Archive for May, 2012

Book Spine Poetry at Uni High

Posted: May 25, 2012 in General

Today we are delighted to let you know that following our recent post about book spine poetry, it seems that some book-loving Uni High students have been inspired to create their own works!  Ms Steffensen’s Year 10 Literature class have made some beautiful book spine poems which we are very excited to share with you via the magical power of the internet.  If you also feel inspired to make some poetry, don’t forget to share it with us!  Take a photo and email it to so that we may marvel at your genius.

Here’s our book spine poetry gallery: click on each image to see it in full size!



It’s been a fun week in the library as we have been busy putting up all of the Year 7 book covers! Our walls are now covered with colourful contributions from our clever Year 7 English students, who have created covers for some of their favourite books. As we do every year, we will be awarding a range of prizes, including the hotly contested “Students’ Choice” category. This is where you, the students, have the opportunity to choose your favourite. Instructions for how to submit your vote are below. You have one week to make your choice, so get voting!

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How to vote:

First of all, head to the library, wander around and have a look at the Year 7 book covers on the walls. Some examples are shown above. Each book cover has a unique identification number on it, which you will need to cast your vote. Once you have picked your favourite, write down its number and enter it into the form below. The ballot closes at 1.30pm on Friday June 1st and we will analyse the results and announce the winner at a morning tea the following week.

Conditions: You must be a Uni High student to vote, and you may only vote once. Votes that do not include a name and form will not be counted.

Maurice Sendak Dies

Posted: May 11, 2012 in General

This week we received the sad news that genius children’s author Maurice Sendak had passed away at the age of 83.  Sendak wrote and illustrated many classic children’s books including what was probably his most famous work, Where The Wild Things Are, as well as the super creepy Outside Over There and our personal favourite, In The Night Kitchen (because who doesn’t love a book where the main character spends most of the time running around naked with a saucepan on his head?).

We are pretty sad about Maurice Sendak’s death, mostly because it means there will be no more books written by him ever, which is a pity.  But we are happy that he left us with such a great body of work as well as the following hilarious anecdote about his correspondence with a young fan:

Maurice Sendak was a hilarious, grumpy legend, and you should definitely read or re-read one of his books this week.  You can find lots of his work here in the school library!

Library Blog Quiz Winners!

Posted: May 11, 2012 in Competitions

Hey library blog quiz folk!  Well done to everybody who had a crack at our extremely tricky picture book quiz.  We received a bunch of correct sets of answers which went into the draw to win this week’s Readings gift voucher.  This week’s supreme library blog quiz victory was taken out by Mietta Angolella: congratulations!  Runners-up this week were Vy Van, Dean Basdekis, Selina Wang, Kym, Jackie Li, Emma Fehmel, and Tony Luo, who are also entitled to a small prize.  Winners can come to the library on Monday to collect their spoils.  Stay tuned for our next library blog quiz!

Hola, bibliophiles!  Thanks to a relatively modest number of entries, we have extended our Library Blog Quiz on picture books for another week.  You now have until next Friday May 11th to submit a complete set of answers and win stuff!  Scroll down or click here to find the quiz questions and information about how to enter.

Inky Awards: You be the Judge!

Posted: May 4, 2012 in Events

Exciting news, everybody!  (And by ‘everybody’, we mean ‘people who like reading massive quantities of YA fiction and having strong opinions about it’.)  The Inky Awards are upon us!

What are these Inky Awards, you may ask?  Well, you could click on the above link to find out, but just in case your mouse is broken or you are using dial-up internet, we will tell you.  The Inky Awards are international awards for teenage literature, as voted by readers of one of our favourite websites, Inside A Dog.  This is exciting because it is quite rare that young adult literature prizes are actually judged by their taget audience of young adults (YOU!).  The awards include the Golden Inky, given to an Australian book, and the Silver Inky, awarded to an international book.  If you want to be a judge and help create the short list, find out about how to apply here

Perhaps most thrillingly, however, there is also a Creative Reading prize for a creative writing response to a book.  This is open to young people between 12 and 18 years of age, and entries are open until the end of May.  You can enter as many times as you like for your chance to share in a pretty impressive $40,000 worth of prizes!  To find out more, check out their website here.