Monthly Archives: November 2010

The last post for the year!

Hi girls,

This will be the last official post for the year.  I’ll begin posting again early in the new year with heaps of books reviews; I plan to do a lot of reading over the holidays!

I wanted to thank all the Year 7 and 8 students who attended our PRC celebratory morning tea.  It was a great success and we are very proud that so many girls managed to complete the Challenge.  Well done!

Don’t forget to come to the library before you finish classes to borrow some holiday reading.  Even though the year is winding down, we still have a lot of new books just begging to be read, so come on in and grab a collection of books to read on the beach, or in the park, or by the pool – or wherever you will be!

The staff at the library wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

Happy Reading!

Ms White 🙂 

Another Great Read – ‘Five Parts Dead’

‘Five Parts Dead’ is the latest release from Tim Pegler.  It tells the story of Dan, a teenager recovering from a car accident that killed three of his best mates and left another paralysed and in a nursing home.  Wondering why he has been allowed to live, Dan struggles with the term ‘lucky’.  He’s lucky he survived, but it certainly doesn’t feel that way – he is shunned by the families of the boys who died, whispered about by his classmates, and his parents don’t seem to know how to deal with him.  On a trip away to a remote lighthouse  island in South Australia, Dan makes a ghostly connection with the past.  As he delves further into the history of the mysterious lighthouse, he is forced to face his own past – and come to terms with his grief.

This book is a great read.  Pegler has combined a few different genres into his novel – it’s a bit of a love story, it’s a bit historical and there’s a strong focus on relationships.  I really liked the way he wrote the main character, Dan.  It’s written in first person, so you can see all of Dan’s flaws and insecurities.  Dan is a good guy, he calls a spade a spade and sometimes has a rather colourful turn of phrase! His romance with Pip is realistic and not too soppy and I found myself getting really caught up in the mystery behind the history of the lighthouse.  The action flowed well and overall, this was an easy book to read. Highly recommended!!

 

PRC Morning Tea

On Tuesday 16th November, the Library will be holding a morning tea for all the girls who successfully completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2010.  There will be nibbles and we will present everyone with their certificate.  We will also have a copy of the PRC lift out from The Age, so you can look up your name as one of the successful participants.

Invitations have been sent out to form groups today – looking forward to seeing you at recess on the 16th!

Ms White 🙂

Two New Book Reviews

Hi girls,

I just read two interesting new books over the long weekend:

The Midnight Zoo – Sonya Hartnett

I won’t deny that this book is a little different! Two brothers, Andrej and Tomas, are travelling across the war torn countryside.  They have been separated from their

family, have seen their Uncle shot, they have to take care of their baby sister Wilma and above all – they must survive.   The two boys move through village after village; many whose people have scattered and whose buildings have been destroyed.  With no destination in sight, Andrej and Tomas arrive in yet another decimated town.  But this one is different; it has a zoo.  The people have fled, but the animals remain, locked away in tiny cages.  Now, this is were the novel becomes interesting – the animals can talk.  The boys listen to the stories of the animals as they talk about freedom and their longing for home.

This novel is an acquired taste.  Sonya Harnett’s language is just beautiful – if you ever want to read a novel that is rich in description, this is the one for you.  Some of the story is a little confronting (the parts where people are shot) and some of the story is just a little strange.  I kept asking myself: why are these animals talking? Where is this story going? I won’t give away the ending, because I’m still not sure about it myself.  I came away from this novel thinking about war, death and freedom; it certainly make you consider the effect of war on children and animals.  If you’re sick of the same old teen novels and are looking for something different, then I suggest you give it a try.  I get the feeling that this novel will mean different things to different people.

Trash – Andy Mulligan

Good old fashioned adventure books seem to be making a comeback these days, and I for one am pretty glad about that!  I used to read a lot of Famous Five type books as a kid, and ‘Trash’ reminds me a little of those stories.  The main difference, I guess, is the setting.  Raphael and his friends (the stars of the novel) are dumpsite kids, who have a rather miserable existence.  Their days are spent sifting through a rubbish dump, hoping to find items that will make them some cash.  When Raphael finds a mysterious bag containing a key and a wad of cash, his life changes forever.  He and his friends are drawn into an adventure that is dangerous and heartstoppingly exciting.

I really liked the way this book was narrated.  Each character took it in turns to have their say and the mystery was pieced together through these different perspectives.  The adventure that the boys embark on is made more interesting by the fact that you really feel like you want these boys to win.  They have such an ugly life and are so appreciative of the little things, that you can’t help but be drawn into their story.  And I must say, the ending almost made me tear up a little.  I would definitely recommend this one!

Both novels are available at the Nicholas Library.

Happy Reading! 🙂