Books & Descriptions

Not sure what to read?  Check out titles and their back covers here to get a feel of the books.  Enjoy exploring.

BUILDING AN ICE HOTEL

posted Mar 8, 2011, 7:10 AM by Site Administrator

By GIB GOODFELLOW

A great read, with some amazing pictures to see how one of the most unique hotels in the world is built from scratch each year.


BRAVE NEW WORLD

posted Mar 6, 2011, 6:37 AM by Site Administrator

By ALDOUS HUXLEY

Far in the future, the World Controllers have finally created the ideal society. In laboratories worldwide, genetic science has brought the human race to perfection. From the Alpha-Plus mandarin class to the Epsilon-Minus Semi-Morons, designed to perform menial tasks, human beings, graded from intellectuals to manual workers, hatched from incubators and brought up in communal nurseries, learn by conditioning to accept their pre-destined role. But, in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, Bernard Marx is unhappy. Harbouring an unnatural desire for solitude, feeling only distaste for the endless pleasures of compulsory promiscuity, Bernard has an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress… 

A NECESSARY END

posted Mar 6, 2011, 6:20 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Mar 6, 2011, 6:37 AM ]

By PETER ROBINSON

Violence erupts at an anti-nuclear demonstration in Eastvale, leaving one policeman stabbed to death. Among the suspects is Dennis Osmond, a social worker involved with Jenny Fuller, Inspector Banks's friend. As if this stress and conflict of interest aren't enough to cope with, Banks finds his freedom hampered by the appointment of an old enemy, Detective Superintendent Richard 'Dirty Dick' Burgess, to head the investigation. Finally, warned off the case, the only way Banks can salvage his career is by beating Burgess to the killer

501 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CHILDS SUCCESS IN SCHOOL

posted Mar 6, 2011, 6:09 AM by Site Administrator

By ROBERT RAMSEY

Doing well in school requires more than good study habits and hard work.  An experienced educator offers a host of helpful suggestions for parents who want to help their child succeed in school, which include how to make the most of a parent-teacher conference, contacting a teacher in regard to special concerns, and what to do regarding the issue of school politics, peer pressure, developing a constructive partnership with teachers, and more. 

EVERYTHING DATING BOOK

posted Mar 5, 2011, 7:39 AM by Site Administrator

By Leah Furman

The book celebrates the joys of dating, and the single lifestyle that accompanies it. 

A REALLY SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING

posted Mar 5, 2011, 7:07 AM by Site Administrator

By BILL BRYSON

In the bestselling, prize-winning A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson achieved the seemingly impossible by making the world of science both understandable and entertaining to millions of people around the globe. Now in this glorious new illustrated edition, everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization is even more vividly brought to life with stunning full-colour photographs, drawings, portraits and cartoons. Bill Bryson’s challenge was to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there wasn’t some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. To explain how we got from being nothing at all, to here, being us. It’s not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through time and space, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey and, amidst the distinguished company of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, he reveals to us the hidden wonders of our world. Colourful, surprising and mind-bogglingly revealing, A Short History of Nearly Everything – Illustrated guarantees to bring to life science as you have never seen – or understood – it before.

AMBER SPYGLASS

posted Mar 5, 2011, 6:17 AM by Site Administrator

By PHILIP PULLMAN

"We're going to the land of the dead and we're going to come back" Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated amidst great dangers. . But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been - and a journey to a dark place from which no-one has ever returned. She and Will have crucial parts to play, but they don't know what it is that they must do, and terrible powers are hunting them down. 

SUBTLE KNIFE

posted Mar 5, 2011, 5:33 AM by Site Administrator

By PHILIP PULLMAN

Synopsis: Will's father, an explorer, disappeared years ago, but recently some odd characters have started asking questions about him, and now, having accidentally killed one of them, Will is wanted by the police. In his efforts to escape the police, he discovers an invisible window that leads to Cittàgazze, a city in another world. The city looks recently deserted, and Will chooses a shop to find food. It is here that he meets 12-year-old Lyra Belacqua and her daemon Pantalaimon, who came here after entering the hole in the sky that her father, Lord Asriel, created at the end of Northern Lights.Armed with the Subtle Knife, a tool that cuts any material (including that which separates universes) and Lyra's alethiometer, the children set out to find John Parry, with adults of various stripes in desperate pursuit. Lyra's finest qualities, her courage and quick mind, are stretched to the limit as she has to lie, cheat and steal to keep herself and Will out of danger. However, she must also learn when to tell the truth and when to trust, for, though she does not yet know it, she has a huge part to play in the upcoming battle between Good and Evil.

FANTASTIC MR.FOX

posted Mar 5, 2011, 5:25 AM by Site Administrator

By ROALD DAHL

From back cover: Boggis, Bunce and Bean are the nastiest three farmers you could ever meet. They Hate Mr.Fox and plan to shoot, starve or dig him out of his hole. But Mr Fox is much cleverer than they are and he has a cunning plan of his own.

MEG MACKINTOSH and THE MYSTERY AT THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE

posted Mar 5, 2011, 5:14 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Mar 5, 2011, 5:22 AM ]

By LUCINDA LANDON

From back cover: "Why would the monk frantically dash into the abbey? Why could have hit the knight on guard there? And where would desperate thief hide the priceless silver chalice?
Meg Mackintosh, always ready to tackle a mystery, is determined to find out. Set in authentic medieval castle, Meg's latest case will take you into a world of dungeons and drawbridges, or secret tunnels and stolen cudgels, as she and her classmates become key eyewitnesses to a most baffling theft.
Here's your chance to test your powers of deduction and uncover the thief along with  super sleuth Meg. Don't forget to take a close look at the pictures to see if you can spot those key clues!"

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