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A Series for High School…..Book 1 “All Fall Down”

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Children’s Book Council Shortlist 2014 (High School)

Older Readers.
“Fairytales for Wilde Girls” by Allyse Near
“Life in Outer Space” by Melissa Keil.  (High School)
“The First Third” by Will Kostakis. (Senior  High School)
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“The Incredible Here and Now” by Felicity Costagno
“The Sky so Heavy” by Claire Zorn    (High School)
“Wildlife” by Fiona Wood
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The Book Thief…seen the movie…have you read the book?

The Book Thief       by Marcus Zusack

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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2 more books by John Green (Senior Fiction)

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy – loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

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Never Been Kissed

Never Been Kissed

Melody Carlson

16 year old Elise is looking for a fresh start. She has just moved house, is starting at a new school and dreaming of that magical ‘first kiss.’ Elise falls in with the ‘cool’ crowd and finds herself in the middle of an awkward situation… the boy she’s interested in and his CURRENT girlfriend.

This is an enjoyable, well-written story with a good moral underpinning. Elise negotiates some tricky teen issues and discovers the importance of staying true to yourself and the damaging effects of ‘little white lies’ when they start spiraling out of control.

Recommended for teens, Year 7+



What are you reading at the moment?

Jac of Hearts

Jenny Mahoney

Last night I finished Jac of Hearts by Jenny Mahoney (Senior Fiction). It was an interesting Christian novel that follows the life of 17 year old Jac. After almost dying in a suspicious car accident where her father is pronounced dead, she just cant seem to believe in her heart that her father is really gone. As the mystery unfolds she needs to draw close to God to navigate some pretty difficult social, emotional and relationship situations. While this book lacked a real depth to the story line, it was encouraging to see the characters grow and transform as they grappled with playground politics, romance, mystery and faith. Year 10-12 girls (and boys might enjoy it too) give it a go.

So that’s what I’ve just finished reading… What are you reading at the moment?


Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Action & Adventure


Alison Goodman

(High School readers)

In a world of lies, the truth can be deadly …

Under the harsh regime of an ambitious master, Eon is training to become a Dragoneye – a powerful Lord able to command wind and water to protect the land. But Eon also harbours a desperate secret – he is in fact a young woman living a dangerous masquerade that, if discovered, will mean certain death.

Brought to the attention of the Emperor himself and summoned to the opulent court, Eon is thrust into the heart of a lethal struggle for the Imperial throne. In this new, treacherous world of hidden identities and uneasy alliances, Eon comes face-to-face with a vicious enemy who covets the young Dragoneye’s astounding power, and will stop at nothing to make it his own.

Winner – 2008 Aurealis Award, Best Fantasy Novel
Honour Book – 2008 James Tiptree Jr. Award
Notable Book – 2009 CBCA Awards
Shortlisted – 2009 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards,
2008 Western Australian Premier’s Literary Awards
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year


Click here to watch a review


The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

Mrs Groucutt recommends…

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do


As the title suggests it is written by a refugee who was very young when his mother and father and a lot of their family were able to get on the same boat that made its perilous way to Australia.  It is a very humorous and moving story in which God is given many thanks for their blessings and a book which tells a wonderful story of families working together and of forgiveness, and to top it all off a happy ending.



For the high schoolers… Are you out there…?

Reviewed by Jane in Year 7

A Child Called ‘it

Written by David Pelzer

A Child Called ‘It’ is such an amazing autobiography talking about Dave and his relentless life living with his family – especially with his mother. Living in a

normal family gradually turns into a torture house-hold when Dave’s mother suddenly goes on drugs. With his father at work all day, Dave’s mother tries the best she can to torture Dave and beats him up whenever she wants. “A child called ‘it’” is just remarkable and heart-throbbing!


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Hunger Games

What great books. Loved the story….but didn’t like the ending AT ALL!!
What did other people think of it (especially the ending)?