Friday, 24 June 2016
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Maximum Ride is a series written by James Patterson. It is about a young girl named Max and her friends/family on a mission to save the world. One of the reasons that make this book exciting is that both Max and the rest of her gang are half human half bird.
This is a good read because there lots of action and a good sense of humour even for people a bit older the writing is altogether is amazing even though the book are meet for a younger crowed a more mature reader can enjoy this quite well.
Even though this series is very different from most of the books James Patterson normally writes this is still a very well thought out story line is has a good sense world ending danger but as well dealing with teenage problems seen though there eyes.
All up this series is well written fast-paced and fascinating altogether a good read.
By Natasha Brocklesby (Aged 16)
Work experience at Endeavour Hills Library
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
I was dubious about reading 'Illuminae' by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff because a) Science Fiction is not my thing and b) the book is around 600 pages.
But I am pleased to say that I have nothing but praise for 'Illuminae', which has been nominated for a string of awards including Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
The year is 2575, and the remote planet Kerenza is being invaded by a mega-corporation called Bio-Tech. The day of the invasion is the day teenage Kady breaks up her relationship with Ezra.
It is clear, however, that the pair are still greatly attracted to one another and this attraction and
tension is a compelling factor in the novel.
The world(s) in which Kady and Ezra inhabit are very different to our world. Spaceships, jump gates and wormholes enable people to travel from planet to planet.
The unravelling plot will have you riveted as a deadly virus is being unleashed on an unsuspecting population. Chances of survival are slim and getting slimmer.
The writing is sharp and edgy. Ezra's friend and Ezra have a conversation about Kady. His friend McNulty writes 'You are IN' 'PICKING CURTAINS' 'MEETING PARENTS' 'MAKING PUPPIES'.
At one point, Kady asks 'What's a book?' Is she serious? I'm not sure.
'Illuminae' is highly readable. Don't be put off by the 600 pages either-many of the pages are visuals-images that give the reader a sense of space and space travel.
Highly recommended reading for teens.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
"The Yearbook Committee" by Sarah Ayoub as a popular young adult book choice for 2016.
It is the final year of high school and five very different teens are thrown together to form a committee to produce a yearbook. Mayhem ensues as none of the teens get along.
Charlie has just arrived in Sydney from Melbourne, intending to complete her year's study, then move back to Melbourne as quickly as possible. Charlie is sharply intelligent, strong and cynical.
Ryan is the popular school captain whose friends are cool and attractive. From the offset there is friction between Ryan and Charlie and it is clear they are on a collision course. Or is it a case of opposites attracting?
Then there's Matty. The reader gains his/her first impression of Matty as he crawls through a hole in the school fence to escape. Unfortunately for Matty he gets caught half way through by a vigilant teacher. Sigh! But Matty has his reasons for wagging school and we soon find out what they are.
Tammi is co-erced into joining the committee by her best friend and school bully, Lauren. Tammi is also being pressured by her boyfriend. Will she be able to assert her independence?
Last but not least is Gillian, who has parents who are constantly in the public spotlight, and have little time to spend on their children.
Ryan expressed his despair of the whole committee-
'You know,' he says, 'I've debated the best teams in Sydney and won, I've captained our soccer team to three grand finals and won two of those, and I walked the Kokoda Track with my Dad when I was fifteen - and all of that was cake compared to this stupid project!'
Snappy dialogue, humourous and also sad and poignant.
Monday, 11 April 2016
Friday, 18 March 2016
The Bachelor meets a dystopian world. Prince Maxon is now of age to find a wife and this gives the girls an opportunity of a lifetime. 35 girls are selected to live in the Prince’s palace and try win his heart. This would be a privilege for any girl chosen except America Singer, this would mean turning her back on the love of her life, Aspen who is in a caste below her. She goes off to live at the palace and compete for someone she doesn’t even want. During her stay the palace is under constant attacks from the rebels. As America Singer spends more time with Prince Maxon she realises that the life she always dreamed of would not compare to the life she never imagined. The Selection is a great read for the romantic at heart.
Friday, 19 February 2016
Our heroine is Clancy, a sixteen year old girl who lives in a small town and feels like an outsider.
We follow Clancy's life as she attempts to navigate a pathway.
Her family situation is in difficult territory as her father is involved in a traffic incident where two teenagers die and her family is ostracized.
The relationship with her two male siblings is often hilarious, totally believable and sharp. Quarrels and inter-personal communication are typical of daily family life.
Clancy is keenly aware that she is a nerd, with interests such as 'nature club' adding to her lack of social status. Clancy is funny and flawed - time and time again she makes the wrong decisions and upsets those around her. Clancy develops a crush on one of the 'cool crowd' and the reader soon realises that her 'crush' may not have her best interests at heart.
Engaging storyline and a well-written novel, touching on areas such as bullying, gay issues, and friendship.