Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Tomorrow all will be beautiful

Tomorrow all will be beautiful, a collection of short stories and poetry by Brigid Lowry is the perfect thing to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Semi-autobiographical in nature, the characters in this books don't always choose conventional paths in life.

Like the ordinary looking housewife who attends a literature class and wonders about the handsome boy in her class.

Or the imaginative Curriculum Vitae...Before that I worked in a bookshop/Before that I was a hippie with a baby on my back/Before that I ran a flea circus.

Or middle-aged Malcolm who drives a rusty Gemini but enjoys the thrill of lane-hops and the quick move in his life.

Subtle illustrations work well alongside the text.

After reading this collection maybe you'll be inspired to put pen to paper and write a story or poem yourself...

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Update Your Wardrobe!

Want to update your wardrobe but can't afford to? Well you can customise your old clothes using 101 ways to customise your clothes by Petra Boase, and fix torn clothes with the help of Hand Mending Made Easy: save time and money repairing your own clothes by Nan Ides.

Hand Mending Made Easy is really useful and full of heaps of handy, quick and easy tips on how to fix any item of clothing; from fixing broken zippers and loose threads in a cardigan, to altering your pants, which is what I've done. I know the original jeans look darker, but they're actually both the same colour - it's just my photography skills aren't so great.

101 Ways to Customise Your Clothes is also full of many easy-to-do ideas and it allows you to update your wardrobe without having to spend money on new clothes. I know I have a heap of clothes in my closet that I haven't worn but I've begun wearing some of them now after making them more interesting, like the top on the right.

So you might not be able to see it clearly, but my jeans had a rip in them right below my left knee (bottom left). Instead of throwing my jeans out I decided to cover the rip by shortening my jeans and making it into 3/4 pants (bottom right). It's actually pretty easy as the book explains it clearly in easy step-by-step instructions. But it does take a bit of time depending on how crafty you are! And guys, you can do this too! (Or maybe you can get your sister to, if you ask really nicely!).

So if you'd like to know how to convert your old jeans into funky new shorts just click above on the title to see which library it's available at, or you can request it in to pick up! I highly recommend both these books, especially if you like getting crafty with your clothes!

Release your inner fashion designer!


Monday, 16 March 2009

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Back again guys, and you'd better brace yourselves this time, because I have a BIG announcement to make... *drumrolls*

'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is totally captivating; after reading the first page, I knew already that I was going to love this book. No jokes, no exaggerations, and I was right.
Nick and Norah are virtually strangers, who are thrown together by a random question one night "Will you be my girlfriend for the next five minutes?" Nick asks Norah this in order to avoid/look good in front of his ex, who has just walked into the club with a new guy. This is the start of an amazing rollercoaster of a night. The whole book is about this one night they spend together, but don't let that put you off. It is in no way dragged out, or boring.
The entire novel alternates between each of their thoughts during the night, the entire story is told through their thought processes.

This review probably doesn't do justice to the overwhelming amazingness of this book. It's also great if you're into music, as there are hundreds of music references throughout the story.
Also, it was made into a movie recently, (which I haven't yet seen) starring Michael Cera (the dude from Juno).
Be aware though, that it does include a lot of swearing and adult themes, so it's probably not appropriate for anyone under 16.
100 out of 5 stars!!!!!

Manga at Emerald Library

Learn to draw Manga with the awesome artists from Oztaku - the largest community of Manga artists in Australia.

Manga is the fastest growing literary medium around, so this two-hour 'step-by-step' workshop is a great chance to learn how to create your own cool characters!
Check out the displays of Manga items for you to borrow! Free drinks and snacks!

For ages 12 - 17 years.

Friday 17th April, 2.30 - 4.30pm
Emerald Library

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL! - $1 Booking fee to confirm your place!

One for the Girls!

Yesterday morning I watched "Sunday Sunrise" and saw an interview with Lauren Luke who is a YouTube phenonema. She gives makeup tutorials inspired by actresses and singers. The clip below shows a Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love eyemakeup tutorial. It features step by step instructions on how to get the look. Lauren is just a "normal" looking girl - cute, warm and funny. I hope you enjoy the clip. You can check out Lauren on
or her website

Friday, 13 March 2009

The Fire Thief

The Fire Thief by Terry Deary

This book is the opposite of the front cover. It looks serious and engaging, but it is just one big joke. It has no back bone, no solidity and I dislike it greatly, which is a shame, because I like almost everything when it comes to books. It is still worth a read although, as my opinion is so harsh on it because of my personality. Some people may find it to be worth reading.
Enough about the front cover, and onto the story, it starts in Olympus, the Land of Greek Gods. Prometheus (he is being punished for giving fire to humans) has escaped his punishment of being chained to a rock and having his liver torn out every day, only to be grown back. He managed to escape, but not before Zeus caught him. Zeus then sent him one million years in the future to 1885 to find a human hero, in a mean world with thieves and pollution everywhere, a place where his problems multiply quickly.

age: 15 years
This book is similar: Discworld series.

Thanks Jake...Books are like that aren't they...we can love them or hate them! Now to all you Quicksanders..let us know if you have read The Fire Thief and liked it. Just click on the comment key and let us know. Cen

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Little Brother - Cory Doctorow

Hey Guys!!!
Hope you're all well and enjoying Quicksand still!

Today i'm talking about a brand new book in our libraries called Little Brother. Now, if you have any interest in computers and technology, I can guarantee you'll enjoy this twisty novel, as it is filled with computer technology lingo. It has everything! It's suspenseful and intriguing, and really hard to put down.

The main character is Marcus, and the novel follows the story of him and his friends after a terrorist attack in their city, San Fransisco. The group are mistakenly apprehended as suspects in the attack, and are questioned and probed for information. Once they are finally let go, they return to find San Fransisco has been taken over by government agents in the interest of 'public security'.
Marcus decides enough is enough, it's time to put an end to the invasion of privacy. IT'S TIME TO TAKE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.
It's a political, hilarious, mysterious, and completely enjoyable!


Blood Beast

Blood Beast by Darren Shan

Blood Beast is the fifth book in the Demonta series, it continues on the life of Grubbs Grady. The book is a fantastic read. Perfect for lovers of the fantasy/horror genre. It has demons, werewolves, magic and Lord Loss, a demon that feeds on misery. It pulls you in and lets you into the world of demons with excellent writing and characters. I suggest reading Lord Loss, Demon Thief, Slawter and Bec before you read this, especially Lord Loss, as I considered it the best of the series, even though it is the first book. I also advise young readers (below twelve) that this book does not hold back on details when it comes to the gory bits, which is good beacuse it makes the book more precise in telling its story.

Similar to Keys to the Kingdom, Eragon.
Great place to read this book is at night, under the light of a lamp
Rating: Fantastic

name: Jake Noble
age: 15

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Our Little Secret

In Our little secret, fourteen year old Edwina Saltbush is the wryly humorous narrator of this story. Various family events are hilariously conveyed. Like, for instance, the accidental fire her brothers start at the local Church, quickly averted by the Reverend who throws Communion water on the fire. Or the memorable trip to the local show, whereby a caramel cream roll which was to be entered in the cake cooking contest ends up being thrown into a bush.
The main themes in the story are much darker, though. A local girl is raped walking home from school, and local attitudes are far from sympathetic. Edwina, too, has a dreadful secret which becomes too much for her to bear.
Powerful writing by Australian author, Allayne Webster.

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