S1 Book Talks

 Book Talks in September – Adventure Stories – The Recruit and Hatchet



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The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB is not James Bond. There are no master criminals or high-tech gadgets. CHERUB kids live in the real world. They slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

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jamesNAME: James Adams

BORN: 1991TufnellPark,London

BIRTH NAME: James Choke

APPEARANCE: Fair hair, blue eyes, stocky build

FAMILY:
Mother – Died of heart failure

Sister – Lauren Adams, resident at CHERUB

JOINED CHERUB: 2000s

PHYSICAL: James is stocky, which makes him strong but also prone to weight gain. He must run regularly and watch his diet to keep in shape.

COMBAT: Has shown reasonable aptitude in karate and judo classes, although his reflexes are not the fastest and James often struggles against nimbler opponents.

ACADEMIC: James has an IQ of 153 and is brilliant at maths. However, he will not live up to his full potential until he learns to stop messing around in class.

LIKES: Arsenal, motorbikes, FIFA soccer games, tenpin bowling, winding up his little sister.

DISLIKES: Mayonnaise, curry, Tottenham Hotspur, Big Brother and soap operas.

“James is basically a nice kid, but he tends to go off the rails if you don’t keep a close eye on him.”

Meryl Spencer, handler.

“I love my brother, but he’s dead moody and sometimes I just want to punch his lights out.”
Lauren Adams, sister.

“Sometimes you see James hanging around with his mates and you’d think he was just an ordinary teenager. You don’t realize what he’s really capable of until he’s working under pressure on a mission.”
John Jones, mission controller.

 

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HATCHET by Gary Paulsen

There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake . . . Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet – and a desperate will to survive. Now Brian must learn to live the hard way – or die.

 

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Hatchet Quotes

  • “And the last thought he had that morning as he closed his eyes was: I hope the tornado hit the moose.”
  • “Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience – waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.”
  • “He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn’t work. It wasn’t just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that–it didn’t work.”
  • “He could not play the game without hope; could not play the game without a dream. They had taken it all away from him now, they had turned away from him and there was nothing for him now…He was alone and there was nothing for him.”

 About the Author

Gary Paulsen has received great acclaim and many awards for his novels written for young people. HATCHET, and its sequel, THE RETURN, are among his best-known works. He has sailed the Pacific and competed in the gruelling 1,049 mile Iditarod dog-sled race acrossAlaska. He lives with his family inNew Mexico,USA.

 All the books in the book talks are available to borrow from the library.

 

Book Reviews

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[error]Our Non-Fiction Reading Adventure[/error]

S1 Book Talk in April

 
keeping real
Non-Fiction books are about  real things, real people, real places, real events.  We will be looking at a variety of books and seeing how

INFORMATION BOOKS CAN BLOW YOUR MIND


einstein

Einstein’s refrigerator and other stories from the flip side of History.  A selection of weird and bizarre true-life stories: tales of forgotten genius, great blunders and incredible feats of survival, as well as answers to some puzzling questions. Whatever happened to the refrigerator Einstein helped to invent? While it never became a commercial success, its underlying concepts became the basis for cooling nuclear breeder reactors.

 
blame my brain

Ever feel that you’re always being blamed and criticised? New scientific research points to real biological reasons why teenagers are the way they are – the mood swings, the hibernating, the wild risk-taking. So, next time you’re told off for not getting out of bed before lunch, have this book to hand and explain clearly that it’s not you who is to blame – but your brain.

murderous maths 

How can maths rescue someone in deadly peril? Which famous mathematician was murdered?  How did time begin?  Murderous Maths has all the tricks, tips and short-cuts!

 Sports Files: Andy Murray

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What sacrifices has Andy made to become a top tennis player?  Which is Andy’s favourite Grand Slam tournament?  Why has Andy vowed to sign autographs for every fan who asks him?

 Science with the squishy bits left in!

nasty nature 

Takes you back to the days when when being a kid was no excuse for getting out of hard labour.  This book tells the stories of the children throughout Britain’s history whose work for the nation kept trains running and put clothes on everyone’s backs. What is a jigger-turner? Or a stepper?  Find out in this guided tour through all the lousiest places for a kid to work.

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[error]S1 Book Talk March 2013[/error]

hutchInvisible Fiends series

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barryDescribed as Harry Potter meets Nightmare on Elm Street, Invisible Fiends is a fantastically original, darkly funny and shiver-inducing horror series about what happens when 12-year-old Kyle’s imaginary friend from childhood comes back to life…with a vengeance!  

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Unusual and terrifying, Invisible Fiends makes the terror-sweats just about bearable. Anyone who likes laughing, or screaming, or preferably both at the same time, will love it.

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The Darkest Corners…just published

The concluding part of this darkly funny, horror series Darren Shan called ‘deliciously nightmarish’.
Kyle is a bit of a problem child. He won’t do what his dad tells him. But that’s because his dad wants Kyle to unleash the scuttling, screaming, killer creatures of the Darkest Corners and bring about the end of the world. Now might be a good time to rebel…The epic conclusion to the award-winning Invisible Fiends series. Who lives, who dies, and who never truly existed in the first place? All will be revealed.

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We will also be looking at and reading The Thirteen Horseman

13horseDrake is surprised to find three Horsemen of the Apocalypse playing snakes and ladders in his garden shed. He’s even more surprised when they insist that he is one of them. They’re missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths and they think that Drake is the boy for the job. At first he’s reluctant to join them, but does being in charge of Armageddon have to spell the end of the world?

An apocalyptic blend of riotous comedy, heart-stopping action and a fantastic fantasy adventure.

“I’m just left hoping that this is the start to a new series because I haven’t laughed so much in ages. If you’re a fan of comic fantasy then The 13th Horseman is a MUST read for all ages and one I can’t recommend highly enough!” – Feeling Fictional

http://www.barryhutchison.com
Invisible Fiends site

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Award-winning author Barry Hutchison will be in school on Wednesday 20 March

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S1 pupils will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the popular author.

Barry will be talking to pupils about his best-selling horror series, Invisible Fiends, as well as discussing his latest book, The 13th Horseman –
now on the shortlist for
The Scottish Children’s Book Award 2012
The Grampian Children’s Book Award 2012

Cheer up! It’s the end of the world! Barry’s darkly funny stories are so fast-paced you’ll hardly have time to squeak; join him for the mad real life tales that inspired his latest book.

Meet him for real on 20 March in Elgin Academy

[warning]S1 Book Talk January 2013[/warning]

classicsheaderEach of the selected titles has earned its place on January’s S1 Book Talk list because it has inspired previous generations to become passionate readers. The stories have already been passed down from one generation to another and been the starting point for many other stories. All these classics are the perfect way of reading the old and the new – and loving both. 

So, if you love a good story then look no further.

treasureTreasure Island by RL Stevenson

Pirates! One of the greatest adventures ever told, this classic is a must read for all lovers of a great tale.

Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest-Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

When young Jim Hawkins discovers a map showing the way to Captain Flint’s treasure, he and Squire Trelawney set sail on the Hispaniola to search for the gold. Little do they know that among their crew is the dastardly pirate Long John Silver. Silver has a devious plan to keep the gold all to himself.

Can brave Jim outwit the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas? Will he escape from Treasure Island alive?

There’ll be shivers down the spine for all as they follow this rollercoaster of life, death and above all gold!

– It is a breathless journey and the closest thing to a real pirate adventure without an eye patch and a time machine… It is a unique work of genius. –Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

– Who can think of a pirate without conjuring up the image of Long John Silver?

Little Women by Louisa M Alcott

The four sisters, each with a striking and strong character, between them represent any girls growing up at any time. Meg, the eldest, is sixteen and very pretty; fifteen year old Jo is a tomboy who loves reading; delicate, thirteen year old Beth plays the piano beautifully while twelve year old Amy, is pretty but a little bit selfish and indulged. How their sisters fill their time with creative activities and good work and how they all fall in love in their different ways with the boy next door is full of period charm as well as being totally topical and applicable for modern readers.

What Jacqueline Wilson says of one of her all-time favourite books:

‘I read this wonderful story of four 19th century American sisters over and over again, particularly identifying with Jo, the tomboy sister who is desperate to be a writer.’

Little Women in a nutshell:

Four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth & Amy – at home with mother.  Father away at war.  Short of money but always look on the bright side. 

walkaboutWalkabout by James Vance Marshall
Mary and her young brother Peter are the only survivors of an air crash in the middle of the Australian outback. Facing death from exhaustion and starvation, they meet an aboriginal boy who helps them to survive, and guides them along their long journey. But a terrible misunderstanding results in a tragedy that neither Mary nor Peter will ever forget.

‘A small classic, pared down to the bare bones. many will not only enjoy it, but long remember it.’

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Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her.

Anne has two overwhelming characteristics: she has a tremendous imagination and an ability to chatter on ceaselessly – although she can be completely silent when requested. Through Anne’s chattering readers get to enjoy her insights into life in Avonlea both as it really is and how Anne imagines it to be.

 “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

 “I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.

“It is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable”

Classic novels to entertain and enthrall – all in your library in January 2013

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[warning]Christmas Poetry Talks for December[/warning]


Even Santa has time to read a book at Christmas time

 

S1 classes will be introduced to a variety of poems in the library during December and will look at and discuss lots of Christmas traditions. They will also look at how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

Drawback

The fairy on top of the Christmas tree

Said “I hate my job, it’s rotten –

How would you like it, perched up here

With pine needles stuck up your bottom?”

Clive Webster   

 

Welcome Note

Dear Santa, welcome to our house.

Sorry there’s no chimney for you but

a patio door is much less sooty

don’t you think?

Please make yourself at home.

Sit down and drink

a modest medium sherry once again.

Try not to let it dribble down your chin;

it marked the table last year (note the stain).

I baked the mince pies fresh today.

Have one or two, but there again take care –

I want No Crumbs, because, you see, last year,

regretfully, I found them everywhere.

You’ll find the children’s stockings by their beds.

Be more sensible than usual – nothing loud.

No monkey this time please, or anything

that makes a mess.

I hope you’ve read the notice on the door

and left your boots out on the patio. Last year –

Muddy Footprints Everywhere.

All Christmas Day I scrubbed the carpet but

if you look closely you’ll see they’re still there.

Last, and I most sincerely hope you’ll pardon

any offence this causes them, but reindeer

aren’t the most fastidious of eaters are they?

I must insist they crunch their carrots

IN THE GARDEN.

So make yourself at home, be of good cheer.

Thanks for coming. Have a lovely year. Frances Nagle.

 

Christmas Tree

My

dad’s

got an

allergy

to Christmas

trees – no honestly

they make him sneeze –

and scratch and sniff and his

eyes all run – so Christmas time

was

not

much

fun

– until we

bought a

plastic one

James Carter

Find a book for the Christmas holidays in your school library

[warning]Supernatural Stories for October/November S1[/warning]

Look out for spooky stories during book talk time in the library.

For years, the local Spook has been keeping the County safe from evil. Now his time is coming to an end, but who will take over?

Many apprentices have tried… Some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Just one boy is left. Thomas Ward. He is the last hope.

But does he stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the County?

Mr Mumbles

  • When Kyle Alexander was four-years-old he had an imaginary friend: a happy, cheerful little chap whose unfortunate speech impediment earned him the name Mr Mumbles.
  • Like all children, Kyle grew up.
  • By the time he was six he had stopped seeing Mr Mumbles. By the time he was eight he had forgotten Mr Mumbles ever existed. But Mr Mumbles never once forgot about him… On a wild and windy Christmas Day when Kyle is twelve, a very different Mr Mumbles returns.
  • This time, though, he doesn’t want to be friends, and he has no intention of “playing nice”. All he craves is revenge on the boy who cast him aside all those years ago. And he will stop at nothing to get it.
  • Mr Mumbles is the ultimate horror villain He lurks in the deepest depths of your childhood memories, just waiting for you to remember him.
  • Like all great horror villains his features are truly nightmarish, the description of his mouth being particularly nasty.

  • The lips were grotesque: thick, bloated, and sewn tightly together with grimy lengths of thread. Each stitch crossed over its neighbour, forming a series of little Xs from one side of his mouth to the other, sealing it shut. The holes the threads passed through were black and infected, the flesh rotting away from within.’ This book has everything: the aforementioned horror, great characters, nail-biting fight scenes, heaps of tension and just enough humour to make you smile (just a little) between the horror scenes.

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[warning]Book Talks in September – Adventure Stories[/warning]

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The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place.

The terrorist doesn’t know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB is not James Bond. There are no master criminals or high-tech gadgets. CHERUB kids live in the real world. They slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

NAME: James Adams

BORN: 1991TufnellPark,London

BIRTH NAME: James Choke

APPEARANCE: Fair hair, blue eyes, stocky build

FAMILY:
Mother – Died of heart failure

Sister – Lauren Adams, resident at CHERUB

JOINED CHERUB: 2000s

PHYSICAL: James is stocky, which makes him strong but also prone to weight gain. He must run regularly and watch his diet to keep in shape.

COMBAT: Has shown reasonable aptitude in karate and judo classes, although his reflexes are not the fastest and James often struggles against nimbler opponents.

ACADEMIC: James has an IQ of 153 and is brilliant at maths. However, he will not live up to his full potential until he learns to stop messing around in class.

LIKES: Arsenal, motorbikes, FIFA soccer games, tenpin bowling, winding up his little sister.

DISLIKES: Mayonnaise, curry, Tottenham Hotspur, Big Brother and soap operas.

“James is basically a nice kid, but he tends to go off the rails if you don’t keep a close eye on him.”

Meryl Spencer, handler.

“I love my brother, but he’s dead moody and sometimes I just want to punch his lights out.”
Lauren Adams, sister.

“Sometimes you see James hanging around with his mates and you’d think he was just an ordinary teenager. You don’t realize what he’s really capable of until he’s working under pressure on a mission.”
John Jones, mission controller.

HATCHET by Gary Paulsen

There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake . . . Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet – and a desperate will to survive. Now Brian must learn to live the hard way – or die.

Hatchet Quotes

  • “And the last thought he had that morning as he closed his eyes was: I hope the tornado hit the moose.”
  • “Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience – waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.”
  • “He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn’t work. It wasn’t just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that–it didn’t work.”
  • “He could not play the game without hope; could not play the game without a dream. They had taken it all away from him now, they had turned away from him and there was nothing for him now…He was alone and there was nothing for him.”

 About the Author

Gary Paulsen has received great acclaim and many awards for his novels written for young people. HATCHET, and its sequel, THE RETURN, are among his best-known works. He has sailed the Pacific and competed in the gruelling 1,049 mile Iditarod dog-sled race acrossAlaska. He lives with his family inNew Mexico,USA.

 All the books in the book talks are available to borrow from the library.

 

[warning]Book Reviews[/warning]

Have you enjoyed your book?

Want to recommend your book?

OR MAYBE

No one should read this book!

 Write a short review and give it to Mrs Toonen.

 Why not let everyone know about the Great Reads in the Library?