Monday, 22 April 2013

The Darkest Minds

“Most of us didn’t survive the outbreak
Those of us who did came out stronger
Our minds powerful beyond belief.
They couldn’t explain it…other than to give it a colour
I’m Ruby and I’m a Green…”
Follow her journey….

In time American children aged 10-17 years of age will find themselves subjected to a terrible and frightening disease that either kills or changes them. IAAN- Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration- they call it; 98% of the youth population will die from it while only 2% survive stronger and more powerful than ever. The government can’t explain it and they can’t control it, all they can do is contain it. Lock those blessed and cursed few away, labelling their new abilities by colour and sending the country into total disarray. On her tenth birthday Ruby became one of them, taken, labelled and locked away. What the government don’t know is Ruby is one of the dangerous ones…and now she’s been set free…what will she do?

This novel is not for the faint heart- like the Hunger games death and violence are prominent throughout-, it a brutally honest reflection on the human condition; life, death, loyalty and the differences that separate us and I was hooked from the minute I turned the cover. In particular I was taken with the commentary on the ability of mankind to go to extremes to protect themselves when they feel threatened. Ruby as a female protagonist is both appealing and frustrating, a ten year old stuck in the body of a 16 year old, she grows dramatically throughout the story. Secondary characters such as Chubs- who is so brutally honest- Liam and Zu are undeniably likable and quirky in their own unique ways. What really hooked me about The darkest minds was I never knew what was coming next, every turn of the page was a surprising and exhilarating- the revelation of Ruby’s back-story in particular stands out. Who is good? Who is bad? I could never tell. An unpredictable, thrilling and breath-taking read; dystopian fiction has never been so good.

Courtney :)

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Girl Defective

Three cheers for 'Girl Defective' by Simone Howell.

I loved this book, and hope it wins all the awards and accolades it deserves.

Life is seen through the eyes of fifteen year old Sky (Skylark) Martin, a teenager who describes herself as being 'surface clean but underneath having a weird hormonal stew brewing.'

Sky lives with her family-a father who is a heavy drinker and whose record store business is in dire straights, and her brother 'Gully' who 'intense' and has social difficulties.

The setting-St. Kilda-is beautifully conveyed, whether it be buying fish and chips at the local shop or travelling past the St. Kilda beach the reader has a keen sense of the colour  and flavour of the St. Kilda scene.

'Girl Defective' is part-detective novel, part coming-of-age. An unknown person throws a brick into the window of the record shop and Gully throws himself into the role of trying to find out who the culprit is.

Sky is struggling to find her place in the world. Her friends, family and acquaintances are often quirky, odd-ball characters but are also very real and likeable.

Highly recommended.


Monday, 15 April 2013


Hi all,

I got the date wrong for the next teen book group meeting. It should be Thursday 9th of May, instead of the 10th. This key should really exist on our keyboards:

Hope to see you on the 9th!

- Celia

Monday, 8 April 2013

Teen Book Group

Hi All,

This is just a reminder that the second Teen Book Group session is coming up at Narre Warren Library. All teens are invited - whether or not you came to the first session. I can guarantee the group is super nice and we are looking for new members to join us.

The next book that we are discussing is The Fault in Our Stars by the amazing John Green. Hazel is tough, funny, awesome girl who has cancer, and is resigned to the fact that she is going to die. Then she meets Augustus at a cancer support group and things start getting complicated. If you love to have a good cry then this is a great book to read, but it is also funny and real - the way all John Green's books are. I highly recommend Looking for Alaska which is great too.

If you are keen to join the Book Group all you need to do is call Narre Warren Library on 9704 7696, and then show up on Thursday 10th May at 4.30pm. If you need a copy of the book you can borrow them from Narre Warren. Just ask for me (Celia) and I will get one for you. There will be food! I look forward to meeting you.

Below is the book trailer for the book, and below that is John Green reading the first chapter of the book. Enjoy!

- Celia

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