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Brisingr: inheriting a story too long to tell in one book

Amazon Book CoverIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single trilogy comprises three volumes…

“My dear Mr Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “have you heard that the Inheritance trilogy by Mr Christopher Paolini is indeed to extend to four volumes?”

Mr Bennet replied that he had not, for he was not at all interested in the peculiarities of fantasy literature and the writers thereof.
                – Apologies to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.

Anyway: Christopher Paolini has discovered that his Inheritance story – EragonEldest… – isn’t going to squeeze into three volumes. Therefore, Brisingr, which is due to be published at the end of September this year, is not the final instalment you’ve all been waiting for with baited breath… there’s another one to go after that.

So what’s going to happen in Brisingr? Is Saphira going to find a bloke? Will Nasuada remain the leader of the Varden, or will there be uprisings and overthrowings? Is Murtagh really all bad now and what’s with his dragon? How many more dragons are going to appear out of the woodwork?

We’ll give you a heads up when we’ve placed an order for Brisingr, then you can start reserving to your heart’s content.


New CDs & DVDs

More new YA CDs and DVDs have arrived. 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:

New CDs:

YA CDs are free and DVDs cost 50c when issued on a YA or Child’s card. Reserves are free.

Get thee to a library

It has been said that if William Shakespeare were alive today he would be a screenwriter, not a playwright. I don’t know how true that is, but it’s certainly true that his plays translate well to the big screen. If you’re studying Shakespeare at school, often the best place to start with his work is to watch the film adaption; reading them is great but can take some time, and watching them performed isn’t always an option.

We have loads of Shakespeare-related DVDs for young adults in the library – here is a full list. Some are very close adaptions (Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, for instance), others are films loosely based on Shakespeare’s plays (10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man), and others are documentaries about Shakespeare (The In Search of Shakespeare series). You can study Shakespeare and watch a movie at the same time! Though beware: So wise so young, they say do never live long.

The Nominees Are …

The finalists for the NZ Bookseller NZ Post book awards were announced today. These annual awards go to the best children’s and young adult’s books published in NZ. The finalists for the young adult’s category are: Salt, by Maurice Gee; The Sea-Wreck Stranger, by Anna McKenzie; Tomorrow All Will Be Beautiful, by Brigid Lowry; The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves, by Fleur Beale; and Zillah, by Penelope Todd. (Reserve them quickly as they will leap off the shelves.)

Excitingly, you can vote online for your favourite book and be in to win!

The Seventh SUBTXT Review

My Lost and Found Life
Melodie Bowsher
312 pages

Theme: The theme of this book is Ashley’s mother disappearing after embezzling 1.2 million dollars and Ashley is left with debts and rising bills.

Recommend?: It is a really good book because it captures what life is like when you have lots of money, the latest clothes and a hot boyfriend. Then when your mother has disappeared after embezzling a million dollars, how do you cope with selling the house to pay off debts? You get to experience what Ashley is feeling and how she is coping with all of this.

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A Slam Dunk? (sorry)

SlamMy friend… let’s call him Mike… really likes Slam by Nick Hornby, so much so that he a) owns a copy and b) started reading bits out to me, nodding to himself as he read. I take it that this is a good sign, since a) Mike’s too busy with his broadband, hard drive recorder and iPod (and his job and life and families and that stuff) to read lots of books, and b) Sam the narrator of Slam (oh, I just got it – Sam… Slam) is 15 and Mike hasn’t been 15 for ages, so he reads even fewer young adult books.

 Slam‘s about teenage pregnancy, but from a guy’s perspective, which is a good thing, but it’s also about growing up, skateboarding and having a laugh while reading about serious issues.

Top 10: Literal Biters

Kym, Children and Youth Services and list-making Specialist, has an interest in books about vampires and werewolves. Here’s her Top 10 young adult fiction titles about people who like biting other people:

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Top 10: Fight Scenes

A well-choreographed fight can often make an action film worth watching. It might be the awesome special effects that make it so great, or that the outcome of the battle determines the fate of humanity … or else it just looks cool. Or (usually) it is all those things. Here, then, are some exceptional fight scenes from DVDs held in the Young Adult area:

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SUBTXT Review Númer Sjö

Lady Friday
Garth Nix
278 pages

Theme: Magical world, good vs. bad, underdog fights back.

Recommend?: It’s a good book, and an easy read, but you won’t understand it if you haven’t read the 4 books that precede it.

Favourite Character: My favourite character would have to be the main character, Arthur Penhaligon, because even though he has adapted well to the situation he’s in, he’s not a conventional hero – he’s not strong, and he make more mistakes than his companions. That being said, he’s a pretty resourceful guy, who uses the power of the magical Key to the Kingdom he carries to its full advantage.

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“Real girls make the best role models for real girls” – that’s the philosophy behind the bestselling and award-winning Girlosophy series of books.  Through her travels around the world, author and photographer Anthea Paul has met many young women.  She shares their inspirational stories in the Girlosophy books, and offers practical advice for young women around the world.  The latest Girlosophy installment, The Girlo Travel Survival Kit is essential reading for young women considering overseas travel.  For more information check out the Girlosophy website.

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