Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

If you liked Carousel… You’ll love beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie


Beyond Carousel : Carousel - Brendan Ritchie

All of us wanted to survive whatever was happening. Maybe even escape it somehow. But more than that – we wanted to know what it was.


Nox, Taylor and Lizzy have just escaped a nightmare. After months of being trapped inside a shopping centre they are finally free. Free to roam the streets of Perth and free to solve the mystery of what happened outside the doors of Carousel.


But the city is not like it once was, and the dangers are far from over. Loots lurk in the empty streets and packs of dogs are never far behind. Saving those they love will mean risking everything – and time is running out.


This is the thrilling sequel to Carousel.




October 28, 2016 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Survival | Leave a comment

Everything is Changed by Nova Weetman

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‘If only we could all go back to the way it was before . . . ‘

Jake and Alex. Best mates. One terrible mistake. Two lives that will never be the same.

Told in reverse, this powerful and gritty novel moves through the wreckage of a broken friendship, back to the moment when everything changed.




October 28, 2016 Posted by | Boys' read, Coming of Age | | Leave a comment

Booked by Kwame Alexander


Nick Hall lives and breathes soccer. But when he’s sidelined by an injury, his word-loving father takes the opportunity to try to instill a love of reading into his reluctant son. Nick’s mother leaves for a job out of state, he and his best friend hit the skids, he’s dealing with a bully, and on top of all of that, he has to navigate the highs and lows of a first crush. With an impressive array of poetry styles—free verse, acrostics, haiku—and the pacing of a soccer match—at times leisurely and thoughtful, at others frenetic and heart-stopping— Booked (HMH BYR: April 5, 2016) is both poetry for Lionel Messi fanatics and a sports novel for those more likely to memorize a sonnet than kick a soccer ball. But what it is—at its rhythmic, loving heart—is a novel about a father and son, family and friendship, and the true power that words can have on and off the page.



September 6, 2016 Posted by | Boys' read | Leave a comment

Survivor meets James Bond! Read Kalahari by Jessica Khoury


When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.



September 6, 2016 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Tigerfish by David Metzenthen

From best-selling and award-winning author David Metzenthen comes a powerful new novel.

Better in here, they think. Safe and sound. No shocks and no surprises. Twenty-one degrees Celsius all year round.

But outside Sky Point Mall, no one is safe.

Ryan Lanyon lives in a tough suburb.  His brother’s a bouncer.  His best mate owns weapons.  Ariel works in a surf shop and has never seen the sea.  And the year that lies ahead is a minefield for them all.

A novel of confrontation, loyalty and love from David Metzenthen, the award-winning and bestselling author of Jarvis 24Boys of Blood and Bone and Black Water.

I fell in love with Metzenthen’s writing in Jarvis 24 but Tigerfish has tipped him into an auto-buy author for me. His spare and direct prose lifts this story and makes it something special. I find myself incredibly intrigued by his perspective and what matters as story for him – those that other writers might pass over, Metzenthen pulls them out and makes them count.

Set in the fictional suburb of Templeton, Tigerfish is a look into a world most people avoid driving through. Sky Point Mall is nicknamed Knife Point Mall and you don’t walk through the paddocks after dark. You need to know there’s been reports of a prowler sneaking around people’s yards, and some kid found rope near his fence, but you also need to keep living your life.

Each character in Tigerfish is fully realised. They all come with their own story but it’s Ryan’s Metzenthen chooses to tell. Ryan’s empathetic nature is a stark contrast to his surroundings. In a place where most people would just put their heads down and try to survive, Ryan looks up. He sees the girl that doesn’t quite fit, the girl living in the most rundown house in the rundown suburb. And he makes a point to be there for her. His caring also extends to his best friend, his brother and the little sister of the guy who wants to punch him.

I found Ariel’s story to be the most emotionally impacting. Recovering from the sudden loss of her father and the life she once had – just hanging on enough to look like she’s got it all together. That kind of loss digs right in my heart. Her relationship with Ryan is careful and perhaps my main criticism is that I wanted just a little bit more. Still, I was so thankful she had him.

Tigerfish is tightly written but not in a hurry to get anywhere. The pace might turn some readers off but I found it worked. There’s a sense of danger lurking in the background which builds slowly through the novel and makes the most simple scenes seem charged. I just wanted everyone to be okay.

Recommend if you’re after something tense but with a lot of heart.

Review by Trinity Good Reads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19542272-tigerfish

March 17, 2014 Posted by | Boys' read, Family/Relationships | Leave a comment

Combustion by Steve Worland

Fans of Matthew Reilly will love this fast paced, action filled novel!


Los Angeles. Traffic clogs the streets. Smog chokes the city.
And Zac Bunsen is going to burn it all down.

On a ruthless quest to save the planet, Bunsen releases the Swarm, an airborne nanotech virus that targets combustion engines and detonates their fuel supply. It is spectacularly, appallingly successful.

Terror and chaos reign as the City of Angels explodes. Every vehicle is now a deadly bomb and every freeway a war zone littered with bodies and twisted wrecks.

NASA astronaut Judd Bell and his best mate, Aussie chopper pilot Corey Purchase, must navigate the burning city in a desperate mission to stop Bunsen before he can execute the last phase of his horrific plan and send mankind back to the Stone Age.


September 12, 2013 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Suspense | Leave a comment

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

This book is a must read  for all basketball fans!

Four players with one thing in common: the will to win

Malcolm wants to get to the NBA ASAP. Roko wants to be the pride of his native Croatia. Crispin wants the girl of his dreams. M.J. just wants a chance.

March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams left in the NCAA basketball championship. The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the semifinals, and it’s there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J. intertwine. As the last moments tick down on the game clock, you’ll learn how each player went from being a kid who loved to shoot hoops to a powerful force in one of the most important games of the year. Which team will leave the Superdome victorious? In the end it will come down to which players have the most skill, the most drive, and the most heart.

If you would like to find out more information about the author Paul Volponi  and find other books written by him then visit his website: http://www.paulvolponibooks.com/index.htm

June 3, 2013 Posted by | Boys' read, Good Sports | | Leave a comment

Velocity by Steve Worland

Do you love reading Matthew Reilly books? Are you looking for a book that will leave you on the edge of your seat and has more thrills than a Mission Impossible movie. Then Velocity is the book for you!

The MAN – an astronaut who has lost his mojo.

The MISSION – to seek and destroy a hijacked space shuttle.

The CARGO – enough weapons grade Uranium-235 to irradiate Manhattan.

The STAKES – the woman he loves and the fate of a city.

Strap in for the ride of your life as Velocity blasts off at mach speed. From NASA’s Cape Canaveral to the Central Australian desert, screenwriter Steve Worland’s debut thriller sets a heart-stopping pace.

A cast of brilliant characters combined with explosive action make this hugely enjoyable novel a genuine blockbuster.

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November 15, 2012 Posted by | Adventure, Boys' read, Mystery | | Leave a comment

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid

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A thrilling sci-fi adventure with an unforgettable hero

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible–a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted–friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters–but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology Review by Good Reads

September 13, 2012 Posted by | Boys' read, Science Fiction | | Leave a comment

MICKY O by Michael O’Loughlin with Jim Martin

Determination. Hard work. And a little bit of magic!

MICKY O is the extraordinary story of a kid who combined his talent with sheer determination to become one of the greatest AFL players of the last two decades

When Michael O′Loughlin was drafted by the Sydney Swans at just 17 years of age, he was the no. 40 selection and the last player picked. Back then he could not have imagined the extraordinary future that awaited him. That future included numerous awards and accolades, the respect and admiration of fellow players, a huge number of personal supporters, and a record-breaking 303 games in the red and white.

This is the candid and inspiring story of Michael′s upbringing in a tough area of Adelaide, one of six kids to Muriel, from the Narunga Aboriginal community on the York Peninsula, and Alex, from another indigenous community near Murray Bridge. Guided clear of trouble by his parents, and demonstrating from an early age a natural sporting ability, Michael′s talent as a footballer was spotted in 1994 and his long and successful association with the Sydney Swans began.

By 2009, Michael had broken the Swans′ games record. He had kicked more goals for the club than anyone except the legendary Bob Pratt. He played more finals for the Swans than any other, and became one of just three Indigenous players in the history of the sport to reach 300 games.


September 7, 2012 Posted by | Biographies, Boys' read, Good Sports | , | Leave a comment