Monthly Archives: April 2011

Welcome Back!

Welcome to Term Two everyone!

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday – read anything good? I read quite a lot over the hols, mostly because I was laid up with a sore knee and couldn’t go anywhere.  I read a great selection of novels – some old, some new, some exciting and some a little weird.  I’m going to start the term by reviewing a book that’s a little bit kooky, called ‘The Three Loves of Persimmon’ by Cassandra Golds.

Much to her family’s disappointment (they’re vegetable people, and disapprove of her whimsical love of flowers), Persimmon owns and runs a flower shop in a bustling underground train station.  While she is very happy to be running a shop and indulging her love of flowers, Persimmon wishes for a friend.  All she has is Rose, a talking ornamental cabbage, and letters from her dead clairvoyant Great-Aunt, both encouraging (and sometimes discouraging)Persimmon in her journey to find friendship and true love.  Alongside this is the story of Epiphany, a mouse from Platform One who, like Persimmon, has dreams of a better life.

‘The Three Loves of Persimmon’ is quite unique and a little left of centre.  If you’re able to suspend your disbelief and accept that plants can talk, that animals can be your friend, and that true love exists in the strangest of places, you’ll like this story.  Golds gives all her characters a real personality, whether they be a matriarchal mouse in a boudoir, or a cockney fun loving weed that grows through the cracks of the train station wall.

This story won’t be for everyone (some people will find it just a little TOO weird), but I found I really enjoyed its kookiness and the gentleness with which the story is told.  In many ways, it’s a little bit like a fairy tale.  This is a novel that would be enjoyed by an Senior student, but I would particularly recommend it for Year Sevens and Eights.

Don’t forget to return those holiday loans!

Ms White 🙂

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Easter Holidays!

Well, we’re all winding down and getting ready to have a well earned holiday.  Make sure you pop into the library and grab something to read over the hols – we’ve still got heaps of brand new titles just begging to be read!

Many thanks to all the students who have contributed to the blog this term.  I hope to see more student reviews and contributions in Term Two.

 

 

Have a Happy Easter break everyone – see you all next Term!

Ms White 🙂

Three More Reviews!!

I’m squeezing three book reviews in this week! Keep those book reviews coming and many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.

Six Impossible Things

Harriet R, Year 8

Six Impossible things, a heart-warming story written by Fiona Wood. Fourteen year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a financial crash within the family, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is falling apart but for now he has narrowed it down to six impossible things.

Dan’s reputation, as he would put it, “A loser, A grade student from a private school, now at a public school with an out gay dad, broke and a mum that is practically depressed”. Estelle the girl next door that everyone likes, Dan’s dream girl, and of course there is Estelle’s obnoxious best friend Janie. Fred, Dan’s best friend who is always there for him until he is set up with Lou, Dan’s new friend. And there’s Jayzo the Jock of year nine, the leader, who has a certain thrill with really giving it to Dan, that just about says it all.

I enjoyed reading Six Impossible things because I felt like I could relate to some of the characters in the story. Being nearly the same age as the characters intrigues me to read the book. Once you start reading it, it’s hard to put the book down! I recommend this book to the 13-14 year old girls age group. And would give it a rating of 9 out 10.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Holly D, Year 8

The book I read was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. This book is very sad towards the end; it is a good book if you enjoy sad endings. A young boy called Bruno returns home from school one day to see that all his belongings had been packed away; he finds out that his dad got a promotion for his job and they have to move very far away. In Bruno’s new home there is a long fence that goes as far as he can see. This gate restricts him from seeing the mysterious people on the other side on the fence. When Bruno gets bored of playing by himself he goes on an adventure along the fence where he meets a boy and they grow a strong friendship. Their friendship suffers from devastating consequences.

There are quite a few characters in this book the main character of Bruno is a nine year old boy whose father is promoted to work as a powerful German commandant. As a part of this job his family have to move far away to a place known as “out-with”. Bruno’s favourite hobby exploring shows many adventures including many that can be upsetting to the readers. Bruno very young, brave and extremely enthusiastic. Bruno just trying to help his friend brings himself into a lot of trouble.

In the book I really enjoyed the friendship shown between Bruno and a Jewish boy because even though they had so many differences they showed that nothing could come between them. I think that this book would be enjoyed by anyone who likes books with sad endings. I give it 9 out of 10.

Mao’s Last Dancer

Samaha W, Year 8

I recently read a book called Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin.

Mao’s Last Dancer is about a young boy who is called Li Cunxin. He comes from a poor Chinese village. At age eleven li cunxin was picked by his teacher to go to the Beijing Dance Academy where he would learn and study Ballet. On his journey he falls in love with an American girl.

I really enjoyed the book Mao’s Last Dancer because it’s a fascinating true story on dancing and has a bit of romance in it. For those who enjoy dancing would probably like this book. I would say this book is suitable year 5 and 6 above.

Harry Potter like you’ve never seen him before!

We all know Daniel Radcliffe as, well, Harry Potter.  I mean, we know he’s a person and an actor and all that – but most of the time it’s very difficult to see past his earnest little Harry Potter expression.  It’s not surprising really, considering Radcliffe has played the role since he was eleven.  He’s literally grown up in the public eye!  So now that the Harry Potter film extravaganza is done and dusted, it seems like Radcliffe is trying to get as far away as he can from his ‘boy who lived’ image by taking on…musical theatre.  Turns out he can sing AND dance as well as act; and he’s not bad either.

Radcliffe is currently playing the role of J. Pierpont Finch, the leading man in a musical called ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ on Broadway.  Check out the video below to see him in action!