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!*
The Intern, by Gabrielle Tozer *Gold award* Josie Browning dreams of having it all. A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism – and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself. Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson. From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell *Silver award*A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. Cath is a Simon Snow fan. But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
The Inky Awards are an annual literary prize for the best new Young Adult books as voted by you. There are two awards: The Gold Inky Award(for an Australian book), and theSilver Inky Award(for an International book.) You can vote for one book from each category, or just select one overall favourite. (You don’t need to read each book to vote!)
Voting closes on Sunday 27th September @ 5pm Winners are announced 13 October @ the State Library of Victoria.
Tree-ear, an orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch’ulp’o, a potters’ village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter’s craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated–until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labour of digging and hauling clay, Min’s irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself–even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min’s work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard. (goodreads.com).
What I enjoyed most about this book was learning about the laborous process of celadon pottery making. The careful selection and gathering of the grey-brown clay, intricate detailed incisions and finally firing of the vessel that would later transform into a delicate green glaze.
I thought I would share with you the magnificent craft of twelfth century Korean Celadon pottery.
Every page was an absolute pleasure to read! Suitable for all ages.
About the author: Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children’s fiction. She has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. She received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.
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)