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Launch of Unlikely by Colleen Crawford Cousins

Thursday, March 2nd 2017 at 5:30 PM

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Launch of Safest Place you Know by Mark Winkler

Tuesday, October 18th 2016 at 5:30 PM

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Launch of When Loving Him Hurts by Sue Hickey & Philippa Sklaar

Thursday, August 20th 2015 at 5:30 PM

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Girl Power Weekend at The Book Lounge

Saturday, June 20th 2015 at 12:00 PM

girlpowerAt the Book Lounge we often find that we have such amazing books in some genres, that we decided to put the focus on one section for a whole weekend.

Join us from 19-21 June for our Girl Power weekend!
 
During the weekend selected titles will also be on special. Look out for the Girl Power stickers…
Saturday, 20th June
11am – On Saturday morning we will have a Girl Power Story Time where we will read some stories about girls that do not necessarily follow the obvious paths. You don’t have to be a girl to come along, you just have to be yourself!
2.30pm – DC Comics asked Lauren Beukes to write a Wonder Woman story (yeah!) and it has finally been published, The Problem with Cats (with gorgeous illustrations by Mike Maihack.) On Saturday afternoon Lauren will be here to read her story to us. It is so awesome to see a girl hero in a local setting. Go Wonder Woman! Go Lauren! Do come along and find out how you can get a signed copy!
10am-4pm – On Saturday  there will also be a mini market that will run in the store to showcase the work of some great crafty girls : Me and Norman, Cupcake Richard, Mythology, Itoldyouso and 10Violetstreet. Please come along to browse and support them.
Sunday, 21 June at 11am
Sunday morning we will be showing the movie, Tank Girl, this one is for everyone who loves that inner smart and outspoken warrior woman. There is no cost involved. The space is limited so please RSVP if you want to come along so we know how many of you to expect.

 

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Launch of Memory Against Forgetting by Ranjith Kally @ District 6 Museum

Thursday, May 21st 2015 at 6:00 PM

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Fairy Tales Retold : Princess and the Pea

Saturday, March 7th 2015 at 11:00 AM

princess peaSo many of the stories we read each Saturday come from fairy tales.

Stories that we know some version of. Today we will read three different versions of The Princess and the Pea and see how, although the story stays the same, the detail changes. That is one of the beauties of stories, we all see things differently in the telling.

And then we will make the princess her own bed to sleep in.

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Great Reads for the Young of Heart and Limb

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 at 1:46 PM

It’s a week before the Christmas Festivities are upon us and if you are looking for a great gift or just a holiday read, here are some of the current Book Lounge favourites to indulge in.

Books for little ones

mu's wolfMu’s Wolf Problem

A charming story by local girl, Maria Lebedeva, Mu’s mother has to leave her alone at home when she goes off to work. When Mu suspects there is a wolf in her house, she bravely declares herself fearless and soon, despite initial uncertainty, the two become fast friends. A beautifully illustrated little gem for those of us who sometimes feel a little bit scared and alone.

 

 

SparkySparky!

All she ever wanted was a pet and all her mom said, was only if it will be no trouble what so ever.  After some library research our little girl knows exactly which animal she wants to spend her time with and asks for a sloth. If you were going to have a sloth as a pet, would Sparky not be the best name? And yes, Sparky can’t play fetch, and he does not roll over, but he is really really very good at playing dead. But Mary’s bunny can do tricks and Mary’s bunny is mostly awake… when a Trained Sloth Extravaganza is organised to show off Sparky’s skills, things don’t go as planned, but in the end, that’s all okay, because Sparky is who he is, and that is actually okay.  Jenny Offill’s text with Chris Applehans’s gorgeous watercolour sketches makes this the perfect book about friendship.

 

LuckyLucky

Book Lounge hearts David Mackintosh, ever since his first picture book, Marshall Armstrong is New in our School. With his latest offering, Lucky, we meet Leo and his brother who at breakfast hear that there will be a surprise later that day. David Mackintosh shows us just how crazy imaginations can get with his excellent drawings and collages, and eventually Leo and his brother are convinced that they know all about the trip their parents are planning for them. Or was there just a misunderstanding? A hilarious look at family life and children’s jumping-to-conclusion minds!

 

bear escapeThe Bear’s Sea Escape

Last year we saw the first in this series and yeah for Benjamin Chaud for bringing us more Bear adventures. His illustration style is an intrigued doodle with lots of subplot in the detail of his work. It is like a modern Richard Scarry with all the characters getting a their own tiny story to act out. When it starts to snow Papa Bear decides it is time to find a better place to nap and so the journey to the sea starts. There’s ocean liners, puffer fish, jungles and a masquerade ball : adventure indeed!

 

 

orlandoOrlando the Marmalade Cat : A Camping Holiday

First published in the late 30s, Kathleen Hale’s cat family have always been considered classic. Available again for the first time in a while, the first Orlando story is now in paperback, with the family going off on a camping holiday in the country. Although some of the adventures might seem old-fashioned, Orlando tries so hard to be a good cat father, how can he not be loved? The illustrations are amazing pencil sketches and the style from a time long forgotten. Especially Grace’s, (the wife) outfits with aprons and hats, are very classy!

 

13 words13 Words

A book created by Lemony Snicket and Maria Kalman… come on, how could it not be great? They have taken thirteen words and created a story around them. Kalman’s sketching style is as brilliant as ever. If word number 6 is convertible, then of course number 9 would be haberdashery. All in all it is a story of great friendship and cake with a song.

And it is beautiful in a kind of I-want-to-have-it-now kind of way.

 

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squishySquishy McFluff : The Invisible Cat and Supermarket Sweep

Is an imaginary friend not the best to have any adventures with? Ava thinks so, she thinks that her invisible cat, Squishy McFluff will ensure that she is never bored again. And bonus, imaginary cat food is incredibly cheap, so there is no problem there! Pip Jones has created two books so far in the series, in the first one we meet Squishy and soon realise that invisible or not, he needs to work on his manners if he wants to stay with Ava, not sure it is working because in the second book, Squishy goes with to the supermarket and soon there is chaos in the shop.

Don’t sulk, don’t get in a huff, because nothing is boring with Squishy McFluff!

 

foxyFoxy Tales : The Cunning Plan and The Road to Fame and Fortune

Meet Foxy Dubois. A girl who knows what she wants. Well, a girl who is a fox. Unfortunately, the same idiot always stands in her way, Alphonso the Alligator! So Foxy constantly has to use her best skills to get rid of Alphonso. Told in the same way as the Mr Gum books, this is the start of an excellent series of adventures with attitude. Alex T. Smith’s black and white illustrations add flair and subtle humour to be enjoyed by any age of reader.

Two books available so far in chapter book format and two in picture book format.

 

mimiMimi and the Mountain Dragon

Michael Morpurgo is the master of tenderhearted stories, and this is the perfect Christmas read. In her castle lair high in the mountains of Switzerland lives a terrible dragon. And one morning when she wakes up, her little baby seems to have disappeared. In the village below lives a little girl called Mimi. When she finds a baby dragon in the woodshed, she makes a brave decision to return the baby to her mother as soon as the snow settles and she can risk to go up to the castle.  Mimi’s bravery to reunite the two brings peace to the little village and for the first time they get to have a joyful Christmas. A beautiful little hardcover read with illustrations by Helen Stephens.

 

goth girlGoth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death

The sequel to the beautiful Goth Girl and Ghost of a Mouse, is finally here, with its red shiny finish and all. Poor Ada, between the planning for the big Bake Off and the annual Fete and her father being away on a book tour, it seems that everyone has forgotten her birthday. When Marylebone, her wardrobe dwelling ladies’ maid, gets a marriage proposal and Maltravers is (still) acting strangely as we’ve learned by now, Ada feels it is time to get right in the middle of the intrigue and make sure that it all runs smoothly. Well, as close as possible.

And yes, Chris Riddell draws pictures too beautiful and intriguing to ever forget.

 

A few issues, but-still-a-kid

moon boyMoone Boy : The Blunder Years

Poor Martin Moone, he is the only boy in a family of girls. He’s desperate for a wingman to help him navigate his awkward life. And so he gets himself an IF (imaginary friend) to help out. His first attempt fails, because Loopy Lou is hyperactive and writes terrible rap songs, but then we meet Sean Caution Murphy, a lazy man with a head full of jokes and it seems that Sean is the perfect man to guide Martin through the messy maze of life. If only there was an easy way to get rid of Loopy Lou… Written by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy, the humour is a sophisticated mix of grown up and silly school boy, but beware, a lot of out loud laughing will take place!

This is Adrian Mole for a new generation.

 

summer and birdSummer and Bird

It was Tolkien who said that a book set in an imaginary world should not only show the darkness, but share the joy. Katherine Catmull has definitely accomplished this with her debut novel. There is the story of two sisters who wake up one morning to find their parents missing and they set out on a journey to look for them. However, there is also the simple yet complex relationship of two sisters, the pure but hardly selfless love of children for their mother, the selfless but sometimes conflicted love of a mother for her children, and a strained relationship between parents, and how it affects their children. All these topics are dealt with with honesty, but through the filter of a magical world, written without talking down to her readers. It is a story about heroism, about love in all forms, and about the magic in the world that is always there.

 

tiger mothTiger Moth

Sometimes all we need is one friend., Alice always believed she was born, she was chosen and therefore the safest place in the world was always at home with her adoptive parents. Everything’s perfect. Until it isn’t. When she finds out her Mum is going to have a baby, Alice’s world turns upside down. Will they love their real baby more than her? Why isn’t she enough for them anymore? Not knowing how to say what she feels, she stays silent that day and the day after that, until six months have passed without her saying one single word. Zack has everything he could want. His dad’s a film stuntman, he lives in the best house on the best street and is Mr Popular at school. Everything’s perfect. Until it isn’t. Zack’s dad is killed on set and he and his mum are forced to sell their house and move to a tiny cottage by the sea. Ripped from the life he once knew, Zack is angry at the world and looking for trouble. Then he meets Alice, the girl who doesn’t speak, and together they begin to realise that sometimes it’s when life seems less than perfect that the most magical things can happen. A bit funny, a bit mysterious, but mostly just a heart-warmingly gorgeous read.

 

nine livesThe 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

Alexander is no ordinary boy, he has cunningly stolen the 9 lives from his cat and now he can have as many adventures as possible. Right? He jumps off the Empire State Building, he gets swallowed by a giant python and even manages to get himself electrocuted. It’s all fun and death until Alexander realises that he is running out of extra lives, in fact he only has one left and suddenly he becomes rather obsessed with keeping this one. Sophie Blackall has done beautiful line drawings between the chapters and gives us a perfect picture of a spoilt boy about to learn the lesson of the value of life.

My favourite is his seventh life, a short chapter that pretty much just says “Bull. Hooves. Dead.”

 

tabithaThe Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird

A comedian and a scriptwriter, Arabella Weir, is successfully trying her hand at writing for younger readers. When 13-year old Tabitha Baird’s parents split up, she moves with her mom and brother to London to live with Gran (who mostly talks to her dog, Basil) and tries to reinvent herself as the coolest, most popular girl in her new school. But with her mom’s blog about her and her gran’s dog’s knitted jumpers, how will she juggle her not-cool family life and still get the attention of the hottest boys.

This is a hilarious beach read if I’ve ever seen one (and, if  you are wondering, I have).

 

 

violetViolet Ink

Rebecca Westcott is definitely carving out a spot for her in the Cathy Cassidy/Jacqueline Wilson crowd. With her tender hand she introduces us to two sisters, Alex and the younger Izzy. Izzy has always admired her older sister, but now that she spends most of her time with her new boyfriend, there is suddenly the chance that he will spoil their bond. The reader gets swept along with Alex’s letters written to Izzy, all in a violet pen, until one of them brings unwanted news. A beautiful teary read.

Also have a look at her other book, Dandelion Clocks, when you are in the shop. Also a gorgeous read.

 

Stop-treating-me-like-a-child Reads

 

hackedHacked

Once Dan discovers computers, his ADHD mind seems to settle down. In the beginning the hacking was harmless; free phone credit, free movie tickets, nothing too serious, but by the time Dan is contacted online by Angel, he is eager for the challenge laid before him to create more advanced code. When Dan begins to suspect that something more nefarious may be planned for his code than he thought, he realises that he might not be able to control it all anymore. He will have to decide what truly matters more, protecting his anonymity and freedom, or preventing a deadly terror attack.

Tracy Alexander has written a very fast-paced, very nail-biting book, basically like a double espresso first thing in the morning.

 

Naonaomi 2mi and Ely’s No Kiss List

Naomi and Ely have been friends for, like, ever. Besties, soul mates. And just to be sure, they have a NO KISS LIST, a list of people neither of them are allowed to kiss. Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there is no reason for him to be on the list, right? When Ely kisses Bruce, their carefully constructed world falls apart. Did I mention that Ely is a boy? David Levithan and Rachel Cohn have beautifully constructed a very real world held together with love and trust and figuring out who we really are.

David Levithan is an amazing author of many books that look at gender and love and how the soul of a person is not always defined by what you see. If you have never read one of his books, please do, he is magic.

 

atlantiaAtlantia

At the beginning of the dystopian craze, Allie Condie brought us the Matched-series, which we all loved. This week saw the arrival of her brand new series, Atlantia. This is an underwater refuge built when the earth above became too polluted for humans to survive there for long. But Atlantia is crumpling and our heroine, Rio, is dreaming of leaving this underwater city and living in the world above. Rio has a twin sister, Bay, and when she realises that they might not have the same vision of their future, she feels stranded and alone.  Rio has to figure out who to listen to in order for her to make the right choices to ensure she has a fighting chance of survival.

 

 

castleKeeping the Castle

Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family and their old home, Crawley Castle, the only option is that she must marry well. But there are few suitors of any kind in their small town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There’s only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans . . . Patrice Kindl’s first novel in a decade takes a heroine with money problems, puts her in a crumbling castle, adds two stepsisters and some suitors and viola, it’s a very funny charming read!

If you’re a fan of I Capture the Castle you will love this sharply comic tale of courtship.

 

skinkSkink No Surrender

Richard is the quiet one in the family, not like his crazy cousin, Malley, who seems to have run away with some guy she met online.  And when no one seems to realise that Malley is in danger, he decides that he might have to man up and find her. Enter, Wild Skink, a ragged, one-eyed wandering vigilante, who use to be a former governor but now goes around protecting the innocent, mostly animals. As Skink believes in lost causes he decides to help Richard and together they go on one crazy roadtrip with alligators, bullets and mysterious clues to find Malley.

Carl Hiaasen is a well-known author for adults, but with this his 4th YA book, he has definitely shown his commitment and passion to writing good books, regardless of age. He is a big nature lover and his work always has a strong environmental feel to it.

 

thousand piecesA Thousand Pieces of You

As the daughter of two brilliant physicists, Marguerite grew up surrounded by some wild scientific theories, always encouraged to imagine the impossible. When her father is suddenly murdered, and all the evidence points to his protege, Paul, Marguerite’s world is turned upside down. With no way out, Paul escapes with a device that allows him to leap through alternate dimensions, called the Firebird. Marguerite has no choice but to follow. Will she capture her father’s killer or will she discover that all is not what it seemed at first? Claudia Gray’s writing sweeps us up in an epic love murder mystery that will making you want to hack her laptop to get to book two as soon as possible.

 

 

jewelThe Jewel

Violet Lasting is no longer a human being. Her name and her body is no longer her own. Tomorrow she becomes Lot 197, auctioned to the highest royal bidder in the Jewel of the Lone City. Tomorrow she becomes the Surrogate of the House of the Lake, her sole purpose to produce a healthy heir for the Duchess. Imprisoned in the opulent cage of the palace, Violet learns the brutal ways of the Jewel, where the royal women compete to secure their bloodline and the surrogates are treated as disposable commodities. Destined to carry the child of a woman she despises, Violet fights to hold onto any sanity, until she meets Ash Lockwood, another captive, the royal Companion. Drawn together, Violet and Ash become puppets in a deadly game of court politics, until they become each other’s jeopardy – and salvation. This is the first book in a series by Amy Ewing, with a good dash of dystopian, politics and love, what more can we ask for?

 

messenger fearMessenger of Fear

Michael Grant (from Gone and BZRK) brings us the a new adventure, and what a ride! Will you play or will you pay? Mara wakes in a field of dead grass, a heavy mist pressing down on her. She is terrified, afraid that she is dead. Then a beautiful young man dressed in black appears. He calls himself Messenger of Fear. This boy is able to move effortlessly through space and time. He also sees the darkness in human hearts. He sees the evils done: the destructive lies, the cruelty, the bullying, the violence. And if the world does not bring justice to those who do evil, he will. He offers the wicked a game. If they win, they go free. If they lose, they will live their greatest fear. Either way, their sanity will be challenged. It is a world of fair but harsh justice. Of retribution and redemption. And mystery. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger’s apprentice? What has she done to deserve this terrible fate? She won’t find out until three of the wicked receive justice. And when she does, she will be shattered. So good. So very very good.

We of course also have other books, a whole section full, so find parking and come and find what you are looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launch of How to Fix South Africa’s Schools with Professor Jonathan Jansen & filmaker Molly Blank

Tuesday, April 1st 2014 at 6:30 PM

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Launch of Trading Places: Accessing Land in African Cities by Mark Napier, Stephen Berrisford, Carline Wanjiku Kihato, Rob McGaffin & Lauren Royston

Tuesday, March 18th 2014 at 5:30 PM

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Launch of Shadow Lives by Victoria Brittain

Wednesday, February 19th 2014 at 5:00 PM

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Shadow Lives reveals the unseen side of the ‘9/11 wars’: their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the US. Victoria Brittain shows how these families have been made socially invisible and a convenient scapegoat for the state in order to exercise arbitrary powers under the cover of the ‘War on Terror’.

A disturbing exposé of the perilous state of freedom and democracy in our society, the book reveals how a culture of intolerance and cruelty has left individuals at the mercy of the security services’ unverifiable accusations and punitive punishments.

Both a j’accuse and a testament to the strength and humanity of the families, Shadow Lives shows the methods of incarceration and social control being used by the British state and gives a voice to the families whose lives have been turned upside down. In doing so it raises urgent questions about civil liberties which no one can afford to ignore.

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