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Junior Book Review; ‘Boy Underwater’ by Adam Baron

‘Boy Underwater’ by Adam Baron

Cymbeline is confident that he can swim despite never having been near water, after all he’s googled ‘front crawl’ and seriously how hard can it be? But things go disastrously wrong and Cym begins to unravel the mystery about why his father has never taken him swimming. Funny, poignant, heart warming and very realistic.

This book is available on Overdrive 


Junior Book Review; ‘The Benefits of Being an Octopus’ by Ann Braden 

‘The Benefits of Being an Octopus’ by Ann Braden 
I really felt for Zoe as she battles against poverty, neglect and an abusive step father. She spends her time caring for her 3 young siblings with such love & compassion while her mother works to keep the family afloat. Zoe compares herself to an octopus with its amazing survival instincts. But it the debating society at school which finally helps Zoe to face her problems and do something about them. 
This book is for senior students and available on Overdrive 📖 #SHRLibraryBookReview

Junior Book Review; ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ by Kate DiCamillo

‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo’s first published novel, like Winn-Dixie himself, immediately proved to be a keeper—a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, the inspiration for a popular film, and most especially, a cherished classic that touches the hearts of readers of all ages. 
The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket—and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm. 
This book is available in the junior library at JF DIC

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Senior Book Review; ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’

‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick 
Set in a railway station in Paris 22 year old Hugo Cabret has many secrets. His uncle, the time keeper is missing. Hugo is keeping all the station clocks going himself. He has an automaton. He steals parts from the toy booth in the station to help repair it. But he isn’t the only person who is hiding things from others. A lovely read illuminating some of the early works of the silent movies, this book is part text and part illustration. Suitable for Year 6+

You can find this book in the senior library at F SEL in the historical section. or check the status of the book here or shortcut to audio book on Overdrive here

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Senior Book Review; ‘The Beast Player’ by Nahoko Uehashi

‘The Beast Player’ by Nahoko Uehashi

A hard to put down tale of young Elin who lives in a country with destructive serpent beasts called toda and even more ferocious Flying Royal Beasts who are arch enemies. Control over these creatures will give different factions power. The story spans Elin’s life from 10 when her mother is brutally murdered to 18 when she uses her powers to communicate with the Royal beast which she has raised since a cub. The society she lives in will never be the same again. This Japanese fantasy story is delightful but as a dense text most suitable for 14+

This book can be found in the senior library at F UEH in the fantasy section 📖 #SHRLibraryBookReview

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Junior book review

📖 The legend of Podkin One-ear by Kieran Larwood

Great fantasy adventure of the young rabbit Podkin, his older sister and baby brother whose warren is overrun by the vicious Gorm. They escape with a magic sword and have many adventures along the way as they meet new friends, make enemies and live a life destined to become legends which will be told by rabbit bards for years to come. 
This is an excellent read for year 5+ and can be found at JF LAR

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Junior book review

Asterix and the Picts by Jean-Yves Ferri 

A new partnership between Jean-Yvette Ferri and the artist Didier Conrad continue the adventures of Asterix the Gaul for a new generation of readers. The action, adventure and humorous puns all follow the classic format set by Goscinny and Uderzo 40 years ago. This story has our indomitable heroes traveling to Scotland to help their Pictish cousins defeat some more Romans with the help of their magic potion and a little malted water.

This book can be found at JGR FER 📖 
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Senior Book Review

No time to read? How about an audio book? 🎧

Recommended by Mrs Toner: “Monday’s not coming” By Tiffany D Jackson

Set in a poor suburb of Washington DC, Claudia’s best (& only) friend Monday fails to show up at school after the summer break. Claudia is worried but when she tries to dig deeper into the mystery she meets brick walls. No one is willing to give her a straight answer and even her own parents are pretty evasive. This is a raw, gripping contemporary young adult novel about a beautiful friendship but with a hard hitting ending. 

This book is available as an audio book via Overdrive

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Senior Book Review

Mrs Toner has read: “The Secret Science of Magic” by Melissa Keil 📖

From a master Australian story teller this book is aimed at older seniors. It is about two teenagers on the autistic spectrum who are attracted to each other and who, despite their differences and difficulties manage to get together. Sophie has a brain that is computer-smart and Joseph is fascinated to the point of obsession with magic tricks. Can Josepth pull off a magic trick that will impress even Sophie? This books shows that there is the hope of love for everyone. 

Available in the Senior Library at F KEI

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Jayne Schofield The Illustrator Is Coming !

On Monday 28th and Wednesday 30th of January 2019 is visiting Shrewsbury International School Riverside to do workshops with students year 3 and year 4. Jayne Schofield is a Cross Stitch designer and Illustrator.

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