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ressurection-bayCreating a deaf/hard of hearing person as the main protagonist and ensuring that the character is authentic is a serious challenge for any writer.  So coming to this novel with a wealth of experience living and working with deaf people, I was dubious that an author in their debut novel could really convey the complexity of a deaf person living in a hearing world as they traverse the daily battle of both understanding and being understood.

Viskic has not only succeeded in creating such a character, she has, in between creating a hair raising thriller in which Caleb Zelic hunts for the person who killed his good friend, allowed her readers a genuine glimpse into the world of Deaf people, an insight rarely given to the wider hearing community.  Great read!  Highly recommended.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Thriller
Suitability:  Year 7-12

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My sister RosaChe Taylor’s little sister Rosa is ‘different’.  Living in a family with parents who have relocated for work reasons several times since Rosa was born, the toll on all members of the family, particularly Che who takes it on himself to look after and protect Rosa, becomes ever more complex.  Keen to study medicine when he graduates from school, Che diagnoses Rosa to be a psychopath with severe personality disorders.  Larbalestier’s unfolding story highlights the impact one individual can have on the life of others.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction: 
Thriller
Suitability: Year 10-12+

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True to his word, with Alex Rider now 15, the incredible best-selling books by master story teller Anthony Horowitz, come to an end in this, the ninth book in the series.  With a thrilling action packed plot, in which we reconnect with some of the nasty Scorpia characters from earlier novels, Horowitz manages to draw this series to a neat conclusive end.  Indeed though, it’s sad for this fan to bit Alex Rider goodbye.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Thriller
Suitable:  Year 5-9

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Playing a game of cards soon turns into something far more sinister as Alex Rider gets caught up in a duel to death.  The deeply religious Desmond McCain, whose devotion to fundraising for a range of charities for the betterment of man, soon gets recognized as a con man by the ever perceptive Alex Rider. As ever, fast paced, the ultimate climax is only revealed at the very end of the novel.  A great read by the master story teller – Anthony Horowitz!

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Thriller
Suitable:  Year 5-9

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Written in the alternating voices of the ‘Shadow Girl’ and an annonymous writer who interviews her, this suspense filled thriller, written by John Larkin, stays with you long after the last page. Fearing for her life at the hands of her aunt and uncle with whom she has been living since her parents mysteriously disappear, the Shadow Girl runs away, forging a life of her own.  Determined to complete her education and fulfil her dream of becoming a medical researcher, the Shadow Girl lies her way into school while living on the streets.   Unimaginable horrors lurk around every corner, but worst of all is her fear that her gangster uncle will find her.  Touching on mature themes, including paedophila, this novel is not for the faint hearted.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems, Thriller
Suitable:  Year 10-12+ (Mature Themes)

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Move over Alex Rider, here’s another detective that will challenge you all the way!   Thirteen year old Theo Boone, the son of two lawyers, challenges your belief in how smart a kid can be!   You know all the facts and together with Theo try to intervene in a murder trial to ensure that justice is done, but this fast paced thriller has you on the end of your seat to the very last page. John Grisham has made a grand entry into the YA market with this great thriller.

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

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Moving from Melbourne to Sydney to live with her aunt, final year high school student Katherine tries to carve out a new life for herself in a new school.  Her life takes a new turn though when she is befriended by the party loving extrovert, Alice.  Interspersing flashbacks and fast forwards with the present day happenings, James’ writing technique crafts a powerful novel which is both gripping and tragic.  The novel keeps you guessing to the very end.   Very well written.  A great novel for Rebecca James!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Psychological Thriller
Suitable: Year 9-12

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