New Website!!!!

I have created a new website for Queenspark School Library.

Please click here to view or go to the Library link on the Queenspark School webpage.
Ms. Hill 🙂


NZ Book Month in March 2011!

[via Christchurch City Libraries’ Kids’ Blog]

… Here in Christchurch, we are not letting Mother Nature ruin our fun.  Several events that we had planned for New Zealand Book Month are still going ahead and some of our fantastic New Zealand authors are blogging about their favourite New Zealand children’s books.

So tell Christchurch what your favourite New Zealand books are.  Just click on the link below and add a comment at the bottom of that post.  Any Christchurch kids (aged 8-12 years) who comment on the blog during March will go in the draw to win a selection of great New Zealand books.

Click the picture above for more information and terms and conditions.

Ms. Hill 🙂

Welcome back :)

A huge welcome back to our lovely Queenspark staff and students after a rather difficult few weeks. It is great to see so many of you back and smiling. 🙂

A big welcome to our visitors from neighbouring schools too – we hope that the Learning Hub in the old school hall is keeping you all going until your schools are back to safe state.

To the many wonderful children who were in the Library at lunchtime on February 22nd for the earthquake – well done! You did your job of  ‘drop-cover-hold’ beautifully.  Our library is back up and running now and we are looking positively towards our future.

On that note, we have some great new books coming into the QSLibrary for all ages. Look out for the display of NZ Post Book Award Finalists and vote for your favourite book – yours could be the one that wins the Children’s Choice Award! Click this picture below to find a list of the finalists …


Stay safe

Ms. Hill 🙂

The VERY bad book by Andy Griffiths

Ha ha ha ha! Ooooh, it is bad. A VERY bad book!

Andy Griffiths delights in twisting humour and taking it as far as he can! If he can go that one step further … he will.

If you liked The Bad Book, it is more of the same. More funny cartoons, baaaaad jokes(!), rhymes, stories and pictures – this book has it all.

Put a reserve on it using Oliver and I’ll let you know when it is ready for you to collect.

Ms. Hill

This is reading …

Funny stuff from the British. 🙂

Ms. Hill 🙂

The Peco incident by Des Hunt

The Peco incident is set on the Otago Peninsula around the small settlements of Harwood and Portobello, about 40 minutes from the centre of Dunedin. Having lived on the Peninsula during my high school years, I immediately felt at home with all the places Des Hunt describes – and boy does he describe them well!

This story is about two boys: Danny, who lives with his family in Harwood, and Danny’s cousin Nick who is visiting from the North Island. Danny is unsure about the visit, especially once he finds out that Nick has ‘forgotten’ his calming medication, Ritalin.

On their first day together the boys visit the Portobello Cafe and discover a disturbingly large amount of dead birds, mainly swallows, on the ground. The boys become curious and start to investigate more and soon the horror of the Peco egg farm is exposed and a strain of the bird flu is spreading like wildfire amongst the local bird population. Is it deadly for humans too? And what do Scottish tourists Brio and Roost have to do with it all?

The strengths of this gripping story are in the relationship between Danny and Nick, and in the suspense cleverly created against the stunning backdrop of the Peninsula and Tairoa Heads. Des Hunt is onto a winner here – by chapter 2 I was completely hooked!

As there are a couple of slightly ‘colourful’ words sprinkled through the book, I’d recommend it for ‘Senior Fiction’ and age 11+.

Ms. Hill 🙂

Hiding Edith by Kathy Kacer

Hiding Edith: A true story by Kathy Kacer

Hiding Edith is a true story about a young Jewish girl, aged around ten, who is trying to survive and make sense of World War II and the hatred that surrounds her. In order to survive the holocaust, young Edith Schwalb must move house (both with and without her family) and try to work out how to be Jewish while pretending to be someone else.

After moving from Austria to France, she ends up in a special boarding house for Jewish children in a town call Moissac. This town is unique because the non-Jewish people who live there keep the boarding house a secret from the Nazis. The Mayor of this town warns the children when a Nazi raid is coming and they pack up and go camping for a few days until it is safe to return.

Edith goes through many distressing times in her journey and she carries the reader with her every step of the way. I really enjoyed the way the photographs are sprinkled throughout the book as it made the people very real to me – I felt their fear, their pain and an overwhelming sense of injustice at what they were being put through. This is a well written book that gives a very real look at the life of a small girl caught in a horrible and terrifying situation.

This is a new addition to our QSLibrary bookshelves so check out the New Book shelves or have a look under KAC on the Older Fiction shelves. You can also reserve this book using OLIVER in our school library or in your classroom.

Ms. Hill 🙂