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Poor Severus…

It’s amazing how one little thing can change the way you see a character in a books. One of the latest viral videos to take the Harry Potter world by storm is this video about Severus Snape. Snape is such a complex character; it’s really not until you read the last couple of books that you begin to understand what motivates him, and even feel sorry for him. In fact, understanding Snape’s actions completely turns the story around.

This video looks at Snape’s life – in chronological order. It takes all the key Snape scenes from the movies and cuts them together in a way that creates a tragically moving story.

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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:

http://choosekind.tumblr.com
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/choose-kind/pledge.php

Happy Reading!
Ms White 🙂

Book Week, done and dusted!

Hi everyone!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Book Week activities! Our photo competition, ‘Read Around St Cath’s’, was a roaring success; we still have all the photos on display for you to look at in the library foyer. Our Thursday Trivia quiz was awesome – so many rowdy and competitive students battling it out! And to all the students who were brave enough to choose a mystery lucky dip new release book – Shaun the Sheep thanks you!

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For those of you wondering which novel won book of the year (for mature readers), the answer is:

Sea Heart by Margo Lanagan

We have a few copies of Sea Hearts for you to borrow if you’d like to read this award winning book!

Would you believe I’m bored?

Right. I know I said there would be no posts over the summer holidays, but I just can’t help myself! I’m so relaxed it’s not funny and I’ve been reading a stack of books, so I thought I’d start reviewing them before I forget them!!  First up? The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams…

I initially picked up Gabrielle Williams’ novel for a few reasons. Firstly, it was shortlisted for the Gold Inky in 2012; secondly, because the cover/tagline was ambiguous/incongruous enough to hook me; and thirdly, because the novel’s protagonist is named Dorothy – which I think is a cool name.

Let me say right now that I’m not sure I’m happy I picked this book up. My hallelujah was reluctant, at best.

When Dodie (short for Dorothy)’s  parents go missing just before her Year 12 exams, she is thrown headlong into a secret that her parents have kept for years – and finds herself driving unlicensed to Sydney with her sister, a guy from school she never speaks to, and a couple of random dudes she’s never met. Oh, and I should mention that there are bad guys on her tail who seem to be ready to kill her.

I wish I could tell you more about this novel, but it’s all based around a plot revelation early on that drives (pardon the pun) the action. I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say that it was probably THE most unexpected plot twists I have ever read. Totes bizarro, as they say.

I like the concept behind this book – it’s kooky and ridiculous and majorly out there. But I’m afraid Ms Williams just doesn’t make it work. The plot is resolved in a most unsatisfactory and disappointing  manner, and she’s not quite able to suspend her readers’ disbelief enough to make this story work.  It’s like putting cream cheese on a chocolate chip muffin, a little NQR. Unless, of course, you like cream cheese on a chocolate chip muffin. I hear it’s good on bagels. But I digress…

I’d say if you’re reading this, you’re probably intrigued, even though I’ve basically given the book the thumbs down.  Another reviewer has described it as Weekend at Bernie’s meets The Da Vinci Code, meets teenage road trip – and I’d say this sums it up perfectly. The Reluctant Hallelujah is a quick and easy read, so even if it’s not your favourite book, it’s certainly an experience.

PRC Morning Tea!

Many thanks and congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 girls who attended our PRC 2012 morning tea. Those who completed the Challenge were presented with their certificate and a lovely spread of goodies to celebrate their reading achievement.

Many of our girls read far more than the required 15 books and it’s fantastic to see so many students getting into the wonder and fun of reading. Congratulations again girls and may there be many happy years of reading for pleasure ahead of you!

The spread! Lots of yummy goodies!!

It’s holiday time!

Well, holidays are upon us again and I’m sure you’ll be doing some reading over the break – I know I will. Don’t forget to pop into the library to grab some holiday reading, we’ve got a range of new novels in that you’re sure to love.

For those writers among us, I thought I’d draw your attention to this article from The Age. It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still be an author. In fact, with the popularity of online publishing and ebooks, the game has changed – if you get your work out there, you never know what could happen!

Happy holidays girls!! 🙂