Scottish Book Week

As part of Book Week Scotland (26 November - 2 December) the Scottish Book Trust is giving away 150,000 copies of My Favourite Place are being given away the length and the breadth of the country this week . You’ll find copies in so many places: libraries, bookshops, museums, businesses, arts venues, train stations, CalMac ferries, workplaces and even in Specsavers branches.

The book contains over thirty stories, collecting places from all over Scotland and includes a series of illustrations from leading Scottish artists including Alasdair Gray, Louise Hopkins and Kate Davis.

You can also download the book as an e-book or as an audio book

Tabletop Tuesday

Usually in the library on a Tuesday after school we can be cuaght playing a game of Munchkin

but today a very exciting parcel arrived!
Anyone up for  a game?

Want a taster of what it's all about before you come along to Tabletop Tuesday (after school in the library till 4:30pm) check out our Table Games playlist on Youtube

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Everyone should read…. War horse By Michael Morpurgo

It is about a boy and who’s father buys a horse called Joey but he was taken from the boy and was taken to war against the Nazi’s he goes through so much with several different riders including a Nazi officer and a young girl. In the end he is returned to his beloved owner (the boy) after he came home from the trenches!

Everyone should read this book because it is so well written and very thrilling and intense!
By horsayluvaz :)

Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy

It is about a girl called Cherry who lives in Glasgow but is moving down to Somerset with her Dad. She is meeting her new step family for the first time! When she meets the oldest of the Tanberry sisters she can’t help thinking that Honey dislikes her. Then she meets Shay and can’t help but like him but then she finds out that he is Honey’s boyfriend!

You should read this book, because its a really interesting and it's good for teenagers. Its one of those books that you can’t stop turning the pages!

by Bookworms

Mtrs. Wilson says - watch the book trailer here or read an extract here

Tribes By Catherine MacPhail

'Tribes' is a book about a boy called Kevin and he moves house, where he moves to there are a lot of gangs. Kevin is persuaded to join one of the gangs and this gets him into trouble with his parents and also at school. Kevin’s sister wants to be one of the gang too but there are no girls allowed in the gang.

Everyone should read Tribes because it never gets boring and it is a good book most people will be able to put themselves in Kevin’s shoes.

by Anon

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

It is about a boy named Harry Potter who discovers a diary containing powers leading to the dangerous and powerful voldemort, the most terrifing wizard of all time.

We recommend this book because its thrilling and makes you want to read more.

By Daisy and Buttercup

Kung Fu Trip by Benjamin Zephaniah

A young man looking to be a kung fu champion! He Takes a trip to China to fulfil his destiny he meets a lot of strange people on the way but will he be able to live and get to Shalion Temple?

Everyone should read Kung Fu Trip because it is like a diary he writes but it is explaining his whole journey.

By Muffin boys.

Celebrate Movember!

It's Movember and to celebrate we've put a moustache display up outside the library.

Why not read a moustached author this month!

Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughter-House-Five
Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea
Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
Charles Dickens
Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Love in the Time of Cholera
Geroge Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four

Find out more at the official Movember website

How to Train Your Dragon By Cressida Cowell

In the book Vikings get dragons at a young age, this is to make them a part of the tribe. But the chief’s son is very wimpy, but he ends up a hero.

 It’s very good and funny, if you like that sort of thing this book is for you!!!


CHERUB Series by Robert Muchamore


CHERUB is a great book/series that is about a secret organisation of kids without parents to become an agent. In the first book we are introduced to the main characters; James and Lauren. Their mother dies in her sleep and James was taken into care as his step dad only wanted Lauren. James is then drugged and taken into CHERUB were he spends his teenage years doing missions most of the time to track down criminals.

It is a great series that has great variety and comedy.

by guitarfret22

“The fallen” By Thomas.E.Sniegoski

Everyone should read “The Fallen” By Thomas.E.Sniegoski. It is about an 18 year old boy who finds his true meaning rather than ‘just a boy from Lynn’ he hits puberty for a second time when he finds his ‘wings’. Everyone should read this because Sniegoski has use brilliant world bending expressions and its just so hard to put down once you stop.

by Kreid67

John Green 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Everyone should read.. John Green The Fault In Our Stars. It’s about a girl called Hazel and she has cancer, her mum makes her go to a support group where she meets Augustus Waters.

It was really good and I now want to read some of the other books John Green has written.
by ghdugh

Mrs. Wilson says - have a look at John Green himself reading the first chapter.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The hunger games are set in the near future in a place called Panem (America). The main character is called Katniss Everdeen. She volunteers to take part in the games to save her little sister Primrose. In the hunger games it can end two ways, if you win you are famous if you lose it means death. The other tribute Peeta Mellark joins her in the games. Only one can survive in the arena!

 I have read all three books and they are great, when i finished one book I had to get the next one the next day. Every ending was a cliff-hanger. – owlninja1

I have read the first book and I want to read the other two books. It is very exciting and every chapter ends in a cliff-hanger. It is my type of book because it has adventure, death, love and comedy. I highly recommend it. – redangrybird10

The Hunger games is a book about a girl that’s sister is chosen to fight to the death in games. There is a boy and a girl that are chosen to fight in the games for their districts, there are 12 districts. The girl is called Katniss Everdeen and she volunteers to take her younger sister’s place. Katniss and the other boy have to fight to death in an arena. This book is a really good book we highly recommend this book.
By Gary and Jacko

The Hunger Games is about 12 districts that every year have to give a male and a female tribute to fight in an arena last person standing. The story is about a girl called Katniss Everdeen. She goes to the games does well in training and has a good shot at winning. But will she win? 
You should read this book if you’re interested in action, adventure and survival. It is a page turning thriller that you can’t put down. The reason we thing you should read this book is its exciting fun and interesting. It has a very good storyline and is well structured. So we’d advise you to read it!
by Guess Who

You should read... The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
What is it about? A young girl and a young boy, Katnis and Peeta are put forward to fight in the annual hunger games but they are facing certain death.
Why should you read it? This book is a fantastic read and I would recommend it to anyone that loves constant suspense and hates putting the book down.
 By Conzah

Suzanne Collins wrote the book 'The Hunger Games'. It is an adventure type book and full of action. It’s about 12 districts that have been separated from the Capitol (the city) and made to work and every year a boy and girl from every district gets taken into a battle field to fight for their lives against each other. Everyone from the ages 12 to 18 get their names drawn from random to join in on the Hunger Games. They have to get people to like them before hand called sponsors so they get gifts from them that they need to survive like medical equipment. During this the boy and girl from district 12 form a close bond. But only one can survive, who will live, and who will die? 
We think you should read this book because it draws you in to keep on reading and it is very well written. There are also some tear jerkers. 
 By Sona

Armistice Day Reading Ideas

Armistice Day (Remberence Day is the same date) is on 11 November and commemorates the signing of an agreement to end the First World War in 1918.  Known at the time as 'The Great War' it was the first global war and resulted in the death of more than 37 million people - mostly young men. There are lots of excellent teen books written about the time including:

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Rememberence by Teresa Breslin
War Boy by Michael Foreman

Or read some of the adult ficiton  -
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (written by a German vetran of World War 1)
Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain (a biography of a teenage girl and her part in the World War 1)
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (a love story that follows the hero in his journey in the trenches)

For more ideas try the JYHS Library recommendations on Pinterest

Bond, James Bond.

 With the release of Skyfall this week in cinemas we've decided to go back to the source and read Ian Flemings original books. Lucky for us then that the library has a full set of the books and audio CDs!

The book cover art is by Michael Gillette - which one do you like best?