Mobile Makeover and Friday Reads

Exciting news! Our Mobile Library van has had not one but TWO makeovers recently; first we had our David Melling decals revived AND we’ve replaced the display on the inside, ready for our first school visits this week.

As you can see below, this term’s theme was inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s 150th birthday- Lewis Carroll’s book was published all the way back in1865! We’re also running a competition this term where schools we visit can be in with a chance of winning an Alice-themed print by local illustrator, James Barker. If we’re visiting you this Autumn term, be sure to ask our driver Tony for more details and an entry form!

Van September 2015

You’ll find some of our team’s Friday reads below- why not leave us a comment to let us know if you’ve read anything interesting lately?

Harriet: The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge

9781447264101This is a wonderfully imagined, beautifully written novel for teens, full of dark mystery and atmosphere.  Set on one of the Channel Islands in Victorian times, it feels totally authentic, as the young heroine battles contemporary views on evolution, science and femininity.  The reader follows her development and growth through the novel, admiring her strength and determination, while also acknowledging her mistakes.  She and her family arrive on this small island with shattering results, and it is Faith who almost single-handedly eventually rescues the situation.  With an element of magic this could appeal to fans of Eva Ibbotson as well as anyone who enjoys a good Gothic mystery.

(Macmillan, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781447264101)

Mandy: Max by Marc Martin

9781783701964“A heartwarming story of enduring friendship…and chips”! What could be better? Beautifully illustrated by a new author/illustrator this is a real delight. The story is of Bob who owns the chip shop and Max the seagull. But times are hard and the shop has to shut. Max eventually finds Bob again, giving us a picture of the way settlements change, and redeeming the bad name of seagulls

(Templar Publishing, £11.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783701964)

Zoe: Far From Home by Berlie Doherty

9780007578825I was thrilled to discover there was a sequel to ‘Street Child’! Now I would find out what happened to Jim’s sisters, Lizzie and Emily, after they were left with Rosie – cook at the Big House where their mother used to work.

Despite the best efforts of Rosie, the girls are discovered so Rosie has to make a difficult decision when she is sacked. She takes Lizzie from her bed in the middle of the night but Emily wakes up and follows them, eventually catching them up some hours later after several mishaps along the way.

Rosie is conned, with false promises, into putting the girls on a wagon travelling north. When the girls arrive at Bleakdale Mill, they discover how dangerous it is to work in a cotton mill.

(Harper Collins, £6.99 hardback, ISBN 9780007578825)

Our other friday reads can be found here.

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