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Friendship breadWhen a grieving woman finds a loaf of ‘Amish Friendship Bread’ on her doorstep one day, she could never imagine what may happen if she followed the instructions and baked a loaf of bread for herself and gave ‘starter packs’ to others.  The impact on her, her family and those who live nearby in the small town of Avalon are really quite extraordinary.  The simple and clever story line draws you in and envelops you, leaving you feeling warm and fuzzy – inside out! A great read by Darien Gee.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitability: Year 10-12+

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CloudwishWhen Vân Ước takes up a scholarship at a new school, she feels likes she is caught in an imaginary world when the wish she makes seems to come true.  Billy Gardiner, a very cute boy in her class, starts to not just notice her, but to follow her everywhere!  As she tries to traverse the cultural divide between herself as the child of boat parents from Vietnam and the very catty groups of girls in her class, Vân Ước constantly feels like she is struggling.  While Vietnamese boat people was a huge issue in Australia in the late ’70s, I was left wondering why Wood decided to write about this group of refugees rather than those are flooding the world today.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitability: Year 9-10

 

 

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Friday Brown
Friday Brown runs away from her grandfather’s home soon after her mother dies.   She is lost and alone when found by a boy nicknamed Silence.   Taken into his ‘home’ Friday learns to live rough with a bunch of street kids.  A power play between the leader of this motley group and  Friday has a feel of being highly contrived.  The characters in this story do not seem real.  It’s a strange novel which is a disappointment following Wakefield’s previous book “All I ever wanted” which was quite gripping.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction: 
Person to Person
Suitable: 
Year 10-12

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Growing up in a small town in post war Australia, Sophie longs to find out the truth about her parentage.   Living with her grandfather who cared for her after her mother’s death when she was very young, Sophie’s ‘family’ watch over her, care for her and befriend her.  None however can give her the one thing she craves: the name of her father.   A warm and fuzzy coming of age story by new author Christine Stinson.

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction:  Person to person
Suitable:  Year 9-12

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An exceptionally well written story depicting the devastating life of living off the land during the Great Depression.  The abject poverty and squalor the Flute family lived through, scrounging for food and shelter, is told through the eyes of Harper Flute, one of the family.  Intertwined into this description is the story of Tin, the second youngest of the family who was born to ‘dig’.  Gripping until the final pages.  Shortlisted CBC 2001 – Older Readers.  Another masterpiece by Sonya Hartnett.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Person to person
Suitable:  Year 9-12

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A free verse novel which, although similar in style to “Love, ghosts and nose hair”, is very different in style.  The anguished story of Billy, a 16 year old who leaves school and home to escape his father’s wrath, is told through the eyes of Billy, Caitlin, a girl he befriends and Old Bill, a derelict, who Billy finds lives in the carriage next door.  Depth of characters and many social issues are explored well by Herrick in this great read!  (Shortlisted for CBC 2001 – Older readers.)

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Person to Person
Suitable:  Year 9-12

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Being a teenager is hard enough, but having to cope with parents who split up, a so called ‘step father’ moving in, a sister who heads off overseas and girlfriends who replace you with boyfriends can all be a little overwhelming.  For Anonymity Jones, life seems to be spinning out of control.  With each page, Roy manages to crank up the complexity and suspense.  An excellent read by an excellent storyteller!
Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Person to person
Suitable:  Year 7-10

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