A gripping Sci-Fi adventure which will appeal to fans of Michael Grant.
After being thrown into another universe, Rev, Billie and co. fight to get back to their real world, but find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world of doppel-gangers. Surrounded by killing machines they find this nightmare is the least of their problems..!
Shadow’s Curse is Amy McCulloch’s sequel to Oathbreaker’s Shadow. Raim is in the impossible position of being bound by a magical oath to protect the Khan who has taken the person he cares most about; Wadi.
He has to find a way to keep his promises or be cursed forever but, in order to do that, he must first of all discover the truth about his past…
Click here to read a review of Oathbreaker’s Shadow by the library staff.
Morris Gleitzman has a knack for comedy which often leaves his readers laughing out loud.
This latest story centres on 13 year old Matt, discovered in a remote Australian town showcasing his soccer skills. Given the chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to come and play for a European club, he discovers the downsides of the money and pressure at the top of the football world.
Sport stories are one of the topics on the Boys’ Division reading award certificate. If you enjoy reading stories with a sporting theme then ask the library staff to recomend some more titles.
On 7th May we were delighted to welcome Frances Hardinge to come and talk to some Year 8 and 9 classes in the Girls’ Division. She told us about her Carnegie nominated book Cuckoo Song and newly published book (on the day of the event) The Lie Tree. We were also joined by students from Turton School, Smithills School and Bolton Muslim Girls School.
The event was kindly organised by Ebb & Flo books in Chorley and Macmillan Publishers. Unfortunately we weren’t able to offer the event to all students due to exam timetabling. We’re sorry if you missed out but it is still possible to borrow the books, please ask in the Library for more information. A full write up of the event can be found here.
Whilst she was here I showed Frances around the School, she later tweeted that it was ‘Hogwarts.’ I told her about the Turret Library and the mysterious unknown room with a window above the Library. Since Frances gets her ideas from ‘everywhere’ I suggest we watch this space to see if the School appears in a parallel universe next time!
If you haven’t yet read the books I’d like to encourage you to do so. The Lie Tree is a creepy murder mystery set in 19th Century England where the main character, Faith, is a feisty girl challenges the constraints of Victorian femininity. The idea of the Lie Tree is particularly interesting as unlike in other stories, lies are not ‘punished’ or seen as necessarily ‘wrong’ and instead are used to unmask the killer.
I’m part-way through Cuckoo Song and have already decided it’s not a good book to read just as I go to sleep. If you’re a fan of Dr Who, you’ll enjoy Frances Hardinge- she uses the same malevolent twisting of reality, with porcelain, speaking dolls and doppelgangers. Earlier books feature glass-like faces where characters can only speak the truth and vindictive fairies that demand that children who use the coins from a magic well grant everyone’s wishes…
This beautifully written and engaging novel spans the latter half of the twentieth century, capturing the lives and fortunes of three distinct families in the East End of London. Starting in 1948, in a city ravaged by the Blitz, children play on bomb sites whilst their parents strive to make a living in the markets.
All are new to the city; Sally and Dora are Jewish refugees from Danzig, whilst Clarence and Bernadette have travelled thousands of miles from the Caribbean to the ‘mother country’. The third family, the Lockharts, have come from Birmingham to escape a family feud. Michael Lockhart cuts a sinister figure, disabled by a stroke that has left him with a disfigured face, and there are hints of his violent character.
Unlike the other men making their living as costers in the markets, Michael moves into more illegal activities. It is this which brings about a shock conclusion to the first section of the novel.
The second and third sections, set at twenty year intervals (1968 and 1988), are more character orientated, deftly taking the reader backwards and forwards in time and out of the city. Hill skillfully uses collisions between the characters, both accidental and deliberate, to reveal more about them via their relationships between each other.
Love, belonging, identity and the concept of ‘home’ are the main themes in this engrossing novel of a city and its people during a time of great change.