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The diary of a Russian girl who at age 12 endures famine and hardship in her small village,  while trying to fend for her family.  Documenting the four years of hardship endured after she was captured and transported to work in slave labour camps in Germany during World War II, this diary provides a memorable read of the horrors and anguish that accompanies war.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Historical Fiction
Suitable:  Year 7-10

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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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Set in Shyness, a town where the son never rises, a girl meets up with boy who calls himslef Wolfboy at a hotel: The Diabetic Hotel.  Telling him her name is Wildgirl, she dares him to guide her around the town through the endless night.  Mugged by sugar-crazed Kidds, some odd looking creatures, Wolfboy and Wildgirl explore a new world together.  What happens that night is enough to change your life forever!

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Fantasy
Suitable: Year 7-10

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A very chatty mystery that involves Gina, a talented psychic, who gets involved in solving a mystery about a haunted theatre.   The need to finish the book and find out the ending is very pressing!  A great read.

 


Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Mystery
Suitable: Year 7-10

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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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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 tragedy of war, death and poverty that is faced by the countless young of the world is again the focus of Ellis’ writing.  Abdul, a 15 year old Iraqi searches for a better life far from the death and destruction he escaped in his homeland.  Meeting up with others along the way, it becomes a battle as to who he can and can’t trust.  Trying to find the threads of a new life becomes a challenge, sometimes seemingly insurmountable.


Rating *****
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable: Year 7-10

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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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Although the central characters of this story are male, its appeal to both a male and female audience is unquestionable!  The unfolding story not only leaves you stunned, but makes you question life’s values.   A very powerful read in which the master storyteller, Bill Condon, wastes not one word.  Excellent!

 

 

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

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