Tag Archives: books

Love is in the air…

At the Nicholas Library, we don’t believe in Valentine’s Day – we believe in LIBRARY LOVERS DAY! We’ve started the new year with a display of books about lurve. And why not go on a blind date with a book? Choose one of our pretty pink and purple parcels of mystery and see if you’re a perfect match!



Video: Ranting About Books

I’ve posted a video from popular author John Green on this blog before. Today, I’m going to post a video from his brother, Hank. Together, John and Hank are the Vlog Brothers and the videos they produce are a whole lot of awesome. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re really informative and sometimes they get a little ranty – and it’s the ranty ones I enjoy the most! (Probably because I’m partial to a jolly good rant myself!).  Check out the latest rant from Hank about books:

Happy Watching!
Ms White 🙂

Book Review: Wonder by R. J Palacio

“My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August was born with a syndrome that makes him look a bit different. Actually, a LOT different. So different that people stare at him. All the time. August is about to start a new school, which is nerve wracking for most people. But when you’ve never been to school before in your life and you look different, it’s terrifying. Not all kids are nice. But not all kids are nasty.

Wonder is a really interesting book. It’s divided into sections and each section tells the story from the point of view of a different character. As the story unfolds, the reader gets to see a range of perspectives; characters that you thought you had figured out at the beginning of the book are not always what they seem by the end.

This is a story about survival, but also about being true to yourself and being kind to others. August’s deformity is never going to change, there is no hope for a ‘grand cure’ in the end. What does change, however, is the way people see August and how they treat him. It will make you both laugh and cry at the same time.

If you like books by John Green or enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, you would probably enjoy Wonder. I recommend it for Year 7 and up.

After reading this book, you might want to sign the pledge and ‘Choose Kind’. Just one act of kindness can make all the difference. Check it out:


Happy Reading!
Ms White 🙂

Inky Award Winners

On Wednesday, Mrs Shortal and I took some very enthusiastic Year 7 girls to Inky Fest, where the winners of the Inky Awards were announced. Drumroll please…



The general consensus was that both books very much deserved to win their respective categories; everyone was pretty happy with the result! To read a review of The Fault In Our Stars, click here. I’ll be reading Shift next and posting a review very soon!

If you’d like to look into being on the teen judging panel for 2013, or would just like to read more reviews and get involved in some book discussion, don’t forget to check out the Inside A Dog website.

HOLIDAYS!! *Does holiday dance*

Yep, it’s all about holidays this week! Exams are over (for now), and while we’ve officially started Semester Two (no rest for the wicked, it seems), I know everyone is hanging out for the hols.  Now, we’ve got heaps of new titles in the library for you to borrow, including Holly Black’s latest novel, ‘Red Glove’, Cassandra Clare’s 4th Mortal Instruments novel, ‘City of Fallen Angels’, and the latest in Michael Grant’s Gone series – ‘Plague’.

If you want to boost your numbers for the Premier’s Reading Challenge – which ends in August by the way – The Age has just published some of the latest additions to the PRC Book List:

 The Three Loves of Persimmon  Cassandra Golds
 Cherry Crush  Cathy Cassidy
 My Worst Best Friend  Dyan Sheldon
 Meet Poppy  Gabrielle Wang; Lucia Masciullo
 Water  Geoff Havel
 Shadow Souls  L. J. Smith
 Quest for the Silver Tiger  Mo Willems
 Anything But Typical   Nora Raleigh Baskin
 The Emerald Casket  Richard Newsome
 The Red Pyramid  Rick Riordan
 One Perfect Pirouette  Sherryl Clark
 The Cloudchasers  Steven Hunt; David Richardson
 Reckless  Cornelia Fluke
 The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher  Doug MacLeod
 The Other Countess  Eve Edwards
 I Am Number Four  Pittacus Lore
 The Midnight Zoo  Sonya Hartnett
 Get a Grip Cooper Jones  Sue Whiting
 Bright Young Things  Anna Godbersen
 Big River, Little Fish  Belinda Jeffrey
 Little Dorrit  Charles Dickens
 The Dragon Book  Jack Dann; Gardner Dozois (edit)
 The Sky is Everywhere  Jandy Nelson
 Will Grayson, Will Grayson  John Green; David Levithan
 The Winds of Heaven  Judith Clarke
 Liar  Justine Larbalestier
 Beautiful Darkness  Kami Garcia; Margaret Stohl (ill.)
 Guardian of the Dead  Karen Healey
 Beautiful Monster  Kate McCaffrey
 What Now Tilda B?  Kathryn Lomer
 Shark Girl  Kelly Bingham
 Raw Blue  Kirsty Eagar
 Saltwater Vampires  Kirsty Eagar
 India Dark  Kirsty Murray
 Vulture’s Gate  Kirsty Murray
 When Courage Came to Call  L. M. Fuge
 Fallen  Lauren Kate
 Going Bovine  Libba Bray
 Withering Tights  Louise Rennison
 Linger  Maggie Stiefvater
 Now  Morris Gleitzman
 The Picture of Dorian Gray  Oscar Wilde
 Swerve  Phillip Gwyne
 Beyond Evie  Rebecca Burton
 The Blue-eyed Aborigine  Rosemary Hayes
 The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner  Stephenie Meyer
 Mockingjay  Suzanne Collins
 The Uninvited  Tim Wynne-Jones

Happy reading and happy holidays!!

Ms White 🙂

Teen Book Video Awards

Are you a high school student?

Do you like books and films?

Then create a 90 second book trailer and you could win $1000, as well as books for your school!

Random House are running a competition where students create a book trailer for one of a selection of new release novels.  A book trailer is pretty much exactly the same as a movie trailer – the idea is to create a short video that entices the audience to read the book.  You can include bold headings, images of what you think the characters look like, even snippets of video.  The idea is to capture the genre and general feel of the novel in 90 seconds.

There are a whole array of online video creation websites for you to use:

http://animoto.com/  (Probably one of the best ones to use!)

Here’s an example of a book trailer for ‘Passion’, the third book in the ‘Fallen’ series by Lauren Kate:

Interested in entering the competition? Visit http://www.randomhouse.com.au/Kids/Default/Page/General/Section/teenbookvideoawards/ for details.

Don’t forget to see me in the library if you need any assistance putting your book trailer together!

Have fun!

Ms White 🙂