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Archive for April, 2008

Anzac Day

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 22, 2008

Anzac Day is one of the most important days in the Australian calendar as the country pauses to remember those that have served, fallen and those that were left behind.

Don’t forget to have a look at our ‘Australia at war in the Pacific’ display (see the picture in my last entry). It will be up in the Library until Thursday 24th of April.

The library also has plenty of books about Anzac Day. You can read up on Anzac Day in the non-fiction section at 940.40994 or one of the many fiction books, including ‘A Rose for the ANZAC Boys‘ by Jackie French.

A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French: (FRE)
It is 1915. War is being fought on a horrific scale in the trenches of France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen-year-old Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady. But the war is coming closer: Midge’s brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as ‘missing’ in the devastating defeat of the Anzac forces at Gallipoli.
Desperate to do their bit – and avoid the boredom of school and the restriction of Society – Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge, recruited by the over-stretched ambulance service, is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined. And when the war is over, all three girls – and their Anzac boys as well – discover that even going ‘home’ can be both strange and wonderful.

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Displays in the Library

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 14, 2008

Mr James has put together a fantastic display in the Library for April. The theme is ‘Australia at War in the Pacific’ and the display includes original artifacts, books, posters and a DVD.

Australia at War in the Pacific Display

The other display boards have a mulitcultural theme with one decorated with posters on the recent visit from the Japanese students and the other containing some fun facts and pictures on China, including Chinese Zodiac.

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New Fiction – April

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 11, 2008

Every month the Library receives books, that have been picked out for us. The following books have recently been added to our collection, and can be found on the fiction shelf or on the New Fiction Stand.

Kill the Possum by James Moloney: (MOL)
A girl desperate to live a normal life.
A family tormented by a monster’s cruelty.
Two boys with a plan to make him stop.
Forever.

At Seventeen by Celeste Walters: (WAL)
Loss and gain come not in equal measure at Seventeen.
Forced to board in her final years of school, Catherine struggles to fit in and feels awkward and different. But then a collection of words and pictures left by her grandmother helps her to piece together a tragic family secret. The more she learns about the past, the more she learns about herself.
Celeste Walters new book is a confronting look at what it means to be seventeen.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham: (DOW)
Everyone has to die. We all know it.
With only a few months of life left, sixteen-year-old Tessa knows it better than most.
She’s made a list though – ten things she wants to do before she dies. Number one is sex. Starting tonight.
But getting what you want isn’t easy. And getting what you want doesn’t always give you what you need. And sometimes the most unexpected things become important.
Uplifting, life-affirming, joyous – this extraordinary novel celebrates what it is to be alive by confronting what it’s really like to die.

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