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  • Events, Happenings, News, Pencil it in your diaries, Stephen, Writing

    Winter Writers at Karori Library

    28.05.18 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winter Writers at Karori Library

    Looking for a way to stave off those winter blues? Come and get your writerly juices flowing at Winter Writers, a new creative writing programme for teens starting up at Karori Library next week! Learn about everything from short fiction and poetry to scriptwriting and more at these fortnightly meet-ups during the winter months. Check the details below:

    Where: Karori Library, 243 Karori Road, Karori
    When: Every second Thursday, 4:00-5:00, from the 31st of May to the 26th of July
    What: Creative writing workshops for teenagers, focussed on developing your command of language, ability to evaluate and critique your own writing, and — most importantly — create whole new worlds with a stroke of your pen.

    Registrations are not required. If you’d like more information, call Karori Library on 476 8413, or talk to your local librarian.

    Hark, what worlds from yonder pencil spring?


  • Isn't that cool?, News, Rachel, Social Networking

    Our Tumblr got a facelift!

    16.06.15 | Permalink | Comments Off on Our Tumblr got a facelift!

    Recently the WCL Tumblr got a fresh new look – check it out! It should now be heaps easier for you to see what cool stuff we’ve been posting lately, plus there are some neat new features, like being able to comment on posts using Facebook! Choice. Below is a wee peek of the new look, or head on over to Tumblr to check it out in full!


  • Library Serf, Movies, Music, News

    More Divergent countdown trivia

    26.02.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on More Divergent countdown trivia

    In anticipation of the Divergent movie coming out, there’s also the Divergent soundtrack to look forward to. It’s available a couple of weeks before the movie, and the tracklisting is:

    1 ‘Find you’, Zedd, ft. Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant
    2 ‘Beating Heart’, Ellie Goulding
    3 ‘Fight for You’, Pia Mia, ft. Chance the Rapper
    4 ‘Hanging On’ (I See MONSTAS remix), Ellie Goulding
    5 ‘I Won’t Let You Go’, Snow Patrol
    6 ‘Run Boy Run’, Woodkid
    7 ‘Backwards’, Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar
    8 ‘I need you’, M83
    9 ‘In Distress’, A$AP Rocky, ft. Gesaffelstein
    10 ‘Lost and Found’ (ODESZA remix), Pretty Lights
    11 ‘Stranger’, Skrillex, ft. KillaGraham From Milo & Otis & Sam Dew
    12 ‘Dream machines’, Big Deal
    13 ‘Dead in the water’, Ellie Goulding

    The big winner is Ellie Goulding!

    We will be getting this! We have other movie soundtracks in the Young Adult collection also: The Great Gatsby, Catching Fire, City of Bones, Avengers, Glee (lots of Glee, lots and lots of Glee) and much more.

  • News

    What’s the deal with Ted Dawe’s Into The River?

    25.01.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on What’s the deal with Ted Dawe’s Into The River?


    Into The River (summary below) is a Young Adult Fiction novel written by New Zealand Author Ted Dawe. The book has spent a lot of time in the spotlight over the last year, taking home the supreme prize at the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. The prize was the, recently renamed, New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award and it is one of the most prestigious New Zealand book honours for authors. Ted Dawe was no stranger to this award ceremony having taken gongs for his previous work Thunder Road. 

    Into The River’s proverbial run of golden weather has recently hit a speed bump with discussions being had in relation to the books appropriateness. It has been reviewed by the Office of Film and Literature Classification and classified as R14.

    This means that although libraries currently deem it a Young Adult book it is not suitable, nor legal, for distribution or supply to anyone younger than 14. At Wellington City Libraries it will now be kept behind the desk and only available for issue to individuals over the age of 14, even with parental consent it is still illegal for anyone younger than this age to read it.

    For the full decision of the Office of Film and Literature Classification visit their recent decisions page

    Into The River/ Ted Dawe
    “When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. The boy who struggles to the bank is not the same one who plunged in, moments earlier. He has brushed against the spirit world, and there is a price to be paid; an utu to be exacted. Years later, far from the protection of whanau and ancestral land he finds new enemies. This time, with no-one to save him, there is a decision to be made.. he can wait on the bank, or leap forward into the river.” (Back cover)

  • Books, Library Serf, News

    New Zealand Post Book Awards

    28.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Zealand Post Book Awards

    This week the winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards were announced, and a YA book took out the main prize. Well done that book!

    Winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award, and the Best Young Adult Fiction Award:

    Into the River, Ted Dawe. “When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. The boy who struggles to the bank is not the same one who plunged in, moments earlier. He has brushed against the spirit world, and there is a price to be paid; an utu to be exacted. Years later, far from the protection of whanau and ancestral land he finds new enemies. This time, with on-one to save him, there is a decision to be made.. he can wait on the bank, or leap forward into the river.” (goodreads.com)

  • Movies, News

    So many screen adaptations

    18.03.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on So many screen adaptations

    YA fiction is very popular with movie makers. In more based-on-the-book movie news:

    The Maze Runner (book by James Dashner) is currently being cast, but they’ve not done the big leads (Thomas, really) yet.

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone (book by Laini Taylor) is going to be a movie! This could take a while to appear on the screen, because they’ve only just announced who’s writing the script.

    The Fault in our Stars (book by John Green) is also going to be a movie!! John Green fans will be very happy to hear this. Casting is in the “rumours” phase, so it could be a while before you can buy tickets, but it’s something to look forward to! (Also, how sad will this movie be?)

    Delirium (book by Lauren Oliver) is – a little differently – going to be made for TV. I’m not sure if this means series, mini series, or TV movie, but it’s getting a cast, including Daren Kagasoff (from The Secret Life of the American Teenager).

    Divergent (book by Veronica Roth) is also being cast, with Kate Winslett, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley as Tris. (Shailene Woodley is also in rumours about The Fault in our Stars, busy.) Still no news on the title of the third book in the series (sorry).

    On the Jellicoe Road (book by Melina Marchetta) has a script but no cast (we think). Still, this is progress! The author’s blog has occasional news updates, for interested readers. She announced at the end of last year that Saving Francesca is also getting the film treatment. Too much!

    It is hard to keep up!

  • Books, Grimm, News

    And the Printz for 2013 goes to

    29.01.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on And the Printz for 2013 goes to

    In darkness, Nick Lake. Shorty is a gangster in the slums of Site Soleil in Haiti, and he’s caught in the rubble of a hospital in the 2010 earthquake. As he lies there trapped, he thinks on his life so far, and his story is woven betwixt and between that of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the slave who led Haiti to freedom against the French in the 18th century.

    There were also four Printz honours given:

    Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz. “Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.” (goodreads.com)

    Code name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. We reviewed this book last year (here), and it’s featured on so many Best Of lists we’re hardly surprised the good Printz people also agreed.

    Dodger, Terry Pratchett. Dodger is a street urchin living in Victorian London. When he sees a girl jump out of a carriage he helps her escape her captors, thereby earning the interest of Charles Dickens, who reports him as a hero (the Artful Dodger, perhaps?), changing Dodger’s life profoundly. Encounters with the Queen, Benjamin Disraeli, and Sweeney Todd follow.

    The white bicycle, Beverley Brenna, which we don’t have (yet). The story is a first-person account of Taylor Jane’s summer trip to the South of France, where she babysits for a family, which is challenging for a girl with Asperger’s Syndrome.

    For more information about the Printz Award visit the American Library Association website here.

    Meanwhile, the Alex Awards – for general fiction with teen appeal – were also announced, and here are the ten winners:

    Caring is Creepy, by David Zimmerman

    Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman

    Juvenile in Justice, by Richard Ross

    Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

    My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf

    One Shot at Forever, by Chris Ballard

    Pure, by Julianna Baggott

    The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

    Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple

  • Library Serf, News

    Miscellaneous book news

    15.01.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Miscellaneous book news

    Every once in a while we do random news, and today’s the day for a bit more.

    The Carrie Diaries come to TV sometime soon

    The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell, tells the story of Carrie Bradshaw as she comes of age in New York City, discovering shoes, fashion, writing etc. in the 1980s, i.e. before Sex and the City. It is only right that this should also be made into a TV series, complete with fab 80s fashion, and starring AnnaSophia Robb, who was Leslie Burke in Bridge to Terabithia.

    John Green live in the middle of the night

    John Green (New York Times bestselling and teen blog most-wanted author) will be talking about his books and other important things live on the 4th of February… at 2pm GMT, which is 3am on the 5th of February Wellington time. It’s happening courtesy of Puffin UK, and you can go here to register / watch live (if you’re a morning person).

    The Mortal Instruments series extra content, all in one place

    If you want to read snippets, extras and deleted scenes from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, they’ve been collated on this tumblr right here. This includes special content from City of Lost Souls, which has recently been made available, for example ‘Becoming Sebastian Verlac’.

  • Books, Classic novels, Library, Library Serf, News

    Banned Books Week starts 30 September

    25.09.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Banned Books Week starts 30 September

    It’s almost that time again, when the freedom to read is celebrated, and when the Banned Books Week people highlight frequently-challenged books (mostly in the United States, not so much here in New Zealand). The list includes some interesting repeat-offenders, including a couple of old-timers:

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. First published in 1960 and first challenged in 1966, To Kill a Mockingbird has got staying power, and was number 10 on the list in 2011. Not bad for a 51 year old.

    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. This was first published in 1931, and first banned in Ireland in 1932. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s on the 2011 list (number 7), and is also regarded as a 20th Century classic.

    Even classic novels court controversy!

    (The Top 10 list of challenged books in 2011 is here. The list of most frequently challenged authors is here.)

  • Library Serf, Movies, News

    Movie Adaptation News

    18.09.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Movie Adaptation News

    Turning novels into movies is the new black, and here are some YA novels that are getting the treatment:

    Divergent, by Veronica Roth. It has been announced that the film will be released in March 2014. See here for more. No word on the title of the third book (commonly called Detergent).

    The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater (today is its official publication day – this link here should take you to the first two chapters, courtesy of ew.com). This LA Times article here also says that the author’s book The Scorpio Races is going to become a film also. Maggie must be very happy.

    Numbers, by Rachel Ward. The script for this is being written at the moment. Here’s a review of the book, about a girl who can see the date of a person’s death in their eyes.

    The Changeover, by Margaret Mahy. Margaret Mahy’s New Zealand classic might get made, with a little help from American backers, according to TVNZ, and Stuff and others.

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