Thursday, 19 February 2015

Nona and Me

If you are looking for a smart and intelligent teenage novel, then 'Nona and Me' by Clare Atkins may be the book for you!

Rosie is a white teenager who lives with her mother on an Aboriginal community.
As a child, she was best friends with Nona, an Aboriginal girl, and they were brought up as sisters or 'yapas' due to strong family connections.

But Rosie hasn't seen Nona in years and is now ensconsed with her best friends Selena and Anya and is developing a relationship with Selena's brother. Selena is bright and bitchy and peer group pressure is well evident as the girls go 'fridging' (stealing alcohol) before a party. Rosie is uncomfortable but goes along. It is also evident that Selena has little time for Rosie's Aboriginal friends and connections and Selena could easily write her off.

'Nona and Me' is set in the era of the Northern Territory intervention in 2007, when the Australian Government sought fit to send in the Army to bring about an overhaul in Aboriginal health and education.
Was this action good or bad? Positive or negative? Nothing is simple and there are differing and complex ways of looking at these issues. Many Aboriginal people were terrified and felt that the intervention would bring about another era of the Stolen Generation.
In many respects Rosie lives in two different worlds. Can she find a path through for herself?

Strong and capable writing that gives the reader an insight into race relations, peer pressure and modern communities.

-Ann

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Day 21: Kass Morgan

Humans left the earth as it plunged into an eternal darkness
Now as their home in the sky crumbles,
100 have returned…but things are not as they expected.
They've survived 21 days…
But the days to come will be the hardest yet…

Twenty-one days have passed since the 100 landed on Earth. They have loved and lost, grieved and enjoyed. They have survived. But now the hardest days are ahead of them. A mystery illness is striking them down as well as an unknown enemy. Wells struggles the keep those left united while dealing with the burdens of leadership and the loss of Clarke. Clarke strikes out with Bellamy to find his sister and perhaps others while back on the ship Glass faces the consequences of Wells ill-thought actions. Things are not as they appear; secrets will come to light and the 100 will learn the only way to survive is together.


Day 21 is the pulsating edge of your seat sequel to the The100; while I did find the plot of this novel to be a bit more predictable that the first but Day 21 doesn't disappoint. What drives this novel are the characters, their diversity in both physical traits and personality engage the reader into the lives of the characters and the plot as well. In this sequel the reader not only gets to watch these characters develop as the face their own shortfalls and those of the people around them but you also get to witness the complexity of that age between childhood and adulthood in perhaps the most extreme circumstances. What I really enjoy about this series are the characters, I enjoy bouncing between the characters perspectives, not only does it add different dimensions to the overall plot but it also makes for a refreshing read; the next chapter is always a new voice, a new personality to tell their part of the tale. My one criticism of this book is that it ended rather abruptly; one minute the plot is moving along and the next it is going full pelt, everything happens at once and then the story is over. So while I was a bit disappointed with the ending I enjoy the concept of the tale as well the characters enough to come back next time and do it all again. The hundred series is for those who enjoyed watching Lost and reading the Hunger games; no-one knows what’s going on and survival is what will be what counts in the end. 

Also check out the screen adaptation- first season is available on DVD from the library. 




Courtney :)

Monday, 22 December 2014

The Eye of the Sheep


'The Eye of the Sheep' is a magnificent young adult novel written by Sofie Laguna.

The story is written from the point of view of Jimmy, a boy with behavioural difficulties, and the individual and extraordinary way in which he sees and interacts with his world makes for compelling reading.

Jimmy's mother, Paula, stands out as the only person who can truly deal with him.

Thrown into this mix is a situation of inter-generational family violence.

If you are like me the characters in this novel will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading.

Highly recommended.

-Ann

Monday, 8 December 2014

Vietnam Diary


Vietnam Diary
Author: Mark Wilson

This book was about the Vietnam War. This war was after the First and Second World War. This would've been a realistic fiction book because people might have actually sent letters to their loved ones on that time. This war was real but the only thing that might not be real are the the characters. A main theme that came out of this book is love because to show that the brothers really love each other, they play together, they both loved cricket and they couldn't be separated. But when Jason has to go to war Leigh is alone. On the weekends all he ever talked about was the Vietnam War. This made me connect to all the wars in the world because there was a lot of wars over many years and this is one of them.

You might like this book because it is about war. It is good to learn about history and their mistakes. I was interested in this book because i didn't know that much about the Vietnam War. You might also like this book because you might know how some characters feel,  because you might have experienced their pain or you can connect to them. You might have known someone that went to war and never came back.

Sana

Age: 12

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' is Melissa Keil's second young adult novel. Her first novel was the award winning 'Life In Outer Space'.

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl'  is set in small town Eden Valley.

Our heroine is Alba - a teenage girl with attitude - and aspiring comic book artist.

A prediction is going around that the world will soon end, and that Eden Valley will be the only place to survive. This leads hundreds of newcomers to the town. They swarm into town, hippy style, and set up home wherever they can find space.
 
Meanwhile Alba and her close circle of friends have end-of-school decisions to make. Alba, although outwardly confident, is uncertain and scared.

And what of Grady, Alba's best friend since they were babies. Where is this all leading?

Great characterization and storyline.

Colourful and warm.

Recommended reading for teenagers.

-Ann

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Twilight


Title:Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer

This book is amazing . I love this book because it makes me feel in control and helps me feel nice about myself .

Meggan

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

The Fault in our Stars is all about a girl named Hazel Grace and she is a cancer sufferer. She didn't want to go to a Support Group and she likes it when she ends up meeting someone named  Augustus Waters. Firstly they were acquaintances and then when Augustus went to Hazel's house and then they became friends and they fell in love. They were the cutest couple. He made her wish came true, which was going to Amsterdam and meeting her favourite author of "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten so they did that. But this is a sad book that's not such a good thing though because Augustus ends up having a prefuneral because... to find out the rest of this terrific book go and get The Fault in our Stars now. I recommend it
would be rated PG=)
How good was it? Fantastic

Samantha
Age: 8

 
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