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    The HUB Picks

    The following books are the top picks by our HUB members.

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    Demon Road - Derek Landy
    Call Number: F LAN
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    Shae's Pick: Year 8

    Genre: Fantasy Horror

    Rating: 5

    Year: 7-12

    Synopsis: A 16 year old girl discovers she is a demon as her parents try to eat her. On a race across America, she encounters all sorts of monsters and evil-doers as she tries to fulfil her deal with the Shining Demon. And on top of this, she tries to escape her parent and demon friends. It is full of twists and unexpected surprises, mixing reality with nightmares. It is a great book, especially if you like the Skulduggery Pleasant series.
    Reviewed by Shae

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    Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
    Call Number: F COL
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    Reviewed by Barney in Year 7
    Star Rating: 4.5
    Year Recommendation: Year 7 +
    Why I love this book: The novel crawls at an extremely slow pace, although President Snow's visit to Katniss' house adds a twist in the tale. There is not much progress in the plot in the start, although the sparks of the already obvious revolt are evoking. Things keep crawling on but then the announcement at the Quarter Quell, that is an edition to the Hunger Games every 25 years, would shock many readers. Many readers would love this announcement, many hate it and many will just find it a bit too repetitive, me being among the first group. The part where this book excels over 'The Hunger Game's is the fast paced action and electrifying moments that come in the last part of the book. Suzanne did an excellent job in making the horrors of the Hunger games arena, and the clock system was just amazing. This was the part that I liked even better then the previous book.

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    The Alchemyst - Michael Scott
    Call Number: F SCO
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    Summary: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    The Alchemyst is the first book from a five book series. It is an amazing book that leads down a plot that would leave you wanting for more! I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in fantasy and a good book in general.


    Reviewed by William Qiu

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    Nona & Me - Claire Atkins
    Call Number: F ATK
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    Reviewed by Robbie in Year 8

    Stars: 5

    Criteria: Mature themes, infrequent violence, sexual references

    Year Recommendation: 7+

    Genre: Teen Angst/general fiction

    Review: There is a reason that this book won the award for Best Children’s Book of 2015. And that’s because it is brilliant, fast paced, touching and incredibly relatable to a class of society today that has had to cope with so much.

    This is a novel about Rosie, a young girl who lives in Yirrkala, an Aboriginal town in the heart of Australia. And Nona is her sister, never to be parted with. Until now. This begins a brilliant story of country and tradition as we see a changing country through the eyes of a girl who is simply trying to find out what she wants to become of her life.

    Nona and Me, everyone. Very highly recommended

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    Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories - R. J. Palacio
    Call Number: F PAL
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    Daniel Gibbons pick: Year 8

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 7 - 10

    Why I loved this book?
    Daniel - If you liked the book Wonder, you will love 'Auggie and Me' also by R J Palacio. I strongly suggest you do read this fantastic book as you will receive an insight into how the people around Auggie where affected and changed for the better when Auggie came into their lives.

    This book was also recommended by Shae in Year 8

    Rating: 4.5

    Genre: Teen Angst

    Year: 7-12

    Why I love this book: It is an incredible sequel to the book ‘Wonder’. It presents the story in a whole new way, through people’s different perspectives. It is truly inspirational to all who read it, and reminds us how we should be grateful for everything, and also that we should be kind to everyone, no matter what.

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    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Call Number: F GOL
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    Recommended by Shae in Year 8

    Rating: 5

    Year: 8-12

    Why I love this book: It is about a group of boys who get stranded on an abandoned island after their plane crashes. A boy named Ralph is voted to become in charge of everyone. They make shelters, fire, find fruit and learn to hunt pig. However, a rebellion begins by a boy named Jack and all the ‘biguns’ join him. They become savages and hunt Ralph and the remainder of the boys. It is an extremely good book full of great vocabulary and a complex story line. I love how it develops and normal British boys turn into savages infected by the wild and no responsibility from adults.

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    The Hunt - Andrew Fukuda
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    Barney's Pick - Year 7

    Star Rating: 4.5

    Year: 7-12

    Why I love this book: I love the concept of this book. It involves vampires and is similar to the hunt in the Hunger Games. It is a fascinating book about trying to survive.

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    Class A - Robert Muchamore
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    Sebastian's Pick: Year 7

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 7 - 10

    Why I enjoy this book: It is heart pumping and on top of that has great humour. The story keeps on flowing and there is not one boring page without action and drama.

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    Conspiracy 365: January - Gabrielle Lord
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    Ben's Pick: Year 7

    Star Rating: 4 Stars

    Year: 7 - 8

    Why I like this book: I like this book because the whole time you are sweating and not waning to put this book down. It is also easy to imagine.

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    The Disappeared - C.J. Harper
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    Daniel's Pick - Year 8

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 7-10

    Why I love this book: A great book about society and different classes. It is set in a boarding school and exposes poor human rights in a corrupt society. Is this book a prediction of where our society is headed?

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    There Will Be Lies - Nick Lake
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    Billy Jack's Pick - Year 7

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 7-12

    Why I love this book: It starts out really weird, but then there's a massive plot twist. It's a really witty book and a great read.

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    Eragon - Christopher Paolini
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    Zac's Pick: Year 8

    Star Rating: 5 stars

    Year: 7-10

    Why I love this book? This book is amazing! Whole worlds are created in great detail. It's just a really cool book.

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    The Impossible Knife of Memory - Laurie Halse Anderson
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    Robbie's Pick: Year 8

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 7-12

    Why I loved this book? This is really well written with a great story line. It is such a REAL story

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    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
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    Harrison's Pick: Year 12

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 10-12

    Why I loved this book? This book is confronting! REALLY confronting! Read this and be prepared to change the way you think forever.

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    Eve & Adam - Michael Grant
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    Curtis's Pick: Year 8 student

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 7-10

    Why I loved this book? It's a really compelling read with lots of sub-genres. A great read.

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    The Good Luck of Right Now - Matthew Quick
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    Angus's Pick: Year 9

    Star Rating: 5

    Year: 8-12

    Why I loved this book? This book presents a middle aged man coping with grief and having to face the world.

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    Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
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    Curtis's Pick: Year 8

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 8-12

    Why I loved this book? This is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a great concept bringing in past , present and future.

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    In Darkness - Nick Lake
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    Billy Jack's Pick: Year 8

    Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Year: 8-12

    Why I loved this book? This is an emotional story about a boy who's sister is shot and killed. He finds himself trapped and in darkness during an earthquake.

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    The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
    Call Number: F TAR
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    Liam's Pick: Year 9

    Star Rating: 5 Stars

    Year: 8-12

    Why I loved this book? The Goldfinch is easily the best book I have ever read. It is a really gripping story from start to finish but may be quite harrowing for year 7's. I would easily suggest it to be in the top 20 books of all time and could easily make the top 3 as well.
    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014, this is an emotional story about a boy who's sister is shot and killed. He finds himself trapped and in darkness during an earthquake.

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