Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Neil Gaiman on reaching his readers

Thanks to Deb again...I've just read an article by Lili Wilkinson ( about teens and online reading in the latest Bookseller and Publisher Magazine (April/May 2008). So whether it's websites, blogs or emails, teens are using the net to stay in touch with the world. In fact the web is opening up the world where celebrities can communicate with their fans, writers can communicate with their readers, and fans (of both celebrities or writers) can communicate with each other.

A great example of this is the author Neil Gaiman's online journal
In his journal Gaiman blogs about everything from reporting on his day, answering readers questions, thoughts on books and reading and life in general, and sharing his taste in music with a last.Fm playlist. For any fans of this popular author it's an insight into Neil Gaiman the person...and creates a real community of readers. There's even an audio clip of his daughter interviewing her dad in the "cool stuff" link.

For anyone interested in hearing Neil speak he will be speaking at the Children Book Council of Australia's Conference. This session is open to the public.
Sunday 4 May 2008
Time: 9.00am - 10.30am
Venue: John Batman Theatre, Melbourne Convention Centre
Cost: $25 per person
Bookings: T 9681 6288

Some other author blogs recommended by Lili are
The author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, most notably The Princess Diaries series, Meg Cabot's online diary.
Author of So Yesterday and the Uglies quartet, Scott Westerfeld's blog
The blog of Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Valiant by Holly Black

Valiant: a modern tale of faerie
by Holly Black

Tinker-Bell need not apply.
If you are looking for gossamer wings and fairy dust – this is NOT the book for you.
These are old fashioned faerie folk. The kind who steal babies.
It is a modern tale of love, betrayal, drugs, and loyalty. Well worth taking a look.
(-thanks K for the Tinker-Bell line)

Thursday, 24 April 2008

Book of the Year

The 2008 Shortlisted books for the Australian Book Council Children's Book of the Year have been announced. Check out the titles below and vote for your favourite on our poll.

Jackie French
Join Prince Narmer, the handsome talented boy destined to be king, who after an encounter with a crocodile leaves him horribly scared and therefore no longer the “golden one”, as he embarks on a journey of self discovery.
Set in a time before the pyramids and based on real historical events, Pharaoh will sweep readers along on a fascinating journey through a part of the world we hear so much about today.

Sonia Hartnett
Maddy yearns for her life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen. The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love.

Marty’s Shadow
John Heffernan
Marty's a boy who is troubled by shadows. They won't leave him alone. He needs to find out what they are. It might be something to do with his mother, or something that happened a long time ago. For a while his friend Nariah makes the shadows go away, but not for long. Something is wrong, and it looks like nothing is going to stop those memories coming back.

Love like Water
Meme McDonald
Cathy arrives in Alice Springs from cattle country, looking for a new way to live. But 'new' is a serious challenge for a girl who's used to being measured by her actions, not her feelings. Feelings are slippery, like water. They escape through your hands. Love Like Water is a story of white girl, black boy. It's a story of city and country, self and other, love and friendship. And it's a story of identity, and the many different versions of Australia .

Black Water
David Metzenthen

When Farren Fox's father is missing at sea, all Farren wants is for his brother, Danny, to come home from Gallipoli. But when Danny does return from the war, he is vastly changed. And with the arrival of the mysterious child Souki, the sole survivor of a midnight shipwreck, the lives of both Fox brothers are altered forever. Beautifully written and brilliantly told, Black Water is the epic story of two boys' struggle to make their way in a difficult world.

Leaving Barrumbi
Leonie Norrington

The third novel in the Barrumbi series (The Barrumbi Kids and The Spirit of Barrumbi) by award-winning author Leonie Norrington is a school story about Indigenous and white culture, friendship and families, and growing up.

Silver Reasons @ Narre!

Silver Reasons, the 2007 winner of the Push Start Battle of the Bands in the Southern Metro Region will be at Narre Warren Library this Sunday, 27 April 2008 - between 2.15-3.30pm. Bring along your mates and check out their great sound! Remember it's FREE!

Narre Warren Library, Overland Drive, Fountain Gate

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Robin or Gisborne?

Have you heard the question...Do you like Robin or Sir Guy? Well if you have you know it refers to the BBC series Robin Hood. Series 2 is just finishing up on Saturday nights on the ABC. If you need your fix and need to revisit the adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marion check out our library catalogue for Robin Hood Series 1 or 2 on DVD. Jonas Armstrong plays Robin and (my personal favourite) Richard Armitage plays Sir Guy of Gisborne!


Monday, 14 April 2008


Deb recently told me that there was a word for misheard song lyrics. The online dictionary defines a mondegreen as a series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric.

The Wikipedia gives a great example of this in the movie Kenny when a main character in the film mishears the words of the Australian national anthem as "Australians all let us ring Joyce, for she is young and free" ("Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free").

I had to share this YouTube clip that was on Rove last night. It's a perfect example of a mondegreen. Check it out it's great fun. Really made me ROTFLOL.(Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud)


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