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Librarian's top picks

13 March 2020

Need a good book to curl up with? Look no further than these Top Book Picks from your very own school librarian! Whether you’re looking for something fresh and new or seeking out a classic, there should be something in this for everyone. The best part is they’re all available in the school library!

Time Travelling with a Hamster – by Ross Welford – Science Fiction (suitable for all years)

“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve.

The first time had nothing to do with me. The second time definitely did, but I would never even have been there if it hadn’t been for his ‘time machine’…”

When Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad’s time machine, he finds that going back to the 1980s requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, burglary, and setting his school on fire. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer…

Miss Lee’s Comments: A book that makes you reflect and think about what happens in the story, which is a very good thing! This is Ross Welford’s first novel and he has gone on to write other amazing stories like the 1,000 Year Old Boy (another book that I highly recommend reading!)

Wed Wabbit – Fantasy / Humour (suitable for all years)

You're called Fidge and you're nearly eleven. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham.

You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues.

You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is your fault.

Wed Wabbit is an adventure story about friendship, danger and the terror of never being able to get back home again.

Miss Lee’s Comments: Despite the wacky blurb and weird title, Wed Wabbit is a very amusing book to read through, even as an adult. There are great characters written so naturally, you’d think they were someone you knew in real life. Definitely give it a try and don’t be dissuaded by the title!

Inkling – by Kenneth Oppel – Fantasy (suitable for all ages)

Ethan’s dad is a comic artist whose greatest creation, the mutant superhero Kren, brought him fame and glory. But after his dad’s string of successful books, a tragedy strikes the family and now his dad is completely stuck.

If only artistic talent were hereditary. Ethan is stuck on a graphic-novel project of his own at school and won’t own up to the fact that he can’t draw. When one night an ink-blot creation emerges from his father’s sketchbook, the family’s whole world begins to change.

Featuring artwork by the beloved, award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith, Inkling is a timeless story that speaks to the creator in us all.

Miss Lee’s Comments: A story about family and a very cute inky friend that just leaves you feeling good. Kenneth Oppel is a great story teller and is able to make even the strangest things become your new favourite character!

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