I’m not quite sure why I have such a love of bookarks ….. but I do!!

So when I came across this site recently, I was quite blown away!

Showcased on My Modern Met – a fabulous website which presents some of the world’s most outstanding designs – the work of Olena Mysnyk,  who designs captivating bookmarks and ships them off to all ends of the earth, are breathtaking beautiful!

Imagine, for instance, marking the spot of your book with this bookmark! Or for that matter any of the others included in the Quirky Bookmarks post on My Modern Met.

If you are as keen as I am though and want to work out which one to add to your own bookmark collection, then head straight to My Book Mark and check out the online shop.

Sometimes a picture (with a little text) says it all!


Neil Gaiman‘s contribution to our world of literature is indeed very profound!

small-great-thingsWhen Ruth Jefferson, a labour and delivery nurse with more than twenty years’ experience working in a small U.S hospital is told she is no longer permitted to touch the new-born infant she had recently attended, her world is shattered.  Then, when three days later, the baby dies while momentarily left in her care, Ruth finds herself at the centre of a court case accused of negligent homicide.  With her world imploding, this single mother who has only ever tried to do what is right and good for her family, her friends, her co-workers and her patients, finds herself alone.  Grappling to be understood by those around her, the only solace she can find is to trust the white, middle class lawyer who has been appointed by the court – a person whose life experience is the complete antithesis of her own.  Another compelling and well written page turner from Jodi Picoult which focuses on the complex issue of racism that plagues communities across the US.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems
Suitability:  Year 9-12+

songs-of-a-war-boyWith passion and incredible detail, Deng Thiak Adut, recounts his early life first in his family village in South Sudan and then as a child soldier in the Sudan People’s Liberation  Army where he was taught to use an AK-47 and sent into battle to kill or be killed.  Deng’s escape from this horror to life as a refugee in Australia describes the roller coaster of emotions and challenges he faced.  With strength and determination, Deng succeeded beyond hope to teach himself to read, to complete a law degree, to practice as a lawyer in Australia and to become a refugee advocate.  Very moving.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction: 
Suitability:  Year 9-12+

secret-heiressThe day that Ida Garfield commences her employ for Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, she instead attends Matilda’s funeral. And so starts an intriguing mystery involving Ida, her daughter and a range of engaging characters that live at Summersby House.  Beautifully written, the alternating time frames of 1886 and 1906, sweeps the reader up into the mystery which is so multi-layered that all attempts ‘to figure it out’ are foiled!! A fabulous read by Luke Devenish!

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction:
Suitability:  Year 9-12+

Thanks Chris Riddell for this awesome poster which sums up all that a Teacher Librarian can give school library patrons!

how-a-tl-can-help-youLibrary Poster
23rd February 2017




The Inky Awards are books that have been voted on by YA readers across Australia.  Hosted on the State Library of Victoria’s blog  Inside a Dog, the Inky Awards garner the interest of young readers throughout Australia annually and offer them the opportunity to get involved more by nominating to be an Inky Judge.

This year’s longlist has just been announced.

Gold Inky Award (Australian titles)

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub
My First Lesson by various, edited by Alice Pung
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Silver Inky Award (International titles)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman