Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I recently went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But first, I have a confession to make: I have not read the Harry Potter books. Once you've recovered from your initial shock I hope that you might continue to read my review.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince begins with Harry's return to Hogwarts after facing a terrifying experience with Voldemort in the previous movie. Upon his return to school, Harry discovers a potions book that belongs to the mysterious "Half-Blood Prince" and also takes up a quest with Dumbledore to delve deeper in Voldemort's past to uncover a secret that could defeat Voldemort.

While my Harry Potter friends (who haven't completely shunned me) always tell me about how much the movies leave out, this definitely seemed to be the case with this movie. While the movie began on an exciting high, I felt that the story lacked coherence. I also didn't enjoy how it failed to address how and why the Death Eaters had entered the Muggles world. Still, the movie was somewhat enjoyable, if a little jumbled, with rollercoaster romances and Ron always managing to bring some comic relief to the sombre movie.

However perhaps some of you Harry Potter readers found the movie more enjoyable than myself? I'd like to know what you guys think.



Friday, 24 July 2009

Tunes for Winter Rockin'

Hey guys,

Sorry I've been away so long!!! I haven't read anything lately that I wanted to write a review on. I've been reading the Thursday Next series that Riannon reviewed for us a while back (and I would also recommend), so don't think I haven't been reading!

I happened to notice about 5 minutes ago that two of my favourite albums of the moment are now in our catalogue and ready to borrow, so i'll tell you about each!

Karnivool - Sound Awake
This is the second album from Aussie band Karnivool, and it's a damn good effort I think! It has a good mix of melodic rock and really good head banging stuff too, my personal favourite is track 3, entitled 'New Day'. If you like their stuff you might also like Birds of Tokyo, which are lead by the same frontman as Karnivool, Ian Kenny.

Placebo are one of my favourite bands EVER, so I pre-ordered the special edition pack when I heard about their new album. The sound is slightly different from their past albums, a little bit more electronic, and a little faster paced on the whole, but still fantastic! They sound like no one else, and the songs are instantly recognisable as Placebo thanks to Brian Molko's unique voice.

Definitely check these ones out guys, I highly recommend!

Thursday, 23 July 2009


I had never heard of Christine Hinwood until now, but after reading her debut novel, 'Bloodflower' I hope to hear and read much more from and about her!

'Bloodflower' is set in a medieval-type society. In the opening pages a family are on a snail hunt. Pin's two brothers face each other, nose to nose, daring each other to eat a snail. Chomp!

But the central character within the story is Cam, Pin's older brother. Cam has just returned from the war where the Downlanders are fighting the people of the north (the Uplanders).

Cam is the only one to return home from his village, and suspicion follows him, especially when he rides an Uplander horse and seems conflicted in his allegiances.

Nothing is black and white and Cam is a complex personality. He finds it hard to fit back into village and country life. Although he is betrothed to a village girl this betrothal is revoked by her father and Cam chooses his own path - a path that is difficult and unexpected.

Great characterisation, action and plot.

Highly recommended!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Casey Idol

Casey Idol is back, bigger and better than ever for 2009!

Casey Mayor Geoff Ablett is encouraging "singers, dancers, comedians, musicians, bands and magicians" to audition for the right to hold the coveted title for 2009.

There are 3 performance categories:

  • Primary School Age
  • Secondary School Age
  • Open
Auditions will be held on Friday 31st July, Saturday 1st August and Monday 3rd August at the Casey Civic Centre at Fountain Gate (next door to Narre Warren Library).
The finals will be held on August 29th at the Arthur Wren Hall in Hampton Park (next door to the Hampton Park Library)

Entry fee is $10 per act. Audiences are welcome and encouraged to make a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to the Mayoral Charity Fund.

So polish up your act, practicing and get your act submission in. More details and all the paperwork are available from the City of Casey.


Monday, 20 July 2009

Fortunes of Indigo Skye

Have you ever thought about what you would do with a million dollars? How about 2.5 million dollars? Personally, I would delight in the predicament of receiving such a windfall. I can see it already: huge shopping sprees and long exotic holidays where I can laze by a pool and sip refreshing cocktails all day long! Ah, that’s the life!

In Deb Caletti’s new novel, ‘The Fortunes of Indigo Skye’, this is the very situation faced by eighteen-year old waitress Indigo after a customer leaves her a whooping 2.5 million dollar tip. As could be expected, receiving such a large amount of money is life changing for Indigo, however unexpectedly, in ways that are not always for the best. Caletti’s novel explores Indigo’s journey as she struggles to come to terms with her sudden affluence. Relationships with friends and family are tested as Indigo’s perspective of the world and her place in it has been altered immeasurably.

So, is it true that money can’t buy you happiness? Give this novel a read and find out!


Thursday, 16 July 2009

Calling all young authors and poets

Do you enjoy writing short stories or poetry? If you do, here is a chance to share your creations with an appreciative audience and possibly win a cash prize.

The Friends of Doveton Library Inc are proud to present the 09 Young Writers Short Story and Poetry Competition. Entries are open to two age categories: 8-11 years and 12-15 years. For each group the limits are:

  • 8-11 years Short Stories: 50-250 words long
  • 8-11 years Poetry: Up to 20 lines
  • 12-15 years Short Stories: 250-750 words
  • 12-15 years Poetry: Up to 40 lines
Competition entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form available from the library website and must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 9th October 2009.

So get those pens and creative juices flowing!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Jarvis 24

David Metzenthen's writing just gets better and better.

Jarvis 24 is set in contemporary suburbia, unlike several of his earlier historical novels.

Life is seen through the eyes of Marc E. Jarvis.

Marc is a typical teenager. He regularly loses his belongings. He is fixated with girls.

And he has a week to come up with a place to do his work experience.

When he spots a fantastic looking female coming out of a used car dealership he knows where he'll be trying out for work experience!

Life opens up for Marc and his friends in unexpected ways.

They are on the cusp of adulthood, and new friendships are made and built upon.

A very enjoyable read, with moments of hilarity but also moments of thoughtfulness and insight.


Monday, 13 July 2009

Buttonology at Hampton Park

During the school holidays 15 teens attended a buttonology craft activity at the Hampton Park Library.

Who would have thought that buttons could be worked into such amazing pieces of wall art. Letting their imagination guide them, the girls transformed their blank canvas into unique and funky mosaic pieces.

If anyone is interested in following up with this creative work, you can search the internet with “button art” and see what comes up. REALLY AMAZING.

The art work is on display at the Hampton Park Library until the end of July.

Kim and Carol

Monday, 6 July 2009

Community Service at Cranbourne Library

A busy week at Cranbourne Library for Community Service student Kate who offers this day-by-day description of her time helping out at the Library...

Day 1:
I started off putting magazines on shelves and then put books on shelves. I weeded (got rid of the bad ones) books and withdrew them. I then helped find Storytime activities.
Day 2:
Shelved books. Then helped pick out books and nursery rhymes for Tinies' Time (for babies and small toddlers). In the afternoon I read a story called The Most Perfect Spot, in the picnic-themed Storytime (for ages about 3-6).
In the afternoon I went down to Casey Fields for the launch of the Read Like a Demon literacy program that the library was doing with the Melbourne Football Club. Since I was there on community service I was asked to help out and do the football club a favor, by dressing up as Ronald Deeman, the Melbourne mascot for them…. Yes, I spent my Tuesday afternoon in a demon costume….if only the Winchester boys had been there.
I met Felice Arena (author of Specky McGee) and two Melbourne players whom I didn’t technically meet - Stefan Martin and Lynden Dunn.
Day 3:
Boxed books. Shelved books. I spent all afternoon making a display for the school holiday program's, Shaggles Magic Circus World (now sitting in the Cranbourne library foyer). It’s very colourful, you’ve been warned.
Day 4:
Shelved. Got asked where things were. Finished display (I drew a clown with googly eyes and pompom buttons and an elephant). Weeded some more. Junior Fiction section this time though. Alphabetized some magazines with the intent of shelving them but got called to come to Doveton library where I am now sitting writing this….

I’m tired now, and am 10 minutes away from having completed 32 and ½ hours of community service. Don’t worry, this community service isn’t in lieu of jail, who am I?! Chris Brown?! Nope. It’s for school.

THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Kate.
aged 15

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