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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.


Before I fall by Lauren Oliver


Wow, what a book! It is like the movie Groundhog Day, where the main character lives a day over and over again, and it is really good. The main character, Samantha, dies in the first chapter. Each chapter thereafter is that day lived over and over again, but things change. Samantha tries doing things differently, outcomes are altered, people’s secrets are revealed, love is questioned. The author asks the reader to consider if they would act in the same way: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?. Why is this happening to Samantha, and what can she do to stop it? This book will get you hooked! A must read.

What do you think of the ending?? (leave a comment)



Pig Boy by J.C. Burke

Woolshed pressOn Damon’s 18th birthday and just before his school exams, he is expelled from school. Damon is a loner; he has been teased, harassed and bullied all his life. He just keeps on feeling angry, but he has a plan – he has a list of names, and he’s going to get his gun license. But Damon’s life is about to change forever because when he storms out of the school and makes his way home through the bush track, he witnesses something he isn’t meant to see and worse than that, he takes something home that he shouldn’t have  and locks it in his cupboard. Damon decides he needs to get a job with the town’s professional hunter, a man simply known as the Pigman. Miro is a Bosnian -Serb who like Damon, can’t seem to fit in anywhere.

Damon’s life will never be the same again.

Mike by Brian Caswell

MikeBullying, swimming race, Riny died, moved towns, Mike, Riny, Mum, Shane Thomas.

Mike moved towns from Melbourne to Sydney. He went to a new school and it was hard to make friends, he got bullied from a kid called Shane Thomas. Shane Thomas was a really good swimmer; Mike wanted to beat him at what he was best at. He met the lady across the street her name was Riny, she let him use her pool to practice. He won the race and beat Shane Thomas, but sadly his friend Riny died.

It was an alright book, my favourite part was when he beat Shane.

J.M. 5/10

Mike by Brian Caswell

MikeThis novel has an interesting plot, which was easy to follow for me. It is definitely a book you it is impossible to put down once you’ve started. The climax of Mike is quiet a good one, sucking you into Mikes world. But, I have to say that I wasn’t happy with the ending; Riny shouldn’t have died!

Who was the intended audience of the book? I would have to say it was young people, people going through tough times, bullying, and needed to know they weren’t the only ones. The novel was an inspiring book to read. The main issues of the book were Mikes bullying issues, his efforts to train to beat the bully Shane Thomas at swimming, and I reckon that they were appropriate for the audience. I think the story wasn’t just to entertain us, but to send out a message; you still have hope, don’t give up! Well, that’s what I think it is. Did I finish the book wanting questions answered, and issues discussed? Of course I did! You would too!

The characters of this engaging novel had personalities that complemented the plot. I do, of course, care of what happens to them! The characters are so believable, they could walk up the main street and you wouldn’t bat an eyelid. They do have a little bit of a complex relationship, but that just makes it seem better for the book, better to get the message across, you know?

The readability of Mike was top quality for me. They style of the text and the size made it easy to read. The language also suited the novel well, and I recommend you read it! The book has affected my life in the ways I deal with bullying; stand up, and fight back! I am really glad I read it.



Mike by Brian Caswell

MikeI liked the girl named Riny because she was so kind and nice to mike, she helped him a lot with his swimming and let him use her pool to practice his swimming so that he would be perfect to beat Shayne Thomas. The disappointing part of the book was that Riny had died before mike had competed to beat Shayne Thomas. The other thing that I was a bit confused about was how mike ended up at riny’s house. But other than that I really like the book and I would read it again. I would of like the book to be longer because it was getting really good and then I was just getting into it and then all of a sudden it was over.

Thankyou: CN

Now by Morris Gleitzman

Penguin BooksThis story is about Felix, a holocaust survivor, and his granddaughter, Zelda.  Zelda is new to town and is being bullied by three year 9 girls.  Zelda knows bullying can be much worse than what is happening to her as Felix was bullied by the Nazi army most of his childhood.  Zelda is named after her grandfathers friend who died during the war, she finds it hard to be as brave as the other Zelda was.This is the third book about Felix.  The other 2 are Once and Then.  It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the others as this story make sense without the background knowledge.

A good easy read…sad in places but also funny.

8.5/10 JJ