Archive for April, 2010

Word of the Day – lurch

lurch (noun)

Pronunciation: LERTCH

What does it mean?

: a sudden swaying or tipping movement; also : a staggering gait

How do you use it?: During the parade, the huge and menacing dragon balloon moved toward us with a lurch, and we quickly jumped back out of its way.

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Writing Tip of the Week – J.K. Rowling

This week’s writing tip comes from the creator of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. “The best way to learn about style, characterisation and plot is to read as much as you possibly can. You will probably find that you start to imitate your favourite authors, but this is a good learning process and your own style will come eventually.”

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Word of the Day – acrid

acrid (adjective)

Pronunciation: ACK-rid

What does it mean?

1 : biting or bitter in taste or odor

2 : bitterly irritating to the feelings

How do you use it?: “You will never escape my trap,” said the Baron, blowing his acrid cigarette smoke in my face.

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Word of the Day – response

response (verb)

Pronunciation: rih/SPONCE

What does it mean?

1 : an act or instance of replying : answer

2 : words said or sung by the people or choir in a religious service

3 : a reaction of a living thing to a stimulus

How do you use it?: “He considered fainting. He deemed it the only reasonable response to the situation in which he found himself, …” (Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux)


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Word of the Day – snoop

snoop (verb)

Pronunciation: SNOOP

What does it mean? : to look or search, especially in a sneaking or meddlesome manner.

How do you use it?:  Even though she knew her birthday present was hidden there, Josie resisted the urge to snoop in her parents’ bedroom closet.

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April Book Buzz

Want to know what great new books we’ve got in the library?  Every month we’ll tell you about some new and exciting books that we get so that you can catch up on the latest book in a series that you read or discover a new author.  You can click on any of the titles mentioned to see if we have copies in your library or to reserve them for when they come back in.

Cover imagePercy Jackson: The Ultimate Guide by Rick Riordan

This is the perfect book for all those Percy Jackson fans out there.  It looks like a secret journal and has heaps of interesting information inside.  There’s information on Percy Jackson himself, as well as facts about the Gods and Spirits, the beasts and monsters, and some of the settings from the books like the Labyrinth, the Underworld and the Storehouse of the Gods.  This book has everything you ever wanted to know about the world of Percy Jackson.

The Floods: Who wants to be a Billionaire? by Colin Thompson

That weird and wacky family, The Floods, are back again.  The world is in a recession and millions of people have lost millions of dollars. And just when things are about to get even worse, the Floods set up Summer School in New York and take control. Hooray, help is at hand – but as they say, charity begins at home. So millions of people will probably lose millions more dollars, but it will all work out fine in the end. Well, for the Floods anyway. Hey, come on. They”re witches and wizards, not some sort of charity.

Safe-cracking for Students by Terry Deary

This is the latest book in the Master Crook’s Crime Academy series by the author of the Horrible Histories books.  Wildpool’s filthy rich are delighted – with a new bank in town, at last their money will be safe from thieving hands. But they haven’t banked on the wit, skill and genius of the Crime Academy students, who are preparing for the greatest bank robbery of all time.  If you like books with a bit of history and a lot of laughs, this is for you.

The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon by David Almond

Paul believes that the moon is not the moon, but is a great hole in the sky. It’s one of many strange ideas that he’s never told anyone (at school he was told that he had no ideas at all), until he meets Molly, his irrepressible neighbour, who begins to convince him that his theory might just change the world. Helped by a very long ladder, some highly irregular characters, two rather worried parents and a great deal of community spirit, Paul takes to the sky. But his astonishing discovery there can’t keep him away for long – what is waiting for him back at home is turning out to be better than he’d ever imagined.

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Word of the Day – snug

snug (adjective)

Pronunciation: SNUG

What does it mean?
1 : warm, secure, and comfortable
2 : fitting closely

How do you use it?: In Winter I like to wrap myself up in my snug mink blanket and read my book, while I listen to the rain on the roof.

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