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Archive for March, 2016

A week without Tuesday (Tuesday McGillycuddy) – Angela Banks

Something is broken in the land of story. Real and imaginary worlds are colliding—putting everything and everyone in grave peril. Tuesday and Baxterr, at the request of the Librarian, and with the help of Vivienne Small, venture to find the Gardener—the one person who can stop this catastrophe. On their way, they’ll meet friends and foes, and discover strengths they didn’t know they had. Will they be able to save the land of story?
Good Reads

Finding Grace – Alyssa Brugman

Rachel has just left school and she knows everything!  Well, maybe not quite everything.  Then she meets the mysterious Mr Preston, who gives her a live-in job looking after Grace – Grace with the lovely house, the grasping sisters, the feral neighbours and the spooky box full of unfinished business.  Grace who never speaks.

Who is Grace?  How do the pieces of her world fit together?  And what will it all mean for Rachel?  Told from Rachel’s gloriously eccentric perspective, this is an intriguing, compassionate, unexpectedly funny story about tasting love, finding grace and getting a life.

Catcher in the rye – J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a teenage slacker who has perfected the art of underachievement. The novel begins with Holden flunking out of school for the fourth time. During the last days before his expulsion, he searches for an appropriate way to conclude his school experience, but he ends up getting so annoyed with his school and schoolmates that he leaves in the middle of the night on the next train home to New York City. Arriving home a few days earlier than his parents expect him, he hangs out in the city to delay the inevitable confrontation with his parents. When his money runs out, he considers hitchhiking out west, but he ultimately returns home, mainly to be with his younger sister Phoebe.
Dangerous books

Juniper Berry – M.P. Kozlowsky

Juniper Berry’s parents are the most beloved actor and actress in the world—but Juniper can’t help but feel they haven’t been quite right lately. And she and her friend Giles are determined to find out why.

On a cold and rainy night, Juniper follows her parents as they sneak out of the house and enter the woods. What she discovers is an underworld filled with contradictions: one that is terrifying and enticing, lorded over by a creature both sinister and seductive, who can sell you all the world’s secrets bound in a balloon. For the first time, Juniper and Giles have a choice to make. And it will be up to them to confront their own fears in order to save the ones who couldn’t.


Good Reads

Go ask Alice

The torture and hell of adolescence has rarely been captured as clearly as it is in this classic diary by an anonymous, addicted teen. Lonely, awkward, and under extreme pressure from her “perfect” parents, “Anonymous” swings madly between optimism and despair. When one of her new friends spikes her drink with LSD, this diarist begins a frightening journey into darkness. The drugs take the edge off her loneliness and self-hate, but they also turn her life into a nightmare of exalting highs and excruciating lows. Although there is still some question as to whether this diary is real or fictional, there is no question that it has made a profound impact on millions of readers during the more than 25 years it has been in print. Despite a few dated references to hippies and some expired slang, Go Ask Alice still offers a jolting chronicle of a teenager’s life spinning out of control.

Nanny Piggins and the pursuit of justice – R.A. Spratt

Nanny Piggins gets in trouble with the law after some illicit tight rope walking, and is sentenced to 5000 hours community service. But she isn’t the type of pig to take her punishment lying down, not when there are old people to rescue, pirates to impersonate and a great big bus to borrow.

Random House


The silver brumby – Elyne Mitchell

A silver brumby is special but he will be hunted by man and horse alike, and must be stronger than both…

Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, is king of the brumbies.

He will defend his herd from the mighty horse, The Brolga, in the most savage of struggles.

But The Brolga is not the only danger – Thowra needs all his speed and cunning to save the herd from capture by man.

In a desperate chase through the mountains, it seems there is no longer anywhere for him to run to…


An elephant in the garden – Michael Morpurgo

With Lizzie’s father fighting in World War II, her mother takes on the job of a zoo keeper to provide for her family. Lizzie, her mother, and her eight-year-old brother Karli have become especially attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene. The bombing of Dresden is imminent and soon, so the zoo director explains that as a precautionary measure all the animals must be destroyed so that they’re not running wild through the city. Lizzie’s mother persuades the director to allow Marlene, the elephant, to come stay in the family’s garden.

As predicted, Dresden is bombed, and the family, including Marlene, is forced from the city. Lizzie and her family aren’t alone. Thousands of Dresden residents are fleeing to find somewhere safe to stay. Lizzie’s mother has to find a different route out of the city to keep the elephant and the children safe from harm. Once they reach the abandoned home of their relatives, they come across Peter, a Canadian navigator who, by putting himself at risk of capture to save the family, gains their trust.

Good Reads

The choice (movie)

So much to tell you – John Marsden

1372155After what happened to her face, Marina stopped talking. Completely. Even the people at the hospital couldn’t help her find her voice again. In an almost hopeless, last-ditch effort, Marina is shuffled to a boarding school–where she’s required to keep a journal. Ugh! Slowly, though, the secrets begin to pour from her spirit onto the paper. The more shape she can give to the nightmare, the more she is released from it. This is one of the most intelligent, realistic novels about post-traumatic stress ever written for young people. Marina’s transformation will inspire any teen who has ever struggled to find his or her voice.


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