About time…well waves really!

If you spend anytime in the library, and many of you do, chatting to me about which book to read next, you’d know that my favourite genre is science fiction. So I am a little excited that there is a new trilogy out by Rick Yancey. The first book – The 5th Wave is an action packed read that has a bit of everything; it is end of the world disaster meets alien invasion, boy meets girl, girl tries to rescue younger brother type scenario. If you enjoyed Ender’s Game, Hunger Games and Divergent – then this is a must read. A little more action packed – if that is possible – and the actual writing is rather good.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the 
lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 
4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway,Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the 
countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last 
survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she 
meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’sonly hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender. 

There is even a film – just released – in case you were wondering.

Best get to the library quickly and grab it before anyone else…

Written by

Lisa Trundley-Banks


New Year = New Books

A fan of fantasy? Then you might just enjoy this new trilogy:

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Think of a cross between Harry Potter and Nancy Drew…. The magic of this book is dazzling. New York Journal of Books

Science Fiction more your thing? Then check out the following books:

This gripping and thoughtful science fiction novel – a thrilling tale of murder, mystery imgres-1and intrigue in a world where humanity is still its own worst enemy.

Filled with wonders, revelations, and edge-of-the-seat suspense. Planetfall is a fascinating, heartbreaking exploration of love and loneliness set against an awe-inspiring backfrop. An instant classic of the genre. Gareth L. Powell

Terminal by Kathy Reichs is a terrifying adventure where Tory Brennan comes face to face with the Virals. Surviving their power is going to test the gang’s abilities imgres-2.jpgand make them face an impossible choice…

Mystery, fantasy, science…and heart stopping action. After I read Tory Brennan’s first adventure, I wanted MORE. R.L. Stine


imgres-1 A revolution on planet Uragan upsets the plan of the crew of Keiko to enjoy their well earned rest at the casino on New Samara. In the end all they hope for is to get out alive! This rollercoaster of a read will have you racing to the end.



Can you get to the library first and be the first to read these new titles?

Mrs Trundley-Banks

Working for you in the library!

Dearest Boys…

Dearest Boys

It is with great excitement that I am writing to tell you that the library has managed to avail itself of a new series of books. Knowing how much you all race and clamber through the library doors  in a bid to be the first to read the latest release in your favourite series, I went shopping for some more books.

Whilst standing amongst the towering shelves of the latest releases, I spied from the corner of my eye, a series by an author that I am not acquainted with. So without pausing to think, I pounced upon the titles, surveyed the blurb on the back of the book and hastily made my way to the cashier.

So gentlemen, you will find, on the table of ‘New Books’ three novels by a Peter. F Hamilton, writer of science-fiction. This British author has sold over two million books worldwide. This will be due to the fact that he uses the classic mixture of teenagers, love, politics, religion, and armed conflict. Mr Hamilton also uses an abundance of fantasy, combined with astronomy and physics, including many elements from classic horror writing.  So as he has obviously ticked all the correct boxes, he should be a hit with the majority of you.

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The extremelyScreen Shot 2015-05-26 at 6.01.16 pm good news is that this is not the only series that he has written. There are at least five more! I had best go back to the shops…

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Yours faithfully,

Mrs Trundley-Banks

Have you read Pillars of the Earth?

I am often asked ‘what is my favourite book?’ It is either Wuthering Heights or Shadows of the Wind – in case you are wondering. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is for me the one book Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.26.58 pmthat I think everyone should read. I know that this is quite a big claim. But I stand by it. In the College library this book has reared its head again because it is one of the books that I wrapped up in brown paper. Young Christopher Nye guessed what it was because Thomas Nye had just finished it! And in the middle of our conversation, trying to explain to several boys that,’Yes, it is really about the building of a cathedral…’  Jane Teal the archivist made off with it, as unbelievably she had not read it.

The building of a cathedral is an unlikely subject and many boys look at me askance when I tell them to read it. However, there is always help at hand in the form of another boy who says, ‘Yeah, my whole family have read it!’ or ‘I have seen that on our bookshelf…my dad loves that book.’

It brings to life the Middle Ages in an epic tale that does indeed centre around the lives of those involved with the building of the most amazing Gothic cathedral ever built. It has all the ingredients required – a struggle between good and evil, political intrigue between the church and state, and strife between brothers. Of course there is an enduring love story and even a ‘witch’ that casts a spell in the opening lines. The cathedral was based on Salisbury – pictured below.Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.13.45 pmIt is indeed magnificent.

When I was twenty odd and had just finished the novel, I happened to be in Devon and noticed a place called Kingsbridge on the map. I excitedly drove off thinking that this must be the place, hoping to see the cathedral. When I arrived, I discovered the smallest village that barely even had a pub to have lunch in! Apparently there are several places called Kingsbridge and the cathedral is actually all fictional!

Ken Follett says of the novel:

This is my most popular book. It still sells about 100 000 copies a year in paperback in the US, it was number one in the UK and Italy and it was on the German best seller list for six years. It’s overwhelmingly the book that readers talk to me about when I meet them in bookshops. It’s becoming a cult.


I believe he is right. It has been turned into a board game and a mini-series and Oprah has a whole website dedicated to it!

Mr Leese has often mooted the idea that ever boy and staff member in the school should read the same book. (Hopefully not at the same time!)

Obviously, I believe that this book should be it. And not just because it is a great read. With our very own cathedral’s life in the balance, it would be an entertaining yet informative insight into the drama that can surround the building industry – even in the 12th Century.

Here is a link to the prologue if you want a taster:http://ken-follett.com/bibliography/the_pillars_of_the_earth/prologue.html

Lisa Trundley-Banks

Have you read it?


World Book Day

World Book Day is a fantastic idea. It makes you focus on what you are actually reading. I’m still reading:

The Quick by Lauren Owen

This is an epic novel set in Victorian England and has all the suspense and magic that I love in a novel. Of course it is a Gothic horror novel – so far the vampires are a little more subtle than the hollywood variety and there are no silly love triangles to get in the way of the plot. This is all about obtaining supper! If you get what I mean…Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 11.18.57 amAs it is World Book Day, I thought you might like to see some beautiful pictures of books.

An Ode to Books: 45 Photos that Will Feed a Book Lover’s Soul

Here is a preview:

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Holiday Teen Fest

I have never been so tired! I started the holidays with a need to sleep, eat and read – much of this I managed to do without moving from my chair in the kitchen. The books had to right. I love Kate Atkinson so I started there – it was far too dark for my tired brain.

Flicking through http://christs.wheelers.co/ I found Paper Towns by Jojohn+green+bookshn Green.

I didn’t look up for hours. I finished this ‘page turner’ in two days and then embarked on Looking for Alaska followed by A Fault in our Stars. Three books in seven days! All by John Green. I had to stop there because I didn’t want to go to school to get the others out of the library. But Will Grayson is being read this weekend.

I loved them all.

Paper Towns is a bit of a mystery. Quentin Jacobsen, known as Q has been in love with the girl next door as long as he can remember. The girl next door, Margot is ‘uber-cool’ and a bit of a bad-ass. They are tied together by a grisly event from their childhood; they find a dead man in their local park. Anyway, Q and Margot spend a night together righting a few wrongs and then she vanishes. This happens just when you have become fascinated enough with her character and want to know what she will do next. Q and his geeky mates try to find her.

Margo always loved mysteries. And in everything that came afterward, I could never stop thinking that maybe she loved mysteries so much that she became one.

The characters were recognisable – I see many Q’s, Radar’s and Ben’s in the library everyday. I laughed out loud and commiserated with them, the teenage angst  leapt of the page and kept me entertained from start to finish.

Next, I read Looking for Alaska. Green wasted no time in getting me hooked. Miles or Pudge as he is renamed, leads a sad existence with no friends. It all changes when he goes to boarding school in Alabama. He meets Alaska on his first day there. Again, Green creates a female character who is fascinatingly clever, funny, sexy and screwed up! Of course Miles fall in love but this is not a love story by any means. I was hooked for two reasons.

Firstly, the book is on countdown to ?? It starts on ‘One Hundred and Thirty-Six Days Before’ and I had to find out as fast as possible what was going to happen. Secondly, Miles has memoreised famous people’s last lines and the novel is peppered with them – in fact the last line of the novel is Thomas Edison’s last words:

It’s very beautiful over there.

Miles doesn’t know where, ‘there’ is but is full of hope and knows it is beautiful somewhere. I loved his hope, and how he breaks all the rules and how the novel tackles the idea of invincible teenagers.

I did not want to read The Fault in our Stars as Hazel, the main character has terminal character and I hate crying when I read as my sons laugh at me. But I was having a John Green reading fest so I took a deep breath and got on with it. And how glad I am that I did. I tweeted after page 25, I think – Geez #johngreen I won’t be able to finish the book for all the crying. But I laughed too. And although the book is about cancer and is also about teenagers living their lives and all the dramas that are so funny – when you are an adult. It was my favourite of the three and I can’t wait until the movie is released.

Check out this link: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/fault-stars-author-john-green-629623 to see live footage from the filming. The film is set for release on June 6 2014.

Now I am off to hide in the library to read Will Grayson…see you in two days.


The Shadow of the Wind

the Shadow of The WindWhen first recommended this novel, I was a little unsure as to whether the fact that it is translated from Spanish into English would make it hard to understand. But this is an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a romance, mystery or action! Zafón has written this novel in a way that combines all of these genres and more.

This novel follows Daniel Sempere with his obsession with a book he saved from the “Cemetery of Forgotten Books”; a huge library where he is allowed to pick one book that he must protect for its life. Daniel’s pick, or as Zafón suggests is picked by, a novel titled The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax. He then wants to find other books by the same author and when he cannot he tries to find out as much he can about him. Whilst on this mission he finds out a lot and by the end of the book we find out that he has had much the same life experiences as Julián.

While reading this novel I felt almost every emotion possible. I was taken on an amazing journey all around Barcelona and into France.This novel had me never wanting to put it down, and always wanting to know more.When you finally finish it you are left wondering if you now know too much. You are left wondering why you are upset when you know you should be happy. It is an amazing book that is well worth the time. It almost had me as obsessed as Daniel!

Jared Wadsworth.