Friday, 19 June 2015

Kill All Enemies

I have long been a fan of English author Melvin Burgess, and 'Kill All Enemies
' is yet another powerful teen novel to add to his name.

The three main characters in this novel are Billie, Chris and Rob. Initially it is difficult to find anything likeable about any of them.
Billie is a violent adolescent girl who has been through five schools in two years.
Chris is thoroughly obnoxious and disruptive. He hates school and makes it clear that it is beneath him.
Rob is a large, awkward adolescent who is caught between being bullied and bullying others.

But as you read on you become aware of their circumstances, mostly family circumstances, that in many ways explain their situations.
Billie's mother, for instance, is an alcoholic and neglectful parent.
Rob has an abusive step-father and a weak, incapable mother.
And Chris's situation becomes apparent, too.

Throughout the novel the three teens become associated and intertwined.
The question for the reader is what happens when you put these three explosive personalities together?

Melvin Burgess is a master storyteller and his characters are gritty, at times funny and believable.
Although there is much pessimism and darkness in this novel, there is one shining light in particular and that is Hannah, the social worker.
Hannah is soon alert as to what is going on with these teens.
'Right,' she says.....and then she takes charge.
Good for Hannah.

-Ann

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an exploration of prejudice, victimisation and oppression. If you’re anything like me you’re probably sceptical about reading a book which the curriculum demands we read, however the book is not as bad as you think.

 Sure, it’s not a mainstream book written by John Green or J.K Rowling but expand your reading list!!!You know all that rap music most of us listen to? Yeah well most rap artists are of an African-American decent, they rap about the struggles they face because of the colour of their skin. To Kill a Mockingbird is based around the same issues and how these problems affect our world.

The text in this book is easy to read, nothing like Shakespearian writing and the characters are relatable. Lee wrote this book in an important point in time. This book sparked revolutions and prominent African-Americans to speak out, these figures include Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks the Black Panther Party and many more. All these people methodically and peacefully campaigned for equality.

This book shows how far society has come but also shows the unjust treatment of the African-American race that is still present. You’ll become educated regarding race related issues, you’ll find out why some people in today’s society have deep rooted racism for those with a skin colour differing from white.

I highly recommend that all teenagers read this novel because like it or not we are the future of the world, we need to make sure that we do not make the same careless mistake as the generations before us did. I hope you all read To Kill a Mockingbird, or even a page of it, whatever you read I hope you enjoy it!

By Himaya, 15
Work Experience Endeavour Hills Library

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Temptation series

I LOVE this series; I have read it twice plus random parts in all three books. The setting and the story its self is quite beautiful! As result these books have further ruined my expectations for romance… I really should stop but Noah….

Book one: Temptation
The Cameron’s are new in the sleepy, idyllic farming community of Meadow-view, having moved from the city after a tragic event.
Before they even have the chance to settle in there is a knock at the front door- here you meet Amos, Jacob and Noah, three members from the large family up the road that also happen to be Amish!
When Rose and Noah first see each other it is literally love at first sight. Neither of them can keep the other out of there minds and both of them are longing to get to know each other better. But of course it wasn't going to be easy; in fact it was going to be fair. A stunning first book.

Book two: Belonging
Due to some devastating events at the end of Temptation. Rose has decided that the only way she could possibly ever be with Noah was if she become Amish! Trials and strict rules were what greeted Rose, instead of the warm embrace of her boyfriend. But much to Noah's distress Rose befriends the ‘rebel’ girls of the community and starts hanging out with them. Which of courses doesn't work in her favour? And then there’s her dad- during this book he annoyed me so much, I want to slap him and make him see that it was true love not foolishness! But no he didn't see that he just had to go get the police involved didn't he?
Rose and Noah’s journey continues in this sequel!

Book three: Forever
More secrets and betrayal are up head for these star crossed lovers! In this mind blowing finial, it’s now or never for Rose and Noah.
As if the situation wasn't complicated enough- now there’s a new addition on the way, how will these two families cope and deal with the news that Rose is pregnant with Noah’s child? And on top of that a devastating disaster is about to tear this quint Amish community right down the middle.
But more importantly with Rose and Noah-
say I do?


Mikaela (NAR work experience student)


Thursday, 21 May 2015

All I know now

Carrie Hope Fletcher is a popular youtuber with over 550,000 subscribers. Through her wildly successful YouTube channel “itswaypastmybedtime” and her blog she has become an ‘honorary big sister’ to quite a number of young people around the world. Carrie has used her YouTube and blog to give advice and provide a safe place for teens to express their worries, hopes and dreams. She decided to gather up all her ramblings and thoughts into a book called ‘All I know now’ – wonderings and reflections of growing up gracefully.

The book offers advice on topics such as broken hearts, bullying, body image and how to be happy and content with being you. Carrie is an actress and has been
in many theatre shows such as Les Mis, as a nod to her acting background she has structured her book like a play, with the programme at the front of the book listing the prologue, overture and the acts. At the back of the book she has a props section full of websites and helplines around the world that deal with the issues she has spoken about.

The book itself is wonderfully written. She uses wit and references to well known movies to help her connect to her audience and she tells stories from her time as a teenager, so you can hopefully ‘learn from her mistakes’.

Although this book is geared towards teenage girls, which Carrie  does imply throughout the book, I think that anyone would genuinely enjoy this collection of witty advice and wisdom.

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            Chloe, work experience

Monday, 11 May 2015

Mind Games

Second life has become first life
And no one lives in the real world anymore
That is except Luna
Just what will they do to pull her in…
And chain her down?

In a future world where second life has become the first life for much of the population, Luna stands out as a Refuser of technology. Determined to keep her secrets hidden from the controlling corporation PareCo, Luna does all she can to stay under the radar. However it seems her attempts have failed when PareCo invites Luna as one of the select few to participate in ‘The Test’; a means for PareCo to filter out the best and brightest of each generation. But not everything nor everyone is as it seems; with hidden agendas everywhere Luna must be careful who she trusts and how she plays the game, for one wrong move will be deadly.

As a fan of Teri Terry and dystopian fiction in general I was really excited to read this; the concept I felt had a lot of leeway in which direction the story would go and based on her previous works I knew that Terry could take it exciting places. I was however disappointed, for while I loved the character of Luna, with her fighting and rebellious spirit (and also being named after one of my favourite book characters Luna Lovegood) and was intrigued by the mystery of her world, the plot was somewhat lacking. It was perhaps the pace, too slow in the beginning and too fast in the end, that perhaps put me off but I finished this book feeling somewhat unsatisfied. 

What this story needed to be was more character driven, with a greater focus on the internal journey Luna was travelling rather than the external one. The strong focus on ‘second life’, which included long descriptions of each ‘world’, certainly distracted from the characters and the conspiracy which they were embroiled in. However I will say I loved the unpredictability of the plot and the way it surprised me, for me it just needed to be more character-driven. Mind games does intrigue with its many mysteries and its characters while not central enough in the story are likeable and engaging. This read is for anyone looking for something a little different in the dystopian genre.

Courtney :)


The Crossover

Kwame Alexander is an award winning teenage author.
'The Crossover' has won the Newbery Medal in the United States.

Basketball is a central theme in this original novel, and the style and rhythm of the book conveys all the tension and action of a fast-moving basketball game.

'At the top of the key, I'm MOVING & GROOVING, POPping and ROCKING -Why you BUMPING' raps basketball enthusiast, Josh Bell.

Josh and his twin brother Jordan are talented basketball players, and are egged on by their enthusiastic father.
But as the basketball season unfolds more is revealed about their lives. Josh is jealous of Jordan's new girlfriend and their father has an increasingly worrying health problem.

This novel is a great contribution to teen fiction. The movement contained in each line practically leap off the page-

'See when I play ball, I'm on fire. When I shoot, I inspire. The hoop's for sale, and I'm the buyer.

Josh is at the top of his game!

-Ann

Friday, 8 May 2015

Heaven is for Real


Title: Heaven is for Real
Type of story: Other

Tell us about it: This book is about a boy named Colten Burpo having to go to the hospital because his appendices exploded. when he is at the hospital about to die his parents ( Todd and Sonja Burpo ) are praying for him. Surprisingly God answered their prayers. Not only did God answer the prayers he even took Colten with him into heaven. Colten says that he went out of his body to heaven explaining what he did and saw in heaven. And everything that the boy said he saw matches the bible exactly.

How good was it? Fantastic

Jordan
Age 12

 
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