Archive for March, 2013

Coming Soon to the Library…

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Good reads

Hi everybody!  We are nearing the end of Term 1 here at the school library which means it is time to start thinking about all the great books we are going to read during the holidays when our precious reading time will no longer be cruelly interrupted by the demands of school.  In the spirit of book curiosity, here are a few upcoming books which we are particularly excited about getting our hands on in the next little while.

Rose Under Fire

Rose-Under-Fire-194x300For those of you who read and loved Elizabeth Wein’s novel Code Name Verity, we have some great news: her next novel, Rose Under Fire, is due to be released later this year!  The new book looks like it will deal with some pretty serious and challenging themes, but should also be a great read.  Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

“Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women’s concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These women must bond together to help each other survive.”

Two Boys Kissing

2boyskissingApparently it has already been ten years since author David Levithan released his great YA novel Boy Meets Boy, and the anniversary was a catalyst for Levithan to come out with an updated take on the teenage LGBT love story.  According to Levithan, the title was inspired by a fan who staged a kiss-in on his college campus in support of marriage equality!  You can read more about the birth of this book in his interview with Entertainment Weekly.  Here’s what Goodreads says about the book:

“The based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.”

The Dark

We here at library blog headquarters are very big fans of Lemony Snicket and also huge book trailer aficionados.   You can imagine, therefore, how much we completely love this new book trailer for Snicket’s The Dark, which is also due for release later this year.  Feast your eyeballs on this!

Library Blog Quiz Winners!

Posted: March 12, 2013 in Competitions

And-the-winner-isGreetings, bookworms!  We are a little late in announcing the winners of our International Women’s Day Library Blog Quiz due to this crazy weather melting our brains, and for that we apologize.  However, allow us to make amends by announcing that this week’s lucky (and smart) winner of a Readings book voucher is none other that Ms Emma Fehmel of Year 12.  Yay Emma!  Please come to the library and see Mr Castles to collect your prize.

Correct entries were also submitted by Long Xia Xu, Darcy Mitchel-Boxshall, and Rebekah Wu, all of whom should be congratulated for their book knowledge.  Runners-up are also eligible for a slightly less lavish but still very desirable prize, and should present themselves to the librarians to collect it (chocolate frogs may be involved).