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When Frankie Rose, working in in the Little Brunswick Street Bookshop and desperate to find love, accidentally kisses the nose of a customer who comes in looking for the latest and best YA novel, she never imagined the chain of events that would transpire to change her life. Humorous, with possibly an ounce too much sex for some young readers, this fast paced read keeps you guessing to the very end. Based on the highly successful efforts of two young women who started Books on the Rail in Melbourne, an enterprise which has now spread country wide, the passion for all things books and literature shines through the pages of this, their first novel.

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction: 
Romance
Suitable:  Year 8-10

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An excellent depiction of the day to day life of an intellectually impaired person.  McFarlane has really gotten into the soul of the main character Tammy, and has successfully depicted the world through her eyes. Based on his sister Sally, this story shares with us the highs and lows of Tammy’s constant struggles with harsh ‘normal’ realities.

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems/Sport
Suitable:  Year 8-10

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Sentenced for uncontrolled IED (Intermittent Explosive Disorder) to probation with his grandfather, a recluse living in a small shack in a remote town in the Tasmanian forest, life for a 16 year old boy whose only experience is the freedom of city life, becomes tough to endure.   With little to do, boredom sets.  The unlikely couple – the taciturn old man who prefers the simple life and the volatile young boy addicted to 21st Century living – surprisingly develop a strong bond of friendship.  Another great read from Barry Jonsberg.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction: 
Person to person
Suitable:  Year 8-10

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As the main character, Mike, becomes obsessed with discovering the identity of a local serial murderer, we realize he is really schizophrenic.  With an unusual writing style featuring short incomplete sentences, Ken Catran pulls no punches with novel.  
 

 

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction:
Thriller
Suitable: Year 8-10

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The mysterious stranger Gilbert, with his tales of life during WWI, helps 15 year old Martin cope with the changes suffered by his brother David who is ravaged by Leukaemia.  A mysterious and beautiful story.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable: 
Year 8-10

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