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You can vote for your favourite book in this year's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. The Heaton LRC has 10 of the books that are finalists in the competition, come and see them on display in the LRC this week. By voting for your favourite book amongst the finalists, you could win $1000 of Booksellers Tokens! ($500 for the student, $500 for the school). You can vote online or ask Mrs Boniface in the LRC for a voting card.
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This is one of my favourite books so far this year. Set in New Zealand it's about a boy called Will who is dealing with a variety of issues at home and at school. He is getting a hard time from the school bully, he fancies a girl who seems unavailable to him, his grandfather falls ill, his father is aloof, and he is about to meet up with his mother for the first time in five years (after she left his father and moved to Australia). Although the book has some serious themes, it is told with wit and offers an entertaining insight into a teenagers life. I found it to be an amusing and enjoyable read. Here's a quote from the book:
"See this nail?" Will nodded.'I keep it specially long' - Perky stuck it into his ear and probed delicately - 'for cleaning small orifices.' He removed it, now golden with wax, and rolled the haul into a ball. He held it up between thumb and forefinger a moment. 'A minuscule sun, a tiny luteous orb.' He left it balanced on the pad of his thumb. Will grinned. 'Behold! The great god Perky, plucking new solar systems from his ears."
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Any Heaton student or staff member can contribute to the LRC Blog. Send me your book review or recommendation and I will add it to the blog. If you write a particularly fabulous book review I will send it to Zac Harding who writes the awesome "My Best Friends Are Books" blog for Christchurch City Libraries. If Zac thinks it is good enough, he may publish YOUR book review on his blog. How cool would that be? :-)
Sophie is visiting her mother who runs a sanctuary in the African Congo for bonobos, a type of ape. One day while her mother is away, rebel soldiers attack. Sophie is forced to run for her life, escaping into the jungle with a baby bonobo she has rescued named Otto. Sophie and Otto struggle to survive, as they face armed rebels and wild animals, while they try to find their way to safety.
This is an exciting and at times, disturbing read. It's not for the fainthearted as it contains some graphic accounts of violence. It will appeal to fans of survival and adventure stories, and also animal lovers (who aren't too squeamish!). It also provides an informative account of the war torn Congo, which has endured horrific violence in recent history.
You will find this book in the LRC on the shelf at "SCH Young Adults"