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Getting Dark Earlier = More Time To Read!

Happy end of daylight savings everyone!  Colder weather is coming, which is the perfect excuse to sneak into bed a little earlier and snuggle up with a good book.  There’s nothing I like better!

I’d love to get some book tips from you, so please tell me in the comments what you’re reading and whether you’re enjoying it. Or what your favourite book is.

Here’s what’s on my bedside table right now:

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Wonder

by R.J. Palacio

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

Because of the way he looks, Auggie Pullman’s never been to school. He just wants to be treated like everyone else, but how can that happen when he looks so different?

This is a story that will both make you laugh and break your heart. It’s unusual in that different chapters are in the point of view of different characters. The reader not only gets to know Auggie, but the people around him as well.

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I highly recommend it.

My favourite quote from Wonder:

“Hey, if they want to give me a medal for being me, that’s okay. I’ll take it. I didn’t destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that’s not easy, even if you’re not me.”

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Looking For Alaska

By John Green

John Green is one of my favourite writers.  I can’t wait for The Fault In Our Stars to come out as a movie, and I really hope it’s even half as awesome as the book.

Looking For Alaska is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s off to boarding school and in search of the ‘Great Perhaps’. He finds Alaska Young, a human hurricane who swirls him into her world, snatches his heart, then tears him apart. It’s a wild ride of a book that made me giggle uncontrollably and wipe away tears.

This one’s for older readers. If you’re a teenager looking for a book that pulls no punches, give it a try.

My favourite quote from Looking For Alaska:

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

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Holes

By Louis Sachar

Sentenced to Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn’t commit, Stanley Yelnats is forced to spend all day digging holes in a dry lake under a punishing sun. Stanley blames the family curse for his bad luck and tries to make the best of things. But he soon discovers that there’s a reason the cruel warden has them digging holes.  

This is a very clever book, and I loved the way all the connections were slowly revealed. How is a centuries-old curse connected to a pair of shoes falling from the sky, connected to Kissing Kate Barlow, an outlaw of the Wild West?  Read Holes to find out!

My favourite quote from Holes:

“It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather!”

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By Laini Taylor

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

This is the first book of a series of three. I read and enjoyed the first two, and the third one (Dreams of Gods and Monsters) has just come out and I can’t wait to read it!

If you’re a teenager looking for an exceptional fantasy series and great characters to sigh over, get into this one and you won’t be sorry.  Now I’ve got to run, I’ve got a book to read…

My favourite quotes from Daughter of Smoke and Bone:

“Loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve—like the soul’s version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable.”

“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.”

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Win a Winter Reading Book Pack

 The school holidays are the best time to read as much as possible, especially when it’s cold and wet outside.  Any time you need something new and exciting to read or a DVD to watch you can come into the library.  A really cool activity that we have in the library these holidays is the Winter Reading Club.  You can choose the challenges that you’d like to do and if you’re one of the lucky ones you might even get a mini prize pack.

Here on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’re giving you the chance to win a stack of books to keep you busy during the holidays.  Each week during the holidays you can enter to win a Winter Reading book pack, containing 7 great books.

Last week’s winner was Connor.  Make sure you enter this week for your chance to win some great books!

 

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Join our Winter Reading Club

Winter Reading Club is a fun reading challenge that you can take part in throughout the June and July.  From Monday 18 June you can visit your local library and pick up your challenge card.  Just complete four challenges and you will get a mini prize pack.

Find out how to enter the Winter Reading Club – Read the rest of this entry »

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Explore the library at home

You’re stuck inside with no school, and the libraries are closed.  You can still explore heaps of interesting library resources from the comfort of your warm house.  The Kids page is one of the best places to explore on the library homepage because you can find quizzes, games and stories to keep you entertained.  Check out these pages:

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Who is the best movie villain?

Winter is the best time of year to sit inside and watch movies.  We have heaps of different types of movie in the library for you to borrow, from fantasy to adventure, and science fiction to western.  Every movie or TV show that you watch has a villain – they could be a witch, a pirate, an evil step-mother or a sinister uncle who is trying to steal his niece and nephew’s inheritance.

Here are my top 5 movie villains:

  1. The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  2. The Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  3. The Fratelli family from The Goonies
  4. Darth Vader from Star Wars
  5. Magneto from X-Men

Who are your favourite movie villains?

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What is your favourite Winter activity?

Winter is one of my favourite seasons.  It’s cold, wet and windy outside while it’s warm and snuggly inside.  It’s the perfect weather for curling up with a good book (or piles of books if you’re like me) and forgetting how wild it is outside.  You can hide under a pile of blankets and escape to another world and make some new friends .   Another perfect activity for a wintery weekend or a wet holiday is getting comfy on the couch and watching a DVD.  I like all sorts of movies from Shrek to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to Transformers and we have heaps of great DVDs that you can borrow from the library.

What is your favourite Winter activity?  Is it something you can do inside or outside?

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