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Girlfriend Fiction Series

Posted by rportelli on July 16, 2010


Girlfriend Fiction is a collaboration between Allen & Unwin and Girlfriend Magazine.  There are currently 19 books in the series, with another one to be released in October.

We have recently purchased a copy of  The Boy/Friend for the library. 

Maude and Lou are best friends who live in the same street. She’s a smart girl from a sensible family. He’s a weirdo – a punk-rock musician. Despite being different, they’ve always hung out together. But when Lou asks Maude out on a date, all that changes.

A date with your best friend? How could that ever work?

We also have other books in this series available for borrowing:

My Life and Other Catastrophes    

Bookmark Days

Big Sky                                                        

Something More

Step up and Dance                                

Winter Grace

The Indigo Girls

How I Lost My Girlfriend and got her back Again

Go to the Girlfriend Fiction website to have a look at their other available titles.


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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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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.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Book Trailer – Uglies & The Host“, posted with vodpod


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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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Review: The Last Song

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 24, 2010

Book: The Last Song
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Released: 2009
Location in Library: Fiction under SPA

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains alienated from her parents, particularly her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she and her brother spent the summer with him. Resentful and rebellious, Ronnie rejects her father’s attempts to reach out to her and threatens to return to New York before the summer’s end. But soon Ronnie meets Will, the last person she’d thought she’d ever be attracted to, and finds herself falling for him, opening herself up to the greatest happiness – and pain – that she has ever known. In the tradition of his beloved novel A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks brings us a deeply moving story of a young girl’s first encounter with heartbreak – and love.

My thoughts: I went into The Last Song expecting it to be a light read, something more entertaining than deep. And it was entertaining, but there was so much more to it than that. The book was also very touching, very deep and a great coming of age story.

Ronnie is horrified and angry to find out that her mother has decided that she and her younger brother Jonah will be spending the summer with their father in Wrightsville Beach. Ronnie hasn’t spoken to her father for the past three years since he left her mother and after her arrival spends as much time as possible away from the house. Because of this she meets the interesting Blaze, dangerous Marcus and Will, someone she never thought she could fall in love with, but does. As the story moves along Ronnie becomes a much more likeable character (she was a little childish at the start) and you can see her growing and accepting her father. I found it interesting that, even though Ronnie is the main character, the chapters changed from her point of view to her fathers point of view to Will’s point of view. I find in some books this is hard to follow, especially if there are too many people included, but The Last Song was very easy to follow, as each character stood on their own, with their own distinct personalities.

Like all of Nicholas Sparks’ other books this also has a twist at the end, which results in some very sad and touching moments. A piece of advice, make sure that you have some tissues with you when you get to the last few chapters of the book.

I definitely recommend this book, although I’m sure the girls will get more pleasure out of it than the guys.
Rating: ****

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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: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 25, 2010

This week’s book was inspired by the new Alice in Wonderland movie, which is fantastic. If you haven’t seen it yet, I definitely recommend it, especially in 3D! This is a beautifully but very strangely illustrated version of the book which we’ve just got in at the Library.

Title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Illustrator: Camille Rose Garcia
Year: 2010
Location in Library: CAR
‘Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!’
Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has delighted the world with a wildly imaginative and unforgettable journey, inspiring children of all ages to suspend disbelief and follow Alice into her fantasy worlds. This new gift edition present Carroll’s tale fully unabridged with a unique visual interpretation by renowned artist Camille Rose Garcia.

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Another year over

Posted by SalesianLibrary on November 26, 2009

I can’t believe another year is almost over! It seems just like yesterday that 2009 was starting, as cliche as that sounds. Just a reminder, for those of you who are still at school, that you are able to borrow books to read over the holidays. Each person is allowed to borrow up to 5 items each, although if you give us a big smile (and a bribe) we may be willing to give you a couple more.

Have a great holiday everyone!

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New Fiction (October 09)

Posted by rportelli on November 6, 2009

Here are some good reasons to come into the library!  Don’t forget that students are now permitted to borrow books over the holiday period. There is a limit of 5 books per card.

Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher (ASH)

Tallow by Karen Brooks (BRO)

Pocahontas:  The prophecy of doom by Caroline Corby (COR)

A Christmas carol and other Christmas writings by Charles Dickens (DIC)

How to get dumped by Pat Flynn (FLY)

The red piano by Andre Leblanc (LAB)

The Amanda project by Stella Lennon (LEN)

Swoon by Nina Malkin (MAL)

Blood promise by Richelle Mead (MEA)

Darke Academy:  secret lives by Gabriella Poole (POL)

A lesson before dying by Ernest J. Gaines (GAI)

The Cloudchasers:  The east wind by Steven Hunt (HUN)

A dangerous path by Erin Hunter (HUN)

Forest of secrets by Erin Hunter (HUN)

Rising storm by Erin Hunter (HUN)

The darkest hour by Erin Hunt (HUN)

Liar by Justine Larbalestier (LAR)

The five greatest warriors by Matthew Reilly (REI)

A Christmas carol by Jane Parker  Resncik (RES)

The battle for Rondo by Emily Rodda (ROD)

Hostage by Karen Walker (WAL)

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