Archive for May, 2011

Right now the library is running one of the most prestigious and colourful competitions in our events calendar: the Year 7 Book Cover Competition!  This is always an exciting part of Term 2, and many older students will remember designing their own masterpieces in years gone by.  You can see some of last year’s entries in this post, and last year’s winners are here

All of our clever Year 7 students have been hard at work designing covers for their favourite books, and our visiting illustrator Sue de Gennaro is going to pick the first and second prize winners as well as a list of Notables.   There will also be a Librarian’s Award for the design that the librarians like the best.

The most exciting part of the competition, though, is the People’s Choice category, and this is where you get to choose the winner!  Every Uni High student and teacher has the right to vote for their favourite book cover.  The design with the most votes will win a highly-sought-after prize and lots of critical acclaim.  Voting will close on Friday June 3rd, so get in quick!

How to vote, in four easy steps!

1.  Go to the library and have a look at the book cover designs on the walls.  Look carefully: they are all over the library.

2.  Choose your favourite.  Every design has a number on it to identify it: write down this number.

3.  Fill in the form below to tell us the number of the design you like best.  You must include your full name and class (eg Joe Bloggs, 7S3).  Votes that are missing this information will not be counted.

4.  Wait with bated breath for us to announce the winners!  Announcements will be made on the blog and in the library.  There will be a celebratory morning tea and prizes and fame and glory.



The UnderAge

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Good reads

This week at the library blog we have become aware of an awesome new development in the world of young people’s voices on the internet. The UnderAge, produced by Express Media, is an initiative by high school students who collaborate to create a youth-focussed news site.  They say: ‘We can’t drink, drive or vote, but we can write. This is us, expressing our generation’s opinions and concerns. Look at the world through our eyes.’  Their writing is fantastic and so should probably check it out right now.

Even more excitingly, this website features work by Uni High’s very own Luke Dundon!  The UnderAge welcomes feedback and story ideas, and are looking at expanding their stable of writers during the year.  Check out their info page to get in touch with them!

Library Blog Quiz Winners!

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to all who entered our Friday the 13th book quiz!  We do apologize for the lateness of this week’s winner announcement, due to unexpected circumstances at Library Blog HQ.   Several sets of correct answers were submitted, and all of these went into the draw to win this week’s  Readings book voucher.  We are delighted to reveal that this week’s  winner was Ms Claudia McHarg of 7B3.  Runners-up this week were Bernadette Hall, Zoe Eakins, Emma Fehmel, Bonnie Belford, and Deylan Kilic-Aidani, who all receive a participation prize.  Prizes are available for collection from the library right now.  Well done everyone!

Happy Friday the 13th everybody!  Here at library headquarters we are having a busy day of extreme superstition: watching out for black cats, trying not to break mirrors, and being very careful not to spill any salt.  We have also discovered in the course of our research that it is bad luck to see an owl in the daytime, so we will be carefully avoiding those.  To celebrate this most unlucky of days, today’s quiz is spooky-themed: get ready for some tricky questions about creepy 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 May 20th, 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.  Edgar Allan Poe’s super-creepy poem The Raven features a talking bird with a very limited vocabulary (of one word).  What is the word that the raven repeats several times?

 2.  Scary author Poppy Z Brite took a short break from gothic horror stories in 1997 to write the biography of a famous female rock musician.  What was the biography called?

 3.  Name three books by iconic horror author Stephen King.

 4.  In Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, who was the evil alter ego of Dr Jekyll?

 5.  Who is the author of Interview with the Vampire and the Vampire Chronicles?

 6.  The library has a great non-fiction book called A Cinematic History of Horror.  What is this book’s Dewey Decimal number?  (Hint: check the catalogue.)

7.  What is the name of the main character in the sinister ghost story One Hundred Candles?

 8.  Who is the author of many creepy books including Cirque Du Freak, Allies of the Night, and Demon Thief?


Good news, everyone!  The library now provides online access to Good Reading magazine, a fantastic publication all about the world of books and reading.  If you love books and like to read about other people who also love books, you should definitely check it out.

Access to Good Reading is available through this link, and has also been added to the blog’s  list of Useful Links that you will see if you shift your eyeballs slightly to the left.  When you click through, you will arrive at the welcome screen: just click  ‘Continue’ to access the magazine.

A screenshot of Good Reading magazine!

It has come to our attention that amusingly-named young people’s literary website Inside A Dog is currently running a competition where you can win great stuff!  The competition basically involves designing a book cover for a yet-to-be-published book: something our students are notoriously great at.  We strongly encourage all our book-loving art stars to have a go and enter this competition.  Good luck!

From their website:

Design a Book Cover

Read the blurb below for a new teen book which is being released in Australia in September by Text Publishing. 

Then draw, paint, photograph or use a design program and your graphic skills to design a cover.

Post your design as an image in the forum “Design a Book Cover” or email to our offices as a jpg at by May 20th.

Unfortunately Text will not be able to use the winning design but they will send one lucky person a pack of new Text titles.

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. There, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and becomes fascinated by his son, Benjamin Burrows—a boy who isn’t afraid to stand up to authority and who dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary’s sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping those secrets out of the hands of Russian spies. Discovering transformative elixirs they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending nuclear disaster.