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Librarian's top picks

31 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!

Unlocking the Universe - by Stephen Hawking - Science / Physics (suitable for all years)

What would it have been like to walk the lava-filled earth four and a half billion years ago?

Or take your first step on the surface of the moon?

And what would you do if robots took over the world?

In their series of novels, ‘George's Secret Key to the Universe’, Lucy and Stephen Hawking imagined what great adventures one boy might have if he travelled through space.

But the books were based on real-life facts - and together Lucy and Stephen collected an incredible wealth of information about everything from life on Mars to the secrets of black holes.

For the first time this non-fiction content has been collected into one astonishing volume, with brand new content for 2020, including facts about genetics, conspiracy theories and climate change.

Miss Lee’s Comments: This week we have our newest non-fiction books featured in this Librarian Top Book Picks. If any of those questions make your brain go, “What if…?” then I highly recommend taking out this book. Pace yourself - it has a lot of information to throw at you!

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life – Science / Biology (suitable for all years)

Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humour is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light—less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.

The microbes in our bodies are part of our immune systems and protect us from disease. In the deep oceans, mysterious creatures without mouths or guts depend on microbes for all their energy. Bacteria provide squid with invisibility cloaks, help beetles to bring down forests, and allow worms to cause diseases that afflict millions of people.

Many people think of microbes as germs to be eradicated, but those that live with us—the microbiome—build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. In this astonishing book, Ed Yong takes us on a grand tour through our microbial partners, and introduces us to the scientists on the front lines of discovery. It will change both our view of nature and our sense of where we belong in it.

Miss Lee’s Comments: Microbes are all over us and inside us. They make our bodies function, they protect us, and they adapt. Dive into the details of the unseen and prepare to be amazed at just how many microbes there really are on us! 

BOSH! The Healthy Vegan Diet – by Henry Firth – Food / Vegan (Suitable for All Ages)

BOSH! has revolutionized plant-based eating! As the largest and fastest-growing plant-based food channel on the web, and the brand behind the smash international bestselling cookbook, BOSH! has introduced readers across the globe to fun, mouth-watering vegan recipes even meat eaters can love.

Now, Henry and Ian are on a mission to help you eat well, feel better, and even lose weight. A comprehensive guide to nutritious, wholesome living using only the power of plants, BOSH!: Healthy Vegan features eighty delicious recipes and nourishing meal plans to get you started and help you stay on track.

Packed full of nutrition hacks and lifestyle tips, BOSH!: Healthy Vegan will motivate anyone looking to achieve a fit, lean, and healthy body while staying vegan.

Miss Lee’s Comments: A bold and colourful new cookbook for any vegan, the BOSH! series is a sure win for anyone, even if cooking isn’t your strong point. With these recipes, you’ll be making vegan food in no time.


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