Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013
by Tony Palmer
This is a great novel which tells us what happened in World War II.
A man who lived on a farm decided to join the armed forces. The army he joined was untrained before they went to World War II. Australia entered World War II in September 1939 to support England who had declared war against Germany. The second Australian Imperial Force was sent to fight Germany in North America (2nd AIF) and when Japan attacked the British and Australian force in Singapore the British were defeated. Japan destroyed the American pacific fleet in Pearl Harbour. Japan invaded New Guinea and planned to move around and attack Australia. the Japanese thought that Australia would be pushed easily. An untrained army went and fought Japan. They had very little food and drink. They fought Japanese and defeated them.
Reviewed by Shivpreet S. of Year 7
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
by Rick Riordan
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Monday, July 22, 2013
I believe that Miss Hinton did indeed achieve her purpose with this work, that being to educate the world on some of the issues facing the teenagers of her day, and to illustrate that they were not all they were made out to be. I love that the message of this book is still applicable to life many years after its being written. The book encourages readers to rethink their stereotypes on the teenage generation, now mine, and gives them pause to think about life from their, or our, perspective. The book was very strong and emotional, but written beautifully enough that I could not put it down or simply look away. This was largely due to the fact that there was so much about the lives of some that I had yet to figure out, and have now. Perhaps the only shortcoming of the book was that Miss Hinton did not delve deeper into the school life of our 14 year old protagonist, as this would have made it easier for the teenagers of her day to relate all the better to the book. The name of the book itself implies that it is in the perspective of those who are shunned by society, pushed away from recognition.
The Outsiders was captivating and I would love to read it again to try and fully understand the hidden meanings of a book written before this era, perhaps I may understand better the context of the book. I would recommend this book to all people my age, although it appears to have been initially intended for older generations, in the hope that they too may learn the troubles behind the troubled face of our generation. Perhaps understanding each other would enable us to be able to break down the prejudicial barriers preventing our generations harbouring a healthy relationship.
Reviewed by Aaron P of Year 10.
Posted by Patsblacktown Library at 4:32 pm
Friday, June 21, 2013
Where does reality end and fantasy begin? This question is explored in Doug MacLeod’s The Shiny Guys. Fifteen year old Colin sees giant cockroaches that stalk him and eventually compel him into their world. Colin has a dark secret past that haunts him and his family. Will the shiny guys help him or drag him further into a refuge of fantasy? His ‘friends’ in ward 44 are carried along into the drama, but they have their own issues to deal with.
The Shiny Guys is shortlisted for Book of the Year and I hope it wins! This was a fascinating read and I would recommend it, especially for the study of Appearance vs Reality.
reviewed by Mrs Sue D.
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Mr Kim C.
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Monday, May 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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By Morris Gleitzman
This is a great book for a person who wants to know about different cultural backgrounds. Jamal and Bibi are trying to escape an evil government and landmines in Afghanistan. They need a safe place so they go to Australia. The story has a lot of ups and downs with adventure in their trip. I really liked this book and I hope you will like it too.
Reviewed by Tej K. of 7C18
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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Monday, November 12, 2012
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In the shattered ruins of a post apocalyptic America, Collins takes us through the dark remains and to Katniss Everdeen. She is forced to compete in the 74th annual Hunger Games, a game where the only rule is to kill, or be killed. Katnisss joins with eleven other girls from across Panem, the remains of America and twelve boys from all of the 12 districts. Her courageous fight, use of manipulation and the hardships of surviving a world fallen apart, is described in a continuously suspenseful mood. The detail that is put into characters and their personalities is awesome and varies from the bulky and erudite Peeta, to the hidden and stealthy Fox-Face. No character is flat or boring and almost all are unique.
Reviewed by Christos F 8D19
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