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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.

 

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

 

Boys don’t cry

Random HouseBy Malorie Blackman
Seventeen year old Dante has his life all planned out. He has studied hard and plans on going to uni and becoming a journalist. However, his world is blown apart when his ex girlfriend, Melanie turns up on his door step with a baby. His baby.
Boys Don’t Cry follows the story of Dante and how he copes looking after his baby daughter after Melanie goes shopping and doesn’t come back. This is not just a story about Dante but also his brother Adam who is comfortable with his own sexuality even thought others struggle with it. This is an emotionally charged story about love and families.
This is a great read.

If I stay by Gayle Forman

Living’s all about making choices.  Dying’s no different…

Everything is good in Mia’s life.  She has great parents, an adorable little brother and Adam is her boyfriend.  She also has dreams of becoming a great cello player and is well on her way to achieving this. Suddenly everything changes, Mia and her family are involved in a car accident…her parents and brother are dead and Mia is fighting for her life.  Mia becomes an invisible observer, watching as her body lies in a coma. Alternating between past and the present Mia thinks about her life, about her family, friends and her boyfriend Adam.  She has to make the decision to fight for her life or to die.  Adams love for Mia helps her to make her decision.

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.

A waltz for Matilda by Jackie French

published by Angus & RobertsonThis story is set between 1894 and 1915 and Jackie French has incorporated many historical facts into this story.  Women’s rights and the federation of Australia are part of this story.

Matilda’s aunt and than her mother die so she leaves the city slums to find her unknown father and his farm.  Her search leads her to a community divided by the shearers’ strike and because of this and a very serious drought; her father has decided to turn swaggie.  Maltilda and her dad hit the road but are caught by the troopers and the local squatter, at a billabong.  They say that Matilda’s dad had stolen a sheep, so he tries to escape by jumping into the billabong but he is caught in the water weeds and drowns.  Matilda takes over the farm with the help of an aboriginal elder Auntie Love and some of her father’s friends.  During her journey through life, Matilda discovers that there are many kinds of love.

Great read.

Life as we knew it by Susan Pfeffer

published by Scholastic No shops.  No TV.  No phones.  No electricity.  No daylight.  No idea who is alive or dead…

When a meteor crashes into the Moon, it knocks the Moon’s orbit a bit closer to the Earth, causing tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Told in journal entries, this is the story of 16 year old Miranda’s struggle to hold on to hope in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. When so many people are giving up hope, starving, and dying of diseases Miranda, her mother and two brothers must try to survive. When food, water and power shortages along with extreme weather take hold her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options.