Tuesday, 21 December 2010

More More Fav Reads 2010.

Courtney from our Cranbourne Library (and a regular Quicksand Blogger) has a few favourites.

The Piper’s Son- Melina Marchetta. Thomas Mckee’s life is broken but with friends and family who refuse to let him fall Tom will start putting the pieces of his life back together.

Girl saves Boy- Steph Bowe. Sacha Thomas has a terminal disease while Jewel Valentine has been slowly dying since her brothers death 10 years ago. How can they save each other?

Mercy- Rebecca Lim. Destined to fall…in and out of people’s lives, forever searching for answers, for her destiny and for him…Mercy must seek the truth if she is ever to be free again.

Halo- Alexandra Adornetto. Dark forces are rising! Three Angels are sent to earth to bring peace. But falling in love with a mortal wasn’t part of the plan.

Deb from CCLC HQ recommends 2 old favourites that she listened to this year on audiobook.

The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody YA Read by Peter Hardy. These YA books are proving to be unexpected delights! A gripping tale of teenage friends in a school library attic fighting evil in the town. Perfectly read and an absolute treat.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, read by Peter Coyote. 13 year-old Brian is lost and alone in the Minnesota woods after a light plane crash. The story of his survival is awe-inspiring while listening to the dulcet tones of Coyote is a joy. A simply beautiful novel. The second novel, Brian’s Winter (read by Richard Thomas) starts off with “in the first book, Brian is rescued. But what would’ve happened if he hadn’t?” So this is an alternative ending. FANtastic! And in the final book, Brian’s Return, once again read by Peter Coyote, Brian returns to the woods. This series is lyrical and gentle mixed with adventure and some quite gripping encounters. Coyote does a brilliant job, his native American voice so mellifluous. Beautifully written and highly enjoyable.

Deb, Peter and Cen from HQ all thought the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman was "pretty good". What a uniquely wonderful story; it is beautifully written with an absorbing storyline. The characters are engaging, carrying the ‘reader’ through a gamut of emotions from spine-tingling fear and anger, to laughter and of course, to tears. It deserves every accolade it has garnered. I feel hard-copy readers may be a little short-changed by missing out on this great audio version, but to not read it at all would be a very *grave* omission.

Laura from Hampton Park Library has been reading the John Flanagan series called Rangers Apprentice. I'm reading book 10 called "The Emperor of Nihon-Ja." I'm enjoying it and although I haven't finished it yet I can't put it down either. I love how the characters relate and interact with each other. The storyline is great and you can't help but be swept away on the adventure the book takes you.

More Fav Reads 2010

Ok so here are some more favourite books read by staff in 2010. Enjoy!

Lisa from Cranbourne Library - My fav YA read for the year would have to be ‘The Ghost’s Child’ by Sonya Harnett. “This is a profoundly sad yet joyful story of life and love and the importance of doing both - living and loving - to the best of your ability.”

Shannon from Cranbourne Library - my favourite grahic novel from this year was "100% Perfect Girl" Author: Wann. It seems to begin with a typical cinderella romance, which I don't normally like, but I was hooked by the surprising plot twists, drama and action that unfolded, and it has beautiful artwork.

Josie at Endeavour Hills Library - The Host by Stephenie Meyer - no vampires, but a great read (especially if you don't read the blurb first). Provokes thoughts about sharing space.

Monique at Narre Warren Library enjoyed Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. In a similar vein to Twilight, Zoey Redbird is marked and destined to become a powerful vampyre goddess, however some hurdles lie in her way at her new school “House of Night” and Zoey must trust her instincts to keep her and her friends alive.  Excellently read on a Bolinda eAudiobook by Edwina Wren.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Staff Favourites for 2010

Hi Everyone,

I recently asked our Library Staff to name their favourite reads from the Young Adult Collection. Here are some of their fav reads in 2010.

Naomi from our Pakenham Library enjoyed the Gallagher Girls series. Only The Good Spy Young - number 4 in the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter; It's best to read the series in order, but I thought this latest one was the best.

Naomi also recommends The Hunger Games series. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - the lastest book 'Mockingjay' came out this year. The whole series is really good!

Catherine enjoyed Grafitti Moon by Cath Crowley. A long night of expectations and adventures unfolds in this story of teenagers finding their path and a little romance, too.

Casey at Cranbourne Library loved Looking for Alaska by John Green. Definitely the best book i've ever read!

I'll include some more Fav reads of 2010 over the next few posts this week.

Friday, 17 December 2010


Exiled from heaven,
A lost soul seeks her soulmate…

‘There's something very wrong with me. I can't remember who I am or how old I am, or even how I got here. All I know is that when I wake up, I could be any one. It is always this way. There's nothing I can keep with me that will stay. It's made me adaptable. I must always re-establish ties. I must tread carefully or give myself away. I must survive.’

Mercy doesn’t know who she is, what is she or what she’s done to deserve the purgatory of shifting in and out of other people’s lives. All she does know is that she longs to be reunited with Luc, her beloved. But that is not to happen just yet as Mercy wakes up to discover her latest host to be ‘Carmen Zappacosta’, a somewhat shy sorparno singer on her way to Paradise for an inter-school concert. It’s in paradise that Mercy meets Ryan a delinquent boy on a quest to find his twin sister Lauren, who was kidnapped two years. Through gifts she can’t comprehend Mercy sets about to track down Ryan’s sister while also trying to keep Carmen’s life on track.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just another paranormal romance, because while Lim adds those elements there is so much more to this story than meets the eye. In ‘Mercy’ is Lim focuses more of the mystery of Lauren and Mercy and less on the unattainable lost love of Luc, it’s what separates this novel from other paranormal fiction and makes it an engaging read. ‘Mercy’ is intelligently written, with well rounded characters and a suspenseful, fast paced plot. The mixture of angels, mystery and romance will leave any reader mesmerised and wanting more (of which there will be two more released in 2011)

Courtney :)

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

If you enjoyed 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, you'll love their latest book, 'Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.'
Rachel and David have teamed up again with another dual character novel written from two different perspectives. One chapter per person.
The two main characters in the novel are Dash and Lily. They both live in New York.
Facts about Lily: She loves Christmas. In fact, she tried to set up a neighbourhood Christmas singing group, which unfortunately disbanded after two nights with the members moving on to sing Irish drinking songs at a pub instead.
Facts about Dash: He hates Christmas. He wants to find someone to be 'the piece of paper to his stapler' or, maybe he could be the piece of paper. (You'll have to read the book to understand this).
Lily leaves a notebook on the shelf of a New York bookstore, with a message inside. Dash finds the notebook and takes the bait. He decides to play the game that Lily has set up.
So, without having met, Lily and Dash begin to exchange cryptic notes and challenges.
This is such an enjoyable book. Great Christmas reading!
Reserve your copy now.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Tomorrow When the War Began

Tomorrow When the War Began - movie review

In Tomorrow When the War Began, a group of different high school teenagers set out for 'Hell'. However, when they get back they find their homes and the town deserted. They have been invaded by another country. They band together to fight against the invaders.
Although I had never read the series on which this movie is based, I thought that the movie had a fast pace although there were bits throughout the movie that you just wanted to say "Get on with it!" it kept me interested for most of the 143 minute duration.
One of the main reasons for going to see it is that this is an Aussie action blockbuster featuring an aussie cast and it doesn't disappoint.
There was a bit of humor in the movie to lighten the mood a little. One thing that I found frustrating was the character dialogue, it was really boring and flat.
Overall, a pretty good film that I will definitely buy when it comes out on dvd.

Age: 16

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