Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Flywheel

'The Flywheel

' is the debut novel of Sydney writer, Erin Gough.
It's a snapshot of life seen through the eyes of seventeen year old Delilah.

Due to a myriad of circumstances (parents have recently separated, father is currently on holidays, current manager of cafe has returned to Ireland) Del ends up running her father's cafe, the Flywheel. The situation is unstable and precarious; she hires Hamish who is lazy and uncooperative. 'Clearly my recruitment skills need some honing' bemoans Del.

On top of this Del is still at secondary school where she is bullied mercilessly for being gay.
Del is quite a character though-largely resilient and able to rise above the belittling attitudes of her school peers. Which is just as well.

And then there's the 'flamenco girl'-the beautiful Rosa who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road. Del has been watching Rosa for a long time but doesn't know how to approach her. Is it possible for her to confide her feelings for Rosa without the situation ending in disaster?

'The Flywheel' is a wonderful rollercoaster of a journey and as a reader you will get behind Del as she battles through the many obstacles that stand in her way. 

Recommended teen fiction.


Nowhere Boys

'Nowhere Boys' by Elise McCredie is based on the hit TV series and soon to be released movie in 2016.

It's a terrific book that will appeal to many teenagers.

The story involves four teenagers.
Felix dresses in black, plays guitar and writes his own music.
Jake is popular and athletic and is something of a bully.
Sam seemingly has the perfect life: the ideal family situation and the gorgeous girlfriend.
Andy is the science nerd.

The four boys are grouped together for a school outdoor orienteering excursion.
Then weird things begin to happen. The become lost, and when they return to their homes things are not the same.
People can see and hear them but no one seems to know who they are. They begin to wonder if their families are better off without them.
Magic and supernatural events are at hand and it up to the boys to try and try and solve whatever is happening.

 After seeing part of the TV series and reading the book I can hardly wait for the much anticipated film release.

Highly recommended viewing and reading.



Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Maze Runner Lock In Night

The Maze Runner Movie lock in night- for teens aged 12-18 years

Come and get locked in the library!

Popcorn and Pizza provided
BYO cushion or bean bag.
Includes Maze Runner trivia and door prize.

All movie goer- YOU MUST COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM (emailed with ticket)- this is your key to entry.

This movie is rated M. If you are under 15 years of age, parental permission is required.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Voting Open for Inky Awards

Voting is now open for the 2015 Inky Awards!

The shortlist, announced yesterday at a special Melbourne Writers Festival event, includes five Australian books, nominated for the Gold Inky Award, and five international books, nominated for the Silver Inky Award.

Young readers (aged 12–20) are invited to vote online for their favourite book in each category, before 5pm  on Sunday 27 September.

The winners will be announced at the official Inky Awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 October.

Gold Inky Award shortlist:
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Laurinda by Alice Pung
The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
The Protected by Claire Zorn

Silver Inky Award shortlist:
Bird by Crystal Chan
Spark by Rachael Craw
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Follow the Link and Reserve your copy now!!


Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris

Two friends meet a boy in a chat room online, Taylor is captivated by Jacob and can't believe they seem to have so much in common! Before she knows it though, her friend Sierra has arranged to meet this boy downtown the following day. Taylor is devastated that her best friend can do that to her. What follows is a tragic story. S
ierra wants Taylor to cover for her and say she is staying overnight at her place, as her Mum has effectively grounded her. Taylor agrees, but Sierra doesn't come home and is still missing 2 days later.
When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed. The deep web, where predators are waiting for girls like Sierra.
This book should be compulsory reading by all young people who are out there chatting on the web - beware, all is not what it appears. Also the families of the two girls and the effect this situation has is so sad.
This book is a debut novel by an ex policewoman and had me captivated from the start. It is set in Melbourne so the landmarks will be familiar to all who read it. I encourage everyone to read this amazing book, and take on board the situation within, and think twice before befriending someone online who is not what you think they appear to be.
5 stars from me!

Janine K - Endeavour Hills Library

Tuesday, 4 August 2015


Title: Atlas
Author: RuFuS

This C.D has 11 songs on it. The light/dark deluxe edition of Atlas has 2 discs on it. The second disk has the same songs but some of the songs are remixes.
The lead vocal in in RUFUS is: Tyrone Lindqvist. I would give the song called 'Take Me' a: 10/10.
The library doesn't have Atlas, but you can buy the C.D at JB- HIFI.
How good was it? Fantastic

Age: 11

Hi Sam we do have the CD at the Library - click on "Atlas" and follow the link.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Simon vs the homosapien agenda

Simon Spier is just another typical teenage boy with a few of problems. Problem one, he’s gay and while being gay is not a problem to Simon, nor to those around him the ‘big deal’ of being gay and ‘coming out’ is a problem; Simon just can’t deal with the fuss everyone will make. So Simon is effectively in the closet. Problem number two, he’s in love. Once again it’s not so much the being in love that is the problem but rather than he is in love with a boy he has never met and only knows as Blue. Problem three, friends. Boy girl relationships are making his social life harder and Simon just doesn’t know how to deal. Problem four, Simon is being blackmailed help the class clown get a date with his friend or have his sexuality and secret love life revealed to the whole world. Life is a balancing act and Simon is about to learn that sometimes you’ll drop the ball.

A funny and heart-warming coming of age story. I absolutely loved this book, it was wonderful. While it had many elements of a coming of age/ love story I was really hooked into this book by the mystery of Blue; a mystery that was deepened by the fact that like Simon I had no clue who he was either. Simon is a beautiful character (well done to Albertalli for writing a realistic gay male protagonist-we need more male protagonists in YA) who just jumps out of the page and into your heart. He is smart, endearing, and honest. I really found him to be so relatable and at points was shaking my head in agreement with his assessments. The mystery of Blue was also a intriguing plot line that kept me turning the pages as well as the fact that in the end Simon falls in love with the personality of Blue rather than the physical person Blue. My only critique would be that I would have loved to have seen more exploration of the character Leah; she as a character really stood out to me and I felt there was a lot to explore in terms of her relationship with Simon. However this critique is nit-picking.

A feel good read, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda will leave you smiling. It’s a wonderful mix of teen angst, romance, mystery and blackmail that is difficult to put down. Great characters mixed with a seamless plot this book is one NOT to miss, it will definitely be a Best Read of 2015.

Courtney :)

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