Archive for November, 2012

Ni hao, bookish folk!  It was recently pointed out to us by a commenter that we have not had a Library Blog Quiz for quite some time.  ‘Hmmmm,’ we thought, ‘You might have a point there’.  We checked back over our extensive archive and found to our horror and embarrassment that our last quiz was in Term 2!  We therefore rushed straight away to our secret library blog headquarters and cooked up some tricky questions for you.  As the year is starting to draw to a close, we are going to have a retrospective quiz to see how much you know about the YA hits of 2012.

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 November 30th 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.  This year saw the arrival of quite a few literary sequels.  Can you name Melina Marchetta’s third instalment in the Lumatere Chronicles, released this September?
  2. Okay, what about Isobel Carmody’s latest volume of the post-apocalyptic Obernewtyn Chronicles?
  3. And finally, what is the name of Leanne Hall’s awesomely dark and surreal sequel to her debut novel, This is Shyness?
  4. Which Australian YA novel, released in April of this year, features main characters called Abbie and Kane?
  5. Which book features a female protagonist named Tiff who says, excellently, “If you can’t get a boy, get a book, that’s my motto.”?
  6. Which award-winning Aussie YA psychological thriller of 2012 was authored by a Melburnian writer who now lives in Germany?
  7. The author of Beatle Meets Destiny published a new book this year.  What was it called?
  8. Which totally amazing YA novel of 2012 features two teenaged main characters who are both living with cancer?
  9. Which Australian novel, released in February of this year, features a girl who is trying to track down her favourite graffiti artist?
  10. Which illustrated novel, published in December 2011 (close enough!), was written by Lemony Snicket under his real name?

COMPETITION CLOSED: SEE ABOVE FOR WINNER!

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Awards season seems to be well and truly underway in the world of YA fiction, with nominations recently opening for the PengTeen Awards, hosted by Penguin’s Young Adult blog, Between The Lines.  The PengTeen Awards are a bit different to other literary contests in that they give a list of categories for nomination:  readers are asked to nominate their favourite couple, favourite villain, favourite sidekick, favourite cover, favourite fight, or favourite kiss from the list of books in contention.  The five most popular nominations in each category then go through to the voting round.  Exciting stuff!  You can get nominating over at the Between The Lines blog.

The list of categories is available here, and the titles in contention for this year’s PengTeen Awards are shown below.  Click on each picture to see a bigger version.