Two of the awards announced last night go to books in our YA collection.
The Shadow of the Boyd by Diana Menefy the judges report says that this book ” tells a powerful tale from our colonial past, the bitter clash of two cultures from the point of view of Thomas Davidson, an apprentice sailor who survived the infamous massacre of the Boyd. This classic adventure would also suit readers that usually prefer nonfiction. The background research and attention to detail is excellent.”
Fierce September by Wellington author Fleur Beale continues the story that began with Juno of Taris. The judges say this book “poignantly deals with a community’s transition into life in New Zealand where they don’t know everyone, where life has changed fundamentally and they are living isolated like refugees.”
Candor, by Pam Bachorz
A perfect town, with perfect people. Teenagers who love doing their homework, who never, ever do anything their parents don’t want and always get to class on time. And then they get perfect marks. Except the most perfect person knows why everything is like this. And he has the power to change it. If you liked the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness or Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale then you should put this on your reading list. Good read, great ending.
Accidental empires, by Robert X Cringley
The story (or one version of it anyway) of how the personal computer, Microsoft, silicon valley etc all got started, nearly didn’t get anywhere and how most of it wasn’t really all that planned. At all. If you like reading non-fiction or enjoyed The Social Network, then this will be a fun read.
The Wish List, by Eoin Colfer
Meg Finn is killed in the middle of helping steal from an old man. But there’s a problem. She’s done some bad things. But then she’s also done some good things as well. So with her perfectly balanced between them Heaven and Hell are both trying to push her over the line to their side. She has one last chance to redeem herself by helping the old man she tried to rob with his wish list. Four wishes, limited time and both Heaven and Hell are breaking the rules. I’d recommend this to younger teens – maybe 13 or so. You’ll probably still enjoy it if you’re older though – I did!
You, your mates and zombies, Glee, prizes, gloating rights, free food.
Friday 2nd September at the Wellington Central Library.
Open for teams of 13 to 18 year olds (min 2 – max 4).
Places are limited, be quick about it.
This has nearly sold out; only a few places left. Hurry, hurry.
Dets: Saturday 13th August, 10-12pm, Wellington Central Library (mezzanine room, near Clarkes Cafe), $30.
To book: 04 387 3905 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August already! Here’s the list of most issued and reserved young adult items, featuring some new titles that will be arriving in the next couple of months hot off the press (for descriptions have a look at this post). Reserve these now if you’re keen!
1. Passion, Lauren Kate [no change]
2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [up 1]
3. City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra Clare [down 1]
4. Pretty Little Liars, Sara Shepard [up 3]
4. Now That’s What I Call Music 36 [new]
6. People’s Republic, Robert Muchamore [new]
7. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [up 3]
8. Forgotten, Cat Patrick [up 2]
9. August, Bernard Beckett [down 2]
9. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [up 1]
9. Power of Six, Pittacus Lorew [new]