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.
Ugly : a beaut story about one very ugly kid is a #mustread for our middle years students. It is the story of Robert Hoge, born with a giant tumor on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs that were twisted and useless. It is a courageous and inspiring account of an extraordinary person living an ordinary life that, against all odds, was filled with joy, optimism, and boyhood naughtiness. It helps the reader experience a life very different from their own and that it is OK to be different.
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead is a story about friendship, growing up (and sometimes apart from others) and learning to make good choices. The main characters in this book - Bridge, Tabitha and Emily are in Year 7 and starting to explore new interests and meet new people along the way. These broadening experiences bring changes to the status quo of their friendship and challenge them all to consider what is important to them and what might constitute the betrayal of a friend.
Butter by Erin Jade Lange is about an obese boy who sets up a website and claims he will eat himself to death on New Year's Eve and everyone is invited to watch. I had this book on my ‘to-read’ list for some time and was prompted by a young friend to read it after he bought it and said that it was really great. I have to agree, this is a compelling story and I felt worried sick for the protagonist (called Butter) as the plot plummets towards New Year’s Eve.
If you thought kids’ and teens’ reading was going downhill due to time spent on screens and devices – then, think again. Two articles recently published are testament to the increase in popularity of books for these audiences. You can read more about these studies on the iPractice blog. If you are wanting to borrow a book, an ebook or an audiobook from the iCentre
The Prime Minister's Literary Awards have been recognising excellence in Australian literature since 2008. The shortlists for 2015 has been announced and there are some great reads to put on your list for enjoying over the Christmas break. Which novel will win the Fiction category this year?
With the Christmas holidays approaching, our readers are excited at the prospect of having time to read all those #mustreads on their list. What format do you like the most - books, eReaders, audio, transmedia? Where is your favourite place to read? Send us a photo and we'll instagram it to share with the other readers in our community.
We have compiled a collection of book ideas for parents who like to include a book among their gifts for Christmas. This list is aimed at our new Year 7 students for 2016 and our current Year 7 students. The list includes books that have been popular with the Year 7’s this year, books that are new in the stores and some of the older ones that remain great reads. In particular, we have included books that belong to a series where possible, as this is a great way to hook young people into reading.
Alison Croggon’s story, The River and the Book is narrated by Simbala. Simbala was raised in a village that has two treasures as named in the title of the story: the river and the book.
10 Futures by Michael Pryor explores the future of sustainability. In 10 future-based scenarios, each one highlighting thought provoking issues, Sam and Tara experience imagined and extrapolated futures and must meet the challenges and opportunities that arise. Most of these take place in an environment that has radically changed and where sustainability is of crucial importance. This is a highly recommended read for our Yr 9IS classes.
We have added to our YA Fiction collection, just in time for holiday reading. We have so many new titles that there is sure to be something that will interest all of our readers including the new Patrick Ness novel The rest of us just live here, How to be happy by David Burton and The beauty is in the walking by a favourite author, James Moloney. Make sure you have your holiday reading sorted by visiting the iCentre and borrowing in any format that suits your reading style.