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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
Freddy Tangles, Legend or Loser by Tom Jellett
‘Noone is scarier than the bully Sid Malone, and now he’s coming to get Freddy. Luckily Freddy’s got a plan. LASER BEAM EYES! If he stares at a white wall for long enough and wants it bad enough, his eyes will start to shoot laser beams…. On second thoughts, he might need a backup plan! – taken from book cover.
The Haunted Book (Scream #3) by Jack Heath
Dale lives in Axe Falls – a town of mysterious disappearances, terrifying visions and unusual events.
A family trip turns spooky when Dale finds an old, handwritten book, starting with the words: DO NOT STOP READING; MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. Soon, strange things begin to happen. When a ghost appears in the lake and a cursed giant stalks him through the woods, Dale starts to wonder…. –taken from book cover.
WitchMyth by Emma Fische
Flo loves her book of Witch myths. Her favourite story is about the haggfiend, with her dark enchantments, missing witchgirls and evil cackle… But the Flo becomes sure the Haggfiend is real, and that she’s back in Haggspit. What can Flo do? No one believes her, and no one will help. This time she’s on her own…-taken from book cover.
Secret of the Forbidden City by James Patterson
‘Bick and Beck Kidd are desperately trying to track down the ancient Chinese artefact that will buy their mother’s freedom from vicious pirates. But when the kidnappers force them to find an even greater treasure – priceless paintings stolen by Nazis – the Kidds must rely on their own cunning to outwit the criminals, all while their mom’s life is on the line.’ – taken from book cover.
When the takings from the Spanish Main started to decline, many pirates shifted to the Indian Ocean. They were lured by the treasure fleets of the Indian Moghul and the merchantmen of the British, French and Dutch east India companies.
English pirate Henry Avery became notorious for capturing the Indian Moghul’s ship Gang-i-Sawai, which was carrying pilgrims and treasure from Surat to Mecca.
Most of the pirates hid out around the island of Madagascar, off the East Coast of Africa. The island was in the ideal place for raiding European trade routes to India, and Muslim pilgrimage routes to the Red Sea.
Madagascar was a wild, tropical island that had not been colonised by Europeans, so it was safe for outlaws. However, the ever-wary pirates created a small fortified base on St Mary’s Island, a small island off the north-east coast of Madagascar.
East Indiamen ships were the favourite target of pirates as they carried such goods as: gold, silver, fine china, silks and spices. Coffee and tea were also valuable items.
If you’re interested in pirates we’ve got heaps and heaps of books in the library for you. You can either go to the 910.4 section of the non fiction collection at your library, or you can search for pirates on the catalogue here!