Mark your diary now to make sure you take the kids to the free school holiday activities on Wednesdays 11 and 18 (see holiday article)!
Be sure to keep an eye out for the summer edition of Jampacked, which provides hours of entertainment and fun things to do at home, including a colouring in competition with entries to be returned to the library by January 20, 2017.
Don’t forget our regular storytime sessions will continue throughout the holidays every Thursday at Tin Can Bay 9.30 to 10.30am and Monday at Rainbow Beach from 10 to 11am.
Book review by Geoff
Theodore Boone 6 by John Grisham
The Scandal is the latest instalment in a delightful series for younger readers, penned by the master of legal thrillers John Grisham.
This is the sixth adventure for Theodore Boone, a 13-year-old schoolboy who knows already what he wants to be – a top career lawyer, fighting for the rights of others.
It helps that both his parents are practising lawyers, albeit in different areas of law, and that Theo knows every judge, legal secretary and police officer in the smallish city of Strattenburg, USA.
It helps too, that Theo has already represented school buddies and their pets in the quasi-official “animal court” and that he has a doting uncle to whom he can turn for unofficial advice, when the normal parental and judicial channels don’t seem to be working.
Uncle Ike is, in fact, one of the series’ standout characters – as a debarred lawyer and something of an outsider, Ike has plenty of faults but a lot of street smarts, and his commitment to the overall public good is plain to see.
This latest story involves a scandal within the education system, debate about the value of standardised state wide testing and how it can disadvantage poorer communities and a whole raft of difficult social choices.
Great summer holiday reading for any age group!