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Movie Week

Many students from Kindergarten to Year 9 were involved in The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge earlier this year.

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. 

As a reward, all students in Kindy-Year 6 who completed the Challenge will be invited to the Library next week( Week 5) for a movie, a drink and popcorn. We call it “Movie Week” in the Library.

Parents you would have received a note about this. Please return it if you have any concerns or questions.

Recently all High School students who completed the Challenge received a free Canteen lunch from Mrs Smith.

 

 

In the next few weeks, all students who completed the Challenge will also receive their certificates from The Premier’s Office.

Congratulations to all who took up the Challenge and completed it!

 

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Have you tried Graphic Novels?

What is a Graphic Novel?

Your parents and grandparents might have called them “Comics”

A Graphic Novel is a novel in comic-strip format. Graphic novels can be fiction, non-fiction, history, fantasy or anything in between.

We have a display of Graphic Novels in the Library ranging in suitability from Primary age to High School.

If you haven’t seen the shelves where they are yet…ask someone in the library to point you in the right direction!

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Swimming on the lawn by Yasmin Hamid

Told through the eyes of Farida, as well as her inquisitive sister and brothers, this is a beautiful story about growing up in Sudan. Sudanese culture and customs are brought to life, from the ubiquitous tea service and hearty breakfasts to the commemoration of Muslim holidays and the rites of birth and death. But a happy childhood spent in the capital and the rural villages of 1960s Sudan ends startlingly with a sudden military coup that changes the make-up of Farida’s family forever.

Swimming on the Lawn is a powerful reminder that many children around the world are affected by war and are helpless against it.

Suitable for ages 12+

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Alex Rider is back!

 

 

Alex Rider , Never say Die by Anthony Horowitz

In this brand new, explosive adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past … especially when it holds a deadly secret.

 

 

Alex Rider is a series of spy novels by British author Anthony Horowitz about a 14–15-year-old spy named Alex Rider. The series is aimed primarily at young adults. The series was adapted into a movie in 2006.

 

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Whoops! A History of Bad days

Most people can just move on after a bad day, even after a doozy of a mistake. But that’s not necessarily true for people in this series. Their mistakes made history and will forever be remembered.

This is a great new series we have in the library, real mistakes made in history!

The pages are colourful and inviting and the text is interesting and easy to read.

Why not give one a try and let us know what you think.

Whoops! A History of Bad DaysScience and Invention : WHOOPS! A History of Bad Days - Michael ReganBattle : WHOOPS! A History of Bad Days - Don Nardo

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Green is in

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A new series by Jo Sandhu- Tarin of the Mammoths

Tarin of the Mammoths: The Exile

Book 1 

Tarin longs to be a hunter, but his twisted leg means he is feared and bullied. After a disastrous mishap, Tarin is forced to leave his family and travel alone across wild, unknown land to save the Mammoth Clan. Battling the hostile and savage Boar Clan, a deadly illness and treacherous terrain with twins Kaija and Luuka and their wolf cubs, Tarin realises that if they are all to survive he must conquer his greatest fear – his true self – and embrace the magic that is hiding within him.

For ages 8+

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Book 6 in the Dragonkeeper Series is in our library

Book Six In the “Dragonkeeper” series by Carole Wilkinson is ready for borrowing now.

If you haven’t tried any from this series yet, why not give one a try?

 

The “Dragonkeeper” series by Carole Wilkinson

This is a fantasy series set in Ancient China for readers 9+.

 

Dragon Dawn
Prequel to the Dragonkeeper series. Danzi is a youngster in dragon terms. A peaceful visit to a friend doesn’t go the way he planned.
Dragonkeeper 1
A slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master.
Garden of the Purple Dragon
Dragonkeeper 2. Ping thinks she is safe hiding in the shadow of the Tai Shan mountains, but even here enemies find her and Kai.
Dragon Moon
Dragonkeeper 3. Ping and Kai have travelled far, but their journey is not yet over yet.
Blood Brothers
Dragonkeeper 4. Kai is 465, a teenager in dragon years. His search for a dragonkeeper has led him to Tao … a novice Buddhist monk.
Shadow Sister
Dragonkeeper 5. Tao must prove he is worthy of the name of dragonkeeper. But the road west is never straight and nothing for Tao and Kai is what it seems.
Bronze Bird Tower
Dragonkeepr 6. After a long journey, Tao and Kai have arrived at the Dragon Haven. What they find is not the sanctuary Kai has described.
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Secret Histories Series by Jackie French

 

Do you enjoy Historical Fiction?

Well-known author Jackie French has just released the third book in her ‘Secret history” series called “The Secret of the Black Bushranger”.    

In these books, Jackie explores little known facts about Australia’s history.

For ages 9+

 

Book 1  Birrung the Secret friend.

Book 2  Barney and the Secret of the Whales

Book 3    The Secret of the Black Bushranger

 

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New for High School Readers

For High School students

We have 3 new war themed books that have just arrived in the library. Why don’t you come in and browse on the “New Books” shelf?

1.  Lizzie and Margaret Rose  by Pamela Rushby

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The story opens in London, in 1940, where we meet 10-year-old Margaret Rose who has just survived a deadly air raid that destroys her family home.  Across the world, in Townsville, Queensland, her aunt decides to take her in, so she is forced to venture across the sea to navigate life in a strange country with her aunt and uncle and three cousins she has never met, including 11-year-old Lizzie.

Told alternately through the eyes of Margaret Rose and her 11-year-old cousin, Lizzie, the book details Margaret Rose’s new life in a place where the war is also encroaching.

2.  1917    by Kelly Gardiner

Book cover 1917

The war in France rages in the skies, and support for the war in Australia turns cold. Alex flies high above the trenches of the Western Front, while a world away his sister Maggie finds herself in the midst of political upheaval. Somehow, both must find the courage to fight on.

3.   Kokoda  by Peter Fitzsimons

Kokoda : Updated Edition - Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, and moving, style for all Australians. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia, where a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced  Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track. Again and again, the outnumbered Australians risked everything to stop the Japanese from advancing along the track towards mainland Australia.

Conditions on the track were hellish – rain was constant, the terrain close to inhospitable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. The Australian troops were wounded and exhausted beyond belief, but always found that extra bit of spirit to fight on, with the help of the local people.

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