Monthly Archives: June 2012

And just like that…it’s holiday time!

Wow, has this term gone fast or what? It’s been a really busy couple of weeks – what with exams and music camp and sports finals. We all need a break! Thankfully, we’ve got hols coming up. And what better way to keep out the cold than to snuggle up inside with a good book (or ten)?

The library will be open until 1 o’clock tomorrow (22/6) for you to borrow for the holidays. If you have overdues, make sure you return them, otherwise you may not be able to borrow.

We’ve got heaps of the latest releases in, just begging to be read. So come on in to the Nicholas Library and borrow something before the end of term!

And if we don’t see you before then, happy reading and happy holidays!

Ms White 🙂

 

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Book Review: The Bridge

I love reading, and I love Dystopian fiction. But let me tell you one thing I DON’T love: reading a great new book, getting to the end and discovering that it’s the first of a trilogy and that the second book hasn’t even been published yet. Yep, I’m starting to get jack of trilogies. 

So when I began reading Jane Higgins’ ‘The Bridge’, I steeled myself for yet another long haul. But I was pleasantly surprised. ‘The Bridge’ is a standalone book; and it’s quite good!

 Nik has grown up in Cityside, where ISIS is in charge, keeping the hostiles from Southside at bay. The hostiles, desperate to cross the bridge, have attacked Nik’s school – the only place he’s known as home. Very quickly, he discovers that not all is as it seems. ISIS is after him. The hostiles have taken the bridges and kidnapped Fyffe’s brother, Sol. In a matter of hours, Nik is on the run and there seems to be only one place to go – across the bridge.

Higgins has created a really bleak and interesting world in her novel. She doesn’t hold back when it comes to killing off characters, so be warned. There are shades of ‘The Hunger Games’ in this novel; it’s very gritty and violent. In some ways, though, I thought it dealt with violence and tragedy more realistically. Like life, everything happens quickly and sometimes unexpectedly, with little time to think.

Ironically, the thing I like about this novel is also the cause of my main criticism. I love the fact that it’s a standalone book, but I feel Higgins wrapped up the ending too quickly. Maybe this is because I’m used to the long drawn out conclusions of a series. Either way, I really liked this novel and would recommend it to Year 8 students and above.

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars

I’m a huge fan of John Green, because he’s one of about two authors who can actually make me laugh out loud when I’m reading his book. His latest offering, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, is no exception – it’s really funny. But it’s also really sad. Like, I-was-crying-for-the-last-third-of-the-book sad. You see, it’s about teenagers with cancer.

Hazel is a seventeen year old living with cancer; and it’s never been anything but terminal. One night, while attending a lame Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel meets the wonderfully charismatic Augustus Waters – both hilarity and tears ensue.

This is not just a book about dying teenagers. It’s actually a book about life, about what makes life important, and how – even when you’re a lollipop headed cancer patient who can’t live without an oxygen tank – someone might still think you’re hotter than Natalie Portman during her ‘V for Vendetta’ period. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ is a love story that is witty and charming, delightful and devastating. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry – it’ll make you appreciate the little things.

Highly recommended to all students.

Happy (or in this case, happy AND sad) reading! Ms White 🙂