'Divergent' by Veronica Roth

‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth is set in a dystopian world which is divided into factions. The members of the five factions (Candor, Erudite, Abnegation, Dauntless and Amity) all have unique personality traits which makes them suited to their faction. At 16 all children must undertake an aptitude test to determine where they will fit for the rest of their lives. The main character, Tris, is ‘divergent’ which means that she suits a number of factions. As a result she chooses Dauntless instead of the faction her family belong to. In doing so she gives up her family forever.

If you loved "The Hunger Games" then you'll definitely love this. The film comes out this week too!

 

 

 
    27 May 2014 10:13:52 AM 

'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' by Rick Riordan

This is the first of the Percy Jackson books. Branded a troublemaker, Percy is about to be expelled... again. It’s not his fault that mythological monsters and the gods of Olympus keep turning up, is it? Accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt has been stolen, Percy and his friends have just ten days to find the lightning bolt, stop a war and clear his name.

A FANTASTIC read which will make you want to get the whole series.

 
    22 Apr 2014 12:23:25 PM 

Mr Cross recommends 'The House at Ettrick Bay' by Myra Duffy

This is a mystery story set on the Isle of Bute, where I spent several childhood holidays.

 

A teacher agrees to house-sit an old mansion house her friend has just inherited, when an archaeological dig in the grounds uncovers a body. How long had it been there and who was it?

 

The plot thickens when the archaeologist’s girlfriend is found murdered on the beach, and the teacher turns detective to investigate the history of the house and its connection to the two bodies.

 

There are lots of twists and turns along the way in this easy-to-read Scottish novel.

 

 
    31 Mar 2014 02:02:35 PM 

Heather Richards (S1)

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

The book is about who killed Wellington the Dog. Christopher is trying to solve the mystery. He also uncovers what happened to his mum. He has a photographic memory but can't understand other human beings.

I like the book because it is funny and is told from a different type and point of view.

 

 
    27 Mar 2014 02:42:41 PM 

Kieran Duncan (S2)

 

Book: Assassin's Creed - Forsaken

Author: Oliver Bowden

Review: I thought that the book was great. I would recommend it to my friends because I play the game so I thought it would be different.

 
    26 Mar 2014 10:29:51 AM 

Ms. Mooty recommends 'Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides for parents or for senior pupils.

Book Title: Middlesex

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides

This book is: A coming of age story with an unexpected twist. Join Calliope as she traces her family’s genetic history back three generations to try and understand her own particular life experience. Of Greek-American origin, Calliope’s story takes you from Greece to 1960’s Detroit as she seeks to understand where she came from.

I like this book because: Jeffrey Eugenides is able to create such complex and interesting characters. His books (I have also read ‘The Virgin Suicides’ and I am currently reading ‘The Marriage Plot’) are rich in atmosphere and human emotion. You can relate to his characters and you can also visualise them easily – they jump off the page!

The best part is when: you finally understand Calliope’s journey and her transformation from teenager Calliope to adult Cal.

Rating: 10 out of 10

 
    21 Mar 2014 09:59:22 AM 

Ciara Grandison M10

‘Fire’ by Kristin Cashore

This book is set in the mystical past, where Fire is a young woman with the power to control people with her beauty. However Fire’s beauty is not taken kindly by some people and some want to hurt her. She is soon led into a battle for survival and many secrets become clear. This is the sequel to ‘Graceling’ and is a fantastic read! It is full of action and romance and I would recommend it to everyone who is a keen reader! 

 
    14 Mar 2014 02:32:49 PM 

Callum Brown MO1

‘MetaWars - Fight For The Future’ by Jeff Norton

This book is set in the future where there is an online virtual world called the Metasphere, central to the lives of everyone. It tells the story of two groups in battle, The Millennials, who want to control the Metasphere and the Guardians who want the Metasphere to be free to govern itself. The plot focuses on a teenage boy called Jonah Delacroix who is thrust into this battle. Jonah has always thought that the Millennials are the ‘good guys’ but when he absorbs his father’s avatar and memories he realises that things were not as simple as he once believed.  Jonah has to make a very difficult decision about where his allegiance should lie.   

I would recommend this book because of its unique idea - set half in this world and half in a digital world that is surprisingly realistic and interesting. The characters, like Jonah, are believable and I could relate to him and understand his thoughts and feelings. The book has an interesting plot idea where this world existed as one of the worst possible versions of the future in contrast to the perfect digital world.

‘Metawars’ would suit readers aged between 11 and 16 years old. It is too complex for younger readers as the narrative frequently moves between the two worlds, and some themes include terrorism and minor violence are more suited to older readers. The target audience are individuals with an interest in digital gaming or computing. It’s a good book which I am pleased to recommend.

 
    14 Mar 2014 12:11:12 PM 

Ava Wood (S2) - Ouran High School Host Club - Vol.13 by Bisco Hatori

"It's an interesting read. I think it's a really good book for pupils who are aged 13 or above, and for those who likes reading manga".

 

 
    11 Mar 2014 11:56:56 AM 

Ms Cross

This is a fantastic read. I highly recommend this series.

 
    11 Mar 2014 09:48:49 AM 

Mrs Maclennan – Across the what kind of floor?

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn is set in medieval Japan. The story revolves around the tension and fighting between two clans: the Tohan and the Otori. Caught in the middle is Takeo, a young man raised a pacifist and whose father was a member of a little-known group called the Tribe. The story starts with Takeo being rescued from his village’s massacre by Lord Otori Shigeru. Taken to Shigeru’s home, Takeo begins to manifest the talents of a member of the Tribe: preternatural hearing, invisibility, and is able to split the self into two. As his training commences, he sets out for revenge and yet finds love along the way.

This amazing novel, is now on the shelves of GHS library along with the sequel, Grass for his Pillow. Recommended for boys and girls (not forgetting mums and dads) who love adventure, action and the chance to escape Falkirk for a while!