Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Sky so Heavy

by Claire Zorn

Set in the Blue mountains and Sydney this novel will appeal to adolescent readers. Set in the aftermath of a nuclear attack overseas our region experiences isolation, winter conditions, food shortages and uncertainty.
Sixteen year old Fin is the main character and he leads a small group as they search for sustenance, hope and family.As well as creating suspense issues such as relationships, faith and corruption are explored. 

An easy and thoughtful read. 

reviewed by Mr Kim C. 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Break Of Day

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

This is a fast-paced book for all those people seeking a fun read.
This book is about a boy named Percy who has a very unique dad. Now you might be wondering what is so good about his dad. Well his dad is Poseidon, the god of the sea.

His destiny is sealed when he arrives at camp half-blood. He must kill Kronos, the king of The Titans. Kronos wants to take over the world and kill all of the gods.

If you want to get addicted to reading books like this, the Percy Jackson series is probably the best place to start your reading adventure.   

reviewed by Krishal C. of Year 7

Monday, July 22, 2013

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders is a novel first published in 1967 by S.E. Hinton, about the wanton violence and day-to-day lifestyle of teenage gangs or more specifically, hoods.
The Outsiders is written from the perspective of Ponyboy Curtis, the 14 year old brother of Sodapop and Darrel, hoods in a local gang. It describes in detail the highs and lows of being associated with a gang. We are told about his predicaments in fitting in with his grade and gang, and his difficulties in the harsh reality of his bleak existence. He has worries about being attacked by the Socs, a gang of rich folk who all live in the north side and harbour a deep hatred of the greasers, or the southern gangs. The first climax culminates in the accidental killing of a Soc by Ponyboy’s friend, Johnny. The ensuing debacle forces the duo out of town and into fresh troubles in the countryside. We begin to understand the harsh nature of the teens on the fringe of society, something that compares remarkably to the state of the same environment today. A rescue mission into a burning church in the country by Ponyboy and Johnny shows us that our first impressions of these “misfits” were indeed unfounded, and we start to have an inkling of where Miss Hinton is coming from. As Johnny suffers a life threatening injury which he later dies from, we finally understand the message that Miss Hinton wanted to make, and indeed, this message still holds much weight in today’s society, some forty years after initial publication.
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.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Shiny Guys

Book Cover: The Shiny Guysby Doug MacLeod

'Wouldn't it be funny if they were real?'

'Shiny red men?'

'What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad?'

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.

Everything you need to know about SHARKS and other creatures of the deep

Everything You Need to Know about Sharks: And Other Creatures of the Deep"Everything you need to know about SHARKS and other creatures of the deep" certainly lives up to its title. Living at 591.77 EVE this new book is fascinating. Our daughter, who has dived extensively around the world, found it engrossing – facts, amazing photos, trivia diagrams and catchy headings make this an excellent browse. The fourteeen "Who am I? " photos were particularly engaging. If you are into the ocean, fish, photography or adaptations you will find this book hard to put down.

Mr Kim C.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Issues in Society series

Our library subscribes to a series called "Issues in Society" and I draw your attention to some recent editions.The "Asylum seekers and immigration debate" is centre stage on our national agenda and this book is an excellent resource (published 2013) to inform and clarify one's perspective on this issue – political briefing papers, fact sheets from Government Departments, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Commission, Churches……Worksheets at the end would assist individuals or classes to synthesise the information.

Among the other topics that have recently arrived in our library are Same-sex marriage, Media Ethics and Homeless People.

Highly recommended for personal reflection, senior classroom use or debaters/public speakers.

Mr Kim C.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is a story about a young teenager named Artemis going on a rather unexpected, yet planned adventure with his butler ironically named Butler, and Butler’s niece. This story involves fairies but it’s not a fairy-tale, technology although it’s not a sci-fi and lasers, explosions and evil plots even though it’s not adventure.
The storyline goes like this; Artemis Fowl lived in a rich family, with a mansion, butlers and bodyguards. But one day for reasons unknown the Fowl family lost their fortune that they earned through a string of crimes. After his father’s death and his mother’s… let’s say condition, Artemis was determined to regain his family’s fortune even if it involves kidnapping fairies and understanding technology way ahead of his time.
Reviewed By Chris M. of Yr. 7

Give Peas a Chance

By Morris Gleitzman
If short, action packed, funny stories are your thing then Give Peas a Chance is definitely the book for you. I don’t personally like reading but when I read this book I loved it. The short stories got straight to the point and got me totally engaged. Plus there was a huge variety of short stories. I never knew what I was going to be reading next. Some stories had me in stitches laughing and some had me off my seat in excitement waiting to see what would happen next. So if you love short stories I totally would recommend this brilliant book to read. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did.
Reviewed by Chase C. of Year 7

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pretty Little Liars

by Sara Shepard

‘Pretty little liars’ is a well-written and definitely intense book in the way it throws new complications at the reader, making it difficult to put down. It hits a bullseye with the dramas of every teenager’s life; major twists that makes you want to be in the book. Not only is it quite laughable, but really smart. The antagonist’s identity is unknown making you suspect each and every character until something happens to either clear up their name or make them an even larger suspect. Overall, ‘Pretty little liars’ will always have you wanting more, it definitely left me wanting it all.

Reviewed by Stephen V. of  year 9


by Alan Tucker

This is a true story and one of the best you will read -it’s about a father and son. The dad tries to teach the son how to fire a gun. As you start reading it you will really get into the story. Alan Tucker has written a great war story for boys. When the enemy charges the boy is not scared. I think this story is about not getting scared about anything.

When dad was teaching his son how shoot he heard something in the bushes. The dad told him to stay low but when the son faced the gun toward the bushes they heard laughing and they knew that it was the son’s friend. So I think this story has humour and a good message for the reader.

Reviewed by Nathan S. of  7C18

Spookiest Stories

by Paul Jennings

Once you start reading the first two pages you will never put this down. The book is full of the scariest stories Paul Jennings has ever written.  This book has short stories that you will never stop reading including Skeleton on the Dunny, Without a Shirt, Grandad’s Gifts and Lighthouse Blues; these are just some of the stories in this book. Most of the stories are adventurous, crime and more.

The thing that is great about this book is that it also features mysteries. If any story has a mystery then that book is great book for people to read. For example: the second story: Skeleton on the Dunny, is a hysterical adventure story. In this story there is a boy named Bob. When he was fourteen his parents died so he had to live with Aunt Flo. In her house it was like a library, it was so quiet.

The one thing that Bob did not like was the toilet. It had spiders and cobwebs everywhere. Not just that but also a skeleton. One-day Bob had to go to the toilet. He saw a ghost and was very scared. He shattered his tooth and the tooth fell down the toilet. Then he got a plate for his tooth, but that fell down as well. So he went looking for the plate and found it.

It turns out that the ghost was old Ned. Old Ned was a man who looked after the painting while Aunt Flo was gone. But old Ned stole this really precious painting and died in the dunny. On a windy day the painting was found on top of the dunny.

As I said a million times this book will be the greatest spooky book you will read!

Reviewed by Kirishoth K. of 7C12

Boy Overboard

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Amulet, the Stone Keepers Curse

By Kazu Kabishi
The Stone keepers curse is the second instalment of a 3 book series. The book was very interesting because of the elements of fantasy. This book includes many fascinating creatures. It has an almost dingo dog creature which accompanies the stone keeper on her journey. This creature will also be the one which helps the stone keeper control her powers .The stone comes with all different abilities but the most used one is an ability to get rid of enemies and survive.
The curse that comes with the Amulet stone is that if you use the stone too much it will gain power over you and send you mental. When this stone takes over your body you become basically a slave to it, using your body to work its own magic. Luckily in the story this crisis was averted and they used the stone for them and not against them. In the end good rose over evil and the stone keeper along with the moving house earned the reward they wanted.
By Richard B. c15 yr 7


By  Morris Gleizman
Then. A wonderful heart-warming story set back in the year of 1942. If you didn’t already know, 1942 was in the middle of a terrible time period called the holocaust. The holocaust was a period of time where the Jewish race were being scapegoated and murdered all because of one man by the name of Adolf Hitler. Then is the second  book of a three part series. It’s about 2 children named Felix and Zelda. Felix is a Jew, innocent and kind, and Zelda, a funny child not Jewish but catholic. Zelda, for the protection of Felix pretends she’s Jewish. If you have read book number one Once, you see that Felix and Zelda both escape from a moving train going straight to a Concentration or more commonly known death camp. But in Then, they stumble across a nice lady who cares and protects them, even through she knew she is in grave danger for hiding a Jew. The story then escalates from there. People start to investigate who the children are. Then Felix experiences the shock of a lifetime…      

Review By Mohak I. 7C18

The lord of the rings: two towers

By John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
Lord of the rings: the two towers is a wonderful story that was published in November 11, 1954.  It was also made into a movie in 2002, preceded the Lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring. This book is strongly in the fantasy genre . It is about Frodo Baggins going to Mordor with his best friend Samwise Gamgee, while Aragon Legolas and Gimli are fighting the Orcs, Dragon and horse riders. They are also looking for Pippin and Mary.  As Frodo gets closer to Mordor he gets hurt. He wants to put in the ring to his finger but if he does the Orcs will find him and kill him.

By Luis S. 7c14       

And now for the Weather

by Pauline Clayton
If you are concerned about Climate Change or spectacular weather events this book is for you. Despite the look of a book printed on the cheap this is a comprehensive coverage of the mundane, the unusual and the controversial. Maps, storms, drought and El Nino are explained.The contribution of significant weathermen is discussed. The impact of the sun and moon on our atmosphere is thoughtful. The "what have we learnt" response to each of the BIG weather events is particularly powerful. We are now in a position to add our own coverage of Superstorm Sally's impact on the Pacific coast of the USA.
A great read for Geographers and all affected by the weather.
Reviewed by Mr Kim C.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets written by J.K. Rowling, tells the story of a young boy by the name of Harry Potter who is in his second year of schooling at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Locked away at the home of Vernon and Petunia Dursley, he is confronted by a house elf named Dobby who warns him of dark things that are to happen at Hogwarts this year. Despite these warnings he still returns to Hogwarts for his second year. The Chamber of Secrets is opened and horrible things begin to happen. Muggle-born after Muggle-born are petrified and after several circumstances where Harry displays some evil qualities about himself, he is placed at the centre of these tragedies. Will Harry discover the truth behind all of these occurrences? Will he put a stop to all these attacks? Will he find the Chamber of Secrets?

Personally, I really enjoyed reading this book because there is never a dull moment. This book always leaves you intrigued and eager for more. I give this book 8 out of 10.

Reviewed by Jacob. B of B6

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

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.
This is sure to please everyone in the teenage range, with romance and a love triangle for the girls, whilst action will take over for the boys. In short, The Hunger Games is one of the best books I’ve ever read and not only does it give you the sense of a post apocalyptic world, but makes you relive it, each page an awesome read.

The Hunger Games has a reason for being a best selling book. But this is just the first book… 
Reviewed by Christos F 8D19