Harry Potter and the prisoner of azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
In the boring muggle news, harry hears about an escaped murderer, Sirius Black, who just happens to be his GODFATHER!!! This news strikes him. he wants to know more, meanwhile, that is the least of his worries. dementors are surrounding the school. With such horrible bad memories of his parents, Harry needs to know how to fight them. with the help of Remus Lupin, the defence against dark arts teacher, he learns to conquer a full patronus. From a journey to the shrieking shack to a knot in the whomping willow, this book is AMAZING!!!
Reviewed by keya from Central City and Johnsonville School , 9 years old
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
Another year at Hogwarts for Harry!
At summer Dobby, a house elf, comes to visit Harry to warn him not to go back to Hogwarts. He steals all the owls Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid send him, seals the barrier to the Hogwarts Express, which causes Ron and himself to follow the train in Ron’s dads flying Ford Angela. then, they have a slight incident with the whomping willow, in which Ron’s wand breaks. Join Harry in his encounters with Argus Flinch, the caretaker, some super giant spiders. A basilisk, a basilisk fang, a dairy, a bugler, and even Lord Voldemort himself!!!
Reviewed by Keya from Brooklyn and Johnsonville School , 9 years old
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
Harry is a slightly insecure boy with no parents who are said to be dead in a car crash. He lives with his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and cousin Dudley.
Then he starts getting letters from a mysterious person who knows exactly where he lives,
Uncle Vernon will stop at nothing to not let Harry read them.,well, apart from Hagrid,a half-giant comes in to tell Harry about his past. Harry, a boy that was yelled at half the time and was hardly unknown, turns into the boy who lived.
Harry goes under London, vanishes through a brick wall and boards the Hogwarts Express, meets Ron and Hermione, and can you believe the adventure’s just started?
Reviewed by Keya from Central City and Johnsonville School , 9 years old
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
In this book Percy Jackson son of Poseidon, god of the sea goes on a quest to find a powerful weapon of Zeus god of the sky. He encounters many monsters and Gods on his way. There is lots of exciting parts of this book and a lot of action.
Reviewed by Alice from Kilbirnie and St Patrick’s School , 11 years old
Demigods and magicians, by Rick Riordan
This book is a crossover of Percy Jackson and the Kane chronicles. Percy Jackson and Annabeth, Greek demigods team up with Carter and Sadie Kane, Egyptian Magicians to stop a greedy god who is trying to rule the world.There is a lot of action in this book and it kept me reading.
Reviewed by Alice from Kilbirnie and St Patrick’s School , 5 years old
Want to confuse and astound your family these holidays? Learn some cools magic tricks, such as the vanishing coin, or balancing a ball on a piece of string! Practise with the step-by-step instructions in these books and see who you can fool. You can find great magic trick books on the shelf under 793.8.
Why not check out our newest book? Magic tricks with coins, cards and everyday objects by Jake Banfield
Want to listen to music or an audio book on your smartphone or tablet? Find out how to make your very own speakers for them! Feeling competitive? Build a balloon-rocket car or a soap-powered boat, then challenge your friends to a race and see whose creation is fastest! Check out these great inventions and more in Home Lab: exciting experiments for budding scientists by Robert Winston
Want to create your very own animated video clip masterpiece? Find out how easy it is to do this by checking out Creating Digital animations: Animate stories with Scratch by Derek Breen. Follow the simple steps and projects using Scratch (free online software). Build a character, create a world and animate your story!
Want the ultimate challenge these holidays? Work your way through mind-bending puzzles, riddles and brainteasers in The Mysterious Benedict Society : Mr. Benedict’s book of perplexing puzzles, elusive enigmas, and curious conundrums by Trenton Lee Stewart, based on his Mysterious Benedict Society Books. Check out the Helpful resources on page 130, and the hints on page 140 if you get stuck. Want a good puzzle to start with? Try finding Milligan hiding in a crowd on page 67!
And finally…become a master at the dark art of shadow-puppets. Create over a hundred animals from unicorns and crocodiles to dogs and owls, from one-handed to two, easy to challenging. Make your next sleepover story extra creepy with these shapes! Check out The art of making shadows by Sophie Collins.
There no doubt in anyone’s mind that J. K. Rowling totally owns the December’s eBook Top 10. The world of Harry Potter continues to inspire new readers, but also people love to re-read these books. Re-visiting the books often reveals passages that were missed the first time round. Or when you read a book at a different age you get new things out of the writing, and J. K. Rowling explores different aspects of her characters as the series expands through the school years.
But wait what is that at the end of the list? Squeaking in at the end… Thea Stilton. The Thea sisters are out to solve the theft of a precious ring on a trip to Russia. A figure skating medal and a good reputation is at stake!
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J. K. Rowling
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J. K. Rowling
10.Thea Stilton and the Lost Letters, by Thea Stilton
Star Wars fans are having a great lead into the holidays with the release of Rogue One. There are some great materials related to the space epic in the library, some of them remain exclusively in the library! The reference shelf has some amazing paper engineering – known as pop-up books. If you don’t see the Star Wars : a galactic pop-up adventure on the shelf, ask at a desk and you’ll get to see the glowing lightsaber appear from the pages!
1. LEGO Books, by Daniel Lipkowitz
2. Minecraft ; The survivors’ book of secrets, by Stephanie Milton
3. Harry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
4. Star Wars, by Adam Bray
5. Star wars ; complete vehicles, by David West Reynolds
6. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell
7. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft
8. Guinness world records 2016, edited by Craig Glenday
9. Lego DC comics Super heroes character encyclopedia, by Simon Hugo
10.Minecraft hacks master builder, by Megan Miller
Overdrive has had a revamp! Are you liking the new layout?
Finding great titles that you can down-load and read remotely is a great way to carry your own personal library around with you. And it’s not going to squash your sandwiches like a dozen or so books would! So who did library children love in November? Authors whose first names begin with J. So if you’re a budding author, tried writing fan fiction maybe? And your name begins with J you could be in the Top 10 before you know it! If your name doesn’t begin with a J don’t despair – some very good authors who nearly made it into the Top 10, Neil Gaiman with Coraline and Francis Hodgson Burnett with The Secret Garden wrote popular books with really cool characters without a J anywhere in their names!
Our classic favourites have a new addition with Jaqueline Harvey’s Clemantine Rose, a girl who has a teacup pig! Unusual pets and great characters make this fun series to read through in the holidays. Have a look at Jaqueline Harvey’s blog for a choclatey recipe to try at home
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ,by J. K. Rowling
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
9. Clementine Rose and the Special Promise, by Jaqueline Harvey
10.The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This is a great book! It is about a boy called Harry Potter who learns to do magic at a school called Hogwarts. I love the creativity of the author and the spirit of the characters. It is #3 in the series.
Reviewed by Theo from Cummings Park and Crofton Downs Primary School , 8 years old