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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Interesting Reads

wintergirls Wintergirls

 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia and Cassie were best friends. But something went wrong and Cassie changed. Now Cassie is dead and Lia has thirty-three unanswered calls on her phone, thirty-three messages from her ex-best friend, all sent the day she died.

How did she die? Why did she cut herself off?

While Lia searches for answers, she drives herself relentlessly down her own path to destruction—to be thin, strong, in control. And completely empty.

Wintergirls is a powerful but intimate story of one girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

once was lostOnce was lost

by Sara Zarr

Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles. She used to believe in a lot of things. As a pastor’s kid, it’s hard not to buy in to the idea of the perfect family, a loving God, and amazing grace. But lately, Sam has a lot of reason to doubt. Her mother lands in rehab after a DUI and her father seems more interested in his congregation than his family. When a young girl in her small town is kidnapped, the local tragedy overlaps with Sam’s personal one, and the already-worn thread of faith holding her together begins to unravel.

In her third novel, acclaimed author Sara Zarr examines the coexistence of affliction and hope, and what happens when everything you thought you believed—about God, about your family, about yourself—is transformed.

9780385737425When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal

Four mysterious letters change Miranda’s world.

Miranda and Sal are best friends, but when Sal gets punced by a new kid for no apparent reason he shuts Miranda out of his life. Then she finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:’

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own

I ask two  favours. First, you must write me a letter.

Miranda finds other notes left for her in strange places and she realises that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that haven’t even happened yet…

When You Reach Me is a story about friendship and time. It’s an intriguing puzzle with pieces that fit together in the most intricate and unexpected ways. 

 

ned kellyThe Hunt for Ned Kelly

by Sophie Masson

It’s 1879, and all of Victoria is abuzz with stories of the notorious Kelly gang, and their continuing life on the run from the authorities. After the death of their father, Jamie Ross and his older sister Ellen, leave Melbourne so Ellen can work as a governess, or so Jamie thinks. In fact, there is no job. Ellen has a daring plan to make a fortune. Jamie and Ellen arrive in the bustling town of Beechworth, epicentre of the search for Kelly, and are plunged into a swirl of police, reporters, informants, and a whole range of Kelly’s enemies, friends and supporters. They are caught up more closely than they could ever have imagined in rumours, stories, and the birth of a legend.  Author Sophie Masson turns from her more familiar worlds of fantasy to historical fiction with The Hunt for Ned Kelly. Her picture of life in the Australian bush is well researched and she expertly captures the energy and chaos of the gigantic manhunt. Bookish Jamie and feisty Ellen are both strong, engaging and distinctive characters.

unfinished angelThe unfinished angel

by Sharon Creech

Peoples are strange!

The things they are doing and saying—sometimes they make no sense. Did their brains fall out of their heads? And why so much saying, so much talking all the time day and night, all those words spilling out of those mouths? Why so much? Why don’t they be quiet?

In the ancient stone tower of the Casa Rosa, in a tiny village high in the Swiss Alps, life for one angel has been the same, well, for as long as she (or he?) can remember. Until Zola arrives, a determined American girl who wears three skirts all at once. For neighbors who have been longtime enemies, children who have been lost, and villagers who have been sleepily living their lives: hold on. Zola and the angel are about to collide. Figs start flying, dogs start arfing, and the whole village begins to wake up. Zola is a girl with a mission. And our angel has been without one—till now.

This hilarious and endearing novel by Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech reminds us that magic is found in the most ordinary acts of kindness.

Double CrossDouble Cross

by Malorie Blackman

This is the fourth book in the sequence of  Noughts & Crosses.

Everyone assumes the bomb that killed Callie Rose’s grandmother was the work of a nought terrorist. But Callie Rose knows the truth – and her fear of the past leaves her afraid for her future. Her boyfriend Tobey is worried about his own future. A nought boy at an exclusive school Tobey hopes to keep out of trouble, go to university, get a good job and leave the dangerous streets of his childhood behind. But Tobey is discovering that he can’t keep clinging to some kind of no-man’s land while the neighbourhood around him is carved up by rival gangs. Then he is offered the chance to earn some ready money just making a few ‘deliveries’. He doesn’t want a part of that world, the world of gangs. But maybe he could get away with it, just this once …He little realizes how his decison will bring violence down on both himself and Callie and just how far he will go in fighting back…

Lady Macbeths daughter

LadyMacbeth’s Daughter

Lisa Klein

Albia has grown up with no knowledge of her father, the powerful thane Macbeth, or her mother, the grief-racked Grelach. Instead she knows the lure of the Wychelm Wood and the moors, where she’s been raised by three strange sisters. When the ambitious Macbeth seeks out the sisters to foretell his fate, Albia’s life becomes tangled with that of the man who leaves nothing but bloodshed in his wake. She even falls in love with Fleance, Macbeth’s rival for the throne. When Albia learns that she has the second sight, she must decide whether to ignore the terrible future she foresees — or to change it.

With only the shepherd Colum to aid her, Albia sets out on a journey fraught with peril. Will she be able to save the man she loves from her murderous father? Can she forgive her parents their wrongs, or must she destroy them?

the umbrella club Umbrella Club

by David Brooks

During World War 1 a friendship is forged on the battlefields of France between Axel and Edward, two young Englishmen.  There, inspired by barrage balloons, they develop a mutual fascination that will change the course of their lives.

After the war, as Axel’s passion for flight and freedom consume him, he sets off to balloon across the highlands of New Albion, a largely unexplored island north of Australia.  When he fails to return, Edward travels to the island to solve the mystery of his friend’s disappearance and retrace his final journey.  What he finds there will haunt him for the rest of his life.

The Umbrella Club is a darkly compelling adventure into the depths of the human soul and to the frontiers of colonial exploration.  In the aftermath of war, when there is nothing left to fear, sometimes the only possibility for recovery is flight.

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