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CBCA  Logo Hi ResGreetings, readers!  We are very excited to announce that next week is CBCA Book Week!  We have a range of great activities happening in the library to celebrate, so stay tuned for details.  Meanwhile, you can enter our special Book Week edition of the Library Quiz!

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. What is the theme of this year’s CBCA book week?
  2. Vikki Wakefield is the author of short-listed book Friday Brown.  Which Australian state does she come from?
  3. Short-listed book The Ink Bridge is about a young boy who travels to Australia from Afghanistan.  What is his name?
  4. The Wrong Boy, which is in contention for the CBCA Older Readers Award, is the story of a young Jewish musician named Hanna who is sent to Auschwitz.  What instrument does she play?
  5. In Gus Gordon’s book Herman and Rosie, which is up for the CBCA Picture Book Award, what kind of animal is Herman?
  6. Another contender for the Picture Book award is The Coat, written by Julie Hunt.  Who illustrated this book?
  7. Sonya Hartnett, whose book Children of the King has been short-listed for the Younger Readers Award, has already won a CBCA Award with one of her previous books!  What was the title of her winning book, and in what year did it win?
  8. Doug MacLeod, author of the short-listed novel The Shiny Guys, suffered a catastrophic health event just after he finished writing the book.  What happened to him?
  9. Margo Lanagan, author of Sea Hearts, has also written a bunch of books using different names!  Tell us one other name that she has used to publish a book.
  10. Who is the author of the short-listed book Creepy and Maud?


Inky Awards Update

Posted: June 14, 2013 in Events, Good reads

Gold_longlistedBreaking news from the world of young adult books, everybody!  The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library recently released the long list for this year’s Inky Awards!  We love the Inkys (Inkies?) because not only are they a special award just for YA literature, but they also have a special focus on Australian writers.  Also, and most importantly, the Inky Awards are totally decided by young people: the long list is selected by readers of the Inside a Dog blog, and then they get a panel of teen judges to read all of the long-listed books and select a winner.  (More super exciting news on this coming up below!)

There are two categories in the Inky Awards: the Gold Inky, which is awarded to an Australian book, and the Silver Inky, which goes to an international book.  Last year’s Gold Inky went to Em Bailey’s spooky novel Shift while the Silver Inky went to The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  All of the books long listed for this year’s Inky Awards can be found in your very own school library!

Meanwhile, we are even more excited than usual about this year’s Inky Awards, because for the first time in ages we have one of our very own Uni High students on the teen judging panel!  Harison Butler of Year 7 successfully applied to be an Inkys judge and will be reading every single one of the longlisted books and deciding the winner of this year’s awards.  We are incredibly proud to know a teen Inky judge!  Harison, who is a voracious reader as well as a writer, very kindly agreed to share his Inky judging panel application with us and it makes for great reading.  He’s not allowed to discuss the novels he is judging yet but we are hoping to hear all about the judging experience once he has finished the process.  Here’s Harison’s successful application which won him a spot on the panel:

Hi, my name is Harison Butler, and I go to University High School in Melbourne, Victoria. I am 12 years of age and I would like to be an Inky Judge for multiple reasons- 
I absolutely love reading. It is my overall favourite thing to do. In my normal day- I would read the cereal box while eating, read signs on the way to school, read during recess and lunch, and I come home and read till dinnertime. So, I’m fascinated by words. I love how I lose myself in the ever-expanding ocean of words and how my imagination runs wild, for example, one sentence about a talking dog, and I can already imagine the colour, type of dog, its size and how it would speak. I am currently writing a book, called The Lord of the Rings Reborn, in which the characters from Middle Earth go through a strange portal, ending up in Melbourne! I like to play around with words, changing how they sound, taking bits from two words and meshing them together into one. I mainly read fictitious books, but I have read some books about Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions, because I plan to make some of my own inventions. But back to the point: I would like to be a Judge because since I am writing a book, I believe that this experience will improve my vocabulary and my imagination will expand. 
My favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien, because I love how he describes the appearances and qualities of the characters and how he made his very own languages. I have read many of his works, including The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, and Roverandom. Oh, and how many books can I read in a month-probably nine to ten books, which fits the time frame perfectly. 
I hope you like my application, so thank you!”

And here are all the books in contention for this year’s Inky Awards!  How many have you read?  We have all of these books on display at the library: come down and see what you think!

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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Poetry Week!

Posted: September 7, 2012 in Events

Unless you have spent the last few days beneath a large rock, you are probably aware that we are coming to the end of Poetry Week here at Uni High.  It has been a week of fun and literary adventure, with daily poetry readings over the PA, Thursday’s ‘Poem In Your Pocket’ day, and a performance poetry competition, not to mention a pretty amazing rap tribute to Dr Benson by Ms ‘African Pepper’ Steffensen and Mr ‘Sicilian Salt’ Scacciante.

Another great part of our Poetry Week celebrations has been the appearance of a whole new crop of book spine poetry!  You can come to the library to see our wonderful collection of student-created book spine poems in the reafing area, but we have also curated some of our favourites in the slideshow below. 

Thanks to everybody who participated and made Poetry Week a success!

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Inky Awards: Voting Now Open!

Posted: August 31, 2012 in Events

We have some great news for book lovers this week: it has come to our attention that the Inky Awards, hosted by our favourite YA book blog Inside A Dog, are upon us again!  The Inkys are international awards for young adult literature with an importance difference: winners are voted by young people themselves.  This makes the Inky Awards a great indication of what books are actually popular with the youth audience, rather than what adults would like teenagers to be reading.

There are two categories in the Inky awards: the Gold Inky for a book by an Australian author, and the Silver Inky for a book by an international author.  You can look at the short list and vote for your favourites right now!  Not only does voting give you the opportunity to have your say in a small piece of YA literary history, but when you vote you can go into the running to win a prize pack with copies of all ten shortlisted books.  So get voting now!  (For extra glory, leave us a comment and tell us which books you voted for!)

Some past Inky award winners:

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.

National Year of Reading 2012!

Posted: February 10, 2012 in Events

This year, 2012, is set to be a very special one.  Not only because the Mayan calendar has predicted that the apocalypse will probably occur some time in December, but also (and more importantly) because our mighty nation is celebrating the National Year of Reading in 2012!  This year a bunch of libraries, schools, school libraries and community organizations will be getting together to celbrate and promote literacy and reading in Australia.   

If you follow the link to their website you will see that many libraries are planning activities and celebrations throughout the year: have a look on their calendar and see if there is anything good on at your local library!  Meanwhile, we here at the Uni High library are getting pretty excited about the National Year of Reading and are planning some celebrations of our own, so watch this space for more National Year of Reading news and events.