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New Books

Here are this week’s new books. Further to the First Sentence idea we have added an arbitrary rating of hooks (based on how well the first sentence hooks you in (you see)). The hook looks like this – fishhook. So there’s one fishhook for a pretty meh first line, and fishhookfishhookfishhookfishhookfishhook for the sentence that makes you want to keep reading.

Fire on High, by David Hill (127 pages) – Jonno wins a trip to South America to watch a solar eclipse. While there he becomes alarmed at the increasing civil unrest, and is keen to return home. His return flight, however, is hijacked …

First line: ‘At exactly 10.43 a.m., the sun started to turn black.’

Deathwatch, by Nicola Morgan (279 pages) – Cat McPherson’s revealed a little too much information about herself online, and now someone’s watching her. Does she realise she’s being stalked? A psychological thriller!

First line: ‘In the hooded darkness, he watches from a high window.’

Flygirl, by Sherri L. Smith (275 pages) – 1940s Louisiana, and Ida Mae Jones wants to fly. She’s black, so it’s going to be tough. The opportunity to fly presents itself, but she has to pass herself off as a white girl to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots – and she soon realises that it’s difficult to escape who she really is.

First line: ‘It’s Sunday afternoon, and the phonograph player is jumping like a clown in a parade the way Jolene and I are dancing.

Secret Keeper, by Mitali Perkins (225 pages) – In 1974 when her father leaves New Delhi, India, to seek a job in New York, Asha, a tomboy at the advanced age of sixteen, feels thwarted in the home of her extended family in Calcutta where she, her mother, and sister must stay, and when her father dies before he can send for them, they must remain with their relatives and observe the old-fashioned traditions that Asha hates. [Catalogue description]

First line: ‘Asha and Reet held their father’s hands through the open window.

L. A. Candy : A Novel, by Lauren  Conrad (326 pages) – This book is a semi-autobiographical account of a girl whose internship in L. A. leads to a role in a major reality show. Fame and fortune follow! And perhaps some soul-searching. The book’s author was in The Hills.

First line: ‘Jane Roberts leaned against her dresser, studying the way her white silk nightie looked against her sun-kissed skin.

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater (392 pages) – A supernatural romance with (I think) a werewolf. A possible Twilight substitute, Grimm reckons. A sequel, Linger, is due out in 2010. Also, the entire book is printed in blue ink.

First line: ‘I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves.

Andromeda Klein : A Novel, by Frank Portman (424 pages) – High school sophomore Andromeda, an outcast because she studies the occult and has a hearing impairment and other disabilities, overcomes grief over terrible losses by enlisting others’ help in her plan to save library books–and finds a kindred spirit along the way. [Library catalogue]. Saving library books is something we can all get behind, I say.

First line: ‘The Universe is huge.

Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (391 pages) – This is the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy. It’s incredibly popular, so you’d better reserve it now if you haven’t. It‘s set in a post-apocalyptic future where a new, authoritarian government pits teens against one another on television. The third book is due out next year, and a film is in the works.

First line: ‘I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.

Watch The Skies : Daniel X, by James Patterson and Ned Rust (251 pages) – Daniel’s parents were killed by an alien, and he now hunts alien monsters using his uber-powers, which include super-speed and the ability to create anything out of nothing (handy in a pinch).

First line: ‘It was a pretty regular early-summer night at 72 Little Lane.

Dull Boy, by Sarah Cross (308 pages) – Avery has superpowers, but in an attempt to remain anonymous he’ll pretend to be as dull and normal as possible. Of course, every superhero has a villain to deal with …

First line: ‘It’s Friday – another afternoon spent pounding the pavement in search of crimes to stop and people to help.

Blue Moon, by Alyson Noel (289 pages) – This is the second book in the Immortals series (the first one was Evermore). Ever travels to another dimension in an effort to save Damen; she soon must choose between his life, and going back into the past and saving her parents’ lives. Quite a toss-up.

First lines: ‘“Close your eyes and picture it. Can you see it?

Also in!

A Student Writing Guide : How to Plan and Write Successful Essays, by Gordon Taylor (266 pages) – This book would be ideal for anyone at any level who wishes to write a cracking good essay. I recommend it!

New YA magazines

Not so long ago we asked which magazines should get added to the Young Adult (YA) magazine collection. Not too many people responded, but that’s okay! We’re not too disappointed! As a consequence we have added Entertainment Weekly to the YA collection – it means you can issue it for free on a YA card. (If you reserve it through the catalogue be sure to reserve the YA copy.)

We are also adding Shonen Jump. It’s not yet in the system but there is a website. Good news for manga fans, is it not. Okay, cool.

You’re all winners, really

We’ve some winners for a few recent competitions we ran. Hannah wins a copy of Sam Stern’s Cooking Up A Storm for her recipe;

Completely Unspecified Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Chocolate Chips, Milk, Baking Powder, Eggs (Remove shells if you feel that it is a good idea), Anchovies (No, that’s not a typo.), Salt, Sugar, Butter, Flour

Put as much as you want of basically everything in a bowl. The anchovies add a somewhat fishy quality to the mixture, so just remember that. Cook somehow. Don’t ask me how.
Failing that, just use the leftover milk and get the weetbix, sugar and the unlabelled can out of the pantry (Make sure it is fruit or something pleasantish before you slop it on your weetbix) and have that instead. Probably more nutritious at the very least.

Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

And Melissa and Rachel have both won a library DVD voucher for completing our recent Magazine Selector. I will post them out sometime later! I promise!

Selector : Magazine

We’re still doing the Selector : Magazine dealie, which means you get to have some say in the magazines the YA area has for borrowing. In fact, you can vote on it and you may win something. It’s like democracy with bribes! There’s about a week left.

More Magazines

As we reported last week, we’re after more magazines for the YA magazine collection, and we’d like you to choose which (make sure you vote – you can do this more than once (every day even) and you might win something, so what the hey).

In order to help you make your choice, and to keep you up with the play on what we’ve got, here’s what the collection currently consists of:


Transworld Skateboarding – international skateboarding news and tips etc. (website)
New Zealand Skateboarder
Kiwi Surf Magazine – (website)
Curl: Girls’ Lifestyle Magazine – surfing and stuff. (website)

Virtual Sports

Playstation 2 (website)
360 XBox (website)
White Dwarf (website)

Girls’, Fashion & Gossip

Creme (website)
Dolly (website)
Girlfriend (website)
Seventeen (website)
Sugar (website)
Teen Vogue (website)

For Amusement

Mad XL (website)
Simpsons Magazines

So, what’s lacking? Let us know what you’d recommend and have a good last few days of holiday.

(Young Adult magazines are free to borrow for one week on a Young Adult card – they’re also free to reserve (on a YA card).)

Selector : Magazine

selectoraWe’ve culled a couple of magazines in the YA area and now we’re left with a few empty shelves. There are many, many magazines and periodicals in the adult collection that could be added to the YA collection – which would mean they’d be free for YA card holders (and free to reserve). But which magazines? Will you help us decide? The one that gets the most votes in the next four weeks will be added (on trial) to the YA collection.

Votes must be in before the 6th of August.

We’re also interested in any other magazines you think we should get.

Below is a brief description of the magazines to choose from, along with a voting form. You can vote once per day (so you could vote for the same magazine each day if you like). Each vote will put you in the draw for a library DVD voucher. You must be a WCL cardholder to be eligible to vote, and you must be between 13 and 18.

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Update on your Favourite Books

Well, nobody said it would be easy.

Calling all readers who haven’t yet let us know what your favourite books are! Visit this post here and quickly tell us your top three (or more if you want).

So far we’ve had heaps of responses that are many and varied – so varied in fact that I now want more! Lots more! In the mean time: you like books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes to Gabrielle Zevin, About a Boy to the Vampire Beach series, Emma to Graceling. Old hat, new hat… it’s almost all there.

The grand master list of favourite things will be published very soon, with a bang rather than a whimper.

BTW: have you ever come across a book that you thought the library should buy? If you ever do, you can make a suggestion to buy online – just go to this page.

Have a good weekend!

Your fa-vou-rite things

Hello! If you haven’t checked in with us for a few days you might not know that we want to know what your favourite books are: we’re compiling a list of your favourite stuff (it might be books or authors – as yet undecided).

This post here has the form you can fill in: tell us your top three, then there’s space to add as many others as you want. We’ll keep collating until a yet to be specified date, when we’ll produce the list with a suitable drum roll.

Thanks to those who have let us know already, and keep reading.

Select your Top 10. Or top three, really, but you know

selectorabOh hi. We would like to know your favourite books, so we can create a Top 10 list of our readers’ choices. Should you get trapped on a deserted island, which three (or more) books would you take with you? They can be any book, but ideally it should be for teens.

Fill in the form below (you don’t need to complete your details, but you probably should), and depending on the results we will sort out a list sometime after Queen’s Birthday weekend.

[Update: thanks for filling in the form if you did – it was interesting hearing what you like to read. We might well be asking you similarly tough questions in future.]

Selector: and the winner was

selector illustrationInside Girl, by J Minter. And the crowd goes wild (except for the people who were in the Morganville camp – who knows, the library may end up investing in this series too in the future).

Inside Girl

Thanks for playing. We’ll draw one lucky Inside Girl supporter to be first in the queue for when the series arrives!

Postscript: message from Paula the Selector – “think I might order the vampires as well, they seem […] fun!” So there you go.

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