Archive for October, 2012

New Blog Feature: Suggest A Book

Posted: October 26, 2012 in General

Say what?  Basically, the new ‘Suggest a Book ‘ page does what it says on the tin.  Recently on the blog one of our lovely commenters asked if we could create a feature allowing students (or teachers!) to suggest books for the library to buy.  We are very interested in student recommendations and always do our best to acquire books that you suggest: after all, it’s your library.  So we think it’s a great idea to have a page on the blog where students can suggest a book, and have just created this very feature for your book-suggesting convenience!

Awesome!  How does it work?  It’s very simple.  Just follow this link to our suggestions page or click on the ‘Suggest A Book’ link in the top navigation bar (next to ‘Student Reviews’).  You will be directed to our new page, where you fill in a form giving your name, email, the name of the book you would like us to acquire, and the name of the author (if you know it).  Provided that the book fits with our collection policy, we will do our very best to get our hands on a copy for you.  If you provide a working email address we will even send you an email to let you know when and if we are able to acquire your book.

So get recommending!  We await your suggestions with both enthusiasm and curiosity.


Yr 11 Studio Art Exhibition

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Events

If there’s one thing your friendly school librarians love almost as much as reading books and drinking tea, that thing would have to be looking at art.  So we are delighted to be able to host an exhibition showcasing the work of our very own Yr 11 Studio Art students.  Drop into the library any time if you would like to feast your eyeballs upon their work, some of which is shown below.  Thanks, Yr 11!

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Inky Award Winners Announced!

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Good reads

This week was a momentous one for Young Adult literature as the winners of the annual Inky Awards were announced on Wednesday.  The Inkys, run by the State Library of Victoria’s YA-focused Inside A Dog website, are international awards for teen literature as voted by the site’s readers.  The Gold Inky is awarded to an Australian book, while the Silver Inky is for an international title.  The short list for the Inkys was an absolute cracker this year and we here at Library Blog Secret Headquarters are very glad that we didn’t have to decide between all the great books in contention!  However the judges somehow managed to pick out a winner in each category as follows:

Gold Inky: Shift by Em Bailey

Shift is the first novel from young Melburnian author Em Bailey, who explains in her own words what the book is about in an interesting interview at Booktopia Blog: “Shift is a YA psychological thriller that examines such themes as identity, loss and toxic friendship. It is told from the point of view of Olive Corbett – once part of the in-crowd at school, now overweight, reclusive and mentally fragile following the disintegration of her family life. When strange rumours start circulating about the soon-to-arrive new girl – Miranda Vaile – Olive and her (only) friend Ami initially seize upon this as a chance for some mindless distraction. But before long Olive starts to wonder what the hell is going on with Miranda. Bad things just seem to keep happening to the people around her.”

Silver Inky: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

This very well-loved novel from YA idol John Green is sure to be a popular winner.  Amazon describes it thus:  “Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.  Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

Shortlisted books

While the books shown above were the victors on the day, the rest of the Inkys shortlist is also pretty great.  You can find out more about these books by following the links through to the Inkys website, or you can find them right here in your very own school library!

The shortlisted books, pictured below, were: Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall; The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams; Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner; BZRK by Michael Grant; Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor; A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; and Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar.


In breaking news, we just found this great blog post over at Read Alert where a bunch of genius book lovers have thoughtfully assembled an Inky Retrospective looking at the Gold and Silver Inky winners right back to 2007!  If this doesn’t get you inspired for a weekend book fest I don’t know what will.

Isobelle Carmody at Readings!

Posted: October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Another exciting discovery this week was the fact that Isobelle Carmody, author of many YA novels including the Obernewtyn Chronicles and, more recently, Greylands, will be visiting our neighbourhood soon to talk about her books!  Carmody will be appearing in conversation with Maureen McCarthy at Readings bookstore in Lygon St, Carlton, on Tuesday October 22nd at 4pm.  It’s free to attend but you need to book: details are here.

We have seen Isobelle Carmody speak at library events before and found her super entertaining and informative, so we highly recommend that you check out this event if you like her writing!

First Peek at Ubique

Posted: October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

We are very excited to announce that Uni High’s very own online newspaper, Ubique, has just gone live on the interwebs!  We had a peek at the newly unveiled paper this morning and were delighted to discover that it contains entertaining and informative articles about a range of topics from the upcoming festival season to sexism in the media.  Ubique are not afraid to take on the big issues: check out their cogent analysis of the upcoming US presidential election.  There is even a revealing interview with Mr Taylor, offering us a rare glimpse into the inner life of this mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a jaunty vest.

Click on the picture to go to the Ubique site!

We spoke with a contributor in the library today who told us that the team behind Ubique is very keen to encourage student collaboration and welcomes contributions from all UHS students.  So get writing!  You can send submissions to or visit the facebook page for more information.