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Children’s Laureate

For the first time Australia has appointed a position of Children’s Laureate to be given to a well-known and loved author of books for children and young adults. Two authors have been appointed in 2012. They are Alison Lester and Borri Monty Pryor. ACLA Board Member and illustrator Ann James says, “Alison and Boori have a lot in common … both are storytellers, and each has generations of storytellers behind them.  They share their stories in a myriad of ways – oral, performance, visual, written – and both collaborate with other artists to bring their stories alive. Both place the land as a major character in their work , and importantly, both view children as real partners in their work. They are both inspiring, creative and passionate.



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2012 National Year of Reading – Story Winners

Thousands of readers across Australia have voted for the most popular reads from each state. The finalists have just been announced:-

The Idea of Home – John Hughes

Jasper Jones – Craig Silver

Listening to Country – Ros Moriarty

Smoke and mirrors – Kel Morrison

Time’s long ruin – Stephen Orr

Wanting – Richard Flanagan

Well done, those men – Barry Heard

The white earth – Andrew McGahan


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Year 7 Book Reviews

Year 7 students are enjoying reading many new books for the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge. Thanks to these students from Mr Tymms class for sending me their reviews. If you haven’t read these books yet – you should give them a try.

Year 7 Book Reviews                                                                                                         

Mates Dates are a series of books based on four best friends.

Mate’s Dates and Pulling Power is a book about a girl called Lucy who is having a crisis on her hands. She has just found out about her new braces being put on. Her image is important to her and a newly found boy is the only way to show her that it’s not as bad as it seems. With the help of her friends she discover it’s what’s inside you that counts and on the way discovered her father’s long and buried secret.

 It is a fantastic rom com and I would definitely recommend this book as some fun and light reading. 


                             By Siobhan Brown


The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher by Doug Mcleod.

The life of a body snatcher  is a comedy set in London in 1808. The main character is Thomas Timewell, a 16 year old gentleman who, while digging up his grandfather to fulfill his dying wish, runs into a Body snatcher named plenitude. After that his whole life changes, and he becomes plenitude’s assistant. He has many adventures including being chased by a drunk man with a broken bottle, a gypsy with a carving knife and even the grim reaper. Shockingly, he must also spend a night with his laudanum addicted mother, her  friends, and the worst writer in England. A great book by a very funny author, I highly recommend this book to fans of the comedy genre.

       by Leon Pryor

Here is my review of Wildwood Dancing

Wild wood dancing by Juliet Marillier is a story for the romantic adventurer.   It’s about a group of sisters whose father is a merchant trader. They live in a big castle on the edge of the wildwood (forest). The Wildwood is said to hold dark creatures. That is where they have their greatest adventure. With a cousin bent on revenge they try to protect their magic friends while saving their home.

I love it because it’s full of so much suspense that you can’t put it down.

I recommend it to anyone who likes adventure.

   by Emilie Stocker


The short second life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

The short second life of Bree Tanner was awesome if you like Twilight but if you don’t that’s okay it doesn’t have much to do with Bella, Edward and Jacob. The main characters are Bree, Diego and Riley. It is a story you will want to keep reading because Bree and Diego set out for adventures in the vampire world that might be life threatening.


By Gabrielle Kittle

Review of The Returners by Gemma Malley

This story is about a depressed teenage boy named Will Hodge who has so far had quite a compelling life. His mother is dead, he has no friends and he thinks he’s being followed by strange people who confess they know him but he cannot remember them… at first. As Will Uncovers the truth about his past he refuses to like what he sees.

While Will is struggling with unsettling memories, he learns that his past is a lot deeper than many other peoples and he will have to determine if he is strong enough to break the hold that history has on him. 

This story is a dramatic, futuristic, mysterious and compelling read and will challenge your reading skills to their full potential. With its gripping story line this book will have an unbreakable hold on you, with its mysterious edge.

I loved this book because it has an intense story line that will have you hooked when you read the first chapter. Why are people following him? Why is his mother dead? These are the questions you will be asking as you read this fascinating book. It is based in the near future 2016 which leaves this book with a futuristic style and mysterious scenario. I would definatly recommend this book to anyone who loves a book with crime mixed with fantasy.   By Genevieve Siggins  

Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter is back! with another fun filled year at ‘Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ but all is not good.

       His boring summer is suddenly scary with a dementor attack on Harry and his brother Dudly with that the Ministry is angry at him but when he goes back to school the Ministry of magic has asined a new teacher who bends the rules and changes the way the school works but hary is woried about the return of Voldemort and his Minyons the death eaters so he comes up with a plan!!!

         I really liked the book it was exciting and interesting and didn’t want to put it down some parts are just boring but then it gets better i liked it because it has twists and bend and its more exciting because voldemort is returning and only harry and a few other people believe him.

    I recommend this to people who like fantasy and people who have read the other harry potter books they will like this i give it a 4 out of 5.

                                                                By Lachlan Waite

Review on Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


I love this story it has adventure,danger,beauty and creativity in it. It a mystery of beauty and something different to read and to follow on, too.

Now here is a sneak peek of what the story is about!

This story Twilight is fascinating and very convincing it is a story about a girl called Bella who comes to a Town  called Forks. Her dad lives over there and she is staying with him for a while. As Bella comes to town so do the vampires, The Cullens family. They are mysterious and, well they are different.

These dangerous creatures are actually good. No one knows that there vampires, but Bella gains trust in Edward and friendship only to find out that he is different and not human.

If you want to find out how it ends then read this amazing story.    By Ariane Thomas



One of my favourite books is Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

It is a fantastic book because the author uses great, descriptive language.

The book is about a boy called Brian whose plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. He is all alone with nothing but a hatchet. How will he survive?


By Kelsie Vickery

Review of The Luxe by Anna Godbersen


This story is an Adventurous, Romantic and Mysterious. I loved this story so much I wanted to read it again and again. Here’s a little look into it:

Be seen with the most sumptuous book of the season. Every girl must own one…….

Imagine, if you will, New York City, 1899……

Society’s elite: the glamour, the grandeur, the glittering parties, the most handsome beaux, the most beautiful debutantes….. The rich girl, the humble boy, the forbidden love, the stolen glances, the whispers, the scandal, the mystery, the revenge.

You are cordially invited to step into The Luxe where the secrets are dark and the sins are delicious… R.S.V.P.


I loved this book because it took me off into another world when I read the first couple of chapters. I felt like I was in 1899 wearing the big, bold, beautiful dresses and hanging out with the handsome bunch of men they had back then. It was written in such a lovely text and it was challenging but I could really get into the story. I think anyone that likes history and romance, mystery and scandal all put together, well this is your type of book. So please read it now. I guarantee you will fall in love with this book and the characters.    By Alyssa-Mae Rendall


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New from Scott Westerfeld

Steampunk is still proving very popular. With the success of Behemoth, follsoing on form Westerfeld’s Leviathin, his readers are eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, Goliath, which we can expect later this year – it will be a long wait for some.

To find out more about Goliath check out Scott Westerfeld’s excellent blog. There you can read about his final drafts far the new book and quite a lot about the editing process.


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Introducing Mal Peet

An other author I met at the Reading Matters Conference was British award-winning Mal Peet. Mal says that ‘books are the most environmentally friendly way to travel.’ He writes books with elements of adventure, travel history and English football. Some of his title include:- Keeper, Tamar (which won the Carnegie Medal) and The penalty.

About himself Mal Peet says: –

I grew up as a member of an emotionally impaired family on a council estate in a one-horse market town in north Norfolk. The three things that kept me sane were: my bike; books; football. The bike took me great distances (Norfolk is, famously, flat, although there are hills that can sneak up on you). Books took me further away, often to islands – Treasure Island, Coral Island, and wherever it was that the Swiss Family Robinson found themselves. I also loved comics, and originally wanted Keeper to be a graphic novel. As for football, by the time I was sixteen, I was playing at least three full matches a week – for my school, for my county, and for the town.

For a Q and A about his latest book Exposure click here


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Monster Librarian

If you are heavily into vampires, horror or scary books of any sort, visit Monster Librarian for up-to-date reviews of books in this genre. Moving on from Stephanie Meyer, you might like to try Claudia Gray, Kimberley Pauley, Rachel Caine or Kate Cary


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Where the wild things are

Do you remember the wonderful Maurice Sendak book Where the wild things are from your childhood? A new movie has been made in Australia of this iconic story and the trailer has just been released.

Check it out here

  Max, the disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own fantastical world, peopled by alarming monsters who take hime away to a magical place. The film combines real life actors with amazing computer graphics to produce Max’s world. We will have to wait until October 2009 for the film’s release!

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