Happy holidays

Great reads from the Kristin Digital Collection

The holidays are a wonderful time to catch up on the great books you may have missed during the year

We have put together this bumper issue of ideas for great reads these holidays - but take the time to browse through our OverDrive collection too - with over 2200 ebooks and audiobooks there is definitely something for everyone.

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas, a wonderful time with your family and friends and a relaxing break. I'm looking forward to seeing you in 2015!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year,

and happy reading :)

Mrs Hewett

Great titles you may have missed!

Top picks from 2014

Find the books everyone has been talking about - the award winners, the award nominees and books our Kristin School Librarians have loved!
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The crossover

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

OverDrive ebook

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The Hero's guide to being an outlaw

The third book in this fast-paced and hilarious fantasy quest in the grand tradition of Shrek and The Princess Bride, starring four very unlikely, but likeable, heroes.

Prince Liam. Prince Frederick. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav...
The four princes that have the worst luck in the world. After saving the kingdom YET AGAIN and going their separate ways, the princes are back in trouble... and this time it's serious!

Somehow, everyone thinks they have MURDERED a princess! And with bounty hunters after them, and a dastardly scheme sure to be behind it all, the princes have to overcome their differences, reunite, and clear their names.

Oh, and save the kingdom again...

OverDrive ebook (if you haven't read the Hero's guide to saving your kingdom read that one first)
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Animas series - first book "Legacy of the claw"

In a world where humans have animal companions, one boy must fulfil his hidden destiny

When Bailey enters the prestigious Fairmount Academy as a freshman, he is the only member of his class who doesn't yet have an Animas. And in a world where the bond between human and animal is the guiding principle to life, this makes him an outsider both at school and in the world at large.

But Bailey is more important than he knows. He is the key to an ancient prophecy that will restore the rightful heir to the throne of a kingdom ripping at the seams. Through his budding friendships with Hal, Tori and Phi, along with the unlikely help of renegade teacher and former conspiracy theorist Tremelo, Bailey must learn to find his Animas, piece together the riddle of the prophecy and start on the path that will lead them all to their destinies.

OverDrive ebook

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The books of storms

Eleven-year-old Danny's parents are storm chasers - which sounds fun and exciting, and it is, so long as you aren't the son who has to wait behind at home. And one night, after a particularly fierce storm, Danny's parents don't come back. Stranger still, the old sycamore tree in Danny's yard seems to have been struck by lightning, and when he picks up a fragment of wood from the tree's heart, he finds he can hear voices ... including that of next door's rather uppity cat, Mitzy. The stick is a taro, a shard of lightning that bestows upon its bearer unnerving powers, including the ability to talk with plants and animals - and it is very valuable.

So valuable, in fact, that it attracts the attention of a Sammael, an ancient figure of darkness and a buyer of souls. And he will do anything to get his hands on it ... And so begins a dangerous and daring quest. Danny, who is bewildered, alone and unaccustomed to acts of bravery, must confront his fears, find his parents and unravel the secrets of The Book of Storms ...

OverDrive ebook


Click on the series name or author name in any OverDrive title page to see the other titles available.

Classics everyone should read....

Horse stories (tip: search for HORSE or PONY)

Fantasy adventure

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Moonkind (related to Winterling and Summerkin!)

Fer must save her realm from the Forsworn, a group destroying the land with their broken oaths, in Moonkind, the conclusion to award-winning author Sarah Prineas's fantasy-adventure series, which includes Winterling, Summerkin, and the short story ebook Thrice Sworn.

As the Lady of the Summerlands, Fer has vowed to serve her people without the deception of the glamorie and she had trusted other leaders to fulfill the same promise. But not all the Lords and Ladies want to keep their oaths, and they've unleashed the consequences of their betrayal onto the lands. Only Fer, with the help of the puck-boy Rook, can fight the stillness invading the lands. But can she trust Rook? And can she protect her people before it's too late?

OverDrive ebook
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Magyk lies within (Book 1 of the Pathfinder series spin-off from Septimus heap!)

Tod has grown up a PathFinder, one of an ancient seafaring tribe. Her mother, who died when Tod was young, had a very different history. She was from a mysterious magykal desert-dwelling family. When Tod's father disappears she is not only alone, but soon finds herself swept into the path of an evil sorcerer. Now Tod must choose which of her pasts will help her to survive: PathFinder or Magician. Magyk will allow her to fight like with like, but her PathFinder heritage gives Tod something special—the edge.

OverDrive ebook

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The name at the end of the ladder

Twelve-year-old September is determined to choose an adventurous name for herself from the Name Bank – not like all her friends, who are named after flowers or trees. Soon she discovers she has no choice, unless she can win an ancient and mysterious board game. And every roll of the dice leads her further into danger. Great for fans of Jumangi!

OverDrive ebook

Creep me out with something spooky!

Keeping it real - see life through someone else's eyes!

Laugh your head off!

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Awesome animals series

Type Awesome animals in the search box in OverDrive to find all of these whacky reads!

Do you need help with OverDrive?

Please email me with any questions you may have over the holidays. I can usually help via email or over the phone.

See also the help section in the OverDrive Kristin Digital Collection