Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Pig Boy by J. C. Burke

A confronting and powerful story from the award-winning author of THE STORY OF TOM BRENNAN

On Damon Styles’s eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it’s what happens afterwards that changes everything.

Now Damon must come up with a plan. It’s the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job – pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he’d better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won’t find what he’s hiding.

Damon’s taking matters into his own hands – but so is the town of Strathven.

J. C. Burke describes Pigboy as a story that explores the way a person can be judged and how that judgement can be so wrong. An unlikable person doesn’t mean they are evil – it may just mean that they find it to difficult to navigate their way around life and relationships


May 23, 2011 Posted by | Boys' read, Bullying, Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment

Mice by Gordon Reece

Mice is a page turning electrifying suspense thriller with a moral twist that invites readers to question what is right and wrong and how they might react in extreme situations.


Even the meekest of mice have their breaking point…This provocative thriller will have you asking: What would you do if you were pushed to the limit?

‘Shelley, darling,’ Mum said. ‘Don’t be frightened. He just wants money. If we do everything he says, he’s going to go away and leave us alone.’ I didn’t believe her, and I could tell from the trembling of her hands and the catch in her voice that she didn’t believe it herself. When a cat gets into the mousehole, it doesn’t go away leaving the mice unharmed. I knew how this story was going to end.

Shelley and her mum have been bullied long enough. When they retreat to an isolated cottage in the country, they think their troubles are over, and they revel in their cosy, secure life. But one night, an intruder disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps. What happens next will shatter all their certainties.

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Bullying, Suspense | | Leave a comment

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

If you loved the book Lovely Bones or Before I Die then this might just have to be the next book you read.

On a rainy February night, eighteen year old Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But then the impossible happens: she wake up in her own bed, on the morning of the day she died.

Forced to live over and over the last day of her life – the drive to school, skipping class, the fateful party- she desperately struggles to alter the outcome, but every morning she wakes up on the day of the crash.

This is the story of a girl who dies young, but in the process learns how to live. And who falls in love…..a little too late.


May 30, 2010 Posted by | Bullying, Romance | , , | Leave a comment