Monthly Archives: October 2010

Rick Riordan Strikes again!

I know there are many of you out there who love love LOVE the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan.  Did you know that he has just released the first of a new series?  ‘The Red Pyramid’ is the first book in the ‘Kane Chronicles’ – a series about Carter and Sadie Kane, whose father is a brilliant Egyptologist.

With the Percy Jackson books, Rick Riordan was all about the ancient Greek gods; with the Kane Chronicles, he explores some of the dark and mysterious Egyptian gods.  In ‘The Red Pyramid’, the Egyptian god of chaos, Set, makes an appearance. If you’re into all things Egyptian, then this is the series for you!

There is also a fabulous website devoted entirely to the Kane Chronicles, where you can download iPhone apps and wallpapers, get more information about characters and keep up to date with the latest news from Rick Riordan. Click on the screen shot below to access the site!

The Nicholas Library has ‘The Red Pyramid’ ready for you to borrow – why not pick up a copy today?


New Author – Steph Bowe

There are up and coming authors writing new books all the time, but I thought I’d feature new writer Steph Bowe for a few reasons.  Firstly, her debut novel (‘Girl Saves Boy’) has just been released and it’s a bit of a corker, and secondly – Steph is only sixteen.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of hearing Steph and some other authors speak about their books.  Steph was very eloquent; she spoke about how she has always loved to write and how the story of ‘Girl Saves Boy’ just came to her and wouldn’t leave her alone – so she wrote it down.

Prior to the release of her novel, Steph has been writing a blog for over a year.  On it, you’ll find some examples of her writing, reviews of books she’s read, and discussion about what inspires her.  I found her to be not only talented, but a really down-to-earth individual who just wants to continue doing what she loves to do: write stories.

‘Girl Saves Boy’ is the story of a girl, Jewel, who saves a boy, Sascha, from drowning in a lake.  They strike up a friendship, but there are a few issues involved.  For one, Sascha has a terminal disease, and Jewel isn’t exactly without problems either.  It’s a tale that’s both sad and funny, and a little bit unexpected.

We have two copies in the library, one has been signed by Steph herself.

Steph’s blog can be found at:

Author Websites

Hi Girls,

I’ve put up a new tab on the blog – you’ll see it if you just let your eyes wander up the page a little.  Can you see it? There it is: ‘Author Websites’.  I know some of you get really into reading books by a particular author, so I thought I’d start putting up a collection of author website links for you to browse through. 

On these websites, you’ll get the absolute latest news on new release novels and because most authors can’t help, well, writing, many of them include a blog which the author updates regularly with news and ideas about their latest work. 

You’ll notice a real range of professionalism across these websites.  Some authors, particularly the well known ones, have sites that include all sorts of wizz bang animations and special features (check out Dan Brown’s site – particularly cool).  Some sites are a bit more simple, which is fine too! Shaun Tan’s site is quite simple, but is full of his amazing sketches, so it’s well worth a visit.

If you have any other author websites that you’d like to include, just shoot off a comment below and I’ll add the site to the list!

Happy reading,

Ms White 🙂

60 Second Recap

Well, it’s Term Four and exams are almost upon us!  The Year Twelves in particular will be getting stuck in to the ol’ study and everyone will be thinking about revision techniques that suit them best.  Often, students find studying for English exams quite challenging – when you’re studying a novel or play, there is so much to learn and it can be difficult to take it all in and make sense of it all.

This week, I want to draw your attention to a website called ’60 Second Recap’.  On it, you’ll find small YouTube clips on any number of novels and plays.  Jenny, the host of these clips, consolidates the main points about character, plot and themes in a given text.  For example, if you’re studying ‘Hamlet’, you’ll find a series of clips on plot, characters, different themes, symbols and motifs.  They could be a great help in reconnecting you with the main ideas of a text, or for finding a way of weeding out the most important information to revise before the exam.

Give them a go! Click on the picture below to connect to the 60 Second Recap site:

Happy Reading!

Ms White

Have you tried reading non-fiction?

This might sound silly, but have you tried reading non-fiction for pleasure?  When we think of non-fiction books, we usually think about the type of books that we’d use for researching a school assignment – interesting, perhaps, but not a thrilling prospect if you’re looking for a book to curl up with.

For those of you who aren’t into vampires, romance, fantasy, sci-fi or anything fanciful, you might like to try getting into non-fiction.  The great thing about non-fiction is that you can often dip in and out of the book, reading the bits that interest you and skimming through the bits that don’t.  It’s not like a novel, where if you don’t read chapter two, you miss vital information about the plot and characters.

There are lots of different types of non-fiction that you could potentially read for the fun of it.  Many people really enjoy reading the biographies or autobiographies of people they are interested in; others like books filled with pictures, graphics or photos (especially if you’re reading about art or music); some like to learn a new skill while they read (for example, many people read cook books or gardening books for fun) and others like to fuel their interest in a subject by learning as much as they can.

In the library, we are always getting really interesting non-fiction books that would be great for many people to simply read and enjoy.  However, our instinct, when we’re looking for something to read, is to go straight to the fiction section.

How about you give non-fiction a try?

Here are some new titles: