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  1. It is a good read, I thought the theme of taking care (or not) of the planet came through well throughout, later on Also, there is a really interesting theme of refugees - as suggested by the title - . I haven't read Zenith yet, the sequel.
  2. Thanks Hazel! those suggestions have been really helpful. I found the book my hubby had mentioned he'd like - if anyone is looking for something similar (which seems unlikely but hey!) it is Claire? Do you mean me? Oh yay, are you sure you want to ask a librarian for recommendations for a 12 year old boy? You're going to have quite a few!!! Oh I can't resist.... In terms of things in the same vein as Muchamore, I'm thinking: Chris Ryan Andy McNab JA Henderson You could try the Young Bond stuff by Charlie Higson. Patrick Ness's series was pretty much a one-off but something similar-ish could be Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series. Those books were pretty heavy-going, so I'd be thinking he's a really good reader and could deal with some pretty challenging reads. Something different could be Return to the Lost World by the two Steve's (Skidmore and Barlow). Also, these have been around for while but maybe Skulduggery Pleasant could be a nice surprise.
  3. I seem to remember in previous years we have had a thread for helping figure out books presents for people, I've had a hunt around but no luck so starting up a new one. Are you trying to come up with book gifts for friends or relatives? You could try asking here - say what you know about what that person likes reading and see if anyone comes up with any recommendations! OK, here are mine....I like getting a book for each of my family! Not as their only present, but as part of their gifts. I like to play to my strengths! The deal is for example, I buy my brother books, and he buys me DVDs! Brother - I've had great successes recently with graphic novels for him, I take the credit for getting him into the whole Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. He likes Neil Gaiman in general, Terry Pratchett, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Laurence Peake. Any suggestions, especially for new authors to look up or also for really decent graphic novels? Hubby - Obscure technology and/or art haha! which I know nothing about. There was some amazing book at the Design Museum in London full of just visual representations of data.....that sounds boring but it was quite amazing, wish I knew what it was called. Any one know anything to help with this?
  4. Laughing out loud on the train when reading the Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison... While reading 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' on honeymoon, and my hubby was waiting to read it right after me based on how much I was enjoying it
  5. Hey Grammath, I've only just come across this, I have to hope the job situation is better down South than up here in Scotland otherwise I'd be saying it is a brave move trying to get into this sector at the moment! On the other hand I live in hope that while libraries are being hacked to bits at the moment by cuts, these things come and go and over the span of a career there will be lean times and times of plenty. Also, its amazing that I was asking questions on this thread in 2005 and now I'm a librarian! and chartered! and I do love my job. Its quite hard to hold on to that sometimes in the face of all the doom and gloom but when it gets down to the actual, actual job, I love it. Has your course started yet? How is it going? Any scary bits yet? You're welcome to PM me if you like, I do check regularly although i don't post as much as I used to.
  6. Wow, I've just realised how many awards this book has won! and well-deserved too. From Teenreads (because I didn't think the description on its Amazon page was quite good enough! I heartily recommend this book. The characters are very believable. The author does a fantastic job of expressing teenage insecurity and that time of 'finding yourself'. The story sticks away from cliches and stereotypes and doesn't take things quite the direction you expect.
  7. Are they in Swedish? I actually didn't realise they weren't hollywood versions, so thanks for telling me Hazel!
  8. This is my absolute favourite cookery book at the moment. It is great for making gluten free cakes, and even better they seriously don't feel or taste like they are gluten free. I think this is because these are original recipes that have been created from scratch rather than being a book of substitues that so many gluten free cookery books are! A lot of the recipes are also dairy free or low dairy. And a lot of them have hidden vegetable ingredients! Sounds crazy but it works. I love cooking from this and giving the cakes to people and once they've eaten them and declared how delicious they were, having them guess which vegetable was in it! Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache: The ultimate feel-good book of natural cakes that taste naughty
  9. It took me forever to get through book 3 compared to the other two. Loved it! The thing was there were so many characters by the end I did start to lose track a bit, but decided to just muddle through having a good idea wh the main people were. Ooooh intrigued by Hazel's theory about the Did anyone else feel like drinking a lot more coffee and eating mainly beef and pickle sandwiches when reading these? Or want a Tunsung300 phone (or whatever it was!). I kind of loved all the little product placement/cultural detail whichever way you want to put it! I haven't seen the films, I'm a bit reluctant to allow anyone else to imagine the characters for me. Lisbeth from the posters doesn't look quite as pretty as I imagine. I imagine her as more like the Amelie character, just visually mind! OK, this post was far too full of exclamation marks!!!!! Will stop now!!!!!!!
  10. Anything Russian really intimdates me based on no real reason whatsoever! I've never actually tried though.
  11. My Review: I think it is recommended for ages 8+ but it is definitely one of those 'ages 8 to 80' type phenomena. The website is pretty funky too, you can read a sneak preview there.....Pilot and Huxley
  12. Its a bit lame of me to do this but here's the review I wrote for somewhere else! There's quite a bit of sexual stuff in this book - I'm sure it has been carefully done to keep it just this side of YA and not adult, so you have been warned! It is also kooky and American and Californian which I loved but I can imagine might not be everyone's cup of tea. A gorgeous book, I'm really glad I read it, and it really rings true for me in terms of the expression of grief and the whole family left in the wake particularly of a young person who has died suddenly.
  13. The blurb intrigued me for this book - from Amazon I was rather disappointed though. I didn't find Jess all that believable. She finds herself instantly in this alternative world, and because it is so oldfashioned she looks out of place right away and gets abuse for it - however, not one of the people who knew the alternate Jess realise she isn't the same person....I didn't really believe they wouldn't stop her and just say 'what the hell is going on?!' and that she manages to fit in for a while - I just found that unbelievable. The alternate world is quite interesting, we're never quite sure what is going on, it seems like maybe Germany won world war 1 or that the UK is basically is a fascist state or World War One never ended, it isn't really clear. I'm not sure if this means we're going to get a series. Pretty average and doesn't do much as a book in itself, is squarely aimed at this age range. I'd recommend City of Ember or The Hunger Games instead tbh!
  14. "My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free. Kirk Douglas " I love that!!! *will include somewhere round about the library* I admit though I borrow from the library where I work (almost all childrens' books) I rarely go to my own local library...why??? I don't even know, it has relocated away from the highstreet and I've never made it to the (apparently amazing) new building.
  15. I'm actually more confused the more I read. And other countries and cultures have different 'conventions', I feel this needs pointing out! A friend told me in America it is common for women to turn their maiden surname into a middle name.
  16. Hmm, I'd not thought of the research thing that is one to think about. I'm changing my name only because I had a pal at school who's parents weren't married and I think they'd done something like the girls got the mum's surname and the boy's got their dad's and i remember saying how cool that was and she replied it wasn't that cool because it made forms and things really comlpicated. That and neither my current surname or the one I'm changing to is at all uncommon so no one's legacy is dying out or anything. I used to get a bit annoyed at people calling me and my fiance partners because even though we've been together for 9 years and living together for 5 we definitely weren't deliberately not married, if you see what I mean? And don't call me Ms only because what's wrong with acknowledging I'm not married? It only matters if you would have a problem if I wasn't married so if someone has a prejudice about that that is their problem!
  17. It is called Johnny and the Bomb by Terrry Pratchett. There is the whole Andy McNab series but I'd err on the side of caution with an 11 year old, same with Chris Ryan & Robert Muchamore really, although I could be wrong, it depends on the child. JA Henderson might be an author to look up and also the Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford. Mark Walden hasn't really taken off here but might be the right kind of thing. Non-fiction wise it does get a bit disturbing doesn't it?? Books about military helicopters, tanks, anything like that! Top Trumps do a Tanks book. I found a book that has battle plans in it from history going back to ancient history and up to really recent stuff, that is really popular and gets a lot of discussion going too - its this one - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Battles/dp/1405486570/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1267707472&sr=1-1 but I just saw it cheap somewhere, it was totally worth a few pounds! Barrington Stoke do some war themed books - Bomber Boys springs to mind and there's an adventure/thriller one that's quite new called 'Deadline' that features a terrorist and something to do with aeroplanes, very popular anyway. Hmm, that's all I can think of just now.
  18. Those are from the book by Daniel Pennac of the same name, really well-worth a read. I'd recommend it for anyone involved in working with young people around reading - it is inspiring, thought-provoking and will challenge some of your assumptions! Not sure why this would be at the Roald Dahl museum particularly, except the recent edition has a forward and cover by Quentin Blake and you can download a poster of the 10 rights & 1 warning from the walker books website. Book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rights-Reader-Daniel-Pennac/dp/1406300918/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266491062&sr=8-1 Poster: http://www.walker.co.uk/bookshelf/the-rights-of-the-reader-poster.aspx
  19. Have you tried Iain M Banks? I'm thinking 'Look to Windward' or other 'Culture' novels (they're set in the same world/universe but not strictly speaking a series). If you're prepared to have a 'figuring out what is happening' story with many threads and on a sort of epic scale, that might suit. They're not horror either but when there is a scary or violent bit, Iain M Banks doesn't hold back.
  20. Thanks a lot Flingo, especially for suggesting non-fiction books, I hadn't really thought of that in that way, but I have a lot of good information books, especially ones about 'issues' that are well balanced because they're specifically for this age group and for schools, e.g. climate change, human rights etc, which give you different perspectives and let you make up your own mind but also get you thinking a bit. We'll see how it goes, I've made a list of lots of possible reads and will see what goes down well and then where we go from here. I'll feedback if anything goes down particularly well.
  21. I'm into Book 2 now. I really enjoyed this! However I can see your point, Flingo, and actually I think leaving the book on that cliffhanger was a bit cheeky. Spoiler for book two I can't help comparing it to The Hunger Games having read that recently and both being dystopian novels I suppose. The Knife of Never Letting Go felt to me like a very convincingly constructed world, a very dark and disturbing one at that. Some very interesting issues for teenage readers to consider.
  22. Blimey, yeah 300+ pages will be a bit much for them I think. Maybe if I have a follow on group for them next year! 168 pages is the longest we've done that has big text.
  23. Haha, if you don't like it it will be my fault for harassing you into reading it!! Personally I'm looking forward to book 3 coming out.
  24. What would you recommend to someone who was particularly looking for Children's fiction with a Christian slant, not necessarily overtly religious, but that might be seen as in-keeping with a Christian message? (PS I'm meaning teen, by children's fiction, but we might as well make the discussion general). Someone's asked me for help with this and I'm stumped!
  25. Sounds interesting, Flingo. I think I blame marketing more than anything for giving us such a boy/girl divide in childrens' fiction at the moment! Would it be suitable for a group of 12 year old 'reluctant readers'? Always on the look out for things that can work with a mixed gender group - because the girly books are so girly looking, I feel like I tend to focus on the boys and the girls are happy to go with that but they deserve some variety!
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