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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Max by Sarah Cohen- Scali

If you enjoyed reading The Book Thief and The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas then this new historical book will sure to please!

 

Meet Max—it’s 1936, Bavaria, and he’s still a foetus inside his blonde, blue-eyed mother. Utterly indoctrinated in the Nazi ideology, he will address you, tell you his story until 1945—his destiny as an exceptional being, the prototype of the ‘Lebensborn’ (Fountains of Youth) program, designed to produce perfect specimens of the Aryan race to regenerate the Reich. When Max meets Lukas, a young Polish boy who resembles him but who rebels against the Nazi system, cracks starts to appear in Max’s convictions…

Max is compulsive reading. Against all your instincts to despise what Max tells you, about his childish cruelty, his attempts to eliminate any aspect of weakness in order to become a tough Hitler youth, you will find yourself somehow understanding him, becoming attached to this orphan who personifies the evil that people are capable of inflicting on children in times of war.

Max is a fascinating, confronting historical fable. A little-known aspect of the World War II is brought to life through two striking characters whose paths cross tragically. In the words of Sarah Cohen-Scali to her readers: ‘I hope that, as I did, you will be able to feel indulgent towards Max’s flaws, and that you will love him, defend him, and adopt this orphan of evil…’

Review Text Publishing, Retrieved 18th March 2016, https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/max

March 18, 2016 Posted by | Historical Fiction, War | , | Leave a comment

A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty and Bryce Corbett

A profoundly moving  and inspiring memoir from Australia’s domestic violence crusader and former Australian of the year, Rosie Batty.

 

 

Rosie Batty knows pain no woman should have to suffer. Her son was killed by his father in a violent incident in February 2014, a horrendous event that shocked not only the nation, but the world. Greg Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son Luke and was then shot by police at the Tyabb cricket oval. Rosie had suffered years of family violence, and had had intervention and custody orders in place in an effort to protect herself and her son. She believes the killing was Greg’s final act of control over her.

Since the events of last February, Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against domestic violence, winning hearts and mind all over Australia with her compassion, courage, grace and forgiveness. In the wake of the tragedy, Rosie’s advocacy work has forced an unprecedented national focus on family violence, with the Victorian Labor government establishing Australia’s first royal commission into family violence, and committing a further $30 million over four years to protect women and children at high risk of family violence. The then Victorian Police Commissioner Ken Lay called it ‘the Rosie Batty factor’. In January 2015, Rosie was named Australian of the Year, 2015.

‘This highly emotional book … She suffers but she is not a victim. Batty is comforting and terrifying. She is protector and avenger… She has moral authority and dignity … compelling.’ ABR

Review from Harper Collins

March 3, 2016 Posted by | Biographies | , | Leave a comment

One Thousand Hills by James Roy and Noel Zihabamwe

The world Pascal knows is about to change forever!

Pascal and his family live in Rwanda, where his father works in Ruthengeri, the nearest town to their small village, Agabande. His  eldest brother is studying in Belgium, and it is in a secondary school in Belgium that the novel begins. It is 1999, and Pascal is being interviewed by a counsellor, to whom he relates his experiences. He recalls his calm and normal life until April, 1994. Pascal plays with his friends, annoys his little sister, Nadine, and is teased by his older brother. There is something going on the radio about cockroaches, but Pascal does not realize what is happening. All he understands is that his teacher is in tears more often, Half way through the novel , catastrophe strikes  Pascal and Nadine.

The attacks in Rwanda on the Tutsi people by the Hutus were reported across the world, but the horror was largely ignored. There was no intervention by foreign forces, despite eight hundred thousand deaths. The novel shows us how terrible it was for the survivors.

Initially the action is less than arresting, although the picture of Rwandan life may appeal to the more contemplative reader. When the crisis arrives, so does compassion, although the source of the hatred between Tutsis and Hutus is never explained or its history revealed.

The joint author of One Thousand Hills was a witness to the genocide, and his story needs to be told. What could have been done?How could this terrible happening have been avoided? There are no answers given here, but plenty of room for discussion.

Reviewed by Stella Lees,  Reading Time, Retrieved February 26th, 2016, http://readingtime.com.au/one-thousand-hills/

February 25, 2016 Posted by | Survival, War | , | Leave a comment

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There’s Hudson, a small town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And Bree, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday – and a few stolen good along the way. Elliot believes in happy endings….until his own life goes off-script. And Sonia worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost her ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

If you are a fan of John Greene books than this book will surely be for you.

Fresh Fiction describe it as “captivating, mysterious, fun and deep…for readers of JOHN GREEN”

February 5, 2016 Posted by | Relationships, Romance | Leave a comment

Ender’s Game Graphic Novel by Orson Scott Card

Looking for something different to read? How about a graphic novel?

Graphic novels are not comic books they use images to give an overview of the story,  with the words and illustrations working together to help understand the story. 

 They are often fast paced and action packed. Why not give one a try!

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is only 6 years old. His peers bully him, his parents are aloof and his older brother is violently resentful of him. He might also be humanity’s only hope. Ender is recruited to join the International Fleet’s legion of child warriors in training, to report for duty in defense of the planet. Leaving behind the only person who ever understood him, his kind-hearted sister Valentine, he takes on the challenge of becoming commander in Earth’s defenses.

His  promise is high, and his teachers are sure he will rise to the test,  that is, if Battle School doesn’t kill him first. Ender struggles to find a place within his soul for tranquility, humanity and a connection with something greater than the brutal mechanics of war and strategy.

But when he is thrust into Command School at a vastly accelerated pace, will he crack up on the road to becoming the hero that the human race so desperately needs?

Good Reads, Ender’s Game (online) September 14th, 2015, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12082688-ender-s-game-ultimate-collection

If you want to find more great graphic novels to read then have a look at this website: http://playfullearning.net/2014/12/5-great-reasons-read-graphic-novels/

 

September 14, 2015 Posted by | Dystopian Fiction, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

Here’s another great short-listed book to enjoy

The Incredible adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

 

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.


The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

Good reads  [www.goodreads.com/book/show/19403811-the-incredible-adventures-of-cinnamon-girl]

September 4, 2015 Posted by | Chick Lit | | Leave a comment

The Book of the Year 2015 award winner has been announced!

The winner is……. The Protected by Claire Zorn

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I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22419562-the-protected

September 4, 2015 Posted by | Relationships | | 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

To Love a Sunburnt Country by Jackie French

All you who have not loved her,

You will not understand……

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The year is 1942 and the world is at war. Nancy Clancy is 16 and left school to spend a year droving, just like her grandfather Clancy of the Overflow was famed for. Now Nancy’s family has sent her to Malaya to bring home her sister0in-law Moira and baby Gavin. Moira is British and married to Nancy’s brother Ben, who is now a soldier. Malaya is under threat from the Japanese, but despite the warnings Moira has resisted leaving as she wants to stay near her husband.

When Malaya is invaded, Nancy, Moira and Gavin are fortunate to get out before Singapore falls. When their ship is bombed they end up stranded on an island where they, and some other colonial women, are captured. There begins the nightmare and horror of internment in a Japanese camp. Back home at Gibber’s Creek families are doing their bit for the war. They worry constantly about their men who are fighting – and now those who are missing after Singapore falls.

Powerful, compelling and confronting, this is a book that pulls no punches. Filled with emotional truth and heartfelt agony, this unforgettable fourth book in the The Matilda Saga continues the journey that started with A Waltz for Matilda.

Review: Good Reads, Retrieved 1st June 2015, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23449436-to-love-a-sunburnt-country

June 1, 2015 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Uncategorized, War | | Leave a comment

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

People you love can lie to you for the very best of reasons.

Maybe they want to protect you.

Maybe they want to hide a terrible secret of their own.

Maybe the just love you much they’ll do anything, Anything for you.

Maybe they’re just liars.

This is a book full of twists and turns!

 

In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car. Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows  is that they’re running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past – and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what’s real, what isn’t, and who she can trust…..if anybody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill rides leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning

Good Reads

 

May 1, 2015 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Suspense | , | Leave a comment