New books for the school library…

falconsfly.jpgWent book shopping yesterday, mostly to pick up a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for school. As it will be a popular book, I’ll be having a contest to determine who gets to read the book first.  Another interesting book I found that I think my hockey-playing students in particular will like is When Falcons Fly. A true story by Winnipeg author David Square, When Falcons Fly is about the world’s first Olympic gold hockey team which happens to be from Winnipeg. More on his website here. Set in the early 1900’s ,this young adult to adult novel is described on the book jacket as a “true Winnipeg rags-to-riches story” about a group of mostly Icelandic Canadians overcoming prejudice and poverty to win gold.

Here’s a list of some of the other books I purchased for my school’s library, a number of them at the request of students: 

lionessrampant.jpgLioness Rampantis the fourth book in the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce.  The series, which began with Alanna, is about a girl who wants to be a knight and takes knight training in her brother’s place by disguising herself as a boy. 


thefreak.jpgThe Freak and Visions, book one and two of the Freak trilogy, by Carol Matas (Jesper, Lisa) tell the story of 15-year-old Jade who suddenly discovers she is psychic and has to deal with the effect it has on her relationship with her friends. There will be a special launch and reading of the books by Carol Matas at the McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park location in Winnipeg on September 18. Find out more here.

maximum-ride.jpgAnother young adult to adult novel, Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, is the first of three bestselling novels by James Patterson about six kids who are products of an experiment that allows them to fly.  The series also includes Maximum Ride: Schools out forever and Maximum Ride: Saving the world and other extreme sports.

Eagle Strikeis the fourth book in the popular Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz that began with Stormbreaker about a teenager who becomes an MI6 agent.

iamataxi.jpgI am a Taxiby Deborah Ellis (Parvana’s Journey, The Heaven Shop) is the story of Diego, who to help support his family works as a “taxi” running errands out of the prison where he lives with his mother and little sister in Bolivia.  I’m hoping all of these books will intrigue the student visitors to my library. After all, they’ll need something to read while they’re waiting for their turn to read the new Harry Potter book.


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