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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s a few must-reads (in no particular order) from our YA collection.

1) Rejected princesses : tales of history’s boldest heroines, hellions, and heretics, Jason Porath.

2) Being Jazz : my life as a (transgender) teen, Jazz Jennings.

3)Here we are : feminism for the real world, edited by Kelly Jensen.

4)Fight like a girl : 50 feminists who changed the world, by Laura Barcella and with illustrations by Summer Pierre.

From the random news desk

Some quick random headlines to distract you from work:

The World Cup in Book Form
You will be pleased to read that New Zealand publishers are working overtime to produce books commemorating the epic victory. The NZ Booksellers site reports that the first books may be available from as early as tomorrow, which is also an epic effort, but doesn’t get a cup or a medal unfortunately.

Hunger Games Movie Poster Teasers
This week Hunger Games movie posters have been popping up on different sites all over the world wide web: see here for a summary of opinions. As for the posters: here are a few links:

Chaos at the Movies
Fans of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness will be pleased to read that this is also going to be made into a movie(s)! The films are being made by the Hunger Games movie people, so they’ll appear in a couple of years. Go Manchee.

Today in History
And finally, because today’s news is tomorrow’s history: today and yet 121 years ago the first Labour Day was celebrated: read about it.

Good luck with your exam study! (Although you won’t need any luck, you’ll be amazing.)

Trailer Tuesday

Here is a trailer for the Lego adaption of Pirates of the Caribbean! It is what it is. It is also in German? Das Videospiel!

In the 80s a film called Teen Wolf came out. It starred Michael J. Fox as a teen who was also a werewolf, and so played basketball really well. It’s now been re-made into a TV series by MTV; you can watch the fairly lengthy trailer below. It’s a bit like The Vampire Diaries but with, you know, werewolves. Oh wait, werewolves are in The Vampire Diaries? Maybe Teen Wolf will have vampires too?

Four minutes (and a few seconds!) of footage from the forthcoming Green Lantern film were screened at something called the Wonder-Con recently. While not an actual trailer, we figured it does the same thing (i.e. makes you want to see it).

The sixth series (or whatever! It’s been around FOREVER) of Dr Who is coming soon to UK telly and, hopefully, NZ teevee. Here is the full trailer, below, beneath the more inside as it’s so big. It looks pretty awesome, and I don’t even watch the show. But I will now!

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New Books

Here they are! Some new books! Yay!

Numbers 2 : The Chaos, by Rachel Ward (345 pages) – Adam has inherited his mother’s gift; he can see the date of a person’s death in their eyes.  In an especially interesting twist (I think!) everyone’s death date is the first of January, 2027.This is the sequel to the thriller, Numbers.

First line: ‘June 2026: The knock on the door comes early in the morning, just as it’s getting light.

Closer, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (508 pages) – This is the fourth book in the Tunnels series. Each volume is massive! Lots of reading. Basically, it’s about a fifteen-year-old boy who discovers a city in the middle of the earth ruled by the nasty, expansionist Styx. But one sentence can not adequately encapsulate 2,000 pages!

First lines: ‘Waves of flame, red through white. Hair singes, skin contracts.

Spirit Hunter, by Katy Moran (279 pages) – Shaolin assassins, the Empress of China, the Silk Road, Horse Tribe shamans, war and bloodshed. This is the third book in the Bloodline series, a Google search informs me.

First line: ‘Chang’an, capital of the T’ang Empire, around AD 665: Swiftarrow knelt at the Empress’s feet, bowing low.

Darkwater, by Georgia Blain (278 pages) – Grim! It’s 1973, and a school girl has been found dead by a river. Fifteen-year-old Winter, who knew the girl, investigates and discovers that the ‘answers she is looking for are closer than she ever wanted to believe.’

First lines: ‘I’m not sure who found Amanda Clarke’s body. I think it was her mother, but I may be wrong.

Jekel Loves Hyde, by Beth Fantaskey (282 pages) – Jill Jekel and the ‘gorgeous, brooding’ Tristen Hyde get together to recreate the experiments from the classic novel, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, who certainly didn’t love one another but goodness what an interesting book that would be. Anyway! Jill tries some of the formula and it unleashes her ‘darkest nature’, risking everything (esp. Tristan’s love).

First line: ‘I buried my father the day after my seventeenth birthday.

White Crow, by Marcus Sedgwick (265 pages) – This book has a very interesting trailer! ‘There are still gothic elements to White Crow, but this feels like something of a new direction for Sedgwick. This is essentially a contemporary tale of two girls’ friendship in a long, hot, tense summer, but it is interwoven with a 17th century tale of bizarre experiments into the afterlife. It is an original and exceptional novel of tragedy, angels, devils and friendship’ (yoinked from The Bookseller via Amazon.co.uk.)

First lines: ‘She could have been anyone. She could have been any girl who arrived in Winterfold that summer.

Dead is So Last Year, by Marlene Perez (192 pages) – ‘Smart pyschic teens’, the Giordano sisters, solve mysteries in the ‘notoriously spooky’ town of Nightshade, California. This is the third in a series about the sassy psychic sisters surmounting supernatural strangeness.

First line: ‘“Daisy, you’re back!” Chief Mendez saud when he answered the front door.’

The Wake of the Lorelei Lee : Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay, by L. A. Meyer (554 pages) – Jacky is rich! And so goes to London, thinking that she’s no longer wanted by the crown. She lands, is arrested, and promptly shipped off to the convict settlements in Botany Bay, Oz.

First line (of chapter 2): ‘The final carpentry changes to the Lorelei Lee being completed, Amy and I are off in the Morning Star for a weekend at Dovecote.

New! Books!

Not too many this week. Sorry, bibliophiles!

Monsters of Men : Chaos Walking Book 3, by Patrick Ness (602 pages! Massive) – This is the third and final volume in the Chaos Walking trilogy, which are all always out and have a hefty reserve queue. It’s won awards! This is a ‘heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.’ Awesome.

First line: ‘“War,” says Mayor Prentiss, his eyes glinting. “At last.”

When Courage Came to Call, by L. M. Fuge (326 pages) – This was started by the author when she was 10, and finished when she was 14. It’s set in the fictional city of Zamascus, just as it is invaded by the nasty Inigo, and Imm and his brother must do whatever they can to survive.

First line: ‘I was in the teaching house when the first bomb hit.

Slice : Juicy Moments from my Impossible Life, by Steven Herrick (222 pages) – ‘Darcy can cope with parents, parties, punch-ups, his infatuation with the beautiful Audrey, even the misadventures of kayaking on a school excursion. If only he’d learn to keep his mouth closed.’ (Pulled from the back blurb.)

First lines: ‘My name is Darcy Franz Pele Walker. Ignore the middle names. I do.

Possessing Jessie, by Nancy Springer (88 pages) – Jessie’s popular brother died a week ago, and when she starts imitating the way he cut his hair, wearing his clothes, and even copying the way he walked, her mother seems to brighten and she (Jessie, not the mother!) becomes the centre of attention at school. But soon this ‘weird obsession’ take over! A remarkably complex story for a book of only 88 pages.

First line: ‘Jessie put on her brother’s True Athlete T-shirt.

Jack Flint and the Dark Ways, by Joe Donnelly (276 pages) – This is the third Jack Flint book. Sorcerers, gargoyles, nightshades, giant spiders, and all kinds of evil badness get in Jack’s path as he continues his search for his old man.

First line: ‘Jack Flint had never felt so completely alone in his life.

Darke Academy : Blood Ties, by Gabriella Poole (288 pages) – This, the second Darke Academy book, has vampires, fairies, and (obviously!) supernatural content, according to the subject headings in the catalogue.

First lines: ‘“Hey kiddo. Are we keeping you up?” The voice sounded familiar, but somehow muffled and distant.

Montacute House, by Lucy Jago (278 pages) – A boy is found dead, and Cess’s friend disappears; are they connected? Cess thinks so, and attempts to solve the mystery, becoming involved in a ‘terrible intrigue’. Set in 1596, and there may be witches.

First lines: ‘“Ugh, droppings between my toes.’ Cess kicked off her clogs anyway, because they were rubbing.

Checkered Flag Cheater, by Will Weaver (198 pages) – Trace Bonham (not Tracy Bonham! Let’s be clear) is the teen driver for a professional Super Stock racing team. He always wins on the track and off the track, but does he deserve it? Let the title offer a clue.

First line: ‘Trace Bonham poked the Seek button.

Breathless, by Jessica Warman (311 pages) – Katie Kitrell is a swimming prodigy, and at her new school she tries to become popular as well as a swimming star, all the while she’s trying to cope with the recent death of her older, institutionalised brother.

First line: ‘There’s a man feeding the koi in our fishpond because my parents don’t want to do it themselves.

Today in History

There is to be a big display about the architecture of the Parthenon and Acropolis* called “Masks of Time” on the first floor of the Central Library. It will run from Monday, the 15th of March to the 25th of March, and will have large models of the buildings, models of reliefs from the temples, and information panels. And and heaps more. AND it will coincide with Greek National Day on the 25th, which celebrates Greece’s independence.

*The Acropolis is the name given to the small ‘city’ in Athens built in during the height of the Classical period in Greece, about 2,500 years ago. The Parthenon is the famous temple that sits atop the Acropolis.

Today in history

How Millenial Are You? is a quiz that determines just how millenial you are. Obviously! A ‘Millenial’ is someone who belongs to the so-called ‘Y-Generation‘ (i.e people born in the last couple of decades). ‘Generation X‘ was the previous generation (sort of), referring to people who grew up in the late 70s and 80s. Before that are the ‘Baby Boomers’, who were all born after WWII (there was a lot of them, hence the ‘boom‘ part). Each generation differs not only in age, but also in things such as consumer habits, culture, earnings, education, and whether or not they have a Facebook account.

And that was Today in History, kinda.

Today in history

Twenty years ago the Berlin Wall fell. Many of our intended readers will be too young to know about it, but from about the end of WWII to November the 9th, 1989, Berlin was divided by a massive concrete wall. On one side – the East – an authoritarian Communist regime held power, and on the Western side it was democracy as usual. People died trying to cross from the East to the West (no one especially wanted to go West to East (maybe tourists?)). The Berlin Wall’s fall represented to many people the end of the Cold War (and the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation that came with the Cold War).

So! The fall of the Berlin Wall. A good thing! Here are some books we have in the library.