Monthly Archives: August 2013

Have I got news for you!

I have good news, and better news! The good news is, the first trailer for the film version of ‘Divergent’ is out! Check it out below:

Um, Kate Winslet as the villain? Hell yes!

Secondly, the third book in the series has been unveiled and is due for release on October 22! What’s it called, you ask?

Book Week, done and dusted!

Hi everyone!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Book Week activities! Our photo competition, ‘Read Around St Cath’s’, was a roaring success; we still have all the photos on display for you to look at in the library foyer. Our Thursday Trivia quiz was awesome – so many rowdy and competitive students battling it out! And to all the students who were brave enough to choose a mystery lucky dip new release book – Shaun the Sheep thanks you!

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For those of you wondering which novel won book of the year (for mature readers), the answer is:

Sea Heart by Margo Lanagan

We have a few copies of Sea Hearts for you to borrow if you’d like to read this award winning book!

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

I’m one of those people who can’t watch scary movies. I will literally close my eyes, put my fingers in my ears and sing ‘lalalalalalalalala’ – even if the entire movie theatre audience wants to donk me on the head. So I don’t go to scary movies. Or violent movies. Or gory movies. Or any movie where there is even the remote possibility that something is going to jump out at me. You’re talking to the person who completely lost the plot during the end of ‘Happy Feet’. Yep, that’s me. And in my defence, those seals were scary.

But not books. No, I can read anything – however bloody or violent, however creepy or thrilling, however weird – I never take issue with books. I’m very rarely scared by a book. Until I read The Diviners by Libba Bray, I could only count one book that freaked me out. Now, you can make that two.

Instead of writing a quick summary of what the novel’s about, I found this on The Diviners website:

This novel is roaring twenties crossed with serial killer murder mystery crossed with X-Men.  I really love the alternate universe that Libba has created. And my word, is this book creepy! I can’t really tell you why it freaked me out so much, but it had a lot to do with a constant menacing evil in the pages that kept whispering in my ear as I continued to read.  Initially, there are a lot of characters to get your head around, but as the story progresses, they become further entwined.  I really enjoy Libba’s use of language; her descriptions can be both funny and lush. She never bangs you over the head with a metaphor or simile, but rather lures you in to a sentence with subtlety and leaves you thinking.

If you like Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series, you’ll love The Diviners. And hold onto your hats – there are more novels to come!

I would recommend this book for Year 8 and above.

Happy Reading! Ms White 🙂

Introducing our resident student reviewer!

This term, I’ve enlisted the help of a student – who is mad about books – to help me out with the reviews on the blog. She’s still working on her pen name, so for now she’s our anonymous and mysterious reviewer! Stay tuned, because I have a feeling there will be many reviews to come!

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Rooftoppers is about a girl with a mission, a girl hunting for her mother.  There is only one thing wrong.  Nobody knows her mother’s name or age, and it is believed she died when Sophie was just a baby.  So naturally, people find it hard to believe Sophie when she says her mother is still alive.  Except, maybe, for her carer of twelve years, Charles Maxim.  When a letter comes saying that Sophie will soon be taken away to an orphanage, drastic action is taken when they find a possibility that her mother is in Paris.  And as Charles Maxim says, “Never ignore a possibility”.  With the help of a few roof toppers, she goes on an adventure to find the one thing that has been missing her whole life.  Her mother.

I would give this book an 8/10. I love the language used and how the storyline progresses. There is always a sense of mystery and underneath, weirdness like no other. Recommended for ages 11 to 15.  🙂