If you get the chance, you really need to watch the thrilling TV series of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Excellent cast, superb special effects, plenty of time to develop the characters and plot as can only be done with a TV series, makes this classic children's story come to life.
It's dark and deep, as are Pullman's books (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) and probably not really a children's story, even though it has children and their innocence at its heart.
You don't need to have read the books to enjoy this series, but it helps. I highly recommend them both.
It is hugely important that we all understand and know more about our own history - what made us us, how we developed and the factors that influence this. The government has recently announced that learning about New Zealand history will be compulsory in schools in the near future.
This webseries, created by Radio New Zealand, launched today and is fun and informative and perfect for our students. I can't wait to see them all.
Congratulations to everyone who came and competed in the library yesterday and a big cheer to the teachers team for winning the quiz for the first time ever. By one point! Thank you to Sophie Allan and marianne Dobie for all your help.
There was much laughter and fun, a fair amount of knowledge on show and very much sugar!
All the results here:
Teachers - 24, Room 7 - 23, Room 20 - 21.5, Room 1 - 21, Room 12 - 19, Room 18 - 19, Room 21 - 19, Room 14 - 18.5, Room 8 - 18, Room 17 - 18, Room 22 - 18, Room 4 - 17, Room 13 -17, Room 24 - 16.5, Room 11 - 15, Room 15 - 15, Room 2 - 13, Room 6 - 13, Room 23 - 9.5
Thank you to the kind people who help run the dcm Bookfair for their kind donation to our school library. Lots of great replacement copies for our most popular series - the ones that get worn out the most because they are read so much. These were spare copies we were lucky enough to be given.
Check out the amazing books you can buy at the dcm Bookfair this Saturday 17 August at Shed 6, Queen's Wharf 8am - 6pm.
We have to wait until November for it but here is a teaser for the final book in Neal Shusterman's Arc of the Scythe series.
Check out this article from Entertainment and read an extract from The Toll. Yes, frustrating to only get a tiny teaser but it looks like this is going to be so worth the wait.
Read Scythe and Thunder Head if you haven't already.
Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story by Gavin Bishop is the winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award.
This beautifully crafted book won both the Elsie Locke Book Award for Non-Fiction and the overall Book of the Year award.
If you haven't already pored over this wonderful book that looks at Aotearoa New Zealand from prehistory to the modern day, make sure you get a chance to spend some time in it's pages.
This is a big book in every sense of the word and is destined to become a Kiwi classic. Find it in the library now.
“When a fierce quake strikes the remote island of “Bluehaven, and her father disappears, Jane Doe is thrown headfirst into an epic quest to bring him home.”
This story is told in the first person, with frequent use of short sentences, which help move the story along quickly. It is exciting and creates vivid images in the mind of the reader. The villain, Roth, seems particularly frightening, as he does not speak, although he is able to enter people’s minds. Jane and her friends travel through a constantly changing series of inter-connecting realms, looking for the means to defeat Roth, for Jane’s parents, and the truth about who or what Jane actually is. The history of the main characters are revealed slowly and over time, causing consternation, grief, and understanding. The dangers encountered are carefully described, show originality and are downright scary.
This is the first book in a duology.
Raroa Normal Intermediate
Lita Judge's biography of Mary Shelley is a beautifully illustrated and produced book, written in haunting verse that makes Mary's story incredibly accessible, as sad and as dark as it is, much like her most famous work Frankenstein. Highly recommended.