Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Reading - North

North by Peter Suart
A Junior Fiction
To escape the unwelcome attentions of the world's media, Tik and Tok flee into the empty wastes of the north, where cold and lonely winds howl over frozen seas.  But they're not alone up there : the virgin snow is criss-crossed by other travellers with secret purposes.  And who can say which of them may be trusted?  Bewitched by the glittering needle of their compass, Tik and Tok push ever deeper into the arctic fastness, towards a distant and awesome mystery : the Place With No North.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Reading - Smoke

Smoke by Peter Suart
A Junior Fiction
Tik and Tok have become famous.  Very famous. Someone has been writing books about them and their fame has spread around the world.  Their home is besieged by reporters and they flee into the forest where they find refuge in a walled garden.  Here they meet a gentle man, an old man, a thin man and an airman tending a rose.  The four wise men pass the time telling stories, but the reporters are never far behind and Tik and Tok must find the Author who is the cause of all their troubles.

Reading - Inspector Ghote : Trusts the Heart

Inspector Ghote : Trusts the Heart by H.R.F. Keating

A Junior Fiction

Some crooks have tried to snatch the plump son of a business tycoon, and have accidentally made off with his playmate instead. But they're not changing their plan: a payment is to be delivered to them or a small corpse is to be delivered to Inspector Ghote.

But what kind of ransom can a mere tailor's boy demand? And, as something more unpleasant than just a ransom note arrives from the kidnappers, are the police helping keep the boy in one piece?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Reading - Bottled Up

Bottled Up by Jaye Murray
A Junior Fiction

Pip’s desperate to escape his life—he’s been skipping classes, drinking, getting high. Anything and everything to avoid his smug teachers, his sweet but needy little brother, his difficult home life. Now he’s been busted by Principal Giraldi and given an ultimatum: either he shows up for all his classes and sees a counselor after school, or he’s expelled. Pip’s freaked out; not because he might get kicked out of school, but by the thought that Giraldi might call his father. Because Pip will do anything to avoid his father.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Reading - The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L. Pichon
A Junior Fiction
Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff, like last summer’s worst camping vacation ever (five merits!), or how much he hates sitting next to nosy Marcus Meldrew, the most annoying boy at school. All Tom really wants is to score tickets to see the best band ever, Dude3, when they come to town, and to impress Amy Porter, who is very nice and smart (but is currently ignoring him). Tom’s teachers think he is easily distracted and "lacks focus," but that’s a bit harsh — can he help it if his grumpy big sister, Delia, made him late for school (again), or that last night’s homework had to be sacrificed to stave off a vicious dog attack? Master of excuses, creative storyteller, and middle-school comedian extraordinaire, Tom Gates is guaranteed to get kids turning the pages — and keep them laughing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Reading - Annika Riz, Math Whiz

Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills
A Junior Fiction
Annika Riz loves math more than anything, so when she hears about a sudoku contest at the local public library, she is determined to win it--maybe then her friends Kelsey Green and Izzy Barr will see that math is just as cool as reading and running. When the school carnival, the biggest fundraiser of the year, comes around, Annika realizes her class booth is losing money by selling their lemonade too cheaply. Annika embraces her math skills, saves the day, and shows her friends that math can be useful and even a bit of fun, too,

Monday, September 14, 2015

Reading - The Day My Butt Went Psycho

The Day My Butt Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths
A Junior Fiction
A story that you and your butt will never forget!
Join Zack on his epic journey across the Great Windy Desert and through the Brown Forest, to reclaim his runaway butt.
Zack Freeman'sbottom has run away to join the great bum rebellion but Zack's not taking such bare-faced cheek lying down.  He joins with Eleanor the Bum Hunter to track down his badly-behaved behind.  But the united bottoms, led by the evil Great White Bum, get wind of their plan.  A full-scale butt battle begins and both sides know that whoever wins will one day rule the world.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Reading - The Family From One End Street

The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett

A Junior Fiction

This is the story of everyday life in the big, happy Ruggles family who live in the small town of Otwell. The father is a dustman and the mother a washerwoman, but because they are poor the children find even greater opportunities for adventure in their ordinary lives. There's practical Lily Rose, the oldest who is full of 'Big Ideas', then Kate who is plain but extremely bright, next are the twins James and John, who get into all kinds of mischief, followed by Jo, who loves films, little Peg and finally baby William.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Reading - Fortunately, The Milk

Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
A Junior Fiction
"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."
"Hullo," I said to myself. "That's not something you see every day. And then something odd happened."
Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Reading - Schooling Around #3: Mascot Madness!

Schooling Around #3: Mascot Madness! by Andy Griffiths
A Junior Fiction
Northwest Southeast Central School is facing its biggest challenge yet - a fierce athletic faceoff against the menacing Northwest West has an attack dog mascot, a coach who used to be a pro wrestler, and a desire to wipe the field with its opponents.  Meanwhile, Northwest Southeast Central  has ...... a banana.
Yes, a banana.
But this is no ordinary banana.  And this isn't going to be an ordinary sporting event.  No, this is going to go down as the silliest, craziest, wackiest, and funniest competition in all of sports history!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Reading - Mr Norris Changes Trains

Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

After a chance encounter on a train the English teacher, William Bradshaw, starts a close friendshop with the mildly sinister Arthur Norris. Norris is a man of contradictions; lavish but heavily in debt, excessively polite but sexually deviant.

First published in 1933 Mr. Norris Changes Trains piquantly evokes the atmosphere of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis.