Category Archives: Book Lists

Student Picks – Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014

Want to know what students at PDHS are reading and recommending? Check out the current library display of student picks. This will be an ongoing feature in the library and on the blog, so if you read a book from the school library and want to promote it, fill out a form and it will be added to the display.

CodeNameVerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Recommended by Grade 7 student

Plot: Two girls in the English army are separated in WWII.

Read it if you like historical fiction and action.

 

DeathNoteDeath Note series by Tsugumi Ohba

Recommended by Grade 8 student

Plot: Light Yagami finds a deathnote and figures out you can kill with it.

Read it if you like mystery.

 

AcrossTheUniverseAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: Amy is unfrozen, 50 years before she arrives at the new planet.

Read it if you like futuristic books, dystopia.

 

Eleanor&ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: Park meets a new strange girl at school named Eleanor.

Read it if you like romance.

 

ChroniclesVladimirTodThe Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot: It’s about a boy who is a half-vampire living with humans.

Read it if you like suspense.

 

LifeAsWeKnewItLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot: In the future, a family faces disaster.

Read it if you like mystery and survival.

 

BlueGirlThe Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Recommended by: Grade 10 student

Plot: 17-year-old Imogene has to save her new friend and herself from an enemy.

Read it if you like punk and mythology.

 

AnnaAndTheFrenchKissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: She goes to a boarding school in Paris and falls in love.

Read it because it is so intense, well-written, and there are cute boys.

 

KingOfTheScrewupsKing of the Screwups by K. L. Going

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: Liam keeps screwing up and gets kicked out of his house.

Read it if you like humour and realistic fiction.

 

MortalInstrumentsCityOfBonesCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Recommended by Grade 12 student

Plot: A girl, normal like you, or is she? Clary is a girl in New York, she has no idea what events are about to take place. After her mother disappears, Clary discovers a world within her, filled with demons, shadowhunters, and angels. She then embarks on an epic journey to find her mother with her newfound shadowhunters and her best friend Simon. What could happen to her if her mother is not found?

Read it if you like fiction, semi-fairy tales, action, and romance/drama.

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Season’s Readings

Do you have big reading plans for the holidays? If so, be sure to check out the library’s festive red and green book display to stock up.

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Student Picks

Want to know what students at PDHS are reading and recommending? Check out the current library display of student picks. This will be an ongoing feature in the library and on the blog, so if you read a book from the school library and want to promote it, fill out a form and it will be added to the display.

November’s student picks are:

BeautifulCreaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Recommended by: Grade 7 student

Plot: There was a girl, there was a grave, and there was a curse.

Read it for excitement, tears, and laughter.

 

UgliesUglies by Scott Westerfeld

Recommended by: Grade 7 student

Plot: Everyone gets an operation that makes them look the same, but there is an evil secret behind it.

Read it if you like science fiction, dystopian.

 

WarmBodiesWarm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Recommended by: Grade 8 student

Plot: It’s about a zombie who falls in love with a human.

Read it if you like zombies and love.

 

CanterwoodCrest Canterwood Crest series by Jessica Burkhart

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot: Sasha is trying to get into an elite boarding school.

Read it if you like horses and drama.

 

TwilightTwilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Recommended by: Grade 9 student

Plot:  A vampire named Edward falls in love with a girl named Bella.

Read it if you like vampires.

 

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth

Recommended by: Grade 10 student

Plot: A girl is trying to find her place in the courage faction.

Read it if you like The Hunger Games.

 

BloodRedRoadBlood Red Road by Moira Young

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: Saba goes off to save her brother and ends up on a wild, crazy adventure.

Read it if you like action, adventure, and The Hunger Games.

 

BookOfAwesomeThe Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Recommended by: Grade 11 student

Plot: 1000 awesome things, i.e. chips on your sandwich, socks fresh out of the dryer, coming home to a cooked meal.

Read it if you like optimism and a daily pick-me-up.

Lights, Camera, Read!

Happy Catching Fire Day! The sequel to The Hunger Games just one of many high-profile movie adaptations of teen books released this year, which include Beautiful Creatures, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Ender’s Game, and The Book Thief The books that inspired these films – and many others – are all available from the PDHS Library and currently on display, so be sure to check them out.

BatmanDarkKnightRisesBeastlyBeautifulCreaturesBelovedBookThief

 

 

 

 

 

BoyStripedPajamasCatchingFire CharlieStCloudChroniclesNarniaLionWitchMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones

 

 

 

 

 

ConfessionsShopaholicDiaryWimpyKidEndersGameHobbitHoles

 

 

 

 

HungerGamesI_Am_Number_Four_CoverInventionOfHugoCabretKiteRunnerPercyJacksonLightningThief

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembrance Day Books – Fiction

Take time to remember by reading one of these historical novels about WWI and WWII, all of which are on display in the library.

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Miss Calder’s Picks

Here are a handful of books from the PDHS Library I’ve read and loved. Be sure to check them out if you haven’t already (they are currently on display).

AcrossTheUniverseAcross the Universe by Beth Revis

Plot: Amy’s been cryogenically frozen for the 300-year journey to a new Earth, but she wakes early when someone tries to kill her.

 Read it if… you want science fiction with lots of intrigue and a dash of romance.

 

Eleanor&ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Plot:  Two misfits fall in love, despite the odds that are stacked against them.

Read it if… you want a realistic  romance that will give you butterflies and break your heart.

 

FriendsWithBoysFriends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Plot: Maggie is starting Grade 10 after years of homeschooling. If surviving high school wasn’t enough, she’s also being haunted.

Read it if… you’re looking for a (mostly) realistic, stand-alone graphic novel by a Nova Scotian author.

 

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore

Plot: Katsa is “graced” with the ability to kill and is forced to work as a thug for the king. When she meets Prince Po, who is graced with combat skills, Katsa’s world is never the same.

Read it if… you want a fantasy novel with gorgeous writing, rich characters, lots of action and romance.

GraffitiMoonGraffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Plot: Lucy is searching for Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist she thinks is the perfect guy. She doesn’t know it’s Ed, who she  once dated – and punched in the nose.

Read it if… you like quirky romantic comedies and off-beat adventures.

 

RevolverRevolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Plot: Sig’s alone in a remote Arctic cabin with his father’s corpse and his revolver when there’s a knock on the door.

Read it if… you like historical fiction, tense thrillers, and short books.

 

SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

Plot: Seraphina is a gifted musician for the Royal Court with a dangerous secret—she is half-human, half-dragon.

Read it if… you like medieval-style fantasies with dragons.

 

 

WillGraysonWillGraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Plot: One cold Chicago night, two very different Will Graysons collide – with life-changing results.

Read it if… you like humourous, but heartfelt, realistic fiction. And musicals.

Trick Or Read

Get into the Halloween spirit by curling up with a creepy book from the PDHS Library.

AnyasGhostBloodAndChocolateCirqueDuFreakVampiresAssistantDoubleDareToBeScaredDyingToLive

 

 

 

 

 

FrankensteinFullTiltGraveyardBookGrimmsGrimmestHauntedHarbours

 

 

 

 

 

HauntingOfAlaizabelCrayHellPhoneHorrorsTerrifyingTales2LighthouseHorrosMoreMaritimeMysteries

 

 

 

 

 

MysteryHousePrideAndPrejudiceAndZombiesShiverStrangeAndSpookyThisDarkEndeavor

 

 

 

 

 

SuchWickedIntentVampire_AcademyWarmBodiesWicked_WoodsWitchesOfWorm

 

 

 

 

 

Mi’kmaq History Month

This October marks the 20th anniversary of Mi’kmaq History Month. As part of this celebration of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture, the following books will be on display in the PDHS library. Be sure to check them out!

CibouHonouring400YearsMi'kmaqMi'kmaqAnthology

 

 

 

 

 

TheMi'kmaqHowTheirAncestorsLivedNineLivesCharlotteTaylorNineMicMacLegendsSongOfRitaJoe

 

 

 

 

 

Bullying Books

Today the students and staff of PDHS are standing up and speaking out against bullying. To mark the event, I’ve created a display of nonfiction and fiction books in the library that discuss bullying from the perspective of both the bullied and the bully. Some of these books are tough to read, as they force you to think about how your words and actions can deeply impact the lives of others.

Have you read any of the books listed below? Is there a book about bullying you’ve read but that I don’t have in the library? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments.

AgainstAllOddsBeforeIFallBlueGirlBreakingPointBully

 

 

 

 

 

ChangingJarethChocolateWarCrackedItGetsBetterNamesWillNeverHurtMe

 

 

 

 

 

NewBloodNineteenMinutesTheOutsidersReluctantJournalOfHenryKLarsenRunZanRun

 

 

 

 

 

SmileSpeakStargirlThirteenReasonsWhyTotallyJoe

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Into Reading

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Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer filled with sun, smores, and books. Be sure to stop by the library to say hi and check out one of the many great books in the Fall display.