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.
We have a great selection of new titles in the iCentre that will be perfect as holiday reads for grown-ups. With the Rugby World Cup approaching, Blindsided by Michael Lynagh is an inspirational read for sporting fans, while Anthony Doerr's All the light we cannot see and The eye of the sheep by Sophia Laguna are recent award winning novels that will not disappoint. Take a look at our collection and borrow now for holiday enjoyment.
One of the literacy events we host in the iCentre each year to celebrate Literacy & Numeracy Week is an author visit. This year we were thrilled to have Christine Bongers join us for a morning with our Year 9 students. Christine has three published books and her most recent, Intruder, is very popular at Mt Alvernia. Her other titles include Henry Hoey Hobson and Dust.
At the iCentre, we love reading and its many benefits and wish to pass the love on to everyone else. We have rearranged our fiction area into genres (like fantasy, mystery, issues, dystopian, relationships, paranormal, adventure, humour) to make it easier for you to put your hands on a great read. We have audio and ebooks in our collection which are easy to borrow and enjoy from the comfort of your home. We have links under iRead to great reading websites to explore, and teachers who want to help you experience the pleasure of recreational reading. Follow the link to find out more.
It's no surprise that The Protected by Claire Zorn has just been announced as the winner of the CBCA Book of the Year : Older Readers. This is a heart-breaking story. Hannah has lost her older sister in a car accident a year ago. Numb with the pain of grief, alienated both at home and school, and unable to remember the details of what happened, Hannah is forced to talk to the school counsellor. In a series of flashbacks, the story unfolds and at times it is achingly sad.
On Twitter, this book is being tagged #orangeisthenewblackswan - and that certainly says it all - ballerinas, violence, and prison are all central to The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. This book explores the lead up to, and fallout from, a very violent crime in which two ballerinas are murdered by a fellow dancer.
For our Yr 7 students who wish to immerse themselves in Chinese culture and traditions to support and extend their inquiry this term into Ancient China, we recommend reading Chinese Cinderella : the true story of an unwanted daughter by Adeline Yen Mah. Although set in the 1940's, the reader walks a mile in Adeline's shoes to experience what it was like to grow up the daughter, and an unwanted one, in a wealthy Chinese family in a very different country and during a very different time. This memoir, based on a true story of a "mighty girl", continues to be much loved by readers of all ages.
This term our Yr 9IS classes are undertaking an inquiry into the concept of reconciliation. With this in mind, we recommend students read Nona & Me by Clare Atkins, a thought provoking novel about cross cultural friendship and the realities of remote indigenous life.
The novel is an action-adventure story about Ben Silver, 13 years old and about to move from childhood to adolescence. Ben hopes to become a detective, but the first case he needs to solve is the one he is involved in when he goes on the run from police with his own family. Ben must work out what has happened to put them in this situation and then what to do about it - should he tell someone, or keep it a secret and live life on the run?
Rivertime by Trace Balla is a gentle story about a 10 year old boy and his uncle and their journey down Australia's Glenelg River. It is a story about slowing down and growing up and has been shortlisted by the CBCA in the Picture Book of the Year category for their 2015 awards. Take time over the holidays to experience this beautiful picture book for older readers.
This book promised to be funny and it certainly delivered. A funny book that makes you laugh-out-loud is rare so finding one has been a great surprise. The main character in this novel is Astrid Kreiger, and if you love a girl who breaks the rules, then this is the book for you. Astrid does what she wants and doesn’t care what anybody thinks of her.