Archive for the ‘New Books’ Category

Hello book lovers, and welcome to the UHS library in 2014! We are looking forward to another fantastic year in the library with lots of new books and an exciting calendar of library events due to take place over the coming four terms.

To get the year started on the blog, here are a few of the new books that have arrived in the library office this week and are about to make their way onto our shelves!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The arrival of Allegiant, the final installation in Roth’s Divergent trilogy, is sure to create excitement for fans of this dystopian series. The book was released in October last year and follows the ongoing adventures of Tris Prior as she deals with a pretty epic raft of problems, both personal and political. Let’s see what Goodreads has to say:

“The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. ”

OR PERHAPS NOT. Read the book to find out!

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

We are pretty keen to read this unusual-sounding book which is kind of a thriller but also kind of about the power of coincidence. According to the blurb: “Laureth Peak’s father is a writer. For years he’s been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he’s obsessed, Laureth thinks he’s on the verge of a breakdown. He’s supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something is wrong. On impulse she steals her mother’s credit card and heads for the States, taking her strange little brother Benjamin with her. Reunited with the notebook, they begin to follow clues inside, trying to find their wayward father. Ahead lie challenges and threats, all of which are that much tougher for Laureth than they would be for any other 16-year old. Because Laureth Peak is blind.”

It’s nice, and sadly still pretty rare, to see an interesting YA book where the main character has a disability, and especially great that Sedgwick has written a character who is not helpless and is not defined but her disability, but is a smart, tough hero.

The League of Sharks by David Logan

All you really need to know about this book is that it is basically about TIME-TRAVELLING SHARK MEN. If that didn’t send you running to the fiction shelves then I don’t know what to say to you. Recommended for lovers of adventure books and fans of the Percy Jackson stories, this is the first book in a forthcoming series. Here’s what Amazon says:

“In a world where humans have disappeared, sharkmen are the ultimate predators.

Junk’s sister has been stolen.

Snatched from her bed in the dead of night, Ambeline doesn’t stand a chance. No one believes Junk saw a monster take his sister. No one believes he’s not to blame.

So begins Junk’s quest to find Ambeline’s kidnapper. His journey will take him to a future world where animal species have evolved, and where the cult of the League of Sharks – the cult that stole Junk’s sister – is etched into folklore…”

When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

We can’t wait to read this book: it sounds amazing, kind of like if the movie The Bucket List was about a teenager with Tourette’s syndrome instead of being about two old guys! Here is the blurb from the Bloomsbury website:

“Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mum, Dylan discovers that he’s going to die in March. So he makes a list of things he must do before he dies: first, he wants to have real sex with gorgeous Michelle Malloy; second, he’s got to find his autistic best friend Amir a new best bud; third, he’s got to get his dad back home from the army so they can say goodbye properly. It’s not a long list, but it’s ambitious, and he doesn’t have much time. Sometimes you’ve just got to go for it – no holding back – and see what happens. “

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New Books in the Library

Posted: June 4, 2010 in New Books

Here at your school library we are always getting exciting new books.  Here are a few recent fiction arrivals which are available for borrowing right now! 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan

 This book is a joint project by popular Young Adult authors John Green (Looking For Alaska) and David Levithan (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist).  Teenaged protagonist Will Grayson is quietly getting through high school with minimum mess and fuss, often accompanied by flamboyant best mate Tiny (who, excellently, spends much of the novel trying to stage a musical based on his own life).  However Will’s world is shaken up when he randomly meets another kid who shares his name.  The two Wills (each voiced by a different author) narrate alternate chapters so we get to hear both of their points of view.  This is a story about love, sexuality, and the bewildering difficulty of trying to connect with other human beings.

 Readings short review:
http://www.readings.com.au/review/will-grayson-will-grayson-john-green-and-david-levithan

 Half Deserted Streets blog review:
http://www.halfdesertedstreets.com/2010/03/book-review-will-grayson-will-grayson.html

Jarvis 24
by David Metzenthen

 Fifteen-year-old Marc Jarvis is a football-loving high school kid from Camberwell who has a problem with losing stuff: keys, shoes, even (horrifyingly) library books.  He also has a mysterious tragedy in his past that is hinted at throughout the novel.  He decides to do work experience at a used car dealership for the sole purpose of pursuing an attractive girl who he once saw walking out of the building.  Although this may at first seem like a pretty stupid idea, it starts Marc off on a journey that develops into an engaging coming-of-age story about love and sport and grief and finding your place in the world and sport.

 Readings short review:
http://www.readings.com.au/review/jarvis-24-david-metzenthen

 MediaCulture longer review:
http://reviews.media-culture.org.au/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3430

 What Now, Tilda B?
by Kathryn Lomer

 Fifteen-year-old (this week’s theme!) Tilda finds a pregnant elephant seal on the beach near her grandparents’ place in Tassie, and helps the local wildlife rescue to look after it, putting a huge amount of time and effort into caring for the creature.  But she also has a lot of other stuff going on.  Tilda’s parents have just split up, which is always weird, and her boyfriend is lobbying for a sexual relationship.  This story is about a girl dealing with a lot of change in her life, and facing the associated challenges with strength and resilience.  Tilda’s relationships with her friends and family are crafted in detail and secondary-age girls will find a lot to relate to in this novel.

 Short review by Penguin Books:
http://www.penguin.com.au/lookinside/spotlight.cfm?SBN=9780702237782

Longer review by interesting sixteen-year-old author and blogger Steph Bowe:
http://heyteenager.blogspot.com/2010/04/what-now-tilda-b-by-kathryn-lomer.html