Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Invisible Hero

I loved the Invisible Hero; an engaging and clever novel written by Elizabeth Fensham.

A group of Year 10's are asked to choose a villain or a hero from history for their assignment. The students choose individuals based on their own personalities - Genelle chooses Britney Spears, Macca chooses the hard-line Italian philosopher Machiavelli, Mustafa chooses an activist who used humour as his best defence.


But within the group, large division exist. The 'in' group, led by Macca, dominate and bully the rest of the class.

Can the class turn the situation around by using the methods of the people they have chosen?

Ann

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Adult fiction authors for young adults

Recently, whilst searching for new books by any of my favourite authors, I discovered something unexpected. Some very well known adult fiction writers are now writing specifically for young adults!

I was very impressed, all the more so when I went and read their new books. Not only did they keep the 'it' factor that made their books intriguing to me, but they also managed to rejig their stories to a younger audience, without talking down.

So if you are interested in a new author for a young adult reader, let me introduce you to two established adult novelists, with something new and fresh in young adult fiction.

Harlan Coben - Shelter
After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

Kathy Reichs - Seizure

Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they've turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack! But now the very place that brought them together - the Loggerhead Island Research Institute - is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it!
 
Try them out and let us know what you think!
 
Michelle

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Poetry Slam Cardinia 2012

Its back!   Poetry Slam will be hosted this year at Pakenham Library and we need you to make it an awesome event.

In conjunction with this event, Cardinia Shire is running a Writing Competition. They are seeking original work, including poems, short stories, comics and songs. Entries close on 23 March 2012 and winner will be announced at the Poetry Slam.

Poetry Slam is a family-friendly competition, where poets, rappers, musicians and lyricists will be able to take the stage to recite original works.  Registrations are open now and must be completed ASAP to secure a place. Check the Cardinia Website for terms and conditions and more details about both these events..

Poetry Slam will be held on:

Thursday 19th April 2012
6.30 - 8.00pm 
Pakenham Library
Cnr John & Henry Streets

Michelle

Monday, 6 February 2012

The Scorpio Races: Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races.
Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Some riders live. Others die.



Every year the water horses rise from the sea. They are dangerous, deadly and unpredictable. Only the brave will race in the Scorpio Races. This year reigning champion Sean Kendrick is returning for the race. Sean is unlike the other racers he and his horse are bonded with Sean gifted with the ability to communicate with the water horses. This year Sean will race for everything he loves...

Puck Connelly never wanted to race in the Scorpio races but when fate leaves her no other choice Puck will become the first female rider in the history of the races. The journey to the race will be just as hard for Puck as the race itself. Nothing will prepare Puck or Sean for what is to come. There’s never been a race quiet like this...

Maggie Stiefvater is back creating a dark and deadly world that is enticing and frightening. Lead characters Puck and Sean are completely different yet the reader can identify with both of them. I also enjoyed watching their relationship grow from indifference, to friendship to something more. The Scorpio races is not for the faint hearted there is death, blood, gore and violence. Stiefvater will have your heart racing till the very end. I can’t praise Stiefvater enough her writing style and imagination, it makes for one hell of a read. Add this one to your reading list for 2012; it’s unmissable.

Courtney :)

 
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