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Book of the Week: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 31, 2010

As soon as I saw this book I knew I…I mean the Library had to have it! I’ve tried a few of Martha Stewarts recipes and they always turn out delicious. This cookbook ‘Martha Stewarts Cupcakes’ is full of amazingly beautiful looking cupcakes, some simple, some filled and a few more detailed.

Title: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes
Author: Martha Stewart
Publication Date: June 2009
Location in Library: In non fiction under 641.8 STE
Blurb: Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated, cupcakes are the treats that make everyone smile. They are the star attraction for special days, such as birthdays, showers, and holidays, as well as perfect everyday goodies. In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share 175 ideas for simple to spectacular creations–with cakes, frostings, fillings, toppings, and embellishments that can be mixed and matched to produce just the right cupcake for any occasion. Alongside traditional favorites like yellow buttermilk cupcakes swirled with fluffy vanilla frosting and devil’s food cupcakes crowned with rich, dark chocolate buttercream, there are also sweet surprises such as peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, dainty delights like tiny almond-cherry tea cakes, and festive showstoppers topped with marizpan ladybugs or candy clowns.

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Book of the Week: Soulless

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 14, 2010

Title: Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: October 2009
Location: In Fiction under CAR

Blurb: First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social ettiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia is responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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Book of the Week: Lovely Bones

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 3, 2010

Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Publication Year: 2003
Location in the Library: SEB
Blurb: My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighbourhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him often about fertilizer.
This is Susie Salmon, speaking to us from heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counsellors to help the newcomers to adjust, and friends to room with. Everything she wants appears as soon as she thinks of it – except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.
From heaven, Susie watches. She sees her happy suburban family implode after her death, as each member tries to come to terms with the terrible loss. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet.
The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. It is, above all, a novel which finds light in the darkest of places, and shows how even when that light seems to be utterly extinguished, it is still there, waiting to be rekindled.

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Book of the Week

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 22, 2010

I chose this book, not only because Anzac Day is coming up but because it sounds really interesting. Dangerous Days is the amazingly heroic story of someone who managed to survive World War II, fighting his way from a Prisoner of War Camp across Europe to find his fellow soldiers. It’s available for loan in the Library at the moment and you’ll find it on the fiction shelf under BRO or on the New Fiction stand.

Book: Dangerous Days: A Digger’s Great Escape
Author: Ernest Brough
Location in the Library: BRO
Publication Year: 2010
Blurb: At 19, Ern Brough signed up for the biggest adventure of his life, fighting with the Anzacs at Tobruk and El Alamein.
At 22, he was a prisoner of war.
But Ern and his mates were determined not to spend the rest of the war behind bars. Their aim: to make a break for Italy to rejoin the army, at any cost…
In a nerve-wracking dash for freedom, they travelled by night, swam icy rivers, climbed mountain passes and crossed borders within metres of German guardposts. Exhausted and starving, and with only the infamous Yugoslavian partisans as allies, they would need to escape capture again and again to reach journey’s end.
Ern’s incredible courage during the war earned him the Military Medal. But this is also the story of Ern’s life after the War, and the actions at home that have made him a local hero to this day.
With the inclusion of background information about key players and events during World War II, Dangerous Days is not only Ern’s story, but the story of the heroes who called themselves the Diggers. Men who were not much older than today’s readers when they forged their place in Australia’s history.

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Book of the Week

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 13, 2010

For this week’s book of the week I’ve chosen another book which has recently been made into a film. It was actually recommended by one of the Year 12 students who thought other students might enjoy it as much as she did! The book is ‘Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare’ by Darren Shan and we’ve just got a copy in at the Library (which you can find under SHA in the fiction section). It looks like a very good read, very dark and full of vampires!

Title: Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare
Author: Darren Shan
Location in Library: SHA in fiction
Blurb: ‘This is a true story. I don’t expect you to believe me – I wouldn’t believe it myself if I hadn’t lived it – but it is. Everything I describe in this book happened, just as I tell it. The thing about real life is, when you do something stupid, it normally costs you. Real life is nasty. It’s cruel. It doesn’t care about heroes and happy endings and the way things should be. In real life, bad things happen. People die. Fights are lost. Evil often wins.
I just wanted to make that clear before I began.’

Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognises that one of the performers – Mr Crepsley – is a vampire!
Steve remains after the show finishes to confront the vampire – but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theatre, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea.
In the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this way comes and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, the bestselling Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare is the beginning of the horror saga that has captivated millions.

You can find out more about the movie, which has just been released here in Australia at IMDB or at the official movie site.

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