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)
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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?
Why not borrow an ebook to begin reading today? Check into our Wheelers’ library site to browse through our fabulous new titles. Choose from a selection of popular fiction across a range of genres. We have series and stand alone titles from a number of different publishers. You can borrow these books for 2 weeks. Link to Wheelers through our library page on the portal. You will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your laptop or the Overdrive app or Bluefire Reader on your portable device. Check the downloading instructions on the Wheelers’ page. Please come and see us in the library if you would like help setting up your account.
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.”
Students who seek to read books similar to The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne) and Morris Gleitzman’s Once series will not be disappointed in Suzy Zail’s The Wrong Boy. Australian born Zail is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, whose first person account features Hanna Mendel, 15, living with her family in theDebrecen Jewish ghetto inHungary. Hanna is a talented pianist and has dreams of being a famous musician like her idol, German pianist Clara Schumann. However, her dreams and that of her family, along with the dreams and lives of other Jewish families, are shattered by the Nazis.
When the Nazis arrive and close the ghetto, Hanna and her family, along with other Hungarian Jews living in the ghetto, are being “resettled.” A long and arduous train journey in a cattle car takes them to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp inPoland. Hanna, her mother and sister Erika are separated from her father. Life atAuschwitzis harrowing with Hanna’s mum becoming mentally ill and Erika slowly starving to death until they are taken away ‘somewhere’. But Hanna is chosen to be the camp commander’s (Captain Jager) pianist in his house and while there meets Jager’s son, Karl. The more time Hanna spends at Jager’s house the more she discovers about what is really going on atAuschwitzand the more she falls in love with Karl “the wrong boy”.
The Wrong Boy is a well-written novel that keeps the reader hooked until the end. With a fast-paced and vivid storyline thanks to Zail’s descriptive language makes Hanna and her family’s plight (and those of the other captured prisoners atAuschwitz) seem so real. This is truly a moving and compelling novel, yet is accessible for students from Year 7 onwards.
Joey, a thoroughbred horse, starts off life as a working horse in England but quickly finds himself confronted with the battlefields of Germany during World War I. War Horse is a re-released novel by British children’s and young adult author Michael Morpurgo and is a tie in with the movie directed by Stephen Spielberg. It is a tale of the special bond between Joey and a young boy named Albert and is told from Joey’s perspective.
Joey as a colt is sold to an often bad-tempered and drunk farmer. Luckily for Joey, the farmer’s son Albert loves and cares for Joey. However Albert’s father sells Joey to the British Army to be trained as a cavalry horse during World War I. Albert is devastated and pledges to find Joey. At 16, Albert enlists in the British Army, but lies about his age in order to find Joey.
War Horse is a beautifully written story and is an engaging read for students in Years 7 and 8, but is equally enthralling for adults. The 182-page book is broken up into 21 short chapters making it easily accessible to students.
War Horse the film will be released on DVD on May 2, 2012. Check out the movie trailer below.