Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

The Liam Jurrah story: from Yuendumu to the MCG by Bruce Hearn MacKinnon

I’ve never seen any player have this much impact on any club in such a short space of time……he electrified everyone. Jim Stynes

Known as the ‘Warlpiri Warrior’, the ‘Jurrahcane’ and ‘Cougar’, Liam Jurrah is a rising star of the AFL, known for his startling displays of skill, artistry and the ‘deadly’ impact of his football ability. But despite Liam’s prodigious talent, he is a relative newcomer to the AFL.

This book tells the incredible journey travelled by Liam, a Warlpiri man, from the remote Aboriginal desert community of Yuendumu to the MCG, as the first fully initiated Aboriginal to play football at an elite level.

Written by the man whose family provided a home for Liam when he first moved to Melbourne, this is the story of how Liam learned about life in the ‘big smoke’, his time at Collingwood and his recruitment by Jim Stynes and the Melbourne Football Club. Along the way the book describes how the author and his family came to understand and treasure the richness of Liam’s Warlpiri culture.


September 19, 2011 Posted by | Biographies, Boys' read, Indigenous People | | Leave a comment

Water for elephants by Sara Gruen


An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the
circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto
a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a
second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making
one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost
earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It
is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act,
who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also
meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a
wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people
that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that
few can afford.   Review by Book Browse

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September 19, 2011 Posted by | Adventure, Film tie in, Past, people and places, Romance | , | Leave a comment

Alaska by Sue Saliba

mia’s heart made a sound that no one heard except for mia
late one night when she woke from dreams into darkness.
ethan was asleep beside her, and em was a forest away.
outside it was night and dark and alaska.
the sky was upside down.

When Mia follows her sister halfway across the world to Alaska, she discovers that love can be found in the most unexpected and beautiful of places. But can Mia find the courage to follow her heart in Alaska? And what if the one you love is not all that you wish them to be?

Alaska is the story of displacement, of the idea of home, of family relationships and a story about fighting for the  environment and making a stand for what we believe in.

A lyrical new novel from the winner of the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction with something in the world called love.

September 15, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Romance, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

Past the Shadows is a story of the bond of brotherhood and the fragility of youth.

This is an amazing literary debut from Victoria’s Favel Parrett. It is the story of three brothers growing up on the wild coast of Tasmania. The boys are surfers and abalone fisherman. The two youngest live with their dark and brooding father.

The story is told through the eyes of Miles and Harry, brothers who share an unbreakable bond.  Readers will empathise with the characters as they search for something to hold on to, something that is real. For Miles, the surf is the only thing that brings him that sense of self that is so drastically missing from his life. Harry, too young to surf, finds solace in the tiny and timeless objects he finds in the sand hills of the beach.

The novel will have you gripping the pages as deep family secrets are revealed, strange characters are introduced and the hardship of the boys’ lives unfolds. Parrett has created a novel with foreboding urgency. The simple language seems graceful and effortless, yet manages to visibly invoke the dark mood of the Tasmanian Coast which matches the story line and its characters.

The story surges towards its gripping conclusion and all along, Parrett’s obvious affinity with surfing and the ocean will thrill anyone who shares a love of the ocean. Review by Louise, Berkelouw Dee Why

Visit Favel’s website to find out more about this exciting young author http://www.favelparrett.com.au/

September 8, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment