Archive for November, 2011

More Hunger Games News

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

So, the full-length Hunger Games trailer has been released, and the internet is abuzz with excitement.  Today your friendly library bloggers report on What People Have Been Saying About The Movie Of The Hunger Games. 

Firstly, for those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the past week or two, here is the trailer in full:

HELL YES.  We are very excited about this movie.  But what do others think?

There has been no shortage of commentary on Twitter, where folks don’t quite seem to have been able to agree on a hashtag: check out both #hungergames and #thehungergames for lots of people going ‘squeee’ and a few people going ‘meh, whatever’.

Our favourite YA blog, Forever Young Adult, has been good enough to provide us with a highly scientific analysis of the Hunger Games trailer.  Although typically caustic, they seem a bit more enthused about the trailer than they were about the pre-trailer trailer.  (And fair enough too, who releases a trailer advertising a trailer advertising a film?  Surely this is a sign that something in our society has Gone Horribly Wrong.)

Over at My Hunger Games, there is a pretty comprehensive round-up of reactions to the trailer: good, bad and indifferent.

And finally, E!Online has a fairly gushy but kind of amusing take on the trailer right here

Oh!  And before we go, you might want to check out the Hunger Games Examiner tumblr which has lots of fun stuff for the more obsessive fan including an in-depth feature on how to achieve Effie’s nail polish effect and a printable cut-out of Seneca Crane’s beard.  (The beard also has its own Facebook page.  Yes really.)

So, there you have it, blog fans.  To summarize, we are pretty goshdarn excited about this movie and will probably keep posting increasingly esoteric and ridiculous stuff about it until it finally comes out next year.

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Library Book Sale!

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Events

We have been very busily getting ready for the end of the year by going through all of our books and throwing out heaps of old ones!  You can benefit from our spring clean by picking up some ex-library books at outrageously low prices.  The prices are so tiny that we had to use a massive font to render them visible to the naked eye:

1 book for 50c 

5 books for $2!

Today is the 93rd anniversary of the end of World War One, a conflict so horrific that afterwards it was thought that there would surely never be any more wars. Unfortunately history didn’t work out that way, and on this day we pause and think about the ongoing conflicts in the world and their continuing human toll.

It’s a very serious day. But let’s not forget the one positive legacy of the Great War on Australian culture: a legacy that many Australians enjoy on a daily basis. We are of course referring to the ANZAC biscuit. This humble staple of Aussie snacking has a long history that is inextricably linked to the war of 1914-1918. The official ANZAC Day website tells us:

“During World War 1, the wives, mothers and girlfriends of the Australian soldiers were concerned for the nutritional value of the food being supplied to their men. Here was a problem. Any food they sent to the fighting men had to be carried in the ships of the Merchant Navy. Most of these were lucky to maintain a speed of ten knots. Most had no refrigerated facilities, so any food sent had to be able to remain edible after periods in excess of two months.

A body of women came up with the answer – a biscuit with all the nutritional value possible. The basis was a Scottish recipe using rolled oats. The ingredients they used were: rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water. All these items did not readily spoil. At first the biscuits were called Soldiers’ Biscuits, but after the landing on Gallipoli, they were renamed ANZAC Biscuits.” (Read the whole article here)

Today many teachers brought in ANZAC biscuits as part of our observance of Remembrance Day, and we in the library have been enjoying their oaty goodness with our cups of tea. As will tend to happen any time ANZAC biscuits are served, there has been some debate around the issue of crunchy versus chewy ANZACS, with the librarians tending to prefer chewy (but open to extensively testing crunchy ones as well).

Extensive research on this topic led us to the following recipe, passed on to the Australian War Memorial’s website by a digger who was actually at the Gallipoli landing. We reproduce this recipe below for your information and edification, and don’t forget: if you bake a batch of ANZACs, your friendly librarians will always be happy to help you eat them!

“The following is a original recipe provided by Bob Lawson, an ANZAC present at the Gallipoli landing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup each of plain flour, sugar, rolled oats, and coconut
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 tbls treacle (golden syrup)
  • 2 tbls boiling water
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda (add a little more water if mixture is too dry)

Method

1. Grease biscuit tray and pre-heat oven to 180°C.
2. Combine dry ingredients.
3. Melt together butter and golden syrup. Combine water and bicarbonate soda, and add to butter mixture.
4. Mix butter mixture and dry ingredients.
5. Drop teaspoons of mixture onto tray, allowing room for spreading.
6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.”

New Books Coming Soon!

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Bonjour, bibliophiles!  Today we are going to take a look at some new Young Adult titles which will soon be finding their way to these very shelves.

Crossed

First up, it’s Crossed, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Ally Condie’s super-popular dystopian YA novel Matched.  We haven’t got our hands on this novel yet, but here is what our fellow book-lovers over at YA Reads have to say about it:

“In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.”

Sounds intense!  You can find out more about Crossed by checking out the book trailer below and reading this interview with author Ally Condie. 

The Scorpio Races

Next up, we are pretty excited about hard-to-spell YA author Maggie Stiefvater’s latest book, The Scorpio Races.  Why, you may ask?  Oh, only because its plot is basically about rideable killer seahorses.  AMAZING.  Here’s a little taste of the action from Stiefvater’s website:

“It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.  At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.  Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.”

Apparently there may even be a film in the works!  Meanwhile, here is the wonderful animated book trailer made by Maggie Stiefvater herself.  Not only did she hand-illustrate it with approximately 8 billion individual drawings, but she also wrote and performed the soundtrack.  What a legend!

Playground

Finally, we were delighted and, to be honest, a little bit perplexed to learn that 50 Cent (yes, that 50 Cent) has written a YA novel.  Apparently it’s kind of about bullying.  Here’s what Amazon has to say:

“Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn’t have much going for him. He’s teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he’s stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz.  Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground – a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention. Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.  This devastating yet ultimately redemptive story is told in voice-driven prose and accented with drawings and photographs, making it a natural successor to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  Loosely inspired by 50 Cent’s own adolescence, and written with his fourteen-year-old son in mind, Playground is sure to captivate wide attention – and spark intense discussion.”
 
We are very intrigued to see how Fiddy stacks up as an author.  If you are also curious about his literary chops, you can have a sneak peek at an excerpt from Playground here, and watch the following interview where he talks to Gayle King about what led him to becoming an author.