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
If you loved the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas– you will lovethe Bone Sparrow, by Zara Fraillon.
At the centre of this moving storyis a friendshipbetween 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 centrein 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 Rohingyaethnicity. 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 pendantand 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 friendshipbetween Subhi and Jimmie at the centre of the novel slowly reveals the differences and the similaritiesbetween 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
TheChildren’s Book Council of Australia announced the surprising Book of the Year Awards,in recognition ofthe 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.”
The 2016 Inky Awards Shortlisthas 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 mostvotes 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 theBook Review section of our blog ~ OR our Library Catalogue
to give your selected book choice a star rating review!*
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.”
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 funand enjoying the experience ~ not only does it taste nice but cooking can be a really rewarding experience!) 🙂 In “Cook 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” )
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)