Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

And in the morning by John Wilson

Jim Hay is fifteen, thinks war is a  glorious adventure and cannot wait for this turn to fight. But as his father boldly marches off to battle in August 1914, Jim must be content to record his thoughts and dreams in his journal.

Gradually, however, Jim’s simple life begins to unravel. His father is killed in action, his mother suffers a breakdown and when he does at last join up, it is as much to find a refuge as it is to seek glory.

What Jim discovers in the trenches of France is enough to dispel any romantic view of the war. And while his longing for adventure is replaced by a basic need to survive, the final tragic outcome is one he never dreamed of.

John Wilson’s book And in the Morning is definitely for older readers. The hero is an older teenager who gets involved in
World War I. The violence is sometimes personal, and the things young Jim Hay sees are sometimes horrifying.


June 23, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, War | | Leave a comment

What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Read her once and fall in love

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents’ bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean’s become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean’s ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?
Good Reads

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance | | Leave a comment

Silvermay by James Moloney

Sixteen-year-old Silvermay Hawker feels drawn to the newcomer in her village
– a young man of solemn good looks named Tamlyn. But only heartache can come of
this, because Tamlyn is devoted to Nerigold and to little Lucien, her son.

So things seem, until the dark forces of Coyle Strongbow come in search of
Nerigold′s baby and Silvermay is swept up in the young family′s escape. When
Lucien is entrusted to her care, she discovers the startling horror of what he
might become, and the truth about Tamlyn, too.

Can Lucien be spared his fate, or is he doomed to become like Coyle? And
Tamlyn, can he be trusted, can he be loved and can he love in return?
Silvermay′s heart will not give him up, but what happens when devotion becomes a
weapon in the hands of the ruthless?

Silvermay is the first book in a new fantasy adventure series by Australian author James Moloney. It is a thrilling read that outlines the importance of friendship and the fight between good and evil.

Watch the following book trailer: http://bcove.me/vuh92stu

June 16, 2011 Posted by | Fantasy, Good and evil | | Leave a comment

The wilful eye: Tales from the Tower Volume One

Six of the world’s most exciting and best-loved writers have chosen fairytales as inspiration for this spellbinding and subversive short-story collection.

Six writers – Margo Lanagan, Rosie Borella, Isobelle Carmody, Richard Harland, Margaret Mahy and Martine Murray – have taken inspiration from stories that have shaped us all, tales like ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’ and ‘The Snow Queen’. This collection carries universal themes of envy and desire, deception and abandonment, courage and sacrifice.
Characters are enchanted, they transgress, they yearn, they hunger, they hate and, sometimes, they kill.
Some of the stories inhabit a traditional fairytale world, while others are set in the distant future. Some are set in the present and some in an alternative present. The stories offer no prescription for living or moral advice and none belong in a nursery.
Open the covers and submit to their enchantment.

June 16, 2011 Posted by | Fairytales, Short Stories | Leave a comment

The dead I know by Scot Gardner

Aaron Rowe has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. A potent, intense, psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page.

You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, ‘Steady. We’re here to help.’ Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper’s Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.
‘I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know‘. – John Marsden

June 6, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Suspense | , , | Leave a comment

Dirt Bomb by Fleur Beale

It’s about boys and cars and is full of high revs and car-speak. It’s a fun read, one that the boys will love but there is also a strong message inside.

Jake’s life is sweet. He’s got no money and doesn’t have a mobile, but he’s got two best mates; Buzz and Robbie. Buzz is generous and doesn’t mind buying stuff for his mates. Jake wouldn’t change a thing. But then Robbie has the idea of the century: rescue the old wreck from the ditch and make it into a paddock basher. Yes! Buzz, however, puts a spanner in the works by saying he’s not paying for it all. Even stevens or no deal. Robbie gets a job. Jake refuses. It’s just not his style to work for a boss. But he desperately wants to drive that car, and the others are going to go ahead without him. The summer holidays are looming ahead in a desert of boredom and friendlessness. He needs a game plan…

June 6, 2011 Posted by | Boys' read, Coming of Age | | Leave a comment