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Posted by rportelli on June 25, 2010

We now have in the library two copies of  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer.  This book is a spin-off from the book Eclipse and details the newborn vampire world from the perspective of Bree Tanner.  This is a relatively short read of 192 pages and includes the elements of romance, peril and suspense.

If you  can’t get hold of the book in hard copy, it is available to read for free online until July 5th.  



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Posted by rportelli on June 18, 2010

We have some new zombie books for you to read – enjoy!

ZOMBIE BOOK 1 : Zombie Queen of Newbury High

    Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. Rob-super hot football god-has asked her to prom! Life couldn’t get any better. Enter Samantha -cheerleader queen and Miss Popularity-who has made it quite clear that Rob should be her prom date. Mia is desperate to make sure she doesn’t end up dumped in front of the whole school. So with prom in just a few days, she turns to Candice-her holistic, hypochondriac best friend-and decides to try a love spell to make Rob stay with her. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus on her whole class instead, and she is their zombie leader! At first she loves all the attention. But when she learns from zombie hunter hottie Chase that her classmates will actually try to eat her in a few days, she’s not too thrilled. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but in the meantime, she’s suggesting that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.


ZOMBIE BOOK 2: Zombie Blondes

From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
     A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
     The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
     But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: If she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .

ZOMBIE BOOK 3: I kissed a Zombie and I liked it

 Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews. . . .

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New Fiction (May 2010)

Posted by rportelli on June 11, 2010

We have had some fantastic new books added to our collection over the last month.  Please see below for the new titles, all are now available to borrow.


Johnny Delgado : like father , like son by Kevin Brooks (BRO)

British front by Eric Brown (BRO)

Firebug by Eric Brown (BRO)

Crow girl returns by Kate Cann (CAN)

Soulless : an Alexia Tarabotti novel by Gail Carriger (CAR)

Untamed : a house of night novel by P.C. Cast (CAS)

Lolli’s apple by Tomas Fleischmann (FLE)

The cold heart of summer by Alan Gibbons (GIB)

Now by Morris Gleitzman (GLE)

Beautiful malice by Rebecca James (JAM)

The worst thing she ever did by Alice Kuipers (KUI)

What now, Tilda B? by Kathryn Lomer (LOM)

Fury by Shirley Marr (MAR)

Send Simon savage by Stephen Measday (MEA)

Scout by Dee Phillips (PHI)

House rules by Jodi Picoult (PIC)

Two-timer by Bali Rai (RAI)

Double vision : two short stories by Norman Silver (SIL)

Keeper of the grail by Michael P. Spradlin (SPR)

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (STI)

Never bite a boy on the first date by Tamara Summers (SUM)

Destiny’s right hand by Michael Wagner (WAG)

Them by Lee Weatherly (WEA)

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Book Trailer – Uglies & The Host

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 10, 2010

This is a Book Trailer that I made up for a couple of books. The first is for Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and the second is for The Host by Stephenie Meyer. They’re very basic book trailers, so don’t expect too much! lol I had made them to be displayed in the Library that I work in, so unfortunately we couldn’t have any sound.

I’m very happy to note as well that the Uglies trailer has been shown by library designer Kevin Hennah in his talks around Australia and Asia so that’s a bit of an ego boost 🙂

Check out the LCD screen on the Library front desk to see these and more books trailers, Library news and new books displayed there.

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Read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner for free

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 8, 2010

If you head on over to you’ll be able to read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner for free until July 5 2010. This library will still be getting a copy in. We got notice a couple of days ago that it’s been released and is on it’s way!

Thanks to Skerricks for posting about this on her blog.

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Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 5, 2010

Title: House Rules: A Novel
Jodi Picoult
Publication Date: March 2010
Location in Library: Under PIC in the Fiction section

Blurb: House Rules is about Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject – in his case, forensic analysis. He’s always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do…and he’s usually right. But then one day his tutor is found dead, and the police come to question him. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel — and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.
(Blurb taken from the Good Reads website.)

My Thoughts: Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Aspegers Syndrome. He can’t look people in the eye, can’t relate to other people’s feelings, often says innappropriate things, has ticks and twitches he can’t control especially when he’s upset, can only wear and eat certain colours on certain days and needs to take breaks in a special room to calm himself down, amongst other things. Jacob is also obsessed with forensics, and often shows up at crime scenes to help the police. All of these things are characteristics of a person with Aspergers. However, when Jacob’s tutor, Jess is found dead the police come to the conclusion that these characteristics also point towards Jacob being guilty of her murder.

After a couple of disappointing releases Jodi Picoult is back to her usual fantastic work with House Rules. I literally flew through this book just because I didn’t want to put it down. I found all the details about the court case and Aspergers Syndrome really interesting and I now know a lot more about both of these topics than I did before. What I liked most about House Rules was how Picoult made Jacob a character I could empathise with and grow to like. I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night and didn’t have this experience with that book at all. I also liked how you got to see each person’s point of view as Picoult had her chapters from various people’s point of view. So you got to see the impact Jacob’s Aspergers and his court case have on his mother, Emma and his brother, Theo and also get the story from the point of view of Jacob’s lawyer, Oliver and the police officer that arrested him. The ending was a little predictable, I had solved the case before I was halfway through the book, but I still enjoyed reading on to see if I was right and to see how exactly the story would end up.

I definitely recommend House Rules!

Rating: ****

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Blogs that I follow

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 4, 2010

I know I’m always looking for good blogs to subscribe to, because there are so many that offer interesting information, book recommendations or just great reading. I thought that I’d list the ones that I follow every now and then and there might be some amongst them that you guys would like to follow too.

The Story Siren is a blog run by a lady from the United States. She has a great love of reading, especially Young Adult Fiction and so that’s what her blog is about. She has some great  reviews and recommendations, and posts many upcoming titles, competitions and author interviews.

Windowpane Memoirs is very similar to The Story Siren, as it’s also a blog dedicated to Young Adult Fiction. I love this quote from the blog’s author, Michelle, “When I think about a writer creating worlds beyond reach I imagine their faces reflecting upon a windowpane; observing all that can be printed in words only with an artist’s heart. Windowpane Memoirs is also full of great reviews and recommendations of Young Adult Fiction. Michelle also posts upcoming releases, author interviews and chats and some competitions (although these are for US residents only, unfortunately)

Tanzanite’s Shelf and Stuff feeds my love of Historical Fiction. It’s a blog run my Daphne who shares her love of history and historical fiction with her readers. She not only reviews new fiction and non fiction books but also some older titles too. She runs some great competitions, and posts about upcoming new releases (both fiction and non fiction) as well as news and information about Historical Fiction. If you like Historical Fiction then this is definitely the blog for you (although beware, your wish list will grow every time you read it!)

Skerricks is one of the blogs I read for my work, and which I get lots of great library related news, and website and resource recommendations that I can then pass on to the students and teachers who work at the school I work at. It’s run by Ruth who is a Teacher Librarian at a school in New South Wales. My favourite part about the Skerricks blog is the Good Ideas for School Libraries entries, which show the changes  Ruth has made to her library and the great ideas that she’s introduced.

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Eclipse: Interview with Kristin Stewart & Taylor Lautner

Posted by SalesianLibrary on June 1, 2010

I saw this interview with Kristin Stewart and Taylor Lautner on the 7pm Project last night. It’s just a short one, but I think a good interview from both of them. They’re both in Australia at the moment because Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series is due to come out at the movies soon. Enjoy!

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