Top Ten: New Releases

Top Ten New Releases March 2021

Check out what is new to the Ōamaru Library this month. There is something for everyone, DVD's, fiction, non-fiction, children and young adults!


The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
(Adult Fiction Rental, CHA)

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, that follows two timelines in two different countries, that interweave on another and how the war effected both main characters, and explores the consequences of our choices and relationship that make us who we are.


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
(Young Adult, MOR)

Tavia has spent all her life hiding her siren powers, while her best friend Effie is dealing with her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together they must navigate the perils of highschool and deal with a Siren Murder Trial, but will their sisterhood and friendship keep them from danger?


A World Beneath the Sands by Toby Wilkinson
(Non-Fiction, History, 932.009 WIL)

Acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson tells the riveting stories of men and women whose obsession with Egypt's ancient civilization drove them to uncover its secrets. From Travelers and treasure-hunters, ethnographers and epigraphers, antiquarians and archaeologists: whatever their motives, whatever their methods, all shared that same passion to reveal a lost world, buried for centuries beneath the sands.


Flight of the Griffin by Anh Do
(Children's Fiction Orange Dot, DO)

Three ordinary teenagers discover they are destined to be The Unicorn, The Minotaur and The Griffin. United at last, the three heroes must enter an epic fight with the evil collector in order to save the world.


The Burning Kingdoms by Sally Green
(Young Adult, GRE)

The final instalment to Green's epic Smoke Thieves trilogy. Demons, magic and an epic war that spreads like wildfire, the Smoke Thieves must battle to save the human kingdoms, but as the battle reaches its climax, the demon realm reveals a final, terrible secret. One with the power to change the course of the war - an history - forever.


Dyslexia: Wrestling with an Octopus by Beth Beamish
(Non-Fiction, Parenting, 616.85)

New Zealand Author Beth Beamish discovered her son had dyslexia, and in doing so discovered that she had dyslexia as well. Beth takes an holistic appraoch to helping your child succeed and describes the learning disability as silimar to an octopus with eight legs, each pertaining to the eight basic principles that can help understand how to overcome learning difficulties: reading, listening, spelling, writing, memory, motor control, spatial issues, and the frequently overlooked social challenges.


Little Women (2019)
(DVD Rental, Film & Drama, L)

American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwid, based on the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. It chronicals the lives of the March sisters during the 19th Century. Starring Saorise Ronan, Emma Watson and Timothee Chalamet.


Healthy Bee, sick Bee: the influence of parasites, pathogens and pesticides on honey bees by Phil Lester
(Non-Fiction, Animals & Pets, 638.1 LES)

Entomologist Phil Lester explores the wonderfully complex and sometimes brutally efficient life history of honey bees, and the problem they face in New Zealand and around the globe.


Astro Kid (2019)
(Children's DVD Rental)

When young Willy is seperated from his parents with whom he traveled in space, his space capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet. With the help of Buck, a survival robot, he will have to hold on until the arrival of a rescue mission.


V2 by Robert Harris
(Adult Fiction Rental, HAR)

Rudi Graf has dreamt since childhhod of sending a rocket to the moon. Instead he has helped create the world's most sophisticated weapon, the V2 ballistic missile, capable of delivering a one-ton warhead that travels at three times the speed of sound - and Hitler orders ten thousand to built, while Rudi is tasked with firing the V2s at London.

Linda Robertson