Stories for Anzac Day Reflection

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We have brought together a collection of stories in reflection for Anzac Day 25th April 2017, including historical fiction, series and true stories of soldiers accounts. A particular title which highlights this is “From the Trenches” – a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting. Drawn from diaries, memoirs and letters, as well as poetry, reportage and prose, this collection reminds us that the Anzac legend is rooted in real and tragic circumstances. Belying the common perception of the laconic digger, these voices convey the range of wartime experience, from the desolation and horror to the unbridled excitement and camaraderie. Through it all runs the bleak toll on young lives.
We especially love our picture book stories too, with beautiful illustrations that truly capture the significance of this day, remembering the Australian soldiers who fought in the First World War and sacrificed their lives for our country.
In reflection of this day, we will be holding a “poppy making activity” in the Library at lunchtime, this Wednesday 26th April.
Everyone is welcome to join us and make a poppy which you can take home with you.

Miss Mammone





Great Australian Fiction

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Why not read local?

We have some fabulous Australian authors with great stories just waiting for you to read.

If you enjoy those international best selling authors, check out some novels with similar themes and ideas with an Australian flavour.

If you love:

The Fault in our Stars by John Green, check out Zac & Mia by AJ Betts

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, try Mercy by Rebecca Lim or Shadows by Paula Weston

We were Liars, check out On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Divergent, try Jump by Sean Williams or The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymuilina

Come check out our display in the Learning Commons for a wider taste of Australian Fiction.

You can also follow the latest updates in Oz fiction at  #LoveOzYA and always remember to click on Inside a Dog for great reviews by teens.

We would love to hear all about the great Oz books that you have been reading. Leave us a comment or write your own review in the Reviews section of this blog.

Ms Rosalie Austin

*New in* ~ The Bone Sparrow

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bone sparrowIf you loved the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – you will love the Bone Sparrow, by Zara Fraillon. 

At the centre of this moving story is a friendship between two different children, who despite their circumstances discover and ultimately rescue each other. The only world that Subhi has ever known is within the confines of a detention centre in remote country Australia where he was born and now lives with his Maa and older sister, Queeny. They had escaped persecution and death in Myanmar due to their Rohingya ethnicity. On the other side of the razor wire fence, just over the hill, lives frizzy, flame-haired Jimmie, with her working dad and brother, Jonah, in their modest house on the outskirts of town. Jimmie is struggling to cope with her mother’s death, sporadically attending school and longing to spend time with her grieving absent father; Subhi carefully navigates his way through each day, keeping a watchful eye on his ailing mother. One night, Jimmie ventures out over the hill and under the razor wire fence where she meets Subhi. Jimmie’s bone sparrow pendant and her precious notebook, filled with her mother’s handwritten stories, spark fear and fascination in Subhi. With each secret rendezvous, the two learn more about each other. We are painted a picture of the harsh realities of life in immigration detention centers in this confronting story, written from Subhi’s point of view. The blossoming friendship between Subhi and Jimmie at the centre of the novel slowly reveals the differences and the similarities between the two children. Through understanding and empathy, the characters in this story are well developed. “A story within a story” offers a sense of hope throughout the narrative. Sensitive readers will be challenged by the cruelty and harsh conditions depicted in the detention centre. For more mature readers, particularly those who have read similar novels such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the Bone Sparrow will prove to be unforgettable and thought provoking.  (From Magpies, Nola Allen) 

Reserve your copy from the library! 🙂
Miss Mammone 

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

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The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the surprising Book of the Year Awards, in recognition of the wonder and talent in Australian children’s literature. In celebration of the 70th Anniversary, the CBCA awards reflected the strength and medley of the book industry;  where over 400 books were entered. Judges had the difficult task of choosing only one winner and two honour book recipients from each award category.  As Professor Margaret Hillel (Chair of the CBCA National Board) expresses;  “We are wonderfully privileged to have access to quality literature, especially for children and young adults which is essential for their development of literacy skills. Australian picture books are also recognised internationally for their innovative and creative illustrations. There is a joy with children’s literature that will stand the test of time; from turning the pages and reading together, the reader is enriched with fascination and delight.”

Honour Books



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Why not read one for yourself?  Borrow/reserve your book today from the Learning Commons!  Remember you can leave us a comment or review on our blog!  🙂

Miss Mammone

Inky Awards ~ Vote now!

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The 2016 Inky Awards Shortlist has been announced!  The Inky Awards are an annual literary prize for the best new teenage books as voted by you.
There are two awards:  *Gold* (Australian book) and *Silver* (International book.)
Seven teens from across Australia served as this year’s amazing judging panel, selecting a wonderful shortlist to celebrate the tenth year of Inky Awards...





Now it’s your turn to be the judge! ~ You choose which books will be this year’s winners!
Vote for your favourites now ~ And you could win all 20 books on the 2016 Inky Awards longlist!*
The book with the most votes in each category (Gold or Silver) will win the 2016 award.
Use #InkyAwards to join the celebrations and go for the Inky Awards books you think are the best.

Voting closes on Sunday, 18 September at 5pm.
Winners will be announced on 4 October at the State Library Victoria.  *Book here.*
*The prize will be randomly drawn at the State Library Victoria on 19 September 2017. The winner will be notified by email.

Which book do you choose?  We want to know your thoughts ~ why not write a little review? 🙂
*Leave us a comment in the
 Book Review section of our blog ~ OR our Library Catalogue
to give your selected book choice a star rating review!* 

Happy voting & good luck!  😀
Miss Mammone 

Author visit: Melina Marchetta ~ Tuesday 17 September

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You are all warmly invited to a special event not to be missed …
The author of Looking for Alibrandi,  Saving Francesca and others books …

Melina Marchetta will be visiting us!
When:   Tuesday 17 September
Where:  PAT
Time:  9am – 10am  – Meet and talk
             Recess 10:30am– Morning tea and book signing

Come along and bring a copy of your book if you have one for her to sign!

We are excited and looking forward to this special visit.
Hope to see you there! 🙂
The Library team

The Amber Amulet

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Check out this dramatic adaptation of Craig Sivey’s new novel, The Amber Amulet. Follow the intriguing exploits of Silvey’s Superhero, The Masked Advenger and Richie the Powerbeagle as they protect the people in their neighbourhood by “harnessing the dormant energy that lies within objects that citizens overlook”. In the words of this superhero: “I don’t mean to pry, but saving people is my calling. Yours Vigilantly, The Masked Avenger.”

Mrs Austin

It’s winter…Warm up with some delicious recipes!

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Do you cooking?  Do you watch Masterchef?
Then you will simply  these delightful new books we have… from the Masterchefs’ themselves!

 Australia’s much loved Chef’s Gary Mehigan and George Colombaris create a scrumptious range of recipes for you to cook and enjoy with family and friends.  In “Your place or mine”,  together they have picked 43 of their favourite ingredients, and there is a recipe for each one!  With gorgeous photos and exciting recipes, I find it simply irresistable and wanting to try out every single one. (Even though I doubt that mine will turn out as well as theirs, but practise makes perfect!… it is all about having fun and enjoying the experience ~ not only does it taste nice but cooking can be a really rewarding experience!) 🙂 InCook with Us” – the Chefs share with us their 20 “classic cooking techniques” with 80 of their delicious recipes.
Why not get cosy this weekend? Come and check them out for yourselves…and grab your copy before it’s gone!!
Happy cooking! 🙂
From Mrs. Robinson.  (Who loves food)
P.S. Here is my “Recipe Pick” to share with you!…(Found in the book “Your place or mine” )


2012 Children’s Book of the Year Shortlist

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During the holidays the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced its Children’s Book of the Year 2012 Shortlist. The books are judged on literary merit, quality of illustrations, book design, production, printing and binding. The CBCA Book of the Year winners will be announced on Friday August 17.

The OLMC Library has most of these books already, with others on this list arriving soon.

Book of the Year: Older Readers (Year 7 + Young Adult Readers)

Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel by Michael Gerard Bauer


A Straight Line To My Heart by Bill Condon


The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner

Ship Kings: The Coming of the Whirlpool by Andrew McGahan

When We Were Two by Robert Newton



Book of the Year: Younger Readers (Appropriate for Year 7 and 8)

Crow Country by Kate Constable

Brotherband: The Outcasts by John Flanagan

Nanberry: Black Brother White by Jackie French

The Truth About Verity Sparks by Susan Green

The Golden Door by Emily Rodda