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If you want to know what authors to read or who wrote what book, this site will be able to assist you: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ It is a British site so some Australian favourites may not be listed.

This link takes you to an online book of suggestions created August 2011 http://issuu.com/msimkin/docs/aug11 you may need to allow the pop up device to see the book.

For some book trailers from others try: http://www.youtube.com/user/stream2123#g/c/5C25DDC2CCE4B324

Reading is good for you!

Tomorrow When The war Began:

Those of you who might have seen the new film Tomorrow When the War Began might be interested in this article from The Age – it raises some interesting points.
Most of our Marsden’s in this series are on loan but why not try some of his others: The Rabbits, Letters from the Inside etc.

You may enjoy some of these winning books for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Children’s Fiction

Shake a Leg – by Boori Monty Pryor and illustrator Jan Ormerod

When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they’re in for a surprise!

A unique picture book collaboration about having fun, sharing culture and the power of story and dance. A picture book to get the whole town dancing.

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding.

Read the first chapter

Young Adult Fiction:

Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley

Lucy is in love with Shadow, a mysterious graffiti artist. Ed thought he was in love with Lucy, until she broke his nose.

Dylan loves Daisy, but throwing eggs at her probably wasn’t the best way to show it. Jazz and Leo are slowly encircling each other.

An intense and exhilarating 24 hours in the lives of four teenagers on the verge: of adulthood, of HSC, of finding out just who they are, and who they want to be.

Read the first chapter


The Hard Light of Day: An artist’s story of friendships in Arrernte Country – Rod Moss

The Hard Light of Day is Rod Moss’ moving memoir of his life in Alice Springs as a young art teacher and his intimate friendship with the traditional owners of Alice Springs, the Arrernte people.

The Hard Light of Day offers a rare insight into the reality of life in the Centre, from the contours of the MacDonnell Ranges to the endemic violence, alcoholism and ill-health that continue to devastate Aboriginal lives. Moss unsentimentally reveals the human face behind the statistics and celebrates the enriching, transformative power of friendship.

Read the first chapter


Traitor – Stephen Daisley

In the battle-smoke and chaos of Gallipoli, a young New Zealand soldier helps a Turkish doctor fighting to save a boy’s life. Then a shell bursts nearby; the blast that should have killed them both consigns them instead to the same military hospital.

Stephen Daisley’s astonishing debut novel is a story of war and of love—how each changes everything, forever. Evoking horror and beauty and a profound sense of the possibility of transformation, Traitor is that rarest of things: a work of fiction that will transport the reader, heart and soul, into another realm.

Read the first chapter

Saving Sam by Susan Brocker (BROC). This is a great read about a family which is having difficulties. Ben is the main character: his mother is dead, his father in jail and his older brother is into all sorts of trouble. Ben and his brother are living with their Aunt and Uncle, and Ben wonders if they are really wanted. Sam is a dog which Uncle has bought from a man in a pub. She is meant to be a guard dog but is scared of everything. Uncle has decided to have Sam put down. The story of what follows is unpredictable. The book is very enjoyable. Try it!



  1. Tom Agar says:

    First Comment. I think Jack should do a book review.

  2. Tom Agar says:

    What happened to the people in the front row of the photo up the top?

  3. msimkin says:

    The header space made me crop the photograph to that size and configuration. That is why I put the other photos in the sidebar. At this stage it was the best I could do. My apologies to members who are not on the header, but I got as many Year 12’s in as I could.

  4. Tori says:

    I vote we should re-do the photo. Especially since quite a few people weren’t even there when the photo was taken. hehe

  5. Sonia says:

    I was quite upsat about being cut off… but anyway…

    Have anyone got any more ideas on the site title.

    I still like the “HAC the Library” better…

  6. Bobsleigh says:

    Naawww poor Sonz…ha ha its the best looking back row in History!!

  7. Sonia says:

    Agree with Tori.

    I can do it for the library if i can find a tripod.

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