Monday, May 26, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week



Picture Book:
  • "Some Dads" by Nick BLAND
  • "Steam Train, Dream Train" by Sherri Duskey RINKER; illustrated by Tom LICHTENHOLD
Fiction Book:
  • "Strike of the Shark" by Bear GRYLLS (Mission Survival series)
  • "Judy Moody Predicts the Future" by Megan McDONALD (Judy Moody series)
  • "Freak Street : Zombiesons' Time Machine" by KNIFE & PACKER (Freak Street series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Tomorrow, When the War Began" by John MARSDEN (The Tomorrow series)
Non-fiction:
  • "Saint Grandma : The Story of Suzanne Aubert" by Joy COWLEY
  • "Mad isn't Bad : A Child's Book About Anger" by Michealene MUNDY; illustrated by R.W.ALLEY (Elf Help Books series)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Upper Hutt Library Quiz 2014

Today a team of St Brendan's Year 8 students competed at the Upper Hutt Library NZ Post Children's & Young Adults Book Awards Quiz.  This year we entered one St Brendan's team : Jed; Jacob, Alex and Nathaniel

They competed against teams of Year 8, 9 &10 students from other local intermediate and secondary schools hoping to finish in the top three and win book vouchers for school. As in previous years questions covered a range of topics - this year including a book and film "Who said that?", international sports team uniforms, 4 Pics 1 Word and identifying "famous" Upper Hutt places. Our team worked well together and managed to hold off teams from Heretaunga College and Fergusson Intermediate to claim 3rd place behind the two teams from Upper Hutt College.   Well done team!  

Team Work
The Score board

Teachers and librarians attending with the school teams also took part in the quiz as the "Teachers" team. Unfortunately this year the "Teachers"  finished behind the team of librarians from Upper Hutt Library.

Now for the hard part ... choosing what books to spend the $50 book vouchers on for the school library.

Monday, May 19, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Second Best!" by Jane ENGLAND; illustrated by Terry MILNE
  • "Boats" by Catherine FOREMAN (Machines and Me series)
Fiction Book:
  • "Zac's Power On" by H I LARRY (Zac Power : Test Drive series)
  • "Zac's Water World" by H I LARRY (Zac Power : Test Drive series)
  • "The Discovery of America" by Geronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series)
  • "The Worst Thing About My Sister" by Jacqueline WILSON

Senior Fiction:
  • "Skulduggery Pleasant : Last Stand of Dead Men" by Derek LANDY (Skulduggery Pleasant series)
  • "Ishmael and the Return of the Dugongs" by Michael Gerard BAUER
Non-fiction:
  • "Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand : Understanding the culture, protocols and customs" by Buddy MIHAERE



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2014 - Children's Choice

Now you've had time to have a look at and read the NZ Post Children's & Young Adults Book Awards finalists for 2014 it's time to vote for your favourite book. You could win $500 book tokens for yourself and $500 book tokens for school just by voting!

You can vote for your own favourite book or you could encourage your teacher to take a classroom vote -after you've read the books of course.

Pick up a pamphlet and voting card from the library, vote online HERE or you can download and print out a voting form HERE too. 

Voting closes at 5pm Monday, 26th May 2014.

Some past Children's Choice winners have been:


2013 Children's Choice Winner
"Melu" by Kyle Mewburn,
Ali Teo  & John O'Reilly
2011 Children's Choice Winner
"Baa Baa Smart Sheep" by
Mark & Rowan Somerset


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week








Picture Book:
  • "Toucan Can!" by Juliette MacIVER ; illustrated by Sarah DAVIS
  • "Watch Out, Snail!" by Gay HAY; illustrated by Margaret TOLLAND
Fiction Book:
  • "Tom Gates : Best Book Day Ever! (so far)" by Liz PICHON (Tom Gates series)
  • "Judy Moody Saves the World" by Megan McDONALD (Judy Moody series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Dunger" by Joy COWLEY
  • "Speed Freak" by Fleur BEALE
Non-fiction:
  • "The Beginners Guide to Hunting + Fishing in New Zealand" by Paul ADAMSON
Junior Browsing:
  • "The Boring Book" by Vasanti UNKA

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2014 - Non-fiction

The finalists in the NZ Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults were announced last month.

The Non-fiction finalists are:


"An Extraordinary Land" by
Peter Hayden & Rod Morris
"Anzac Day : The New Zealand
Story" by Philippa Werry




"Flight of the Honey Bee" by
Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock
"Wearable Wonders"
by Fifi Colston
"The Beginners Guide to Hunting
and Fishing" by Paul Adamson




Click on the links under the book cover images to find out more about the books and the authors and illustrators, come along to the library and have a look at the books we have or you could visit Upper Hutt Library.

If you'd like to know the Young Adult Fiction finalists then click HERE.

Images via Booksellers NZ

Monday, May 5, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "One Little Fantail" by Anne HUNTER; illustrated by Dave GUNSON
  • "Lizzie's List" by Nadine WALTER; translated by Lisa PRITCHARD; illustrated by Quentin GREBAN
Fiction Book:
  • "Zac Jets on" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power : Spy Camp series)
  • "Zac Heats Up" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power : Spy Camp series)
  • "The 39-Storey Treehouse" by Andy GRIFFITHS
  • "The Worst Witch Strikes Again" by Jill MURPHY (Worst Witch series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Lighthouse Family : Coastal New Zealand 1941-42" by Pillippa WERRY (My New Zealand Story series)
Non-fiction:
  • "Nelson Mandela : No Easy Walk to Freedom" by Barry BENENBERG
Junior Browsing:
  • "My Big Train Book" by Roger PRIDDY
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