Friday, 28 August 2009


The Inky Awards Longlist has just been announced. So, who knows what the Inky Awards are? The Inkys are the brainchild of the Centre for Youth Literature. Teenagers vote for their favourite teenage books. The Inky Awards are divided into three categories - a Golden Inky for an Australian book, a Silver Inky for an international book, and the Creative Reading prize for a creative response to a book you love.

The longlist includes many novels that have been reviewed on Quicksand, such as Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen, World Shaker by Richard Harland, The Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Screw Loose by Chris Wheat.

You can find the longlist at Other features of the website include a regular writer-in-residence programme, and competitions ('win stuff!').


Monday, 24 August 2009

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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Hey followers!

Hope you're enjoying our posts! This one is about a book that is almost a piece of art in itself. Brian Selznick's 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' is about a young orphan named Hugo, who lives with his uncle in the walls of a big train station. He has no money and steals whatever he can to survive, while he helps his uncle maintain and sevice the many clocks in the train station. He also steals small mechanical parts from the toy stand in the train station, to mend a grand machine that his father was fixing before he died. Once fixed, the 'automaton' as it is called, will write out a message, one that Hugo hopes is from his now dead father.
Hugo's world suddenly becomes exciting with the introduction of a young girl named Isabelle, who at first seems like an enemy. Her grandfather owns the toy shop and he catches Hugo stealing one day. As Hugo works more and more on the automaton, more mysteries are uncovered and more secrets are to be found.

The most amazing thing about this book is that it is partly told through text, and partly through beautiful drawings, which fill whole pages and set out the ornate scenes. If you love illustrations, then this book is for you. I found the story to be a bit young for me, but the book's design is totally worth the time taken to read it.


Siggy and Amber

Fergus and his friend Siggy have a strange hobby-browsing for kitchen products on Amazon. An intriguing sidebar captures their attention-'Stuff the Queen.' But when Fergus clicks on it, he discovers the full sentence-'Stuff the Queen would love to own,' listing pots, pans and utensils. The boys are impressed, and bookmark a hollow handle pie-server.

Siggy and Gergus are slightly nerdish fourteen year olds who lurch through summer determined to find girlfriends and improve their lives. Things are off to a good start when Siggy meets Amber. However, they soon take a turn for the worse when Siggy drinks too much, vomiting on Amber's shoe.

The accent of Fergus' Scottish father is also hilariously conveyed-'Yooooo and Ferrrrrrrrrgus beheft lak a pairrr o' stewwwwwpt idjits las' neet.'

This is a great novel written by Australian author, Doug MacLeod. It is filled with bright and funny conversations.

Recommended reading for teenagers.


Sunday, 9 August 2009


21st – 23rd August at the Melbourne Showgrounds
Yes, the Melbourne Anime Festival is here again – Three full days of fun for diehard Anime fans. Now in its tenth year and with a much bigger venue, this year’s festival is sure to be huge.
Events & competitions include – Art shows, Anime music videos, Karaoke, and Video game tournaments. Of all the events on offer, Cosplay is a firm favourite among festival goers. The majority of those attending don a costume of some sort, dressing up as characters from anime and manga, or based on Japanese popular culture, such as Kimono or Gothic Lotita.
The festival also proves to be a shopping extravaganza. The Trader’s Hall is packed with anime/manga related merchandise, including fan traders selling their own original art.
Buy your tickets online or on the day.
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From the Festival Directors – “For the first time ever Manifest is running a full day for the Friday and since it falls during the school term we are offering the opportunity for schools to attend as a class field trip. There are going to be many activities set aside for school only access with an educational and/or Japanese cultured theme. Manifest offers a great opportunity for students to further develop their interests in aspects of the Japanese culture, be it the language, or traditional cultural events to the more modern drawings, animations and video games.”

Monday, 3 August 2009


'We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck'.
So begins 'Feed', a brilliantly imaginative futuristic novel by M.T. Anderson.
Internet implants are directly linked into the brains of humans. Information is accessed via the implants, called the 'feed'. Huge advertising organisations use the 'feed' to promote their wares, and consumers are totally addicted.

Amidst this new world Titus meets Violet...on the moon. Their relationship flourishes, but her anarchic views and upbringing are vastly different to that of Titus and his friends.

Violet comes from a poor family, and her 'feed' is installed late and is of an outdated model. Her health deteriorates and she reaches out to Titus for comfort.

The 'feed', is not a world wide phenomonen. however, and there is a growing resistance movement.

An amazing, thought-provoking novel that reminded me of classics such as 'Animal Farm' and '1984' by George Orwell, and 'The Chrysalids' and 'Day of the Triffids' by John Wyndham.


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