Spring Holiday Reading

Great reads in the McAuley library ready for the September Holidays.

24th August, 2020

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Battle Born
(Elementals #3)
by Amie Kaufman 

Though Anders and his friends have delayed a war between ice wolves and scorch dragons, their mission is far from over. With adults on both sides looking for them, they’ve sought refuge in Cloudhaven, a forbidden stronghold that could hold the key to saving their home. (Goodreads)
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Ice Wolves
(Elementals #1)
by Amie Kaufman 

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away. (Goodreads)
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The Secrets of Magnolia Moon
by Edwina Wyatt

Magnolia Moon is very good at keeping secrets.

She knows just what to do with them, and has a way of talking to the jumpy ones to stop them causing trouble.

Which is why people are always leaning in and whispering:

“Can I tell you a secret?”

Edwina Wyatt introduces a character whose irrepressible joy and vivid imagination will remind readers just how much can happen in a year of being nine. (Goodreads)
Kristy’s Great Idea
(Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #1)
by Raina Telgemeier 
 Ann M. Martin

In this new graphic novel edition of the very first Baby-Sitters Club book, Raina Telgemeier captures all the drama of the original in warm, spunky illustrations. Witness Kristy’s eureka moment, when she gets the idea for a “baby-sitters club” and enlists her best friends, shy Mary Anne and artistic Claudia, in an exciting new venture.  (Goodreads)
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(Smile #3)
by Raina Telgemeier 

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. (Goodreads)
by Raina Telgemeier 


Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together?
Worse Things
by Sally Murphy

Worse Things follows the lives of three main characters: Blake, an Aussie Rules football player who suffers a devastating injury; Jolene, a hockey player who hates the game and and is grieving over the recent death of her father; and Amed, a soccer-loving, non-English speaking orphan who feels like an outsider since arriving in Australia after being raised in a refugee camp. (Goodreads)
Under Suspicion
(Friday Barnes #2)
by R.A. Spratt 

Who knew boarding school could be this perilous!

When Friday Barnes cracked the case of Highcrest Academy’s mysterious swamp-yeti, the last thing she expected was to be placed under arrest. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice. (Goodreads)
The Apothecary
(The Apothecary #1)
by Maile Meloy and
 Ian Schoenherr 

It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows—a fascinating boy who’s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies—Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons.  (Goodreads)
Everything I’ve Never Said
by Samantha Wheeler 

Ava would like nothing more than to tell her family she loves them, particularly her big sister, Nic. But Ava has Rett syndrome – she can’t talk, can’t nod her head, can’t even point at a communication card. She understands everything, but no one understands her. (Goodreads)
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Being Brave: A novel and a guide
by Hester Leung,

What do you do when the voice inside tells you you’re wrong? You can’t do that? Or you say something silly and the other kids laugh at you?

Ellie and Alyssa have been best friends since pre-school. One chatty, one shy, one adventurous, the other considered, one Australian, one with Chinese heritage, both supportive and giving. It’s easy together. (Goodreads)
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The Little White Horse
By: Elizabeth Goudge

For a fleeting instant Maria thought she saw a little white horse with a flowing mane and tail, head raised, poised, halted in mid-flight, as though it had seen her and was glad.’ The beautiful valley of Moonacre is shadowed by the memory of the Moon Princess and the mysterious little white horse. When Maria Merryweather comes there on a visit she finds herself involved with an ancient feud. (Goodreads)

Graphic Novels

Mary Anne Saves the Day
(Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #3)
by Raina Telgemeier
 Ann M. Martin

Who would have guessed that when the BSC girls get in a huge fight, it’s shy and quiet Mary Anne who manages to save their friendship?When a terrible fight breaks out among the four Baby-Sitters Club friends, Mary Anne is left to her own devices. She has to sit by herself at lunch, make new friends, and deal with her overprotective father without advice from the BSC gang. (Goodreads)
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by Raina Telgemeier 

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. (Goodreads)

Just Because they are so GOOD

Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter
by Adeline Yen Mah

This is the story of a Chinese woman who suffered appalling emotional deprivation and rejection by her family as a child growing up in China and Hong Kong in the 40s and 50s, and of its consequences in her adult life. Above which she rose to make a happy marriage and become an extremely successful doctor and business woman in the USA. (Goodreads)
Sophie’s Secret War: A Second World War Girl’s Diary, 1939-1940
(My Story: Girls)
by Jill Atkins

In 1939 at the start of the war, Sophie becomes a messenger for a resistance group in Northern France. But as the German invaders overwhelm the British forces on the French coast, she finds herself more deeply involved with the Resistance – in a dangerous plan to save a young Scottish soldier. (Goodreads)
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White Bird
by R.J. Palacio

A Wonder story.

In R. J. Palacio’s collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. This is Grandmère’s story as a young Jewish girl hidden away by a family in Nazi-occupied France during World War II told in graphic novel form. (Goodreads)
(The Medoran Chronicles #1)
by Lynette Noni 

With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’s world changes—literally.

Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing. (Goodreads)
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The Glimme
by Emily Rodda 
 Marc McBride 

Lone Annie sees dragons in your future. She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death. Finn’s life in the village of Wichant is hard. Only his drawings of the wild coastline, with its dragon shaped clouds and headlands that look like giants, make him happy. Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent and buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings. Finn thinks the paintings must be pure fantasy: such amazing scenes and creatures cannot be real! (Goodreads)
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Scorch Dragons
(Elementals #2)
by Amie Kaufman 

The struggle for power heats up in book two of this heart-stopping adventure series about siblings with magical shapeshifter powers, from New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman.

After the fateful battle between the ice wolves and the scorch dragons, Anders and his twin sister, Rayna, have been reunited. But there’s no time to celebrate. (Goodreads)
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The Thing About Oliver
by Deborah Kelly 

Sometimes I feel just like the glass in my fish tank— people look right through me.

Twelve-year-old Tilly dreams of becoming a marine scientist, but she doesn’t even own a swimsuit. She lives in a drought- stricken town with her mum and younger brother Oliver, who is autistic.

Oliver’s meltdowns are making life unbearable. He needs so many different kinds of therapy that there’s never any time—or money—left over for swimming lessons. Tilly knows Oliver’s needs have to come first, but it’s hard feeling invisible all the time. (Goodreads)
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Claudia and Mean Janine
(Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #4)
by Raina Telgemeier 

Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can’t compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can’t agree on anything. While Janine devotes all her time to working on her Web site, The Baby-sitters Club is busy with their new summer play group. (Goodreads)
The Truth About Stacey
(Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #2)
by Raina Telgemeier 
 Ann M. Martin

Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they’re the BSC, and they will deal with whatever’s thrown their way…even if it’s a rival baby-sitting club! (Goodreads)

Once Upon a Slime
by Andy Griffiths,
 Terry Denton 

“Have you ever wondered where ideas come from and how stories are made?

Would you like to know the true stories behind some of Andy and Terry’s books and characters?

Are you looking for simple, practical and inspiring writing activities?

Would you like to discover 45 great ways to have fun with words and pictures? (Goodreads)
Two Wolves
by Tristan Bancks 

One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver’s front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they’re going on a holiday. But are they? (Goodreads)
Little Women
(Little Women #1)
by Louisa May Alcott

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?(Goodreads)

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