Archive for February, 2011

It is quiz time here at the library blog, which means that all book lovers have the chance to win amazing prizes by answering questions about books.  This week’s theme is rock’n’roll books!

How to enter:  Fill in the form at the bottom of this post with your name, email address and the correct answers to all ten questions.  Entries which answer all questions correctly will go into the draw to win a book voucher from our literary friends at Readings book shop.  This competition will close at 10am on Friday March 4th, and winners will be announced on the blog later that day.  You must be a Uni High student to enter this competition.  Good luck!


1. Each of the following books is the life story of a famous musician. Can you name the musician who is the subject of each book?
a. Scar Tissue
b. Soul Rebel
c. Split Personality
d. Heavier Than Heaven
e. ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky
f. Burn
g. A Cry from the Heart
h. Broken Music

2. Which Australian rock legend wrote the novels And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro?

3. Which famous pop star has written several children’s books including The English Roses and Mr Peabody’s Apples?



Cool Stuff from the Internet

Posted: February 25, 2011 in General

Do you love the internet but also love books?  So does the library blog!  Every week we spend a bit of time trawling the web looking for stuff about books and reading.  Some would call this messing around: we call it research.  Here are a couple of recent discoveries: 

The Hunger Games Game!

Have you ever read The Hunger Games and wondered how you would fare in the arena?  This game allows you to test your skills as a potential tribute by asking you to respond to a variety of stressful life-and-death situations.

Unfortunately it seems that we at the library blog are woefully under-prepared for a Battle Royale-style fight to the death, and despite our best efforts we always met an unpleasant end pretty quickly.

As well as being stabbed, we also perished from dehydration, fell off a cliff, and were eaten by hyenas.
Maybe you can do better!

 What famous author do you write like?

This website lets you paste in a sample of your writing, then has a little think and tells you which famous author shares your writing style!  We pasted in a couple of library blog entries and were interested to find that we write like Dan Brown, bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code.  Hopefully this means we will soon get obscenely rich!

I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Who do you write like?

Visiting Illustrator!

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Events

Stop the presses, everybody, because here at library blog headquarters we have just become aware of a very exciting development.  Sue de Gennaro, the artist responsible for illustrating children’s books such as The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas and  The Tomorrow Book, is coming to visit!  She will give a talk and run a workshop for all Year 7 classes to get them inspired as they start their book cover project (remember how much fun this was last year?).  Sue is a very interesting individual who studied film at university and worked as a teacher, contemporary dancer and trapeze artist before deciding to be an illustrator.  You can see more of her art at her blog.  We here at the library blog are very excited about meeting Sue and are thinking of all the many many questions we would like to ask her about life and art and running away with the circus.  She will be here at the Uni High library on March 10th and we are really looking forward to her workshops!

Recommended Summer Reading!

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Good reads

We asked students (and a few teachers) returning from the holidays to tell us what they’d been reading on the beach this summer.  Do you have a book you’d like to recommend?  Let us know by leaving a comment!

Year 11 & 12 recommend: 

The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay
Cat Royal series – Julia Golding

Year 10 recommend:

Angels & Demons – Dan Brown
Confessions of a Shopaholic series – Sophie Kinsella
The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Joe Cinque’s Consolation – Helen Garner
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Schofield series – Matthew Reilly
The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

Year 9 recommend: 

Blast from the Past – Ben Elton
Shadow Wave – Robert Muchamore
The Gun Seller – Hugh Laurie
Death at Victoria Dock – Kerry Greenwood
Cocaine Blues – Kerry Greenwood
Mao’s Last Dancer – Lee Cunxin
The Luxe – Anna Godbersen
Deadly Unna? – Phillip Gwynne
Obernewtyn – Isobel Carmody
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series – Jeff Kinney
Watchmen – Alan Moore
Freakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis
The Thin Executioner – Darren Shan
The Piano Teacher – Janice YK  Lee
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
Anything by Tess Gerritsen
H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden
The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
Once Was Lost – Sara Zarr
The Tunnels series – Roderick Gordon & Brain Williams
Jack Reacher series – Lee Child
Time Riders – Alex Scarrow
Ranma ½ – Rumiko Takahashi
Inuyasha series – Rumiko Takahashi

Year 8 recommend: 

His Dark Materials series – Philip Pullman
Discworld series – Terry Pratchett
Witch and Wizard – James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett series – James Patterson
Reckless – Sue Mayfield
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
Life on the Refrigerator Door – Alice Kuipers
Vampire Academy series – Richelle Mead
The Red Pyramid – Rick Riordan
Mortal Instruments series – Cassandra Clare
Goosebumps – RL Stine
The Sevenwaters Trilogy – Juliet Marillier
The Story of John Brennan – JC Burke
Unfeeling – Ian Holding
Dear John – Nicholas Sparks
Cherub series – Robert Muchamore
Eragon – Christopher Paolini 

Year 7 recommend:

The Wizard of Rondo – Emily Rodda
Flowers in the Attic – VC Andrews
Tomorrow When the War Began series – John Marsden

Teachers recommend: 

Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living – Carrie Tiffany
A Beautiful Place to Die – Malla Nunn
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

Welcome to 2011!

Posted: February 18, 2011 in General

Welcome to the library in 2011!  Students, teachers and librarians have had a great break and we are back at school all ready for an exciting new year of reading, learning, and library shenanigans.  We look forward to working with you in the year to come!  Here at library blog headquarters we can think of no better way to kick off the year than with an aggressive rap ditty about the pleasures of reading.  Enjoy!