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2017 Summer Readers Cup Champions

Twice a year, our junior students are invited to participate in The Readers Cup Challenge. The boys form teams of three students, and spend the next six weeks reading three chosen Readers Cup novels. At the end of the reading period the boys come together to participate in The Readers Cup Challenge where they are asked a variety of questions based on these three novels.

It was a very tight competition; with no one team dominating and different teams winning each of the five rounds. Year 7 did dominate this competition with the following results. 1st place went to Year 8 team “Lonely Tom” – Made up of sole trader, Tom, as both his team mates were sick and unable to compete. A fantastic achievement for Tom to be able to win this on his own. Only 1.4 points behind were “The Ryhno Burgers”William, Noah and Darcy and only 2 points behind this team and in third place were “Corn” – Declan, David and William. We also held an individual round and the winner of this round was Tom in Year 8 who scored an impressive 100%.

It was a fantastic afternoon and all boys did a sensational job. It was a very enjoyable experience for all boys who participated and they should all be congratulated on this fine effort.

Well done boys!!

Books for Readers Cup

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The Escape - Robert Muchamore
Call Number: F MUC
Summer, 1940. Hitler's army is advancing towards Paris, and millions of French civilians are on the run. Amidst the chaos, two British children are being hunted by German agents. British spy Charles Henderson tries to reach them first, but he can only do it with the help of a twelve-year-old French orphan. The British secret service is about to discover that kids working undercover will help to win the war. For official purposes, these children do not exist.

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Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
Call Number: F PAU
ISBN: 0330439723
Publication Date: 2005
There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake . . . Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet - and a desperate will to survive. Now Brian must learn to live the hard way - or die.

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Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy
Call Number: F LAN
Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead. Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's... well, she's a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out...

 

2017 Summer Readers Cup

What is the Readers Cup?

The Readers Cup is a reading competition in which your team of 3 is required to read 3 novels. (These novels are listed below)

We then hold a trivia competition, with questions based on these novels.

There are lots of great prizes and it is a fun afternoon for all.

What do we need to do if we want to enter?

  •   Get together a team of three players
  •   Come up with a team name.
  •   Email Mrs Roden and register you team, including the names of all team members
  •   Come to the library to collect your books
  •   Start reading

At the end of the term all teams will come to library for the Readers Cup Competition.

The top scoring team will be crowned the Readers Cup Champions.

 Books to read for Readers Cup

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The Escape - Robert Muchamore
Call Number: F MUC
Summer, 1940. Hitler's army is advancing towards Paris, and millions of French civilians are on the run. Amidst the chaos, two British children are being hunted by German agents. British spy Charles Henderson tries to reach them first, but he can only do it with the help of a twelve-year-old French orphan. The British secret service is about to discover that kids working undercover will help to win the war. For official purposes, these children do not exist.

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Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
Call Number: F PAU
ISBN: 0330439723
Publication Date: 2005
There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake . . . Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet - and a desperate will to survive. Now Brian must learn to live the hard way - or die.

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Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy
Call Number: F LAN
Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead. Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's... well, she's a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out...

Reading Survey 2016

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Books & Blokes - Markus Zusak

Author of The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

“Don’t be afraid to fail.”

What an amazing morning in the Resources Centre! We were thrilled to host Markus Zusak, award winning author of The Book Thief at our Term 2 Books & Blokes Breakfast. Markus was sensational and spoke about writing and his inspiration for telling and writing stories.

He also told the audience not to be afraid to fail. To expect to be rejected. He said that writing was the easiest job in the world NOT to do and that it could really test how much you want it. He also said his favourite book is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. 

Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief. First released in 2005, has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. It has dominated best seller lists around the world and amassed many and varied awards. 

You can view Markus's talk on Clickview.

 

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HUBalicious Books for 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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