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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

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

You Don’t Even Know by Sue Lawson

Sue Lawson has a real winner with her latest young adult novel, it was one I couldn’t put down and spent the whole day reading from start to finish. This book will appeal to all teenagers, girls and boys……  be warned it is very confronting and highly emotional but one that ends on a positive.

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Alex Hudson is a good guy. He plays water polo. He has a part-time job. He’s doing okay at school.
Then the thing that anchors Alex is ripped away and his life seems pointless.
How can he make anyone else understand how he feels, when he doesn’t even know?

You Don’t Even Know is narrated by Alex as he lies in a hospital bed recovering from an accident he doesn’t remember. We feel for him, as in a series of flashbacks we glimpse a life with a domineering father and conceited older brother Ethan, and a terrible accident and death that has derailed him with both guilt and harrowing grief.

Alone and grieving, his only company is Mackie, a girl lying unconscious in the bed next to his. It is through her that he learns to see a way forward for himself.

This is a story about the pain of the terrible loss of a loved one, and of finding a way to be true to oneself. It is a confronting read and best suited to older readers. It should appeal to John Green fans and it won’t disappoint.
Review by  Marg, Good Reads

February 25, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships | , , | Leave a comment

The dead I know by Scot Gardner

Aaron Rowe has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. A potent, intense, psychodrama that will keep you gripped to the very last page.

You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, ‘Steady. We’re here to help.’ Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper’s Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.
‘I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know‘. – John Marsden

June 6, 2011 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Suspense | , , | Leave a comment

Love Aubrey – Suzanne LaFluer

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Love Aubrey by Suzanne LaFluer

At the start of this novel, Aubrey is completely alone in her house, living on crackers and cheese, with only her new pet goldfish for company. Days later, Gram turns up on the doorstep, concerned that no one is answering the phone. It doesn’t take Gram long to realise that Aubrey has been abandoned by her mother, and readers soon work out that, before Aubrey’s mother’s disappearance, something terrible happened to Aubrey’s father and sister; something Aubrey can bearly think about, let alone talk about. Aubrey leaves to go to Gram’s house in Vermont, where she slowly begins to come to terms with the loss of her family through the friendship and love of her grandmother, the new neighbours and a school counsellor, and by writing letters.

 

This is a heart-breaking novel about coping with grief, but it’s also funny in parts and full of touching bravery and hope. Aubrey’s relationships with family and friends are brilliantly drawn and I loved the way she gradually opened up in her letters and to Bridget and Gram, until she managed to say the things she’d been stifling for a long time.

Memorable, and highly recommended to fans of realistic and moving fiction.

Chicklish

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Family/Relationships | | Leave a comment