Thursday, October 27, 2016

Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost twin by Sophie Cleverly (#1 in the Scarlet and Ivy Series)

"This is the story of how I became my sister..."  

Early in the 1920's Scarlet, sister of Ivy died in an unfortunate accident. Miss Fox of Rockwood girls boarding school just couldn't let the school be known to be unlucky. So she gets Scarlet's sister Ivy to pretend to be her dead sister.  That can't be too hard, right? Wrong! Ivy and Scarlet's personality were completely opposite and the diary that belonged to Scarlet has some unusual entries in them and Ivy has to solve the mystery while still acting like her sister...

Author: Sophie Cleverly
Publisher: HarperCollins (2015)
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A middle-aged man remembers his childhood as he sits on a rotting wooden bench sitting by Lettie's Ocean.

The opal miner lying in the back of his father's car. The orange day. The monster that called its self Ursula Monkton. The bathtub his father tried to drown him in. The hallway with the perfect view of the moon. The kitten with a white patch around its ear. He remembers it all.

Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: William Marrow and Company (2013)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Girl Who Could Fly By Veronica Forester

"She Can Fly!"

Piper McCloud is not your average girl - she has an extraordinary ability, one that the people in Lowland County just can't overlook . She can fly? Besides that, she is a down-to-earth girl who sees things for what they are, and always does what's right. Her parents, firm believers in the Good Book and the Lord, just don't understand why Piper can't be normal, like everyone else, "If the Lord wanted folks to fly he would've given' them wings. It Just ain't right."

Author: Veronica Forester
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan (2008)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Divergent by Veronica Roth (1st in the Divergent series)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peacefulness), and Erudite (intelligence). On a selected day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—Divergent...

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins (2011)

Double Cross by Malorie Blackman (4th book in the Noughts and Crosses Series)

"One simple choice. Lives are shattered"

Tobey wants a better life - for him and his girlfriend and Best friend Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when Callie Rose has a near death experience that the horrible gangs may have something to do with, Toby Loses himself in the quest for revenge

The captivating conclusion/companion Novel of the Noughts and Crosses series.

Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Random House (2008)

Check Mate by Malorie Blackman (3rd book in the Noughts and Crosses Series)

"Can the future ever erase the past?" 

Callie Rose has a Cross mother and a Nought father in a society where the fair-skinned noughts are treated as the lower people of society and those with dual heritage face a life-long battle against deep-rooted discrimination. Sephy, her mother, has told Callie virtually nothing about her father, but as she grows into a young adult, she unexpectedly discovers the truth about her father and becomes determined to find out more. But her father's family has a complicated history - one tied up with the fight for equality for the Nought population. And as Callie takes her first steps away from Sephy and into the world, she finds herself drawn inexorably into more and more danger. Suddenly it's a game of very high stakes that can only have one winner . . .

Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Random House (2004)

Not Suitable For Young Readers

Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman (2nd book in the Noughts and Crosses series)

Sephy is a Cross, one of the privileged in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the fair-skinned noughts as the lower part of society. But her baby daughter has a Nought father, Cullum. Jude is a Nought, Cullum's brother, Eaten up with bitterness, he blames Sephy for the terrible losses his family has suffered.

Now Jude's life rests on a knife edge. Will Sephy be forced, once again, to take sides?

Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Random House (2003)

Not Suitable for young readers

Monday, September 5, 2016

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (#1 in the Noughts and Crosses Series)

"Sephy is a Cross. Cullum is a Nought..."

Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class, Who own the government the banks and all the successful business. Callum is a Nought - a Light member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses just don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum - a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

Not Suitable for Young Readers
Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Random House (2001)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

"You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more"-Markus Zusak

Hazel is 16 and is reluctant to go to support group, but she soon realizes that it was a good idea. Hazel meets a young boy named Augustus Waters. He is charming and witty. Augustus has had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but has recently shown NEC (No Evidence of Cancer).
Hazel and Augustus embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions, including love, sadness, and anger ,while searching for the author of their favorite book.

Author: John Green
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Books (2012)

Strong language used

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Trash by Andy Mulligan

"Imagine if you lived in a dumpsite"

Raphael and his friends live on a huge dump site, in a fictional city. Their lives consist of sifting through the rubbish, day after day, trying to find anything valuable that they can sell. Early in the book, the boys discover a small leather bag containing a wallet, a folded up map and a key. This discovery leads to a huge adventure that changes their lives.

Author: Andy Mulligan
Publisher: David Fickling Books (2010)
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Author: Soman Chainani
Genre: Handbook
Publisher: HarperCollins (2016)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Friday Barnes: The Plot Thickens by R. A. Spratt (#5 in the Friday Barnes Series)

"Friday Barnes is being attacked on all fronts"

When Friday Barnes gets involved in her frenemy Ian Wainscott's family problems, it appears her knack for uncovering the truth may ruin their friendship once and for all.

Highcrest Academy is no longer a fun place to be. Ian has declared war on Friday by setting up endless pranks which could end up in a concussion and broken bones. Now she is thinking of leaving... for good this time. Meanwhile, there are two new teachers to contend with- a celebrity artist whose intentions are somewhat unclear and unusual, and  an over enthusiastic PE teacher on a fitness crusade. Between them and Ian, it's going to be one dangerous term.

"Can Friday repair her friendship with Ian, restore her perfect school- life balance and work out who is committing the acts of vandalism around Highcrest? No one said high school would be easy" (from back of book)

Author: R. A. Spratt
Genre: Realistic fiction
Publisher: Random House Australia (2016)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

"Meet Kate Malone"

She is a Straight-A science geek, she's the minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell "Early Decision Harvard" Pangborn III), and unwilling family caretaker. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all—or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions. The Malones' neighbors house gets burned down and the very annoying kids have to move in the Malones temporarily. The days are ticking down and she's still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to, MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control—and then, something happens that truly blows it all apart.

Author: Laurie halse Anderson
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Speak (2003)

Strong Language used

"It's almost over..."

As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.

But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down...

Author: Soman Chainani
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins (2015)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

School For Good And Evil: A World With Out Princes by Soman Chainani (2nd book in the SGE series)

"There is an uneasiness that remains after your best friend tries to kill you"(from back of book)

After saving themselves and their peers from a life hating one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home, living happily ever after, a life of fame. But life isn't exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she'd chosen a different happy ending with her love, Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again and the girls are sent back. But Good and Evil are no longer enemies and Princes and Princesses may not be what they seem...

Author: Soman Chainani
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins (2014)

The School for good and Evil by Soman Chainani (1st book in the SGE series)

"Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped"(from back of book)

Today, Gavaldon's children huddle together in groups hunched over story books. Today they search for answers. Some list fairy tale villain names to try and find patterns. Some look for the alphabet in hero names. But they all have one thing in common. They all have the same frenzied, scared look in their eyes. Why? Becuase tonight the Schoolmaster chooses his perfect pair; good in white, evil in black.

Author: Soman Chainani
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HaperCollins (2013)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time Traveling Fashionista: On Board the Titanic by Bianca Turesky (book 1 in the Time Traveling Fashionista series)

"What if a beautiful dress could take you back in time?"'

When Louise Lambert receives a very mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a fashionable time-travel adventure. Slipping on a gorgeous pink gown, Lousie suddenly finds herself on board a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago and is swept up in the glamorous life of this decadent era. That is until she realizes that she is not just on any ship -she is on the TITANIC!

Author: Bianca Turesky
Genre: Low Fantasy
Publisher: Poppy (2011)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Friday Barnes: No Rules By R.A. Spratt (4th book in the Friday Barnes Series)

"Friday Barnes is back... or not?"

Friday Barnes has been deported to Switzerland! With their in-school detective gone, Highcrest Academy has descended into chaos. Someone's fired all the teachers! I wonder who?

The Headmaster claims it wasn't him, and suspicion soon turns to Ian Wainscott, but Friday won't stand by and let her favorite nemesis/crush take the blame. Apart from being innocent (probably), he's seriously good-looking.  

"Can Friday save Ian's scholarship? Can she find the prankster before they bring down the school? Can she run the cross country? She's certainly going to try . . . to do the first two, anyway."(From Back of Book)

Author: R.A Spratt
Genre: Realistic fiction and Mystery
Publisher: Random House Australia (2016)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Friday Barnes: Big Trouble by R.A Spratt

"Friday Barnes has a new case, and this time, it's personal!"

When Friday's father turns up out of nowhere, he brings his daughter some disturbing news- Friday's mother has been kidnapped? Who would want to kidnap a crazy theoretical physicist?

The Headmaster needs Friday's help aswell. When Highcrest Academy is thrown into utter chaos by the arrival of the beautiful Princess Ingrid of Norway things start to go missing. It appears Highcrest Academy has been infiltrated by a pickpocket who everyone calls; 'The Pimpernel'.

"Can Friday crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat and unmask the Pimpernel? If it means she gets to ditch PE, then, of course, she can!"(from back of book)

Author: R.A Spratt
Genre: Mystery and Realistic fiction
Publisher: Random House Australia (2015)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion by R.A. Spratt

"Friday Barnes! Arrested!"

Who knew boarding school could be this Hazardous!? 
When Friday Barnes cracked the case of Highcrest Academy's mysterious swamp-yeti, the last thing she expected was to be arrested. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott all up in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice in the world. From a missing or not-so-missing calculator to a bunch of strange holes in the school field, she is up to her neck in crimes - and she swears not all of them are hers. There's also new boy Christopher, who has taken quite a shine to Friday.

"Can Friday navigate the dangerous grounds of Highcrest Academy and decipher a decades-old mystery without getting caught in an unexpected love triangle?"(from back of book)

Author: R.A Spratt
Genre: Realistic Fiction and Mystery
Publisher: Random House Australia (2015)

Friday Barnes: Girl Detective (R.A. Spratt)

"Imagin if Sherlock holmes was an 11-year-old girl" (from back of book)

When Friday Barnes was rejected from university (she is only eleven!) her only choice was to go to high school. So after she solves a bank robbery and wins $50.000 she uses it to go to Highcrest Academy (a fancy posh money based boarding school). When Friday arrives she realizes that the school is actually a hotbed of crime and soon she is solving everyone's problems, even the mystery of the yeti running around the swamp!

"Will Friday Solve all Highcrest Academy's many crimes including the biggest question of all
-whats the point in high school?" 
 (from Back of Book)

Author: R.A Spratt
Genre: Realistic Fiction and Mystery
Publisher: Random House Australia (2014)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Hunger games series by Suzanne Collins

"Katniss Everdeen the girl on fire!"(From Book)

'From the Treaty of treason: In Penance of their uprising, each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 in a public "reaping". These Tributes shall be delivered to the custody of the Capitol. They will then be transferred to a public arena where they will fight to the death until a lone victor remains.

Henceforth and foremost the pageant shall be known as the Hunger Games'

Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Shcooltastic (2008-2010)
Genre: Adventure, Science fiction, drama and action

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dork Diaries series, full series review, by Rachel Renee Russell

"Tales from a not so fabulous life"(from front of book)

When Nikki's Mother buys here a diary she thinks her life is ruined. However, when she starts writing in it, her life actually becomes easier.
follow Nikki as she wins the art and talent show, gets a concussion in gym and become the most popular TVstar in America!

Author: Rachel Renee Russell
Genre: Diary
Publisher: Aladdin Paper Back (2009-2015) 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dreamer Ballerina by Sarah Rubin

"All you need is a dream and two feet!"(From front Page)

Casey Quinn is what you would call and outcast, Scrawny and awkward. But Casey has a dream, a dream to become a famous ballerina and perform in New York City. When Casey auditions for the American school of dance she is devastated that she did not pass. When George Balanchine tells her to go and audition for a different studio, her dream might just come true...

Author: Sarah Rubin
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd (2001)
Genre: Realistic fiction

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dancing In the Dark By Robyn Bavati

"When Ditty Cohen Sees a Ballet show on T.V she knows she won't give up on her dream..."

Ditty Cohen Used to Dance in the Dark . She wasn't allowed to dance, it was against her religion. You see when you are Jewish and you dance you are technically breaking the rules. But, Ditty doesn't care, she loves dancing and will continue to dance, no matter what happens...

Author: Robyn Bavati
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Flux (2013)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Hope in a ballet Shoe by Michaela and Elaine DePrince

"Mabinty Bungura to Michaela DePrince..."

After witnessing your parents be killed. after being whipped by your uncle. after seeing your teacher be sliced in half. After being Number twenty-seven you'd think she would have given up. Well, she didn't. Mabinty Bungura and her best friend Mabinty Suma were adopted by Elaine DePrince and their life changed forever...

Author: Michaela and Elaine Deprince
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Faber and Faber (2015)