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The Mediator : Mean Spirits
Theme: It is about ghosts and revenge. It highlights how far some people are willing to go to get revenge.
Recommend?: It is a very enjoyable read and I became addicted to this series simply because they have a very interesting and creative topic which is fun to read about (even if it is completely untrue).
Favourite Character: : My favourite character is Suze because she isn’t your everyday hero and risks everything to help others. That is what makes the book so good. I am not saying she is a good role-model but I think that she is very interesting to read about.
Favourite Scene: : My favourite scene is when the four students who were killed in the ‘accident’ are talking to Suze, Father Dominic and Jesse and tell them the truth about their accident. I like this scene because it took me by surprise when the high school students explained the truth. I had no idea that that was how it happened. I like being surprised so that is why I liked that scene.
Score: 4 stars
Otago Museum’s SciCity is an interactive website that is laden with games. What’s notable is that you can create your own avatar, earn SciCity dollars that you can spend on technology, and chat with other users! It’s pretty addictive, but in the good, educational way. Otago Museum also produces the Cosmix Comic books, which are all online. We often have free copies in the library as well.
We have several new manga series in the library. Angelic Layer is a five-volume series by CLAMP (the group of female manga artists who were responsible for Cardcaptor Sakura). This manga is about a futuristic sport where competitors match tiny robots – or angels – against one another.
We also stock the first fifteen volumes of the bestselling manga Fullmetal Alchemist, by Hiromu Arakawa. Edward and Alphonse Elric are talented alchemists. An attempt to bring their mother back costs Alphonse his body and Edward some limbs. They seek the fabled Philosopher’s Stone to make them whole again – even though their new prosthetics are really very cool.
These are very popular!
Roleplaying games are games in which the players take on imagined roles and play collaboratively. Dungeons & Dragons is probably the most well-known RPG out there. In addition to D&D (which aren’t in the young adult collection), we carry these gaming books:
More new books have worked their way into the library. Here are a few.
Juicy Writing : Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers, by Brigid Lowry (201 pages), is a beginner’s guide to writing. And it’s very good, too – there are suggestions and exercises for both new authors and more experienced writers. If you’ve ever wanted to write a short story or novel, graphic novel, or even a blog, this is a very good book to get out.
The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex (423 pages). “When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster” (Library catalogue description). Adam Rex is an artist as well as a writer, and this book has many very cool illustrations and comic strips inside.
The Mob Princess trilogy, by Todd Strasser. Kate Blessing is a senior in High School and finds herself running her family. Her family is a Family, in the same way that the Sopranos are a Family. Imagine a cross between the Gossip Girl books and, uh, the Godfather films. Imagine! By all accounts these are exciting and hilarious books, and are recommended.
The Young Adult CD collection is, on the whole, about what’s hot in the popular music world. However, CDs that are just about ready to sit NCEA exams shouldn’t necessarily be sniffed at as something only your parents would bother listening to; some of them are pretty special really.
So that’s my list. You should check them out, for an education if nothing else.
Does My Head Look Big in This?
Theme: It’s about a girl called Amal. She is an Australian-Pakistani-Muslim and the story is basically about her life at school and at home. She goes through various problems which are some of the best bits.
Recommend?: It is a gripping read. It is a great read for girls aged between 13-17. If you’re more into fantasy this most probably isn’t for you but give it a go anyway.
Favourite Character: : My faVourite character is Leila because she is gutsy. If it wasn’t for her half of this book would be a snore.
Favourite Scene: : My favourite part is when Amal, Simone and Eileen are at Adams’ party. I like this bit the best because it shows how much Amal believes in her culture and that amazes me.
Score: 4 stars
It is raining outside. Here are some nifty online games for you to play while you browse educational websites and sip hot chocolate.
For those of you who enjoy chick lit, beach reads and bestsellers, Trashionista is an awesome website that “gets to grips with the wonderful world of female fiction.” It’s one of my favourite blogs because of its lovely layout and thorough content – as well as book reviews the site offers movie news, and interviews with popular female authors. For girls who are passionate about reading (or writing) female fiction, Trashionista is an essential blog to check out.
Music guru Jack has compiled a list of his five favourite music websites. Perfect for a rainy weekend!