Divergent by Veronica Roth

The movie adaptation of "Divergent" was released earlier this month. Divergent is the first in a series of books by Veronica Roth, tipped to be the next "The Hunger Games". Why not read the book?  If you're desperate to find out what happens next,  then read the next books in the series, "Allegiant" and "Insurgent". 
What is it About?
Divergent is set in the future and tells the story of Beatrice Prior (Triss). The world has separated into five factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, and Amity. Each faction is dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in an attempt to create a perfect society. People have to undergo aptitude tests to see which faction they belong to but Triss is told that she is divergent - she could belong to a number of factions. She is warned that she must hide this fact. Triss decides to leave her family and join the most dangerous faction, Dauntless. She struggles to get through the initiation and face her deepest fears. She makes lots of new friends and enemies in Dauntless and falls for her trainer, Four (Tobias), who has his own secrets to hide...Triss learns how dangerous it is to be divergent and starts to uncover a plot by other factions...

Why Should Everyone Read It?

This book was really exciting and some of the descriptions were heart-stopping (especially the zip-wire). I really cared what happened to the characters and can't wait to read the next instalment.
Dauntless 1

C2C coverThe new Scholastic C2C Book Club catalogue is out - if you didn't get a copy in tutor, you can pick up a copy in the library or have a look online! Every book is discounted with prices starting from just £1.99 so you can make great savings and help to support JYHS Library. We receive free books for the library with every order placed. We've set up an online school group order  www.clubs-school.scholastic.co.uk/jyhs
so you can order online and get access to a wider range of books for all ages. You can order at anytime and still support JYHS Library. However, to get free p&p as part of the school order - order form and payment need to be given to Mrs. Lumsden in the Library by end of day of the 21st March.

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The Hobbit

We’re starting 2014 with a visit to Middle Earth. If you've seen "The Desolation of Smaug” and can’t wait to find out what happens next, why not borrow “The Hobbit”? We also have the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy if you’d like to delve further.

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

The book is part of the hush hush sequence... “Tell Patch I want a word with him,” the man called after me. “Tell him if he doesn't come out of hiding, ill smoke him out.I’ll burn down the whole of Delphic Amusement Park if that’s what it takes.” I glanced over my shoulder warily. I didn’t know what Patch had got himself mixed in, but I had an uncomfortable feeling swelling in my stomach. Whoever this man was... he meant business.... When I read the book and I had to stop it was always at a good bit, I thought I wouldn’t like it but I did. I do want to get the other book that she has done because it a really cool book and I would love to meet Becca myself. I love her book and I hope I get the full 'Hush, Hush' sequence and read the first one to the end so I'll get to know the story more. There are another 3 books (hush,hush), (crescendo), (silence) that's the ones I need to get and my friend told me the other books are really good. I’m not one of those people who loves reading books but I love reading horror books and crime. By clover

Dr Who - 50th Anniversary

Last chance to see the Dr Who display in the Library. If you enjoyed “The Day of the Doctor”, have a look at the collection of Dr Who books available to borrow from the Library. K9 seems to be making his way through them already…

Bad Company By Cathy Macphail

Everyone should read Bad Company! The book is about a girl called Lissa who is disliked by everyone in her class as her father was sent to jail after joining Magnus Pierce in crime. She hates J.B (that’s what Lissa calls her dad as she is too ashamed to call him “Dad”) as he left her family in stress and in debt. Before J.B went to jail Lissa had loads of friends and was her teacher Mr Murdoch’s favourite. Now Mr Murdoch dislikes her and her friends have left her. Ralph Airds is full of himself and does whatever he can to annoy Lissa. A couple of weeks before Christmas her father J.B is let out of prison, meaning he is coming home. J.B tries to make Lissa love him again but Lissa hates him and wishes he was dead. Dianne Connel ( the new girl) soon becomes good friends with Lissa they battle the world together until Diane leads her into trouble...... Lissa thinks JB has been in contact with Magnus Pierce so she does something which leads her and JB into deep trouble....... Everyone should read it as it is a great book about friendship and loyalty and is put in great detail. Report writen by smilepop

Book Week Scotland 2013

This week is Book Week Scotland (25th November to 1st December 2013) and we've been marking it with our competition for S1 to S3. There’s still time to take part in this competition to write a short fantasy story of no more than 300 words for which there will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.   Alternatively, S1-S3 pupils are invited to design a bookmark which will then be displayed in the English corridor and a prize given for 1st place.  See Miss Greenhorn or Mrs Lumsden for more information and look out for posters around the school! Remember all entries have to be in the English Department or Library by the end of this week (Friday 29th November). 

We also have the Scholastic Book Fair visiting us in the Library - come along and take a look at the great books on offer


Zelah Green Queen Of Clean by Vanessa Curtis

Zelah Green Queen Of Clean is a very good book,written by Vanessa Curtisit. It is about a girl that loves cleaning. At the beginning it seems a bit boring but if you read on and let your imagination run free you will understand why I like this book. Although some parts of the book are sad it’s a really good book and it will make the reader engage with the story. I think people should read this book because it is an amazing book and if you read it you will love it. By a1s2d3

Hunger Games: Catching Fire out today!

Looking forward to seeing the latest instalment of the Hunger Games movies? Why not read the books and discover even more!

The first book in the series by Suzanne Collins is 'The Hunger Games'

What is it about?
The Hunger Games is about a 16 year old girl called Katniss Everdeen taking her sister’s place representing District 12 in the 74th annual Hunger Games. There are 12 districts once a year, 1 boy, 1 girl between the ages of 12-18 are chosen to take part in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games event is a event where 24 people take part and train for several months. Once the months have passed they are put in a arena and made to survive, hunt and fight to the death with each other but only one can win.

Why should everyone read it?
In my opinion this is the best opening of a group of books that is out there. If you like survival, adventurous, action and emersive books then this is perfect for you!

 By General Jabba-The-Blogg

The Hunger Gamesby Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is set in the city of Panem ( based on America) it’s in the not so far away future and takes place in district 12 . Katniss (‘’Katnip’’) volunteers to take her sister, Primrose’s , spot in The Hunger Games, a annual battle for survival . Where 24 people go in but only one can come out as victor ..... This book is mainly aimed to slightly older readers (12+) and is a great read for something different as its romance and thriller and murder in one, its one of a set of three fantastic books . 

By Inot

The Hunger Games is by Suzanne Collins this book is about 12 boys and 12 girls who are forced to appear in a live TV show called the Hunger Games, but there can only be one winner. People should read this because it is very good and exciting. 

By 1234 

Review: The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins

This book is based on a fascinating futuristic world. Once a year all 12 districts sacrifice one young man and woman between the ages 12 and 18 to fight to the death in remembrance of the uprising of the districts against the Capitol. In a result, the Capitol defeated the 12 districts and the 13th was destroyed. As a result the Capitol introduced the Hunger Games so the districts would not form another uprising. When sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen came forward to replace her younger sister as volunteer she entered the games, alongside Peeta Mellark. The two young candidates leave there home and make their way to the Capitol in preparation of the games.

I would highly recommend this book as I was unable to put it down. The imagery was outstanding and by the end you really felt as if you knew the characters. I enjoyed the thrill and the intensity of the games, also the excitement of the two lovers.

by Meep and Mop!!! :DDDDDD

The Hunger Games is about a group of children, from the 12 districts, selected to kill each other in an arena and the last one alive wins. Everyone should read the Hunger Games because it is an action packed book and also has a good story line. 
By jimmy jim-bob

My Story: The Diary of Anne Frank

What is it about?
 Anne Frank is about a girl in the Second World War who writes a diary. It explains what life was like being Jewish in the war. They are hiding out in an attic somewhere in Germany so they don’t get killed. The Jews were so badly treated back in the 1940’s as they were put in concentration camps and were forced to work. Hitler did this purely because he didn’t like the Jewish faith.

Why you should read this book?
Everyone should read it because it’s good if you want to learn about the war and conditions in the war. It also shows how brave people were and how they wouldn’t let Hitler kill them.

By Meerlin

A girl and her family hiding away from the Nazis in an attic. She keeps all her thoughts in her diary. She lives with several families. In the attic there are relationships formed. They get a lot of help from a girl called Miep Gies she brings them there food and she tells them about the news and what is happening in the real world. This book is set in World War 2. 

The book is a copy of the real Anne Frank's diary. People should read it because its the truth and it reminds us of how bad Hitler treated the Jews and it reminds us of how we should treat people now! 

by Z girl

Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging! by Louise Rennison

This book is about is about a girl named Georgia who thinks her life is boring and un-perfect. Then a fit boy comes to her school and falls in love with the popular girl called Lindsay and Georgia gets annoyed because Lindsay gets all the boys! The boy then realises that he likes Georgia, but he is older than her so will the age gap put him off? Why people should read this book: I think people should read this book because it tells you what a teenage girl goes through in the years of being a young adult! This book is generally for girls but some boys may like to read this so they get an idea of what a girl’s life is like. By: M&M’S

A Child Called 'It' by Dave Pelzer

I have been reading a book called 'A Child Called It' this book is by Dave Pelzer. It is about a boy that gets abused by his mum, he only gets fed when his brothers leave leftovers, he steals food from his classmates but when his mum finds this out she abuses him more than before. In the end of this book he gets away but there are more books that follow. I would recommend this book because it was good to read and sad. by Amzoooo”<3!

I’d tell you I love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Everyone should read... ‘Gallagher Girls: I’d tell you I love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You’ by Ally Carter. Book 1 of the Gallagher Girls is about a school for girl geniuses who are trained to become spies. Nobody in the local town knows that it is a spy school they simply think it is a school for snobby, posh girls. Cammie Morgan attends this school – she is fluent in 14 languages and can kill a person in 7 different ways (including one way which uses a piece of uncooked spaghetti). She is a street artist which means no-one see’s her unless she wants them to. The school can teach many things but not about boys. When Cammie and her friends go on a mission to tail their teacher, her friends get caught but not her. Even her very advanced teacher doesn’t notice her but a boy does, what is she going to do? This book is unbelievably good and will get you engrossed for hours – you will not want to put it down. With so much happening in Cammie’s spy/girl life you will want to find out what happens when she, Cammie the Chameleon, is no longer a chameleon. By the Chameleon

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Everyone should read... A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket What it’s about A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 13 book long series and it is about 3 children named Violet, Sunny and Klaus. Sunny is the smallest female and after her is Klaus who is about 13 but is the still smallest male child and Violet is the oldest female child and she is 16. Their parents pass away in a fire that took place at their house while they were at Briny Beach. They were really rich, so rich they lived in a HUGE mansion and had a HUGE fortune. When this happened, Mr Poe (a banker who is friends with their parents) is in charge of finding them a guardian and so he does but he makes the mistake of placing them with Count Olaf who is a horrible villain who only wants the fortune and once he’s got that he plans to kill them. Why everyone should read it I think that everyone should read should read A Series of Unfortunate Events because I think that these books are really exciting and it also gives you a little experience of how other people who have lost their parents feel and why you should be kind and not try to annoy them or make them feel like the odd one out. CODE NAME: ROMEO

A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events is all about a young family of three, their mum and dad tragically died in a house fire so they all have to find the right member of the whole family to live with. Although, this book is such a thrilling adventure about children they’re one farthest cousin that is Count Olaf the evil one. He gets custody of the sibling’s and finds out about the wealthy money they hold from their parents. Count Olaf is a devious character that is also an Actor tricking the other adults in the family by snaking his way in and killing them so the money goes to Count Olaf. I would give this thrilling tale 5 Stars and I recommend this book to people who like mysteries and adventures. by Cookie Monster’s Assistant

More Online Services

So not only can you download eBooks but you can also get magazines, audio books and other online resources. To sign up you'll need to know your library barcode and pin number - just ask the Librarian for them. For more details and instructions have a look at the eLibrary page on the Council website.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by  J.K Rowling
What is it about? 
Harry is a wizard. He goes to a school of magic called Hogwarts, however he is staying at his Aunt and Uncle's house for the summer. Although they are Harry’s only remaining family he does not like them at all. They love their son more than Harry and don’t pay much attention to him. Harry is warned that Hogwarts is now dangerous but he still goes back. When he goes back he tries to uncover the secret of who opened the chamber of secrets with his two friends Ron and Hermione.
Why should everyone read it?
It is a very good sequel to the other Harry Potter book and has a very interesting storyline.

by Harry Potter

This story is about a boy called Harry Potter, and he is sent to a school called Hogwarts. He is sent to this school because he is a wizard, and Hogwarts teaches him all the different spells except from one that nobody can know about. If anyone talks about this spell or even says it there could be expelled because its one of the biggest rules in school. But Harry wants to risk it being excluded and he wants to find out what its all about... You should read this book because it is very interesting and funny.  
By Jim

How I Live Now

Out on the 4th of October is the movie version of Meg Rosoff's 'How I Live Now'.

It's the story of an American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family, who finds herself fighting for her survival as the third world war breaks out.

Why not read the book before you see the movie.

Watch the movie trailer here

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. It is about a tournament that takes place at Hogwarts to find out who the best wizard is. But Voldemort interrupts the tournament and kills one of the pupils. People should read this book because it is thilling and interesting to read. This is probally the best book in the series. by Dunno


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