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  • 3 Feb 2024 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: The 169-Storey Treehouse

    Author: Andy Griffiths

    Illustrator: Terry Denton

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: 11+

    Don't forget to read the second sign telling you not to forget to read the first sign telling you not to forget to shut the door before your start the the Weather up! (This definitely absolutely positively means YOU, Terry!)" By Order of Andy (P39)

    Andy and Terry have done it again. they have added another 13 storeys to their Treehouse. The problem is, what do they put on the 169th floor? As Andy and Terry cope with Terry letting a cyclone and their doppelgangers loose, they are also discovered by the Truancy Officer who insists on taking them to school along with Jill, where they are sent to the Timeout Room on their first day. What happens next? Read it to find out.

    Links to the English Curriculum

  • 3 Feb 2024 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: The Art of Destiny (Book 2 in the Arts of War Saga) 

    Author: Wesley Chu 

    Reviewer: Kellie Nash

    Audience: Mature 

     Jian looked aghast. 'But you can't change history.' 

    'Of course, you can,' boy, said the whipfinger master, 'It's one of the biggest perks of winning wars.' (Page 97) 

    This is a coming-of-age story where the child prophesied to defeat the Eternal Khan is not the chosen one. This is a coming-of-age story of chosen one, Jian, prophesied to defeat the Eternal Khan. This prophecy is wrong, and Jian is no different to the other students under the tutelage of grandmasters . We follow three protagonists, Jian, Qisami and Sali, each fighting for a different faction in this war. Chu writes them with complexity, guiding the reader to recognise each has flaws as well as admirable qualities and all sides of a war can justify their reasons to battle to the end. This is a saga celebrating magic, martial arts, and different types of heroes.  

    Audience: Goodreads classifies this novel as adult. Few instances of language-use would require readers to self-censor.

  • 11 Oct 2023 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Title:Bidhi Galing (Big Rain)

    Author: Anita Heiss

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: Stage 2

    “With no thought for his own safety, Yarri paddled his bark canoe, leading the way with purpose, and heading out to save as many of the townsfolk as he could”.

    A glossary is provided to aid the understanding of the Wiradyuri words, and there is a QR code which will help the reader learn how to pronounce the Wiradyuri words correctly.

    This is an historical text with full page illustrations, and tells the story of the 1852 Great Flood of Gundagai, and the heroic actions of two Aboriginal men ( Yarri and Jacky Jacky).

    The reader will gain insight into the Wiradyuri culture, local knowledge and language through the eyes of Yarri’s daughter, Wagadhanny.

    KLAs: History; Geography

  • 11 Oct 2023 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: Eleanor Jones is NOT a Murderer

    Author: Amy Doak

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: Older Readers (contains drug references)


    "I'm sorry I thought you were a drug-dealing, knife-wielding psychopathic killer."

    This time he does laugh. " Well, thank you Eleanor Jones for saying that." (Page 94)

    An immensely readable Australian novel by author, Amy Doak.  Set in a small country town, it takes the new girl, Eleanor Jones, and has her involved in an attempted murder on her first day at a new school.  This is Eleanor's ninth school in five years. As she and her mum move so often, Eleanor has a technique for moving into new schools - stay on the outer and observe.  Unfortunately, another student that she meets on her first day and offers to help with his chemistry homework is stabbed that night and Eleanor has left the last text message on his mobile. Eleanor decides to investigate the stabbing with the help of an eclectic group of friends.  A real page-turner. 

  • 21 Sep 2023 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Title:What will you make today?

    Author: Maura Perlot

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: ES1 - Stage 2

    “In a world where anything’s possible, what will you make today?”


    This book is a series of questions, accompanied by simple full-page illustrations that hold clues as to what is happening. Whilst a simple text, it is thought-provoking in that it encourages the reader to think about the possible answers to questions within the book. We each have a voice and a choice, and how we use our voice can bring about change for the better. The book ends with an interesting page outlining six new pedagogies for learning.

    KLA: PDHPE; Science & Technology; Geography

  • 21 Sep 2023 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: A Girl Called Justice

    Author: Elly Griffiths

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: all students

    ""Stella" said Justice, "What was the name of the girl who got lost in the fog?"


    "When we first did games, you told me that Miss Thomas had once lost a girl during a cross-country run when the fog came down. What was her name?"" (Page 205)

    Justice Jones knew that as soon as she saw her new school, it had the potential for murder. The Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk lived up to her expectations - unexplained deaths, alleged hauntings, disappearing chamber maids and inedible food. When a blizzard cuts the school off from the outside world, can Justice save her friends from a killer?

    A beautifully written book by the author, Elly Griffiths, who writes the "Ruth Galloway Mysteries" for adults. Highly recommended for all students.

    Links to "Reading for Leisure: and the English Curriculum

  • 21 Sep 2023 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Title:Harriet's Hungry Worms

    Author: Samantha Smith

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: ES1 - Stage 1

    “And it was full of…slimy, hungry worms. Nine hundred-&-eighty-three of them to be exact”.

    A delightful alliterative text, with bold colourful collage-style illustrations. The facial expressions of the worms will amuse young readers as will the discovery of the benefits of compost, worms and worm wee. The book finishes with simple facts about worms, particularly what to feed compost worms. A picture book that would pique student’s interest in how worm farms work and their important place in the ecosystem.

    KLA: Science & Technology

  • 21 Sep 2023 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: The Crown

    Author: Emily Kapff

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: ES1 - Stage 2

    “We have never met, you and I. I speak from the future which is not yours yet. It is being shaped.”

    A book with few words, and beautifully illustrated with delicate colours and careful detail. A girl wears a crown made from rubbish, and she stands upon a landfill hill. In the rubbish she discovers a picture book depicting the beauty of nature in a time before hers. As she ponders the wonderful animals and environments that once were, the girl encourages us to protect the world of nature now. This book would be a great resource to use to introduce a unit on environment and waste.

    KLA: Science & Technology; Geography

  • 21 Sep 2023 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: Murder by the Seaside

    Edited by: Cecily Gayford

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: 7-10

    Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears thick-soled shooting-boots and a grey cloak, smoked Indian cigars, uses a cigar-holder, and carries a blunt penknife in his pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be enough to aid us in our search" (Page 24).

    A collection of ten classic mystery and suspense stories by writers from the Golden Age. Ranging from detectives such as Sherlock Homes, Father Brown through to Superintendent Wilson, they are very entertaining and in the short story format, makes for easy and light reading on the topical subject of "Murder"

    An entertaining book of short stories by well-known Crime Fiction authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Michael Inness and Gladys Mitchell.

    Links to "Reading for Leisure" and the English Curriculum

  • 14 Aug 2023 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: Remember Triple zero Heroes

    Author: J.E. Miller

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: 7-10

    “They help us all and make the world a better place to live.”

    In this story a young child ‘steps into the shoes of others’ to experience what their job entails. 

    The story carries a message encouraging the reader to develop an understanding and respect for the way in which people help out in the community, often putting their own lives at risk. 

    This book is shortlisted on the Speech Pathology Australian Book of the Year Awards, age category 8-10 year olds, nominated for children’s language and literacy development.

    Links to PDHPE Curriculum

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