The Protected by Claire Zorn

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah is trying to remember the incident in which her sister dies. As her amnesia lifts and more is revealed she is torn both by her feelings and the damage her discovery may cause her family….

The Spare Room by Kathryn Lomas

Akira is sent by his family in Japan to learn English in Australia. He discovers it is a world very different from his own. He must return to his own culture with devastating results.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Late one night, thirteen year old Charlie Bucktin is startled by a knock on his window.

His visitor is Jasper jones. Rebellious,mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is intriguing. And he needs Charlie’s help. In the dead of night, the boys steal through town and Charlie learns of Jasper’s horrible discovery. Burdened by this terrible secret and the weight of the town’s suspicion, Charlie must decide what he is going to do with this discovery……

The Pause  by John Larkin

One moment. One pause. One whole new life. Declan seems to have it all: a family that loves him, friends he’s known for years, a beautiful girlfriend he would go to the ends of the earth for. But there’s something in Declan’s past that just won’t go away, that pokes and scratches at his thoughts when he’s at his most vulnerable. Declan feels as if nothing will take away that pain that he has buried deep inside for so long. So he makesthe only decision he thinks he has left: the decision to end it all. Or does he? As the train approaches and Declan teeters at theedge of the platform, two versions of his life are revealed. In one, Declan watches as his body is destroyed and the lives of those who loved him unravel. In the other, Declan pauses before he jumps. And this makes all the difference.

The Riders by Tim Winton

Fred Scully can’t wait to see his partner, Jennifer, and daughter. He’s got a new life for them all worked out. He’s sweated on this reunion. The doors at the airport are open, but only his daughter comes through. Scully’s life falls apart…

The story charts Scully’s public quest to find his partner while revealing his internal journey as he plummets from his safe plateau of his simple happiness to the unchartered depths of his loneliness, grief and love betrayed as he comes to terms with the reality of Jennifer leaving him.

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards.

Families have secrets they hide even from themselves…It should have been an ordinary birth, the start of an ordinary happy family. But the night Dr David Henry delivers his wife’s twins is a night that will haunt five lives for ever. For though David’s son is a healthy boy, his daughter has Down’s syndrome. And, in a shocking act of betrayal whose consequences only time will reveal, he tells his wife their daughter died while secretly entrusting her care to a nurse. As grief quietly tears apart David’s family, lives unravel. Only when the truth is finally revealed can the healing begin

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Sam stared at the picture of the boy about to be tipped off the edge of the world: the crushing weight of water about to pummel him. Sam knew that moment exactly, the disbelief that what was about to happen could even be possible. The intake of breath before the flood.

Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she’s dead, it’s worse than ever.

With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.

Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision … will he sink or will he swim.









Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks

One afternoon, police officers show up at Ben Silver’s front door. Minutes after they leave, his parents arrive home. Ben and his little sister Olive are bundled into the car and told they’re going on a holiday. But are they?

It doesn’t take long for Ben to realise that his parents are in trouble. Ben’s always dreamt of becoming a detective – his dad even calls him ‘Cop’. Now Ben gathers evidence and tries to uncover what his parents have done.

The problem is, if he figures it out, what does he do? Tell someone? Or keep the secret and live life on the run?










Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Ender’s Game by Orsen Scott Card

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Minimum of Two – Tim Winton

A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove– James Moloney

Lullaby– Bernard Beckett

Town– James Roy

Peeling the Onion– Wendy Orr

The Road– Cormac McCarthy

Heart of Darkness- Joseph Conrad

Looking for Alaska- John Green

The Alchemist-  Paulo Coelho

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HSC English AOS : Discovery


The Glass Jar by Gwen Harwood


Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich


Auguries of Innocence by William Blake


London by William Blake


Spring Hail by Les Murray




Second Person, Present Tense by Daryl Gregory



The Moustache by Robert Cormier



Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing



The Night Face-Up by Julio Cortizar


Significant Speeches ( a Primary Source)
About the series:
Blake’s new series of significant speeches are valuable tools for teaching History and English in upper primary/ high-school classes. Each book includes the full text of one or more speeches, plus numerous photographs, in an engaging, colourful format. Students benefit from a text introduction that puts the speech in its historical context and highlights key features of the address.
Hear from prime ministers, presidents, activists and soldiers. History has already judged their words and deeds as significant – Great Speeches will help  students understand why.

Two Laws - Speeches about Land RightsThe Time for Peace - Speeches for PeaceEmma Watson - Feminism

Goodbye - Resignations and Final WordsAdam Goodes - Racism Stops with MeKailash Satyarthi - Free to Dream

HSC Maths

Mister Woo (WooTube) Maths head  teacher at Cherrybrook Technology High


HSC Legal Studies

Mr Bingham is a great teacher from William Carey!!!!