Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

House Rules by Jodi Picoult


Another fantastic book by the very talented Jodi Picoult.Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way — and fails those who don’t.

Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself to others, and like many children with Asperger’s, Jacob has an obsessive focus on one subject-in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do-and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. Reluctance to make eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate gestures, all these can look a lot like guilt. Suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.

House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, and at the extremes of love and loyalty a family must call upon to help each other overcome impossible circumstances.


November 14, 2010 Posted by | Crime, Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment



SpineOut has arrived! It is a new online magazine aimed at young adults as a place for YAs to share their love of reading, writing and creativity. Inside you’ll find an interview with the up and coming band Jinja Safari and the incredibly talented Shaun Tan. Plus book reviews, competitions and lots more stuff. Don’t be shy, take a wander through and get involved!


November 10, 2010 Posted by | Boys' read, Chick Lit | | Leave a comment

Six by Karen Tayleur

One car.

One after-party.

Six people, six points of view

But only one outcome


Six is a thriller. This novel takes the reader into the lives of six teenagers on the brink of adulthood. The story begins where it ends, in the aftermath of a terrible car accident. But something else is lurking behind the apparently normal lives of these Year 12 students. Five of them have found a body in the woods during the summer. When they report it anonymously, the discovery has implications for them all. Relationships are developing and changing. All of the characters are facing the pressures of Year 12 and the what their future holds. All of them have secrets and the way in which these are revealed is one of the many engaging features of this novel. The ‘Six’ of the title refer to three boys and three girls. Both groups will found this story compelling and haunting.

Review by Black Dog Books

Visit Karen’s website to find more information about the author and her books:  http://www.karentayleur.com/

November 2, 2010 Posted by | Coming of Age, Suspense | , | Leave a comment