Monday, 22 December 2014

The Eye of the Sheep


'The Eye of the Sheep' is a magnificent young adult novel written by Sofie Laguna.

The story is written from the point of view of Jimmy, a boy with behavioural difficulties, and the individual and extraordinary way in which he sees and interacts with his world makes for compelling reading.

Jimmy's mother, Paula, stands out as the only person who can truly deal with him.

Thrown into this mix is a situation of inter-generational family violence.

If you are like me the characters in this novel will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading.

Highly recommended.

-Ann

Monday, 8 December 2014

Vietnam Diary


Vietnam Diary
Author: Mark Wilson

This book was about the Vietnam War. This war was after the First and Second World War. This would've been a realistic fiction book because people might have actually sent letters to their loved ones on that time. This war was real but the only thing that might not be real are the the characters. A main theme that came out of this book is love because to show that the brothers really love each other, they play together, they both loved cricket and they couldn't be separated. But when Jason has to go to war Leigh is alone. On the weekends all he ever talked about was the Vietnam War. This made me connect to all the wars in the world because there was a lot of wars over many years and this is one of them.

You might like this book because it is about war. It is good to learn about history and their mistakes. I was interested in this book because i didn't know that much about the Vietnam War. You might also like this book because you might know how some characters feel,  because you might have experienced their pain or you can connect to them. You might have known someone that went to war and never came back.

Sana

Age: 12

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' is Melissa Keil's second young adult novel. Her first novel was the award winning 'Life In Outer Space'.

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl'  is set in small town Eden Valley.

Our heroine is Alba - a teenage girl with attitude - and aspiring comic book artist.

A prediction is going around that the world will soon end, and that Eden Valley will be the only place to survive. This leads hundreds of newcomers to the town. They swarm into town, hippy style, and set up home wherever they can find space.
 
Meanwhile Alba and her close circle of friends have end-of-school decisions to make. Alba, although outwardly confident, is uncertain and scared.

And what of Grady, Alba's best friend since they were babies. Where is this all leading?

Great characterization and storyline.

Colourful and warm.

Recommended reading for teenagers.

-Ann

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Twilight


Title:Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer

This book is amazing . I love this book because it makes me feel in control and helps me feel nice about myself .

Meggan

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

The Fault in our Stars is all about a girl named Hazel Grace and she is a cancer sufferer. She didn't want to go to a Support Group and she likes it when she ends up meeting someone named  Augustus Waters. Firstly they were acquaintances and then when Augustus went to Hazel's house and then they became friends and they fell in love. They were the cutest couple. He made her wish came true, which was going to Amsterdam and meeting her favourite author of "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten so they did that. But this is a sad book that's not such a good thing though because Augustus ends up having a prefuneral because... to find out the rest of this terrific book go and get The Fault in our Stars now. I recommend it
would be rated PG=)
How good was it? Fantastic

Samantha
Age: 8

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Sorrows of Ava Lavender

‘Love makes us such fools.’

On the surface The Strange and Beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton is about Ava, a sixteen year old girl born with wings, who yearns to fit in with everyone else. But this novel also traces her family history, a history of love gone wrong, of myths and fables.

It begins with her grandmother, Emilienne, who fell in love three times before she was nineteen. After the deaths of her siblings, all due to love, or the lack thereof, she married a man she thought would never leave her. Love didn’t enter into the equation.

Ava’s mother Vivianne is just as much troubled by love as the rest of her family. Falls in love with a boy who, after a one night stand, leaves her. From this one night, Vivianne has two children, winged Ava and silent Henry….but all the time waits for her errant lover to return.

This novel is an interesting mixture of fable and magic realism. Nothing and no one are really how they appear. Vivianne has an unnatural sense of smell and can detect the seasons.

"Summer rain smelled like newly clipped grass, like mouths stained red with berry juice – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. It smelled like late nights spent pointing constellations out from their starry guises, freshly washed laundry drying outside on the line, like barbecues and stolen kisses in a 1932 Ford Coupe."

One of Emilienne’s siblings cuts out her own heart, another quietly turns into a bird. Ghosts freely roam this book as though it is the norm. Now it is Ava’s turn to try and find her place. She longs to leave the safety of her home, all that she has ever known. With the help of a friend she sneaks out but now becomes the obsession of a man who believes her to be no mortal woman but an angel.

This novel is like a grown up fairy tale.  If you accept that fact and allow yourself to be swept along with some beautiful writing, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.

Vicki @ Pakenham

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ghost House- Alexandra Adornetto

A boy who with dark secrets buried

And a story that simply won’t die…

Chloe Kennedy, 17 years old and once quite normal; but alas no more. Now Chloe is motherless awash in grief and haunted by the dead, she thought she had banished from her life. Sent halfway around the world with her grandmother and brother in tow Chloe soon meets Alex, a boy carrying his own burden of grief and loss. An unlikely friendship is forged in their common grief and soon Chloe is learning to accept and live with her new life circumstances; a life without her mother but plenty of ghosts. However as the past and the present begin to collide in dangerous ways it will be up to Chloe to settle the past even if it might risk her future.

There is an old saying that things get better with age and this rings true in respect the writing talents of Adornetto. First published at 13 I have been a reader of Adornetto’s for many years and have enjoyed watching with each series her novels mature. Ghost House is her most sophisticated tale yet, adding her own twists to the traditional ghosts stories, Adornetto has created a story and characters uniquely her own. As with all her books what stands out here is Adornetto’s way with words; she manages to forge strong connections between the reader and the characters, especially in regards to the protagonist Chloe, whose every emotion from grief, to anger to indignation seeps through the pages and into the reader. Chloe is a pleasure to read, she is real in her emotions and actions, and manages to be sarcastic without being rude. She is an engaging and likeable protagonists who will have you hooked on reading. Alex, is an untraditional male protagonists, he is not billed at the “flawlessly perfect” male of most YA fiction these days, which is refreshing and I like that he remains a man of his time, for not only is it realistic but it also makes for some interesting interactions between the characters. Ghost house is a story that will excite you, there are some fantastical and unpredictable plot twists that make this a page turner and the characters themselves are so endearing that you will find it hard to let go. Get excited about this one, it is perhaps the best writing so far of one of Australia’s most promising writers. I absolutely cannot wait to see where Adornetto take this…because I have no idea and I love that.


Courtney :)

 
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