The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
There are some authors that you just want to read everything they’ve ever written because you’ve fallen in love with their writing style, character development, and plot lines. I have not felt this way about an author since I was in year 6 and reading Tamora Pierce‘s series, such as Song of the Lioness, Daughter of the Lioness, Circle of Magic, and The Circle Opens, until recently. For me that author is now Sarah J Maas; author of Throne of Glass series and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
A lonely teenager is infatuated by a group of girls who blow into her hometown. When invited to join them on their ranch, she meets their charismatic leader and is drawn closer and closer towards an infamous cult and a violent, unthinkable event that would change lives forever. This is the story of The Girls by Emma Cline, a stomach clenching ride into the heart of a 1960s cult.
All Evie wants to do is be 'normal' but her mental health declines as she struggles with a relapse of her OCD as she embarks on a new relationship and makes new friends at college. Trying to be normal, suppress her illness and keep it a secret from her friends, Evie's story Am I Normal Yet? is both funny and heart-rending and shows how tough it can be to be a girl today!
Literacy Week celebrations continued today with author Lynette Noni visiting the iCentre to share her love of writing and YA fiction with our students. Lynette is the author of the fantasy series The Medoran Chronicles and many of our students have read and enjoyed the first two books Akarnae and Raelia, and are eagerly awaiting the release of Draekora in 2017. Our budding writers were very interested to hear Lynette's top 10 writing tips.
We had a great day in the iCentre supporting Indigenous Literacy Day by hosting a staff morning tea. We support the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to make books available to children in some of the most remote areas of Australia. Our staff joined in the fun and helped us celebrate #roalddahl100.
You would be forgiven for thinking you had walked into a Roald Dahl story if you visited the iCentre this morning. Witches, lollipops, a crocodile and a morning tea fit for any character from a Roald Dahl story or poem greeted you as celebrations for literacy week and the 100 year anniversary of one of our favourite authors were in full swing. #roalddahl100
This week we are celebrating literacy in the iCentre as we mark the 100 year anniversay of the birth of Roald Dahl, one of our favourite authors who continues to delight both adults and children alike with his quirky and magical stories and poems.
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With the exam period fast approaching, it is timely to be reminded of the Study Skills Handbook online resource that all students have access to on the iCentre website. Our tip this week is all about time management and how to prioritise using rocks, pebbles and sand. Follow the link for this valuable advice and use the hints given over the next weeks for end of year ssessment tasks and exams.
Celebrating their 70th anniversary, the CBCA Book of the Year Awards have been announced and the winners and honour books represent quality children's and YA literature at its best. Put these titles on your reading list for 2016!