2015 Celebrating 70 Years of CBCA Book Weeks


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Cabra College Book Week 2015 gets off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Today (Sunday) 15 dedicated writers and illustrators are writing a book in a day. This annual competition is run to raise money and support The Kids Cancer Project. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week and the theme this year is, “Books Light Up Our World”. Be sure to drop down to either library to borrow a great book to light up your world this week.

Years 6-8, remember this Wednesday is Book Week Dress-Up day. What book or character lights up your world?

Check out the links below for the list of Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for 2015

Books Light up Our World Fiction List

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Book Week 2014 Celebrated This Week at Cabra


Miss Steller and Ms Rossi

Miss Steller and Ms Rossi

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Cabra College Book Week 2014 got off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Each morning students have had a two question quiz and we’ve been displaying Book Week posters created by staff representing their favourite films that were adapted from books.

As is traditional staff were treated to an excellent Book Week Morning Tea in the Senior School Library. Some of the best dressed staff were photographed joining in with the 2014 Book Week theme, ‘Connect to Reading’.

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Author Richard Harland to Visit Cabra


Author BioAcclaimed author Richard Harland will once again visit Cabra College this Thursday 14th November for a series of talks, to promote his new novel, Song of the Slums. Harland is the author more than a dozen books including the Steampunk novels Worldshaker and Liberator. His new book Song of the Slums is once again set in the alternative historical fantasy world of Steampunk.

Richard’s novels and stories have won 6 Aurealis Awards and two French prizes, the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award and the Prix Lucioles. Worldshaker was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Literary Award, the Inky Award, and was adopted as a recommended school text by Queensland Education in 2012

Richard will visit Cabra College on Thursday 14th November. Signed copies of his books will be available for purchase at a mere $15. Please see Mr Bull in the Senior Library or Miss SB in the Middle School Library for details.

Check out the Richard Harland Links below for more info on the author.

Complete Bibliography of the author’s work.

Other Steampunk Novels to Consider

Steampunk Overview

Read Around the Universe. Cabra Staff Reading List Announced.


To help celebrate this year’s Book Week, we asked all Cabra College staff to nominate 10 books they’d take with them on a long space journey. We had dozens of responses and after collating the results we came up with the list below.

Image by  Kennie Louie

Image by Kennie Louie

Check the list below to see the most popular titles from several hundred staff picks, organised in order of popularity.

Title Author
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
We Need to Talk about Kevin Lionel Shriver
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas  Adams
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
The Bible Various   Artists
1984 George Orwell
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Suskind
Ice Station Matthew Reilly
The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg  Larsson
The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R.  Tolkien
The Thorn Birds Colleen  McCullough
The story of Tom Brennan J. C. Burke

 

Book Week 2013 Celebrations


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Cabra College Book Week 2013 got off to a great start this week with many activities for both staff and students. Each morning students have had a five question quiz and we’ve had some very inventive bookmark competition entries. Year 8 Black presented themselves as a huge human walking, talking bookmark. Each member of the class stepped forward to recite a quote from a book of their choice, identifying the title and the author. All due credit to Miss Becker for the idea and the execution.

Today staff were treated to an excellent Book Week Morning Tea in the Senior School Library. Some of the best dressed staff were photographed getting into the spirit of the 2013 Book Week theme, Read Around the Universe.

Check out the links below for the list of Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year for 2013

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/childrens-book-of-the-year-winners-named/story-e6frfku9-1226698399598

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/culture/2013-08/16/c_132637195.htm

Adelaide Author D.M. Cornish’s Cabra Visit


  On Wednesday 23rd May as part of National Year of Reading acclaimed Adelaide author and illustrator D.M. Cornish  visited Cabra College. He addressed several hundred students from Years 6-10 during two brilliantly informative talks in the newly opened St. Dominic’s Hall.

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Accompanying his account of how he got started as a writer with dozens of his own intricately drawn illustrations, Mr Cornish held the pupils captivated. Each session concluded with a detailed and at times humourous question and answer session. The author signed copies of his Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy during Recess, posing for photos with excited students. After an invitation-only lunch with lucky pupils Mr Cornish led a unique writing workshop with a Year 10 Extension English class. Students left this session buzzing with ideas for stories, novels and worlds of their own to build. D.M Cornish is the author of the well received fantasy series, Monster Blood Tattoo originally published by Omnibus Books here in Adelaide.

More Monster Blood Tattoo Information, Links and Resources