS. For the girls in Form 5 who are broken-hearted because they must say good-bye to the SRR, there is still hope for you out there! Pick up books from Booker and Bookdepository and swap them with each other! :-)
Monday, 18 October 2010
Hannah wants to be normal, but she’s not. The sea calls to her, and she can see a delicate tracing of scales on her legs. Billowing waves soothe her, but flat land makes her sick. She knows there’s something wild in her that’s different, wrong–and deeply thrilling.
Only one person seems to know who–or what–Hannah is. He’s a guest in the house where she works as a scullery girl, and his fascinated gaze follows her. She doesn’t understand his terrifying allure, or her longing. But even as the mystery deepens, Hannah is sure of one thing. A sea change is coming.Orphan Hannah Albury, 15, the engagingly demure yet plucky heroine, has always been drawn to the ocean. Hired as scullery maid by the Hawleys, a wealthy Boston family, she embarks on a journey to understand and fulfill her destiny. Hannah is attracted to the family’s mysterious porcelain vases depicting sea creatures and even more so to Mr. Wheeler, an artist hired to paint the three Hawley daughters. He in turn hungers for and recognizes in Hannah what she doesn’t yet grasp. Meanwhile, the Hawleys’ psychotic eldest daughter, Lila, and her demonic cat, Jade, see Hannah as a threat; as she deciphers the secret of her identity, Hannah must ward off their perhaps supernatural attacks. The novel, first in a projected series, at first offers its early-20th-century history lesson in overly painstaking detail, especially the domestic staff hierarchy. Once Lila, Jade and Mr. Wheeler show up, the plot becomes gripping. A good bet for upper middle-grade and early YA readers. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Stricken by a mysterious malady when she is sent westward on an orphan train, 15-year-old Hannah instinctively knows that she can be cured by proximity to the ocean. She returns to Boston and takes a position as a scullery maid in a wealthy household, where a young artist comes to paint a portrait of her employers’ three daughters. A mysterious, rather romantic figure, he seems to see into Hannah’s soul. Slowly, she becomes aware that she is transforming into a daughter of the sea. The first book in a series about sisters separated at birth, this novel has menacing, almost gothic overtones as well as a strong sense of time, place, and class distinctions. Elements within the painting, which sounds similar to John Singer Sargent’s Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, become pivotal points in the setting and the story. Nicely designed, this compelling novel has an attractive jacket illustration showing a rather modern-looking Hannah in her element, the sea.
— Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
When a meteor hits the moon and knocks it closer in orbit to the earth, nothing will ever be the same. Worldwide tidal waves. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. And that's just the beginning.
It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license.
When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options.
Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.
Veteran author Susan Beth Pfeffer, who penned the young adult classic The Year Without Michael over twenty years ago, makes a stunning comeback with this haunting book that documents one adolescent's journey from self-absorbed child to selfless young woman. Teen readers won't soon forget this intimate story of survival and its subtle message about the treasuring the things that matter most—-family, friendship, and hope.--Jennifer Hubert
Notes: Thanks again to Mary for donating this book.
Hackett Island has never seen anyone quite like Lani Garver. Everything about this new kid is a mystery: Where does Lani come from? How old is Lani? And-most disturbing of all-is Lani a boy or a girl? Claire McKenzie isn't up to tormenting Lani like the rest of the high school elite. Instead, she befriends the intriguing outcast. But within days of Lani's arrival, tragedy strikes and Claire must deal with shattered friendships and personal demons-and the possibility that angels walk the earth.
And then Lani Garver shows up at school, a tall, thin, strangely androgynous person. "No. Not a girl. Sorry," he says pleasantly when Macy questions him about his gender with vicious curiosity. But Claire, much to Macy's disgust, is drawn to Lani, and his wisdom and kindness begins to heal her. He takes her to Philadelphia to meet his artistic friends, talks sense to her about her eating disorder and her blind devotion to Macy, finds her a therapist. Who is this Lani Garver? He resists "boxes" like "gay." Even his age is a mystery to Claire. Strangest of all, could he be a "floating angel," as his friends at the hospital seem to believe? Meanwhile, the fish frat are closing in for the kill, and when their harassment turns lethal, Lani shows a terrible side of himself Claire has never seen.Carol Plum-Ucci raises tantalizing questions around a fascinating character in this gut-clenching story that transcends the clichés of the gay-bashing novel. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell --
Notes: Thanks to Mary for getting this one for us. This book is now available in the SRR.
There is a lot to get excited about in this box. Our Cassandra Clare fans will be relieved that we got two more books from the Mortal Instruments trilogy. It is nice to have the big books with the beautiful covers now. Plus, this series has been so popular it has been difficult to get them out. Thanks Mary!
We also got two of the Maria V. Snyder books from her second trilogy. I'm reading the first book and when I'm done the trilogy will be ready to add to the collection. Mary's books are Spy Glass and Sea Glass (I bought Storm Glass from bookdepository last month).
Mary also sent us a copy of the American version of Snyder's Magic Study. Now that I see it up close, I have to say I really like the cover art. It's so nice to have an extra copy of this book. It is one of the most popular books in our collection and we will be promoting the series in January. Be forewarned, this book is only available at the SRR. You can not buy it here in Brunei! Of course, you could get it from BD.
We've also added three Teens' Top Ten winners: Life as We Knew It, Whatever Happened to Lani Carver, Looking for Alaska, and After. This is excellent news for students who are reading books off this list and I don't think I've read a book on the list that didn't totally impress me. Thanks to Mary for continuing our efforts to complete the Top Ten Collection which you can see by clicking here: TOP TEN BOOKS IN THE SRR.
If that wasn't enough, Mary also picked up copies of two requested books. Elsie in 9A requested Beastly and Amanda in 9F suggested we get a copy of The Giver.
We also got another copy of the very popular Evermore by Alyson Noel as well as another big copy of Stephenie Meyer's New Moon. Stephenie's books are still very hard to get a hold of. We have multiple copies, but they are always signed out. They will be even harder to come by as we get closer to the release of the final movie!
Once again, I'd like to thank Mary for her incredible generosity. She has really helped keep the excitement going this year. I hope I have this right - Mary has donated a total of 51 books this year! That's HUGE. Especially considering a lot of them have been large hard cover copies of popular books. You can see Mary's list HERE.
|1||Clare, Cassandra||City of Bones|
|2||Clare, Cassandra||City of Ashes|
|4||Forman, Gayle||If I Stay|
|5||Green, John||Looking For Alaska|
|6||Lasky, Kathryn||Daughters of the Sea: Hannah|
|7||Lowry, Lois||The Giver|
|8||Meyer, Stephenie||New Moon|
|11||Pfeffer, Susan||Life as We Knew it|
|12||Plum, Carol||Whatever Happened to Lani Garver|
|14||Snyder, Maria V.||Sea Glass|
|15||Snyder, Maria V.||Spy Glass|
|16||Snyder, Maria V.||Magic Study|
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
We have copies of books one and two in the SRR already and they have been enjoyed by many students this year. Sorry, but they tend to get passed around to different friends within a class. If you can't wait to get them from SRR, there are limited copies at Booker, Gadong. They even put two copies of Mockingjay on the shelf a couple of days ago (I'm not sure how they got it before us!). Grab them before they are gone!
The cool orange covered version of Catching Fire at Booker sold in a matter of days - I wonder if it was bought by one of my blog readers. :-) I knew I should have grabbed it! LOL
In other exciting news, as you may have noticed in my earlier post, one of our school's most popular writers - Maria V Snyder - has told me that she is sending us six autographed books! What an incredibly generous writer! Meanwhile, her Magic Study, Poison Study, Fire Study books continue to be requested on a daily basis at the school. For those of you who were hooked on her books, Mary and I have teamed up to get you a set of Maria's newest series - the Glass Series.
This is amazing: I ordered the first book called Storm Glass on August 28th and I picked it up from the post office today - 10 days! Wow, bookdepository can be super fast sometimes!
Although I'm presently reading Harry Potter II, Percy Jackson I, and a couple of books about Ancient Egypt, I think I'll have to read this one before I pass it on to the SRR. I feel another waitlist coming on. Anybody interested?
Thanks to Mary for sending out Sea Glass and Spy Glass today. They should arrive here soon and be ready for when we return to school following the Hari Raya holidays.
You can't stop the future.
You can't rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret... is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home to find a strange package with his name on it. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker- his class mate and first love- who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
Hannah's voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.
All through the night, Clay keeps listening- and what he discovers changes his life...
A lot of students have been eager to read this book so when Peta's shipment of two copies arrived this week I just had to read a chapter to see what it was like. Of course, I couldn't put it down. Thanks again Peta for your generous donation. The books arrived yesterday from bookdepository!
It is a compelling book with an interesting writing style. I liked how the writer, Jay Asher, weaved the story together by having the main character listen to the tapes. Clay's reactions to what Hannah says on the tapes, at times, makes it seem as if the two are conversing. At the very least, it gives Hannah's story perspective and drives the story forward. In one night, Clay listens to the story of the girl he loved and he travels around the town where they live to significant places in Hannah's experiences leading up to her dark decision.
The content of this book is a bit disturbing. After all, the other main character, Hannah, has killed herself. That certainly ups the maturity level of this book but also makes it worth reading.
It doesn't glorify suicide at all. It doesn't make us feel that the character's choice was good and we don't get a feeling of justice when the other characters listen to her story. At times, in fact, I found myself feeling a bit annoyed and frustrated by Hannah and I had to wonder if that was partly by design. I'm not sure. She makes a lot of mistakes too. She isn't perfect. And her decision to end her life is a mistake. Ultimately, she did have friends and family who loved her even if she didn't always see that. The reader, in the end, is left with a feeling of great pity.
The main message in the book is powerful. It reminds us that we must be kind and caring towards others and that even the little things we do that aren't very nice can have a drastic affect on the people around us. By the time you finish reading this book, I guess that's what you take away from it - and that's a good thing.
There is some mature content here but it isn't titillating at all - it is the exact opposite. This is a warning to teen readers though. This book deals with harsh issues of American teenage life and isn't a "fun" read. However, it is very interesting and will appeal to those students who enjoy dramatic narratives.
We now have 3 copies in the SRR available, but if you just can't wait I think Booker still has a copy (last seen on the top of the fiction bookshelf).
Sunday, 29 August 2010
'If you liked GLADIATOR, you'll love EMPEROR.' THE TIMES 'Great fun !
The great events and breathtaking brutality of the times are brought lavishly to life. Russell Crowe and Sean Bean's agents are surely already jockeying for the wide-screen roles.' GUARDIAN 'A brilliant story -- I wish I'd written it.
A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace. It really is a terrific read.' BERNARD CORNWELL 'Stunning. It begins with hints of a mystery and continues as a galvanizing historical thriller. Words like "brilliant", "sumptuous" and "enchanting" jostle to be used but scarcely convey the way Iggulden brings the tale to life, or the compelling depictions of battle, treachery and everyday detail in a precarious world vividly re-created ! exhilarating.' Los Angeles Times
'The descriptions of combat in the circus, slaves in revolt, skirmishes in Greece, amputations and street fighting are all convincing.' TLS 'A rich and compelling novel that draws the reader into an extraordinary time and the life of an extraordinary man.' DAVID GEMMELL
You might be wondering why I haven't written many blog reviews lately. You may think I stopped reading. Actually, no. It's just I haven't been reading much YA lit lately.
I just went through an Ancient Rome phase. I started reading this really cool series of books by Conn Iggulden about the life of Julius Caesar and I just couldn't stop until I finished all four of them. They were really, really good.
There are a number of reasons why I loved this series. First of all, I'm fascinated by the man. I mean, it is so interesting to be able to learn about how Caesar came to be so famous. I liked reading a book that put me back in time. I could almost imagine what it would have been like to have lived in Caesar's time. As well, Iggulden managed to build a fascinating story without giving in to all the details.
I tried reading McCullough's books about Caesar, but she just made things way too complicated for me with all the characters. McCullough's books read like an encyclopedia entries. Iggulden's were written like an adventure story.
As well, Iggulden really brought the action to life. I've never written a book about ancient war before, but the way Iggulden described the fight scenes was so incredibly descriptive - it made brutal hand to hand combat sound beautiful.
Anyway, I thought it was worth writing a review just in case there were other readers who enjoy these types of books.
For readers who enjoy reading about Ancient Rome, I also highly recommend Philip Matyszak's Legionary: The Roman Soldier's Manual. I really enjoyed it. After reading Iggulden's book I was so curious about what life was like for the typical soldier and I found Matyszak's book to be of great interest - easy to read and full of fun facts!
I've probably told you this before, but I resisted reading HP for a very long time. I was certain I would not like it. "It's for kids," I thought. Wrong. About five years ago, I picked up the first book just to see what all the fuss was about. I was amazed from the first page.
Rowling's book is really for everyone. It is truly amazing. The writing is pure genius and the story keeps pulling you forward so you never want to put the book down.
I rarely read books a second time, but I'm wondering if maybe it's time to do that. I think I appreciated every little bit of this book more with my second reading. Besides, it was so much fun seeing my son react to it - laughing and cheering throughout!
Forget about the movie. So many students say, "I've already seen the movie. Why should I read the book?" There's no contest here. The book is so much better than the movie. The movies are good. There's no doubt about that. But it just can't compare to the joy of reading the book.
If you've never read the series, you should get started now! You could read them all before the final two movies come out (the first one in December?). We have the complete collection in the SRR and we have about 20 copies of book #1.
YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!
In the blink of an eye.
Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.
The first in a breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves, gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new way.
I blogged about this book a while ago. Incredible book. Seriously. From the first chapter I was hooked on Grant's premise. Imagine: A bunch of teenagers are sitting in a classroom when, suddenly, their teacher disappears. Soon they figure out that all the people above the age of 15 are completely gone.
For some kids this would be a kind of heaven, well, until reality sets in.
That's so cool. What would happen if something like that happened? What would the kids do? Will they be good little boys and girls? Will they organize themselves somehow? Will somebody step up to be the leader? How will they survive? Grant explores this and much more, taking the reader on a wild ride. There is more to this story than I can tell you. You'll just have to read it; I'd hate to spoil the fun for you!
Although I felt a bit ripped off by the ending of this one, I really enjoyed it a lot. I've donated my copy to the SRR already so you should grab it if you get a chance. I highly recommend it. If you liked Hunger Games, you'll enjoy this one.
One of the best books I've read in a long time!
It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.
Three months since all the adults disappeared.
Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers.
Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.
But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
The sequel to Gone was really great. I plowed through all 560 pages this weekend and loved it. I'm totally fascinated by the whole situation and I'm enjoying Grant's characters.
I liked that we had a chance to see how this world develops. I've always been fascinated by this sort of Lord of the Flies idea. I mean, if there were no adults around, what would happen? Are children basically good? Would they help each other? Things really heat up in this second book of the trilogy.
In particular, I like the way certain ideas start to gain momentum in this book. For example, the kid who ran the McDonald's is now dreaming of starting up some sort of currency. However, rightly so, the other kids are suspicious of his intentions. What will Albert do once he becomes a business tycoon. As well, friction is developing and two separate groups are going to battle it out, and I don't mean the rich kids from the private school (although they are back and badder than ever in the second book as well).
BTW, our copy is an uncorrected proof of the book which was sent to us by our generous book angel Mary from the United States. Thanks Mary! This is a special book and many of our girls will enjoy it.
Great book. Highly recommended.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
We have a lot of new and exciting books, but I'm pretty sure that the number one series of books in the school is still the study series by Maria V. Snyder!
This series of books took off when Peta donated them to us last year. The girls in 5C and 5D picked this one up and passed it around. It became so popular that Peta even sent us a second set.
We still rarely see them being returned so we know they are being shared within the classrooms. Fire Study was returned this morning and it was on the SRR shelf for about two minutes, then three girls from 9A yelled, "It's here!" and then it was gone.
Did you know that Maria V Snyder wrote another trilogy after the Study Series? All three books are out already and I will try my best to order them once we have some book funds available to order them. The books are Storm Glass, Sea Glass, and Spy Glass.
UPDATE: DUE TO YOUR E-MAILS TO HER, MARIA V. SNYDER HAS SAID THAT SHE WILL SEND US AUTOGRAPHED COPIES OF THE STUDY SERIES BOOKS AS WELL AS HER GLASS SERIES!!! HOW GENEROUS IS THAT?!
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Those of you who have read the Hunger Games series (and loved it) will be happy to know that the wait is over. Mockingjay, the final book in the trilogy, will be out August 24th.
We are very lucky because Peta has already ordered us two copies from bookdepository so we should get them in just a couple of weeks! Yay! Thanks so much Peta.
In the lead up to the release, the book blogging community is starting to get really excited. If you are a fan of the series, have a look at Steph Su's (always interesting and informative) blog:
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Steph Su is putting up a copy of the new Cassandra Clare book in a contest. I hope you will all enter to win it!!! Go to her blog and fill out the entry form today:
Congratulations to the STPRI Debate Team for their win over the SMSAB team today! Well done girls! Lindy, Ruth, and Najeeha did a great job for us today and we look forward to seeing them go into the next round. Also, thanks to the rest of the team members who came out to show their support. We have such a great team and I keep telling everyone how lucky we are to have so many girls interested in competing. Our school is very unique that way.
I was surprised to see some of my former students today (yes, I moved from SMSAB just three years ago). I was really proud to see the boys I taught were on the school's debate team. Congratulations to them for joining the competition. I thought they did very well. It was really nice to see Muiz and Azlan (my former students) and Fahkri (a student I knew and brother of another former student - Nabilah). I still have fond memories of my time at SMSAB and I continue to wonder how my former students are doing. I hope one of them will read this and add me to Facebook!!!
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Our American book angel, Mary, has done it again. In July, she sent us two big boxes of 24 incredible books. She has managed to get her hands on a lot of the books that are very popular in the SRR and has been able to get many coveted hardcover books for the collection. Thanks so much Mary! We really appreciate all the amazing books you've been sending us! This should really cause stir in the SRR.
After watching The Lightning Thief movie I was hoping to read the series. I'm happy to say that Mary has sent us a whole collection of the books. If you enjoyed the movie as much as I do, you are sure to enjoy this set.
Looking for Alaska placed #4 on the 2005 Teens' Top Ten list so it will likely be a very good read. Of course Green has really established himself because he took #1 in 2009's list with Paper Towns. This is one author you may want to check out.
Shannon Hale has also established herself with The Goose Girl (#7 in 2004) and River Secrets (#7 in 2007). Perhaps she is another popular author worth looking at. I can't wait to hear a few reviews on these books.
Picoult, Dessen, Westerfeld, and Kinsella need no introduction. Their books already have a following at the school so these will all be snapped up the minute they hit the shelves. Enjoy!
Here is a list of the books that Mary sent in July:
- This Lullaby - Dessen
- Looking for Alaska - John Green
- Twenties Girl - Kinsella
- The Undomestic Goddess - Kinsella
- New Moon - Meyer
- Brisingr - Paolini
- My Sister's Keeper - Picoult
- The Pact - Picoult
- Plain Truth - Picoult
- The Last Olympian - Riordan
- Specials - Westerfeld
- Firegirl - Abbott
- City of Glass - Clare
- The Handbook of Pirates - Deary
- River Secrets - Hale
- Emma Burning - Hale
- The Goose Girl - Hale
- Eldest - Paolini
- Maximum Ride: Saving the World - Patterson
- The Final Warning - Patterson
- The Lightning Thief - Riordan
- The Sea of Monsters - Riordan
- The Titan's Curse - Riordan
- The Battle of Labyrinth - Riordan
I've been meaning to update the blog for weeks. I wanted to announce some great new additions to the collection this week. In July, Peta sent us another 10 amazing books for you to enjoy. In particular, I think you will be interested to know that she has sent two hardcover copies of Stephanie Meyer's new book The Second Life of Bree Tanner. I just know that these books will be very, very popular.
As well, the girls who loved Cashore's Graceling will be happy to know that Peta also sent us book #2 called Fire.
Another great book worth noting is the #1 book from the 2009 Teens' Top Ten list by John Green called Paper Towns. It actually won against competition from Breaking Dawn and The Hunger Games. I was so eager to find out what all the fuss was about so I read it yesterday. Great book!
As well, Peta has managed to close up the final book on our 2004 Teens Top Ten list of books with the addition of the pirate adventure called Curse of the Blue Tattoo by LA Meyer. Have a look at our complete collection HERE.
Also, here is the complete list of Peta's July donations:
- The Second Life of Bree Tanner (two copies)
- Paper Towns
- Curse of the Blue Tattoo
- Endymion Spring (hc)
- Ghost Stories
- Usborne Big Book of Puzzle Adventures
- Ryland's Footsteps
These are wonderful books that have been added to the collection. Thanks so much Peta!!!
Friday, 2 July 2010
Stay tuned for the book announcements and previews in the coming week - we have some amazing new titles for you!
Thanks to Peta and Mary! You continue to amaze us with your incredible generosity!!!
Also, if you have seen Eclipse, please let us know what you thought of it. I'm curious to know if it is good.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Every year we ask the students to help us expand our collection and you donate $1 for the SRR. Well, we had a bit of fun spending a tiny bit of that money before the holiday. A few eager readers and I borrowed the school van and went off on a shopping tour to a few bookstores.
First of all, let me just say a big thank you to the staff at Booker in Gadong for all their support and for developing their stock of young adult books. Booker now has the best selection in the country. It's because of people like our students who love books that I think they have started to stock the books we like. Also, I'm pleased to say their prices seem to have come down a bit.
Books at Booker are certainly much more reasonable than any other store in the country. We were absolutely shocked to discover that many of the books were 30% more expensive at that other chain shop that we all shop at! We still pay more for books here than in any other country in the world, but things are beginning to look up. Keep buying books and then, hopefully, the businessmen in the country will be able to cut their prices!
Anyway, we managed to get some more of the Mr Midnight books (they are still the best value for money) and we were able to fill a few holes in our collections. We picked up book 2 and 3 of the Faerie Wars books. So many girls read the first book and enjoyed it. They kept asking me about them so I just had to get them.
Also, in the next few weeks, try visiting the school library! We managed to get some new books for the library and they should be on the shelves soon. We got some of the best books you can imagine. We even got a copy of Hunger Games and Graceling. Can you believe that? I'll try to post a list soon.
First of all, Peta ordered a nice new copy of what looks like an amazing book that one a prize at The Times. It's Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.
Here is the blurb:
Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped.
Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires.
One inside, one outside
But both imprisoned.
Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world's end.
Imagine the unimaginable.
That sounds interesting, doesn't it?
Peta has also sent us a couple of other books. One is a very cool picture book called A Shakespearean Theater which I think all the lit students are going to enjoy. I know I like it a lot. She also sent a book by Robin Sharma called "Discover Your Destiny" which was a request from a girl in one of the other classes ( I think Miss Karen is her teacher) and I hope I'm able to find her so she can take the book out.
Thanks again Peta for your generosity! It's always amazing to get your lovely packages with all the Spongebob stickers on them. BTW, you are still famous! The bulletin board at our school continues to get a lot of attention!
Sunday, 30 May 2010
1. What if a murderer were one of the characters? Better yet, what if a man and girl were trapped together and she notices he has blood on his hands. The girl gets very nervous and her imagination takes over. Later, the man gets off the elevator and picks up two big cans of red paint - he's a painter! Great twist don't you think?
2. We also thought about the possibility of a boyfriend and girlfriend getting trapped and what could happen with them or the idea that a girl and boy who don't know each other end up on the elevator. The girl has had a secret crush on the boy for some time, but in the end she discovers he isn't that nice and she is no longer interested in him.
3. We also imagined the possibility of a famous person being on the elevator. The other person could be a crazed fan, somebody who doesn't know the famous person, or somebody who doesn't like the famous person. This was similar to the roleplay we did with the characters on an airplane earlier this year.
I mentioned that one of my favourite tv shows of all time is Friends and that there is an episode where Chandler (my favourite character) gets stuck in a bank with a famous model. Chandler is so funny! He feels so awkward and nervous. You have to see this! Click here to go to YouTube and watch the video: Chandler and the Famous Model on YouTube
Can anybody think of other good examples of unusual characters who were forced to spend time together by circumstances?
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Well, everyone is in the spirit of giving today so I'm donating three of my favourite hardcovers!
Collins' Hunger Games is incredible and a lot of students are begging for book two. It's here! I bought this one in the Chicago airport in December and it is absolutely stunning. I hope you enjoy it. Hunger Games took #3 in the 2009 Teens' Top Ten List and you can bet Catching Fire will be in the top ten for 2010.
Wake is another amazing book. I reviewed it last year and I still feel some of the content is a bit mature, but it is just too good to keep from the shelves of the SRR. Enjoy everyone! You can read my review HERE. By the way, it's #7 on the Teen's Top Ten for 2009.
With the popularity of Harry Potter and the fact that the new movie will be out in the near future - there will be a demand for HP books again I'm sure. I have fond memories of pre-ordering this book and rushing off to the bookstore to get it and then reading it as I walked out of the shop. Deathly Hollows is beyond awesome. It took #2 on the 2008 Teen's Top Ten list. Yeah, I know, that's stupid. You shouldn't even utter the names Rowling and Meyer in the same breath.
|2||Ahern, Cecelia||Rosie Dunn|
|3||Anderson, Laurie Halse||Twisted|
|4||Anderson, Laurie Halse||Speak|
|7||Asher, Jay||Thirteen Reasons Why|
|8||Beddor, Frank||The Looking Glass Wars|
|9||Brashares, Ann||Girls in Pants|
|10||Brashares, Ann||The Last Summer of You & Me|
|11||Bray, Libba||A Great and Terrible Beauty|
|12||Bray, LIbba||Beauty Queens|
|13||Brooks, Kevin||The Road of The Dead|
|14||Cabot, Meg||Princess Diaries|
|15||Cabot, Meg||Princess In The Spotlight|
|16||Cabot, Meg||Princess In The Spotlight|
|17||Cabot, Meg||Princess In Love|
|18||Cabot, Meg||Princess in Waiting|
|19||Cabot, Meg||Princess in Waiting|
|20||Cabot, Meg||Princess in Pink|
|21||Cabot, Meg||Queen of Babble Gets Hitched|
|22||Cabot, Meg||She Went all the way|
|23||Cabot, Meg||Nicola and the Viscount|
|24||Cabot, Meg||The Mediator: Shadowland|
|25||Cabot, Meg||The Mediator: Ninth Key|
|26||Cabot, Meg||Haunted (Mediator #5)|
|27||Cabot, Meg||Twilight (Mediator #6)|
|28||Canfield, Jack||Chicken soup for the Teenage Soul on Love and Friendship|
|29||Carter, Ally||Heist Society|
|30||Carter, Ally||Cross My Heart|
|31||Carter, Ally||Cross My Heart|
|32||Carter, Ally||Hope to Spy|
|35||Cast, P. C.||Betrayed|
|37||Cast, P.C.||Hunted (House of Night)|
|39||Cast, P. C.||Tempted|
|41||Clare, Cassandra||City of Bones|
|42||Clare, Cassandra||City of Bones|
|43||Clare, Cassandra||City of Ashes|
|44||Clare, Cassandra||City of Ashes|
|45||Clare, Cassandra||City of Glass|
|46||Clare, Cassandra||City of Fallen Angels|
|47||Clare, Cassandra||Clockwork Angel|
|48||Davis, Heather||Never Cry werewolf|
|49||Deary, Terry||The Handbook of Pirates|
|50||Dessen, Sarah||This Lullaby|
|51||Dessen, Sarah||The Truth About Forever|
|52||Dessen, Sarah||This Lullaby|
|53||Dessen, Sarah||Just Listen|
|54||Dessen, Sarah||Just LIsten|
|55||Dessen, Sarah||Someone Like You|
|56||Dessen, Sarah||Lock and Key|
|58||Dessen, Sarah||Along for the Ride|
|59||DiCamillo, Kate||The Magician's Elephant|
|60||Downham, Jenny||Before I die|
|61||DuPrau, Jeanne||The City of Ember|
|62||DuPrau, Jeanne||The People of Sparks|
|63||DuPrau, Jeanne||The Prophet of Yonwood|
|64||DuPrau, Jeanne||The Diamond of Darkhold|
|68||Forman, Gayle||If I Stay|
|69||Fredericks, Mariah||The true meaning of cleavage|
|70||Gaiman, Neil||The Graveyardbook|
|71||Garcia, Kami||Beautiful Darkness|
|72||Grant, Michael||Hunger (Uncorrected Proof)|
|75||Green, John||Looking for Alaska|
|76||Green, John||Looking for Alaska|
|77||Green, John||Looking for Alaska|
|78||Green, John||An Abundance of Katherine|
|79||Hale, Shannon||River Secrets|
|80||Hale, Shannon||Emma Burning|
|81||Hale, Shannon||The Goose Girl|
|82||Headley, Justina Chen||North of Beautiful|
|83||Jones, Frewin||The Faerie Path|
|84||Jones, Frewin||The Lost Queen|
|85||Kinsella, Sophie||Twenties Girl|
|86||Kinsella, Sophie||The Undomestic Goddess|
|87||Kenyon, Sherrilyn||Night Pleasures|
|88||Lasky, Kathryn||Daughters of the Sea: Hannah|
|89||Lasky, Kathryn||Blood Secret|
|93||Lowry, Lois||The Giver|
|94||Lowry, Lois||Gathering Blue|
|95||Marr, Melissa||Wicked Lovely|
|96||Marr, Melissa||Ink Exchange|
|97||Marr, Melissa||Love is Hell|
|102||Meyer, Stephenie||New Moon|
|103||Meyer, Stephenie||New Moon|
|104||Meyer, Stephenie||New Moon|
|105||Meyer, Stephanie||New Moon|
|107||Meyer, Stephenie||Breaking Dawn|
|108||Meyer, Stephenie||Breaking Dawn|
|109||Meyer, Stephanie||Breaking Dawn|
|116||Patterson, James||Saving the World & other Extreme Sports|
|117||Patterson, James||School's Out Forever|
|119||Patterson, James||The Final Warning|
|121||Pfeffer, Susan||Life as We Knew it|
|122||Picoult, Jodi||My Sister's Keeper|
|123||Picoult, Jodi||My Sister's Keeper|
|124||Picoult, Jodi||The Pact|
|125||Picoult, Jodi||Plain Truth|
|126||Picoult, Jodi||Salem Falls|
|127||Plum, Carol||Whatever Happened to Lani Garver|
|129||Riordan, Rick||The Lightning Thief|
|130||Riordan, Rick||The Lightning Thief|
|131||Riordan, Rick||The Sea of Monsters|
|132||Riordan, Rick||The Sea of Monsters|
|133||Riordan, Rick||The Titan's Curse|
|134||Riordan, Rick||The Titan's Curse|
|135||Riordan, Rick||The Battle of the Labyrinth|
|136||Riordan, Rick||The Battle of the Labyrinth|
|137||Riordan, Rick||The Last Olympian|
|138||Riordan, Rick||The Last Olympian|
|139||Riordan, Rick||The Red Pyramid|
|140||Rowling, J.K.||Harry Potter: And the Sorcerer's Stone|
|141||Rowling, J.K.||Harry Potter: And the Sorcerer's Stone|
|142||Rowling, J.K.||Harry Potter: And the Sorcerer's Stone|
|143||Rowling, J.K.||Harry Potter: And the Sorcerer's Stone|
|144||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone|
|145||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|
|146||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|
|147||Rowling, J.K.||The Chamber of Secrets|
|148||Rowling, J.K.||The Chamber of Secrets|
|149||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|
|150||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|
|151||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
|152||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
|153||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
|154||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|155||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|156||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|
|157||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince|
|158||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince|
|159||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince|
|160||Rowling, J. K.||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|
|162||Shriver, Lionel||We Need to Talk about Kevin|
|163||Snicket, Lemony||The Eratz Elevator|
|164||Snicket, Lemony||The Grim Grotto|
|165||Snicket, Lemony||The Penultimate Peril|
|166||Snicket, Lemony||The End|
|167||Snyder, Maria||Storm Glass|
|168||Snyder, Maria||Sea Glass|
|169||Snyder, Maria V.||Sea Glass|
|170||Snyder, Maria V.||Spy Glass|
|171||Snyder, Maria||Spy Glass|
|172||Snyder, Maria||Poison Study|
|173||Snyder, Maria V.||Magic Study|
|174||Snyder, Maria||Magic Study|
|175||Snyder, Maria||Fire Study|
|176||Snyder, Maria||Inside Out|
|177||Sparks, Nicholas||The Lucky One|
|178||Sparks, Nicholas||The Lucky One|
|179||Sparks, Nicholas||A Bend in the Road|
|180||Sparks, Nicholas||The Guardian|
|181||Sparks, Nicholas||Message in the bottle|
|182||Sparks, Nicholas||At First Sight|
|184||Stine, R. L.||Dangerous Girls|
|185||Wells, Rosemary||When No One Was Looking|
|189||Whitman, Emily||Radiant Darkness|
|190||Stine, R. L.||Monster Blood||Goosebumps|
|191||Stine, R. L.||A Shocker on Shock Street||Goosebumps|
|192||Stine, R. L.||Say Cheese and Die - Again||Goosebumps|
|193||Stine, R. L.||Ghost Camp||Goosebumps|
|194||Stine, R. L.||The Cuckoo Clock of Doom||Goosebumps|
|195||Stine, R. L.||Returne of the Mummy||Goosebumps|
|196||Stine, R.L.||Bad Hare Day||Goosebumps|
|197||Stine, R.L.||Calling All Creeps||Goosebumps|
|198||Stine, R.L.||Egg Monsters From Mars||Goosebumps|
|199||Stine, R.L.||The Curse of Camp Cold Lake||Goosebumps|
|200||Stine, R. L.||The Girl Who Cried Monster||Goosebumps|
|201||Stine, R. L.||The Haunted School||Goosebumps|
|202||Stine, R. L.||Monster Blood IV||Goosebumps|
|203||Stine, R. L.||Mostly Ghostly||Goosebumps|
|206||Clamp||Magic Knight Rayearth||Manga|
|207||Clamp||Magic Knight Rayearth||Manga|
|208||Clamp||Magic Knight Rayearth||Manga|
|209||Clamp||Magic Knight Rayearth II||Manga|
|210||Clamp||Magic Knight Rayearth II||Manga|
|211||Clamp||Magic Knight Rayearth II||Manga|
|212||Fujishima, Kosuke||Oh My Goddess: Ninja Master||Manga|
|213||Fujishima, Kosuke||Oh My Goddess: 1-555-Goddess||Manga|
|214||Fujishima, Kosuke||Oh My Goddess: Love Potion #9||Manga|
|215||Fujishima, Kosuke||Oh My Goddess: Miss Keiichi||Manga|
|216||Fujishima, Kosuke||Oh My Goddess: The Queen of Vengeance||Manga|
|217||Hamazaki, Tatsuya||Hack: Legend of the Twilight||Manga|
|218||Hamazaki, Tatsuya||Hack: Legend of the Twilight||Manga|
|219||Hirano, Toshiki||Shaolin Sisters||Manga|
|220||Hirano, Toshiki||Shaolin Sisters||Manga|
|221||Katsura, Asuka||Petite Cossette||Manga|
|222||Katsura, Asuka||Petite Cossette||Manga|
|223||Patterson, James||Maximum Ride||Manga|
|224||Riordan, Rick||The Lightning Thief||Manga|
|227||Manga Enroute:||Sent May 2011||Manga|
|228||Anzai, Nobuyuki||Flame of Recca||Manga|
|229||Be-PaPas||Revolutionary Girl: Utena||Manga|
|231||DeFilippis & Weir||Luna: Amazing Agent||Manga|
|232||Hajime, Ueda||Q.Ko-Chan The Earth Invader Girl||Manga|
|233||Hatori, Bisco||Ouran High School: Host Club||Manga|
|234||Hidaka, Banri||Tears of A Lamb||Manga|
|235||Ice Kunion||2005 Ice Kunion Sampler||Manga|
|236||iida, Haruko||Crescent Moon||Manga|
|237||Koge-Donbo||Kamichama: Karin Chu||Manga|
|239||Nanase, Aoi||Angel Dust||Manga|
|240||Okamoto, Keiko||Corrector Yui: Corrector Initialize||Manga|
|241||Okuda, Hitchi||No Need for Tenchi (Mother Planet)||Manga|
|242||Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki||Neon Genesis Evangelion||Manga|
|243||Saiga, Reiji||Real Bout High School||Manga|
|244||Saito, Chiho||Utena: Revolutionary Girl||Manga|
|245||Sugisaki, Yukiru||D. N. Angel||Manga|
|246||Sugisaki, Yukiru||D. N. Angel||Manga|
|247||Sugisaki, Yukiru||D. N. Angel||Manga|
|248||Sugisaki, Yukiru||D. N. Angel||Manga|
|249||Sugisaki, Yukiru||D. N. Angel||Manga|
|250||Tomino, Yoshiyuki||Brain Powered||Manga|
|251||Tomizawa, Hitoshi||Aliennine Emulators||Manga|
|252||Tokyopop||The rising Stars of Manga||Manga|
|253||Tokyopop||Power Rangers Ninja Storm||Manga|
|254||Ueyama, Michiro||Zoids (Chaotic Century)||Manga|
|255||Yeo-Jin, Jan||Saint Marie||Manga|
|256||Cooney, Caroline||Twins||Point Horror|
|257||Ellis, Carol||Camp Fear||Point Horror|
|258||Ellis, Carol||Silent Witness||Point Horror|
|259||Ellis, Carol||The Stepdaughter||Point Horror|
|260||Ellis, Carol||The Window||Point Horror|
|261||Hoh, Diane||The Train||Point Horror|
|262||Hoh, Diane||Nightmare Hall: Dark Moon||Point Horror|
|263||Hoh, Diane||Prom Date||Point Horror|
|264||Hoh, Diane||The Invitation||Point Horror|
|265||Hoh, Diane||The Train||Point Horror|
|266||Hoh, Diane||The Night Walker||Point Horror|
|267||Hoh, Diane||Last Breath||Point Horror|
|268||Kilworth, Garry||The Rain Ghost||Point Horror|
|269||Littke, Lael||Prom Dress||Point Horror|
|270||Littke, Lael||The Watcher||Point Horror|
|271||Lowry, Lois||The Giver||Point Horror|
|272||Nixon, Joan Lowery||A Deadly Game of Magic||Point Horror|
|273||Smith, Sinclair||The Boy Next Door||Point Horror|
|274||Smith, Sinclair||The Waitress||Point Horror|
|275||Stamper, J. B.||Tales for the Midnight Hour||Point Horror|
|276||Stine. R. L.||The Baby Sitter III||Point Horror|
|277||Stine, R. L.||The Babysitter IV||Point Horror|
|278||Stine. R. L.||Beach Party||Point Horror|
|279||Stine. R. L.||Beach House||Point Horror|
|280||Stine. R. L.||The Dead Girlfriend||Point Horror|
|281||Stine. R. L.||Hit and Run||Point Horror|
|282||Stine. R. L.||Twisted||Point Horror|
|283||Stine, R. L.||The Overnight||Point Horror|
|284||Stine, R. L.||The Girlfriend||Point Horror|
|285||Stine, R. L.||The Boyfriend||Point Horror|
|286||Stine, R. L.||Let's Party||Point Horror|
|287||Stine, R. L.||Phone Calls||Point Horror|
|288||Stine, R. L.||The Babysitter II||Point Horror|
|289||Stine, R. L.||The Perfect Date||Point Horror|
|290||Stine, R. L.||The Prom Queen||Point Horror|
|291||Stine, R. L.||The Snowman||Point Horror|
|292||Stine, R. L.||Night Terrors||Point Horror|
|293||Stine, R. L.||I saw you that night||Point Horror|
|294||Stine, R. L.||The Hitchhiker||Point Horror|
|295||Stamper, J. B.||More Tales for the Midnight Hour|
|296||Stamper, J. B.||Tales for the Midnight Hour|
|297||Stamper, J. B.||Still More Tales For The Midnight Hour|
|298||Stine, R. L.||All Night Party|
|299||Stine, R. L.||Cheerleaders: The Second Evil|