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.
Seventeen year old Lennie Walker is trying to find herself amid a life of turmoil. She is dealing with the grief of her sister’s sudden death. She is also trying to deal with a left-of-centre family and working out how friendship and love can continue in a world that has fallen apart.
This book is a cautionary tale that delves into the very topical issue of cyberbullying. It is the story of Lara, who befriends a boy she doesn't know personally. Full of insecurities, Lara is very flattered when this "hot" boy from a nearby school asks to be her friend on Facebook. His attention increases, and Lara finds herself fantasising about meeting him until he rejects her in a very public post and many of the kids at Lara's school 'like' the post.
Our keen readers have been busy placing book reviews on their favourite reads. This is a great way of recommending books to other students as peer recommendations are the most powerful promotions of books. It is also really wonderful having students who want to be involved in a reading culture. We have posted one of the reviews on the following page ...
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is the first of five novels in The Heroes of Olympus series which collectively form a sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians. An exciting and entertaining read, we highly recommend this book and the series to our Yr 7s who are learning about Greek myths.
Light Horse Boy is a powerful book based on the historical events of 1914 - 1918. The characters in the book are fictitious but due to the author’s meticulous research of records and diaries, they are vividly brought to life. This is enhanced through the mixed media of the text which includes letters, diary entries and prose. The visual photographs and beautiful charcoal illustrations by Brian Simmonds also bring the story to life.
Based on the true story of Valentine Joe Strudwick, one of the youngest soldiers known to have been killed in action, one month short of his 16th birthday, this is a heartbreaking and moving love story where a modern young girl goes back in time to meet a young boy soldier. Together, they learn to make sense of their different worlds, where death has become part of everyday life.
Full of magic and mayhem, Egg and Spoon is part fairytale, part mythology, part prince and pauper tale and part grand quest. This mashup of style is a lot of fun and achieves success through the well-paced plot and the masterfully written prose that is funny, eloquent and often poignant.
See you at Harry's is a book about a family who have to face a tragedy all of us fear. The characterisation in this novel is one of its strengths and Jo Knowles has created a family made up of people we can easily identify with.
The Protected by Claire Zorn 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.
How will humans survive after we've destroyed the environment and not a tree remains? This is the setting of Breathe. In this post-apocalyptic world, survival depends on living inside a man-made dome that has ducted synthetic oxygen or by carrying tanks and breathing through a face mask.