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)