CBCA Book of the Year Award!

Posted: July 17, 2014 in Good reads

Hello book lovers and welcome back to the library blog. We have been a bit quiet this year due to technical issues but now we are back and ready to blog with renewed vigour and even more enthusiasm than usual, which is a lot!

Term 3 is an exciting term in the library as August brings us the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s CBCA Book Week, and we are busy planning exciting activities to celebrate our school’s love of books. One of our favourite parts of Book Week is the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. There are several categories including Picture Book, Early Childhood, and the Award for Information Books, but as a secondary school library our favourite category is the hotly-contested Book of the Year: Older Readers. This year there are six shortlisted books by Australian authors, which we will take a look at in this post. Which one do you think will win?

The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna

hereandnowMichael’s older brother dies at the beginning of the summer he turns 15, but as its title suggests The Incredible Here and Now is a tale of wonder, not of tragedy. Presented as a series of vignettes, in the tradition of Sandra Cisneros Young Adult classic The House on Mango Street, it tells of Michael’s coming of age in a year which brings him grief and romance; and of the place he lives in Western Sydney where those who don’t know any better drive through the neighbourhood and lock their car doors, and those who do, flourish in its mix of cultures. Through his perceptions, the reader becomes familiar with Michael’s community and its surroundings, the unsettled life of his family, the girl he meets at the local pool, the friends that gather in the McDonalds parking lot at night, the white Pontiac Trans Am that lights up his life like a magical talisman.


The First Third by Will Kostakis

firstthirdLife is made up of three parts: in The First Third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made.That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it, anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now, it’s his job to glue their family back together. No pressure or anything. Fixing his family’s not going to be easy and Billy’s not ready for change. But as he soon discovers, the first third has to end some time. And then what? It’s a Greek tragedy waiting to happen.




Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

life-in-outer-spaceSam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft, and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won’t. Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan – except that Camilla has a plan of her own.





Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

wildegirlsThere’s a dead girl in a birdcage in the woods. That’s not unusual. Isola Wilde sees a lot of things other people don’t. But when the girl appears at Isola’s window, her every word a threat, Isola needs help.Her real-life friends – Grape, James and new boy Edgar – make her forget for a while. And her brother-princes – magical creatures seemingly lifted from the pages of the French fairytales Isola idolises – will protect her with all the fierce love they possess. It may not be enough. Isola needs to uncover the truth behind the dead girl’s demise . . . before the ghost steals Isola’s last breath.




The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn

TheSkySoHeavyFor Fin, it’s just another day – racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe. Only it’s not like any other day because, on the other side fo the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated.






Wildlife by Fiona Wood

wildlife Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricular. Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things – the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray. And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.


(Book summaries from http://trove.nla.gov.au/)


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