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Librarian Top Picks

16 November 2018

Don't know what to read next? Stuck reading the same books over and over? Want a suggestion you can trust? These top picks will include books from all genres, new or old and are hand-picked by the librarian to pique your interest. The best bit is they are all available in the school library.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - by J.K. Rowling - suitable for all
“The Crimes of Grindelwald” picks up where “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” ends. The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. 

A Life Less Throwaway - by Tara Button - suitable for all
“A Life Less Throwaway” is vital now more than ever. Living in a society where we covet new and shiny things, not only has consumption risen dramatically over the last 60 years, but we are damaging the environment at the same time. Tara Button has become a champion of a lifestyle called ‘mindful curation’ - a way of living in which we carefully choose each object in our lives. There are 10 steps to master mindful curation and each is explained in this book, from understanding and using techniques to freeing yourself from external manipulations. Finding your purpose and priorities and identifying your core tastes and style. Learning how to let go of the superfluous and how to make wise choices going forwards.

Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy - by R. L. Stine - suitable for all
“Night of the Living Dummy” is just one of the classic Goosebumps series now available in the library. They're baa-ack! Reader beware - you're in for a scare! Kris's twin sister has just got a ventriloquist's dummy and it's all anyone - their parents, their friends - seem to care about. Kris is tired of being ignored so she gets a dummy of her own. But double the dummies and you double the trouble...and horror. All as equally scary and memorable as the next – for brave readers only!

How to Be a Friend: An Ancient Guide to True Friendship - by Cicero/Phillip Freedman 
“How to be a Friend” is a splendid new translation of one of the greatest books on friendship ever written in a world where social media, online relationships, and relentless self-absorption threaten the very idea of deep and lasting friendships, the search for true friends is more important than ever. In this short book, the famous Roman politician and philosopher Cicero offers a compelling guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends. With wit and wisdom, Cicero shows us not only how to build friendships but also why they must be a key part of our lives. For, as Cicero says, life without friends is not worth living. Filled with timeless advice and insights, Cicero's heartfelt and moving classic--written in 44 BC and originally titled De Amicitia--has inspired readers for more than two thousand years, from St. Augustine and Dante to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. 

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