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Librarian's Top Reads

06 September 2019

Need a good book to curl up with? One that you haven’t read a billion times? 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!

Wild Magic – by Tamora Pierce – Fantasy (suitable for all ages)
Daine, a 13-year-old girl, finds out that her knack with wild animals is in fact a rare and powerful form of magic. Under the guidance of Numair Salmalín (the most powerful mage in Tortall), she learns to control her magic, which proves very important for herself and her companions.

Miss Lee’s Comments: The first of a four-part book series, this will hook any fantasy readers immediately. It is short, only roughly 260 pages, so if you can’t spare a large chunk of your life to read, pick this one up!

Wolf Hollow – by Lauren Wolk – Adventure / Thriller (suitable for Year 8+)
It is 1943. Eleven-year-old Annabelle lives with her parents, grandparents, Aunt Lily and two little brothers in the small town of Wolf Hollow, Pennsylvania. A quiet World War I veteran named Toby lives in an abandoned smokehouse nearby.

Miss Lee’s Comments: Another quicker read with a number of very good plot twists. The story develops at a good pace, giving mystery and suspense to readers as they read through the book and piece together the events.

Yotsuba &! Vol. 1 – by Kiyohiko Azuma – Family / Friends (suitable for all ages)
Yotsuba&! Vol. 1 is centered on Yotsuba Koiwai, a five-year-old adopted girl who is energetic, cheerful, curious, odd, and quirky — so much so that even her own father calls her strange. She is also initially ignorant about many things a child her age would be expected to know, among them doorbells, escalators, air conditioners, and even playground swings. This naïveté is the premise of humorous stories where she learns about, and frequently misunderstands, everyday things.

Miss Lee’s Comments: A delightful and light-hearted read, this Japanese manga (comic book) portrays the cute and innocent understandings of a five year old with great accuracy. The drawings are clear and have very entertaining facial expressions.


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