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.
Three powerful must-read novels to put on your holiday reading list - The Hate Race, a powerful, funny, moving and beautifully crafted memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia - reading it could teach us all how not to be; Between a Wolf and a Dog, an elegant and delicately emotional portrayal of one family’s relationships and of their everyday struggle to love each other in the shadow of mortality, grief and forgiveness and The Natural Way of Things - a ferocious exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, which is both provocative and fearless as it reveals us and our world to ourselves.
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!
Wishes were a thing. Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing. Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing! Were they?... Cloudwish, Fiona Wood's latest novel, is about a Vietnamese Australian girl struggling with boys, school and home issues and we recommend you put it on your reading list. You won't be disappointed as it has just won the prestigious 2016 CBCA award for Book of the Year : Older Readers.
“Smile” is based on Raina Telegmeier’s real life experiences. It follows her journey from needing braces, to losing a tooth, major dental surgery, and finally learning how to smile. This graphic novel is very popular with our Yr 7 students and is rarely on the shelves.
Zana Fraillon's The Bone Sparrow is the story of a Rohingya boy born inside a detention centre, the only world he knows, but who dreams that one day his world will be a different place. It is a poignant tale reminiscent of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and deals with timely issues of the refugee crisis, conditions in detention centres, persecuted minorities and immigration policies. It is a thought-provoking and highly recommended novel for young adult readers interested in these important topics.
Our Teacher-Librarian, Krystal Gagen, read her first graphic novel earlier this year and absolutely loved it. Once she understood the format and read the images along with the font, a whole new world of reading was opened to her. Have you tried graphic novels yet?
Ms Gagen already has her holiday reads sorted. As an avid fantasy reader, she is looking forward to reading the very popular Throne of Glass series by New York Times bestselling author Sarah J Maas. Although not a science fiction fan, she can't wait to read Illuminae, co-authored by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and the first installment of the new trilogy The Illuminae Files. She has some serious reading to do these holidays!
An avid reader, Ms. Langusch has two great holiday reads to recommend for both grown ups and mature readers. Island Home, by her favourite author Tim Winton, is a moving memoir of the places in the Australian landscape that have breathed life into his novels, and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, the story of a young woman in 17th century England who bravely confronts the spread of both the plague and superstition throughout her village, is historical fiction at its best.