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Janet Foxley

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Louis Beside Himself

It’s a larger than life week for Louis and his friends…they hide a runaway girl named Cordelia in the backyard tent, Dad falls for Doreen and Louis tries the”top roll” wrestling move on a big burly burglar. Louis is better at flexing his words than flexing his muscles … how will it end!!

LBH is hilarious and warm hearted – I really liked how the kids dealt with their germ & safety obsessed parents.

 This new book by Anna Fienberg (Tashi) is for Yr 5+

 

 

 

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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?

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Mrs Hows recommends…

The Keepers

Lian Tanner

A fantasy story with a dark twist that would be suitable for keen readers in Years 5 and 6.


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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.

 

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The Truth about Verity Sparks by Susan Green

This book is a part of the growing group of “Gaslamp” books where fantasy meets historical fiction –similar to the  Steampunk genre – think steam engines, Victorian times, gaslights, Sherlock Holmes, Hugo, carriages. The setting and the fantasy elements are based around the technology of these times. Unlike Steampunk, it does not have a futuristic alternate world, but stays in the historical setting.

Verity has the special power of being able to find lost things. She is employed as a detective to help solve some crimes. Each of the stories all solve pieces to the mystery of Verity Sparks’ true origins. It is funny, clever and melodramatic – and the catastrophic events are handled in a light-hearted way all leading up to a surprise ending for all.  A great read.

 

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A Confusion of Princes

One Prince   ….  in ten thousand   ….     enhanced    ….

Connected ….   murdered   ….  reborn   ….  

Finds    ….     humanity    ….    love    …..    betrayal    ….

Will he escape his destiny ?

This is Garth Nix at his best. The best book I’ve read since the Hunger Games.  Mrs S

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Don’t Call Me Ishmael

I did not want to read this book!! It sat on the shelf  “Short-Listed  for Book of the Year” unread … by anyone.

I picked it up and was hooked!!  The classroom scenes where Ishmael and his nerdy friends face the bullies are brilliantly portrayed and hilarious. Equally, Ishmael’s failed attempts to attract the girl of his dreams are cringe worthy and embarrassing.  And … the ending is very satisfying.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has ever been to High School and  is not afraid of laughing out loud. Mrs S

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Mrs Rivers Recommends…

A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French

Fabulous Australian book set in the late 1800/early 1900.  Excellent notes at the back of the book to back up the historic facts that have been alluded to in the novel.

A young girl, struggling to survive ends up being taken out of school and has to work in a factory to support her sick mother.  She finally meets her father, who owned a small sheep station and end  up running the station.  The book addresses the hardships and prejudices that were faced, particularly by women and Aboriginals at the time.  French intertwines Waltzing Matilda into the storyline.  Hard to put this novel down!!

Probably more of a girly book suited for Year 5 upwards. 

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Meet the Hairy Hooligans

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