July Library Blog

June 26 2015

Books of the month with staff from Cheltenham Road Library

Books of the month with staff from Cheltenham Road Library

Adult Fiction - Read by the Library Reading Group in June, now Book of the Month for July

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

BLURB:
It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernesey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Juliet’s curiosity is piqued, and it’s not long before she hears from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey during the German Occupation, Juliet soon realises that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.

REVIEW:
YES! We all enjoyed this book, which takes the form of letters written in 1946 in London and Guernsey, and has as its focus the Channel Islands under German occupation. An easy read, it raises serious issues in an accessible way. Light on one level, but with lots of depth underneath. Well researched, it is very believable. Highly recommended – many of us read it twice!

Children’s Fiction - Read and enjoyed by Reuben Betts (10 years old)

Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

BLURB:
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

REUBEN’S REVIEW: At the beginning Jason discovers that he’s lost his memory and wakes up on the school bus not knowing where he is. You discover that he’s a half-blood – half god, half human – and he sets off on a quest to save the world from the Titans. I thought the book was really good, very exciting, and didn’t know what was going to happen – it ends with quite a surprise!

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