What have you been reading lately?

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Tell us about what you have been reading. These a few of the books I’ve been reading lately. You can borrow them too from the Learning Commons!

RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)This is an intriguing introduction to the world of Blue Sargent. While she doesn’t have the clairvoyant ability of her family to read the future, she does possess the ability to make the energy stronger.  She becomes enmeshed in the lives of the local Aglionby boys, with strange and tragic stories of their own.

SPARK (Spark #1 ) by Rachel Craw How would you react if  you knew your DNA had been altered? This is the experience for  Evie, who is one day an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.”(publisher’s blurb”). Check out Rachel Craw’s trilogy Spark, Stray & her new release Shield.

JUMP (Twinmaker #1) by Sean Williams is a really intriguing look into the future of technologies and the fabrication and enhancement of goods and the changing impact of this society on our identiies.

ILLUMINAE (Illuminae #1) This is a great read if you enjoyed the 100 by Kass Morgan. Think artificial intelligence, intergalactic consipiracy and warfare. Be prepared to read official reports, transcripts, secret code, leaked memos and forbidden communications between crew members as our characters battle their way to safety.

 

Ms Austin


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


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...

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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 


Inky awards ~ Winners announced!

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Thank you to all who contributed towards the voting of *Inky Awards for teen fiction!

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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.

 

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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?

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Eleanor & Park

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9781409120544Two misfits. One extraordinary love.
Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.  Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. 

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor. He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds who begin to fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young and brave, with nothing to fear or lose.

 Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”– John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars”  

This romantic and fun read is very popular… Be sure to reserve your copy in the library today! 🙂

Mrs. Robinson 


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” )

 


City Of Lost Souls – Just Released!

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 City of Lost Souls

This is the epic new chapter of in the Mortal Instrument series you think you know all the characters well you don’t. With the forces of evil growing stronger and more eager for the end of the world as we know it. Will they find Jace before he gets swept into into the tornado of trouble that is sweeping through the downworld. Will their old enemies come back to haunt them and will Simon find the courage to embrace his past.

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8755776-city-of-lost-souls

 Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_FUJU3q9xY

 Visit Cassandra Clare’s website: http://www.cassandraclare.com/    or

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