Thursday, 21 June 2012

Poetry Slam!

Are you young poet, rapper, musical performer, or lyrical lover? Then get the chance to showcase your talent, stand  in  the spotlight, and let your words be heard at next month’s Poetry Slam!

Recite your original poetry, lyrics, or other spoken word performances, and invite your friends and family to cheer you on.

The Poetry Slam will take place at the Pakenham Library on Thursday 26 July from 6.30­­-8pm, with awesome prizes lined up.

A Poetry Jam workshop will be held at Emerald Library on Friday 6 July 2-3.30pm, or at Pakenham Library on Friday 13 July2-3.30pm, if you feel you need a bit of help and confidence with your writing.

If you don’t want to miss out on attending the Poetry Jam workshops, remember to book online at or phone 5941 2036.

Or to register  for the Poetry Slam competition, you can call 1300 787 624 or visit to download a registration form.

Ages from 10+

We're pretty excited.
- Rafah and Julie

Monday, 18 June 2012


EVERY YOU, EVERY ME  by David Levithan, photographs by Jonathan Farmer.

You will either love this book or you will hate it. There doesn’t seem to be an in-between. But you will read it, you will want answers and for me, so many of these were not answered.

Evan is struggling to hold on without his friend Ariel in his life. He feels he is responsible for what happened to her. He is so racked with guilt that he can’t sleep, can’t function, and then the photographs begin to appear.

Someone is leaving photographs of him, of Ariel, of that last day together. Who else was there? Who was watching them? And why do they insist on tormenting him, blaming him for what has happened.

This novel has been termed experimental.  Written as confidential entries by Evan as he tries to explain what has happened. Not only does Levithan play with crossing out much of the text…as in struck through, so that as a reader you are left wondering which is the truth. The entries left complete, or all the crossed out subconscious thoughts. Add to the mix Farmer’s photographs which conceal more then they reveal and you have a novel that has an intriguing concept, but left me wanting more.

Vicki @ Pak. 

Friday, 15 June 2012

Balthazar- Claudia Gray

We meet him in Evernight

We fell in love with him in Stargazer

Now we finally hear…Balthazar’s story.

Skye Tierney’s life has not been right since the night she allowed Bianca, a wraith, to possess her. Haunted by gruesome deaths not even Skye could begin to imagine how much further her choice will send  her life spiralling out of control. Deathly premonitions is just the beginning however and what is to come will put Skye right in the sights of the worlds most powerful vampire, determined to make her his slave. The only thing standing in the way is another vampire…Balthazar. Together Skye and Balthazar will fight to not only overcome the vampires, but also their own personal demons. Can they save one another? Forbidden love and dark suspense weave intrinsically together in this compelling new Evernight novel.

When the Evernight series concluded last year with, Afterlife, I was thrilled with the ending for the two protagonists so I didn’t realised how much I missed the world of Evernight until I began reading its sister series, Balthazar. Once again Gray sucked me in with the compelling and twisted world of the supernatural. Flashbacks and interludes breaks the story up and allows the reader to get to know Balthazar in a way they never have before. The sadistic nature of the vampire, Redgrave and his minions, adds a tinge of darkness while the spark between Balthazar and Skye sizzles. Gray delivers on every level from strong well rounded characters to the fast paced storylines that keep you on the edge of your seat. A stellar novel from one of my favourite authors, Balthazar is not to be missed.

Courtney :)

Friday, 8 June 2012

This Gorgeous Game

This Gorgeous Game is a teenage novel by Donna Freitas.

Seventeen year old Olivia has just received an exceptional writing award, which includes a scholarship for the college of her choice as well as a spot in summer fiction classes run by the effervescent Father Mark Brendan.

Olivia is elated to have been chosen, and Mark is giving her special attention, sending her notes and requesting to meet her for chats to discuss her writing. Innocent Olivia is slowly drawn into an unfamiliar world that makes her uneasy initially, then downright scared.

I really enjoyed this novel, which has at its heart a lovely family consisting of mother and two daughters. Catholicism is important to the family and they have strong Church connections of friends and community.
Olivia's wide eyed innocence and interest in College boys is well juxtaposed with Father Mark and his increasingly possessive behaviour.

- Ann

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Book Nosh at Endeavour Hills

You are invited to the next Book Nosh!

Read, relax and devour new books, cds, dvds, magazines and a whole lot more.

Hot chips and chocolate!

Where- Endeavour Hills Library
When- 4pm, Friday 8th June

Hope to see you there!

Bad Girls Don't Die

Bad Girls Don’t Die is the first offering from author Katie Alender. The book centres on Alexis (or Lexi); a fifteen year old who feels her life is a complete train wreck. In order to escape her dysfunctional family and the feelings of being an outcast at school, she engrosses herself with film photography. 

Lexi's younger sister Kasey has a creepy obsession with dolls that is increasingly taking over her life. After the girls emerge from the basement one evening, Kasey begins behaving strangely – forgetting chunks of time, speaking using old-fashioned English… even her blue eyes seem green at times. To top it off, their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own. Lexi decides to investigate and discovers some frightening facts about the previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.

There are so many twists and turns in this novel that readers will hold their breath with anticipation for what eerie event will happen next. Bad Girls Don’t Die is the first novel in a trilogy – subsequent books are ‘From bad to cursed’ and ‘As dead as it gets’.
Rachel @ Narre 

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