The JCSP Demonstration Library Project is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary, we will be uploading new and exciting title suggestions available @ the Fishbowl
It’s a Book by Lane Smith
All the Wrong Questions: Who could that be at This hour? Lemony Snickett
MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE by Annabel Pitcher
Icons by Margaret Stohl
Silent Saturday by Helen Grant
Interschools Transition Year Book Club Blaa Blaa Books – We have just finished reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.The first ten lies they tell you in high school “Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
The next book that the Transition Years will read is non fiction Dear Sebastian – a collection of letters compilded by Christine Horgan
Dear Sebastian When Jordan Ferguson was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of thirty-four and told he had only months to live, a psychologist advised him to write a letter to his nine year old son Sebastian for when he wasn’t there – a letter with words and advice to help him when he was growing up. But Jordan wanted to leave a lasting legacy for his son. He decided to gather together words of wisdom and advice from a host of Irish people who have succeeded and excelled in life. The result is Dear Sebastian, a collection of letters to a young boy from writers, politicians, artists, clergy, sports stars, musicians and business people with their poignant, honest and inspirational thoughts on living life in the best way possible. The letters in Dear Sebastian deal with the pain of loss but above all they speak of hope, of the optimism of life, and the enduring power of love.
Space A Children’s Encyclopedia (Essential reading for those heading to the Space Centre in Belgium!!) Everything you ever wanted to know about space. Take a journey to space and beyond, you’ll learn what space is and take a whirl around the sun, moon and stars. Packed with out-of-this-world pictures from space. Exclusive interviews, eyewitness accounts, incredible facts and more will teach you everything you need to know. Flick by Geraldine Meade Felicity Costello, aka Flick, is pretty much like any other sixteen-year-old – except for one difference.A difference she doesn’t want anyone else to know about.A difference she hardly admits even to herself.Not for the faint-hearted, Flick is a searingly honest depiction of teenage life as it is lived today.’Flick is the sort of book I wish I could have read in my teens. It never talks down to the reader but still manages to shine a light on some of the darkest and most confusing moments of becoming an adult’ Graham Norton I am the secret footballer Who is The Secret Footballer? His identity is jealously guarded by just a handful of people. But whoever he is – and whoever he plays for – he is always honest, always fearless and always opinionated. This genuine story of one player’s career is a unique combination of considered analysis, tell-all gossip and the joys and frustrations that only someone who plays the game at the highest levels can really feel. From the realities of racism and depression, to the pleasure and pain of sky-high salaries and the scandals of Christmas parties, The Secret Footballer reveals everything you need to know about the beautiful (and not so beautiful) game. Bad Day in Blackrock by Kevin Power On a late August night a young man is kicked to death outside a Dublin nightclub and celebration turns to devastation. The reverberations of that event, its genesis and aftermath, is the subject of this extraordinary story, stripping away the veneer of a generation of Celtic cubs. This Ain’t No Video Game, Kid! By Kevin Stevens The summer before Jack Klements begins high school, his life is disrupted by a visit from his Irish cousin Finn, a ‘problem child’ sent from Dublin after being expelled from school. Obsessed with the violent computer game Gang Feud 3, Finn has trouble distinguishing between games and reality, and soon becomes involved with a Latino gang in Seattle’s inner city. Unwillingly drawn into this world, Jack falls in love with Karina, a Puerto Rican girl who hangs around with the gang. But in a dangerous sequence when Finn is kidnapped and held to ransom, it falls to Jack to rescue him. Family tensions rise as Jack feels himself squeezed between the demands of his straight-laced parents and the pressure to be loyal to his wayward cousin. A pacy debut into young adult fiction, This Ain’t No Video Game, Kid! touches on themes of cultural difference and inner-city problems whilst painting a gritty portrait of the differences between haves and have-nots in the city of Seattle.
10… Good Reads
1. Cool- by Michael Morpurgo Award winning author Michael Morpurgo crams a great deal of Emotion into this beautifully told short novel. Lying in a coma after being knocked down by a car, ten year old Robbie is unable to move or speak or see… This is a really good book and that you should read it. Also I’d say this is one of Michael Morpurgo’s best books, so that’s why you, yes you, should read Cool! 2. Vampirates: Empire of Night, Tide of Terror and Blood Captain, Black Heart by Justin Somper The year is 2505. The Tempest twins, Grace and Connor, decide to leave their small town of Crescent Moon Bay after their father’s death. They take their boat out, which has been claimed by the bank, into the ocean in the middle of a horrible storm and they become shipwrecked. Saved by a passing pirate ship Connor is pulled aboard by the pirate Cheng Li and quickly adjusts to his new life as a pirate prodigy.Meanwhile Grace is rescued from the sea by the Irish pirate Lorcan Furey. She soon discovers that the ship is not a pirate ship,but a Vampirate ship instead.As they fight to find each other, they discover that they have chosen different paths and loyalties, but will they ever find each other again,or is it too late? 3. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan The Greek gods are alive and kicking 4. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto The story is about a 12 year old named Naruto who is fighting for acknowledgement from his villagers and more. When he was just an infant, the 4th Hokage sealed the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox inside of him to protect the villagers. The sealing took the 4th’s life. Now,despite the fact that the 4th wanted people to regard him as a hero,everyone looks down on him, thinking that he is the demon fox that took there loved ones lives. The kids of the village don’t know about this, but they look down on Naruto too simply because everyone else does. As the story progresses, it follows Naruto’s acheivments and failures as a ninja and the other characters lives too. 5. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo This is a very good book about the First World War and the soldiers That fought in it. As it says on the front cover, it’s a book of ‘innocence and love, courage and cowardice’. It is told from the point of view of Tommy Peaceful, and is very cleverly written,as he is looking back from the trenches at his life before that point.Tommy does this in the space of one night. 6. Crazy Love by Eric Brown “Hi, I’m Trish – Trish Green. This is my diary. I kept it for a week. It Was the most important week of my life… I didn’t like myself before that week. I was a bitch, a real bitch. Then I met someone, and things began to get a lot better… And then things got a lot worse.” Trish has everything, and knows she can have any boy she wants.Instead she starts a cruel game with Dennis, the geekiest boy in school. But soon the joke is on her as she begins to fall for him. 7. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during conflict. A classic story of animal courage… 8. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen — and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life. 9. Tabby McTat Picturebook by Julia Donaldson The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life… 10. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift The book begins with a very short preamble in which Lemuel Gulliver,gives a brief outline of his life and history prior to his voyages.He enjoys travelling, although it is that love of travel that is his downfall. During his first voyage, Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a race of people, less than 6 inches high, who are inhabitants of the neighbouring and rival countries of Lilliput. After giving assurances of his good behaviour, he is given a residence in Lilliput and becomes a favourite of the court. From there, the book follows Gulliver’s observations on the Court of Lilliput.He is also given the permission to roam around the city on a condition he not harm their subjects. Gulliver assists the Lilliputians to subdue their neighbours the Blefuscudians by stealing their fleet. However, he refuses to reduce the country to a province of Lilliput, displeasing the King and the court. Gulliver is charged with treason and sentenced to be blinded. With the assistance of a kind friend, Gulliver escapes to Blefuscu, where he spots and retrieves an abandoned boat and sails out to be rescued by a passing ship which safely takes him back home
1. Zom-B by Darren Shan, Simon & Schuster Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the ﬁrst person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a ﬁendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. This is challenging material, which will captivate existing Shan fans and bring in many new ones.As Darren says, “It’s a big,prawling, vicious tale…a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!” 2. The Restless Dead by Deborah Noyes, Candlewick Press Enter the murky world of the undead. From a beyond-the-grave stalker to prankster devil worshippers, from a childish ghost of the future to a vampire lover with bloody ties to the past, the characters in these ten original stories will send shivers down your spine.Enjoy a spooky graveyard walk in the company of ten contemporary masters of horror and suspense. 3. The Evil Eye by Oisín McGann, Barrington Stoke “Fire. Ashes. Death. This is what happens when Balor opens his Evil Eye. No one can escape. Lug has trained for years to ﬁght this battle. But can he save his people? Myths and legends for a new eneration of thrill-seekers . Wide-ranging stories introduces the reader to new lands and cultures. Stylish, modern jackets and stunning graphic novel style illustrations. An excellent series. 4. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Image Comics An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months,society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes ﬁnds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple of months ago he was a small town cop who had never ﬁred a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and ﬁnd his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to ﬁnally begin living. 5. Breathe by Cliff McNish, Orion Jack has always had an afﬁnity with the supernatural, people who lived long ago and whose spirits remain in this world. Following his father’s death, he and his mother move to an isolated house. Instantly, Jack senses the presence of the previous owner. But he is soon aware of other spirits reaching out to claim him. ‘Breathe’ is a compelling standalone novel, not for the faint-hearted but immensely rewarding for its psychological depth and the literally breathless action sequences, the hallmarks of Cliff’s writing.A great ghost story that would deﬁnitely get the younger reader scared! Trey thought he was an ordinary teenager.Then he meets a mysterious stranger, Lucien Charron – uminously pale, oddly powerful,with eyes that seem ﬂecked with ﬁre and skin that blisters in sunlight. Somehow Trey ﬁnds himself in a luxury London penthouse, like a Bond villain’s lair. It’s the heart of a sinister empire, built on the powers of the netherworld – werewolves, vampires, sorcerers, djinns. And Trey himself has a power that’s roaring to break free. Is he a boy or is he a beast?. . 7. Trick or Treat by Robert Swindells, Lerner Publishing Harley’s got to take his kid brother and sister trick or treating. When he’s not looking, they go missing. And when he ﬁnds them, something’s happened. They’re different. They want to play. But there are no rules to this game. 8. The Night Bus by Anthony Horowitz, Orchard Horowitz, a master-storyteller and the bestselling author of the Alex Rider series. It’s Hallowe’en, but the living dead on the Night Bus aren’t trick or treaters. And when Nick and Jeremy get on board, it looks like the bus is not going to be taking them home …When his dad picks up a hitchhiker, Jacob ﬁnd himself in a life or death situation. Could the hitcher be on the run from the nearby Maximum Security Unit? For sure, someone in the car has a deadly secret …Who is the man with the damaged yellow face in the middle photo in Peter’s strip of passport photos – because it can’t be him, can it? Is it a ghost, or something more sinister? 9. The Undead by Jim Pipe, Hodder Children’s Packed with blood-curdling tales from history, amazing legends, tongue-in-cheek horror, and fun facts, this exciting handbook offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of vampires, werewolves, and zombies. With insight into the habits, likes, and dislikes of each of these creatures, kids will learn how to ﬁnd them, how to deal with them, and how to avoid them. Complete with horriﬁc illustrations to draw in reluctant readers, this thrilling overview highlights historical tales of the undead and lore from around the world, as well as present-day representations in movies and television. 10. Thing (the play) by Chris Powling, Barrington Stoke Top titles from the gr8read series specially adapted into plays for teens. Black button eyes. Zig zag mouth. Stiff body. Thing. Once it was Robbie’s best friend. Now It’s become his enemy. Chilling horror, suitable for both boys and girls. Short play with bitesized scenes that can be enjoyed by everyone .9 speaking parts
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