Tuesday, 22 April 2014

HANG IN THERE BOZO

HANG IN THERE BOZO : the Ruby Redfort emergency survival guide for some tricky predicaments by Lauren Child.

A follow on from the Ruby Redfort adventures, this pocket size guide has it all. Everything from finding your way without the aide of a compass, how to survive a bear attack, lighting a fire without matches to deciding whether an alien is friend or foe. Do love the handy at-a-glance ID chart…how else would I have discovered the difference between the Queen of England and a stick of dynamite?

A sometimes humorous, sometimes deadly serious look at survival. Must admit the section on dealing with individuals who you know are dangerously dull is vital reading!

 As Ruby says REMEMBER: NEVER SAY DIE.
·      Stop.
·      Think.
·      Decide to be calm.
·      Focus on that glass of ice-cold lemonade.
AND HANG ON IN THERE, BOZO….

Good read – Vicki @ Pakenham

Thursday, 10 April 2014

LGBTQ YA fiction


Ask the passengers- A.S. King


Courtney :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Why we took the car

I always keep my eyes and ears out for translated junior and young adult fiction as I know they will be top class reads!

'Why we took the car' by Wolfgang Herrndorf won the German Youth Literature prize, and has been translated into English by Tim Mohr.
Mike Klingenberg is an awkward teenager with delusions of grandeur who somehow befriends Andrej Tshichatschow (known as Tschick). Tschick has recently arrived in Germany from Russia, and is quite an enigma with his cool attitude and alcoholic breath.
Mike's adventures begin with Tschick arrives at his house in a beaten up Russian car (a Lada). Tschick is an under-age driver and the car has been 'borrowed.'
Neither boy has been invited to the popular girl Tatiana's party and they are both p....ed off and ready for action.
Off on a road trip they go to Wallachia - a German euphemism for the 'middle of nowhere' and also a region of Romania. They meet some crazy, fascinating people along the way.
As you can imagine, the teenagers get into all sorts of trouble.
Tatiana is never far from Mike's thoughts and Tschick gives Mike an insight into why his peers aren't particularly friendly towards him. Things are not always what they seem and maybe Mike is not as boring as he thought he was.
Each chapter begins with a picture of the Lada - the car's headlights shining on the chapter number. This adds to the overall quirkiness of the book. I loved this clever, very appealing novel and I recommend it to Quicksand readers.
-Ann    

Monday, 24 March 2014

Me since you

A girl rebelling against her father
A boy struggling with the loss of his father
One choice and one moment will bring these two together
And change their lives forever…

Rowan Areno is a teenager struggling to find herself in the adult world; her life is a balancing act of responsibility and rebellion but with a cop for a father Rowan’s lives with higher expectations of behaviour, expectations she doesn't always meet. When one day Rowan decides to skip school she could never imagine the ripple effect that would follow that one minor indecision. Lives are lost and destroyed in a heartbeat. For Rowan she will struggle to deal with the consequences that follow that day and in the process will learn what and who really matters. A heart wrenching tale about a father and daughter who both struggle to grow in a dangerously frightening and vindictive world. It will take the compassion of one boy for Rowan to truly understand what life is all about and accept that in life we disappoint the ones we love but it does not make us love one another any less. Life will never stop because of one’s pain, for Rowan this means accepting the choices she and others have made because that will be her only way forward. To live, love and forgive; it’s never easy but always necessary.

Weiss doesn't hold back one inch in this captivating and heartbreaking tale of love and loss. At times Me after you is quite harrowing and sad but none the less an honest and heart-warming portrayal of life in the everyday world. I will admit that I was shocked by the plot twists in this tale, from the immediate consequences of Rowan's decisions to the shocking aftermath months down the road. I was stunned, this tale will take you on an emotional roller-coaster ride from the very heights of young love to the very depths of despair in grief and depression. As a protagonist Rowan is likeable without being annoying or condescending. Eli is so endearing and it was great to see a young character with maturity beyond his year; I can only say that I would have liked to have seen more of him and heard more of his story because he was the character who intrigued me the most. Ultimately what grabs about this novel is the surprises and plot twists nothing in this book was what I was expecting and that in itself makes it a great read. All in all Weiss has delivered a phenomenal tale about life, love, loss and forgiveness; one that I recommend everyone read, it may break your heart but it will also uplift you with the hope that there’s always something more. A must read for YA readers in 2014.

Courtney :)


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Galax-Arena

Long before anyone had heard of the 'Hunger Games,' Gillian Rubinstein wrote a magnificent novel for teens called
'Galax-Arena'.
I was reminded of the similarities between the 'Hunter Games' and 'Galax-Arena' in a recent article I read, which then led me to re-read 'Galax-Arena'.
In 'Galax-Arena', three young people are kidnapped and transported to a whole new world where they are forced to perform as acrobats in an inter-gallactic arena with dozens of other performers.
Their situation is chilling - they must perform or face dire consequences.
Of the three young kidnapped people one is not a gymnast. Peter was the golden child of the family: a talented and gifted sportsperson. Liane excelled in ballet and Joella, well, Joella had lots of pets.
But Joella is intuitive and has an uncanny ability to see things clearly. It is Joella who discovers a fly in their new surroundings which leads her to question all she has been led to believe. Are they really in another galaxy after all?
Gillian Rubinstein has produced an amazing storyline with gripping characters.
Who can forget 'Bro Rabbit' - a hand puppet belonging to Liane who somehow comes to life.
'Hip, hop, hai' says Bro Rabbit 'Ya gon die.'
Unforgettable.
-Ann

Friday, 14 March 2014

Page to Screen: 2014 YA book to movie adaptions


Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead (Trailer)
Divergent- Veronica Roth (Trailer)
Fallen- Lauren Kate
If I stay- Gayle Foreman

The Maze Runner- James Dashner (Trailer)

Courtney :)

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Harry Potter Series

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling has 7 different books that goes through the life of Harry Potter and his journey throughout Hogwarts, the school for wizards and witches. I have re-read the whole series twice, as I find it very intriguing and Rowling’s use of language and techniques builds up the suspense which makes me want to read it more. Most people would have seen the movie, but wouldn’t read the books as they are too long. But honestly reading the book is much more enjoyable as it goes through everything in much more depth, and you would understand everything better. Each book brings out new adventures and mysteries making you want to follow them in their journey. My favourite book out of the series would be the 5th one, Order of the Phoenix. I don’t know why I like that one the most, but every time I want to find something to read in my spare time my mind automatically thinks towards Order of the Phoenix, though it may be long.

At first when I started the first book of the Harry Potter series I wasn’t really into it, but as I continued reading I found myself wanting to read it more which then lead me to read the whole series and I’m  glad I didn’t stop at the first book otherwise I would have missed out on reading a book that was well worth my time. If you haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books, I suggest you go and do so now because I know for sure, even if you  aren’t into books to do with the supernatural theme, it doesn’t matter as this series will not disappoint you.





- Emily, age 15

 
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