Sunday, 30 May 2010

Trapped in an Elevator

On Thursday I talked to the the 9A class about the idea of writing a narrative with an "elevator" setting. We discussed the idea that the main complication could be that it gets stuck between floors. Then we thought about a variety of characters that could be stuck in the elevator.

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

Even More Books - this time from me!

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.

Enjoy girls.

Books Donated by Mary

The following books have been donated by our generous book angel Mary from the USA:

1 Abbott, Firegirl Firegirl
2 Ahern, Cecelia Rosie Dunn
3 Anderson, Laurie Halse Twisted
4 Anderson, Laurie Halse Speak
5 Anderson, Laurie Wintergirls
6 Anderson, Laurie Prom
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
33 Cast, P.C. Marked
34 Cast, P.C. Betrayed
35 Cast, P. C. Betrayed
36 Cast, P.C. Chosen
37 Cast, P.C. Hunted (House of Night)
38 Cast, P.C. Untamed
39 Cast, P. C. Tempted
40 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
57 Dessen, Sarah Dreamland
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
65 Fisher, Catherine Incarceron
66 Fitzgerald, Becca Crescendo
67 Flinn, Alex Beastly
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)
73 Grant, Michael Lies
74 Grant, Michael Gone
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
90 Lauren, Kate Fallen
91 Lauren, Kate Fallen
92 Lauren, Kate Torment
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
98 McMann, Lisa Fade
99 McMann, Lisa Fade
100 McMann, Lisa Fade
101 Meyer, Stephanie Twilight
102 Meyer, Stephenie New Moon
103 Meyer, Stephenie New Moon
104 Meyer, Stephenie New Moon
105 Meyer, Stephanie New Moon
106 Meyer, Stephanie Eclipse
107 Meyer, Stephenie Breaking Dawn
108 Meyer, Stephenie Breaking Dawn
109 Meyer, Stephanie Breaking Dawn
110 Meyer, Stephenie Eclipse
111 Meyer, Stephenie Eclipse
112 Nix, Garth Sabriel
113 Noel, Alyson Evermore
114 Paolini, Christopher Eldest
115 Paolini, Christopher Brisingr
116 Patterson, James Saving the World & other Extreme Sports
117 Patterson, James School's Out Forever
118 Patterson, James Max
119 Patterson, James The Final Warning
120 Patterson, James Angel
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
128 Prose, Francine After
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
161 Shreve, Susan Blister
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
183 Stiefvater, Mattie Shiver
184 Stine, R. L. Dangerous Girls
185 Wells, Rosemary When No One Was Looking
186 Westerfield, Scott Specials
187 Westerfield, Scott Uglies
188 Westerfield, Scott Pretties
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
204 Clamp Angelic Layer Manga
205 Clamp Angelic Layer Manga
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
225 Ueda, Hajime FLCL Manga
226 Ueda, Hajime FLCL Manga
227 Manga Enroute: Sent May 2011 Manga
228 Anzai, Nobuyuki Flame of Recca Manga
229 Be-PaPas Revolutionary Girl: Utena Manga
230 Clamp Shirahime-Syo 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
238 Mizushiro, Setona X-Day 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

Another Angel Delivery! Thanks Mary!

We are so lucky to have generous people who send us books. Today, an American friend named Mary has sent us an amazing box of goodies.

Mary was so kind to find us books that are very popular at the SRR. With 800 girls hungry for great books, it is often quite difficult for them to get at the books they want so badly.

This incredible box of books she sent us has a lot of great titles.

First up, she sent us copies of Eclipse, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn. YES! Although we have a copy of these books in the SRR, this series is easily the most popular in the country and we really need another set. I am also happy to announce that Breaking Dawn is a hardcover! YES! You may have to wait for this one though because it is so beautiful I think I want to read it again, just to enjoy the hardcoverness of it all!

If that's not enough, Mary also managed to find us a copy of Betrayed and Marked - the first two books in the popular House of Night series. These books are always out of the SRR and it has been difficult answering all the requests for them. Thanks Mary!

A Great and Terrible Beauty has been another very popular title. It's nice to have a second copy so more girls can enjoy this one!

Scott Westerfeld's Uglies Trilogy has been a huge hit (well, it might have something to do with my constant promotion of it). Many of the 9A girls have read and loved the books and I'm so happy to tell you that Mary found copies of both Uglies and Pretties for us.

There is something here for everyone. We also got a couple of books by Jodi Picoult. We got Salem Falls and My Sister's Keeper (with the new, cool cover). Picoult's books continue to get a lot of attention this year so I'm sure these will be snapped up.

Mary also sent us a beautiful hardcover of Cecelia Ahern's Rose Dunne. Ahern's books jump off the shelves and I'm sure this hardcover will only last minutes before somebody grabs it. This one will probably have four or five readers a month.

Thanks so much Mary! All the books you sent us will be well-loved!

Book Preview: Ghost Hunters

German author Cornelia Funke is very popular. The Thief Lord was such a hit that they made it into a movie. We have a few copies of that book in the SRR and it is often signed out. It also managed to place number 10 on the Teens' Top Ten list in 2003.

The next year, 2004, Funke had another hit with the popular Inkheart book which also managed to place number 5 on the Teens' Top Ten list. BTW, we have a copy of it in the SRR also!

If you enjoy Funke's books, we have a copy of Dragon Rider in the SRR as well.

Ghost Hunters is another series that she wrote in 2006/07. It will make a welcome addition to the SRR, especially for all the Funke fans in the school.

Thanks again to Peta for striking gold again with this little treasure!

Here's the blurb:

Ghoulhunting is a riot, but exams are
not, and Tom is taking his Third Ghosthunting Diploma. When he is sent to Bogpool, a misty, muddy village, it seems it’s bog-standard ghostcatching and his diploma is in the bag. But he has entered a dirty trap, and as the village begins sinking into the mud, a beastly Ghost of Death arises, and the ghosthunters must face their gravest test yet! The fourth in a funny series of by bestselling author Cornelia Funke. Get scared silly!

Book Preview: Horror High

Our book angel Peta strikes again! This time it is a couple of books from a Scholastic series called Horror High. Thanks again Peta! These look great!

Here's the blurb on book number one called Toxic Beauty:

It's the stuff of nightmares.
Starting a new school is hard enough, but Bethany has never felt more plain and ordinary. She’d give anything to be popular, beautiful and clever.When a mysterious man offers to make all of Bethany’s wildest dreams come true, she jumps at the chance. But she doesn’t realize that beauty comes with a price…

The fun continues with book number two called Killer Instinct. Here's the blurb:

There's talk around school about a mysterious house where no one ever lives for long. But when Holly and her friends decide to break in for a laugh, they don't expect to find it occupied - and by a vampire.
Suddenly they find themselves trapped in a deadly game. Either they all die or they choose one to stay and be the vampire's for ever. It's their choice...

Once again, thanks Peta for finding us such interesting new reading material. These books are bound to get picked up the minute they are put on the shelves of the SRR!

Book Preview: Burned

Peta picked up another great book from the top of our shopping list and this time it comes in hardcover! Yay! We love hardcovers, don't we girls?

This is book seven of the House of Night series.

1. Marked
2. Betrayed
3. Chosen
4. Untamed
5. Hunted
6. Tempted
7. Burned
8. Awakened (due in January)

Riding the wave of vampire fiction created by Stephanie Meyer, PC and Kristin Cast have created this popular series which keeps getting snapped up. We have extra copies of books 1 and 2 on the way as well!

Here is the Amazon product description for the first book called Marked:

When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird gets Marked as a fledgling vampire she must join the House of Night school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change. But Zoe is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the Goddess Nyx and discovers her amazing new power to conjure the elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit. When Zoey discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look within herself to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new vampire friends. Not suitable for younger readers.

And here is the product description for Burned, book seven:

Amazon Description:

Y'all need to get yourselves together. Here's a newsflash from the only High Priestess you have left at this dang school: Zoey isn't dead. And believe me, I know dead. I've been there, done that and got the fricken tee-shirt. Zoey Redbird is the youngest High Priestess in House of Night history and is the only person ? vamp or fledgling ? that can stop the evil Neferet from raising all kinds of immortal trouble. And she might just have a chance if she wasn't so busy being dead. Well, dead is too strong a word. Stevie Rae knows she can bring her BFF back from her unscheduled va-cay in the Otherworld. But it's going to take a lot more than hoping to bring Zoey back. Stevie Rae will have to give up a few secrets of her own ...

Thanks again to Peta for her amazing generosity in sending us this beautiful hardcover book!!!

Book Preview: Blood Promise

Today we got a beautiful brand new copy of Blood Promise from Peta who ordered it from Book Depository for us. Thanks so much Peta!!!

Many of the girls are reading the Vampire Academy series and loving it. They will be so happy to know we have this one which is book number 4 out of 6 (#6 due in December). Check out the cover! Isn't it awesome?! I like the new design better than the older ones because of the purple lettering and the interesting use of "Vampire Academy" at the top of the cover. Nicely done!

If you haven't heard of the Vampire Academy series, here is a description of the first book -

Amazon Description:

St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St Vladimir's where the girls must survive a world of forbidden romances, a ruthless social scene and terrifying night time rituals. But most of all, staying alive.

Book preview: Pirates! by Celia Rees

Today we got four books from Canada! Yay! First of all, we got a book called The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham. You may know Madeleine by her pen name "Sophie Kinsella"and you have probably at least heard of her Shopaholic books.

Next up, we have Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. If you've read The Nanny Diaries or enjoyed the movie, you may want to read this book as it was written by the same writers.

Next up we have Welcome to My Planet by Shannon Olson. This sounds like another book that you girls will enjoy.

We got Pirates! by Celia Rees which took third place in the Teens' Top Ten books of 2004. I've been trying to get this one for a year.

Amazon Description:

Pirates! is a classy and welcome addition to Celia Rees's successful oeuvre, that of novels with a historical background, such as the phenomenally bestselling Witch Child and Sorceress. Swashbuckling in the tradition of every pirate tale, from Treasure Island to Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates! is truly gripping from first page to last and never fails to be totally entertaining throughout.

Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharp are two young women from very different backgrounds who, in time, become united in a common, pirating cause. Nancy, the daughter of a successful Bristol ship owner, had her life all planned out. She lived in comfort and hoped to marry her childhood sweetheart William. But disaster strikes and she is aghast to experience her circumstances turning upside down when her father dies. Soon she finds herself shipped out to land they own in the West Indies to marry for the good of the remaining family.

Minerva is part of the staff at her new plantation home and they immediately become friends--despite the delicate nature of their differing positions as merchant's daughter and slave. But Minerva has complications of her own--particularly from an abusive overseer. Nancy is eventually driven to murder him, and together they become fugitives. Joining a pirate ship comes naturally to both of them and a wild, wild life of seafaring and adventure begins.

With detailed research that leaps from every page, Rees's narrative is atmospheric but never heavy. She moves the story along at a jaunty pace, making it impossible for the reader to get bogged down. Rich and exciting, Pirates! is another triumph and unlikely to be bested by another pirate novel for some years to come. -- John McLay

Thanks to our Canadian friends, Erinkate and Veronique for sending the books!

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Book Preview: Gone by Michael Grant

I picked this book up at Icklebooks today. I remember reading the review at Steph's blog and I knew I wanted to read it. I even had it on our shopping list.

And when I popped into Icklebooks and saw it just sitting there I thought, "It can't be..."

It was. I remember reading about the premise of this book and thinking, "That's awesome!" Then I read the first chapter and thought, "OMG, this is the best thing since Hunger Games." I can't wait to finish reading this book.

Okay, here's what I've read so far. There are a bunch of teens in their classroom and their teacher just disappears before their eyes. Soon they discover that all the adults have disappeared. In fact, anybody over the age of 15 has vanished. You can imagine the chaos that will follow. The three main characters run off to their houses to discover that their parents aren't anywhere to be found.

OMG. What's going on? What's going to happen next? I love this type of book. I can't wait to read more. I'm thinking: Lord of the Flies. Will the young people in this small town be good little people and take care of one another or are they going to get really evil? I wonder. Will they organize themselves? How will they eat? Imagine all these kids getting into cars and driving around. What would happen in a situation like this where kids have the run of the world and can do anything they want without adult supervision. Imagine the possibilities!

Here is the Amazon Description:
Suddenly there are no adults, no answers. What would you do? In the blink of an eye, the world changes. The adults vanish without a trace, and those left must do all they can to survive. But everyone's idea of survival is different. Some look after themselves, some look after others, and some will do anything for power...Even kill. For Sam and Astrid, it is a race against time as they try to solve the questions that now dominate their lives...What is the mysterious wall that has encircled the town of Perdido Beach and trapped everyone within? Why have some kids developed strange powers? And can they defeat Caine and his gang of bullies before they turn fifteen and disappear too? It isn't until the world collapses around you that you find out what kind of person you really are. This book offers a chilling portrayal of a world with no rules. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

SRR Bulletin Board

The answer to the question "Who is Peta?" has finally been answered. I put up pictures of some of the books she has donated to us as well as a list (at the bottom of the bulletin board).

Right after I finished putting it all up, the bell rang and students started filing down the stairs. A lot of them stopped to look at the stuff on the board. Some of them pointed at specific covers and seemed to be discussing the books.

Isn't that great?

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Books Donated by Peta

To date, Peta has donated a total of 317 books to the SRR!!!

For those of you who read my blog, it is no surprise to you that Peta has been a huge supporter of the SRR. I like to keep an updated list of books she has donated to us so I'm setting up this post (sorry, but it is very long, which is a good thing actually). Look at the list. Have you read any of the books she has sent us?

1. Catcher in the Rye
2. A Series of Unfortunate Events #2
3. Peter Pan in Scarlet Illustrated Edition
4. Tales of Beedle the Bard
5. Know Your Brain
6. The Rough Guide to Books for Teenagers
7. Introducing Shakespeare
8. Rebel Angels
9. The Truth About Forever
10. Twisted
11. Up Close and Personal Miley Cyrus
12. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
13. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?
14. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
15. Fire Study
16. Magic Study
17. Poison Study
18. Eyes Like Stars
19. Catching Fire (Hunger Games 2)
20. Coraline
21. Guitar Girl
22. Skellig
23. The Fall of Fergal
24. Terry Deary's Terribly True Horror Stories
25. The Story of Tracy Beaker
26. Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror
27. Tales of the Greek Heroes
28. The Lottie Project
29. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
30. Bad Girls
31. Glubbslyme
32. Graceling
33. Much Ado About Nothing
34. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
35. Burning Up On Tour with the Jonas Brothers
36. Twilight Movie Companion
37. Crime Scene: The ultimate guide to forensic science
38. Tithe
39. Valiant
40 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
41. House of Secrets
42. Elsewhere
43. The Twilight Companion
44. Ironside
45. Clay
46. Where Rainbows End
47. A Place Called Here
48. If You Could See Me Now
49. 13 Little Blue Envelopes
50. Shadow Web
51. The Hunger Games
52. Parasite Positive
53. Stargirl
54. Vampirates of Demons of the Ocean
55. Before I Die
56. Charlie Eggleton's Talking Skull
57. Wings
58. The Garden
59. Marked
60. Betrayed
61. Untamed
62. Hunted
63. The Thief Lord
64. Wicked Lovely
65. A Company of Swans
66. On Writing
67. Everything Beautiful
68. Does My Head Look Big in This
69. Ink Exchange70. The Forest of Hands and Teeth
71. Chosen
72. Evermore
73. Poison by Chris Wooding
74. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
75. So You Think You Know Harry Potter
76. Mirror Mirror by Nancy Butcher
77. The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert
78. Prom Nights from Hell by Various including Stephenie Meyer
79. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
80. 1599 A Year in the Life of Shakespeare by James Shapiro
81. The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
82. Capt. Hook by Hart Helquist
83. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
84. Persopolis by Marjane Satrapi
85. Wendy by Karen Wallace
86. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Austen and Grahame-Smith
87. Secret Heart by David Almond
88. Jack Sparrow the Age of Bronze by Rob Kidd
89. Jack Sparrow the Sword of Cortes by Rob Kidd
90. Jack Sparrow Silver by Rob Kidd
91. Jack Sparrow City of Gold by Rob Kidd
92. Troll Trouble Goat Pie by Alan MacDonald
93. Troll Trouble Trolls United by Alan MacDonald
94. Troll Trouble Trolls Go Home by Alan MacDonald
95. Chelsea and Astra by Mary Hooper
96. A Midsummer Night's Dream by Andrew Matthews
97. Stage Struck by Stevie Silver
98. High School Musical 3
99. The Arctic Fox by Mary Ellis
100. Jeremy Strong The Hundred-Mile An-Hour Dog
101. The Pain and the Great One Soupy Saturdays by Judy Blume
102. The Midnight Library Blood and Sand by Nick Shadow
103. Sammy and the Starman by Anne Cassidy
104. The Magic Puppy Star of the Show by Sue Bentley
105. The Knowledge The Gobsmacking Galaxy by Kjartan Poskitt
106. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
107. Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer
108. Juby's Rook by Michael Lawrence
109. Beware Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer
110. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
111. I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
112. Peter Pan in Scarlet Illustrated Edition by Geraldine McCaughrean
113. Oh My Goth
114. Best New Manga
115. Manga Shakespeare Hamlet
116. The Silver Sword
117. What a Week to Break Free
118. What a Week to Make it Big
119. Cub in the Cupboard
120. Guinea Pig in the Garage
121. Hamster in the Hamper
122. Vampire Academy (copy 2)
123. Charlotte's Web
124. Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
125. Vampire Academy Shadow Kiss
126. Vampire Academy Frostbite
127. Poison Study (copy 2)
128. Fire Study (copy 2)
129. Fallen
130. Beautiful Creatures
131 - 138 Hannah Montana Set
139 The Tide Knot
140 Gangsta Rap
141 Peeps
142-143 Time Traveller's Wife (two copies)
144 Looking for Alaska
145 13 Reasons Why
146 Tantalize
147 My Sister's Keeper
148 Vegan, Virgin, Valentine
149-159 Roman Mysteries (series of ten)
160 That Summer
161 Blood Promise (Vampire Academy 4)
162 Burned (House of Night 7)
163 Horror High: Toxic Beauty
164 Horror High: Killer Instinct
165 Ghost Hunters and the Mud-Dripping Monster!
166 Dream Master Nightmare
167 Bug Muldoon and the Killer in the Rain
168 James and the Giant Peach
169 Kiss of Death
170 The Courageous Cats Compete
171 Love, Shelley
172 Curse of the Blue Tattoo
173 Endymion Spring
174 Ghost Stories (HC)
175 Speak
176 Usborne Big Book of Puzzle Adventures
177 Ryland's Footsteps
178 Paper Towns
179 The Short Life of Bree Tanner (two copies)
180 Fire

(And 136 other books)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

New Bulletin Board Outside SRR

Well this ought to get a few students' attention!
If you read Forest of Arden (like you are doing right now), you already know who Peta is.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Book Preview: Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

What if all your ex-girlfriends were vampires? Yikes!

Another one of the twenty amazing books that Peta sent us this week is Scott Westerfeld's Peeps. A lot of girls have enjoyed the Uglies trilogy so they will probably be interested in this one. Also, if you like vampire types of books, this sounds pretty good.

Westerfeld's book is another one on the Teen's Top Ten list, hitting #5 in 2006 - just after Harry Potter, Twilight, Eldest, and Libba Bray's Rebel Angels - all great and popular books! I've been looking forward to this one for a long time...

Here is the blurb:

Okay, let's clear up some myths about vampires. First of all, you won't see me using the V-word much, in the night watch, we prefer the term Parasite Positives, or Peeps for short.

The main thing to remember is that there's no magic involved. No flying. No transforming into bats or rats either. We're talking about a disease.

After a chance encounter with a mysterious woman one night, Cal Thompson's life is changed forever. He's been infected with an insidious parisite. The good news: he's only a carrier - still sane, without the worst of the symptoms. The bad news: he's infected all his former girlfriends - and now they've turned into what Cal calls peeps. The rest of us call them vampires. And it's Cal's job to hunt them down before they create even more of their kind...

Wow, doesn't that sound incredible? may need to wait for me to read this before it will hit the SRR.

Book Preview: Thirteen Reasons Why

There are thirteen reasons why your friend died. You are one of them.

This is another book sent by Peta this week and it sounds amazing, doesn't it? It's another book with a serious and dramatic edge to it I think, but the premise is very interesting.

Here is what it says on the blurb:

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 classmate 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 .... Forever.

Awesome. I feel a waitlist coming on. Yep, if you want to be the first girl to read this book you'll need to leave a comment in the comment section of this post!

Book Preview: Looking for Alaska

This book is one of the ones Peta sent us this week. Doesn't this sound great? Here is the blurb:

In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweet and sunshine and vanilla, and on that thin-mooned night I could see little more than her silhouette, but even in the dark, I could see her eyes – fierce emeralds. And not just beautiful, but hot too.

When Miles Halter leaves for boarding school, he goes to seek what dying poet Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps”. Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, self-destructive and dead sexy. Alaska pulls Miles into her labyrinth, catapulting him into an unimaginable future…

Vivid, passionate, intensely moving and shocking, this is a stunning debut novel by young American author John Green.

This book was a top ten book on the Teens' Top Ten list of 2005, placing third just behind Dessen's The Truth About Forever.

If you haven't heard of the Teens' Top Ten list, you need to check them out HERE. Every year 8,000 teenagers vote for the best books of the year and we have a lot of them in our collection now. If you read a teens' top ten book, you will probably love it - they are usually really good. You can see which ones we have in the SRR by going HERE.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

More great books are on the way!

It has been a great day for the SRR!

Our book angel Peta has informed us that she pre-ordered two copies of Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) which is due out August 24th. Yay! Thanks so much for your generosity Peta. So many girls are eagerly awaiting the third book and I can see the waitlist developing right away.

As well, Mary (one of our good friends from the USA) sent a package of books that have already established a big fan base at the school. We'll need these titles to help out with all the requests we teachers get on a daily basis! With almost 800 students using the SRR (I think) we need multiple copies of popular titles. Thanks so much Mary. The girls will really enjoy these books!

Here is a list of the awesome books that should arrive in the next two weeks - thanks to the incredible US postal service!
  • Ahern's Rosie Dunn
  • Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Cast's Betrayed and Marked
  • Meyer's New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn
  • Picoult's My Sister's Keeper and Salem Falls
  • Westerfeld's Uglies and Pretties

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Amazon review:
On her way home from school on a snowy December day, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured into a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case.

As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams", where "there were no teachers... We never had to go inside except for art class... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue".

The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow".

Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. --Brad Thomas Parsons,

This book is exquisitely disturbing. It isn't for most people and, in fact, it isn't the type of book that I would normally pick up except that one of the teachers in the staffroom highly recommended it.

I've never found mass murderers to be of much interest and the brutality at the beginning of the story was a bit too much for me. However, I liked the fresh point of view in the book. It was interesting to read the words of a dead narrator. You watch the story unfold from the narrator's perspective (often from heaven) and you get to see into the hearts and minds of all the people connected to her. It's also fascinating to see how the other characters relate to one another as well as the amazing description of Suzie's personal heaven. I'll say it again: it's interesting.

I liked Sebold's writing style and most of the time I felt drawn forward into the story, wanting more and wondering how it would all turn out. As I entered the last 100 pages I was eager to finish it and stayed up until 1 am to do so.

I'm not sure how other readers react to this book, but I found the end to be very sad and I had to fight back tears a few times. It is a rough ride for sure. From beginning to end, this book is a difficult read because of the heavy content. This is not young adult literature. I'm not even sure I can recommend it to you unless you've read other dramatic, tear-jerker type stories and enjoyed them. Can you handle the disturbing "horror movie" type of beginning? Can you handle reading a book about murder and death and mourning?

I was both disturbed and delighted by this one. I will recommend it to others like me who wouldn't normally read this type of story but are ready to try something a bit different and who can handle the heavy content.

4/5 Stars