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The Curious Incident Dog In The Night Time

Are you interested in Maths and Science, and like precision? Or mystery novels? Or perhaps psychology? Or even enjoy some graphics? TheCurious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (written by Mark Haddon) is the right book for you. The book evokes the tale of a young boy, Christopher John Francis Boone, who attempts to solve the mystery of the murderer of his neighbour’s dog. However, the truth about his family is also unravelled, as he discovers a whole new hidden world behind him.This amazing tale portrays the development and decision making processes of a boy who is highly logical, precise and orderly. Christopher will introduce you to a whole knew perception of the world, using meticulous, analytical and descriptive language that is more honest and inarguable than any other story you will come across. You may also learn a few knew things from this bright mathematician, such as prime numbers past 200 or how to solve an A-level maths problem.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time may be a difficult read at first, as Haddon writes the story from Christopher’s voice. The vocabulary is simplistic with repetition of several words. However, the story is still a definite “must-read,” this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to connect and empathise with a uniquely intelligent protagonist such as Christopher.
The book was also the winner of the 2004 Boeke Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year. 
By Canis Nugroho, Work Experience Narre Warren Library

Maximum Ride

Maximum Ride is a series written by James Patterson. It is about a young girl named Max and her friends/family on a mission to save the world. One of the reasons that make this book exciting is that both Max and the rest of her gang are half human half bird.

This is a good read because there lots of action and a good sense of humour even for people a bit older the writing is altogether is amazing even though the book are meet for a younger crowed a more mature reader can enjoy this quite well.

Even though this series is very different from most of the books James Patterson normally writes this is still a very well thought out story line is has a good sense world ending danger but as well dealing with teenage problems seen though there eyes.

All up this series is well written fast-paced and fascinating altogether a good read.

By Natasha Brocklesby (Aged 16)
Work experience at Endeavour Hills Library

Illuminae

I was dubious about reading 'Illuminae' by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff because a) Science Fiction is not my thing and b) the book is around 600 pages.
But I am pleased to say that I have nothing but praise for 'Illuminae', which has been nominated for a string of awards including Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

The year is 2575, and the remote planet Kerenza is being invaded by a mega-corporation called Bio-Tech. The day of the invasion is the day teenage Kady breaks up her relationship with Ezra.
It is clear, however, that the pair are still greatly attracted to one another and this attraction and
tension is a compelling factor in the novel.

The world(s) in which Kady and Ezra inhabit are very different to our world. Spaceships, jump gates and wormholes enable people to travel from planet to planet.

The unravelling plot will have you riveted as a deadly virus is being unleashed on an unsuspecting population. Chances of survival are slim and getting slimmer.

The writing is sharp and edgy. Ezra's friend and Ezra have a conversation about Kady. His friend McNulty writes 'You are IN' 'PICKING CURTAINS' 'MEETING PARENTS' 'MAKING PUPPIES'.

At one point, Kady asks 'What's a book?' Is she serious? I'm not sure.

'Illuminae' is highly readable. Don't be put off by the 600 pages either-many of the pages are visuals-images that give the reader a sense of space and space travel.

Highly recommended reading for teens.

-Ann  
   

The Yearbook Committee

I recommend
"The Yearbook Committee" by Sarah Ayoub as a popular young adult book choice for 2016.

It is the final year of high school and five very different teens are thrown together to form a committee to produce a yearbook. Mayhem ensues as none of the teens get along.

Charlie has just arrived in Sydney from Melbourne, intending to complete her year's study, then move back to Melbourne as quickly as possible. Charlie is sharply intelligent, strong and cynical.

Ryan is the popular school captain whose friends are cool and attractive. From the offset there is friction between Ryan and Charlie and it is clear they are on a collision course. Or is it a case of opposites attracting?

Then there's Matty. The reader gains his/her first impression of Matty as he crawls through a hole in the school fence to escape. Unfortunately for Matty he gets caught half way through by a vigilant teacher. Sigh! But Matty has his reasons for wagging school and we soon find out what they are.

Tammi is co-erced into joining the committee by her best friend and school bully, Lauren. Tammi is also being pressured by her boyfriend. Will she be able to assert her independence?

Last but not least is Gillian, who has parents who are constantly in the public spotlight, and have little time to spend on their children.

Ryan expressed his despair of the whole committee-
'You know,' he says, 'I've debated the best teams in Sydney and won, I've captained our soccer team to three grand finals and won two of those, and I walked the Kokoda Track with my Dad when I was fifteen - and all of that was cake compared to this stupid project!'

Snappy dialogue, humourous and also sad and poignant.
Read on!  

-Ann

My Sister Rosa

My Sister Rosa by Justine  Larbalestier
Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control...Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?
I had just finished watching sixteen seasons of Law and Order SVU back to back with my daughter so I found this book really interesting.  As the blurb indicates Che is worried about his little sister Rosa, and as it turns out he should be, but we know that from the beginning.  Rosa's parents don't seem to think there is much to worry about, but that doesn't stop Che, in fact, worrying about Rosa takes over his life.  Che has an interesting and diverse group of friends and this is something the author Justine Larbalestier has done very well, weave people from different aspects of life together.  Che's parents are stupid in love with each other, to the point that Che feels like they don't love their children as much as they love each other.  There are twists in the book and, almost like that saying, you can't put the book down although you are slightly on edge about what is happening and how.A great psychological thriller from Justine Larbalestier.  PS I yawn when I see others yawn so I'm ok, are you??
Tracy @ Hampton Park


The Selection

The Bachelor meets a dystopian world. Prince Maxon is now of age to find a wife and this gives the girls an opportunity of a lifetime. 35 girls are selected to live in the Prince’s palace and try win his heart. This would be a privilege for any girl chosen except America Singer, this would mean turning her back on the love of her life, Aspen who is in a caste below her. She goes off to live at the palace and compete for someone she doesn’t even want. During her stay the palace is under constant attacks from the rebels. As America Singer spends more time with Prince Maxon she realises that the life she always dreamed of would not compare to the life she never imagined. The Selection is a great read for the romantic at heart.

Adele

Clancy of the Undertow

'Clancy of the Undertow' is a stand-out teen novel by Brisbane author and bookseller, Christopher Currie.

Our heroine is Clancy, a sixteen year old girl who lives in a small town and feels like an outsider.
We follow Clancy's life as she attempts to navigate  a pathway.

Her family situation is in difficult territory as her father is involved in a traffic incident where two teenagers die and her family is ostracized.

The relationship with her two male siblings is often hilarious, totally believable and sharp. Quarrels and inter-personal communication are typical of daily family life.

Clancy is keenly aware that she is a nerd, with interests such as 'nature club' adding to her lack of social status. Clancy is funny and flawed - time and time again she makes the wrong decisions and upsets those around her. Clancy develops a crush on one of the 'cool crowd' and the reader soon realises that her 'crush' may not have her best interests at heart.

Engaging storyline and a well-written novel, touching on areas such as bullying, gay issues, and friendship.

Recommended!

- Ann 

Exposure

'Exposure' is one of Mal Peet's soccer novels, featuring the sports journalist Paul Faustino.

Don't worry if, like me, you are totally clueless about soccer. Keep reading this amazing book!

Otello is a South American soccer player who has been transferred from a northern team to play for the well known southern team, Rialto for a price - fifty million dollars. The stakes are high. He meets and falls in love with Desmeralda, a singer with a mega star notoriety. The pair marry but their marriage attracts enemies. There are those who wish to use this multi-racial superstar couple for their own ends and who wish to ultimately destroy them.

Paul Faustino is a cynical but likeable character who has been following Otello's journey and he becomes embroiled in a scandal that takes him far out of his depth.

'Exposure' is original and engaging. I couldn't put this book down. Once I had finished I then began to read  Mal Peet's other young adult novels which are also outstanding.

I was saddened when I recently discovered that Mal Peet died earlier this year (2015) so it is fitting to acknowledge the wonderful contribution he has made to teen fiction.

~ Ann

The Flywheel

'The Flywheel
' is the debut novel of Sydney writer, Erin Gough.
It's a snapshot of life seen through the eyes of seventeen year old Delilah.

Due to a myriad of circumstances (parents have recently separated, father is currently on holidays, current manager of cafe has returned to Ireland) Del ends up running her father's cafe, the Flywheel. The situation is unstable and precarious; she hires Hamish who is lazy and uncooperative. 'Clearly my recruitment skills need some honing' bemoans Del.

On top of this Del is still at secondary school where she is bullied mercilessly for being gay.
Del is quite a character though-largely resilient and able to rise above the belittling attitudes of her school peers. Which is just as well.

And then there's the 'flamenco girl'-the beautiful Rosa who dances flamenco at the tapas bar across the road. Del has been watching Rosa for a long time but doesn't know how to approach her. Is it possible for her to confide her feelings for Rosa without the situation ending in disaster?

'The Flywheel' is a wonderful rollercoaster of a journey and as a reader you will get behind Del as she battles through the many obstacles that stand in her way. 

Recommended teen fiction.

-Ann

Nowhere Boys

'Nowhere Boys' by Elise McCredie is based on the hit TV series and soon to be released movie in 2016.

It's a terrific book that will appeal to many teenagers.

The story involves four teenagers.
Felix dresses in black, plays guitar and writes his own music.
Jake is popular and athletic and is something of a bully.
Sam seemingly has the perfect life: the ideal family situation and the gorgeous girlfriend.
Andy is the science nerd.

The four boys are grouped together for a school outdoor orienteering excursion.
Then weird things begin to happen. The become lost, and when they return to their homes things are not the same.
People can see and hear them but no one seems to know who they are. They begin to wonder if their families are better off without them.
Magic and supernatural events are at hand and it up to the boys to try and try and solve whatever is happening.

 After seeing part of the TV series and reading the book I can hardly wait for the much anticipated film release.

Highly recommended viewing and reading.

-Ann


  

The Maze Runner Lock In Night

-The Maze Runner Movie lock in night- for teens aged 12-18 years
Come and get locked in the library!
Popcorn and Pizza providedBYO cushion or bean bag.Includes Maze Runner trivia and door prize.
All movie goer- YOU MUST COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM (emailed with ticket)- this is your key to entry.
This movie is rated M. If you are under 15 years of age, parental permission is required.
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Voting Open for Inky Awards

Voting is now open for the 2015 Inky Awards!

The shortlist, announced yesterday at a special Melbourne Writers Festival event, includes five Australian books, nominated for the Gold Inky Award, and five international books, nominated for the Silver Inky Award.

Young readers (aged 12–20) are invited to vote online for their favourite book in each category, before 5pm  on Sunday 27 September.

The winners will be announced at the official Inky Awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 October.

Gold Inky Award shortlist:
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Laurinda by Alice Pung
The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer
The Protected by Claire Zorn

Silver Inky Award shortlist:
Bird by Crystal Chan
Spark by Rachael Craw
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Risk


Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris

Two friends meet a boy in a chat room online, Taylor is captivated by Jacob and can't believe they seem to have so much in common! Before she knows it though, her friend Sierra has arranged to meet this boy downtown the following day. Taylor is devastated that her best friend can do that to her. What follows is a tragic story. S
ierra wants Taylor to cover for her and say she is staying overnight at her place, as her Mum has effectively grounded her. Taylor agrees, but Sierra doesn't come home and is still missing 2 days later.
When Taylor finally tells Sierra’s mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never even knew existed. The deep web, where predators are waiting for girls like Sierra.
This book should be compulsory reading by all young people who are out there chatting on the web - beware, all is not what it appears. Also the families of the two girls and the effect this situation has is so sad.
This book is a debut novel by an ex policewoman and had me captivated from the start. It is set in Melbourne so the landmarks will be familiar to all who read it. I encourage everyone to read this amazing book, and take on board the situation within, and think twice before befriending someone online who is not what you think they appear to be.
5 stars from me!

Janine K - Endeavour Hills Library


Atlas


Title: Atlas
Author: RuFuS

This C.D has 11 songs on it. The light/dark deluxe edition of Atlas has 2 discs on it. The second disk has the same songs but some of the songs are remixes.
The lead vocal in in RUFUS is: Tyrone Lindqvist. I would give the song called 'Take Me' a: 10/10.
The library doesn't have Atlas, but you can buy the C.D at JB- HIFI.
How good was it? Fantastic

Sam Age: 11
Hi Sam we do have the CD at the Library - click on "Atlas" and follow the link.

Simon vs the homosapien agenda

Simon Spier is just another typical teenage boy with a few of problems. Problem one, he’s gay and while being gay is not a problem to Simon, nor to those around him the ‘big deal’ of being gay and ‘coming out’ is a problem; Simon just can’t deal with the fuss everyone will make. So Simon is effectively in the closet. Problem number two, he’s in love. Once again it’s not so much the being in love that is the problem but rather than he is in love with a boy he has never met and only knows as Blue. Problem three, friends. Boy girl relationships are making his social life harder and Simon just doesn’t know how to deal. Problem four, Simon is being blackmailed help the class clown get a date with his friend or have his sexuality and secret love life revealed to the whole world. Life is a balancing act and Simon is about to learn that sometimes you’ll drop the ball.

A funny and heart-warming coming of age story. I absolutely loved this book, it was wonderful. While it had many elements of a coming of age/ love story I was really hooked into this book by the mystery of Blue; a mystery that was deepened by the fact that like Simon I had no clue who he was either. Simon is a beautiful character (well done to Albertalli for writing a realistic gay male protagonist-we need more male protagonists in YA) who just jumps out of the page and into your heart. He is smart, endearing, and honest. I really found him to be so relatable and at points was shaking my head in agreement with his assessments. The mystery of Blue was also a intriguing plot line that kept me turning the pages as well as the fact that in the end Simon falls in love with the personality of Blue rather than the physical person Blue. My only critique would be that I would have loved to have seen more exploration of the character Leah; she as a character really stood out to me and I felt there was a lot to explore in terms of her relationship with Simon. However this critique is nit-picking.

A feel good read, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda will leave you smiling. It’s a wonderful mix of teen angst, romance, mystery and blackmail that is difficult to put down. Great characters mixed with a seamless plot this book is one NOT to miss, it will definitely be a Best Read of 2015.


Courtney :)

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines’ was published in 2006 by John Green. The general plot of the novel is the protagonist Colin, who is a prodigy, has only ever dated girls by the name of Katherine. His most recent girlfriend broke up with him, and he basically couldn’t stop wallowing. His best friend, Hassan, decides that the best way for him to get his mind off of his Katherine problem, is to go on a road trip. When they arrive in the small rustic town of Gutshot, they have adventures; make memories, so on and so fourth.

Now, I have read John Green’s other work. The fault in our stars, Paper towns and looking for Alaska, but for some reason, I much preferred this book above all the others. I completely enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines and I actually regard it as one of my favourite novels. Colin is one of those main characters that you hate because he’s so egotistical, yet in the end you’re still rooting for him anyways because he’s the good guy. I really enjoyed the humour in the novel and it actually ended up being very educational; I learned a lot of things about The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand that I wasn’t aware of before. But the one liners and character development are really great and the book had just enough romance to make me happy.

By the end of the book I was feeling so many different emotions, but I was quite satisfied by the ending. Definitely a recommended read.
Shannon, 15
NAR, Work Experience Student

Paper Towns


If you loved the John Green book Paper Towns check out the clip for the movie below.






Batman Endgame


Title: Batman Endgame
Author/Artist: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

Tell us about it: It is an awesome story! A sequel to the Batman: Death of the Family story and refers back to the Court of Owls. There are exciting appearances to most of the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Aquaman). This enthralling story also reveals a few secrets about the one and only Joker.

You might like this if you like......: Batman, Scott Snyder's work, Greg Capullo's art and like great experiences.


Wasiul

Kill All Enemies

I have long been a fan of English author Melvin Burgess, and 'Kill All Enemies
' is yet another powerful teen novel to add to his name.

The three main characters in this novel are Billie, Chris and Rob. Initially it is difficult to find anything likeable about any of them.
Billie is a violent adolescent girl who has been through five schools in two years.
Chris is thoroughly obnoxious and disruptive. He hates school and makes it clear that it is beneath him.
Rob is a large, awkward adolescent who is caught between being bullied and bullying others.

But as you read on you become aware of their circumstances, mostly family circumstances, that in many ways explain their situations.
Billie's mother, for instance, is an alcoholic and neglectful parent.
Rob has an abusive step-father and a weak, incapable mother.
And Chris's situation becomes apparent, too.

Throughout the novel the three teens become associated and intertwined.
The question for the reader is what happens when you put these three explosive personalities together?

Melvin Burgess is a master storyteller and his characters are gritty, at times funny and believable.
Although there is much pessimism and darkness in this novel, there is one shining light in particular and that is Hannah, the social worker.
Hannah is soon alert as to what is going on with these teens.
'Right,' she says.....and then she takes charge.
Good for Hannah.

-Ann

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an exploration of prejudice, victimisation and oppression. If you’re anything like me you’re probably sceptical about reading a book which the curriculum demands we read, however the book is not as bad as you think.

 Sure, it’s not a mainstream book written by John Green or J.K Rowling but expand your reading list!!!You know all that rap music most of us listen to? Yeah well most rap artists are of an African-American decent, they rap about the struggles they face because of the colour of their skin. To Kill a Mockingbird is based around the same issues and how these problems affect our world.

The text in this book is easy to read, nothing like Shakespearian writing and the characters are relatable. Lee wrote this book in an important point in time. This book sparked revolutions and prominent African-Americans to speak out, these figures include Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks the Black Panther Party and many more. All these people methodically and peacefully campaigned for equality.

This book shows how far society has come but also shows the unjust treatment of the African-American race that is still present. You’ll become educated regarding race related issues, you’ll find out why some people in today’s society have deep rooted racism for those with a skin colour differing from white.

I highly recommend that all teenagers read this novel because like it or not we are the future of the world, we need to make sure that we do not make the same careless mistake as the generations before us did. I hope you all read To Kill a Mockingbird, or even a page of it, whatever you read I hope you enjoy it!

By Himaya, 15
Work Experience Endeavour Hills Library

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