Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

A Girl Like Me by Penny Matthews


It is Wuthering Heights set in the Mallee based on a real murder!

Set in rural Australia in the early 1900s, this is first a coming-of-age story about a well-bred young woman, Emily, exploring the risky world of adult relationships. Her main source of ‘proper’ information is Mary Wood Allen’s What a Young Woman Ought to Know.

A quote from this excellent publication introduces every chapter, illuminating the perplexing tension between Emily’s upbringing and all she is learning from Bertha her family’s new home help. But it is also a book about writing. Emily, inspired by her love of Wuthering Heights, has set out to write a romantic novel of her own, but the passions and dramas of life in a small country community eclipse her wildest imagination.

Based round the true story of the murder of a young woman in Towitt, South Australia in 1901, this wonderful novel is also a gripping mystery. I really loved it; it is so rich in ideas, in sense of place, and in psychological exploration. Recommended to anyone over 13, young readers and adults alike.

Review by Kathy Kozlowksi, Readings Carlton


April 29, 2010 Posted by | Mystery, Past, people and places | | Leave a comment

When Courage Came to Call by L. M. Fuge

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Non-stop thrilling action is balanced against the heartbreaking reality of war in this intense and gripping novel

 Everything changed when the first bomb fell. Now there is the Resistance. Now there are the rules. RULE ONE. We do our work under the cover of darkness. RULE TWO. If you trust me, I will trust you. RULE THREE. We work for the good and safety of Zamascus. This will include killing. Imm is about to find out if he has what it takes to survive – and what it will cost him.

Anyone who has read John Marsden’s “Tomorrow When the War Began” series will also be drawn to WHEN COURAGE CAME TO CALL. These stories are about young people in situations that call for them to find strengths and skills they didn’t know they had, particularly given there are no adults around to protect and help them. Sixteen-year-old author LM Fuge has developed characters that will appeal to the young adult market; characters who at first despair, then rise to the challenge and overcome amazing obstacles. As James Patterson says (on the jacket), it is a fast and thrilling ride.

Review by Australian Bookseller

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Boys' read, War | | Leave a comment

Where There' Smoke by John Heffernan


The Victorian Bushfires that exploded on Februray 7th 2009 were the most ferocious and deadly Australia had ever seen. That day will be forever known as Black Saturday.

John Heffernan is a farmer and writer who knows of the devastation fire can cause, the sadness, personal loss and devastation of these fires in Victoria were partly his inspiration for writing this book.

John captures the courage and camaraderie of ordinary people within a community when faced with a disaster. The book is set is an fictitious town but the front cover is of an actual photo taken from Black Saturday.

“Disasters can emotionally destroy the survivors and lead to a life of endless suffering. But they can also make people stronger – stories of hope rising form the ashes”  John Heffernan

There’s smoke over the hills, but nobody in Edenville seems too concerned, even though it’s fire season and the bush is tinder-dry. Luke has made friends in this town, his mum has found a job she likes, and it’s starting to look as if they’ll stay for a while. But Luke knows that good things don’t last, and everything he has come to rely on is threatened by a much bigger event, one that could destroy everyone and everything.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Adventure | Leave a comment


Are you looking for an alternative to Twilight and all the other vampire books that are everywhere at the moment?
For those of you who would like a change, try a parody (a. A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule) instead. We can recommend these two as good reads and funny as well.

The Reformed Vampire Support group

 reformed vampire‘If being a vampire were easy, there wouldn’t have to be a reformed vampire support group.’

 Nina became a vampire in 1973 when she was fifteen, and she hasn’t aged a day since then. But she hasn’t had any fun either, because her life is so sickly and boring.
It becomes even worse when one of the other vampires in her therapy group is staked by a mysterious slayer. Threatened with extinction, she and her fellow vampires set out to hunt down the culprit. Trouble is, they soon find themselves up against some gun-toting werewolf traffickers who’ll stop at nothing.
Can a bunch of feeble couch potatoes win a fight like this? Is there more to being a vampire than meet the eye?

“it managed to hold my attention the whole way through. The comedy aspect of it is actually pretty great – Jinks doesn’t go with the whole romanticized version of vampire-dom that is so widespread nowadays. Instead, she portrays vamps as sickly moaners with a depression complex who need a support group (sort of like vampire AA) to get through life”    Good Reads

Nightlight: a Parody

twilight-parody-nighlight_a“The basic storyline of Nightlight is similar enough to mock Twilight, yet different enough to be its own work of fiction.  Belle Goose moves from Phoenix to Switchblade, Oregon to live with her father Jim, a window wiper.  Belle has an obsession with dating a vampire. At her new school she meets Edwart Mullen, a super-hot (yet fictitious) computer nerd with such a lack of social skills, one could argue he has negative social skills. After noticing a few events, such as Edwart  leaving his lunch untouched, Belle realises that Edwart is a vampire. Clearly this girl is a master of the scientific method.”

“Nightlight is hilarious! The book is like a Mel Brooks movie. It’s totally cheesy, it’s a bit stupid at times, but overall, it is amazing! Some parts will make you laugh out loud. ”    3 evil cousins.


April 21, 2010 Posted by | Humor, Paranormal, Parodies | Leave a comment

Seven Deadly Sins

Seven deadly sins. Seven sins. Seven teens. Seven books!





Determined to get what they want, when they want it, whatever the consequences.

Lust is the first book in the series.

Alpha girl Harper is used to getting what she wants,
and that means Adam,
Beth’s all-American boytoy.
Blond, boring Beth, who Kane,
the charming playah, secretly wants too.
Miranda thinks Kane is out of her league,
but she wants him all the same.
And then there’s the new girl.
Kaia. Who only wants trouble —
and he’s definitely on his way.
Want to know more?

For those who love reading the books or watching the series Gossip Girl you will love this new series.

Visit Robin Wasserman’s website

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Great series, Romance | | Leave a comment

Book of the Year – Older Readers Short List 2010

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, celebrating its 65th birthday in 2010.  The theme in 2010 is… across the story bridge.

Book of the Year – Older Readers Short List 2010




CHRISTOPHER, Lucy Stolen Chicken House
CLARKE, Judith The Winds of Heaven Allen & Unwin
LARBALESTIER, Justine Liar Allen & Unwin
METZENTHEN, David Jarvis 24 Penguin Group Australia
MILLARD, Glenda A Small Free Kiss in the Dark Allen & Unwin
TANGEY, Penny Loving Richard Feynman University of Queensland Press


April 14, 2010 Posted by | Shortlisted Books | Leave a comment

Tomorrow When the War Began: The Movie!


If you loved the Tomorrow Series written by John Marsden, now is your chance to see it at the movies. And…. you have the chance to reread Tomorrow When the War Began before the movie is released.

For more information on John Marsden and his books, including the Tomorrow series, check these links:

John Marsden’s website

Wikipedia: the Tomorrow series


The film adaptation of John Marsden’s “Tomorrow When the War Began” has a release date of September 2010 and the movie trailer is out now – view it here!

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Great series, Movies | | 1 Comment

Patrick Ness’ Science Fiction

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The Knife of Never Letting Go

Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.

But Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Or are there?

Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.

Which is impossible.

Prentisstown has been lying to him.

And now he’s going to have to run

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The Ask and the Answer

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order.

But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer?

And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

The Ask and the Answer is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure

If you love exciting, challenging science fiction books, these are for you! Patrick Ness is a clever writer and the one thing I love about him is that anything goes and things are not dumbed down or softened for the young adult audience. He treats them with respect and believes in their ability to understand situations of war, hardship and violence.   Readings.

For more about Patrick Ness and his books, visit the following websites:

Patrick Ness Homepage

Walker Books

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Great series, Science Fiction | Leave a comment