Saturday, June 28, 2014

Reading - The Haunting of Charity Delafield

The Haunting of Charity Delafield by Ian Beck

Flame-haired Charity Delafield has grown up in a vast, isolated house - most of which she is forbidden to explore - by her strict, cold father. With only her kindly nurse, Rose, and her cat Mr Tompkins for company, she knows very little of the outside world - or of her own family's shadowy past. What she does know is that she is NEVER to go outside unsupervised. And she is NEVER to over-excite herself, because of the mysterious 'condition' that she has been told she suffers from. But Charity has a secret of her own. All her life, she has had the same strange dream - a dream of a dark corridor and a locked door, hidden somewhere in the house. One snowy day, Charity stumbles across the corridor. It leads to a door . . . and suddenly she realises things are not quite what they seem, she begins to unravel the strange, magical story of her family's past.

Reading - Matilda

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Reading - Theodore Boone

Theodore Boone by John Grisham

In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom. But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth. The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Reading - Paddington Here and Now

Paddington Here and Nowby Michael Bond

Paddington – the beloved, classic bear from Darkest Peru – is back in this fantastically funny, long-awaited, brand new illustrated novel from master storyteller Michael Bond! 'I'm not a foreigner,' exclaimed Paddington hotly. 'I'm from Darkest Peru.' Paddington Bear always manages to find himself in tricky situations, sometimes extraordinary situations. Like the time he had a difficult encounter with a policeman or when he found himself in deep water with a newspaper reporter. But since arriving from his native Peru after an earthquake Paddington has always felt at home with the Brown family who found him on Paddington station. Then one day, a surprise visitor arrives at thirty-two Windsor Gardens. Is it time for Paddington to decide where 'home' really is?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reading - Close to Famous

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Soon Foster - who dreams of having her own cooking show one day - lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read . . . just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Reading - The Silver Bead

The Silver Bead by Helen Dunmore

Term's ended and Zillah and Katie plan the best summer ever. Swimming, surfing, earning money by serving cream teas at the farm, lazing in the sun. But then travellers arrive at the farm campsite. Katie makes a new friend, Rose - and suddenly everything is different. At first Katie thinks Zillah's just sulking - but soon she finds out that real danger overshadows the perfect summer. Can any friendship last for ever? Katie and Zillah are about to learn that life doesn't let you make that kind of promise ....

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Reading - Nicholas on Vacation

Nicholas on Vacation by Goscinny & Sempe

Another school year is over, summer is here and Nicholas is off to spend his vacation at the beach. Nicholas is the kind boy who always finds a way of amusing himself, even when it's raining outside. In this collection of his adventures, Nicholas and the new pals he meets at the beach dig a fantastic hole in the sand, learn to play miniature golf, and go on a reasure hunt in the middle of the night.