Reviews from the Family Reader Group

Wakefield Library’s Family Reader Group has been meeting for a few years. The group is moving on now and a new Readers Group for younger readers will be starting soon, but group members have put together reviews of some of the titles they have enjoyed most. Thank you for sharing your reading discoveries.

BOOK REVIEWS

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Chronicles of Ixia series by Maria V Snyder
In the very first of the Glass series – Storm Glass – Opal, the main character, goes on a journey with a master magician to help a clan of magicians who harness the power of the storms out at sea. Along the way she forges many friendships but much more enemies.

My favourite character is Opal Cowan. I really liked her character as she is resilient and though she’s easy to manipulate she gets stronger physically and mentally in the end. She makes me want to be as sturdy and mentally strong as she is at the end of the book.

My favourite part of the book was the description and detail in the glass making, as well as all the different types of magic and how they are used. I loved this book and read the whole trilogy as well as the three before. It was, all in all, a great series of books.

I couldn’t put the books down – I felt like my eyes were glued to the pages. I would definitely recommend this book.

Review by Barnaby, age 15

Zombie

Zombie Fairy Tales by Kevin Richey
Classic fairy tales with a dark twist. A plague is killing characters but once dead they come back to life – one scratch is all it takes. The stories all intertwine with each other. The characters are all from fairy tales – Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Pocahontas, etc. – and are well written so that you sympathise with them.

There were a number of scary bits as it is a horror/dark comedy. It was an interesting take on fairy tales and I liked how the stories were intertwined. I would definitely read it again.

I would definitely recommend this book as it was well written and funny.

Review by Maddy, age 22

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City of Bones Series by Cassandra Clare
Clary Fray finds out that she is a shadow hunter and Jace Wayland – the main character – who is brave and foolhardy but loves Clary helps her to find her true self. Her friend Simon Lewis joins in the adventures and plays a larger role in future books. helps her to find her true self. Exciting adventures and family feuds make each book in the series a thrill to read. Warlocks, werewolves, demons and vampires are all in the books. Great fun to read.

I really enjoyed the book. My favourite part is when poor Simon becomes a vampire but can’t stand blood! The scary parts are those dealing with Sebastian Morgenstern who has demonic blood and wants to take over the world.

I wold definitely recommend all six books in this series, plus the three Infernal Devices prequels which explain many things.

Review by Judy, adult member

From Wakefield to Covent Garden, ‘Sausage Hall’ has found great friends!

alison at wakefieldlibraries:

Enjoying ‘Tea at Sausage Hall’ with author Christina James. As always, I was impressed by our Readers Group members, never at a loss for an intelligent question or a lively debate. Watch out for details of our exciting author events next Spring, which will be available soon.

Originally posted on Christina James, crime novelist:

Launching 'Sausage Hall' at Wakefield

Launching ‘Sausage Hall’ at Wakefield

This is the final post on my launch week activities for Sausage Hall.  I’m covering the last two events: Tea at Sausage Hall, an imaginative tea-party given last Wednesday by Alison Cassels, Lynne Holroyd, Claire Pickering and their colleagues at the Wakefield Library at Wakefield One, which regular readers of this blog will know has provided me with granite-strength support ever since In the Familywas published two years ago,

Tea at Sausage Hall (And yes, there was cake!)

Tea at Sausage Hall (And yes, there was cake!)

and an evening of conversation and readings at the Covent Garden branch of Waterstones, rounding off the celebrations with a London launch on Thursday.

Ever resourceful, Alison and her team provided sausage rolls, cake (Yes, there was cake!) and biscuits for the tea party.  (Her e-mail to me when organising the event reads ‘Can you put chocolate cake in the title of your next…

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The award nobody wants

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What does Man Booker prize winner Richard Flanagan have in common with popular novelist Wilbur Smith? What links journalist and TV presenter Kirsty Wark with cult Japanese writer Haruki Murakami? It’s the one award nobody wants, the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award from the Literary Review. The award aims to draw attention to “poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction, and to discourage them”. It’s a strong list this year with another Booker winner Ben Okri and Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Cunningham also in competition. I won’t quote any of the descriptions nomin
ated for the prize but if you’d like to find out more here is a link to a Guardian article with full details and a poll for you to vote.

National Book Awards shortlists announced

National-Book-AwardsPresented in association with high street campaign Books Are My Bag, the National Book Awards 2014 will celebrate writers in 10 categories. Readers will be asked to vote for their favourite from each of the category winners to win the Specsavers National Book of the Year Award which will be decided by a public poll on the official National Book Awards website, with the winner announced on 26th December, with a reception to follow at 11 Downing Street, residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Man Booker-shortlisted Ali Smith, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Eimear McBride, and Costa Book of the Year winner Nathan Filer are among the authors vying at the Specsavers National Book Awards this year.with nominees also including Mary Berry, Caitlin Moran, David Walliams and John Cleese. The full list of those shortlisted and the categories is below. See more here 

SHORTLISTS FOR THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2014 

Crime/Thriller Book of the Year:Horowitz

• Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (Orion)

• The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Little Brown Book Group)

• I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld)

• The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (HarperCollins UK)

• Personal by Lee Child (Transworld)

 

Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year:ST Cleese

• The Unexpected Professor by John Carey (Faber & Faber)

• So, Anyway… by John Cleese (Penguin Random House)

• Napoleon The Great by Andrew Roberts (Penguin)

• Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton (Ebury Publishing)

• Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson (Transworld)

 

Food & Drink Book of the Year:images

• The Art Of Eating Well by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley (Ebury Publishing)

• Mary Berry Cooks by Mary Berry (Ebury Publishing)

• Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes by Tom Kerridge (Bloomsbury)

• Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Publishing)

• River Cottage Light & Easy by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Bloomsbury)

 

Children’s Book of the Year:

• Animalium by Jenny Broom & Katie Scott (Bonnier Publishing)images (1)

• Archie Green And The Magician’s Secret by D D Everest (Faber & Faber)

• Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)

• Goth Girl And The Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell (Pan Macmillan)

• Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook by Matthew Neeler and Phil Southam (Egmont)

 

Audible.co.uk Audiobook of the Year:

• Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)images (2)

• More Fool Me by Stephen Fry (Random House Audio)

• Walking Home by Clare Balding (Penguin Audio)

• The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Whole Story Audiobooks)

• Man At The Helm by Nina Stibbe (Audible Studios)

 

International Author of the Year:

• The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (HarperCollins)images (3)

• Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan)

• A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)

• The Long Haul / Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney (Penguin)

• We Are All Completely Beside Ourselved by Karen Joy Fowler (Profile Books)

 

Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year:

• Elizabeth Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin Books)images (4)

• In The Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman (Pan Macmillan)

• Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin Books)

• The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Pan Macmillan)

• Wake by Anna Hope (Transworld)

 

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

• The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer (HarperCollins)images (5)

• Elizabeth Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin Books)

• How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran (Ebury Publishing)

• Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse (Orion)

• Secrets Of The Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd)

 

Non-fiction Book of the Year:

• Curious by Rebecca Front (Orion)images (6)

• How To Speak Money by John Lanchaster (Faber & Faber)

• Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin Books)

• Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (Faber & Faber)

• Waterloo: The History Of Four Days, Three Armies And Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell (Harper Collins)

 

UK Author of the Year:

• How To Be Both by Ali Smith (Penguin General)images (7)

• The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

• Us by David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)

• The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Royce (Transworld)

• The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)

Family Learning Festival 18th October – 2nd November 2014

Webbanner-633x236The Family Learning Festival takes place 18th October to the 2nd November 2014. Wakefield Libraries will be running a whole host of activities during the festival including family storytimes, craft activities, internet tasters, workshops and much more. Details of what’s on at libraries across the district can be viewed below or downloaded here (PDF) FLF_Libraries_events_2014 .

All Wakefield Libraries events listed below are free to attend and unless otherwise stated, do not require advance booking.

Family learning is a fun way for parents, grandparents, extended family members, children or carers to learn together. Sometimes it is about parents wanting to support their children in the best possible way. For some adults it is a chance to ‘have another go’ at learning.

ColourFestivalLogoRGB-webFamily Learning Festival is an annual event run by the Campaign for Learning . The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘Out of this World. Take an adventure in learning from exploring outer space, to understanding scientific discoveries and the natural world.

 

Whats on in Wakefield Libraries

Date Time Venue Event details
18/10/2014 10am-12pm South Elmsall Library Get Ready for Halloween with fun crafts
20/10/2014 10am – 11am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ PAWS Craft Activity & Stories
20/10/2014 2pm – 3pm Pontefract Library  ‘Out of This World’ Stepping Stones Craft Activity & Stories
20/10/2014 11am-11.30am Featherstone Library ‘Out of this world’ storytime
21/10/2014 11am – 11.30am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Church Group Activity & Stories
21/10/2014 9.30am-11am South Elmsall Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
21/10/2014 1.30pm-2.30pm Wakefield One Library and Museum Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time
22/10/2014 9.15am – 10.15am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Baby Morning Activity & Stories
22/10/2014 10.30am-11.30am Sandal Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
22/10/2014 10.30am – 11.30am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Baby Morning Activity & Stories
23/10/2014 10am-11am Castleford Library ‘Out of this world’ Baby Morning
24/10/2014 10.30am-11am Hemsworth Library ‘Out of this world’ Baby Rhyme Time
24/10/2014 10am-11am Wakefield One Library and Museum Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time
24/10/2014 10.30am-11am Ossett Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
24/10/2014 2.15pm-3pm Horbury Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
27/10/2014 11.00am-11.30am Featherstone Library ‘Out of this world’ storytime
27/10/2014 2pm-3pm Airedale Library ‘Out of this world’ Family Craft Activities
27/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
28/10/2014 9.45am-10.45am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Half-term Craft Activities. To book 01977 727692
28/10/2014 10.15am-11am South Elmsall Library Spooky Halloween story time
28/10/2014 1.30pm-2.30pm Wakefield One Library and Museum ‘Out of this world’ Under 5’s Story time
28/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
28/10/2014 2pm-3pm Sandal library ‘Out of this World craft activity
28/10/2014 10.15am-11am South Elmsall Library Creepy-crawly Halloween storytime
29/10/2014 10.30-11am Ossett Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
29/10/2014 11am-2pm Airedale Library Family Learning craft and stories with Author Conrad Burdekin spooky masks, eye patches, lanterns and spiders!
29/10/2014 2pm-5pm Knottingley library ‘Out of this world’ space rockets and spooky Halloween crafts session
29/10/2014 4pm-5pm Wakefield One Library and Museum ‘Out of this world’ Teenage Readers Group
30/10/2014 2pm-3pm Airedale Library Halloween Craft Activity – make scary bats and ghosts!
30/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
30/10/2014 2.30pm-3.30pm Featherstone Library ‘Out of this world Halloween craft and story to book 01977 722745
30/10/2014 4pm-5pm Hemsworth Library Halloween Craft Activity
31/10/2014 10.30am-11am Hemsworth Library ‘Out of this world’ Baby Rhyme Time
31/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
31/10/2014 2.15pm-3pm Horbury Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
31/10/2014 10.30am-12.30pm South Elmsall Library Halloween family craft morning
31/10/2014 10am-11am Wakefield One Library and Museum Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time
31/10/2014 10.30am-11am Ossett Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time

 

Tea at Sausage Hall

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Sausage Hall is home to millionaire Kevan de Vries who has built up a huge farming and food packing empire. He is persuaded to branch out into the luxury holiday trade and joins the first cruise. But back home a break in at Sausage Hall uncovers a gruesome historical discovery and DI Yates is called in as a young employee of de Vries is found dead in the woods at Sandringham.

Wednesday 19 November 2.30-3.30pm

Join us for afternoon tea on Wednesday 19th November, when author Christina James will be talking about her work and reading from her latest novel, Sausage Hall. Previous novels in the D.I. Yates series are ‘In the Family’ and ‘Almost Love’. Christina visited Wakfield Library recently to run a workshop on How to get Published as part of Wakefield Lit Fest.

Free event but booking is essential please

Wakefield Library and Museum
Wakefield One, Burton Street
Wakefield WF1 2DD
Tel 01924 305376
Email wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

Wakefield Libraries celebrates Black History Month

October is Black History month, and to celebrate we are hosting an evening of family fun with an African theme. Join us at Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, on Wednesday 8th October 4-8pm for a range of family fun activities. Get it loud in the library with a Drumming workshop, hear an African story or two, do some craft, and look at the African costumes on display in the library entrance area.  Its going to be a noisy, lively colourful party, and its free, so just drop in and enjoy the fun! Just one of a series of events being held in Wakefield to celebrate Black History Month this October.2.0 BHM Programme 2014-01

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The Write to Conscience – free event

ariseAs the world prepares for war, one community prepares its own battle – for peace. It costs them everything – except their conscience.

Wednesday 29 October 2014 at Wakefield Library, Wakefield One, 6pm to 7.30pm
Tickets: Free 

As a lead in event to the performances of England, Arise! at the Mechanics Theatre, Wakefield, Mick Martin, writer of the play, along with actors from the production, will host an informal talk and practical session exploring the true story of the Socialist Conscience Objectors of West Yorkshire and the process of shaping historical events into a new stage play.

The play follows the stories of Arthur Gardiner and Percy Ellis, two friends involved in the socialist movement at the turn of the century who, in the face of WW1, were prepared to risk everything for their conscience.

Written by Bradford-based MICK MARTIN (‘George Orwell meets Nick Hornby, but with a plus…’ The Observer), ENGLAND, ARISE! is the story of a strong community of young people, in their early twenties and younger, and is therefore filled with the youthful vigour, humour and excitement of the prospect of a new world order. Their hunger for knowledge, ideas and political action is intertwined with the exciting cultural movement of the time.

Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014

logo-mainThe fifteen titles on the longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014, celebrating the best in non-fiction writing, are announced today, Tuesday 2 September.

The fifteen titles on this year’s longlist are:

• John Campbell, Roy Jenkins, Jonathan Cape

• John Carey, The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life, Faber & Faber

• Jessie Childs, God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England, Bodley Head

• Marion Coutts, The Iceberg: A Memoir, Atlantic

• Nick Davies, Hack Attack, Random House

• Atul Gawande, Being Mortal, Profile Books

• Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity, Oneworld

• Alison Light, Common People, Fig Tree

• Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk, Jonathan Cape

• Henry Marsh, Do No Harm, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

• Jonathan Meades, An Encyclopaedia of Myself, 4th Estate

• Caroline Moorehead, Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France, Chatto & Windus

• Adam Nicolson, The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters, William Collins

• Jenny Uglow, In These Times, Faber & Faber

• Ben Watt, Romany and Tom: A Memoir, Bloomsbury

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The winner of the 2014 prize will be announced on Tuesday 4 November, following the shortlist announcement on 9 October. The winner of last year’s prize was The Pike, by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (4th Estate), which has since gone on to win the 2013 Costa Book Award (Biography).

Our new library.

We have just opened a new library. It’s not a building though, it’s a digital branch. OneClickdigital now includes eBooks as well as eAudiobooks. There are three thousand titles to choose from -crime, romance, history, biographies, children’s books – there is something for everybody and new titles will be added in the future. All you need is to visit the site and enter your library card number, create an account, download the app suitable for your device and choose your books. It’s very easy to use and if you do have any problems there is an excellent helpdesk service.eBooks are issued for three weeks just like conventional books, you can renew them and there are no late return fines to pay. You may be tempted by a talking book as well; the choice is excellent. We also have a magazine service too, Zinio , with a wide selection of popular consumer magazines and lots of useful reference titles. Your library card is the key to a whole range of free services you can use from home so why not visit our digial library today.

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