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A new Science /Mystery

A new book in our library for ages 8+…Quark’s Academy by Catherine Pelosi.

 

Junior science geniuses Augustine, Celeste and Oscar can’t believe their luck when they’re accepted into an elite and mysterious science academy summer camp run by the elusive Inventor Quark.

From the moment they step inside the gates of Quark’s Academy at the end of Molecule Drive, they know they’re in for a week they’ll never forget. But things at the academy are not quite what they seem, and the three quickly realise that they’ll need to put their squabbles aside and their heads together if they’re ever to get out of there alive…

A page-turning adventure for readers aged eight to twelve, QUARK’S ACADEMY is bound to cause a hair-raising reaction! 

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What is a Graphic Novel?

Definition of graphic novel

: a story that is presented in comic-strip format and published as a book      ( Merrian-Webster Dictionary)
We have quite a diverse range of graphic novels available in the library and they are proving to be quite popular.
Why not give one a try?
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A new YA Series by Gabrielle Lord.

 

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Gabrielle Lord is an Australian writer who has been described as Australia’s first lady of crime.

Currently, she’s working on a new YA Trilogy “48 Hours’ in which two teen investigators crack three different crimes.

 

The Vanishing (48 Hours #1)   Book 1 in the 48 Hours Trilogy by Gabrielle Lord…. The Vanishing ( in our library now).

One kidnapping. One cold case. Two amateur investigators. Only 48 hours to solve the crime …Jazz’s best friend Anika has been kidnapped! She can’t call the cops, so Jazz forges a shaky truce with her brilliant nemesis, Phoenix, to help her investigate. Together, they uncover clues and crime scene evidence. Sneaking into a forensic lab, they test DNA, fingerprints and more, to piece the clues together. The results are shocking. Could it really lead to a twenty-year-old murder case? In a race against time, Jazz and Phoenix only have 48 HOURS to collect the evidence, profile the kidnapper and find their schoolmate’s location, or Anika will die. The clock is ticking …

Image result for 48 hours book 2 gabrielle lord  Book 2  in the 48 hours Trilogy by Gabrielle Lord……The Medusa Curse ( in our library now).

Vicious thieves smash a cursed Medusa statue and steal the supercomputer Sapphire in a terrifying museum raid. Jazz and Phoenix are first on the scene and they soon find themselves in the midst of a dangerous mystery.

Their friend and museum owner, Dr Zhang, is the prime suspect, but he is nowhere to be found. Determined to prove him innocent and find Sapphire, Jazz and Phoenix have just 48 hours to follow the trail of evidence before it goes cold. Will the amateur investigators discover that a centuries-old curse has struck again, or is something even more sinister going on?

The clock is ticking…

Book 3 in the 48 Hours Trilogy by Gabrielle Lord…. Crocodile Heist  ( coming Soon).

 

Gabrielle Lord is the author of the popular series “Conspiracy 365” , for ages 9+ , which is also available in our library.

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Something a little different from Emily Rodda…….shortlisted 2018

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Emily Rodda is an Australian children’s book author, best-known for the Deltora Quest, Rowan of Rin and Rondo series.

We have her latest book in our library now “The Shop at Hooper’s Bend” which has been short-listed by The Children’s book Council of Australia this year.

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From one of Australia’s most renowned children’s authors, this is a story about coming home when you didn’t even know that was where you belonged.

When Quil Medway gets on the train, she thinks she knows where and how her journey will end. At camp. With another school holiday spent surrounded by people, but feeling alone.

Quil doesn’t know how wrong she is. She doesn’t know anything about the shop at Hoopers Bend. Or a bitter, prickly woman called Bailey. Or a littleblack and white dog who at this very moment is chewing through a rope so he’ll be free to answer a call that only he can hear.

She doesn’t know about the magic.

But it won’t be long now …

For ages 9+

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An Aussie adventurer…..now author

On May 15, 2010, after 210 days at sea and more than 22,000 nautical miles, 16-year-old Jessica Watson sailed her 34-foot boat triumphantly back to land. She had done it. She was the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted, and nonstop around the world.

Told in Jessica’s own words, True Spirit is the story of her epic voyage. It tells how a young girl, once afraid of everything, decided to test herself on an extraordinary adventure that included gale-force winds, mountainous waves, hazardous icebergs, and extreme loneliness on a vast sea, with no land in sight and no help close at hand. True Spirit is an inspiring story of risk, guts, determination, and achievement that ultimately proves we all have the power to live our dreams — no matter how big or small.

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We have had Jessica Watson’s autobiography in our library for quite a while. It’s a fascinating true story!

We now have a Fiction book for young adolescents ,written by Jessica called “Indigo Blue” available in our library.

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Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown – the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex’s classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn’t care less about them . . . or so she tries to tell herself.

As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. An offer to help a shy classmate with a history assignment leads to a curious discovery and the beginnings of a friendship, but it’s Sam – the sailmaker’s apprentice – and his mysterious ways that really capture Alex’s attention . . . and force her to question what is real and what matters most.

Available in our library now.

For High School readers.

 

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Premier’s Reading Challenge

 

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We’ve had a great start to The Premier’s Reading Challenge this year!

Many students have been seen reading before school, at lunch times and after school in the library to get ahead with their reading for The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge…….awesome!

This is just to remind everyone that all students in K-6 will be encouraged to complete this challenge before the end of August this year. Incentive Charts with student progress are on display in the Library. As students in K-6 have weekly Library lessons, we will be encouraging the students  to keep reading until completion and monitoring their progress.

High School students in Years 7-9 who have completed the challenge in the past will also be encouraged to continue. However, monitoring, recording and handing in completed challenge sheets to library staff will be their own responsibility.

Many students ask if they can count books they have read at home towards their challenge. The simple answer is …YES!

Below is a link to the official NSW Premier’s Reading Website which has Booklists available , the rules and other information relating to this year’s challenge.

https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html

 

I have also included a link to a video that briefly explains how to check if a book a student has read at home might have a PRC number and could be included.

 

Don’t forget that students can include 5 books that do not have a PRC number on their challenge as “Free Reads”.

Also, books that adults or siblings read to students can also be included.

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Become a computer programmer!

We have some great books on Coding & creating Games using Javascript, ranging from the very basics for kids, to more advanced.

If that’s your passion…….come in to the library and take a look at some of the books we have available.

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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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