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Welcome, Term 1 2011

Posted by SalesianLibrary on February 7, 2011

Hi everyone! Welcome back to school 🙂 I hope you’ve all had a fantastic holiday and are very refreshed and well rested. Did you manage to read any good books while you were away?

As you’ll probably have noticed (if you’ve been into the Library) there have been a few changes in the Library since the end of last year. Firstly we have two new staff members in the Library. Mrs Lewis is our new Librarian, who will be replacing Mrs Stanislawski for the first half of this year and Mrs Sten is our new Library Assistant and has replaced Mrs Ryan. I hope that you’ll come down to the Library to meet them sometime and make them welcome!

You’ll also notice that we’ve changed the layout of the Library! Firstly we’ve straightened up the shelves so they look a lot neater. This has created a dedicated Fiction section on the right hand side of the Library where the class area used to be. The class area has now been moved over near the computers. I think it looks fantastic, it really freshens the Library up! I hope you’ll come down and check it out.

We’ve also got some fantastic new books in while you’ve been on holidays! Mrs Lewis and myself made a trip to Big W the other day and filled a trolley full of books (mostly fiction) that we hope you’ll like. These will be processed this week and hopefully be available for loan by next week. 🙂


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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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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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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: 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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