New Books in the Library

Posted: June 4, 2010 in New Books

Here at your school library we are always getting exciting new books.  Here are a few recent fiction arrivals which are available for borrowing right now! 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan

 This book is a joint project by popular Young Adult authors John Green (Looking For Alaska) and David Levithan (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist).  Teenaged protagonist Will Grayson is quietly getting through high school with minimum mess and fuss, often accompanied by flamboyant best mate Tiny (who, excellently, spends much of the novel trying to stage a musical based on his own life).  However Will’s world is shaken up when he randomly meets another kid who shares his name.  The two Wills (each voiced by a different author) narrate alternate chapters so we get to hear both of their points of view.  This is a story about love, sexuality, and the bewildering difficulty of trying to connect with other human beings.

 Readings short review:
http://www.readings.com.au/review/will-grayson-will-grayson-john-green-and-david-levithan

 Half Deserted Streets blog review:
http://www.halfdesertedstreets.com/2010/03/book-review-will-grayson-will-grayson.html

Jarvis 24
by David Metzenthen

 Fifteen-year-old Marc Jarvis is a football-loving high school kid from Camberwell who has a problem with losing stuff: keys, shoes, even (horrifyingly) library books.  He also has a mysterious tragedy in his past that is hinted at throughout the novel.  He decides to do work experience at a used car dealership for the sole purpose of pursuing an attractive girl who he once saw walking out of the building.  Although this may at first seem like a pretty stupid idea, it starts Marc off on a journey that develops into an engaging coming-of-age story about love and sport and grief and finding your place in the world and sport.

 Readings short review:
http://www.readings.com.au/review/jarvis-24-david-metzenthen

 MediaCulture longer review:
http://reviews.media-culture.org.au/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3430

 What Now, Tilda B?
by Kathryn Lomer

 Fifteen-year-old (this week’s theme!) Tilda finds a pregnant elephant seal on the beach near her grandparents’ place in Tassie, and helps the local wildlife rescue to look after it, putting a huge amount of time and effort into caring for the creature.  But she also has a lot of other stuff going on.  Tilda’s parents have just split up, which is always weird, and her boyfriend is lobbying for a sexual relationship.  This story is about a girl dealing with a lot of change in her life, and facing the associated challenges with strength and resilience.  Tilda’s relationships with her friends and family are crafted in detail and secondary-age girls will find a lot to relate to in this novel.

 Short review by Penguin Books:
http://www.penguin.com.au/lookinside/spotlight.cfm?SBN=9780702237782

Longer review by interesting sixteen-year-old author and blogger Steph Bowe:
http://heyteenager.blogspot.com/2010/04/what-now-tilda-b-by-kathryn-lomer.html

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