The Walking Dead Series by Robert Kirkham

The Walking Dead is an ongoing black and white American comic book series written by Robert Kirkman. It chronicles the travels of Rick Grimes, his family and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse.

Everyone should read The Walking Dead because it’s one of the most interesting zombie stories ever.
By ProZomb

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

"Noughts & Crosses" is a fantastic thriller with forbidden love and romance. It symbolizes racism against people with a different colour of skin:  ‘Radical superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination.’
Callum and Sephy have always been friends, and intend to be forever. But, there is a slight problem… Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Unfortunately Callum is a Nought - a member of the white-skinned underclass. It is prohibited to have a relationship with the opposing class, so, when Callum and Sephy begin to take things beyond friendship they are in serious danger!
A heart-stopping book with many unexpected twists and turns… a fabulous read!
I would recommend this book greatly because it is like no other. It is sad yet full of action and many surprises! An amazing book!

 By Kermit­_the frog_13                                                  

Reason To Breathe By Rebecca Donovan

"Reason to Breathe" is about this girl, Emma, who is struggling with life at her aunt’s. Her aunt is an absolutely loving mother to her own children but treats Emma horribly - she abuses her physically and mentally. Emma puts all her hard work into her studies so that one day she can leave. She also finds love, in the name of Evan...

People should read it because it is an absolutely beautiful story. It’s sad but through the whole book you can feel the hope that still shines through even though it is put down time and time again. The story behind Emma and Evan is also sweet and romantic but also heartbreaking.

By Murray


'Star Picking' by 7th Manga Jiman
winner Katja Hammond
 The Embassy of Japan in the UK is once again launching their manga-writing competition, MANGA JIMAN 2014, with fantastic prizes up for grabs. Now in its 8th year, MANGA JIMAN can be translated as 'having pride in manga' and the Embassy of Japan is proud to offer this opportunity to UK manga creators.

In an exciting twist to the competition, this year will see the introduction of a separate category for those aged between 11 and 13 to create yonkoma manga (a story told in 4 comic strip panels on one page). This will be a great chance for young manga creators to hone their skills.

For anyone aged 14 or over, we will continue our search for the best story told across 6-8 pages with superb prizes up for grabs.

Entrants for both sections of the competition are asked to create a story referring to this year’s theme 一期一会 (ichi-go ichi-e) which can be translated as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime meeting’ or ‘a chance encounter’.

For more more details, rules and entry forms head over to The Embassy of Japan's website

Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie

This book is about is about a girl who knows that she is adopted but with a little research she thinks she might have been snatched from an American family as a baby. Her life then takes a turn. How will she find her biological family? Are her adoptive family really responsible for the kidnapping? When her family decide to take a trip to America this gives Lauren time to maybe run off and get a little more information about her life but her kidnappers are still at large and are willing to do anything to keep her quiet.

I think everyone should read this book because it is very exciting and makes you want to turn the page and keep reading. It is a thriller with lots of bits that will make you cringe but want to keep going. It is a book for age 10+ because of the scary bits which might cause children any younger than that to have bad dreams. 

By Jambo Rachy Forever 

If you'd like to find out what happens to Lauren next, we have the next two books in the "Girl Missing" series available in the library, "Sister Missing" and "Missing Me". We also have lots of other great books by Sophie McKenzie - come and check them out now!

Life on the refrigerator door by Alice Kuipers

This book is about a teenage girl and her mum. Unfortunately they don’t talk much, except via notes on the fridge door. When life gets tough for both of them, they try to make as many arrangements as possible to talk things through. But when Claire doesn’t receive a note from her mum, suspicions are high... This a fantastic book for those who enjoy an interesting but sad book. Highly rated! 


Football Fever

2014Missing the ubiquitous World Cup coverage now the games are over?  While you wait for the new football season to start, why not check out some football autobiographies? Here are a couple recommended by pupils...

"My Decade in the Premier League" by Wayne Rooney.
If you’re a football fan, you will enjoy this book. This book is all about Wayne’s time in the Barclays Premier League. It shows you his time playing for Everton and his time in Manchester United. I liked this book because I am a fan of football, I support Manchester United and Wayne is a great player.
By Jimthelad7

"I Said No Thanks" by Nacho Novo

This is the autobiography of Nacho Novo and is a very interesting book about a footballer's career. He talks about his achievements on and off the pitch and his losses as a Rangers player. He also explains why he turned down a new contract.
I like this book because it is very entertaining and tells you a lot about his life. It is interesting to find out a lot about him. 
By football boy.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

“The Fault in Our Stars” has been a really popular book. If you enjoyed it, why not check out John Green's website and try some of his other books? Many of our readers recommend “Looking for Alaska”:

"Looking for Alaska" by John Green is about a young teenage boy, Miles Halter, who doesn't have many friends and is sick of having a boring life living with his mum and dad, so he leaves for boarding school searching for the “great perhaps” which he heard from a famous poet. The boarding school is called Culver Creek in Alabama. At boarding school he meets Alaska Young. According to Miles Halter she is funny, gorgeous, smart and very fascinating. She changes him, chucks him into a new world and steals his heart. But tragedy strikes; will Miles ever be the same again?
Everyone should read Looking for Alaska as it is a brilliant, capturing book with its up and downs and disasters. This is a compelling book that I would highly recommend.
By 13701

“Looking for Alaska” is all about a boy who goes to a boarding school with thoughts of doing well at first, but it doesn’t all turn out that way once he meets Alaska. The main character, Miles Halter, is 16 and wants away from his boring life with his mum and dad. So he goes to Culver Creek in Alabama. It is all about how much he knows people’s last words and their final actions but when one of his friends passes away suddenly he finds it hard to cope because he doesn’t know their final words or how they died. Miles doesn’t know how he can move on.
Everyone should read Looking for Alaska because it is a really happy, interesting book until nearly the end when it turns into a very sad and meaningful book. I really enjoyed it.

By 130102

The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The City Of Bones is about a girl called Clary Fray. Her mother has held a secret from her since she was little. One day when she is out with her friend Simon, her mother is attacked by demons. Clary has to find her quickly before anything happens to her. She meets a boy called Jace Wayland who is a Shadow Hunter and can help her find her mother...
This book is absolutely amazing and is part of a series so read them all - they are great!!!!
By Clary.F

"City of Bones" is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series. You can read more about this series and Cassandra Clare on the author's website.

The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Inspired by Poe’s short story, “The Masque of the Red Death” tells of a devastating plague which has decimated the population. As the city crumbles around them, the survivors are terrified of catching the plague.

Araby Worth tries to forget it all with nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and finds Will, the handsome owner of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. They are not what they seem and are hiding secrets. Araby finds not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.
This book is excellent! It is one of my favourite books and I would recommend it to everyone. It puts a great twist on the plague. Stunning and dramatic.

Poe’s girl

Middle School:The Worst Years of My Life by James Paterson

This book is about a little boy, Rafe, who joins middle school and he decides to break every single rule that the school has. The bigger the rules broken, the more points his friend gives him! When Rafe’s game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules.
Everyone should read this book because people can learn things from this book. Learn what path to take and what decisions to make.
By Ann Marie

Pudsey: My Autobiography

"Pudsey" is all about his life. It tells us about his experience on “Britain’s Got Talent” and talks about the rest of his family.
I like this book because I like dogs a lot. I loved watching him on TV dancing. I like it also because it tells you about his family and about how he and his owners were feeling. I recommend this book because it’s a very interesting, amazing book, especially if you like dogs. 

 By Pudsey fan!


 So another school year is over and I wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who has made the library such an awesome place this year. Mrs. Lumsden did a outstanding job as acting Librarian and of course the monitors were, as always, brilliant. They racked up roughly 2000 hours of volunteering this year between them!

We also have to say goodbye to those leaving school - Jason, David, Declan, Zoe, Gabs, Richard and Amy-Louise (seen below holding the youngest library monitor). Massive thanks to you all and we wish you the very best for the future - DFTBA!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

"It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary." If you're looking for fun books to read over the summer holidays, we can recommend the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.There are 9 books in the  series so there's plenty to keep you reading over the holidays. Some reviews:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
This book is about a boy called Greg who has a brother in a band who always plays jokes on him which his brother finds hilarious. Greg doesn't find it funny at all. He also has a younger brother who just embarrasses him all the time by calling him names. His parents are always treating his brother better than they treat Greg. He is just going into middle school and finds it difficult to fit in with everyone else who seems to be bigger or stronger than him. Will he ever fit in?
I think everyone should read this book because you can relate to it if you’re just going up to a new school and you might be quite small or not as strong as everyone and you find it difficult to fit in. It’s very funny too so if you like comedy books then this book is really good. If you like this book then you should definitely read all of the series. – Nectarine gal 21

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is a comic novel about a teenage boy trying to survive middle school. He is always having bad luck and his best friend and he are always getting into trouble. The teenage boy, Greg, is always trying to impress a girl in his year but always ends up humiliating himself in front of her. He and his best friend also have to avoid the weird kid in the street. 
I liked the book because of the comedy and it was easy to read. I liked that it always had a strange plot twist.  - Wallboard

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
The author Jeff Kinney has another diary for poor Greg as he goes on another adventure into his small complicated life. Greg’s best friend, Rowley, has got a new girlfriend and has not been very nice to Greg on his summer vacation. So he is spending his summer trying to get back his one and only best friend. This book is mainly about Greg and his whole summer holidays and what he can do with it while trying to get back his friend.
I think everyone should read this amazing book because it is one of the many books of Jeff Kinney and it is different because it is based on a diary of a little boy growing up into a teenager and he is just going for what he wants. I would also recommend the three movies that are now out “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules”, and the final movie is called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”. – by George Hefley

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) Poster
The bestselling book, "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, has been extremely popular in the library over the last few months. It will probably be even more in demand now that the movie has been released. The book is a great read and it will be interesting to see how it compares to the film.You can watch the author, John Green, talking about his book and reading an excerpt online. Get your name on the library waiting list now! See what some JYHS pupils thought of the Book:

This book is quite popular at the moment, but it’s worth the read. It’s a touching book by John Green. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she afterwards meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. 
Everyone should read it because once you open it, you find it difficult to put it down. You’ll definitely enjoy reading it. There are times in the story when you will shed a tear, there are times in the story where you are joyful, and there are also times when you will be shocked.  It’s a powerful book, and I think everyone should read Fault in Our Stars.  And if you don’t, you are missing out. By Haze 1

“The Fault in Our Stars” is about a girl called Hazel. She has a form of cancer that makes her struggle with her breathing. Her mum takes her to a support group and one week Augustus Waters comes along with his friend, Isaac. Augustus is a survivor of cancer but his friend Isaac still struggles and, like Hazel, goes to the support group every week. Augustus and Hazel look into each other’s eyes and it is love at first sight. Each cancer child gets one wish and no matter what it is it comes true. Hazel used her wish when she was younger and she wished to go to Disneyland. Augustus still hasn’t used his wish from when he was younger and he wants to treat Hazel. He wishes that he and Hazel could go and meet Hazel’s favourite author, Peter Van Houten. There is only one issue: they are in America and he is in Amsterdam. Will they get to meet him? Will something life changing happen?
This is a heart-breaking teen novel and everyone one should read it because it is a gripping novel, I couldn’t put it down for days. By Hazel

Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy

'I need a seriously brilliant daydream . . . because everything is far from OK . . .'
Indigo blue is all about the problems you face as a teenager. Along with having to keep her best friend Jo happy, Indigo is faced with a bigger problem; her mum and her long term boyfriend Max are splitting up. Indigo has to say goodbye to the life that she knows and say hello to a horrible basement flat at number 33 Harrington Drive. Indigo’s household problems affect what high school she will be attending next fall, which only causes more problems between her and Jo. Jo is beginning to doubt her and Indigos’ friendship and is becoming friendlier with Alisha. One night Max comes over to the house and asks Indigo’s mum out for dinner to talk things over about their fight and tells them he wants them to come home. After a lot of persuasion Indigo’s mum gives in and leaves Indigo in the house with her little sister Misti when suddenly something tragic happens. Little does Indigo know that the next few weeks would be the worst in her life...
 Everyone should read this book because it talks about the problems you face as a teenager.

By Choc Chip
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
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.

National Libraries Day!

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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.


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