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It’s 17 years since Pullman finished His Dark Materials, but he hasn’t lost his touch. Volume 1 in his The Book Of Dust trilogy has been nominated as the Whitbread Book Of The Year.


RTE interviews the nominees.  Results will be announced next Wednesday.  Fingers crossed for SAC long-time favourite Paul Howard!!

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens like you nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year.  Nominators are members of teen book groups in US schools and public libraries.

The nominations with details of titles, authors and a precis of the story can be found HERE



Having one Book of the Year wasn’t enough for our 2nd year students – they had to have two!!  And quite right too!!  The winners of the Inaugural 2nd Year Book of the Year Award are Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ and James Dashner’s ‘The Maze Runner’.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten books are chosen by teens who have nominated their favourite books from the previous year.  Books are nominated by teenagers who are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries in the USA.

Here’s the TOP 10!!

OF COURSE, we have them in St. Andrew’s College Library:

  1. “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein
  2. “The False Prince” by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  3. “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth
  4. “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry
  5. “Poison Princess” by Kresley Cole
  6. “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. “Crewel” by Gennifer Albin
  8. “Every Day” by David Levithan
  9. “Kill Me Softly” by Sarah Cross
  10. “Butter” by Erin Jade Lange

Reviews and details of other nominations that failed to make the Top Ten can be found on the YALSA* website.

*YALSA – Young Adult Library Services Association

Sally Gardner has won the Carnegie Prize for her dystopian novel ‘Maggot Moon’.  It’s in the school library for you to borrow and enjoy!

Kevin Barry’s ‘City of Bohane’ has won the lucrative Impac Dublin Literary Award.  Naturally, it’s available in your local, friendly school Library!

Ms Blackman, author of the VERY popular ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series is the new Children’s Laureate in the UK.   Not only is she a great writer, but she loves to read too!  She hopes to host a website that allows you, the reader, to give your creative response to books.  So keep an eye out for it.  Learn more about Ms Blackman at this BBC link and her video interview on The Guardian Book site.

As part of their exploration of various genre 1B explored the world of Newbery and Printz Award winning books.  Their reviews can be seen on the Library bulletin boards.

Why don’t you pop in and have a look?


Then have a look at the Goodreads website. There are fun quizes, you can search for great reads by genre eg manga, historical fiction and you can look at the Goodread Choice Award: The Best Books 2012. What’s not to like?