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Woodleigh moves into ebooks!


Not before time, Woodleigh Library is now making available ebooks for students to borrow online. As part of the Wheelers Books platform students can access books through the library catalogue or by going to and logging in using your school login. Books may be read on Macbooks, iPads, iPhones or android devices. Check with Mrs Boundy for more details.


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State Library of Victoria – Resources

If you are looking for journal articles or databases of online information the State Library of Victoria has a wealth of information which is available free if you register online for a library card. go to the SLV site, then go to Explore, Research Tools, and join the library  You can nominate to have a card sent to you and once your card arrives all of their digitised material is available for your use – ejournals, databases, maps, pictures, anthing you need to know about the history of Victoria…even digitised copies of the Football Record. Very useful for students of history, science, economics, health,humanities etc.


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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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Do you need a photograph for an assignment?

Have you ever worried that the photo you have found to enhance your research assignment might belong to someone who doesn’t want you to use it? Copyright on photos can be difficult to check. Using a Creative Commons site that allows public use of photos is the safe way to go.

This website – 12 Useful Image Search Tools will assit you to find your way around photo sites such as Flickr Commons, Wikipedia Commons, Pics4Learning, and Veezle. Play around with these sites to see what they can offer you.

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Boys, blokes, books and bytes

Are you a boy who likes (or wants) to read for pleasure?

Then this is the site for you.  lots of hot tips about authors to read and blogs to download.

Check out the “Pester your library” link. Or the online comic DFC, available only by subscription, and with articles by authors such as Philip Pullman, of the His dark materials series.

Find out the latest books news – such as that Artemis Fowl is about to come out in graphic novel form. 

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Once upon a time in the North – Philip Pullman

With the popularity of Philip Pullman’s classic His dark materials not suffering from the release of the Golden Compass on film, it is a joy to be able to continue the story with what amounts to a prequel to the tale of Lyra and her friends. Set as a type of Western cowboy narrative, bullying and greed now become the realm of politics and political ambition.

Link to The Times review by Amanda Craig

Read about an exclusive interview with Philip Pullman bout his books, also from The Times

What do you think about Pullman’s new novella and his take on the power of big business and politics?




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Alice Pung – Growing up Asian in Australia

One of the popular reads over the last twelve months has been Alice Pung’s colourful and poignant story about growing up Chinese in Northcote. The ethnic Chinese Pung family arrived in Australia from Cambodia, escaping the deadly Khmer Rouge. This is a story of a family in search of something better than the terror they left behind, and of trying to fit in to a community very different from the one they have known.   Alice becomes the classic immigrant child who must bridge the gap between two cultures. Her mother and grandmother use her as their interpreter, bringing moment of both humour and pain.

Listen to Alice Pung in conversation with Shalini Akhil on the ABC Radio National Book Show podcast.

Hear Alice Pung reading from her book on the insideadog website

Or visit Alice Pung’s blog 


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