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Librarian's Top Picks

Senior School

24 January 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!

So I’m a Spider, So What? – by Kiryu Tsukasa – Fantasy / Humour (suitable for all years)

Worst. Reincarnation. Ever.

It all started during my Classical Japanese class. I was nodding off, as usual – and then the room suddenly exploded! I thought I was a goner, but nope! I’ve been reborn – in another world! Man, am I a lucky girl or what?

Wait, where did all these spiders come from?

… And why do I have eight legs?!

Miss Lee’s Comments: You’ve heard of stories where the main character is transported to save another world as an amazing hero… but what if the protagonist was transformed into a weak little spider? Well, that’s where you get this light novel! A very humourous read for all ages and fans of role-playing video games will certainly catch onto the various references made. It’s great to see such a weak protagonist use their wits to outsmart things that are much stronger than them.

The Last Wish – by Andrzej Sapkowski – Fantasy / Young Adult (suitable for Year 9+)

Geralt is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

Miss Lee’s Comments: Now on Netflix! The Witcher series of books (eight in total) are a thing of beauty and any avid fantasy reader will fall in love with them. There are also three video games called “The Witcher” that follows the same characters in the books.

Midnight Sun – by Trish Cook – Romance (suitable for all ages)

Seventeen-year-old Katie Price has a rare disease that makes exposure to even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Confined to her house during the day, her company is limited to her widowed father and her best (okay, only) friend. It isn't until after nightfall that Katie's world opens up, when she takes her guitar to the local train station and plays for the people coming and going.

Charlie Reed is a former all-star athlete at a crossroads in his life - and the boy Katie has secretly admired from afar for years. When he happens upon her playing guitar one night, fate intervenes and the two embark on a star-crossed romance.

As they challenge each other to chase their dreams and fall for each other under the summer night sky, Katie and Charlie form a bond strong enough to change them - and everyone around them - forever.

Miss Lee’s Comments: If you loved Fault in Our Stars or Everything Everything, you will find this book nice and comfy and perfect for your reading needs. I won’t say anything to spoil it, but you might shed a tear or two… or hundreds.

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