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

Borrow an eBook from JYHS Library

So as you all know JYHS Library is part of West Lothian Libraries and as such you have access to eBooks and magazines.

To access them you'll need to know your borrower number and pin - just ask the Librarian and she'll tell you them.

Get the full details and access here

Being Keith By Keith Lemon

Being Keith is about how he became famous and his journey on his very, very, very brilliant world tour. It also covers what celebrity juice is like and Lemon la Vida a loca. Everyone should read it because it is entertaining and interesting and keeps you occupied.

by Mrs Laughs ha

Stan Lee Excelsior Award

The winners of the Stan Lee Excelsior Award have been announced -

3rd Place - Wonder Woman: Blood
2nd Place - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Change is Constant.
1st Place - Supergirl: Last Daughter of Krypton

Sweeny Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street won the JABBICA (Judge a Book by its Cover Award)

If you’d like to learn more, and look at previous winners and shortlists, please visit the website, where you can also watch a video of the highlights of the 2013 awards ceremony.

Latest Library Monitor

JYHS Library is excited to introduce the latest library monitor - Thorfinn!

Mrs. Wilson had a baby boy ( 7lbs 9oz) - he was four days overdue but luckily just like JYHS Library the NHS doesn't have any charges for being late :) Due to the delivery they were kept in hospital for five days - hence the delay in letting you all know. They are both fine now and loving being home.

Big Thanks to the Library Monitors!

A big thanks to all the Library Monitors who gave more than 1770 hours of their own time to help in the library this year!

Transgender Reads

This year's LGBT Display has a Transgender focus:

Transgender True Stories:
Transition: The Story of How I became a Man by Chaz Bono
Finding the Real Me: True Tales of Sex and Gender Diversity

Transgender Teen Fiction:
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
I am J by Chris Beam
The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities edited by David Levithan and Billy Merrell

Transgender Non-Fiction:
My New Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein
QUEER: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kathy Belge and Marke Bieschke

Transgender Non-Ficiton for Staff:
True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism by Mildred L. Brown and Chloe Ann Rounsley
Helping Your Transgender Teen by Irwon Krieger
Gender Born, Gender Made by Diane Ehrensaft
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper.

Other new LGBT books in the library:
It Gets Better by Dan Savage and Terry Miller (Health section)
Sprout by Dale Peck (Teen Fiction)
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Teen Fiction)
My Side of the Story by Will Davis (Adult Fiction)
Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald (Adult Fiction)

I party with Jay Gatsby!

Already read 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

For a similar themed read try:
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Howards End by E.M.Foster

For a more light hearted look at the rich between the wars try:
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
Carry On, Jeeves by P.G.Wodehouse
Devoted Ladies by Molly Keane

Or try some 1920s set crime:
The Burry Man's Day by Catriona McPherson
Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
The Man with Tiger Eyes by Karen Wallace

Heartland: From this Day On by Lauren Brooke

Heartland is a horse farm set in the hills of Virginia. Heartland is a place like no other – a place where the scars of the past can be healed, a place where frightened and abused horses go to learn to trust again. Everyone should read this book because if you are a horse person with a frightened horse it gives you a few tips on how to heal them.

by Sapphire

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives By Ellen Schreiber

It is about a vampire who is in love with a goth girl called Raven and he is called Alexander. His cousin, Claude Sterling is trying to breakup Alexander and Raven. Everyone should read this because it is a very good book. And I wouldn't let little people read this .

 by Pineapple <3 p="">

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

It's about a boy who has bad behaviour and then he gets sent to a place called CHERUB where he get trained to be come a top agent. He gets put on an adventure, dropped off at a mysterious place and has to get to from check point to check point and to survive . It’s a good book it keeps you going and makes you want to read more after every chapter.

by Paul Waker

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

The book is about a boy telling you about his everyday life that is not like everybody else's life in loads of different ways. Such as he has a older brother who is always trying to do nasty things to him and his little brother is always trying to get him in to trouble. People should read it because it is a funny and a quick read.

by  ?????

Happy World Book Day!

This year to celebrate World Book Day we asked staff to recommend European themed reads. 
So what three were most popular recommendations from staff?

The Shadow in the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Island by Victoria Hislop

The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May

See what everyone recommended on the displays.

Support the Library

So the new Scholastic C2C Book Club catalogue is out - S1 and S2 pupils should get it in tutor, everyone else 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. Wilson in the Library by end of day of the 15th of March.

Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: Percy Jackson and Lighting Thief
Author: Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a teenage boy with what he thinks is dyslexia, until one day he finds out the truth. Whilst on a school trip to the local museum Percy is attacked by what he thought was his teacher. She turns out to be a deadly Greek monster! To his surprise he is helped by his other teacher who turns out to be a centaur. At this point Percy is puzzled as to why all this is happening to him? Later on Percy finds out his secret, his father is the Greek god Poseidon and he is a demi-god. He is then whisked of to a secret camp called Camp Half-Blood for his own safety against the evil god Hades. Everyone is after him as he is accused of stealing the mighty god Zeus is lightning bolt. He and his friends are sent on a dangerous quest to prove his innocence before it is too late.....

This book is a great read and makes the time pass easily. If you like blood guts and glory then this is the book for you.

by Martha 345 and the London area

Michael Mcintyre - Life And Laughing

Title: Michael Mcintyre Life And Laughing
Author: Michael McIntyre

What is it about? Micheal McIntyre's Life and Laughing is a book on Michael’s life, he describes his up bringing in great detail and talks alot about his flat in hampstead. He also talks a bit about his career in comedy, he has his own comedy roadshow on BBC 1 which he says he loves doing as it is great fun meeting different people in different cities.

Why should everyone read it? Everyone should read this book as it is the funniest book I have ever read! He is hysterical in a book as well as on t.v, its a great book as well if you want to learn a bit about his up bringing in the London area or how to get going in the world of comedy as he tells about how he made it.

by Golfer123

Cherub by Robert Muchamore

EVERY ONE SHOULD READ........ Robert Muchamore's CHERUB James Choke leads a hard life until he is recruited for the Secret agency CHERUB . They are CHERUB agents, trianed proffesionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them. Its a very good read and it got me reading again after a long time. Its very different to other child spy books. Muchamore uses swear words to show a realistic story. Once I picked up the first book I couldn't stop reading all of them! by :UNKNOWN: and Harold!

Man Fail by Marion Appleby

Marion Appleby's Man Fail: Stupid Thing Men Do is about stupid but funny things that men have done such as shooting themselves in the head with a nail gun or queing up to rob a petrol station.

Everyone should read it beacuse it's funny.

by Johnny’s mum

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Everyone Should Read... Roald Dahl's Matilda.

This book is about a very smart girl called Matilda, her parents are no help to her education, but her teacher finds something in her that no other child has.

You should read this book because it is a Roald Dahl classic, and you couldn’t find a fault in it whatsoever, it is very different to most other stories about children in the way that it is written. It is written for people aged around 12yrs+

by RedHeadedDragon

Best Twitter Conversation Ever!

Forth Replacement Crossing Name

Last chance to have your say in the search to find the permanent name for the new bridge which is Scotland’s largest infrastructure project in a generation.

Have your say in the name for the new bridge by simply going to and nominate a name or comment on a name you like. Don't forget to mention The James Young High School in the panel provided.

If your comment or suggestion is pulled from the hat you can win a VIP trip to the Forth Replacement Crossing site during 2013/14 as well as an invitation to the bridge opening ceremony in 2016 with some pupils and staff from the school.

Please note that the closing date for entering the competition is 31st January 2013 and the announcement of the winning bridge name and schools is to be made in summer 2013.

Multiple entries are allowed.


by Michelle Harrison
Unrest is about a boy who has a near death experince and then spirits come at night and take over his body but can he make them stop or will he be a ghost forever.
I think everyone should read this because it is very good and involves lots of scary bits.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

This is about a young boy named Jim who’s family owns a hotel. The hotel is visited by an old seaman named Billy Bones. Billy is visited by ‘old friends’  and when one of his visits turns violent, he suffers from a stroke. The seaman’s beloved treasure chest is then raided by his ‘old friends’ but they are disappointed to find that the item they are looking for is not there. Jim searches Billy’s body finding a strange oilskin packet. He takes it to the village doctor, Dr. Livesy.They discover it is  a map of ‘Flint’s treasure’ and immediately decide to commission a sailing vessel in  a search for the treasure. Jim and the doctor complile a crew but someone wants the treasure for himself...


Lord Loss

Lord Loss By Darren Shan
Lord Loss is about a boy called Grubbs Grady that finds his family killed and hung on bloody spider webs and finds Lord Loss and his evil minions but he escapes and goes to a mystical dimension.

People might read this book if they like horror and adventure

Codename: The Teenage mutant ninja turtles


Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
What is it about: Matt's best buddy is Aman! However, Aman has been put in prison with his mother and will be sent back from to where he came from in a few weeks. Matt is really missing Aman and does not want him to go back to Afghanistan; neither does Aman. So Matt and his grandpa set up a protest outside Yarl's Wood prison.
Why everyone should read it: This book really makes you think about the life you are living and how lucky you are. Some bits are funny but the rest is sad.

Codename: Master Splinter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In The Company of Cheerful Ladies

In The Company of Cheerful Ladies

Alexander McCall Smith

This book is about an African lady (Mma Ramotswe) who runs a detective agency. She has been proposed to by a man she met at a dancing class, she is not very fond of him as he can’t dance and he can’t speak properly as he has a stutter, despite all this though she accepts the offer. She also comes across a man whilst driving in her beloved white van. She sadly runs him over and feels obliged to help. She finds out he is very poor and is struggling to support his large family, Mma Ramotswe feels bad and offers him a job at her husband’s garage. Then the worst thing imaginable turns up at Mma Ramotswe’s door, literally.

Kate Milligan

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Everyone should read...
Jeff Kinney’s;
Diary of a Wimpy Kid!!!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a book about a boy named Greg Heffley who is just starting high school and he is encountering some problems, life issues etc. He has an older brother called Rodrick who plays “practical jokes” on him and a little brother named Manny who embarrasses him around his friends. The book is basically about issues that involve school, kids and family.
I recommend this book to people because it is hilarious and a very entertaining book! Also people in schools can relate to this because it is very similar to normal childhood.
By Chocolate Banana 123.

Noughts and Crosses

Noughts and Crosses
Malorie Blackman

This book’s main focus is racism. It is set in a world where noughts are the inferior minority and crosses can do or say anything they like to them- a bit like America in the 50’s and 60’s. It is about two friends, Callum and Sephy, who had been friends since they were children. Sephy goes to an elite cross school that Callum is dying to get into. Callum eventually became one of the first noughts to go to a cross school! Sephy’s dad was a politician and was outraged that he go into the same school as his daughter even though he was smart enough to get in. Her dad was so bigoted and racist that he told Sephy that she couldn’t be friends with (or have a relationship) with Callum!  However, Sephy violated what her dad and society told her whole life - Crosses can’t love Noughts.

Everyone should read this book because it teaches the harsh lesson of racism but brings and up to date twist on an often repeated message. It is also very poignant and moving.


Clean Break

Jacqueline Wilson
Clean Break
Clean Break is a story about a girl called Em who is suffering from her recent mum and dad’s break up. Her step brother and sister,  Maxie and Vita, are really upset. Em has to try her best to cheer them up. Christmas is coming up and her only wish is to get her dad back.
By Tiny Tadpole and sarhaaaaa!!

The Lucky One

The lucky one – Nicholas Sparks.

Is there really such thing as a lucky charm ? When U.S. Marine Logan picked up an old picture out of the dirt in Iraq, he didn’t think much of it. At first he decides to do the obvious right thing to do by asking around to see if the photo belongs to  anyone After a while, no one claimed it so he kept it .Logan ran into a lot of good luck since he found the photo, and his friend Victor believed that it was his good luck charm. Coincidence or not? Victor told him that he owed the girl in the picture for keeping him safe, and it was his destiny to find her. After Victor suddenly died, Logan and his dog, Zeus, started walking across the country in hopes of finding a girl he knew nothing about. Eventually Logan  found Elizabeth and her son, Ben. After getting a job working at Elizabeth’s grandmother’s kennel, he and Elizabeth grow a strong bond. Unsure of how she would react, he kept the photograph a secret from her. They quickly fell in love, but Beth’s ex-husband did all he could do to try to stop it. After word got out about his photograph, things started to fall apart. Not wanting to give up and turn back after how far he had come, he tries to put everything back together.

A heart warming novel was made into a brilliant movie. The book shows us not to take life for granted.

PandaPaws146 x

Young Samurai The Ring of Fire

Chris Bradford- Young Samurai The Ring of Fire

This amazing book is all about a young boy, Jack Fletcher whose boat crashes on the foreign waters of Japan, his crew murdered by the ninja dragon eye.  Saved by the legendary sword master Massamoto he has been training in the way of the warrior and recently learning ninjitsu. He embarks on many adventures.
In this particular book he is forced to take shelter in a nearby village who’s problems are equal to his. Jack has been on the run from the samurai guards as a price has been put on his head since the new Daimyo came into being, banishing all foreigners and Christians out of the country and he fought against him in a great battle. The village is in need of great protection from mountain bandits who have been raiding their village for rice. Jack has decided to stay and fight the villagers cause but is in need of great help from other samurai if only his friends were still by his side...
You should read this book because it is a great fantasy and a great enjoyment to read J

By Sapphire dragon 


By Emma Donogue
Room is about a 5 year old boy called Jack.  He is trapped in 1 small room with his mum who has been trapped by Old Nick. They live there. He has never been outside, he thinks things like trees or children are just in the TV. One day though his mum tells him all about outside and what it’s like and they plan their escape.
People should read this because it’s a good book that tells people that they shouldn’t take what they have for granted as sometimes people don’t even have the simplest of things.
BeautifulBarbie144 xo


By Nigel Hinton
Buddy is a book about a young boy who is often picked on for being poor. He lives with his mum and dad. It all starts when Buddy wants some money for a school trip; he was unable to go on previous school trips because he didn't have the money. When his mum tells him she doesn't have any money to give him, Buddy ends up stealing the £5 note he needs for the trip. Shortly after, Buddy’s mum leaves the family and leaves Buddy and his dad in a sticky situation.  Plus, Buddy and his friends find a haunted house and something is going on with his dad’s job...
Everyone should read Buddy because it is a great book that is interesting, fun and a good look on life when you read beneath the surface.

By Chuck Norris and WALL-E

The Dream Merchant

Everyone should read...

The Dream Merchant by Isabel Hoving.

The book is about two friends who get called up to work for an international company who are expanding their business horizons to a new location, the past. Together Josh and his friend must search out the hidden Tembe to find the cure to the company president’s illness. The book tells of their adventures with their new friend Teresa as they travel through time to find the Tembe at the end of time.

The book is full of adventure and mystery so is a must read for any wanna be adventurer.



Everyone should read  Abduction
By Robin Cook
The book is about a man called Perry who is on a giant ship which is called the Benthic Explorer. The ship is used to mine for oil and other resources in a giant underwater mountain. Perry is the president of the company that use the Benthic Explorer.
The Benthic Explorer is trying to mine down into the center of the giant mountain but the drill keeps breaking. There are three divers that are sent down to fix the drill bit. The divers worked for the navy seals  before working on the Benthic Explorer they are supposed to be very tough and muscular men.
Perry is invited to take a dive in a submarine that takes the drill bit down to the drill so the divers can then fix it. He is unsure about going down in the submarine because he is claustrophobic.

Pirate Cinema

Pirate Cinema
Cory Doctorow

A kid nicknamed “Cecil”, from Bradley, England, gets his internet access cut off by the anti-piracy lobbyists, after he is accused of copyright infringement. His passion is remixing old clips of films and uploading them to the internet for all to see. His family begin to lose control of their lives when they can no longer access the internet to study and do their daily work, so under all this pressure, Cecil leaves and runs away to London, where he continues making his films on the run, showing them in sewers, and eventually on the walls of the Houses of Parliament. He and his friend ‘26’ attempt to get the corrupt entertainment industry to scrap bills on copyright laws, restricting them from creating and remixing the films they love.

It’s a great book, full of twists and is a very real life scenario, showing the corruption in the Government and Entertainment industry. Plus, it is licensed under the Creative Commons Share Alike Non-Derative license, and is available for a free download on Doctorow’s website, -- LordPankake

The Hobbit

Everyone should read The Hobbit
By  J.R.R Tolkien
It’s about a hobbit called Bilbo Baggins who goes on a quest with 13 dwarves and a mage called Gandalf the Grey. Their quest is to seek out Smaug the magnificent who has claimed the lonely mountain where the dwarfs lived. Thorin Oakenshield wants to take back but also the treasure which Smaug took. Will Bilbo Baggins Survive?
It’s an absolutely amazing book which is a good read for everyone and it is also coming out as film soon.
By Blab bla bl b

The Hunger Games Hunger games
Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is about a girl called Katniss Everdeen. She is chosen to be in the hunger games, a boy and a girl are chosen to go and fight 22 other kids. I quite like it because it is well structured and flows well. You just want to keep reading.

by Heckter bottle bank and a rusty spanner 

A Midsummer Tights Dream

A Midsummer Tights Dream
By Louise Rennison

This book is about Tallulah Casey who goes to an expressive arts school in Yorkshire. This is the second book of the series,  the first book was called Withering Tights. Tallulah causes havoc with her friends Vaisey, Flossie, Jo and  Honey. The school  is in financial problems and could be shut down?
You should read this book because it is funny and entertaining . Also it also shows a young stars life in the expressive art school (even though not all schools are like this one). You should read this book because it will have you crying from laughter!


500 words writing competition

The BBC have launched their 500 word writing competition
If you're aged 13 or under, what are you waiting for? Get writing!
The BBC want you to send them something mad, magical, mind-blowing or mysterious...
You could win yourself a pile of books as tall as Chris Evans, and 500 books for your school library!
You have until 7:00pm on 22nd February to submit your entry.
Go to the BBC site for more details.


As you may be aware, work on the construction of the new bridge over the Forth Estuary is now well underway. Transport Scotland, an agency of the Scottish Government, has launched a campaign to find the permanent name for the new bridge which is Scotland’s largest infrastructure project in a generation.

Have your say in the name for the new bridge by simply going to and nominate a name or comment on a name you like. Don't forget to mention The James Young High School in the panel provided.

If your comment or suggestion is pulled from the hat you can win a VIP trip to the Forth Replacement Crossing site during 2013/14 as well as an invitation to the bridge opening ceremony in 2016 with some pupils and staff from the school.

Please note that the closing date for entering the competition is 31st January 2013 and the announcement of the winning bridge name and schools is to be made in summer 2013.

Multiple entries are allowed.