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Book of the Week T4Wk1

Book of the Week T4Wk1

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, by R. J. Palacio

 

Palacio’s newest book offers three new perspectives of Auggie’s story from ‘Wonder’.

 

From the blurb:

You can blend in when you were born to stand out.

Julian has always felt uncomfortable around Auggie – but a summer spent with his grandmother in Paris makes Julian see Auggie with new eyes.

Christopher is Auggie’s oldest friend – and know better than most that being part of Auggie’s life comes with its challenges.

Charlotte has always been nice to Auggie – but in a year of torn loyalties and damaged feelings, is being nice really enough?’

 

Subjects: bullying, friendship, deformities, school, self-esteem

Read reviews of this book on GoodReads.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

Book of the Week T3Wk8

Book of the Week T3Wk8

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, by Melissa Keil

 

This book was on the short list for Book of the Year. Read some of the great reviews of this book at GoodReads.

 

From the blurb:

‘Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared.
And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails.
And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving.

Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.”

 

Subjects: comics, adolescence, friendships, coming of age/deciding what to do with your life.

 

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

Holiday Reading!

Holiday Reading!

We have had year 11 exams taking place in the library this week, so borrowing opportunities have been scarce. If you have missed out on borrowing books for some holiday reading, remember to make use of your Wollongong City Library cards.

If you can’t make it into the library, use the following guidelines and your card details to access a great collection of e-books and audiobooks.

In my experience, BorrowBox is the easiest app to use, with a great YA fiction collection. However, the collections accessible in OverDrive and ePlatform are also different… So, if you can’t find a book in one app/collection, try another! ePlatform has graphic novels and a larger junior collection.

 

Have a great holiday and happy reading :)

Mrs J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

Book Week Winners

Book Week Winners

This year CBCA is celebrating Book Week with the theme ‘Books Light Up Our World’. The winners have now been selected from this year’s shortlist and can be viewed here.

DHS Library has many of the short listed books, and they are currently on display in the library entrance. This week’s Book of the Week, also on display, is the 2015 Book of the Year for Older Readers.

 

The Protected, by Claire Zorn

From the blurb:

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.’

 

Subjects: bullying, critical incidents, grief, family, friends

Watch the book trailer here.

Read the reviews at GoodReads.

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

Books Light Up Our World! (Book Week Short List)

Books Light Up Our World! (Book Week Short List)

Book Week is nearly upon us! (Saturday 22nd – Friday 28th August)

This years theme is ‘Books Light Up Our World’. As such, the book of the week is taken from the Book of the Year Short List for 2015. DHS Library has many of the short listed books, and they are currently on display in the library entrance. Come have a look and take a guess at who you think will win!

Intruder, by Christine Bongers

From the blurb:

I don’t walk past the house next door. I wish the woman in it was dead. Which makes it hard… because she was the one who came running when I screamed.

Kat Jones is woken by an intruder looming over her bed. She’s saved by Edwina – the neighbour Kat believes betrayed her dying mother.
Her dad issues an ultimatum. Either spend nights next door, or accept another intruder in her life – Hercules, the world’s ugliest guard dog. It’s a no-brainer, even for dog-phobic Kat.
When she meets adorkable Al at the dog park, finally Kat has someone to talk to, someone who cares.
But the prowler isn’t finished with Kat. To stop him, she needs Edwina’s help… and what Kat learns next could mend fences – or break her fragile family apart forever.’

 

Subjects: mystery, suspense, stalking, family, adolescence

Read the reviews at GoodReads.

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

Book of the Week T3W4

Book of the Week T3W4

Kenny Wright Superhero, by James Patterson

Watch the book trailer here.

 

From the blurb:

Kenny Wright is ready to save the world!

Kenny might be able to solve his school’s problems, as long as Stainlezz Steel is in his corner. There’s a catch: Kenny and Steel are one and the same!’

 

Subjects: heroes, school, imagination, humour.

Read the reviews at GoodReads.

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

Book of the Week T3Wk2

Book of the Week T3Wk2

Life by Committee, by Corey Ann Haydu

From the blurb:

Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive and assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her ti live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own. But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?’

 

Subjects: online social networks, relationships, friendship, love, adolescence.

Read the reviews at GoodReads.

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

Book of the Week T3Wk1

Book of the Week T3Wk1

The door the led to where, by Sally Gardner

From the blurb:

‘Sixteen-year-old AJ Flynn holds a key in his hand. It has his name and date of birth on it. But it’s a key to a door that leads to where? Or When?

On the other side of the door is a tumbledown house, a city booming with trade, and a murder mystery that echoes through the centuries.

AJ steps through the door and finds himself at the centre of it all. It is London and it is 1830.

Life is tough in 1830 – sickness, murder and crime abound – but is it so different from the London of now that AJ and his friends know?

AJ needs to find the answers to the mystery – and decide where he belongs.’

 

Subjects: friendship, murder, mystery, historical fiction, time travel, 19th Century London.

Read the reviews at GoodReads.

Mrs. J MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

HSC Study Guide

HSC Study Guide

For HSC Students and Parents / Carers

For those of who missed the HSC Study Guide in the SMH, follow the link for the online version. It is worth exploring.

See also the DHS library website. Navigate to Online Resources > HSC Information and Subject Help. There are several HSC relevant links, and more will be added throughout the year (with a focus on emerging sites that relate to the new syllabus).

 

Jess MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

Libraries, Science and Tours, Oh My!

Libraries, Science and Tours, Oh My!

It is a busy day today for the library.

Over 60 Year 7 students are involved in a Questacon incursion, participating in scientific discussions and workshops. It is excellent to see so many students engaged with learning and technology – drones, landing pads and bridge constructions (digital and physical). I am learning too!

Students in Wollemi also visited Dapto Library this morning, touring the facilities and exploring the collections. There are excellent study spaces and displays that are worth checking out, especially if it has been a while since your last visit. The collections of resources are current and easy to find.

Mrs J. MacFarlane
Teacher Librarian (Thurs-Fri)

 

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