Friday, 19 June 2015

Kill All Enemies

I have long been a fan of English author Melvin Burgess, and 'Kill All Enemies
' is yet another powerful teen novel to add to his name.

The three main characters in this novel are Billie, Chris and Rob. Initially it is difficult to find anything likeable about any of them.
Billie is a violent adolescent girl who has been through five schools in two years.
Chris is thoroughly obnoxious and disruptive. He hates school and makes it clear that it is beneath him.
Rob is a large, awkward adolescent who is caught between being bullied and bullying others.

But as you read on you become aware of their circumstances, mostly family circumstances, that in many ways explain their situations.
Billie's mother, for instance, is an alcoholic and neglectful parent.
Rob has an abusive step-father and a weak, incapable mother.
And Chris's situation becomes apparent, too.

Throughout the novel the three teens become associated and intertwined.
The question for the reader is what happens when you put these three explosive personalities together?

Melvin Burgess is a master storyteller and his characters are gritty, at times funny and believable.
Although there is much pessimism and darkness in this novel, there is one shining light in particular and that is Hannah, the social worker.
Hannah is soon alert as to what is going on with these teens.
'Right,' she says.....and then she takes charge.
Good for Hannah.

-Ann

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an exploration of prejudice, victimisation and oppression. If you’re anything like me you’re probably sceptical about reading a book which the curriculum demands we read, however the book is not as bad as you think.

 Sure, it’s not a mainstream book written by John Green or J.K Rowling but expand your reading list!!!You know all that rap music most of us listen to? Yeah well most rap artists are of an African-American decent, they rap about the struggles they face because of the colour of their skin. To Kill a Mockingbird is based around the same issues and how these problems affect our world.

The text in this book is easy to read, nothing like Shakespearian writing and the characters are relatable. Lee wrote this book in an important point in time. This book sparked revolutions and prominent African-Americans to speak out, these figures include Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks the Black Panther Party and many more. All these people methodically and peacefully campaigned for equality.

This book shows how far society has come but also shows the unjust treatment of the African-American race that is still present. You’ll become educated regarding race related issues, you’ll find out why some people in today’s society have deep rooted racism for those with a skin colour differing from white.

I highly recommend that all teenagers read this novel because like it or not we are the future of the world, we need to make sure that we do not make the same careless mistake as the generations before us did. I hope you all read To Kill a Mockingbird, or even a page of it, whatever you read I hope you enjoy it!

By Himaya, 15
Work Experience Endeavour Hills Library

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Temptation series

I LOVE this series; I have read it twice plus random parts in all three books. The setting and the story its self is quite beautiful! As result these books have further ruined my expectations for romance… I really should stop but Noah….

Book one: Temptation
The Cameron’s are new in the sleepy, idyllic farming community of Meadow-view, having moved from the city after a tragic event.
Before they even have the chance to settle in there is a knock at the front door- here you meet Amos, Jacob and Noah, three members from the large family up the road that also happen to be Amish!
When Rose and Noah first see each other it is literally love at first sight. Neither of them can keep the other out of there minds and both of them are longing to get to know each other better. But of course it wasn't going to be easy; in fact it was going to be fair. A stunning first book.

Book two: Belonging
Due to some devastating events at the end of Temptation. Rose has decided that the only way she could possibly ever be with Noah was if she become Amish! Trials and strict rules were what greeted Rose, instead of the warm embrace of her boyfriend. But much to Noah's distress Rose befriends the ‘rebel’ girls of the community and starts hanging out with them. Which of courses doesn't work in her favour? And then there’s her dad- during this book he annoyed me so much, I want to slap him and make him see that it was true love not foolishness! But no he didn't see that he just had to go get the police involved didn't he?
Rose and Noah’s journey continues in this sequel!

Book three: Forever
More secrets and betrayal are up head for these star crossed lovers! In this mind blowing finial, it’s now or never for Rose and Noah.
As if the situation wasn't complicated enough- now there’s a new addition on the way, how will these two families cope and deal with the news that Rose is pregnant with Noah’s child? And on top of that a devastating disaster is about to tear this quint Amish community right down the middle.
But more importantly with Rose and Noah-
say I do?


Mikaela (NAR work experience student)


 
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