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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.

Read-In at the Library!

Posted: August 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

Greetings, book lovers!  As you may know, 2012 is the National Year of Reading: a special year in which libraries, bookstores and literature aficionados all around the nation celebrate literacy and the majestic awesomeness of the written word.  One very important part of the Australia-wide celbration of all things textual is The Reading Hour on Saturday August 25th, during which all over our vast nation people will be stopping to spend an hour immersed in the joy of reading.

The Reading Hour is fast approaching, and we here at super-secret library blog headquarters are hugely looking forward to it, as we look forward to any opportunity to spend an hour reading!  However, because the official Hour is taking place on a Saturday, we will be running an additional special event here at the school library during the preceding week as a kind of warm-up to Reading Hour.

The Great Read-In

What?  The school library is delighted to invite you to a very special event.  As part of our National Year of Reading celebrations, we will be holding a Read-In at the library during which students and staff are invited to come and share the joy of the written word.  For one glorious lunchtime, the library will be transformed into a reading-only zone.  No studying!  No chess!  Just wonderful reading!

When?  The Read-In will be held at lunchtime on Friday August 24th.  The Read-In will run for the whole of lunchtime and people are welcome to bring their lunch along.

What’s in it for me?  Well, apart from the pleasure of fifty minutes’ quiet communion with literature in the company of your peers, there will also be a small commemorative prize for each and every participant, be they student or teacher.

More Hunger Games News

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

So, the full-length Hunger Games trailer has been released, and the internet is abuzz with excitement.  Today your friendly library bloggers report on What People Have Been Saying About The Movie Of The Hunger Games. 

Firstly, for those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the past week or two, here is the trailer in full:

HELL YES.  We are very excited about this movie.  But what do others think?

There has been no shortage of commentary on Twitter, where folks don’t quite seem to have been able to agree on a hashtag: check out both #hungergames and #thehungergames for lots of people going ‘squeee’ and a few people going ‘meh, whatever’.

Our favourite YA blog, Forever Young Adult, has been good enough to provide us with a highly scientific analysis of the Hunger Games trailer.  Although typically caustic, they seem a bit more enthused about the trailer than they were about the pre-trailer trailer.  (And fair enough too, who releases a trailer advertising a trailer advertising a film?  Surely this is a sign that something in our society has Gone Horribly Wrong.)

Over at My Hunger Games, there is a pretty comprehensive round-up of reactions to the trailer: good, bad and indifferent.

And finally, E!Online has a fairly gushy but kind of amusing take on the trailer right here

Oh!  And before we go, you might want to check out the Hunger Games Examiner tumblr which has lots of fun stuff for the more obsessive fan including an in-depth feature on how to achieve Effie’s nail polish effect and a printable cut-out of Seneca Crane’s beard.  (The beard also has its own Facebook page.  Yes really.)

So, there you have it, blog fans.  To summarize, we are pretty goshdarn excited about this movie and will probably keep posting increasingly esoteric and ridiculous stuff about it until it finally comes out next year.

New Books Coming Soon!

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Bonjour, bibliophiles!  Today we are going to take a look at some new Young Adult titles which will soon be finding their way to these very shelves.


First up, it’s Crossed, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Ally Condie’s super-popular dystopian YA novel Matched.  We haven’t got our hands on this novel yet, but here is what our fellow book-lovers over at YA Reads have to say about it:

“In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.”

Sounds intense!  You can find out more about Crossed by checking out the book trailer below and reading this interview with author Ally Condie. 

The Scorpio Races

Next up, we are pretty excited about hard-to-spell YA author Maggie Stiefvater’s latest book, The Scorpio Races.  Why, you may ask?  Oh, only because its plot is basically about rideable killer seahorses.  AMAZING.  Here’s a little taste of the action from Stiefvater’s website:

“It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.  At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.  Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.”

Apparently there may even be a film in the works!  Meanwhile, here is the wonderful animated book trailer made by Maggie Stiefvater herself.  Not only did she hand-illustrate it with approximately 8 billion individual drawings, but she also wrote and performed the soundtrack.  What a legend!


Finally, we were delighted and, to be honest, a little bit perplexed to learn that 50 Cent (yes, that 50 Cent) has written a YA novel.  Apparently it’s kind of about bullying.  Here’s what Amazon has to say:

“Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn’t have much going for him. He’s teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he’s stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz.  Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground – a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention. Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.  This devastating yet ultimately redemptive story is told in voice-driven prose and accented with drawings and photographs, making it a natural successor to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  Loosely inspired by 50 Cent’s own adolescence, and written with his fourteen-year-old son in mind, Playground is sure to captivate wide attention – and spark intense discussion.”
We are very intrigued to see how Fiddy stacks up as an author.  If you are also curious about his literary chops, you can have a sneak peek at an excerpt from Playground here, and watch the following interview where he talks to Gayle King about what led him to becoming an author.

‘The Apothecary’ by Maile Meloy is a new book set during the Cold War.  It’s 1952 and Janie and her parents have moved from sunny California to a grim, post-war London to work on the production of a television series about Robin Hood.  This means a new school for fourteen year old Janie where  she first meets Benjamin, the son of their local Apothecary and the real adventure begins.  Janie and Benjamin get dragged into a plot to steal an ancient, magical book called the Pharmacopaea.  Not only must they protect it at all costs but they have to save the world from another more powerful atom bomb.  This is a fast- paced spy thriller with a bit of magic thrown in.  Janie and Benjamin are a feisty pair who are extremely brave, smart and loyal in the same vein as Harry, Ron and Hermione of Harry Potter fame.  It is a great read, full of suspense, humour and a bit of romance to boot.  Check it out at your friendly school Library!

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