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Book Week 2015: Library Display #3


Book Week 2015

Celebrated in Australia from 22 August to 28 August 2015, Book Week is a fantastic time to celebrate books, authors, illustrators, readers and all those involved in the book industry, from publishers to librarians. And in our library, celebrations mean displays!!

Here is the third display for this year’s Book Week:

Books Light Up Our World.

Lighthouse Window PaintingThis lighthouse has been painted onto the back window of the library using window paint. During Book Week the students will be invited to write the title of their favourite book onto a small, yellow star and stick it onto this display. Standing almost 3 metres tall and 2.5m wide, this is a striking image. I have already received lots of compliments about how effective it looks and the students love it (and really wanted to help with the painting).

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Book Review: The Protected

The Protected

The Protected – Claire Zorn – University of Queensland Press – Published 23 July 2014



I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

My thoughts

What a heartbreaking story. Grief and bullying, family, friends and sisters – the relationships that break you, and how you learn to survive them. 

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Book Review: The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

The Incredibly Adventures of Cinnamon Girl – Melissa Keil – Hardie Grant Egmont – Published September 2014



Alba loves her life just as it is. She loves living behind the bakery, and waking up in a cloud of sugar and cinnamon. She loves drawing comics and watching bad TV with her friends.

The only problem is she’s overlooked a few teeny details:

Like, the guy she thought long gone has unexpectedly reappeared. And the boy who has been her best friend since forever has suddenly gone off the rails. And even her latest comic-book creation is misbehaving. Also, the world might be ending – which is proving to be awkward.

As Doomsday enthusiasts flock to idyllic Eden Valley, Alba’s life is thrown into chaos. Whatever happens next, it’s the end of the world as she knows it. But when it comes to figuring out her heart, Armageddon might turn out to be the least of her problems.

My thoughts

This story starts with a house and two boys – but it’s not what you think. With that line in the opening chapter, along with the use of the word foetusi, I knew this was going to be an epic book. The many references to freshly baked bread and cakes probably helped build the love (and the hunger). And it’s really not what you think. It’s way cooler. It took me a little while to get into the swing of this story, but once I did I really enjoyed it.  Continue reading

Book Review: Intruder


Intruder – Christine Bongers – Random House Australia – Published 2 June 2014



I don’t walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead. Which makes it hard . . . because she was the one who came running when I screamed. Kat Jones is woken by an Intruder looming over her bed. She’s saved by Edwina – the neighbour Kat believes betrayed her dying mother. Her dad issues an ultimatum. Either spend nights next door, or accept another Intruder in her life – Hercules, the world’s ugliest guard dog. It’s a no-brainer, even for dog-phobic Kat.

When she meets adorkable Al at the dog park, finally Kat has someone to talk to, someone who cares. But the prowler isn’t finished with Kat. To stop him, she needs Edwina’s help . . . and what Kat learns could mend fences – or break her fragile family apart forever.

My thoughts

Kat’s life is shaken the night she wakes to find a stranger leaning over her. Her options? Agree to keep the dog her neighbour helpfully provides or spend each night with that same neighbour. In Kat’s opinion neither option is very pleasant as she is terrified of dogs after a nasty attack and is equally determined to avoid her neighbour after she betrayed Kat’s mother. So, dog it is. Enter Hercules – the world’s ugliest and loveable dog.

This is an enjoyable book. Prepare yourself for plenty of dog references, drool and other ‘by-products’. Enter at your own risk. But it doesn’t take long for Herc to worm his way into Kat’s heart (and mine), drool and all.

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Book Week 2015: Library Display #1

Book Week 2015

Celebrated in Australia from 22 August to 28 August 2015, Book Week is a fantastic time to celebrate books, authors, illustrators, readers and all those involved in the book industry, from publishers to librarians. And in our library, celebrations mean displays!!

Here is the first of many displays I am working on for our Book Week celebrations:

Books For Starry Nights.

Book Week 2015 Starry Night 1

This display is a mix of  Van Gogh’s Starry Nights and the illustration from the last page of short-listed book The Duck and the Darklings. The swirls of colour used to illustrate this wonderful and imaginative book work so very well with Van Gogh’s painting.

Van Gogh Starry Night

The themes of light, story, hope and knowledge are also nicely reflected in this year’s Book Week theme, Books Light Up Our World.

Duck and Darkling Last Page

I painted this display onto the set of four windows that sit behind the circulation desk. I used a mix of  window paint, the recipe for which you can find here, and washable chalk markers. I also printed a line of text from the story to highlight the theme, as well as another relevent quote that we are using in a Book Week Quote Quest.

Book Week 2015 Grandpapa and Peterboy

I am completely thrilled with how the display turned out. As I was painting it I received plenty of positive comments, and I was surprised at how many students recognised and were able to name Van Gogh’s work.

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Book Week 2015: Costumes

Book Week 2015


Book Week 2015: Books Light Up Our World Costume Inspiration

This year for Book Week, I need a costume that embodies both the light theme and links to a book or character.

Searching on my favourite sources for inspiration (Pinterest) I think I have come up with a winner: Katniss' Fire CapeKatniss Everdeen’s fire cape from The Hunger Games. Continue reading

Book Review: The Duck and the Darklings

Duck and the Darklings

The Duck and the Darklings – Glenda Millard, Stephan Michael King – Allen & Unwin Australia – Published 1 April 2014



Grandpapa’s eyes shine when he remembers the beauty of the world, long-ago. Peterboy wants to find something wonderful to bring the light to Grandpapa’s eyes and keep it there. What he finds is a duck, wounded and broken, and Grandpapa mends her from top to tail; quack, waddle and wing! This is a triumphant story, for children and adults, about the coming of hope in dark days, the warmth of friendship and the splendour of a new dawn.

My thoughts

This is the first book I will be reviewing as part of my Book Week 2015 summary. The Duck and the Darklings has been nominated for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in 2015 in the Picture Book of the Year category. You can find the full short list of nominated titles here.

The Duck and the Darklings is a very special picture book, most notably for its creativity. I have read lots of post-apocalyptic young adult books, but never have I come across a post-apocalyptic picture book before now.

Peterboy lives with his Grandpapa. They live underground, away from the ruined world where they only venture to scavenge for lost things. When Peterboy finds an injured duck, he takes her back to his grandfather. Together they mend the duck and she in turn brings happiness and light to Peterboy and Grandpapa, inspiring them to look past their safe hole in the dark for hope for the future.

The illustrations in The Duck and the Darkling are as beautiful as they are unique. Large swarths of black and purple shade the majority of the book, with swirls and splashes of colour in yellow, red and green, purple, orange and pink. Peterboy, Grandpapa, Idaduck and their fellow Darklings stand out, drawn in white with black outlines. The writing style is incredibly poetic. The ideas of where the characters are living now, why and what happened to where they were living before are all cleverly alluded too. There will be much to discuss with young readers about what they think happened and why. There are wonderful words, such as disremembered and spiderling, and nothing is described with one word where two or more can be used. Sticks are fiddlesticks for firewood and collecting water is instead filling billies with trickle.

Aside from its creativity and unique beauty, this book is so well placed for Book Week 2015. The themes of dark and light and hope work so beautifully with this year’s theme Books Light Up Our World, as indeed they do in this time of considering our impact on the world. A wonderful and thought-provoking picture book.

More information

Category: Fiction – Picture Book.

Genre: Post-apocalyptic

Themes: Social issues, friendship, family, environment, communities, hope and renewal.

Published: 1 April 2014 by Allen & Unwin.

Format: Hardcover, ebook. 32 pages.

Find it on Goodreads

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