Books of the week
Great for story-time (age 3+):
Dave’s Cave by Frann Preston-Cannon
Dave loves his cave. Inside is decorated EXACTLY the way he likes it. But, Dave is unhappy. What if there might be an even better cave out there? And off he sets in search of a new home. But it turns out that good caves are VERY hard to find.
For younger readers (age 7+):
My Hamster is a Pirate (Stinky and Jinks) by Dave Lowe
A summer holiday by the sea beckons for the Jinks family, and of course Ben is bringing Stinky, his genius of a hamster, along with him. But a trip to the local museum uncovers the mystery of long-lost stolen diamonds and a map. Does 'X' really mark the spot? And can Stinky and Ben find the hidden loot before the crooks track it down?The fifth in the acclaimed STINKY AND JINKS series has all the hallmark hilarity, warmth and exciting adventure that readers have come to expect from Dave Lowe.
For older readers (age 8+):
A Fiery Friendship (Ages of Oz) by Lisa Fiedler
Lions, and tigers, and bears, not quite! Travel down the red brick road with the world’s most iconic Good Witch, Glinda, as she embarks on a brave adventure in Oz in this start to a brand-new series from Gabriel Gale and Lisa Fiedler.
On her Declaration Day, a day meant for celebration and happiness, Glinda’s peaceful life in Oz is shattered when her mother is imprisoned for practicing forbidden Magic. As she is ripped from her home by a fearsome bounty hunter sent by Aphidina, the Witch of the South, Glinda soon uncovers a startling truth: the Oz she’s always know is not good and right—it’s a world governed by the wickedest of the wicked, overrun with tyranny, corruption, and dark power. And Glinda’s mother? She is actually a high-ranking member of a secret society whose mission is to overthrow the four Wicked Witches and set the stage for the return of the rightful ruler of Oz.
With the help of a feisty, purple-haired girl named Locasta, Glinda sets across the unforgiving landscape to rescue her mother. They are soon joined by Ben, a revolutionary New Yorker, and a mysterious girl called Shade. Armed with their individual gifts, these unlikely heroes mount an epic attack on Aphidina to free Glinda’s mother…and save the future of Oz from the Wickeds before it’s too late.
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance by Simone Biles
Simone Biles’ entrance into the world of gymnastics may have started on a daycare field trip in her hometown of Spring, Texas, but her God-given talent, passion, and perseverance have made her one of the top gymnasts in the world, as well as a four-time winner of Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
But there is more to Simone than the nineteen medals—fourteen of them gold—and the Olympic successes. Through years of hard work and determination, she has relied on her faith and family to stay focused and positive, while having fun competing at the highest level and doing what she loves. Here, in her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story—one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams.
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High School Library
During this year’s High School Book Week a record number of people visited the library to participate in various library events and activities ranging from displaying their painstaking work, finding hidden treasures, exploring themselves through poetry with an exceptional poet, enjoying the ambient music concerts to showing off their creative book character costumes. The High School library really appreciates your support and participation, and we could not have made all the events and activities successful without your ardent support. In addition many special thanks go out to the English faculty, Y12 CAS students and the office support staff, who helped us prepare for all the events and activities in the library. If you have any suggestions or questions about our Book Week, please do not hesitate to contact Mr DK at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Biblio-Battle: Japanese students have worked hard on their book review project supervised by Mr. Tsuyoshi Midomaru, and a special zone in the library displays fantastic student book reviews. Great job!
- Mini-concerts: Two concerts during lunch time in the library were a big hit! The program was St Andrews Choir, Brass Quintet and String Ensemble. Special thanks to the performers and all the teachers of the High School Music Department.
- Get Caught Reading: There were many contestants sending their photos to the library and it was really difficult to select the winners. The committee have chosen three winners, Agam 8H, Ni 7H and Sofia 7D. Please see them in the Book Week photos below.
- Golden Tickets: Many hunters chased 3 Golden Tickets hidden inside 3 library items with the clues posted on the High School notices everyday. As a result of the three day hunting journey, all the Golden Tickets were found by three lucky students, Caitlyn 8A, Andrew 8H and Juan 8D. Congratulations!!
- Blind Date with a Book: Some students were very excited to check out the new unknown, mysterious book with a fabulous package. Once students finished reading the mystery books, they provided us with a short book review. 1 house point will be awarded by the library. Hope they will enjoy the books.
- Book Fair: Kinokuniya and AsiaBooks have installed their booths in front of the library, selling many different kinds of books including newly released books. Students, parents and teachers came to the booths at their convenience and spent their time to select favourite books at a special discount. In addition, they will provide the library with some commission to increase our book collection based on their sales during the week. Thank you so much for those who bought books from them.