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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

Big Girl Small is a novel for women of all ages; for every girl who is, or was, a teenager. Everybody needs a friend like Judy. She is whip-smart, hilarious, and her story is so real. She’s a wonderful singer, full of big dreams for a big future—and she’s a dwarf. But why is she hiding out in a seedy motel on the edge of town? Who are her friends? And why can’t she face her family?

Big Girl Small is a gut-wrenching teen-tragedy told with laugh-out-loud humour. Every reader will recognise the anxiety of trying to be different, to be the same, to find out who you are and what your hormones are doing, and what you might want to do in the future. Most of us don’t really know, and this brave novel shows us that’s just fine.  Penguin Books

Big Girl Small is a scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and unwaveringly serious. Good Reads

Want to find out more about author Rachel  DeWoskin then visit her website:http://www.racheldewoskin.com/index.html

August 29, 2011 Posted by | Chick Lit, Family/Relationships, Humor | Leave a comment

The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling

‘If  I told you the truth, you’d run away as well,’ she said so quietly that  I could barely hear it. ‘Go to bed, Andrew, and forget about  everything.’

Adrian Stirling is a Geelong author who taught at Oberon High. This is his second
book.

The year is 1986 and Halley’s Comet is about to return for its once every seventy-six
year visit to our fragile blue planet. The planet is not the only fragile
entity. Several individuals and families of the fictitious Melbourne suburb of
Merton, located on the city’s rapidly growing urban fringe, share this characteristic.
The ‘Comet Box’ of the title alludes to Halley’s return, a classroom metaphor
for a wishing well. “Careful what you wish for…..’

The
author, Adrian Stirling, has been the feature author on the Children’s
Literature website, Inside a Dog. You
can read his thoughts on writing, reading and being an author by following this
link: http://www.insideadog.com.au/blog/Residence

August 25, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment

The Bridge by Jack Higgins

Winner of the 2010 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

The City is divided. The bridges gated.
In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a
chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.

 Nik is still in high school but
destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence
Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone
is shocked when he isn’t chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will
talk about it.

 Then the school is bombed and the
hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the
hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.

But Nik is on the run, with Sol’s
sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of
Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he’d never dared to ask.

 “The Bridge is a gritty
adventure set in a future world where fear of outsiders pervades everything. A
heart-stopping novel about friendship, identity and courage from an exciting
new voice in young-adult fiction. “

August 18, 2011 Posted by | Adventure | , , | Leave a comment

Library on a Donkey

With the 2011 CBC Book Week theme being One World Many Stories this video clip shows us just how the work of one man is giving children the opportunity many of us take for granted – access to a library and books!

August 17, 2011 Posted by | Video clips | | Leave a comment

Mirror by Jeannie Baker

Two diverse cultures, countries and families are linked with warmth and charm in this two-in-one picture book.

This innovative picture book comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously – one from the left, the other from the right. Page by page, we experience a day in the lives of two boys and their families. An Australian family, whose way of life strikes a familiar chord, and a family from a far away country with a way of life that differs more than one can imagine. As we read we discover the simple truth that despite these differences we are all the same. We are the mirror of each other.

This is another fantastic book from the same author who created Where the Forest Meets the Sea, Hidden ForestWindow and Belonging. Jeanie’s idea for this book was to tell the story of two boys living in different parts of the world, one living in big city Australia, the other in the Moroccan desert. At the start of the story they appear to be living completely different lives without much in common but both have family, friends and are part of a community. Their lives really mirror each other!

Once again Jeanie has created this stunning book by using collages made up of natural and articfical materials which have been photographed and appear side by side in the wonderful book

A series of stunning collages tell the story from either end, one in English, the other Arabic, until they meet in the middle.

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August 11, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Shortlisted Books | | Leave a comment

Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick

How about we toss a coin? Heads, it’s west and a lift. Tails, it’s still west, but no lift.’

James is heading into the country on his first teacher-training round when a mysterious girl asks him for a ride. Sophie has him all worked out: ‘You live with your parents and they bought you this car, and a very nice car it is too…’ At first James can’t see past her wild hair and attitude, but then Sophie trusts him with a secret she’s been keeping too long.
Steven Herrick masterfully reveals the essence of his characters in this tough and tender story about opening up to love and living a life that’s true.

Black Painted Fingernails is a captivating novel by the author of By the River and other popular, award-winning books.

This is a story about a boy searching for freedom, and a girl returning from hers. I love Aussie fiction, road-trips, new friendships, awkward male leads and confident females, so this was already a book for me before I even opened the first page. It is a story that heavily highlights the pressure parents can put on their children rather than letting them choose the path they would like to take themselves which I think is a common issue for teenagers, and parents, alike.  Review by Jess, The Tales Compendium

August 4, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships | , | Leave a comment