Archive for June, 2012

Competition Winner Announced!

Posted: June 29, 2012 in Competitions

Hello everybody, and welcome to the final day of Term 2!  We at the library are very happy about the coming holidays as the winter break is a fantastic time to curl up somewhere warm with a hot beverage and get some serious reading done.  Don’t forget to come to the library and stock up on books before the end of the day!

In other news, we are delighted to announce the winner of last week’s catchily-titled Match the Uni High Teacher to Their Favourite Childhood Book competition.  Matching fifteen teachers to their childhood favourites was a gargantuan task but one young man took it on and triumphed.  The name of this intellectual gladiator is Mr Brock Cowburn.  Congratulations!  You may come to thelibrary and demand your reward right away.

Watch out for more blog competitions coming next term, and in the meantime have a safe, happy and warm winter break!


This week on the blog we have, for your amusement and edification, devised a special challenge of unprecedentedly epic proportions!  The name of this gruelling competition is Match The Uni High Teacher To Their Favourite Childhood Book.  It’s really quite self-explanatory: if you shift your eyes slightly down this very page you will see 15 teachers and 15 children’s books.  Your task is to tell us, using the form at the bottom of this post, which teacher nominated which book as their childhood favourite.  This competition will be open until the end of term (next Friday!) and the person who submits the highest number of correct answers will win a lavish and glorious prize.  LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

Terms and conditions:  You must be a Uni High student to enter this competition.  Entries close on Friday June 29th at 11am and the winner will be announced on the blog later that day.  Prizes can be collected on Friday afternoon.


It has come to our attention recently that there may be a new trend in paranormal young adult literature: mermaids!  As we know, YA writers have long been fascinated by mythical creatures, and with vampire and zombie books having reached saturation, could the watery, mysterious fish-woman become our new obsession?  Like vampires, merfolk combine dazzling attractiveness with being deeply misunderstood and possibly fatal to humans, a formula that has traditionally appealled to young adult readers.

As usual, we turned to the internet to investigate this turn of events, and found some pretty compelling evidence.  USA Today wrote about the mermaid phenomenon back at the end of 2011, even hinting that Stephenie Meyer (of Twilight fame) might be working on a new mermaid-themed book.  Meanwhile, seminal book website GoodReads has a list of over 90 books involving mermaids, indicating that the genre is already popular.  Several book blogs have reported on the rise of the mermaid, and author Carolyn Turgeon even has an entirely mermaid-themed blog called I Am A Mermaid which features both reviews of mermaid books and lots of reader-submitted photos of people hanging out near water wearing sparkly tails. 

We even found some indications that the meraid and vampire genres may have met and cross-pollinated, creating a new mervamp hybrid!

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

If you are keen to jump on the mermaid bandwagon, you might want to check out some of the following seafaring titles available in your very own school library:

Daughters of the Sea trilogy by Kathryn Laskey

Ingo series by Helen Dunmore

The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A Nielson

So, what do you think?  Are mermaids really the new vampire/werewolf/zombie?  Or is it just a phase we’re going though?  If you have any ideas for other great mermaid books that the library should buy, don’t forget to let us know!