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Shahana
In another of the ‘Through my eyes’ series, Hawke allows us to traverse the terrain of a land invaded and fought over by Pakistani and Indian soldiers.  Living in Kashmir, Shahana lives alone with her young brother, struggling on a daily basis to stay safe and alive.  The characters and description of this war ravaged region are real and frightening.  A must read!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Historical Fiction
Suitable: Year 9-10

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CloudwishWhen Vân Ước takes up a scholarship at a new school, she feels likes she is caught in an imaginary world when the wish she makes seems to come true.  Billy Gardiner, a very cute boy in her class, starts to not just notice her, but to follow her everywhere!  As she tries to traverse the cultural divide between herself as the child of boat parents from Vietnam and the very catty groups of girls in her class, Vân Ước constantly feels like she is struggling.  While Vietnamese boat people was a huge issue in Australia in the late ’70s, I was left wondering why Wood decided to write about this group of refugees rather than those are flooding the world today.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitable:  Year 9-10

 

 

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McKinlay - A single stoneShortlisted for the 2016 CBCA Awards, this unusual novel has many twists and turns before the story line becomes clear.  At its end, we are able to determine that it’s a story of one person’s struggle to break free from the confines of a community who have endeavoured long and hard to prevent others from discovering an alternate world.   Tucked away behind mountains, Jena pieces together evidence to prove that there is a world beyond their enclave and that that world is not as foreboding as it has been  described by the community elders – the mothers.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction: 
Science Fiction
Suitable:  Year 9-10

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Life changes are a plenty for Tiff who, having finished high school, tests out her ability and interest as a journalist with a local paper.   Meeting a boy who is interested in her, as well as coping with the prospect of ‘losing’ the security of family and close friends, Tiff faces a tough week of growing up and going it alone.  A solid read by the great writer Bill Condon.

Rating:  ***
Theme Fiction: 
Person to Person
Suitable:  Year 9-10

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Very well written book in which the lives of a small group of 17 year old secondary students are presented to us.  Chelsea, a new girl to school, is the key character who through her antics draws the group together.  It gives us a realistic glimpse of  the lives of inner city Melbourne kids.  Very appealing for teenagers.

 

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Person to Person
Suitable: Year 9-10

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An engaging story which is full of fighting action as Imm and his twin brother  Saxon, members of the Zamascus people, struggle for survival when the Inigo people invade.  The most profound detail of this story is that the author was just 16 years old when she wrote this book!

 

 

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Science Fiction
Suitable: Year 9-10

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When the lives of two university students, Tasha, an American and Emily, an Oxford girl through and through, get tough, they decide to apply for an exchange.  Little did they realize though that life in another country at another University campus could be more complex than what they left!  A fun story of two girls as they explore new social circles.  Read about other books by Abby McDonald.

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitable: Year 9-10

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Caitlin and David have more in common than they at first realize.  Told in alternating voices, the two teenagers are battling the frustrations and dilemmas faced by children of broken marriages.  Trying to get life onto an even keel again is presented well by Bill Condon‘s evocative pen.

 

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction:
Social Problems
Suitable: Year 9-10

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As Sophie, a 17 year old, struggles to make sense of life, we explore, through a series of flashbacks,  the lives of women of the same family.  Written in a play format, the style adds much to the intensity of the story.  This was one of the first novels I’d red by Maureen McCarthy.  I must say, I’ve been quite hooked since!


Rating:
****
Theme Fiction: Person to Person
Suitable: Year 9-10

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