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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.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

SeraphinaThis fantasy novel – possibly the start of a trilogy – is a good read.  The story is set in the Kingdom of Goredd.  Dragons and humans live in an uneasy peace together with the dragons taking on the form of humans while in Goredd.  Many of the characters in the novel hide secrets, and tensions are building.  Seraphina is a talented musician in the royal court with her own secrets.  She investigates a murder trying to find out who is behind the killing – a dragon or a human. Great book from the INKYs list for 2014.  LD

Zac & Mia by A.J Betts

Zac & MiaI could not put this book down.  A great read.  Both characters – Mia and Zac – are believable and you feel for each.  Both have a serious illness, and both are very young.  Hospital is not much fun at any time, and if there are no other young people there it is even more isolating.  Everything is changing, including your place in the family. As the Inky’s site says “You need courage to be in hospital; different courage to be back in the real world. In one of these worlds Zac needs Mia. And in the other Mia needs Zac. Or maybe they both need each other, . . .  always.”

Inky Award longlist is out! Be a judge!!

websiteThe Inky Award longlist of books have been chosen by teenagers for teenagers! There is something for everybody so check it out. Use the gold link (left) to go to the list on InsideaDog. We also have a list in the library at the circulation desk. We have many of these books already in the library so have a look. Reserve them if you need to, and don’t forget to check out eCOGSS because the book you are after may be an ebook.

If you love reading and would like to be one of the judges for InsideaDog to work out which books should be shortlisted for the Inky Award, apply to be a judge.

Violence 101 by Denis Wright

Violence 101The main character of this novel is Hamish. He is 14 years old, intelligent, and very violent. Despite his intelligence, having to write a journal of self-reflection is hard for him. He likes taking apart other things, including the neighbours pet poodle, but struggles to analyse himself. This novel is not a nice book. It is a stark look at a troubled teenager and the violence that boils beneath his surface, violence that often erupts.


Fans of Charlie Higson’s zombie books

Charlie Higson is the author of the zombie series The Enemy, The Dead, and the new The Fear. Check out Charlie Higson’s website  for a trailer of the latest novel, The Fear. You can also read extracts from the three books, make a zombie, and get updates.

WARNING: this website contains images that will make you feel sick!!!

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is also the author of the young James Bond books. Come into the library to see what we have available.

The life of a teenage body snatcher by Doug MacLeod

The life of a teenage body snatcherThomas Timewell is sixteen years old and a gentleman, until he decides to dig up his dead Grandfather.  He meets a body-snatcher called Plenitude, is pursued by cutthroats, a gypsy with a meat cleaver, and even the Grim Reaper.

This book is a black comedy. It is set in England in 1828 and shows what can happen when you try to do the right thing. ‘Never a good idea’, according to Thomas’s mother.


Melbourne Writers Festival by Olivia Campbell (year 10)

mwfOn 30th August a group of sixteen students varying from year 7 to 10 travelled to Melbourne to participate in the Melbourne Writers Festival. The day consisted of the group spliting off into two separate groups to go and listen to either one of the following authors at 11.15:

            Meet Oliver Phommavanah


            Bringing history to life, Jane Caro, Mike Lefroy and Carol Wilkinson

The two groups would meet again before splitting again to meet another author at 12.30:

            What body part if that? Andy Griffiths


            Wicked warriors, Terry Denton and Alison Lloyd

At both meetings the groups would listen for 40 minutes on what the author had to say. Either it be how they got into the business of writing books/stories for teens, to just saying absolutely nothing and throwing rationality out of the window. However and whatever the groups listened to, the authors told them basically to never give up. Imagination and facts are key and don’t throw away your window of childhood to grow up faster.

By Olivia Campbell Year 10