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Month: August 2008 Page 1 of 6

Bond. Young Bond.

Young Bond is a free online game that will run until the 8th of October. It was started by Charlie Higson, the author of the Young Bond books (they’re in the children’s fiction section, but are also good for teens), to encourage reading. You can choose to be a British spy or a Soviet agent – although I think we know how that turned out. And the site has free downloads!

Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles

Tintin is being made into a movie series, and Steven Spielberg is going to direct the first film (to be based on The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure – which we have in the library). Peter Jackson is going to direct the second film, which is even better news. More information here, along with a picture of the actor selected to play Tintin. No release dates are mentioned, sadly.

It’s not easy being red

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is about to come to a theatre near you, which is very good news if you’re a fan of the comics. Or if you like special effects. Maybe you just enjoyed the first Hellboy film (which we have on DVD!) Some may even be a fan of actor Luke Goss, who was once half of Bros, one of the most popular boy bands of the 80s. (We haven’t any of their CDs, unfortunately.) Perhaps you’re a fan of director Guillermo del Toro, whose next project is the first of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films (the filming of which begins in 2010). Maybe you are all of these things – it’s pretty evident that I am.

 (And if you aren’t, maybe start with the comics.)

SubText: last chance…

Hey, just a reminder: your last chance to submit quizzes and reviews is 12pm tomorrow (Friday)…

Have fun!

SubText08 Survey

SubText08 wraps up this Friday. We have a little survey for participants – if you send it in we will give you an extra chance to win the final prize, but if you’d rather remain anonymous that’s fine.

You can also leave any comments about the programme on this website.


The Jack Lasenby Award

If you enjoy writing stories you may be keen to enter the biennial Jack Lasenby Award competition, which is exclusive to Wellington residents. Your story must be suitable for readers aged 5-12. You could win $500! Details may be found on the wellylit4kids website. (You can pick up an entry form while meeting Robert Muchamore at the Children’s Bookshop!)

Meet a famous writer!

Robert Muchamore, author of the CHERUB series of books, will be in-store and signing copies of his books at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie on Thursday, the 4th of September between 4pm and 4.30pm.

Much more information about CHERUB and Muchamore may be found at his site.

Oh hai, it’s you

Face Your Manga is a site that allows you to create your own manga-style avatar – which is a lot easier than trying to draw your own. Although, if you did want to draw your own, there is a load of how-to books in the library.

If you would like to create yourself as a superhero, however, you will want to try HeroMachine 2.5. It has thousands of variations! And it is very flattering.


Do you play the guitar? Do you like robots? If you said ‘yes’ to both questions you may be excited to learn about the Robot Guitar!

For as long as the guitar has existed, guitar lovers have had two choices—live with a temperamental and out-of-tune instrument or make frequent trips to the shop for setups. Not anymore.

(I think this means that it tunes itself – I don’t know. I am not a guitar player.)

New! Books!

Some more new books! We will soon run out of shelf space – which is why you need to borrow them.

The Boxer and the Spy, by Robert B. Parker (210 pages) – A mystery for younger readers. Boxer-in-training Terry Novak and his pal Abby try to solve an alleged suicide that may be related to steroid abuse. Very good, according to critics!

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, by Jody Gehrman (225 pages) – Triple Shot Betty is the name of the coffee shop where Geena and her cousing and her best friend all work. There is drama, romance, and, well, more romance in this story of ‘mistaken identities and romantic summer high jinks’. The book cover has a ‘scratch and sniff’ cover!

Wake, by Lisa McMann (210 pages) – Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

Hugging The Rock, by Susan Taylor Brown (172 pages) – Rachel’s mother runs away from home, and as she discovers why she gradually becomes closer to her father, the ‘rock’ in the title. The story is told in poems – lots of poems. None are haiku, unfortunately.

Off Campus : An Upper Class Novel, by Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne and Caroline Says (267 pages) – This is the third book in the Upper Class series, which is set in the vicious world of an exclusive school for privileged girls. Apparently it is better than the first two books – and the first book has been well-received.

The Goldsmith’s Daughter, by Tanya Landman (290 pages) – Itacate is a girl born in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, where her life is austere and grim. She falls in love with a Spanish invader and she must try to survive in a changing world. Like ‘Cormac McCarthy for kids – brilliant’, according to the book cover.

Blood Roses, by Francesca Lia Block (129 pages) – This is a collection of nine magical short stories, all about transformation in one way or another. Francesca Lia Block is a great author, and this book comes highly recommended – especially if you’re already a fan of books.

Birthday Vicious : The Ashleys, by Melissa de la Cruz (248 pages) – This is the third book in The Ashleys series. “Ashley Spencer smoothed the soft folds of her Proenza Schouler black-and-white-striped skirt, crossed her spray-tanned, power-yoga-toned legs, and told herself everything was going to be okay …”

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