Monthly Archives: May 2013

pc007-cartoon-shakespeare_188164518_stdA huge thank you to everyone who joined us for Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations in the library last Thursday.  We had heaps of enthusiastic students and teachers in the audience and were treated to some wonderful performances from our Year Nine, Year Ten and Year Twelve English students.  The scenes and soliloquies that were performed ranged from the hilarious to the beautifully moving and it was so great to see so many people involved and riveted by the great Bard’s work.

Join us next year for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday – we’ve already got some ideas for 2014 celebrations!

Ms White 🙂

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Review: Looking For Alaska

I very rarely get gushy about any one writer, but I’m afraid I must share my gushy mushy love for American writer John Green.  I first came across John Green’s work in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, a book he co-wrote with fellow author David Levithan. I adored that novel. Then, I read his award winning The Fault in Our Stars and I have been recommending it to basically everyone who walks into the library. Other students who are John Green fans recommended I read Looking For Alaska next –  so I did.

And guess what? I loved it too.

Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter leaves his home in Florida to attend Culver Creek – a boarding school in Alabama.  With a penchant for famous last words and in search of ‘the Great Perhaps’, Pudge is befriended by Chip ‘The Colonel’ Martin, who introduces him to the wild, unpredictable and beautiful Alaska Young.  For the first time, Pudge finds himself among genuine friends, having genuine high school experiences, including a prank war with the ‘Weekday Warriors’ and developing a major crush on Alaska. But a tragedy sets the boys reeling, and they struggle to find the truth as they piece together the past.

I love John Green’s books for a few reasons. Firstly, his characters are so delightfully flawed and real; it’s easy to both love them and want to clunk them on the head for being stupid. Secondly, he deals superbly with comedy and tragedy in equal measure. The sad bits will genuinely make you cry and the funny bits will make you laugh out loud – I am yet to find another author who consistently makes me react as violently as this to their novels. Thirdly, and most importantly, his books have meaning. Green explores all sorts of heavy philosophical themes in his books, but I love that it never feels heavy or laboured. His stories are interesting and his books make you think without you even realising they’ve…made you think. Does that make sense?

John Green’s novels often contain some fairly explicit content (swearing and sex), but if you’re okay with reading that kind of stuff, I highly recommend any of his novels – including Looking For Alaska.

Happy Reading! Ms White 🙂