New books in the library – The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

New in the library this week is a dramatic retelling of Hamlet set in 1920s America, The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters.

Scene: Oregon, 1923.

Dramatis personae:

Hanalee Denney, daughter of a white woman and an African American man

Hank Denney, her father—a ghost

Greta Koning, Hanalee’s mother

Clyde Koning, doctor who treated Hank Denney the night he died, now Hanalee’s stepfather

Joe Adder, teenage boy convicted of accidentally killing Hank Denney

Members of the Ku Klux Klan

Townspeople of Elston, Oregon

Question: Was Hank Denney’s death an accident…or was it murder most foul?

World Book Day books

We have some copies of the World Book Day books in the library. You can find them on the Quick Reads spinner. These are a great way to try out an new author, or to read a different genre.

World Book Day vouchers can be used up until the end of March to get your own copy of any one of the books for free! If you don’t have a World Book Day voucher, ask your English teacher.


Cogheart by Peter Bunzl – Book of the Week

This week’s featured book is a fantastic Victorian steampunk adventure, with a fearless heroine and a clockwork fox called Malkin. I absolutely loved it!

Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat.

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

If you click on the book cover the link will take you to Peter Bunzl’s official website where there are lots of freebies, including how to write your own Penny Dreadful and how to make a Zoetrope (which is an early form of animation) and free gifs, including this running fox gif, (which I really like and may have to permanently post on the blog sidebar). Have a look! 


YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the YA Book Prize has just been announced, and we already have most of them in the Library! For more information, click on the YA Prize logo.

These are the books – they will be on display together soon…

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – review

The first book in The Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Angel is a great book for lovers of the Mortal Instruments series as this serves as a prequel series. The story follows Tessa Gray, who has just arrived from America to find her brother in England but her plans are stopped when she is “taken in” by the Dark Sisters, who claim to know her brother. Trapped in their house and forced to improve an unique ability she never knew she had, Tessa is rescued by a mysterious young man called Will Herondale. Now dragged into a new world with weird beings, Tessa is determined to find her brother but soon learns that this new world may be more dangerous than she first thought.

Survivors of the Holocaust by Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones – Book of the Week

Based on a series of short animated films, this stunningly illustrated graphic novel tells the true stories of six children who survived the Holocaust.

Between 1933 and 1945, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party were responsible for the persecution, torture and death of millions of Jews across Europe.

This extraordinary graphic novel uncovers the stories of six Jewish children and young people who survived the Holocaust. From the sheer terror of Kristallnacht to hiding from Nazi soldiers in war-torn Paris, and from sheltering from the Blitz in Coventry to the bleak horror of arriving at Auschwitz, each story rings with truth and is a powerful testament to the survivor’s courage.