Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

If you loved the book Lovely Bones or Before I Die then this might just have to be the next book you read.

On a rainy February night, eighteen year old Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But then the impossible happens: she wake up in her own bed, on the morning of the day she died.

Forced to live over and over the last day of her life – the drive to school, skipping class, the fateful party- she desperately struggles to alter the outcome, but every morning she wakes up on the day of the crash.

This is the story of a girl who dies young, but in the process learns how to live. And who falls in love…..a little too late.



May 30, 2010 Posted by | Bullying, Romance | , , | Leave a comment

Author Spotlight – Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is a gifted storyteller whose compelling works profoundly impact her audience.”

—The Midwest Book Reviewjodi_picoult

Jodie Picout is well known for writing books that deal with ethical and controversial issues such as My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes. Each story is told from a variety of viewpoints, with each chapter written in a different character’s voice.  Picoult writes stories that are heart wrenching and full of family drama. My Sister’s Keeper has already been made into a movie and others are to come.


For those who love a book that is a real page turner Salem Falls is one of those books you can’t put down. On every page there is a twist, a revelation, a surprise, a pay-off, placing it firmly in the category of Page-Turner —It has romance, heartbreak, mystery, spookiness, and even a good dose of moral dilemmas – everything a good novel needs.”

To find out more about Jodie and her books visit her http://www.jodipicoult.com/

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Authors | Leave a comment

Sugar Sugar by Carole Wilkinson

This is Carole Wilkinson’s first novel for young adults, many may have read her best-selling and award-winning Dragonkeeper and Ramose series.


Jackie has left Australia with a psychedelic suitcase and a dream to become a world-famous fashion designer. She knows exactly where she’s going and how she’s going to get there. So how does a weekend in Paris send her spinning off course? How does she end up somewhere she couldn’t find on a map?

It’s the 1970s and it seems like half the Western world under 30 is hitch-hiking to the East in search of enlightenment, adventure or cheap hashish. Jackie isn’t one of them. The only thing she’s looking for is her lost fashion folio which is the key to her dream of becoming a famous fashion designer. But she stumbles onto the well-worn hippy trail and soon her life is heading in a new direction – in more ways than one.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Family/Relationships | , | Leave a comment

Clubbing by Andi Watson

A spoiled, rebellious Londoner takes on the stuffy English countryside in Clubbing

When shes caught with a fake I.D. at a posh London nightclub, Charlotte Lottie Brooks punishment is spending the summer at her grandparents stuffy country club. But Lottie will end up doing more than just serving time in country boot camp. She will narrowly escape romance and end up solving a murder mystery. Older teens.
A spoiled, rebellious London girl takes on the stuffy English countryside in Clubbing. The crime: getting caught with a fake I.D. at a posh London nightclub. The punishment: spending the summer at her Grandparent’s stuffy country club. But Charlotte “Lottie” Brook, best known for her mile-high platforms, a bottomless itunes account and an unbridled passion for classic lit, will end up doing more than just serving time in country boot camp. In between avoiding the strange locals and cake decorating contests, Lottie will narrowly escape romance and end up solving a murder mystery on the 19th hole of her Grandparent’s golf course.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Graphic Novels, Mystery | Leave a comment

The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E Pearson

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Part science fiction and part teenage self-discovery, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a curious blending of the two genres that is as unsettling as it is thought-provoking.

A gripping, utterly engrossing thriller set in a future that may be closer than we think…

Who is Jenna Fox? 17-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?
This is a very engrossing, futuristic psychological thriller about a girl brought back from the brink of death after a near-fatal accident. Desperate to save their only daughter, the parents use a highly illegal procedure to rebuild her body, memoires, and feelings- but at what cost? Set in a near-future America, this novel will take you on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity.

Mary E Pearsonis the author of several books for teens, including A Room on Lorelei St and Scribbler of Dreams. Her books have received many honours, including the Golden Kite Award, the J Hunter Award for YA Fiction and the South Carolina YA Book Award. The Adoration of Jenna Fox has sold translations rights all over the world and also feature-film rights to 20th Century Fox

Watch YouTube clip The Adoration of Jenna Fox

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Science Fiction | | Leave a comment