Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.
Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unnain 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.
Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rulesfor which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.
Dr. Victoria Williamson is a post-doctoral research fellow at Sheffield University and one of the world’s foremost researchers on the Psychology of Music. In this, her first book, she explores the complex relationships between music and our brains. She poses such questions as:
Do babies remember music from the womb?
Can music help with exercise or recovery from illness?
What is going on in your brain when that certain song transports you back to teenage years.
Tove Jansson is best known perhaps for her children’s book series featuring The Moomins. The first of these eight books appeared in 1945 (The Moomins and the Great Flood) and the final novel wasn’t published until 1970 (Moominvalley in November). As well as writing and illustrating this delightful series she also produced a long-running Moomin comic strip which was subsequently taken over by her brother Lars when Tove gave it up to concentrate on her novels and short stories for adults.
In 2014 the centenary of Jansson’s birth was celebrated with much fanfare. For more information on Tove Jansson’s life and work as a writer and artist check out the fine links below:
Last year (2015) I manged to complete my Goodreads, Reading Challenge 2015, ploughing my way through 33 books; fiction, non-fiction and even some graphic novels for the first time. Check out what I read last year below using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I’ve upped my goal by 2 books to 35 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.
If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page above with some excellent prompts for what to read in 2016.
Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.
Today we were fortunate enough to be visited by hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.
“When I was a kid, I used to be a class clown. I just loved making people laugh. Teachers would tell me that I needed to grow up. But I had a better idea. Why don’t I choose a job where I can act like a kid and make jokes for a living!”
Year 6, 7 and 8 students were treated to an amazing presentation by Oliver. He had the students in fits of laughter for over an hour relating the story of his family, his schooling and the inspiration for his writing. 8 Gold were lucky enough to spend 2 Blocks with Oliver in his writing workshop.
Oliver is a young Thai-Australian writer for children. He has featured on panels at the Sydney Writers’ Festival among many other appearances at festivals and writing events as well as in blogs. He has worked as a primary school teacher and now spends his time writing and sharing his writing passion with kids and engaging them with humour. He’s also a stand-up comedian and has appeared on national TV and radio as well as a number of well-known comedy venues such as the Comedy Store in Sydney. His first book, Thai-riffic! was published in June 2010 to critical acclaim, followed by Con-nerd in 2011, Punchlines, Thai-no-mite! and Stuff Happens: Ethan. Visit Oliver at his website: http://www.oliverwriter.com
It is always so very special to be able to invite authors to visit Cabra to inspire, entertain and encourage a love of reading and writing in all its forms. Thanks Oliver!
Last Wednesday Cabra went all out to help celebrate the 70th Annual Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week. Years 6-8 and many staff came dressed inspired by a book that lights up their world.
As always both teaching and non-teaching staff got into the spirit of the week with an excellent array of book inspired costumes. The overall staff winner as voted by staff at the Book Week Morning Tea was Fiona Graff, or should I say “Princess Fiona”. Runners-up were Sarah Russell and Bec Jasper.
The winner of the Year 6-8 Book Week Dress-Up were as follows: Year 6; Morgan P as Harry Stiles, Runner-Up Joe as The Joker. Year 7; Mikayla N as The Chimney Sweep from Mary Poppins, 2nd place went to Leala T with honourable mentions to Keenan M and Sophie M. The Year 8 winner was Hanna B for her excellent Saddle Club costume, with Ruby E claiming 2nd prize as Tinkerbell.
A huge thank you to the Library Staff, teaching and non-teaching staff and all the students for putting in such a tremendous effort. The enthusiasm for books and reading really did light up our world this week.
Sequel, prequel but not equal? The companion novel to Harper Lee’s beloved classic To Kill a Mockingbird has hit the shelves in the last month and caused a popular and critical storm. It became the most pre-ordered book in Harper Collins’ history. No surprise given the now elderly author’s only previous novel has sold more than 40 million copies to date.
Set after, but written before the events in To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman follows the story of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch returning home to Maycomb from New York. She is shocked and confused by the changes she finds and the brewing discontent between White and Black amid the Civil Rights protests that swept the country in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Told in the third person this is no “unfinished novel” or even “first draft of Mockingbird” as some have suggested. Rather it stands alone and in some ways outside the orbit of its more famous relative.
I have curated a selection of reviews, background and info about the book below. Some positive, some negative. The only way to really understand any of this of course is to read both books yourself. We have added several copies of “Watchman” to our collection and have multiple “Mockingbirds” for your reading pleasure.
Take a look at the list of new Manga, comics and Graphic Novels added to the Cabra Library Collections so far this Year. That’s over 250 items so far this year. New Graphic Fiction 2015 As well as the usual suspects we have been developing an interest in both illustrated novels and original graphic novels for older readers. For more info on Manga, comics and graphic novels check these links.
Take a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections since the start of May this year. That’s almost 1000 items including almost 150 new DVDs for Loan. To view all the latest DVDs click below: