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Life changes are a plenty for Tiff who, having finished high school, tests out her ability and interest as a journalist with a local paper.   Meeting a boy who is interested in her, as well as coping with the prospect of ‘losing’ the security of family and close friends, Tiff faces a tough week of growing up and going it alone.  A solid read by the great writer Bill Condon.

Rating:  ***
Theme Fiction: 
Person to Person
Suitable:  Year 9-10

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A great collection of short stories which reflect the love, loss, joy and grief that young people typically experience in their homes, their friendships and their lives.   Roy captures the voices of teenagers in a way that is real and convincing.   The characters we meet in these diverse but vaguely linked stories could be any that we meet in our families, school yards or work places.  Set in a ‘town’ of no description the idiosyncratic feel of the stories resonate with us long after closing the book.  And oh ….. did I mention the unexpected twisted endings or the sharp humour of some of these stories?  A great read by James Roy.

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

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Coping with the sudden death of his mother, seventeen year old Will is left in turmoil as he tries to cope with his own emotions against the backdrop of his father’s inability to talk, his brother’s inability to grieve and the complexities that go hand in hand with meeting a girl you really like.   An emotion charged novel from debut writer Lia Hill.

 

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

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While Fan and Clementine, sisters and friends, meet up with each other only a few times throughout their life, the bonds that tie them are strong and palpable.  As young children they share their dreams of their future lives.  Through Clementine’s reflections back on her youth, we glimpse the ups and downs of Fan’s life – a life that did not turn out quite as she planned.  With spiritual and mystical qualities perhaps deriving from Fan’s Aboriginal roots we learn and share much through this read.

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

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Very well written book in which the lives of a small group of 17 year old secondary students are presented to us.  Chelsea, a new girl to school, is the key character who through her antics draws the group together.  It gives us a realistic glimpse of  the lives of inner city Melbourne kids.  Very appealing for teenagers.

 

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 9-10

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Trying to fit in and be accepted by friends, especially a boy who you think is interested in you, can be a battle for any teenager.  But trying to keep your anonymity when your Dad is the town’s pastor and your Mum is in rehab for drinking under the influence, makes the battle that much harder.  For Sam, trying to keep her faith, especially when fears for a young girl  from the church youth group goes missing, and coping with an avalanche of questions makes for a good read from Sara Zarr.


Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 7-10

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Although all of Picoult’s books fit the same mould, some stand out as being better than others.  This is one of them.   Jacob, who in addition to having Asperger’s, has a fascination with forensic criminology.  It comes as no surprise that he becomes the  centre of a murder investigation.  As per all of the novels by Jodi Picoult, this one is thoroughly researched with clear and believable statements about the characteristics of Asperger’s, its impact on both the family and the individual, as well as the complex issues of a forensic investigation.  A very good read.

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

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Desperately trying to adjust to life without his three best friends who were killed in a car accident, Dan’s involvement in the lead up to fatal car accident looms large over his entire family as they try to ‘get away from it all’ on a remote island. Mesmerized by the lighthouse and a log book that he finds there though, Dan struggles to unravel the fate of the young girl who occupied the lighthouse nearly a hundred years earlier.  A good read from Tim Pegler.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 7-10

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Dying to be accepted as part of the ‘in crowd’, Holly jumps at the chance to go on a shopping spree with Demi and her friends.  But on the home front she is struggling to cope.  Her aunt and her cousin Cassie have recently come to stay.  Put out that she’s had to give up the familiarity of her bedroom to accommodate them, Holly is torn by obligations to her Mum and a desire for acceptance at school. Published as part of the ‘Girlfriend Fiction’ series, strong themes of friendship and acceptance surface.  A good read from Barry Jonsberg.

Rating: ***
Theme Ficiton:
Person to person
Suitable: Year 7-10

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The sudden and controversial marriage of Otello, South America’s most popular soccer star, to Desmerelda, the white pop star daughter of a right wing politician, propels the couple to even greater adoration by the nation.  When a young street girl is found murdered, Paul Faustino, South America’s top sports journalist witnesses the impact of a trial by media.   So powerful is Peet’s writing that one feels and smells the stench of life on the streets, the insurmountable social divide between rich and poor and the undeniable corruption that slithers through the fast pulse of life.  A great read!

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

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