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.

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Dogs in Fiction


dog booksThere are many inspirations for writing but some seem to crop up more than others. Animals and dogs in particular have provided the narrative drive for countless novels and short stories. Having recently rescued a four-year old miniature bull terrier ourselves, I started to reflect on all the stories I knew where a dog was the driving force.

Check out the links below for a veritable panoply of canine fiction; classic, modern and contemporary.

The Dog and the Novel: Loyal Companions by Beth Carswell from Abe Books.

Great “Dog” books from Goodreads’ Listopia.

Amazon’s Listmania selection of lists of dogs in fiction books.

Reading Bugs Dog Book lists, from picture books all the way to adult fiction.

Website of the Week: Listopia from Goodreads


Goodreads ListopiaListopia: Check out this incredible selection of reading lists from Goodreads. This excellent site allows readers to explore the world of books and share their opinions with others anywhere! Find your interest, choose a list and get lost in the incredible array of books on offer.

2012: Cabra Senior Library Blog in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

The 10 Hardest Books To Finish?


Guardian Article

A recent Guardian Newspaper article by Robert McCrum lists ten books often cited as the most difficult to finish. Have you started any of them, better still finished one? How many have you even heard of? Life is too short to finish every book you start. If you’re not enjoying or getting anything out of a book, maybe you should try something else and come back to it later, maybe. Check out the full article here.

Please feel free to list some of your ‘most difficult reads’ in our comments section.

Remember,

Read what you like, like what you read.

Here’s a different “top Ten Hardest” books list. Check it out here.

New Titles In the Cabra Libraries For Term 2 and Term 3


Thanks to everyone for a truly fantastic Bookweek 2012. To keep up the momentum check out the huge number of new books we’ve pu into the Cabra Collection since April (over 1000).

Please click on the links below for a complete list of all new acquisitions in the Cabra Libraries since April.

New Acquisitions 08042012 to 24 08 2012 Middle School

New Acquisitions 08 April to 24 August 2012 Senior Library

Please feel free to come on down and pick any of these new books for the upcoming holidays.

To search the catalogue to see what’s available click here, login and you can even reserve the book if it’s already out.

It All Starts With Reading…

Skulduggery Pleasant Author Derek Landy Visit a Huge Success


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Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy ‘s first visit to Adelaide was a resounding success. After brief signing stops in Norwood and Rundle Mall, the Skulduggery Pleasant  author arrived at Cabra College to a rapturous welcome. Around 250 people of all ages packed the newly completed St. Dominic’s Hall to hear Derek talk about his books, his cats and dogs and life in general. His darkly humorous monologue had the audience spellbound resulting in a huge queue snaking through the hall to have a book signed. Hundreds of children and adults alike chatted with the amiable Irish author and posed for photographs while he signed their books, posters, arms and anything else to hand.

Derek  also happily signed a stack of copies of his first novel which will be up for grabs as prizes in our Book Week Champion’s Read dress-up competition this Thursday. Derek rushed from Cabra to the airport to catch a flight to Perth in order  to complete the  Australia and New Zealand leg of his current tour. His welcome visit to South Australia for this exclusive event was thanks to Pages and More Bookshop, Glenelg, his Australian publishers Harper Collins and the Cabra Library and Drama Department Staff.

The event went off without a hitch and both Cabra College and Pages and More hope this is just the first in a long series of similar author events to be held here. It was simply a fantastic start to Book Week in this our National Year of Reading and so brilliant to see this many enthusiastic readers on a Saturday at the School.

Author Derek Landy Visits Cabra to Kick Off Book Week 2012


 Acclaimed Irish children’s author Derek Landy will visit Cabra College on Saturday 18th August to help celebrate CBCA Book Week for 2012. The Children’s Book Council of Australia coordinates this celebration of books and reading which in its 67th year is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.

Derek is best know for his fabulously popular and darkly humorous Skulduggery Pleasant series. He will be at the College for a much anticipated talk and book signing. Tickets, though free are I’m afraid all totally gone. If you have yet to secure one you will just have to read about the event on this blog. Sorry.

Derek is touring Australia and New Zealand at present and makes a welcome detour to South Australia for this exclusive event thanks to Pages and More Bookshop Glenelg and his most excellent publishers Harper Collins.