The Spud books are a series of very funny stories about John Milton, and his experiences at a South African boarding school for boys, not too dissimilar to King’s College. If you want a change from “life and death adventure stories” and you fancy a “laugh out loud” school story you can’t go wrong with Spud.
The story starts on John’s first day at school, and his adventures (both at home with his mad family, and at school with the “crazy eight”) are written in the form of a diary. Spud, it turns out is the nickname John is given by the boys in his House. You will have to read the books to find out why. The books in order are are:
- Spud – The Madness Continues…
- Spud – Learning to Fly
- Spud – Exit, pursued by a Bear
The fourth and final book in the series by John van de Ruit will soon be in the library, and the second film Spud – The Madness Continues was released in South Africa in June.
John van de Ruit on Twitter
John van de Ruit on Wikipedia
Spud The Movie – Crazy 8 interview
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The Book Thief is a powerful novel about “the ability of books to feed the soul “. It is set in Nazi, Germany and was inspired by stories told to the author by his family. The film is due out in November 2013 in the USA, but wont be released in New Zealand until 2014. This gives us all plenty of time to read, or re-read, the book. The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse, and Ben Schnetzer. After watching the trailer Markus Zusak (who was born in Sydney, Australia) wrote: “As I said to a few people close by ….”I’m fine! I’ve just got something in my eye!” It looks absolutely stunning, and it’s very hard to hold the emotion at bay.”
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.” From The Book Thief.
Read more about Markus Zusak and how he writes.
Markus Zusak on Facebook
Markus Zusak on Tumlr ” Every morning, in the city, in the dark, I walk two dogs and collect stray thoughts. This is where I put them, before I start work – the only place I write when I’m not writing a book.”
Markus Zusak on Twitter where he describes himself as a “Writer, mistake-maker, and fan of Sam-I-Am…I wrote The Book Thief, but still not sure how. Most tweets are replies.”
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Where do you read? What do you read? How do you treat the books you read, and what does this say about you? Read on and enjoy this graphic by Laura E. Kelly (Click to view at original large size.)
Where do you read? What do you read? How do you treat the books you read, and what does this say about you? Read on and enjoy this graphic by
Laura E. Kelly (Click to view at original large size.)
We’ll all have our favourites among the books we had read to us when we were children. And among those we discovered for ourselves as we developed into the readers we are today.
This photograph could show some of your favourites – or not.
But here’s a link to the Stylist‘s webpage with a huge selection of classic favourites. How many of your favourite books are featured? It’s worth a look just for nostalgic reasons – to remind us why reading is so fascinating.
Beach at night – Photo by Rina
Shift is a psychological thriller and I couldn’t put it down. It is the story about Olive, and when the book begins we know that there has been some sort of incident (we are not sure what) and she is trying to get back to some sort of normal routine at school by staying well away from “the queen bee” in class. But then strange and dangerous things start to happen. Are they real, or is Olive imaging them? As one character says:
“Some things aren’t straightforward. Not everything is true or false, real or imaginary, black or white. It’s not that simple.”
Get it from the library in print form, or download it, like I did, as an eBook at http://kingscollege.wheelers.co
And if you are intrigued to know more about the author Em Bailey then you can read her answers to Ten Terrifying Questions here on the Booktopia blog.
The first book in the series
If you really enjoyed The Hunger Games series and you are at a bit of a loss to know what to read next, then have a look at the excellent Must Reads for Hunger Games Fans list. This has been put together by two American sisters, Leslie and Julia, on their blog “Twobusybrunettes”. You can download the list which includes a Hunger Games similarity rating and a book description for 25 books; this should certainly keep you going.
In fact we have many of the books on this list in our library including Divergent by Veronica Roth. The “Twobusybrunettes” give it an 8 out of 8 star rating for similarity. It takes a few chapters to set the scene and then the pace really steps up. The second book in the series, Insurgent is equally exciting and the third book is due to be published later this year. It should be no surprise to learn that a film is planned directed by Neil Burger with Shailene Woodley cast as Tris, and Kate Winslet possibly about to join the cast.
If you can’t wait for the film due to be released in 2014, then I recommend you read the book and have a look at this trailer.
With the holidays right upon us, you could well find some time for reading. Here’s a list I came upon this morning – it should keep you going for quite a few holidays! You won’t find all of them in our library, but as the picture above shows, we do have some to get you started.
Another piece of Book Art, this time from the blog, “My Modern Met.” There are other pictures here also from the artist, Alicia Martin, together with a video showing her Cordoba installation (and how its book pages flutter in the wind) in its its physical setting.
Fascinating as they are, I still think I prefer “reading” books to using them as “Book Art.”