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Dancing in the Dark – Robyn Bavati

Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati

Do you love watching So You think You Can Dance and just can’t get enough of it, then this book may appeal to you!

dancing in the darkHe tossed her into the air as if she were weightless, and just for a moment she seemed suspended there, defying gravity. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I knew what she was feeling. It was in every movement of every limb.

Here was a power I had never seen before, a kind of haunting loveliness I had never imagined. Seeing it made me long for something, I didn’t know what . .

Ditty was born to dance, but she was also born Jewish. When her strictly religious parents won’t let her take ballet lessons, Ditty starts to dance in secret. But for how long can she keep her two worlds apart? And at what cost?

A dramatic and moving story about a girl who follows her dream, and finds herself questioning everything she believes in. 

Penguin

Visit Robyn Bavati’s website: http://www.robynbavati.com.au/

 

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Relationships | Leave a comment

The Enemy – Charlie Higson

The EnemyThe Enemy by Charlie Higson.

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician – every adult – felt ill.  The lucky ones died.  The others are crazed, confused and hungry.

Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive.

Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide.  And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city – down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground – the grown ups lie in wait.BUT CAN THEY MAKE IT THERE – ALIVE?

The first incredibly gripping adventure in a heart-stopping new series.

Warning: contains strong language and scenes of violence.

Visit The Enemy’s website

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Great series | | Leave a comment

Love Aubrey – Suzanne LaFluer

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Love Aubrey by Suzanne LaFluer

At the start of this novel, Aubrey is completely alone in her house, living on crackers and cheese, with only her new pet goldfish for company. Days later, Gram turns up on the doorstep, concerned that no one is answering the phone. It doesn’t take Gram long to realise that Aubrey has been abandoned by her mother, and readers soon work out that, before Aubrey’s mother’s disappearance, something terrible happened to Aubrey’s father and sister; something Aubrey can bearly think about, let alone talk about. Aubrey leaves to go to Gram’s house in Vermont, where she slowly begins to come to terms with the loss of her family through the friendship and love of her grandmother, the new neighbours and a school counsellor, and by writing letters.

 

This is a heart-breaking novel about coping with grief, but it’s also funny in parts and full of touching bravery and hope. Aubrey’s relationships with family and friends are brilliantly drawn and I loved the way she gradually opened up in her letters and to Bridget and Gram, until she managed to say the things she’d been stifling for a long time.

Memorable, and highly recommended to fans of realistic and moving fiction.

Chicklish

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment

Melina Marchetta – The Piper’s Son

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The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

It’s been 18 years since Melina Marchetta wrote her first novel Looking For Alibrandi. Since then she has written four other fantastic novels which include Saving Francesca, On the Jellicoe Road and the fantasy Finnikin of the Rock.

Melina Marchetta’s brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca – only this time it’s five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle’s death.

And in a year when everything’s broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.

Readings

Want to find out more about Melina Marchetta and her books? Follow the link to her website:

Melina Marchetta’s website

Melina Marchetta (watch interview)

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment

conspiracy 365

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CONSPIRACY 365

by Gabrielle Lord

 On New Year’s Eve Cal is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning…….

      They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days!
 
Hurled into a life on the run, with a price on his head, the 15 year-old fugitive is isolated and alone. Hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious death and a history-changing secret. Who can he turn to, who can he trust, when the whole world seems to want him dead?
The clock is ticking. Any second could be his last.
 
Callum Ormond has been warned.
  He has 365 days.
      The countdown has begun….
12 books, 12 months. An explosive new series!
 
We are really excited about this fantastic new adventure series! It has lots of enthusiastic reviews like this:
“Conspiracy 365 is the best series ever! With breathtaking action and plenty of suspense, it’s impossible to put down. So I say, bring on the rest of the books!!”
If you want to find out more about this series, if you enjoyed the reading the books, or if you want to become a member of Conspiracy 365, check the Conspiracy 365 website  .
we would love to hear your comments: leave them below this post!
 

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Great series, Suspense | Leave a comment

What’s New?

wintergirlsWant to know about the latest releases to hit the shelves.

 Then this is the page  for you! This has the new books availabe to borrow from the library. We will include the book cover and a short review/outline of the plot.

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Book Talk | Leave a comment

Premier’s Reading Challenge

logo-reading-challengeAll students in Year 10 are invited to participate in this great event. If you love reading and have the time read 15 books between now and August then this could be for you. If interested follow the  link to register:  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/prc/

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Premier's Reading Challenge | | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Christian College Senior School Blog

Hello and welcome to i.read. A place to discover, explore and share books and reading.

If you have any suggestions or thoughts you wish to share with us we are very interested in what you have to say. We look forward to receiving your comments on i.read , or in emails which can be sent to snrlibrary@ccg.vic.edu.au.

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Book Talk | 2 Comments