Archive for April, 2011

Visiting Author/Illustrator!

Posted: April 29, 2011 in Events

Term 2 is now in full swing and Year 8 students are getting ready for their major English project: writing a picture book!  Every student in Year 8, as well as Year 7 accelerated, will write and illustrate their very own picture book this term.  All the books will be in contention for the much sought-after Year 8 Picture Book Prize.  Here at library blog headquarters we can hardly wait to see everybody’s creative efforts!


This year we are very delighted to have the acclaimed, prolific and generally awesome author and illustrator Sally Rippin helping us with this project.  Sally is responsible for many great children’s books including Speak Chinese, Fang Fang, the Billie B Brown books, and Peeking Ducks, as well as young adult novels incluing Chenxi and the Foreigner and Angel Creek.   She has had an interesting life, living in many different countries as a child and studying art in China at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Art as a young adult.  Sally has a lot of experience doing workshops with young people and travels around Australia and internationally, working with schools in many different countries.  She also teaches writing for children at RMIT university.

Sally Rippin will be right here in our library next week leading workshops on picture books for our lucky students: a great opportunity for everybody to get advice and guidance from an expert!  She will also judge the picture book competition at the end of the project.  If you would like to find out more about Sally Rippin and her work , you can visit her blog or her website.


Well done to all of the students who entered last term’s chocolate-themed book quiz!  Several complete sets of correct answers were submitted, and all of these went into the draw to win this week’s glorious prize of a Readings book voucher.  We are very pleased to announce that the winner was Ms Claire Osborn-Li of 7C1.  Runners-up this week were Wendy Zhao, Tracy Castro and Kathy Chang, who all receive a slightly smaller but equally prestigious participation prize.  Prizes will be available for collection from the library on Monday.  Well done everyone!

The library blog is delighted to announce that we can now provide access to a Spine Out, a fantastic online magazine about books and reading!  It contains book reviews, author information and student work, as well as book trailers and heaps of interactive features that we at the library blog have had a lot of fun playing with.

Access to Spine Out is available through this link, and has also been added to the list of Useful Links on the left-hand side of this very website.  When you click through, you will see the Spine Out welcome screen.  Just click on the ‘Continue’ button to access the magazine.

Hola, book lovers! Not only is today the last day of term, but it is also getting to that time of year when everybody eats a lot of chocolate. At the library blog we heartily approve of both leisure and snacking (both things that go well with reading books), so we are celebrating with a special chocolate edition of the Library Blog Book Quiz!

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 April 29th (the first Friday of Term 2) and winners will be announced on the blog later that day. You must be a Uni High student to enter this competition. Good luck!

Quiz Questions

1. Joanne Harris’ novel Chocolat tells the story of a mother and daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French village. The book was also made into a film: for two points, name the actors who play
                       a. The mother
                       b. The daughter             

2. Alexander McCall Smith’s novel Friends, Lovers, Chocolate is the second book in his Sunday Philosophy Club series. Give the name of
                       a. The main character
                       b. The first book in the series

3. The novel Like Water For Chocolate by Mexican writer Laura Esquivel tells the story of a family of three sisters. Can you name all three?

4. In Mary Arrigan’s novel Chocolate Moon, the young protagonist runs away overseas with his grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. What country do they go to?

5. Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features a nice young man who wins the opportunity to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Which member of his family does Charlie take with him to the factory?

6. The classic young adult novel The Chocolate War is set in a fictional American high school. What is the name of the high school?


We Love Book Trailers

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Good reads

This week library blog headquarters have been filled with dramatic soundscapes and pithy quotes as our obsession with book trailers continues unabated.  Here are some great ones we have been watching: look for these books in the library!

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Matched by Ally Condie

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (the gory sequel!) by Steve Hockensmith

The Heroes of Olypmus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan: this series follows on from the Percy Jackson  books.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Here at library blog headquarters we meet lots of students with a morbid interest in the undead.  Even though we are very scared of every kind of monster and find the whole horror genre a bit traumatizing, we bravely went forth into the library to investigate what’s out there for book-loving zombie enthusiasts.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Have you ever read a classic novel and thought ‘Yeah, that was okay, I guess, but the plot was really let down by the lack of zombies’?  Then this is the book for you.  Jane Austen’s tale of five sisters looking for love is re-imagined, this time with added brain-eating hordes of the undead thrown in to spice up the action a little.  We here at  the library blog like this book because it’s more of a fun, silly mash-up than a gruesome ordeal.  Also because it kicks off with the genius opening line ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains’.

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson’s young adult take on the traditional zombie story is set in present-day England where, much to everyone’s surprise and annoyance, every single person over the age of fourteen is suddenly struck down with a mysterious and fatal illness.  But they don’t all stay dead.  This is a thrilling book with plenty of fast-paced action, but students should be aware that it does contain graphic horror scenes.  Here is the very scary book trailer for The Enemy, starring Charlie Higson himself.

If you liked this book then you are in luck, because the next book in the series has just hit the library shelves!  It is called The Dead, and continues to follow the characters from the first book.  We at the library blog stopped reading this book at about page 14 when zombie entrails were mentioned so if you are, like us, easily grossed out by horror themes you may want to give The Dead a miss.

Zombie Blondes by Brian James

The first day at a new school is always super awkward.  Hannah, the heroine of Zombie Blondes, is new to town and desperately wants to fit in with the  elite group of popular, blonde cheerleaders.  But is something more sinister going on?  And could the popular blonde cheerleaders be up to no good??  And could said ‘no good’ involve rampaging, death and destruction???  SPOILER ALERT: Yes, yes and yes.  This is a slightly Mean Girls-style story about teenage social hierarchy, wanting to be accepted by the cool kids, and figuring out what it means to be true to yourself- but with added zombies!  If you are into this whole high-school-but-with-added-zombies sub genre, you might also like to check out Never Slow Dance with a Zombie by E. Van Lowe.  It’s set in a normal American high school, but guess what?  There are zombies.  We would rate these books as ‘medium’ on the library blog’s patented scariness scale: there’s the odd violent zombie attack but generally not too graphic.

So what have we learned?

Our main finding from this investigative project was:  zombies are scary.  Probably too scary for us.  But they can also be fun and funny!  If you are interested in zombies, the library has all these and several more zombie-based titles for your gory reading amusement.  In conclusion, we would like to say BRAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNS!!

Library Blog Quiz Winners!

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Competitions

Congratulations to everybody who entered our very tricky Word Trivia quiz this week!  The library blog is thrilled to announce that this week’s lucky winner (of both a Readings voucher and our eternal respect and admiration) is Ms Wendy Zhao of Year 11.  Runners-up this week were Claudia McHarg, Deylan Kilic-Aidani, Coral Guan and Jia Feng Hu, who all receive a participation prize that may or may not contain confectionery.  Prizes will be available for collection from the library on Monday.  Well done everyone!