All posts by libmsc

Hi all, this is my first blog for teachers. I work in a large country Secondary College in country Victoria, in Australia. I want to imporve everyone's web 2.0 skills.

The vanishing game, by Kate Kae Myers

vanishinggameJocelyn and Jack are twins with an unbreakable bond. They have been through so much. They have survived a neglecful mother, and a frightning, dangerous foster home called Seale House. But the unthinkable happens. Jack dies and Jocelyn is left by herself. When she receives a letter from Jason December – Jack’s old code name – Jocelyn begins to question whether Jack actually is dead. He is the only one, besides their old friend Noah, who knew of that code name. Jocelyn and her long-time childhood crush Noah race against time to find Jack…if it is indeed Jack they are looking for.

 

The Giver, by Lois Lowry

the giverWhat would you do if you found out that the world you lived in was false? That in order to protect itself, your community controlled every little aspect of your life – your beliefs, your feelings, your body, what you see and don’t see. The past is hidden from you in order to ‘protect’ you. On the up side, there is no war, no hunger, no pain. There is also no colour. What you don’t know doesn’t hurt you, right? But, what happens if you see a bit of colour, if you feel joyt for an instan, if you start to understand love. This is the dilemma Jonas lives with when he is selected as the Reciever of Memory. Go on the journey with Jonas as he struggles with emotions and memories that are all new to him, as those around him continue to live in ignorance. An excellent book that will leave you wanting more.

8/10.

Tigers on the Beach, by Doug MacLeod

tigersonthebeachThis is a really good story. It is not one of those books that are really sad or really scary. It is a  story that will make you laugh out loud, feel a bit sad at times, and also a bit angry. It will make you glad that you read it. The main character, Adam, loves a good joke and enjoys sharing these with his grandfather. Unfortunately, his grandfather passes away and what happens then begins to divide Adam’s once strongly united family. Along the way Adam falls for a girl called Samantha, who doesn’t quite have the same sense of humour as him…, gets into a few embarrassing situations, mucks around with his brother and stops him from doing dangerous things (like walking into trees), and tries to save his family’s business among other things. Again, this is a good book and one that you definitely should read.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

whereshewentI must have been living under a rock! I read If I stay awhile ago, and watched the movie, but didn’t know that there was a sequal! Where she went is set three years after the devastating accident that changed Mia’s life. Much has happened in those three years, and not all good. The story is written from Adam’s perspective and leaves the reader in no doubt of the pain that Adam is experiencing. Why is he suffering and will his pain heal? Read and find out. 8.5/10

 

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

Man Made BoyThis book – again from the 2014 INKYs longlist is about 16yo “Boy”. It is funny, romantic, and a little off beat.  Boy is the hacker son of Frankenstein and he meets the granddaughter of Jekyll and Hyde and they go on a roadtrip.  Now Boy is away from home, he is meeting real people and other monsters in a very funny drive across America filled with lots of escapades.  See more reviews at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17297488-man-made-boy.  LD