Monday, 28 December 2009

The Poison Throne

The Poison Throne is the first book in the Moorehawke Trilogy by Celine Kiernan. The story follows a talented fifteen year-old female apprentice, Wynter Moorehawke and her friends, Razi, the King's illegitimate son, and his wild, tomcat friend Christopher.

After five years of exile, Wynter and her father return to the Kingdom to find it changed from the peaceful place they once knew where ghosts roamed freely with the living and talkative cats were respected. But King Jonathon has changed, people are forbidden from talking to ghosts and cats and the heir to the throne has disappeared. A battle is underway, with the mysterious weapon, the "Blood Machine" at its centre.

This is a great read for sci-fi lovers. It has the perfect combination of suspense, romance, political intrigue and adventure all while taking you into another world. Kiernan is a fantastic writer and is particularly good at keeping the reader in suspense; I was glued to the book. My only disappointment was that Wynter never gets to display her talents in this book but Book 2 sounds promising!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Paper Bead Art

Crafting beads for jewellery from paper has been around since the Victorian era but it was a first for us at Hampton Park library.

Young adults gathered with staff as a pre Christmas activity to learn about the method of making these elegant and unique pieces of art. Who would have thought it was so easy.

Once shown the basics, they proceeded to put their own imaginative and creative touches to the task and left with plenty of ideas to try at home.

As you can use left over paper including gift wrapping, magazine and newspapers, it’s not only an eco friendly activity but involves using materials easily found around the home.

The process is quite simple. Triangles are ruled, cut out of coloured paper and rolled onto a bamboo skewer using a glue stick to adhere. Different shaped beads are achieved by using triangles of different lengths and widths. Leaving each bead on the skewer as you go, they are then sprayed with a gloss varnish. When dry they can be threaded onto elastic or leather to create a necklace, earrings or bracelet. Our group also used other beads provided from old necklaces to separate the paper beads and add to the look of their creations. It was amazing that something so simple could be so effective and the group were very pleased with the results.

Kim and Moira @ Hampton Park Library

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Anthony Horowitz

For all lovers of Alex Rider I found this clip of Anthony Horowitz talking about Crocodile Tears. Wait until the end of the clip as it's worth seeing the way into Anthony's office!
Anthony will be talking at State Library Victoria in May as part of their schools program so tell your teachers to check out the website

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Crocodile Tears

Anthony Horowitz's new novel 'Crocodile Tears' is hot off the presses!

Alex Rider is done with spying for M16. Back to the life a normal 15 year old should have; school, friends, homework. For the last year he has missed these things while traveling the world as Britain's youngest spy. But for no longer.
At least, that's the plan. But when a fame hungry journalist threatens to reveal Alex's secret life to the rest of the world, Alex is forced to make a deal with M16, the only people who can protect his secret.
Alex finds himself snooping in restricted areas, stealing clues and dodging bullets once again, in a quest to uncover a lethal plot set to destroy the population of Africa.
I loved this book, as I have all the other Alex Rider novels. Anthony Horowitz is a master of suspense and intrigue, and keeps the pages turning until the very end.
5/5 stars if you like adventure/spy/action/mystery reads!


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

If you're six, or fifteen, or forty three years old my bet is you'll enjoy this gorgeous story, written by David Benedictus.

'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood' is a sequel to 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'The House at Pooh Corner', the oustanding children's books written in the 1920's by A.A. Milne.

All the original characters are here - Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear (who has put on weight since the last series), Piglet, Kanga, Roo, a depressed Eeyore, Rabbit and his friends and relations, Owl, the bouncing Tigger, and Henry Rush.

And there is a newcomer to the forest - Lottie the otter.

'Oh la', she says, 'See my fine fur coat, and see my golden eyes, and long tail. And beware my red tongue and sharp white teeth.'

The sequel is just as charming as the original books. The author is highly respectful of the tone, setting and characters of the A.A. Milne novels.

Piglet is still in deep fear of heffalumps.

Pooh completes his daily exercises - two push ups, two pull ups and a lie-down, and is chased by a swarm of bees.

Wise Owl (who spells his name W-O-L) attempts to write some family memoirs, with hilarious results.

Various adventures include a cricket match between the two-legged and the four-legged creatures, and the creation of a forest school with Eeyore in charge.

Borrow this book for your baby sister or brother and read it yourself, preferably under the sheets by torchlight.


Thursday, 3 December 2009

Inky Awards 2009

And the award goes to.....................

The Inky Awards for 2009 have just been awarded.

From the host, Inside a dog:
The Inkys are international awards for teenage literature, voted for online by teh readers of There are three awards: the Golden Inky for an Australian book, the Silver Inky for an international book, and the Creative Reading Prize, won by a young person for a creative response to a book they love, in any format they choose.

So you voted for them and the winners are:

Golden Inky
Where the Streets Had a Name
by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Silver Inky
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Check these out from your library or check out the other titles that made the 2009 Inkys longlist and let us know what you think.


Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The Twilight at the End of the Tunnel

New Moon was the "twilight at the end of the tunnel" for me due to it opening the day after I finished my year twelve exams. It was something I eagerly awaited...though possibly for the wrong reasons. See, I went to mock. My expectations were very low and went in expecting it to be a comedy (although it's meant to be drama). All this had arisen from the first movie and my revelation that really, Twilight, is trash.

So, a new director, a bigger budget, a buffer Taylor Lautner and a lot of expectations from squealing tweenies. Did it make a difference? Yes it definately did. The direction was fantastic compared to Catherine Hardwicke's attempts and I particularly loved the chase scene between Victoria and wolves with Death Cab playing in the background. Consequently, the acting improved considerably although perhaps this had to do with the fact that Robert Pattinson wasn't in most of it. Kristen Stewart pretty much carried the movie herself with some assistance from Taylor Lautner and she did not do too bad of a job. And that 30 pounds of extra muscle on Taylor had (much to my disgust) girls screaming and gasping in the cinema.

It stayed fairly close to the book, with minor changes; one I didn't like was Bella actually getting on the bike with the bikies on her 'shopping' spree with Jessica. But ultimately the moral of the story remains in tact; that you can only get over a guy with another guy (pardon my cynicism) comes across strong. The special effects aren't too shabby either, the wolf transformation are quite impressive.

All in all, the cast and crew have done pretty well with the characters, storyline and script that they're dealing with and quite frankly, even if it was awful, the tweenies would be satisfied. Not as many mockable moments as anticipated (though there were still a few; Alice's premonition at the end anyone??) but a fair good effort.

I enjoyed it, despite my heavy criticisms but that's because it's Twilight and I can accept it as trash and not a great literary or filmic work. Besides, we all need trash every now and then to indulge in.

New Moon: I'd give it maybe 3 out of 5. Fans will be pleased. And perhaps the funniest moment was looking at all the 'I kissed a vampire and I liked it' and 'Team Jacob' 'Team Edward' t shirts as we entered and left the cinema. Priceless.

You might like this if you also like...: Vampire Diaries, Twilight books, any vampire related texts or just a break from reality...


Aged 18 years

Thanks for your review Bec. I took the liberty of editing a word but the context is still there. All you New Moon lovers feel free to comment and give your opinion!!! Cen

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