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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Triple Ripple by Brigid Lowry

Brigid Lowry’s original fairytale with a modern twist will totally charm romantic girls . It’s a clever story that combines a fairytale and a modern-girl’s tale, and reveals the magic of the writer’s creative journey.

The Writer begins with a sparkly good idea for a fabulous fairytale. A girl called Glory is sent to work in the Royal Palace, where the queen is planning a grand ball and a bad-tempered princess is sorting through jewels and tiaras. And, unknown to Glory, the threads of her destiny are coming together.
Nova is reading the fairytale. Fairytales are not usually her thing, but right now she’s feeling a bit messy and lost. Her best friend has gone away and bitchy Dylan is hassling her. Still, Nova is curious to find out why Glory’s mother is scrabbling under the bed for an old magic book.
Can the Writer make everything turn out happily ever after? Will the princess find true love? Will Glory escape a secret curse? And can Nova smooth out the lumps and bumps in her life?

Allen & Unwin

March 30, 2011 Posted by | Fairytales, Romance | Leave a comment

Angel by L. A Weatherly

In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he’s found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin – of angels. Forget everything you’ve heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel…until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow…with devastating consequences.

Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the “Twilight” series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.

Sounds intriguing, then watch the book trailer:

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Paranormal, Romance | | Leave a comment

Jekel loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents rules;especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything, even Tristen’s love just for the thrill of being . . . bad

It was captivating and intriguing, the plot moving forward from one surprising revelation to the next. Twists that you didn’t originally see coming soon developed into influencing the ending.It was captivating and intriguing, the plot moving forward from one surprising revelation to the next. Twists that you didn’t originally see coming soon developed into influencing the ending.    Katie YAreads

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Paranormal, Romance | Leave a comment

Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfield

Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic.”
School Library Journal

Leviathan: first book in triology
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Behemoth: second book in The Leviathan triology
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan’s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead.

Goliath the third and final book in The Leviathan triology will be published in September this year.

To find out more about Scott Westerfield and his books go to his website: http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/books/leviathan/

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Great series, Steampunk, War | Leave a comment

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love—the light and the dark, the warm and the cold—in a way you will never forget.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

Good Reads Author

 Now can’t wait for the third and finalbook: Maggie reads a teaser from FOREVER!

 

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Romance | | Leave a comment

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

“If you are a fan of Twilight, then you will love Shiver.  Beautifully written, with alternating chapters from Grace and Sam’s points of view, this is a wonderful debut”

Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Shiver begins the story of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, followed Linger and the final book which will be published in July, Forever.

To find out more information about Maggie and her books go to her website: http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/

March 18, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Great series | | Leave a comment

Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan

Short Stories

This is a collection of ten richly imaginative short stories. Margo Lanagan transfigures Greek myths, bible stories and fairytales: conjures the creepy and surreal out of ordinary domesticity; plunges the reader into stark apocalyptic landscapes and gentle homelike places.

Yellowcake is ten fiercely original and quietly heartbreaking short stories from the extraordinarily talented and highly-awarded Australian author of Black Juice, Red Spikes and Tender Morsels.

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Short Stories | | Leave a comment

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

Biography

 

The title of this book, Life Without Limits, is a play on “Life without limbs”: Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs. Mixing autobiography with reflections on positive thinking and faith in God, he challenges readers to rethink the notion of limits and confront their own. Nick is honest about his struggles, especially as a teenager desperate to be like everyone else, and is blessed with the ability to laugh at himself. This  book combines personal anecdotes with motivational musings on the importance of faith.

The Saturday Age, March 12 2011 

 
Watch this YouTube clip to learn more about Nick’s story:

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Biographies | , | Leave a comment

International Women’s Day: Great Biographies

 

the Hospital by the River

 

Until Catherine and Reg Hamlin began their work in Ethiopia,sufferers of fistulas (caused by obstructed labour) were neglected and forgotten. A vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation  have been helped by Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. A truly amazing woman.

Christian College staff and students have been generous in their donations to this wonderful cause, and Mrs Jan Strauch has been our motivation and inspiration in these donations.

Black Chicks Talking

 

Black Chicks Talking is a compilation of interviews with five women, interviews during which they reveal memories of their pasts as well as their future aspirations. These women’s personal stories reveal a wide range of emotions. Experiences such as losing siblings and children to foster homes, and living with alcoholism and domestic violence bring forth tears, while childhood antics, travelling tales and general ‘gabbing on’ lighten the load. Each woman’s story does, however, reveal a pride for heritage, although this is heavily laced with the sense of searching for a lost culture.

Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi

Like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi has become an iconic figure. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, since 1988 she steadfastly opposed Burma’s brutal military regime. She was first placed under house arrest in 1989 and she faced separation from her husband and their 2 sons, physical and psychological harassment, an attempt on her life and witnessed the massacre of scores of her followers.  Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest on November 13, 2010. The role that Aung San Suu Kyi will play in the future of democracy in Burma remains a subject of much debate.

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Biographies, Indigenous People | , , | Leave a comment

International Women’s Day: Great Reads

Anita Diamant: The Red Tent

The Red Tent retells the story of Dinah, which is found in the Biblical book of Genesis, Chapter 34.   She begins with the story of her mothers, Jacob’s wives: Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah. She then tells her story. Dinah is the daughter of Jacob, only sister to Joseph (he of the coat of many colors). She is raped by a prince whose father then offers to pay a dowry so that his son might wed her. Jacob agrees on the condition that all the men of the town are circumcised according to their family’s tradition. The king agrees. While all the men are still in pain from their circumcision, Jacob’s sons raid the town and slaughter them all. This is an amazing story of the strength to be found and nurtured in women when life is extremely difficult. A great read! 

Tracey Chevalier: Remarkable Creatures

Mary Anning lived in the early 19th century in the town of Lyme Regis, where fossils are abundant. At age 12 Mary discovered the first complete specimen of an ichthyosaur, a marine reptile about 200 million years old. Though she was female and working class, Mary managed to work with the middle class male scientists of the day. She was prickly and independent and eccentric. Plus, she was struck by lightning as a baby and survived. I really loved this book about a strong, and truly remarkable woman.

Philippa Gregory: The Red Queen and The White Queen

 

 In The White Queen Philippa Gregory brilliantly evokes the life of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the survival of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower.

In the Red Queen, Lady Margaret Beaufort is a Lancastrian descended from Edward III (and thus in line for the English throne), Margaret soon discovers that her family tree will determine her entire future. This pious and intense child doesn’t see why she can’t become Joan of Arc, or a nun (preferably an abbess), or at least marry for love. Since Margaret’s first husband, Edmund Tudor, is also of royal lineage, their offspring could conceivably rule the land as Henry VII…Any reader familiar with Henry VIII knows that Margaret Beaufort went on to forge one of England’s more enduring royal dynasties.

Gregory sets up Elizabeth and Margaret like queens in a chess game, and their stratagems couldn’t be more fascinatingly intricate if they’d been invented out of whole cloth rather than based on the historical record.

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Past, people and places | , , | Leave a comment