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Books & Blokes - Jerry Grayson

Books & Blokes

with

Jerry Grayson

Date: Thursday 27 August, 2015

Time: 7.30am

Venue: Resources Centre

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Rescue Pilot, Jerry Grayson recounts the terror, adrenalin and tenacity associated with flying Search and Rescue missions during the Cold War and the Fastnet Yacht Race of 1979.

During Book Week we were thrilled to welcome search and rescue pilot, Jerry Grayson, as guest speaker at our Term 3 Books & Blokes Breakfast. Well attended by fathers, grandfathers, uncles, students and guests, Jerry told his story which is detailed in his recently-published book, Rescue Pilot.

Jerry’s career as a rescue pilot began at the ripe old age of 17, becoming the youngest British helicopter pilot ever to serve in the Royal Navy. By age 25 he was the most decorated peacetime naval pilot in history. For the Navy's Search and Rescue pilots, getting to work is both an adventure and an ordeal. 

It was a pleasure meeting Jerry and hearing about his many adventures. Whether rescuing a wounded fighter pilot who has ditched in the sea, saving desperate survivors from a sinking ship, or picking up a grievously ill crewman from the deck of a nuclear-armed submarine, Jerry has lived a life filled with excitement and adventure.

 

Inspiring Boys to Read

According to the ABS (2006) “Literacy is one of the most important foundations for success in school and life”.

Reading is the MOST valuable skill a person can learn and reading for pleasure is the most effective way to develop this skill. Students need to be able to read well in order to do well in most other subjects, including Maths and studies have identified many other benefits of reading including increasing IQ, increasing self-esteem, reducing stress, developing empathy and increasing chances of happiness and success in their lives.

teenage boys are still well behind teenage girls in literacy scores across Australia. At an age where teenage boys are forming their identity it is a disturbing fact that many disengage from reading. Teenage boys look more and more towards their male role models to decide what behaviours and attitudes are important and it is critical that our boys see that the men they look up to value and enjoy reading.

So what can parents do to encourage their sons to read?

Modelling: It is critical that teenage boys see that men value reading as well. Have either Dad or a significant male occasionally read the same book as your son. It not only sends the message that you value reading, but also that you value your son and that you are interested in what he is involved in.

Acceptance: Accept the broad range of reading your son is engaged in and encourage him when he reads a variety of texts including newspapers, magazines, graphic novels etc. It is all reading and is helping your son develop his skills as a reader.

Praise: Praise all efforts your son makes in reading. Do not criticise your son for reading magazines or graphic novels.

Environment: Provide a home environment that values reading. Have reading material available and let your son see you read. Ideally, set reading time before bed.

Talk: Make time to discuss the books your son is reading.

Don't Give Up: Keep encouraging him to read


     

    Books you can't put down

    Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

    The Recruit - Robert Muchamore

    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

    Divergent - Veronica Roth

    The Enemy - Charlie Higson

    I am Number Four - Pittacus Lore

    Gone - Michael Grant

    Book of Lies - James Moloney

    Insurgent - Veronica Roth

    Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan

    Then - Morris Gleitzman

    Rise of Nine -Pittacus Lore

    The Dead - Charlie Higson

    Maze Runner - James Dashner

    Guardian Angel - Robert Muchamore

    Percy Jackson - Rick Riordan

    Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

    The Alchemyst - Michael Scott

     

     

    eBook Library

    Welcome to our eBook Library!

    Use the eBook tab for more information about eBooks, reading devices, or download your reading app.

    • Wheelers eBooks
      You may borrow up to 6 books from Wheelers eBooks. Each loan is available for 4 weeks. To log in, use your school ID and password.
    • Project Gutenberg
      Free eBooks in the public domain
     

    The HUB trailer

     

    The HUB

    The HUB is a new student led and student run reading advisory group. The purpose of the group is to provide regular advice to Joeys boys and parents regarding books and reading. The group will meet regularly and will be asked to post items for the Joeys Jottings and year group parent newsletters. They will also come up with suggestions to library staff regarding reading initiatives for the library to implement such as events, competitions etc.

    Sub-committees of genre specific interest groups will be established and will meet regularly separate to the whole group meetings to come up with suggestions and write Genre specific recommendation newsletter items.

     

    Read Around the World in 80 Days

     

    Conquer the World in three easy stages by participating in our Read Around the World in 80 Days Challenge.

     

    Great prizes to be won!

     

    Become a Hitchhiker: Read 7 books – one from each continent

    Become a World Traveller: Read 14 books – at least one book from each of the continents plus any other 7

    Become an Explorer: Read 21 books – at least one book from each of these continents plus any other 14

     

    The books must be set in a country from the continent/region or the author is from this continent/region. Choose from the lists in Destiny, the library catalogue - just scroll through the Resources Lists to find a continent.

     

    There are almost 80 days until Book Week so you all have plenty of time to Read Around the World.

     

    Ask our intrepid explorers at the library front desk for suggestions of exciting books from around the world.

     

    A special prize for the student who reads the most books!

     

    When Paul Macdonald came to visit ...

    ... he gave the Year 7 boys some great suggestions for a good read, no matter what your style!


    Global Focus

    Novels that have a global focus have become big sellers. The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do started this trend over 10 years ago and is one of the biggest selling books in the past 10 years.  Try the Through my Eyes series which is hugely popular. One of these is Naveed by John Heffernan which tells the story of a young boy in Afghanistan.


    Picture Books

    Paul says that if you want to become a great writer, read great picture books to get loads of inspiration.  The hottest book at the moment is a picture book titled The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak. That’s right … a picture book without pictures. The social media campaign for this book went viral; it is worth watching this YouTube clip. In addition, many picture books commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing have been published, such as My Gallipoli by Ruth Starke.


    War Stories

    There are many books commemorating or commenting on war.  Eventual Poppy Day by Libby Hathorn is a great book which uses a dual narrative. It is educational, brilliantly researched and is a beautiful read. It is insightful, gripping and honest, perfect for sophisticated readers.



    Transition Reads

    These books are aimed at students moving from primary to secondary years. Paul’s recommendations for this group include:

    Wonder by RJ Palacio. This is an important book about a young boy named August who was born with major facial deformities and faces discrimination on a daily basis. This is a beautiful, sad, funny and uplifting book that will make everyone think twice about judging a person by their appearance.

    The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. A sad but ultimately positive book about a 12 year old boy who is dying of cancer but decides to make the most of his time by climbing a mountain.



    Young Adult

    John Green is one of the most important Young Adult authors and has built a cult following via social media. He is a huge reader and is a very authentic author.

    Some of his most popular titles include The Fault in our Stars, Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska.

    Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange is the latest big YA title and is getting rave reviews around the world. It is about a troubled 16 year old boy who is about to be expelled from school. He’s tough, self-absorbed and a bully who doesn’t think twice before using his fists. He meets another 16 year old boy who has Downs Syndrome and, against all odds, a friendship develops. Funny, sad and compelling read.

    Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. This book really drew the attention of the Year 7 students, the novel is designed to look like an IKEA catalogue. A horror story set in a big box Swedish furniture superstore, Horrorstor is a creepy read. Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore ... do you dare to find out? A great YouTube clip has been posted for this book.



    Fantasy, Dystopian and Action

    These books will always attract thousands of readers. Some of the popular titles include:

    • Red Rising and its sequel Golden Son by Pierce Brown.
    • Time Riders by Alex Scarrow
    • End Game by James Frey
    • Five Kingdom series by Brandon Mull

    Pinterest - Student Reading @ Joeys

    Click on our Pinterest link for loads of links to books you may love to read. We have set up boards for "New Books", "Book Trailers", "Dog-Eared Blog", "Read-A-Likes" and also boards for suggestions for related texts for English.

     

    Dog-Eared Blog

    Dog-Eared Blog is a reading blog created by Joeys boys for Joeys boys.

    Check out some great reads and reviews here:

    Dog-Eared Blog link: http://blogs.joeys.org/blrclibrary/

    To post your own Blog: stafflibrary@joeys.org

     

     

    Caught Reading

     

    Book Review

    Book Review

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    5. What year groups would you recommend this book for? *
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    6. What would you rate this book? *
    1 Star - Boring - Don't waste your time
    1.5 Stars
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    Books & Blokes - Yoni Bashan & Andrew Mitchell

    Inside the world of MEOCS

    (Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad)

    “Reading allows you to engage in ideas that go beyond your world”

    Our first Books & Blokes Breakfast of 2017 was a phenomenal success with three dedicated, talented and inspiring speakers taking the audience into the world of an elite detective squad called MEOCS (Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad). Our community gathered to listen to Yoni Bashan, author of The Squad and former MEOCS detectives Andrew Mitchell and Dave Roberts. Yoni spoke about how and why the MEOCS unit began and about the many dangers, sacrifices and challenges faced by the MEOCS detectives on a daily basis. 

    Andrew and Dave gave heartfelt and impassioned accounts of being part of this elite police squad which was set up in response to the Cronulla riots in 2005. Andrew Mitchell, who now teaches at Joeys, explained how MEOCS is very different to other police special units as it is designed to attack and destabilize criminal hierarchies, from the top down. The detectives don’t work under cover, but are in the face of these criminal gangs as a show of force to win back the streets. Their success was in being able to break down the bravado and reputation of the kingpins and to start to turn one against the other. Their daily motto was “We can’t lose a battle” and each day they faced possible death in an effort to make the streets safe again. They are truly brave and remarkable men who put their lives on the line each and every day in an effort to make our streets safe again.  Dave spoke of the scars that each and every detective carries, both physical and emotional, and described policing as being a filthy, dirty, putrid job and implored students considering a career in the force to carefully weigh up their options.

    On reading, Yoni implored the boys to read regularly and to read widely and suggested reading biographies about people like Elon Musk, fiction by Cormac McCarthy and classics like Pride and Prejudice. He said one of the best books a teenage boy can read is Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris as he feels most boys will thoroughly enjoy it. He said one of his biggest regrets was not reading much as a teenager. At the time he thought reading was boring and told the boys to read what they enjoy, not waste time with books they are not connecting with. He said that books give readers ideas that go beyond their worlds and give unparalleled opportunities for boys to experience what life can be outside their world.

    Books & Blokes - Tom Fleming

    Books & Blokes Breakfast

    with  Holocaust survivor

    Tom Fleming

    This term we welcomed Tomas Fleming (formerly Fleischmann), to listen to him speak about his book "Lolli's Apple". Seen through the eyes of six year old Tomas, this true story unfolds through the games Tomas plays as he is transported to Sered', Auschwitz and Terezin Concentration Camps, intertwined with the inspirational bravery of his pregnant mother Lolli, who managed to keep Tomas and her newborn baby alive in a camp where 16,000 children perished and 123 survived.

     

    What stood out from his story was Tomas's incredible resilience, positive attitude, witty sense of humour and ability to adapt. His parting words of wisdom were: “You can’t stay bitter. You only have one bash at life, so try to make something of yourself and have a wonderful life.”

    A truly incredible man and a remarkable story.

    Books & Blokes - Thomas & Meg Keneally

    Books & Blokes Breakfast

    with multi award-winning author

    Thomas Keneally and daughter Meg Keneally

     

    Thomas Keneally is an Australian treasure. He is a novelist, playwright and non-fiction author who holds a special place in Australia's literary history as the country's first-ever winner of a Booker Prize for Schindler's Ark, later made into the film Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg. He is also twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award and a prolific author of over 50 novels and non-fiction titles, as well as essays, plays and scripts.

     

    Books & Blokes with Glenn McGrath

    Books & Blokes Breakfast Special Event: Glenn McGrath

                            

    What a morning! We had a record breaking crowd attend our latest Books & Blokes Breakfast with guest speaker Glenn McGrath. Who would have ever thought a cricketer nicknamed “pigeon” would draw such a large crowd? Glenn was an amazing guest and was most generous with his time, making sure that he had a chat with each person who came to him to have a book, bat, ball signed.

    A quick summation of some of the things Glenn spoke about:

    Reading: Glenn spoke about enjoying reading from a young age and his favourite book as a teenager was Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. He has continued to read a great deal, particularly when travelling and his three favourite authors at the moment are

    • Matthew Reilly

    • Tony Park

    • Wilbur Smith

    Glenn has been retired now for eight years and has had time to look back and reflect on his life. He said the four most important lessons he has learned are:

    1. Self-Belief – A lot of people told Glenn he wasn’t good enough when he was younger. (He was told he wasn’t good enough to make the Narramine cricket team!!) But he always believed in himself and chose not to listen to the nay sayers.

    2. Work Hard – Glenn grew up on a wheat and sheep farm in Narramine and working on the land instilled a great work ethic. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

    3. Always look to improve – He has always practised and trained very hard, probably harder than any other of his team mates.

    4. Have fun – If you have a real love and passion for what you are doing, being successful will come much easier.

    Books & Blokes with Richard Glover

    Books & Blokes Breakfast

    with Richard Glover

     

    “Under the red roofs of every day suburbia lays a seething, frothing insanity.”

    What a morning…. We couldn’t have asked for more… A brilliant guest speaker, a large crowd and a group of enthusiastic Joeys boys who hung off Richard’s every word.

    Richard Glover was our Term 4 Books & Blokes guest and spoke about his new book Flesh Wounds, a memoir of his life to date. This is a book about resilience, about a kid seeking out good voices to listen to and trying to navigate his way through adolescence and adulthood without the guidance of his parents. Richard said that many of our stories are similar and many of us come from dysfunctional families. Many face challenges, but find goodness and love in others. Not all parents love their children and if you don’t get love from your parents, you will search for love elsewhere… from partners, friends, teachers, mentors. “People stitch together a quilt of love in order to survive.” Richard invented a game a number of years ago called “Who’s got the weirdest parents?” with the assumption that he would win this game easily, every time. However, he is constantly surprised to find that there are many “weird parent” stories similar or even more bizarre than his own.

    He recounted that as a child, he never felt like the favourite, which was a shame, as he was an only child. At the age of fourteen, his mother ran away from home to live with his English teacher, who she had met at a parent teacher interview,  and his father who didn’t cope soon followed and flew back home to England, prompting one of his close friends to observe that “Richard doesn’t need to leave home… Home left Richard.”

    Richard was a most entertaining, humorous and gracious guest and we have had a great deal of positive feedback about his presentation.

        
       

      Sydney Writers Festival

      A very talented and enthusiastic group of Joe boys from Years 7 to 11 attended the Sydney Writers' Festival at Chatswood, where they spent the day listening to successful authors from Australia and the USA. The boys loved the opportunity to listen to these successful and talented authors and many said that they felt inspired by the experience.

      The morning began with US author Laurie Halse Anderson who is an award winning author of books including “Speak”, “Catalyst”, “Twisted”, “The Impossible Knife of Memory” and “Chains” and who has had several books made into films. She was very animated, funny and brutally honest about her journey to becoming a best-selling author. She tells stories that speak to teenagers and which deal with issues many teenagers are dealing with such as difficult home lives, sexual assault, eating disorders and slavery.

      The next speaker, Melina Marchetta, wrote her first novel “Looking for Alibrandi” 23 years ago, and she went on to become the biggest selling debut author at the time. Melina also draws on her personal experiences when writing and told the audience to never give up. Melina concluded her talk by explaining the process of adapting novels to film as she is currently writing a screenplay for her novel “On the Jellicoe Road” which has a budget of $10,000,000.

      The third speaker was graphic novelist Brenton McKenna from Broome WA, author of "Ubby's Underdogs". Brenton is the first published indigenous graphic novelist and he was a most engaging and entertaining speaker. Brenton struggled at school. He could barely read or write in primary school but when he was 12 years old, he was given a “Ghost Rider” comic, which helped him learn how to read and write. When he was 14 years old, a nun at his school loaned him a copy of a book called “How to Draw Heroes & Villains”. He devoured this book and his artistic skills really developed. He ended up in graduating Year 12 top of his class in both English and Fine Arts. He spoke about basing his fictional character, Ubby, on his Nan who was a champion boxer, and all the crazy stories that she used to share with all of her 80 grandchildren. (She couldn't remember all their names so used to call them by their birth number; Brenton was number 21) He also spoke about his difficulties getting his graphic novel "Ubby's Underdogs" published. He was told time and again to give up trying to publish a graphic novel, as Australia does not have a graphic novel industry. He did not give up and he emplored the students to do the same.

      The final speaker for the day was international best-selling author Garth Nix. Garth also spoke about the challenges of getting published and also implored the students not to give up. He spoke about how to write a story: planning the setting, characters etc. and then he called on members of the audience to come out and help him brainstorm a new story idea.

      All in all it was a wonderful day out with an inspired group of talented writers, who we hope to see published in a few years.

       

      Reading

      • What YA Gives Me That Other Genres Don’t
        The sun is shining in New York City today. It’s mid-afternoon on Friday, I’m looking forward to a beautiful weekend with my friends and… oh, look at that, someone is hating on YA. Again. Slate's recent, controversial opinion piece “Against YA” discusses the enormity of YA’s popularity among adult readers, the fear that it’ll lead to adults forsaking “great” literature, and the notion that adults should feel embarrassed to read books aimed at younger generations.
       

      Pinterest: Student Reading @ Joeys

       

      Favourite Book Series

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      HUBalicious Books from 2017

      Cover Art
      Losers Take All - David Klass
      Call Number: F KLA
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      What was this book about?

      This novel based around a high school boy named Jack Logan. Jack is not extremely athletic and doubts his own sporting abilities. However, after a fluke play and suffering a bad injury on the field, Jack's sport crazy principal interprets him as someone who scarified his body on the sporting field for his school.

      Why did you like or dislike this book?

      The text was quite easy to understand and follow, and the author's writing style created a detailed picture in your mind when reading. I liked how despite being non-athletic, Jack Logan was unexpectedly put on the schools best football team. This surprising development made you want to read more and find out how he survives the top varsity squad.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Year 7-10

      What would you rate this book? 4 Stars a great book

      Reviewed by Ethan Quintana - Year 7

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      The Passage - Justin Cronin
      Call Number: F CRO
      NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

      What was this book about?

      This book is about the American Government taking a virus from South America and trying to create super soldiers. Instead, they accidentally made killing machines, vampires.
      In the last hours, before the vampires escape, they infect a young girl with the virus.
      The story follows the struggle of humanity against the vampires and the young girl's struggle with her humanity.

      Why did you like or dislike this book?

      This book is amazing! It completely captures the human spirit and mind. As well as this, it's a great adventure, thriller and sci-fi story which only the best minds can keep up with.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Yr 10 - 12 plus staff

      Star rating? 5 Stars - Outstanding - A must read

      What genre is this book? Crime/Thriller

      Reviewed by Max Mitchell - Year 11

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      The Twelve - Justin Cronin
      Call Number: F CRO
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      What was this book about?

      This book is the second in a trilogy, written by Justin Cronin. It follows on with the story of Amy, a woman who has the appearance of a teenage girl thanks to the vampire virus which made her practically immortal.
      It also follows all the other humans who are still alive in North America and their struggles against the savage horrific vampires, who sometimes used to be their friends and family.
      The books switches between the past and present to give the readers a deeper understanding of the characters, and it is this that makes it a great novel.

      Why did you like or dislike this book?

      I loved this group because of the depth within the story and how anyone can find a character that they relate to.
      The development and journey of the characters is very emotional and you shouldn't be surprised if you feel strong emotions throughout it.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Yr 10 - 12 plus staff

      Star rating? 5 Stars - Outstanding - A must read

      What genre is this book? Crime/Thriller

      Reviewed by Max Mitchell - Year 11

      Cover Art
      1984 - George Orwell;
      Call Number: F ORW
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      What was this book about?

      This book explores the idea of a world devoid of any sort or freedom or creativity, where people are willingly ruled by a totalitarian leader called "Big Brother". People's everyday lives are plagued by countless propaganda and news declaring the strength and achievement of Oceania, the new land that was once known as Britain. The story follows the life of Winston Smith, a man with a tortured past and knowledge of the world before Big Brother. He knows he is different from the other mindless servants that can no longer be called humans and questions Big Brothers ideals and rules, but he must conceal it for even thinking of questioning Big Brother is a crime, that's why they made room 101.

      Why did you like or dislike this book?
      This book is amazing in so many ways, it is a horror unlike anything you will ever read, not because it has monsters or some crazy serial killer but purely because of the frightful world that Orwell has designed. This idea is enough to have you hooked from start to finish and will undoubtedly leave you terrified.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Y11/12 & Staff

      What would you rate this book? 4.5 Stars

      What genre is this book? Horror

      Reviewed by Curtis Fricot Y10

      Cover Art
      Eldest - Christopher Paolini
      Call Number: F PAO
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      What was this book about?
      Murtagh and the Empire striking at the Varden and Eragons blade Zar'roc. Also, the elves from Du Weldenvarden and Oromis and Glaedr play a major part with there interactions with Eragon.

      Why did you like or dislike this book?
      There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling it but it has a thrilling plot twist that continues into the third book. YOU REALLY HAVE TO READ THE SERIES!

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Years 7-9

      What would you rate this book? 4.5 Stars

      What genre is this book? Fantasy

      Reviewed by William Sheekey Y8

      Cover Art
      The Diabolic - S.J. Kincaid
      Call Number: F KIN
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      What was this book about?
      This sci-fi book is about a world where a religious cult rules civilisation is in the stars. The rich and powerful live in space in different assortments of spaceships, while the rest of humanity lives on the inhabitable planets. In this world 'Diabolics' serve as guards for these rich cultists, they are faster, stronger, and have less empathy for death and pain, The perfect killing machine. Nemesis is one of these genetically altered predators, and is tasked with protecting Sidonia, a daughter of the Impyrean family. But as these religious fanatics grow more desperate for control, they call all heirs to the many families as hostage, and it is wise not to refuse. Nemesis is being sent in Sidonia's place, but in order to do so she must become something she is not. Human

      Why did you like or dislike this book?
      I liked this book because although it was mainly a romance, it had enough action and mysteries to keep the reader interested in this dystopian sci-fi world. The combination of hidden backstories, deceitful plots, and brutality was excellently intertwined with a love story.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Years 8-10

      What would you rate this book? 4 Stars - A great book

      What genre is this book? Sci-Fi

      Reviewed by David Talifero Y8

      Cover Art
      Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
      Call Number: F PUL
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      What was this book about?
      This book is set in an alternate universe and is about a young girl Lyra and her journey to the north aided by the alithometer, the Gyptians and the pjserbourn. This is a thrilling journey and mystery. It will keep you hooked to the end

      Why did you like or dislike this book?
      It is very complex in bits and very weird. Might be a bit controversial. Very hard to understand.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Years 7-10.

      What would you rate this book? 4 Stars - A great book

      What genre is this book? Fantasy

      Reviewed by Tom Neate Y8

      Cover Art
      The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
      Call Number: F LIU
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      What was this book about?
      The Three-Body Problem is an adult hard Sci-Fi book that takes the idea of communication with aliens and takes it to a whole new level. The trilogy starts off in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which the author ties beautifully with the main story, combining two time periods. This book makes us ask truly haunting questions: Do we really want to contact other civilisations? What would you do if you were fighting against a force that could end all science?

      Why did you like or dislike this book?
      This book is filled with a lot technical exposition, from quantum mechanics to artificial intelligence. It uses very sophisticated ideas, which makes it suitable for older audiences. This was truly a great read, which I couldn't put down all the way until the end.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Years 10-12 & Staff

      What would you rate this book? 5 Stars - Outstanding - A must read

      What genre is this book? Sci-Fi

      Reviewed by William Qiu Y10

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      A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin
      Call Number: F MAR
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      What was this book about?
      A Clash of Kings is a continuation of the book, A Game of Thrones. It greatly expands the medieval and fantasy lore of the first book, having plot twists and surprises at very turn in a story of corruption, greed, violence and, most importantly of course, love. It is truly a great book, with a huge story and many unique characters.

      Why did you like or dislike this book?
      I liked this book for many reasons; I have seen all of the TV show, I enjoy fantasy novels and because I really like how in-depth the backstory and lore of the novel goes, this and the interesting stories and plot twists kept it always fresh and interesting.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Years 9-12 & Staff

      What would you rate this book? 5 Stars - Outstanding - A must read

      What genre is this book? Fantasy

      Reviewed by Declan Hourigan Y8

      Cover Art
      Shooting stars - Brian Falkner
      Call Number: F FAL
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      What was this book about?
      This book follows Egan Tucker - a boy in the middle of the New Zealand bush, hidden away from police and his father. Due to his father's hunt for Egan and his mother, Egan grew up without technology and lived by a code - a set of rules he lived by. After his return to the city, he lives on the street and has to find out himself who was right: his mother telling him his father was abusive or his father, who he grew up hating, telling him that his mother was delusional.

      Why did you like or dislike this book?
      Overall I enjoyed the book but it had a slow start and was hard to get into. The book was in the from of a diary but I would've preferred if it was in the form of a normal novel. After the start the book was easier to get into and I could not put it down. After reading the blurb, you would've guessed that it follows a cliche but it doesn't. Overall I enjoyed the book but you just have to get past the start to enjoy it.

      What year groups would you recommend this book for? Years 7-9

      What would you rate this book? 4 Stars - A great book

      What genre is this book? Crime/Thriller

      Reviewed by Josh O'Keefe Y8

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