Comics for Gamers

Up to Four Players - a webcomic about Tabletop Gamers.

Awkward Zombie  and webcomics - both poke fun at the more ridiculous elements for your favourite video games.

A Tale of Two Rulers by Lorraine (@figmentforms) is a webcomic based on the Legend of Zelda.

Want more free comics? Sign up for Comics Plus Library Edition! Just ask Mrs. Wilson for your library user ID number.

Mr.Holt's S3 Sugar Tax Links

Aim: to get a better understanding of the effects of sugar, and the reasons for and against a tax on it.

Outcome: to have 5 or 6 points and quotations about the health effects of sugar and reasons for and against a sugar tax.

How Mexico Took on the Soda Giants - The Guardian

Why is Sugar so Addictive - BBC 

Sugar Free Check App

Sugar Tax Would Work - BBC

Sugar Health Threat Underestimated - The Guardian  

Jamie Oliver Calls for 20% Sugar Tax on Fizzy Drinks - City AM

Sugar Tax Debate - City AM

Mrs. Hart - Shark Attack

•Information piece about the three types of unprovoked shark attacks. Entitled ‘Why Sharks Attack’
•Persuasive piece about why you think sharks should be protected or indeed why not! Entitled ‘Sharks – Persuasive Essay’
•Discursive about both points of view on the following topic, entitled…“Do Sharks Deserve their reputation as killers?”

Ms. McKeown's Christmas Traditions

Bet You Didn't Know! Christmas Traditions video

27 Winter Holiday Traditions

Father Christmas isn't the only festive character, we looked at these other options from around the world:

Iceland - Jólakötturinn (Yule Cat), Gryla and Yule Lads (Jólasveinar)

Sweden - The Gävle Goat

Germany - Krampus and Belsnickel

Spain - Tio de Nadal, Caganer and Olentzero

Netherlands - Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet

Wales -  Mari Lwyd

Russia - Ded Moroz

Italy -  La Befana

Greece - Kallikantzaroi

Latvia -  Mummers

Mental Wellbeing Resources

JYHS Library now stocks a range of mental wellbeing books - look for an apple on the top of the spine or just ask Mrs.Wilson to point you in the right direction. The books offer support not just for those suffering with poor mental health but also for those trying to support them.

Included in the collection is the excellent - 'I had a Black Dog' by Matthew Johnstone which deals with depression.

There are also a range of resources you can access online:

Mood Gym - free online course to help you identify the issues and overcome them.

The Mix - information and support for anyone on mental health.

BBC Advice - information and suggestions for support for good mental health.

Stress and Anxiety in Teenagers - NHS tool to help you deal with stress and anxiety

Living Life to the Full - helping you to help yourself deal with depression, stress and anxiety

Breathing Space - support for anyone is Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.

Action on Depression - Scotland's national charity for depression

Winston's Wish - offer support for children and young people dealing with bereavement

BEAT - beating eating disorders

For parents or staff - MindEd offers a free resource to help give you confidence in supporting and identifying young people struggling with mental ill health. Pooky Knightsmith's blog also has some things to help staff.

For those looking to change the perception of mental health or change the way you were treated:
See Me Scotland - campaign to end mental health discrimination
Young Minds - The voice for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

UK charity Fixers may also be able to help you advocate about anything you think is important.

Mrs.Wilson's Crime Selection

Looking for some holiday reading? Why not try a crime.

1. Agatha Christie - Nemesis
Ok so all Christie is well worth a read but this Miss Marple is a classic of the Christie cannon. A dead man sends Miss Marple a letter with instructing her to investigate a crime but fails to tell her who, where and when the crime was committed.

2. Alexander McCall Smith - The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency
A captivating read which transports you to a different pace and way of thinking. Precious Ramotswe is Botswana's only female detective. Wayward daughters, curious conmen and philandering partners are her usual fare but this time the case of a missing child proves to be far more sinister.

3. Christopher Brookmyre  - Quite Ugly One Morning
A witty, face-paced crime set in Edinburgh and the dialogue is a real joy to read. Journalist Jack Parlabane stumbles over a corpse while nursing a hellish hangover and determines to solve the murder himself.

4. Ira Levin -A Kiss Before Dying
An award winning modern classic, it's a suspenseful tale which is a thrill to read. When Dorothy falls pregnant while still in college, the fear of her family discovering the truth and disinheriting her a very real threat. However, her handsome young beau, has the answer a few pills that would mean no baby - and perhaps no Dorothy either.

5. M.C.Beaton - Death of a Gossip
Well crafted and easy to read, the Hamish Macbeth series make and excellent lazy Sunday read. This is the first in the series and sees Lochdubh's Police Sergeant - Hamish Macbeth try to solve the murder of the town's gossip who was sharing secrets about nearly everyone.

Ms Dewar suggests the Dublin Murder Squad books by Tana French - they're a series but they don't all have the same police in them so they work as stand alones or in any order.

Mrs.Kerr (pupils support) recommends David Baldacci who writes thrillers with a crime element.

Mr.Toman suggests The City and The City by China Miéville which combines weird fiction with a police procedural.

(NB: these are all from the adult fiction section)

Calling Teen Sellers

Broxburn Town Centre Manager, Hazel Hay, has confirmed that The Teenage Market will be held in Broxburn Town Centre 10am – 2pm on 10th December 2016.

This year it will be held indoors in the old Scotmid building in the centre of town in the same place as “Santa’s Grotto” so there will be guaranteed footfall at the event. This will be an opportunity for primary and secondary schools to showcase their talents in performing or as a trader.

The Teenage Market will be a platform to raise money selling their enterprise products from school activities or their own entrepreneurial activities outside school including their performing talents.

Sign up via The Teenage Market website but should you have any questions or would like to register your interest please contact Gemma Telfer 01506 283400 or

Mr. Paterson's Comic Book Recommendations

Must reads of the past has to include Civil war, particularly with the movie released earlier this year.

Spiderman - One more day series wee fantastic also off the back of the civil war reveal. 

Literally anything Deadpool - assuming you're not taking life too seriously. 

X-men Schism leading into Wolverine and the X-men (where wolverine really shines)

Last Marvel would be A vs X. long awaited and it didn't disappoint. 

My only DC shouts would be Batman : War games and the Battle for the cowl following Batman RIP. 
Oh and Hush.

Serial Reader

If you are looking for an easy way to do some reading look no further than 'Serial Reader' this handy free app is available on Apple (they are working on an Android version).

It sends a chunk of a book everyday to your phone. Each chunk takes about ten minutes to read and you can choose from a wide range of classics from Alice in Wonderland to War and Peace.

I just finished reading Jack London's 'Call of the Wild' which I really enjoyed and I found the daily chunks worked really well. I even upgraded to the paid version so I could skip ahead. I found ten minutes was achievable on most days. Plus if I felt it was getting away from me I could pause the serial so I didn't end up with three hours worth of reading mocking me for not finding the time. I reckon young people would enjoy the format, after all ten minutes is equivalent to a loo trip or a wait for a bus.  Plus you get reward badges as you read which include fun little reading related facts.


 A massive thanks to the library monitor team for all their hard work this year - you guys are awesome!

Staff Book Club Recommendations - Crime Fiction

Looking for a good crime book to read over the summer - why not try:

- Elizabeth Peters - Crocodile on the Sandbank (Victorian - England/Egypt)
- Dorothy L. Sayers - Whose Body? (post WW1)
- Attica Locke - Pleasantville (1996 with links to 1940s)
- Kerry Greenwood - Cocaine Blues (1920s Australia)
- Orkney Twilight - Clare Carson (1980s Britain)
- The Alienist - Caleb Carr (1896 USA)
- The Murder Bag - Tony Parsons (contemporary UK)
 - Michael Chabon -The Yiddish Policemen's Union (alternate history sees Israel fail in 1948)
- Helen Callaghan - Dear Amy (contemporary UK)
- Harry Bingham - Talking to the Dead (contemporary UK)
- Tanya French - In the Woods (contemporary Ireland)