Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle 

Above is a stunning picture of Glamis Castle in Scotland, home of the 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne.  But did you know that it was the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother? Or reputedly the Castle where Macbeth brutally murdered King Duncan in Shakespeare’s play?

If you would like to read up on more interesting facts and see beautiful images of the Castle, borrow the book Glamis Castle by Nick McCann available in the library now.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

World Shaker – Richard Harland

World ShakerCol’s safe, civilized world on the Upper Decks of the Worldshaker, a huge ship that has been sailing since 1845, is changed forever when a Filthy from Below finds her way into his cabin. Col twisted over in bed, lifted the fringed edge of his bedspread and looked underneath. Two eyes looked back at him. The female Filthy! Disgusting! Then she moved. Fast as a snake, she slid out and knelt at the side of his bed. ‘Don’t let ’em take me,’ she said. Richard Harland has created an acutely observed and utterly compelling Gothic world of warped Victoriana to explore 16-year-old Col’s journey from cosseted youth to courageous maturity.

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Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous but love is more dangerous still

Clockwork AngelThe Infernal Devices trilogy, a prequel to bestselling The Mortal Instruments trilogy, follows 16-year-old orphan Tessa Fell, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Tessa’s search for him leads her to England during the reign of Queen Victoria, into London’s dangerous underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders and vampires and supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. When the friendless and hunted Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends; beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter hiding a deadly secret, and the devoted Jem, whose addiction to a demon drug is slowly destroying him. Tessa quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all and must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

Twenty ThousandA mission to rid the seas of a monster becomes a nightmare for Professor Aronnax, Conseil and harpooner Ned Land when they become prisoners of the ‘monster’ itself – a spectacular submarine ship commanded by Captain Nemo. But the marvels of their underwater journey soon distract them from their worries – the Professor, at least, wouldn’t have missed this voyage for the world!

 

 

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Airman – Eoin Colfer

airmanConor Broekhart was born to fly. Or more accurately, he was born flying. Little wonder he became what he became. In an age of discovery and invention, many dreamed of flying, but for Conor flight was more than just a dream, it was his destiny.

In one dark night on the island of Great Saltee, a cruel and cunning betrayal destroyed his life and stole his future. Now Conor must win the race for flight, to save his family and right a terrible wrong…

 

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Skybreaker – Kenneth Oppel

SkybreakerMatt Cruse has been accepted at the Airship Academy, his days as cabin boy over for the moment. During a training flight aboard the freighter Flotsam, Matt helps save the ship when it is caught in a deadly storm over the Indian Ocean. There, Matt spies a frozen airship, drifting aimlessly at 20,000 feet – it’s the legendary ghost ship Hyperion.

 

 

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Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan bk. 2)

BehemothBehemoth follows the adventures of His Majesty’s Airship Leviathan to Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire and home to countless secret societies and revolutionaries. Deryn and Alek find themselves at odds with their mentors and with each other, as their duties collide with the politics of war and peace. Will the Ottomans join the Clanker allies in the Great War? Or will Dr Barlow’s diplomatic mission succeed? Will Deryn’s secret be revealed?

 

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