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The Kissing Booth - Beth Reekles

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The Kissing Boothwritten by UK author Beth Reekles, first appeared on the website Wattpad, since then TKB has won the Watty awards and been published; sending Beth Reekles into the world of YA authors. This novel is tremendous, I first read it on Wattpad when it was in its rough stages and it was absolutely amazing, I read it three times. Then when it came out in print I was wrapped. I borrowed it and read it a further two times and I was still amazed.

I cannot do this novel any justice, but it has got to be another of my all time favourites. The emotions, the descriptions and of course the plot is all breath-taking. Reekles is a pure generous, I wish I had written this novel. It is a must read for anyone who is in love with teen fiction romances. One of a kind, don’t hold back, I urge you to find it and enjoy! 
~E. Winters Narre Warren Work Experience 

A Girl Like Me - Penny Matthews

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Historical Fiction has got to be my all-time favourite genre; there is always the right balance of fact, fiction and a good double dose of imagination. Romance, great historic moments and the telling of a different time always has me from the first sentence. If you’re a historical fiction loving reader like me, then this novel is for you. Written by Australian author Penny Matthews, A Girl Like me is a wonderfully thought provoking filled novel about an ambitious fifteen year old Emily Jane Brooker, known as Emmie by close friends and family. Emmie’s life revolves around the learning of household skills, piano lessons and her best friend Ada. But when a young Miss Bertha Schippan is brought into the picture things get a little saucy. In all honesty this one big page turner, with the insight to facts about life over a century ago, involving a lot of Australian history about something that brought headlines rushing out around the nation. This novel has got to be one of the best novels I have read, there are references to Emily Bronte’s works and to the hard times a young woman had to go through. This amazing novel touches on all aspects of a young girl’s life back in 1902, questions will be raised with this one. If you really do like Australia’s history, or history in general with some mystery mixed in, this book is the one for you. A well written, page turning, marvellous book that should be read by everyone! 
~ E.Winters Narre Warren Work Experience

The Rosie Project

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison.

The feel-good novel of 2013 and winner, Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year, 2014,  The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance.

From the cover:  Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father—a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with.

The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren’t appropriate attire in New York. Why he’s never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love: love finds you.

This debut novel by Melbourne man Graeme Simsion is a delightful feel-good rom com with a twist. The hero of the novel Don Tillman is an odd socially challenged genetics professor who has never been on a second date. He embarks on a “wife project” in which he uses an evidenced based orderly survey to find the “ideal” wife…but then along comes Rosie…

Our Australia: Longreach

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Our Australia:
Author: Phil Kettle
Type of story: Adventure

In this story, Taha's mother got an Australian citizenship and she decided to explore Australia with her son. They started from Broken Hill and made their way to Longreach. With the help of the Oracle Pod ( a device that tells you information about a place ), they discover Longreach's history together. They discover how life is with the locals, like how people shear their sheep and they even discover the Dingo Fence. This book also contains recipes for Australian Damper and Billy Tea, a lot of photos and even fun facts about Longreach.
How good was it? Fantastic

Cranbourne Library Adventurers
Age: 9

Halloween Gotcha!

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Halloween Gotcha!
Author: Phil Kettle
Type of story: Spooky

In this story, two boys named Sam and Billy were going trick or treating. It is also Sam's birthday and Billy has an unexpected surprise for him. Will Sam be too scared to continue trick or treating or will Billy be able to convince him to continue? This spooky book has fun facts, a quiz, a glossary and a funny joke.
This book is perfect for any Halloween lover.
How good was it? Fantastic

Cranbourne Library Adventurers
Age: 9

Miracle Cure

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Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben

From the cover:  Sara Lowell and Michael Silverman are the ideal celebrity couple: she’s TV’s most popular journalist and he’s New York’s hottest basketball star.  Their lives would soon be shattered by Dr. Harvey Riker’s clinic and the miracle cure that millions seek.  One-by-one his patients are getting well.  One-by-one they are targeted by a serial killer more fatal than their disease.

Harlan Coben has a huge following, his books are always mega sellers, and he’s published on a global scale.  How come I find them quite hard going?!  They always seem way too long, dragging in the middle.  

I also am not a fan of violence just for the hell of it, with which this book was dealt in spades.  And, even though this was very well narrated by Eric Meyers, Aids, homosexuality, politics and religion are definitely not my favourite topics to listen to every day.  Coben does, however, come up with some good, twisting storylines – I didn’t start to pick up where we were headed till quite close to the end; and I do appreciate an epilogue.  Would I recommend this book to a friend?  No, sorry, but fans will probably lap it up. We've got it in Hardcover, paperback, Large Print, audio CD and Playaway formats.  Click on the title if you'd like to borrow. 

"Talking about" Bullying

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Title: "Talking about" Bullying
Author: Bruce Sanders

This is an educational book answering questions about bullying that you may have about bullying. It contains useful information about how and where bullying happens and also mentions why people want to be bullies. This book also has practical tips and advice on how to deal with bullying. In addition, there are helpline numbers, websites and other useful resources to give you further advice or recommendations on what to do.
How good was it? Fantastic

Age: 9
Cranbourne Library Adventurers

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Book name : Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets
Author of the book: Dav Pilkey

This book is about two young boys, George Beard and Harold Hutchins. They make comic books about their made up character Captain Underpants. But it turns out that their Principal, Mr.Krupp, turns into Captain Underpants whenever Miss Anthrope snaps her fingers, and turns back to normal whenever water pours on his head. In this book George and Harold wanted to win this years convention but Mr.Krupp won't let them be in it. But at least they got a chance, so when they got in the gym for the convention, they said that they made an invention that would keep them glued to their seats-it was glue. After some action, and all that trouble they go into, and sneaking out of detention, they got to be principals for a day,and had a big fair.
What type of story was it?: Adventure
What do you rate the book out of 10?: 9
Age: 9
Rangebank Primary School

Bonnie and Sam: Racing the Tide

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Bonnie and Sam: Racing the Tide
Author: Alison Lester
Type of story: Adventure

Christmas is over and the January holidays are just around the corner. Bonnie and Sam had plans for a horsey adventure but an unexpected shearing responsibility is going to stop their plans. Although they think that the job is going to stop their horsey adventure, something surprising is coming.
I would recommend this book to all children who are interested in adventurous stories.
How good was it? Fantastic
Age: 9
Cranbourne Library Adventurers

Motor Garages or Service Stations

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Here are a few photographs of service stations in the region. Service Stations or motor garages were established in most areas after the First World War and into the 1920s. 

This is the garage opened by Lawson Poole in December  1919 on the corner of High Street and Sladen Streets in Cranboure - right opposite the Shire Offices. I believe that the garage was built by Lawson's father, William Burdett Poole for his only son. You can read more about Lawson Poole and his wife Laura, and their contribution to the Cranbourne community here.

South Bourke and Mornington Journal 18 December 18,  1919http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66197240
 Lawson's 21st birthday party was also held in the newly opened garage as this report on the South Bourke and Mornington Journal of December 19, 1919 attests.
Lawson Poole's garage Cranbourne Shire Historical Society photograph
Another view of Poole's garage, above, looking west down Sladen Street - the house next to the garage belonged to the Pooles.

Dusting's garage, Koo-Wee-Rup circa 1926 Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society photograph
The building on the right, above, is Dusting's garage in Koo-Wee-Rup It was built around 1926 by Ernie Mills and taken over by Robert Dusting around 1930. As you can see by the picture below at sometime fashionable Spanish Mission style architectural details were added to the building - the bricks were rendered and the terracotta tiles were added to the parapet. The building is still standing in Rossiter Road and is now a vet's surgery.

  Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society photograph

The upgrading of Dusting's Garage may have coincided with Mr Dusting securing a Ford dealership - this advertisement was in the Koo-Wee-Rup Sun of September 8, 1932.
 Mills and Davey garage, Koo-Wee-RupKoo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society photograph.
The photograph, above, shows Mills and Davey's garage in Station Street in Koo-Wee-Rup It was built about 1923. They were agents for Dodge motor cars. The building is still standing in Station Street in Koo-Wee-Rup.

This is an advertisement from the Koo-Wee-Rup Sun of January 1924 - for Mills and Davey's 'up to date motor garage' with a 'first-class mechanic, late of Dodge Bros, America'

Fictitious Dishes

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Fictitious Dishes: an album of literature’s most memorable meals by Dinah Fried
From the cover:  Fictitious Dishes serves up a delectable assortment of photographic interpretations of culinary moments from contemporary and classic literature. Showcasing famous meals such as the madcap tea party from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel from Oliver Twist, the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, etc., the unique volume pairs each place setting with the text from the book that inspired its creation.  Interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections complete this charming book, which is sure to whet the appetites of lovers of great literature and delicious dishes.

In the introduction, the author explains how she was at the Rhode Island School of Design where the idea struck her to cook, style, and photograph memorable meals she had read about in novels.  After taking first photos – Oliver Twist, The Catcher in the Rye, Moby-Dick, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – she became completely hooked on the process.  “So many books, so many more meals”, she said.  “I had to keep going, and I did, long past the assignment’s due date.”  

This is the result and what a whimsical delight this little volume is!  I became totally absorbed in the introduction – don’t flip past it, it’s integral to appreciating the detail – and thoroughly enjoyed the trivia snippets that accompanied each title and paragraph.  The full-page photos are a treat, I loved The Great Gatsby one; there is just so much work in creating all those dishes and getting the props organised! Highly recommended for a light and entertaining read and bonus, you really don’t need to be a literary buff or culinary whizz. Just enjoy it for what it is.

The author says: “Reading and eating are natural companions, and they’ve got a lot in common.  Reading is consumption.  Eating is consumption.  Both are comforting, nourishing, restorative, relaxing and mostly enjoyable.” 

The 39-storey Treehouse

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Title: The 39-storey Treehouse
Author: Andy Griffiths
Type of story: Funny
 It's about 2 boys, Terry and Andy and they have a tree house with 39-stories. They have a boss called Mr Big Nose. Terry and Andy write books that are really funny. They created a machine to make writing books quicker. They do lots of fun things like going on rides, wrestling elephants, and visiting the opera house. The boys are silly and very funny. It is a really funny book with funny pictures.
How good was it? Fantastic
Age 8

The Shrine of Remembrance

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The Shrine of Remembrance www.shrine.org.au has a series of lectures and activities  relating to different aspects of World War One and other conflicts. Some of the topics include our submarine heritage; the lost boys of ANZAC which looks at the men who died on April 25 1915 at Gallipoli and The Other ANZACS - a look at women who served in the war. The full schedule can be down-loaded at www.shrine.org.au/Whats-On
I attended one of these lectures, held at the Warragul RSL and heard Tim Whitford's talk on the Lost Diggers of Fromelles and it was fantastic, so based on this experience I can well recommend the series.

The Visitors Centre at the Shrine is being refurbished and will be opened in August 2014  and in November the new Galleries of Remembrance will open which will display exhibitions relating to Australian at War.

The Shrine of RemembranceState Library of Victoria Image H30150/16
The Shrine was constructed between 1927 and 1934. There was a competition to design this memorial to the soldiers of the Great war and it was won by Philip B. Hudson and James H. Wardrop. It was built by the Company Vaughan and Lodge and was officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester on November 11, 1934. If you want to read about all the architectural features of the Shrine, click here to access the citation on the Victoria Heritage Database http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/

This is the headline in The Argus of November 12, 1934 about the opening ceremony of the Shrine - you can read the full report in The Argus click here on Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper

Before the Duke of Gloucester dedicated the Shrine, the Premier of Victoria, Sir Stanley Argyle, read the Ode, written by Rudyard Kipling especially for the occasion. The ode was a stately and dignified tribute to the Australian soldiers according to The Argus

Kipling's ode written for the opening of the Shrine - click on the image to enlarge it.This was published in the Sydney Morning Herald - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17138809
The Shrine is built of granite, quarried from Tynong. This was a fact that my grandma, who grew up in Tynong, was very proud of! The Visitor Centre which opened in 2003 was also finished in Tynong granite, sourced from a quarry close to the original one.

 The Argus of November 14, 1928 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3968930
This is a not very clear photograph of the Tynong Quarry - so here is a  transcription of the headline and caption. Click on the picture to get a better view.

Headline: GRANITE FOR AN EVERLASTING SHRINE.Caption: Certain that the people of the State will approve fully, the National War Memorial Committee has now decided that the Shrine of Remembrance shall be built, not of freestone, which is subject to weathering, but of granite, the most lasting of structural materials. Beautiful silver-grey granite of an eminently suitable kind is available at Tynong, in Gippsland, and workmen are shown in the photograph hewing the blocks of granite from the hillside. Inset:-A fine heap of granite blocks ready for dressing. They measure from six cubic foot upwards.

Aerial of the Shrine of Remembrance, c.1946.State Library of Victoria Image H2009.12/48

Seriously... I'm Kidding

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Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
While this book is a Biography, you almost forget it is because of the large amount of topics covered and I found that while reading this book I could almost hear the words in Ellen’s voice, like a stand-up routine.
It’s a very uplifting read, very well written, and Ellen seems to be such a positive person. You do find out quite a bit about her but not in the way that other Biographies lay it out. This book is more about her thoughts and feelings on certain topics such as finding out that she doesn’t like clutter, her wife Portia hoards lotion, Ellen doesn’t believe in judging people and she likes being unique. Ellen also writes about her time as a judge on American Idol and there is a chapter titled “Labels” where she writes about the stereotypes associated with being gay.

It’s a very positive, funny read and it tackles some difficult subjects, but Ellen does it in her own way which is hilarious and puts a lot of things into perspective. 

Nineteen Eighty-Four

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In most stories, we are presented with a hero. In the George Orwell novel 1984, the prime example of dystopian science fiction, there are no heroes.
Oceania, one of the three superstates that emerged following the end of the Second World War. Posters adorn the walls reading “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.” Large futuristic pyramids which house the Ministry of Love, Ministry of Plenty, Ministry of Truth, and Ministry of Peace dot the cityscape. Across every government building, the slogans “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH” adorn each and every wall.  Telescreens, acting as microphones and CCTV Cameras, observe every moment of every corner of London, chief city of Airstrip One. However, there is one alcove in one cheap government flat in which a man known as Winston Smith writes “Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime IS death.”
Winston Smith, an ageing Outer Party member living in London. Winston is the chief editor of the Historical Revisionism Department of the Ministry of Truth. He works at his desk, erasing “unpersons,” which are executed thoughtcriminals, from photographs and newspapers. Even at the Ministry of Truth, the Thought Police watch for any sign of dissent, any grimace of disgust or flash of righteous anger at Big Brother. The Thought Police work behind the scenes, kidnapping suspected dissenters, or thoughtcriminals, and torturing them in the Ministry of Love.
Winston, in his Alcove, writes various phrases in a journal. The slogans disparage Big Brother, and as such Winston would be put to death if he was found to possess it. The Slogans range from the above quote about thoughtcrime, to the brazen act of thoughtcrime possible, which is to think the phrase “DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER.”
Through his secret dissent and attempts to hide his opinions, he comes into contact with a young girl named Julia, a member of the Junior Anti-Sex League.  She hands him a note reading the phrase “I LOVE YOU.” The novel then follows the story of Winston and Julia attempting to hide their dissent and continue their illegal love affair. They are also contacted by O'Brien, a member of a dissident organisation known as The Brotherhood. Threatened with capture by the omnipresent Thought Police, torture in the Ministry of Love, and the all-consuming hunger for power possessed by Big Brother, Winston, Julia and O'Brien must also contend with their ever-diminishing trust of each other.
The world created by Orwell is a depressingly dark Dystopian nightmare, in which simple dissenting opinions are punished with torture and death, the new language of Newspeak threatening to make dissent or disagreement impossible, each and every person lives  a repressed, aggression filled life, and all pleasure other than love for Big Brother having been exterminated. It is particularly relevant to the world today, as our ever increasing surveillance state, cyberpunk-like repression of human rights, and political instability threaten to topple the real world into Oceania.
1984 is a highly important and well written book. The prose is suitably dry and depressing; the story pulls no punches with regards to life in a totalitarian state and accurately portrays the psychological and emotional effects of total repression and submission to an overlord figure such as Big Brother. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in politics, psychology, Dystopian fiction or simply trying to find a window into our potential future.
Matthew Costella. Narre Warren Library Work Experience.

The Empty Bed

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The Empty Bed by Paul Thomas  

From the cover:  Do you believe in love? Do you trust your partner? Nick Souter did, he and Anne had something special, up until when Nick discovers a love note written to Anne.  After investigating on his own, he is convinced that Anne is having an affair.  A few weeks later Anne is found murdered in her bed and suddenly Nick has gone from being estranged husband to the prime, and only, suspect. It quickly becomes apparent that it is up to him not only to prove his innocence but also to find the real killer.

More than halfway into the story when Anne is murdered, the meter changes from what was an interesting character study of a marriage under duress, to a psychological suspense/mystery/whodunit.  The ending came rather abruptly I thought, and was not one that I was expecting!   This New Zealand author of four previous mystery/suspense novels and former Ned Kelly winner, has penned an eventually gripping tale which is very well-narrated by the talented David Tredinnick.  
I downloaded this from our Bolinda audio site but we have this title in print and CD format too, so click here to check the catalogue.

The Gizmo by Paul Jennings

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Type of story: Funny

Tell us about it: This book is called The Gizmo. My favourite part is when Stephen swaps clothes. The funniest bit of the book was when Stephen was wearing a wedding dress. I didn't like the part when Floggit was naked. It was pretty rude. I think this book would be good for children older than 6 and boys might like it better than girls.

How good was it? OK

Review by Olivia, age 8

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Tell us about it: The Hunger Games is all about a girl named Katniss who takes the place of her sister who got chosen to go in the Hunger Games and both of them were really scared.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Samantha from Cranbourne Adventurer's Club

The Adventures of Pip by Enid Blyton

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Type of story: Adventure

Tell us about it: The Adventures Of Pip is all about where there's a little pixie named Pip and his pixie auntie that looks after him is named Aunt Twinkle and Pip is mostly the main character, it as lots of wonderful chapters and is an amazing book I also recommend checking out other Enid Blyton books.

How good was it? Fantastic

Review by Samantha from Cranbourne Adventurers Club, age 8

For a look at the famous British author check out this video


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