Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne talks Australian Rules


adelaide cinematequeAcclaimed author Phillip Gwynne is returning to Adelaide in May for a one off showing of the award-winning film Australian Rules (which he adapted from his novel, Deadly, Unna?).

 As part of the Mercury Cinema’s 2016 ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE season, Phillip will be introducing the film and doing a Q & A after the showing.

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Details here:

https://mercurycinema.org.au/products/our-films/cinematheque/2016-season-1/australian-rules-off-the-record-with-phillip-gwynne/

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 Unna in 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 Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s the Librarian Reading Now?


Mr Bull is currently reading The Winter Book by Tove Jansson.

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.

tovejanssonstudio  Finn_Family  saari19In 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:

Brief biography which appears on official Moomin site.

Tove Jansson Virtual Museum and Life Story

Moomin iOs and Android games

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Which Moomin character are you most like? Take the Moomin character personality test.

Award Winning Author Oliver Phommavanh Visits Cabra


Acclaimed Author Visits Cabra

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!”

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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!

Oliver is published by Penguin Books. To read a Q & A with Oliver click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Harper Lee’s novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Divides Opinion


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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.

Read a selection of reviews and info below:

wash postBackground to the publishing of Go Set a Watchman.

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NYT bannerGo Set a Watchman gives Atticus Finch a Dark Side.

New Republic review

New Republic Review

Loads more reviews here.

 

Here’s What We Know About Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’


“Sequel” to To Kill a Mockingbird to be published by Harper Lee!

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News this morning that Harper Lee will publish Go Set a Watchman, a sequel (of sorts) to her beloved 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, was met with thoroughgoing cheer and goodwill. It is certainly an unexpected development: it was long thought that the 88-year-old Lee would never produce another book, much less a continuation (of sorts) of the original story. Here is what we know about Go Set a Watchman so far:

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Website of the Week: TasteKid.com


This week’s Website of the Week is TasteKid.com.

The site attempts to match your interests in books, films and music with other compatible content. Try searching your favourite author, book, film or band and Tastekid will suggest other things that you might like based on the style, audience and genre. Give it a try.image

Year 8 Create their own Book Week ‘Books into Film’ Posters


Year 8 students researched their favourite Books to film connections to create a poster. Why don’t you make your own using the template below.

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reading connection word Poster Template

If you’re stuck for ideas visit our Books into Film page here.

Our bigger Film page has hundreds more film resources to explore.

Year 10 Students Study Films Adapted from Novels


Not every author loved or approved of the screen adaptation of their work. Take a look at 11 authors that were less than impressed with the results of the film adaptation and 10 of the funniest responses from authors who loathed the film versions of their books. Once again, quite a good place to start for a comparison of the way different media tells the same story.

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Year 10 English students have been choosing a novel that has been made into a film as part of their course this Term. There has been a lot of interest in books being made into films recently with what seems like an exponential growth. From recently written Young Adult dystopian fiction such as The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, to classic tales retold such as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Check out the lists below for some ideas on which book to film choices to make.

 Or what about 10 authors that loved the film version of their book.

 

30 Books Being Made into Films in 2014

chasing frogBest film adaptations in 2013

A-Z list of movies made from booksAn A-Z list of movies that have been adapted from or inspired by books

If this only whets your appetite for film adaptations then be sure to visit our very own comprehensive Books into Films Page here.

As the Cabra Library DVD collection grows this interest will naturally increase here at school too. We are approaching 600 titles in our constantly growing DVD loan collection. Please remember to have a parent/carer sign your student diary to allow you to borrow. View the complete list below:

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Award Winning Author Phillip Gwynne Visits Cabra


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Phillip Gwynne in the Cabra Middle School Library

Acclaimed Author Visits Cabra

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Phillip Gwynne addresses students in St. Dominic’s Hall.

On Tuesday 29 July we were fortunate enough to be visited by acclaimed author Phillip Gwynne. Phillip’s  first novel Deadly Unna? the literary hit of 1998, has now sold over 180,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip won an AFI award. The sequel, Nukkin Ya, was published to great acclaim in 2000.

He has also written The Worst Team Ever, Born to Bake, and A Chook Called Harry in the Aussie Bites series, and Jetty Rats, and has written an adult detective thriller The Build Up, The Debt series, and most recently, the young adult novel Swerve, which was shortlisted for many awards amongst them the 2010 Prime Minister’s Award and the Golden Inky.

Phillip presented four excellent large group talks to students ranging from Years 6-11. It was fantastic to see our students so engaged, listening to a successful writer speak about their work. We are indeed fortunate to be able to offer visits like this to our students and it is such a great way to help us all celebrate Book Week for 2014.

Phillip with Mrs Mills, Ms Sanderson Brewster and Mr Bull

Phillip with Mrs Mills, Ms Sanderson Brewster and Mr Bull. Photo by Spencer, Year 9

Phillip poses with big fan Ahmad, Year 11

Phillip poses with big fan Ahmad, Year 11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne to Visit Cabra


Phillip Gwyne On Tuesday 29th July award winning author Phillip Gwynne will visit Cabra College to help us celebrate Book Week for 2014 .

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 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 Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.