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Good oil – Laura Buzo

The complexity of dating a 21 year old when you are only 15 can be both frustrating and heart-braking.  Recognizing that Amelia is just too young for him, Chris uses all his self-control to keep his distance from his young co-worker at the local Wollies store.  Amelia on the other hand just can’t figure out why it is that this boy, who spends so much time chatting to her at work, doesn’t see  her as anything more than a ‘kid’.  Beautifully developed.  A satisfying read.

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction: 
Romance
Suitable:  Year 7-9

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The bubbly and effervescent personality of Lisa Forrest pours through every word of this very well written story of the trials and tribulations of a 14 year old Year 9 student who competes and wins a place in the Commonwealth Games Selection Trials and then, 2 years later, goes on to be selected for the Australian Olympics Swimming team.  Both the characters and the pace of the novel are real, giving us a rare insight into the rigours of competitive training.  A gripping read by Lisa Forrest.  Impossible to put down!


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

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A very humorous rambling story of the life of Eric Underwood, also known as Spaghetti Legs as he comes to terms with life as a teenager.  Contagious down to earth humour.  John Larkin has written several other books that are equally humourous and good value for this age group, particularly boys.

 

 

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Humour
Suitable: Year 7-9

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Obsessed with tracking down a local hermit known to the locals as ‘Possum’, this book is an account of how Max Jones, a detective by profession, spent more than 30 years locating  and finding out who Possum was and why he was living the life he had chosen.  Rising above this account though is the story of the strong bond of friendship and understanding that developed between these two men and the incredible resolve that Possum had to live life the way he did.  David Harris has illustrated this account with a range of photos taken by Max Jones.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction:
Biography; Survival
Suitable:
Year 7-12

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It seems hard to believe that life for 14 year old Dan could get any worse after his Dad simultaneously announces that the family is broke – the business has gone bust – and that he is gay.  Relocating home with his Mum involves much that is new – school and friends.  Coping with all this plus his Mum’s efforts to establish a new business would be more than enough to ‘try’ most teenagers.  Throw into the mix though Dan’s crush on a girl … and well… the title of the book says it all!   A frolicking read by author Fiona Wood.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitable: Year 7-9

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A captivating story of a young boy’s friendship with a strange winged creature, an angelic girl who lives next door and his family’s struggle to come to terms with their extremely ill baby.  Written by David Almond, this story is full of hope, compassion and warmth.  A great, quick read.

 

 

Rating: *****
Theme Ficiton:
Fantasy
Suitable: Year 7-9

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Notes exchanged between Elizabeth, her best friend Celia, her mother, a newly acquired friend and imaginary societies create a picture of  Elizabeth’s life.  Through these short notes, we also glimpse and share some of the trials and tribulations faced by teenagers.  Watch out for the soon to be released new publication of this book –  a celebration of its ten year anniversary.  An older, but great read by Jaclyn Moriarty.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 7-9

 

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