Monday, 30 July 2012

Teenage Book Nosh with Author JACK HEATH

Come along for a casual hangout, munch on some snacks and meet young teenage fiction author Jack Heath on Friday 17 August at Pakenham Library.

If you're interested in becoming a writer or just enjoy Jack's books then here is an exclusive opportunity to ask your questions and hang out with an award-winning author.

So if you're 13 years and older, like reading spy novels, or just want to meet other book lovers, then this event is for you.

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

Where: Pakenham Library, cnr John and Henry Street
When: Friday 17 August
Time: 4 - 5pm.


Book online at or call 5941 2036

See you there!


Monday, 23 July 2012

Fury- Rebecca Lim

Hell hath no fury like an Angel scorned…




Betrayal…It all ends here!

Series: Mercy, Exile, Muse and Fury

Mercy has finally returned, freed from the shackles of her latest human host, Mercy has regained her form, her wings and even her memories. But if she thought the past millennia had been hard, she is in for a shock as she faces her greatest challenge yet. In a battle for her soul against her former love and his minions Mercy must not only save herself and fellow elohim and  her mortal love Ryan, who refuses to lose her yet again. Can an angel who was once so selfish make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love? Two worlds will collide in this epic and exhilarating finale of Mercy’s story.

In the final chapter of this best selling series Lim takes the reader on one final roller coaster ride of adventure, romance, paranormal battles and foreign lands. Fury is an edge of your seat read with each chapter bringing with it its own surprising twists and turns. Mercy as the female protagonist is unique in the sense she is her own hero and yet is strengthened by the love of Ryan. Most engaging about their relationship was their constant battle of wills; it comes across as a very mature relationship, quite real and not at all storybook. And while Lim keeps the reader in suspense she lightens the mood with some romantic and quite humorous moments while also exploring historical global locations. In the end Fury is a complement blend of paranormal romance, mythical folklore and a talented storytelling by Aussie author Rebecca Lim. It all blends together for a stellar finish to one of the BEST paranormal fiction series I’ve ever read. Un-missbale!!!

Courtney :)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

172 Hours on the Moon

172 Hours on the Moon  is a teen novel by Norwegian author, Johan Harstad that is guaranteed to have you biting all your fingernails off and checking under your bed before you go to sleep! It's not your average teen book.

Three teenagers win a lottery to the moon, alongside astronauts and flight crew. Millions of teens have take part in the lottery, and so Mia, Antoine and Midori are touted as being the luckiest teenagers on earth.  As the story progresses a sinister element emerges - the teens discover when they reach the moon that they may not be alone, and a malevolent life form is out there waiting for them.

What starts out as an exciting adventure and escape for he teenagers unfolds into a suspenseful living nightmare.  Are they able to survive??
Ann @ Hampton Park Library

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Why We Broke Up

why we broke up book coverWhy we broke up by Daniel Handler.

The title is pretty self explanatory-it tells the story of the movie loving "arty" Min Green, the popular basketball jock Ed Slaterton, their relationship, and why they broke up. The story is a long letter, written from Min to Ed, explaining all the reasons for why they broke up, but it really all leads to a single event at the end.

I found the book anticlimactic, and as a narrative seems too drawn out (although we are talking about the writer otherwise known as Lemony Snicket, who could be the master of anticlimactic and drawn out stories), and, of course, being a breaking up story, it probably isn't suited for everyone. But being a book by the writer otherwise known as Lemony Snicket, you can detect some of the pseudo-philosophical rambling, obscure cultural references and interesting storytelling familiar to readers of A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

And so strangely enough, I liked it. Even though it is a breakup story.

(received via website)

Thanks Lauren, great review!

-- Michelle

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

One Piece

If you love pirate stories then you will love One Piece.
Join Monkey.D.Luffy a boy who ate a devil fruit and gained a special power to stretch any part of his body, accompanied by his trademark straw hat, he attempts to become the pirate king and find the ultimate treasure hidden by the previous pirate king Gol.D.Roger.
Along the way he picks up the ultimate crew that think their captain is a bit eccentric and an idiot, but would never leave him for the world. The crew consists of a ship navigator named Nami (who loves money), a cook named Sanji (who fights with his legs), a doctor named Tony Tony Chopper (who is also a reindeer), a musician named Brook (who is a walking skeleton), a mechanic named Franky (who is a half cyborg), a sharp shooter named Usopp (who lies a lot), an archaeologist named Robin (who can replicate any body piece onto anything) and a bounty hunter named Roronoa Zoro (who fights with three swords).
This story is filled with adventure, action, mystery, comedy, drama. So if you enjoy reading about good versus evil or just want to have a laugh, Luffy and his crew will always keep you entertained with their wacky stunts and their love for adventure.
Reviewed by Anam Ahmad (work experience student at Endeavour Hills Library).

Monday, 2 July 2012

FREE Soccer Clinics

If you have a younger brother or sister aged 5-12 years here's a great chance to meet the stars of Melbourne Heart Football Club at the community football festival over the July school holidays supported by Cardinia Shire Council.

"Westpac’s ‘Coach the Coach’ program is set to be one of the highlights of the festival, with Heart Head Coach John Aloisi holding a seminar educating local football clubs on the latest tactical and technical innovations in the game.
The Festival will also see Heart stage clinics and make community appearances throughout the area, attending club training sessions in Pakenham and Bunyip, with star players Fred, Mate Dugandzic and Aziz Behich among the players set to play their part."

Date: Tuesday 10 July 2012
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Lakeside Recreation Reserve – cnr Shearwater Drive and Cardinia Road, Pakenham
Enquiries: or 9457 1765

Date: Wednesday 11 July 2012
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: Bunyip Recreation Reserve – cnr Nar Nar Goon and Longwarry Roads, Bunyip
Enquiries: or 9457 1765

Please register online for both clinics by visiting


Time traveling fashionista

The time-traveling fashionista on board the Titanic by Bianca Turetsky is a mixture of fashion, heroism, history and heritage.With a touch of magic.

Louise, a young teenage girl, who loves vintage clothing, receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage clothing sale, at a store she didn't know existed and just in time for the prom! She goes and discovers the most breathtaking vintage clothing. She immediately falls in love with a classic pink dress, but on trying it on, discovers it is more than it seems, as she is whisked back in time into the body of the dresses former owner. The problem? The former owner is a movie starlet who is on the first and last voyage of the Titanic!

Louise, like any teenager would once past the shock, starts by immensely enjoying the luxury and attention she is given as Miss Baxter. She meets amazing people, including one of her fashion idols. Its all amazingly awesome until she discovers she is on the Titanic. That's when she panics and desperately tries to tell anyone who will listen, who she truly is in order to save the ship.

The characters she comes across are mostly based on real-life people from the Titanic and are fascinating. The dresses that Louise as Miss Baxter wears and those she comes across on other characters are beautifully illustrated throughout the book and it was a joy to be able to see them as well as read about them. The outfits are as much a character of the story as Louise is.

I found this an easy read and enjoyed turning the page to discover a full illustration of a dress I had just read about. Getting an insight into the period and its people was also interesting and the twist at the end, although not unexpected, is icing on the cake.

If you love fashion or have an interest in period pieces, or are just curious about the Titanic, then I'm sure you'll enjoy reading Louise' adventure.

-- Michelle

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