Letters From The Coffin-Trenches
Theme: The theme of this book is a love story set during WWI. While New Zealand are trying to help win the war, Harry and Jessica are still trying to succed with their love for each other.
Recommend?: I would recommend this to others as it is such a good book to show you the life of soldiers fighting during the war. It shows the pain and glory they went through while their friends and comrades are dying around them. It also shows the life of family at home and the pain they went through, even though they weren’t fighting they were hoping their father, brother, son, uncle, husband or friend would return home to them safely. Read more…
NZ author and Lower Hutt teacher, Bernard Beckett, was interviewed by Kim Hill on the radio this morning. You can listen directly here or follow the link from this page (the audio will be up for another eight weeks). Beckett made the news recently when the UK rights to his book Genesis were sold for 100,000 quid.
Sporting expert, Jack, has compiled a Top 10 5 list of sport websites. If you can add any, leave a comment!
Want to be a film star? Maybe act, dance or sing professionally? The National Youth Drama School (NYDS) 2008 offers you the opportunity to acquire or hone your skills over an 8-day residential drama school at Havelock North High, Hawkes Bay. From Aril 19 through to April 27, the NYDS will hold intensive workshops covering all aspects of performing arts. Check out www.nyds.co.nz for further details.
(* inspired by Shakespeare ’s As You Like It)
The Warhammer Online Collector’s Edition has been announced; this will mean very little to anyone who doesn’t know what Warhammer Online will be. But for those in the know, good news! It will be packed with books, in-game extras and a graphic novel.
Elfquest was a comic series that began in the late 70s, and it is still being published today. We have several graphic novels in the library. But! Like all good things, it can be found for free on the Internet. Each week several issues are added to the archives at the Elfquest website – eventually all 6000 pages (!) will be available.
Theme: The frailty of humans.
Recommend?: I would recommend this book because it is very, very unusual. It is a collection of short stories that are thought-provoking and leave you thinking about them for ages after.
Favourite Character: : One particularly interesting story is ‘House of the Many’. My favourite character would be Bonneh because she is loving and good-intentioned. She never gives up on her handicapped child. Bonneh also has the ability to change and move on.
Favourite Scene: : My favourite scene in this story is the wonderful descriptions of the sounds of the accordion. However, it is not revealed that it is an accordion until near the end of the story. Instead the ‘voices’ are interestingly described as those of different people.
Score: 4 stars
There are several big films due to come out that are based on books. Books that we have in the library! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian , and Iron Man, for example, are all due out this year. But we do have plenty of DVDs already available that are based on books. Some aren’t very good, but some are great. And here are the ten greatest!
Apparently this also contains a board game. I’m trying to work out how a board game’s going to fit inside a relatively small book. Maybe it’s magic!
Yet again, more new YA DVDs are available. Since they’re so new and so popular you may need to reserve them, which you can do online. Click on the title!
These are the new DVDs:
YA DVDs cost 50c when issued on a YA or Child’s card. Reserves are free.