Monday, 28 June 2010

Alice Pung @ Endeavour Hills Library!

Alice Pung will be speaking at Endeavour Hills Library on Tue 6 July from 7-8pm.

Alice Pung's first novel, Unpolished Gem, won the Australian Book Industry Award's Newcomer of the Year award in 2007 and was shortlisted for many other state and national awards. Her second book, Growing up Asian in Australia, is a collection of edited stories from many well-known Asian-Aussies, including Shaun Tan, Kylie Kwong and Jenny Kee. Alice is a frequent contributor to The Monthly Magazine, The Age and The Australian newspapers. She has stories published in The Good Weekend, Meanjin and The Best Australian Stories.

Contact Endeavour Hills Library to book.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Creative writing workshop

Do you like to write?

Join Kirsty Murray who can help you on the path to finding inspiration for your story and give practical tips on writing.

For students in Years 7 - 12.

FREE! Bookings essential! Phone: 9704 7696

Friday 2 July, 2010
2.00 - 4.00pm (break for afternoon tea)

Narre Warren Library
Overland Drive, Fountain Gate

Kirsty is the author of the Children of the Wind series, and other fiction and non fiction books. Kirsty has been shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature in 2010 for her novel Vulture’s Gate.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Did you enjoy 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist', the superb dual author book written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn?

Well, David Levithan has done it again - this time around teaming up with award winning USA author, John Green.

'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' tells the story of Tiny Cooper. Unlike his name, Tiny is not tiny at all. He is large, loud and gay. One of his best friends is Will Grayson, who is much more unobtrusive - and not gay.

Tiny comes up with the idea for a musical called 'Tiny Dancer' in which he writes, acts, directs, produces, choreographs, costume-designs, lighting-designs, set designs and attains funding for!

Meanwhile, Will Grayson has inadvertently entered a porn shop and in a bizarre coincedence has met another Will Grayson. Will suspects that his new acquaintance will get along very well with his friend, Tiny. Little does he know that Tiny is also doing some matchmaking of his own - for Will.

And the musical? You'll have to read the book to find out how the musical event transpires.

Recommended contemporary teenage fiction.


Sunday, 20 June 2010

How to Be Cool: The handbook for the ultimate hipster!

Do you know how to deflect a black hole? Prepare dinner on a car engine? Create a speaker monster? Or twirl a drumstuck? No? Well neither do I. But according to How to Be Cool by Frances Reade, knowing these things will help you become cool!

Now I'm quite comfortable in saying that I am not cool. And no, I didn't pick up this book because I was looking for a self-help book on how to be cool despite what some of my friends think. However, this book is seriously cool. It's full of random and awesome things to do and know, all explained with the aid of colourful graphic images, rather than long paragraphs of instructions.

Pick it up, cool or not, this book is an awesome source of crazy ideas and things to know.

- Rafah

Thursday, 3 June 2010

The Underneath

I would like to recommend a book called 'The Underneath' by Kathi Appelt to readers. Copies of this book can be found in the junior section of libraries and bookstores, but don't let this put you off. Like many timeless classics you can read this book as a child, a teenager or an adult and still be enthralled.

Kathi is a beautiful writer and storyteller, slowly drawing you in to the story, sometimes moving back and repeating words, taking her time. It is a style that is incredibly powerful and mesmerizing.

Chapters are often short, sometimes only a page or two. But Kathi brings every word and every sentence to life.

The book begins with a small abandoned calico cat walking in an old and forgotten forest. She hears the sound of a dog singing the blues and follows the song. Even though the dog and cat are natural enemies, they team up.

The dog, however, is kept on a chain and his owner is cruel and ruthless.

Meanwhile, an old and vengeful creature has been buried in a jar deep beneath the ground.

'Sssssoooooon' she whispers 'my time will come.'

And there is the Alligator King, a hundred foot master of disguise who has lived in the marsh for centuries.

Even the trees hold their secrets and become almost human in this part-myth, part-magical world.

This book has won a heap of awards, such as National Book Award Finalist (USA), Newbury Honor Book, ALA Notable Book...and so on.

Reserve your copy now!


Tuesday, 1 June 2010

A different sort of Vampire

The reformed Vampire support group by Catherine Jinks

I was looking for something a bit different after Twilight, and thought this might be it. Vampires, slayers, werewolves, the ingredients were all there.

Unfortunately it didn’t live up to its potential. My vampires don’t have to be all powerful with super human strength or brooding, or sparkly, but this lot just got on my nerves. Every other sentence was a whine about how weak and sickly they were, the supplements they have to take, how lethargic they always are. Plus they breed guinea pigs as food.

The slayer turns out to be a comic book tragic and the hunky werewolf, well he is hunky, but it’s just not enough. I think its meant to be 'tongue in cheek', but it just didn't work for me.

So if you consider your time as too precious to waste, do yourself a favour and give this one a miss


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