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Top 10 books borrowed by boys

We are well past the half-way point of Term 1 and it’s time to look at what the boys are borrowing in the library:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

No surprises here. The imminent movie release has increased interest in this exciting read. I have multiple copies in the collection and still cannot meet the demand. Lots of boys have a reservation on this one too.

 

2. Once by Morris Gleitzman

This is driven by Year 7 interest. The younger boys have really taken to Gleitzman’s trilogy, and it’s not hard to see why – Felix is such an appealing character which softens the content matter.

 

3. Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

The latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, these books are always popular.

 

4. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden.

I don’t think this book is ever out of the Top 10.

 

5. The Death Cure by James Dashner

The very brilliant final instalment in the Maze Runner trilogy.

 

6. Department 19 by Will Hill

This book has been hugely popular since its introduction into the collection last year. Jamie Carpenter’s story has huge appeal for teenage boys, no doubt helped by the inclusion of Frankenstein. (Read my review of Department 19 here).The interest in this franchise will only increase with the release of the next instalment The Rising.

7. The Sleepwalker by Robert Muchamore

Part of the ever popular Cherub series. Cherub needs no promotion – it sells itself through word-of-mouth advertising amongst the boys.

 

8. Then by Morris Gleitzman

The sequel to Once and possibly the saddest book I’ve ever read.

 

9. The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

The first book in the Maximum Ride franchise. This series has always been strong and continues to entice new readers. The eighth book, Nevermore, is due out in August. The boys also like the Graphic Novel adaptation of this series.

 

10. Artemis Fowl: the Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

The fourth book in the Artemis Fowl franchise. This series is eternally popular with the boys and it’s no wonder. Artemis Fowl is a brilliant character: intelligent, witty and calculating. It’s a pity he’s a criminal mastermind.

 

This list has few surprises, but in some ways I find it a little disappointing. I love the fact that the boys are reading and embracing the wonderful series that exist in the world of Young Adult fiction, however I wish there were more new titles on the list. The Maze Runner and Department 19 were the big hits of 2011 so I can only hope that there will be some equally exciting new releases in 2012.

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The Death Cure

 

By James Dashner
Delacorte Press, 2011

 

Rarely have I enjoyed the final book in a trilogy as much as the first. But Dashner’s The Death Cure does not disappoint.

The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials have been two of the most popular books in the library this year, and it’s easy to see why. These books deal with Thomas and the other Gladers as they firstly conquer a perplexing Maze with its deathly Grievers, then endure the ghastly Scorch Trials and the evil Rat Man. Along the way they learn aboout the WICKED organization and the sun flares that created mayhem on earth, releasing the deadly Flare virus which effectively sentenced the human race to painful extinction.

Due to his immunity and long standing involvement in WICKED experimentation, the responsibility of saving humanity resides in Thomas. This is the journey upon which The Death Cure takes us. Thomas, Minho, Brenda and Jorge lead a host of characters, both old and new, in a race to the bitter end. Along the way we say farewell to some favourites, and endure plenty of twists, turns and surprises.

The Death Cure kept me turning the pages until the very end. It neatly tied up loose ends without predictablility or cliché and I have to say, I loved the ending.

James Dashner, you are one clever writer. Parents, you simply must put this trilogy on your Christmas shopping list now.

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