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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Dead Dog In The Still Of The Night by Archimede Fusillo

Life is tough for Primo and is about to get even tougher. Crashing his father’s prized red Bambino Fiat 500 is just the first in a series of ill-fated events -events which are inexplicably entwined with a dead dog in the still of the night.

Primo is heading into the business end of his final year of school, when his already- challenging life begins a wild downward spiral into chaos. His dad’s not well, his mother doesn’t seem to get it. One brother has moved back home after marriage troubles, the other is old enough to be Primo’s father and in many ways is too much like their dad. An outing designed to impress his girlfriend goes disastrously wrong when he crashes his dad’s beloved Fiat Bambino. Wild schemes suddenly seem sensible, and many relationships are tested in an escalating race to fix the car before the damage is detected. Primo is making decisions on the fly and that’s never without consequences.

Dead Dog in the Still of the Night is a disturbingly real novel. It’s almost possible to smell the testosterone lifting off the pages as Primo, Tone, brothers and others bounce against and off each other with increasing intensity. The subtitle of this novel recalls the proverb about the two wolves that live inside all of us, one of which is evil. As the proverb reminds, the wolf that grows is the one that’s fed. Primo is a likeable protagonist and the friendship he has with Tone is strong. There are many relationships for Primo to navigate and define in this coming of age story. He has to decide whether he is in control of his own life or whether he is fated do as others have done, or would have him do. Themes include making choices, family, power, truth and responsibility. The dead dog of the title becomes pivotal in Primo’s transition from boy to young adult. Recommended for mature secondary readers.

 

May 26, 2014 Posted by | Family/Relationships | , , | Leave a comment

The Bridge by Jack Higgins

Winner of the 2010 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

The City is divided. The bridges gated.
In Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation, waiting for a
chance to overrun the residents of Cityside.

 Nik is still in high school but
destined for a great career with the Internal Security and Intelligence
Services, the brains behind the war. But when ISIS comes recruiting, everyone
is shocked when he isn’t chosen. There must be an explanation, but no one will
talk about it.

 Then the school is bombed and the
hostiles take the bridges. Buildings are burning, kids are dead, and the
hostiles have kidnapped Sol. Now ISIS is hunting for Nik.

But Nik is on the run, with Sol’s
sister Fyffe and ISIS hot on their trail. They cross the bridge in search of
Sol, and Nik finds answers to questions he’d never dared to ask.

 “The Bridge is a gritty
adventure set in a future world where fear of outsiders pervades everything. A
heart-stopping novel about friendship, identity and courage from an exciting
new voice in young-adult fiction. “

August 18, 2011 Posted by | Adventure | , , | Leave a comment