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Other Resources:

Native New Zealand Birds, link to our Library Catalogue

Te Ara Black Robin

Chatham Islands Black Robin – Department of Conservation

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Librarian Recommended Read – No man’s land by David Baldacci

no-mans-landMilitary Investigator John Puller’s mother Jackie disappeared 30 years ago.

Despite an intensive search and investigation her body was never found and no one was ever charged with her murder..  New information has since come to light whereby Puller’s highly decorated father is now a suspect. John Puller Snr suffers from dementia and is totally unaware of the furore that has erupted surrounding the case.

Forbidden by the military hierarchy to investigate the case John Puller Jnr refuses to listen and he is joined by his good friend PI Veronica Knox to do their own investigation. John and Veronica are constantly stonewalled during their investigation and John Jnr is saved from being shot at by a mysterious drifter Paul Rogers.  Unbeknown to these two Rogers has a vested interest in this case as he was witness to the disappearance of Jackie Puller all those years ago.

A typical Baldacci thriller for those following the John Puller series (this being #4).

Click here to find No man’s land.

Read by Mako.

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Librarian Recommended Teen Reads – Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Finn and Sean are brothers with a dead father and an abandoning mother and a lot of issues. Sean has given up on his dream to take care of Finn, and Finn is the town weirdo; Moonface, Sidetrack, he makes people uncomfortable.

Roza appears in their lives like magic, and like magic, she brings new happiness to the lives of the brothers, but she has issues of her own. When she is kidnapped, Finn is the only witness, but he can’t describe the kidnapper in a way that anyone will understand or believe him, and when everyone else gives up on ever finding her again, he is the one that carries the burden and who refuses to give up.

Reading Bone Gap is like having a drifty daydream. The lyrical prose just kind of creeps up on you and carries you away. It’s magical realism similar to the work of Francesca Lia Block and Gabriel Garcia Marquez – strangely believable fantasy set in real life, with complex and relatable characters with complicated relationships and common struggles.

Read by Raschel

Find Bone Gap in our catalogue here


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Staff Pick – Gisborne writers & performers

local-authors-fiction-performersGisborne has produced some great authors and performers, and there’s no doubt there will be more in the years to come.

We’ve got books, compact discs, DVDs, talking books and large print readers for your perusal.

Writer Witi Ihimaera’s book Bulibasha has been released as the film Mahana – available in DVD format: only $2.00 for a two week loan period.

We have old favourites like Rosemary Rees and David Ballantyne’s books in stock.  Pick up David’s Sydney Bridge upside down (based on his time in Hicks Bay) or hark back to the 50s with Rosemary’s Penelope waits.

And let’s not forget local recording artists, such as Prince Tui Teka or The Rocket Jocks. Music CDs are available for a three week loan period @ $2.00 each.

Click here to find these gems and other items written or produced by Tairawhiti locals.

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Librarian Recommended Graphic Novels: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya is an immigrant, embarrassed by her family and her culture, she doesn’t like the way she looks or her body shape, and she doesn’t fit in at school. When she falls into an abandoned well one way while bunking school, she finds the best friend she’s been craving.

Emily is the perfect friend – at first, but she’s also a ghost …and a liar.

A lot of readers will be able to relate to Anya’s issues, though hopefully none of them have friends like Emily!

This creepy little graphic novel is gorgeous, and Brosgol’s art is amazing. If you’ve never read a graphic novel before, this is a good one to start with.

Read by Raschel

You can find Anya’s Ghost in our catalogue here

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Staff Pick – Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg : DVD

die-meistersingerThe DVD of David McVicar’s Glyndebourne production of Wagner’s evergreen favourite. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Glyndebourne Chorus.

The town goldsmith announces that the winner of the Midsummer’s Day song contest will win his daughter, but must also be, or become, a Mastersinger. The cobbler helps Walther compose a mastersong with which to defeat his rival and win Eva.

Glyndebourne’s special intimacy brings sharp focus on the subtlety of Wagner’s music and dramatic counter-point. Plus, this opera has its own Fight Director!

Click here to find Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg.

Recommended by Richard

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Recommended YA Reads – The haters by Jesse Andrews


The Haters by Jesse Andrews

Corey and Wes are a couple of dork guys stranded at Jazz Camp for summer where they soon realise 1. the deep mediocrity of their own talents and 2. Jazz Camp is full of douches – apart from Ash – the unattainable and effortlessly cool girl who fits in at Jazz Camp even less than they do.

After an epic jam session together, Ash decides that the only way that their freshly formed band can get proper good is to immediately go on tour. So they bail on Jazz Camp, leave their phones behind, and hit the road.

On the run from the law, and cell phone-less, Corey, Wes, and Ash have some hella fights, some sex, some LOLS, some drugs, some self-discovery, some kind of rock n roll, and some crushing disappointments – not necessarily in that order.

This might be one of those books that people either love or hate, but for me it fell on the hilariously funny side, dick jokes included. It starts off a bit sluggishly, but it’s worth persevering, and hopefully you won’t be a hater and will find it hilarious too.

Read by Raschel

Find The Haters in our catalogue here

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Librarian Recommended Reads – The last mile by David Baldacci

Last mileConvicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution–for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier–when he’s granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime.

Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars’s case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men’s families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling them the truth.

The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars–guilty or not–a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now?

A typical David Baldacci page turner guaranteed to get your suspense antennae working overtime.

Click here to find a copy of David Baldacci’s ‘The last mile’.

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Librarian Recommended Teen Reads: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Isaac was the one common denominator that Ryan, Harley, and Miles had in common, and now he’s dead, leaving them individually and collectively messed up.

Isaac was the cool and popular one, the others labelled sporty, nerdy, and rebellious, but all feeling misunderstood and like their friendship is doomed without Isaac to hold them together. As they attempt to process their grief, they struggle against the boxes they’ve put themselves and each other in and start to uncover secrets and truths that will change the way they think about Isaac, themselves, and each other.

A fantastic realistic read about everyday sort of guys dealing with something bad happening told from the viewpoints of each of the characters.

Read by: Raschel

Find The Sidekicks in our catalogue here

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Librarian Recommended Reads – Blackbird by Miloš : Music CD

BlackbirdGuitarist Miloš Karadaglić impresses with these wonderful arrangements of well-known Beatles songs.

He has collaborated with celebrated pop, jazz and classical artists, and recorded the album at the Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their music.

These fresh interpretations of familiar songs are by turns moody and uplifting.  A delight for everyone!

Click here to find Blackbird : the Beatles album.

Heard by Richard.

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