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dark-matterWhen Jason Dessen leaves home one evening to attend a congratulatory get-together with his friend he never imagined that his life would change so dramatically.  When he doesn’t make it home, the lives of his wife and son also, unwittingly, alter.  With masterful writing, Crouch leads us through the maze which becomes Jason’s life.  It is a science fiction thriller flashing through multiple universes while dipping into quantum physics which makes us think deeply about unseen paradoxes that can result when forced to decide which of two opposing life altering paths to follow. The sequence of events which follow one decision differ dramatically from the other.  Skillful writing around a complex plot leaves us pondering the many twists and turns our own lives have taken.

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction:
Science Fiction
Suitable:  Year 10-12+

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McKinlay - A single stoneShortlisted for the 2016 CBCA Awards, this unusual novel has many twists and turns before the story line becomes clear.  At its end, we are able to determine that it’s a story of one person’s struggle to break free from the confines of a community who have endeavoured long and hard to prevent others from discovering an alternate world.   Tucked away behind mountains, Jena pieces together evidence to prove that there is a world beyond their enclave and that that world is not as foreboding as it has been  described by the community elders – the mothers.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction: 
Science Fiction
Suitable:  Year 9-10

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There’s no end to the range and quality of website around for book lovers.

365 tomorrows is one of those gems.   If sci-fi or speculative fiction is your bag, you’ll love this website which presents readers with a short piece of fiction daily.  With contributions made up of a mix of reader submissions as well as a number of podcasts of stories, the choices for a quick fix are immense!

As elucidated on the ‘about page’

365 tomorrows is a collaborative project designed to present readers with a new piece of short science and speculative ‘flash’ fiction each day. Launched August 1st 2005 with the lofty goal of providing a new story every day for a year, we’ve been on the wire ever since.

Leave a comment or start a discussion – this is a world just waiting to be explored!

 

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The first of the universally, highly acclaimed books in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy has you riveted to your seat almost from the first page.   Playing a deathly game of survival, the characters, with whom readers can easily identify, are both real and palpable people.  Violent and heart-stopping, the suspense evoked in this and its sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay, have captured the imagination of a generation providing readers with a suspense filled read which is impossible to put down!

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Science Fiction
Suitable:  Year 5-12+

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Caswell’s imagination and fine writing style make this book a wonderful read.  A group of children are held at a “farm” where there outstanding intelligence is investigated by some scientists.  The secret communication shared by 5 of these children is the central theme of the story.  How ‘autisitc’ children communicate is a mystery that we share and explore.

 

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Science Fiction
Suitable:  Year 7-12

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A great novel full of action and adventure.  Sam, a 13 year old, discovers quite by accident that he can move back and forth in time.  Set around the Victoria Market and  Melbourne, Sam is able to slip back to the same area at the turn of the century.  Together with him, we are able to explore what Australia was like at the time of Federation.  Family issues that battle with divorce are a side issue in this novel.  Well written.  A great read by Kirsty Murray.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Science Fiction
Suitable: Year 7-8

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An engaging story which is full of fighting action as Imm and his twin brother  Saxon, members of the Zamascus people, struggle for survival when the Inigo people invade.  The most profound detail of this story is that the author was just 16 years old when she wrote this book!

 

 

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Science Fiction
Suitable: Year 9-10

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When Tully and her father are suddenly kidnapped from their home in an outlying town, they are bundled off mercilessly to an unknown destination.   Not before long though the reader becomes aware that Tully has been the victim of a bizarre experiment at the hands of her kidnapper and the man she has always referred to as her father.   A good read from Geoff Havel.

 

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Science Fiction
Suitable: Year 7-8

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The story unravels at a fast pace when Jim, nicknamed Jimbo, and his best friend Charlie hear a highly suspicious conversation between two of their teachers.  As the comical plot gets more and more compounded, we can’t help becoming totally immersed.  Written extremely well, this hilarious story by Mark Haddon entertains to the very last page.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Humour, Sci Fi
Suitable: Year 7-10

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