Archive for February, 2013


The start of March is an exciting time of year here at the library, because we are getting ready to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday March 8th.  International Women’s Day, which has been observed across the world since the early 1900’s, is a special day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.  Obviously we at the library are particularly interested in celebrating women’s contribution to literature, and so the focus of our very first Library Blog Quiz for 2013 is on women and books.  Have a go at our quiz to test your knowledge of great women writers and strong female characters!

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 March 8th 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.  Name the Footscray-born Australian woman who is the author of Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter.
  2. What is the title of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel which follows the struggles of a young woman with anorexia?
  3. One of the most famous young women in literature is Anne Frank, whose diary is an important and heartbreaking record of the holocaust.  What country did she live in?
  4. What is the title of the latest novel by young Australian author Lili Wilkinson?
  5. And what animal is pictured on the cover?
  6. Famous Australian writer Melina Marchetta wrote an epic fantasy novel in 2008.  What was the title?
  7. Libba Bray is the author of many great novels, including the Gemma Doyle trilogy of historical fiction for young adults.  What is her real first name?
  8. What is the name of the Australian woman who wrote the novels Losing It and Chess Nuts?
  9. Name three books written by Australian author Randa Abdel-Fattah.
  10. How old was Australian author Isobelle Carmody when she started writing her first novel, Obernewtyn?
Competition closed!  See above for winners.

New Books Coming Soon!

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Good reads

The start of the school year means a whole lot of new books arriving at the library ready to be put on the shelves for your reading pleasure.  Here are a few new arrivals that we are particularly excited about!

Colin Fischer

colin fischerWe are pretty curious to read this book because it was written by two guys who were also the screenwriters for the movies X-Men: First Class and Thor.  Also because they met over the internet and bonded over a shared love of Star Trek.  Unexpectedly, Colin Fischer does not seem to be set in space or involve any mutants or Norse gods.  Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

“Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, didn’t bring the gun to school. After all, Wayne didn’t have frosting on his hands, and there was white chocolate frosting found on the grip of the smoking gun…”

When We Wake

when we wakeWe here at the library blog are huge fans of Karen Healey’s previous novel The Shattering, which was creepy and thriller-y and had interesting characters and a cracking plot, so we are looking forward to reading her new one which is set in The Future and features a cover model who looks like she has been dipped in icing sugar.  According to the blurb:

“Sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl living in 2027–she’s happiest when playing the guitar, she’s falling in love for the first time, and she’s joining her friends to protest the wrongs of the world: environmental collapse, social discrimination, and political injustice.
But on what should have been the best day of Tegan’s life, she dies–and wakes up a hundred years in the future, locked in a government facility with no idea what happened.
Tegan is the first government guinea pig to be cryonically frozen and successfully revived, which makes her an instant celebrity–even though all she wants to do is try to rebuild some semblance of a normal life. But the future isn’t all she hoped it would be, and when appalling secrets come to light, Tegan must make a choice: Does she keep her head down and survive, or fight for a better future?”

The Spin

the spinApparently this is Rebecca Lisle’s TWENTY-FOURTH novel.  That’s a lot of novels for one person to write.  She’s probably pretty great at writing novels by now.  Also, this one is based on Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, except that unlike Great Expectations it seems to involve flying horses.  Let’s read the blurb!

“Stormy is an orphan and a kitchen skivvy. He tends the compost, he scrubs the floors, and watches feasts make their way up the mountain as he survives on bread and water. A skivvy is all that Stormy can hope to be. But Stormy has a secret. He wants to be a sky-rider, to soar amongst the clouds on spitfyres: flying horses that spit fire and smoke, and answer only to their riders. A chance meeting with an escaped convict turns Stormy’s life upside down. Sent up to the Academy he uncovers a web of lies, deceits and neglect, at the centre of which lies the mysterious thirteenth horse. Can Stormy save Thirteen, defeat the dark forces at work within the Academy and prove himself worthy as a sky-rider?”

Welcome to 2013!

Posted: February 11, 2013 in General

Welcome back to the 2013 school year!  We here at the library are looking forward to sharing another year of books and learning with our wonderful students and teachers.  To kick off our year of blogging, we asked all the library staff to smile for a photo and share a bookish thought.

Mr Castles

robThis year I’m going to finally get to the bottom of my books-to-read pile.





Ms Marquard

kateThere’s no better place to be than in a book!





Ms Fisher

andreaI’ve become obsessed with GoodReads: I love reading everybody’s book reviews on there.





Ms Versteegen

jennyI’m addicted to reading books on Italy at the moment.





Ms Day

nellMy goal for this year is to read 50 new books.  I’m up to about six so far.