Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

And the winner of the CBCA Book Of The Year is….Cloudwish!!!!


For Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she’d eaten too much sugar.

Vân Uoc doesn’t believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas – or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes.

But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.

Not even Jane Eyre can help her now.

Wishes were not a thing.
They were not.

Wishes were a thing.
Wishes that came true were sometimes a thing.
Wishes that came true because of magic were not a thing!
Were they?



September 5, 2016 Posted by | Shortlisted Books | | Leave a comment

Shortlist announced for Book Week Older Readers

The theme for this year is Australia’s Story. I’m sure we all have a favourite Australian author or book that we remember from our early childhood. Would it be Mem Fox and Possum Magic, Graham Base and Animalia, Jeanie Baker and Where the Forrest Meets the Sea, Alison Lesser and The Magic Beach, Jackie French and Diary of a Wombat, Pamella Allen and Who Sank the Boat or Bob Graham and Greetings from the Sandy Beach? The list could go on and on!

The Library has a copy of all of these Shortlisted books, get in and read one now and you be the judge of what the best should be!

July 18, 2016 Posted by | Shortlisted Books | Leave a comment

Books Light Up Our World – Celebrate Children’s Book Week 2015

Which one of these exciting  books will be awarded the title of Book of the Year for Older Readers?


Books truly light up our world in so many different ways. They shed light into dark places by bringing education to those who want it. Books bring the world to life for us, enabling us to travel to distant lands without leaving our homes and even venture into space or fantasy worlds. They empower us, entertain us, educate us and bring us closer to others. Books help us to grow as human beings. 






August 3, 2015 Posted by | Shortlisted Books | , | Leave a comment

2014 Book Of The Year Award Winner: Older Readers

And the winner is………Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Life? It’s simple: be true to yourself.
The tricky part is finding out exactly who you are…

In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar’s outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened.
A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard. 
And I kissed Ben Capaldi.

Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricula.

Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things – the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray. 

And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.

This is excellent and entertaining story about first love, friendship and NOT fitting in.


August 15, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Relationships, Romance, Shortlisted Books | , | Leave a comment


 Which Book will be the Winner?

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The theme for this year is Connect to Reading.

Through reading we connect to people, places, events, other cultures and other worlds.

Today we have the ability to connect through reading via digital technology such as ebooks, email, QR codes audiobooks.  Reading does not mean having to hold a physical book in your hand but being able to immerse yourself in the story is all about connecting to reading.

This year the 6 short listed Older Reader books provide great reading with books the deal with relationships, romance, grief, family, identity, survival, nuclear holocaust, supernatural  and coming of age.

All of these books are available now in the Library!

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August 4, 2014 Posted by | Book Talk, Shortlisted Books | 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

Book of the Year -2011 Shortlist Titles

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowly

“Let me make it in time. Let me meet Shadow. The guy who paints in the dark. Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests. Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers.”

It’s the end of Year 12. Lucy’s looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about.
His work is all over the city, but he is nowhere.
Ed, the last guy she wants to see at the moment, says he knows where to find him. He takes Lucy on an all-night search to places where Shadow’s thoughts about heartbreak and escape echo around the city walls.
But the one thing Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya  Hartnett

World War II, Eastern Europe: Tomas and his younger brother, Andrej, have fled their Romany encampment which has been besieged by the Germans; they carry Wilma, their baby sister, in a sack. In an abandoned, bombed-out town, the children discover a zoo. In it are a wolf and an eagle, a monkey, bear, lioness, seal, chamois and llama. The animals tell their stories to the children as they try to begin to understand what has become of their lives and, when they try to figure out a way to release the animals, what it means to be free.

About a Girl by Joanne Horniman

 A spellbinding love story between two young women that unfolds like a series of paintings and explores the tender moments that pull them together and the secrets that push them apart.

Anna is afraid she must be unlovable – until she meets Flynn. Together, the girls swim, eat banana cake, laugh and love. Some days Flynn is unreachable; other days she’s at Anna’s door – but when Anna discovers Flynn’s secret, she wonders if she knows her at all.
A beautifully crafted novel by award-winning author Joanne Horniman that explores the tension between the tender moments that pull people together and the secrets that push them apart.

The Life of a Teenage Body-snatcher by Doug MacLeod

This is the story of a young man growing up in England in 1828. Thomas Timewell lives a rather sedate life with his mother, but all that changes when he meets a man who steals corpses from cemeteries and sells them to hospitals for dissection. At first reluctantly and later willingly Thomas follows Plenitude, as the man calls himself, through a series of macabre and dangerous escapades that include murderous bodysnatchers, a vengeful teacher, and a mad woman of the moors. Along the way Thomas falls in love with the lovely Victoria (who who hides a secret of her own) and makes a startling discovery about his own lineage.

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta


Melina Marchetta’s brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca – only this time it’s five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle’s death.

And in a year when everything’s broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them

Six Impossible things by Fiona Wood

Fourteen year old nerd-boy Dan Cereill is not quite coping with a reversal of family fortune, moving house, new school hell, a mother with a failing wedding cake business, a just-out gay dad, and an impossible crush on Estelle, the girl next door. His life is a mess, but for now he’s narrowed it down to just six impossible things…

May 6, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Fantasy, Past, people and places, Romance, Shortlisted Books, War | | Leave a comment

CBCA Children’s Book f the Year -Shortlist titles 2011

The theme for Book Week 2011 is One World, Many Stories.

Here is the short list for books in the Older Reader category

Older Readers Short List 2011
Author Title Publisher
Crowley, Cath Graffiti Moon Pan Macmillan Australia
Hartnett, Sonya The Midnight Zoo Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Horniman, Joanne About a Girl Allen & Unwin
MacLeod, Doug The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Marchetta, Melina The Piper’s Son Viking Books, Penguin Group (Australia)
Wood, Fiona Six Impossible Things Pan Macmillan Australia
These books are for mature readers

The winners will be announced at the opening of Book Week on August 20th

May 6, 2011 Posted by | Shortlisted Books | Leave a comment

Book of the Year: Older Readers Winner

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Jarvis 24 by David Metzenthen

Winner of the Children’s Book Council 2010 Book of the Year for Older readers.

Honour books:

Clarke, Judith The Winds of Heaven

Millard, Glenda A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

August 19, 2010 Posted by | Shortlisted Books | | Leave a comment

Book of the Year – Older Readers Short List 2010

Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia, celebrating its 65th birthday in 2010.  The theme in 2010 is… across the story bridge.

Book of the Year – Older Readers Short List 2010




CHRISTOPHER, Lucy Stolen Chicken House
CLARKE, Judith The Winds of Heaven Allen & Unwin
LARBALESTIER, Justine Liar Allen & Unwin
METZENTHEN, David Jarvis 24 Penguin Group Australia
MILLARD, Glenda A Small Free Kiss in the Dark Allen & Unwin
TANGEY, Penny Loving Richard Feynman University of Queensland Press


April 14, 2010 Posted by | Shortlisted Books | Leave a comment