Thursday, 20 August 2015

Weekly Reading Corner

Mele is reading The Wrong Boy by Suzy Zail

Dakota issued Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler & The Collector by Victoria Scott

Aki is obsessed with Telesa and is waiting for the second book. In the mean time she might check out Where We Once Belonged by another Samoan writer, Sia Figiel

Bobbi Grace just finished Scarlet Secrets by Lani Young and is waiting until next year for the sequel. She'll be reading  Storm & Stone by Joss Stirling next

Racheal is also reading Scarlet Secrets and is struggling to find time to read =(

Kim is reading The One by Kiera Cass

Lana is reading My Brother's Secret by Dan Smith as well as Torment by Lauren Kate

Lusia wanted a romance, so was recommended Whisky Beach by Nora Roberts

Next week we'll be welcoming Mr Tindling as the new host of book club- looking forward to it!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Wednesday Catchup Corner

What we're reading at the moment...

Bobbi-Grace is reading Scarlet Lies, Racheal has I am Daniel Tahi and Aki is reading Telesa

'Asinate is reading the third book in a romance trilogy, The Next Always, Cherub is reading Wintergirls and Ms Wethey just started reading The Colour Purple.

Lana is reading Sophie's Legacy, a non-fiction work about a university student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend. Mele is reading The Miracle Stealer, about a boy and his family who don't get along and Christina is going to try The Vanishing Season on Ms Metcalfe's recommendation and see how it goes.

We had a chat about how we fit reading for pleasure into our day. Most people said they did homework first and then read, but some people scheduled time to read...

Bobbi-Grace- reads at 8.40pm for 20 mins. 
Racheal- 9pm-11pm
Lana- anytime she feels like it
Asinate- when she goes to bed, around 10, tries to limit herself
Aki- depends, sometimes after homework
Mele- averages three chapters a day after homework
Ms Metcalfe- after children go to bed, usually around 8
Ms Wethey- readsbefore sleeping, usually late night, but time varies

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Books Yay!

Welcome back to Term 3! We had a good discussion around teaching and learning, particularly what motivates students to work hard enthusiastically. Thanks guys for the interesting ideas.

We also discussed where we buy our books online- bookdepository and amazon are both popular.

This is what we're currently reading- 2 copies of Scarlet Lies were floating around the table.

Bobbi - Scarlet Lies by Lani Young
Lana - Torn by David Massey
Cherub - Bone Bearer by Lani Young
Asinate - The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
Mele M - Telesa by Lani Young
Racheal - I am Daniel Tahi by Lani Young
Kim - Infernal Devices by Phillip Reeve
Ms Metcalfe - The Mage Winds by Mercedes Lackey
Aki - Selection stories by Keira Cass

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Holiday conferencing

Fangirl and Colquhoun fight crime.

I'm at the English teachers' conference at the moment, hearing from great authors and great teachers. Yesterday we were serenaded by Glen Colquhoun, a poet for whom I have a longtime affection (see pic above with me fangirling).

I enjoyed hearing from Bernard Beckett this morning. He is a teacher and author who spoke about many things, including his new book Lullaby coming out soon which sounded creepy but delicious. It reminded me of the ideas explored in The Adoration of Jenna Fox- what makes us us?

It's great to get recommendations for new books- here is a list of some (of the many) that I have suggested to Mr Moses our school librarian (love librarians!)

Keeper Mal Peet- literary sports trilogy
Long Shots underdog stories
Wild Boy- boy walked around NZ Coast line
Pretty Deadly Joe Schreiber
Boys Don’t Cry Malorie Blackman

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Sworn Series OMG

Short summary of this book
Title of the book: Sworn
Author: Emma Knight
Genre: Science fiction & fantasy
Main character Rachel Wood moved from Pennsylvania to Westchester in New York  because her father was transferred for his job. Rachel started a new school with her two sibling, after a while Rachel was asked for a date with a guy she had a crushed on. His name is Rob and was a popular boy because he was the leader of the school football team. Next day Rob acted weird around Rachel which makes her feel overwhelmed. One day on her home she met Benji a loner who never hangs with other kids. However he offered her a ride and together they went to the amusement park. Rachel started falling for him as he saves her life. After what happens at the amusement park Rachel started wondering why benji is different from everyone else, and why he is cold whenever she touch him. However whenever she asked for who he was he’ll replied “You wouldn't understand if I tell you.”
And one night she was invited to a party so she went with her friend Emily from her new school and Rob appeared and asked her to dance with him. However she got a message from Benji to come outside, while she was outside with Benji, Rob came with his boys and found Rachel with hugging Benji. Rob and his boys have no idea who Benji was asked who he was. He replied “I’m Rachel’s boyfriend!”     “HEART DROPPED LOL


I read the second book of the Sworn series and it is absolutely amazing and stunning! 

Okay in the second book she found out he was a vampire, well she didn't believe him at first however about halfway through the book Benji gave her a thing like a medallion I think to make her believe he is a vampire. After he told her he was a vampire she was shocked  and stormed off. After that she never heard anything from Benji. And in her school students were talking who was this guy Benji. Rachel however kept the secret from anyone else except her diary where she write everything in and lock it with a heart locker, with the key always around her neck. However her secret was discovered as she forgets to lock her diary one night and her mom went through her personal diary one morning as they were searching where she is. Her parents discovered everything she had been hiding from them and everything about her and Benji. Of course the parents called the police where to find Benji and Rachel. As the police pulled outside the castle Rachel and Benji came outside and something happens and the police have an opens fire. Apparently one of the shots had shots Rachel which leaves Benji no choice but to hopefully turn her into a vampire.....I can't wait for the next book, I'm in love with this book LOL.
Hopefully Rachel will be turned into a vampire!!! And I can't wait for book three to be on e-books!