Terry Pratchett 1948-2015.

terry pratchett mice Acclaimed British author Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A giant of Fantasy Literature his legacy will be felt for decades to come. A snapshot of his career from BBC article below.

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Check out this bunch of great Terry Pratchett links below:

ISFDB Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

rising shadowpratchett Rising Shadow Pratchett Book Reviews

Neil Gaiman Message from Neil Gaiman

tP Bib Terry Pratchett Bibliography

sf pratchettSF Site Pratchett Entry

Website of the Week: A Mighty Girl

a mighty girl headerThis week’s Website of the Week is amightygirl.com. A site devoted to book and movie reviews and author interviews of particular interest to girls. There are some really fantastic lists of books and authors that feature strong female characters and positive role models for girls and young women. Browse the sections below for more strong girl stories both fiction and non-fiction:

Mighty Girls & Women; Fiction;  General Interest;  History/Biography; Personal Development; Social Issues


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!


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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NaNoWriMo 2014: So You Want to Write a Novel?

nanowrimoOK, now less than a week till National Novel Writing Month kicks off for 2014. NaNoWriMo is a way of offering support and encouragement to start and complete a novel in 30 days.There is even a special website for younger writers keen to take up the challenge.   I will offer $50 book vouchers for anyone who reaches the goal, that’s 50 000 words remember. I’ll also offer 3 prizes for the best effort, best individual chapter and best novel idea.

Australian Author Richard Flanagan Wins 2014 Man Booker Prize.

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Richard Flanagan accepts the award

The 2014 winner of The Man Booker Prize for Fiction  was announced yesterday. Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan was awarded the prize for his book, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Named after a famous book by the Japanese poet Basho, this is the sixth novel from Richard Flanagan, who is considered by many to be one of Australia’s finest novelists. It centres upon the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese POW camp on the now infamous Thailand-Burma railway. –

Flanagan joins compatriots Thomas Keneally and Peter Carey as the third Australian winner of arguably the world’s most prestigious literary award. Peter Carey, South African born Adelaide resident J.M. Coetzee and Hilary Mantel share the distinction of being the only novelists to have won the award twice. Mantel stands alone as the only author to have won Bookers with consecutive novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.

For more information on the history of The Booker prize click here.

For information on other book awards and literary prizes go here.

New Titles added to the Cabra Libraries in Term 3, 2014.

Check out our newset titlesTake a look at the long list of new acquisitions added to the Cabra Library Collections  in Term 3 this Year. That’s well over 1000 items in 10 weeks including more than 70 DVDs for loan.

Click on the link for the whole list: new titles Term 3 2014


Banned Books Week. 21-27 September.

“[I]t’s not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.”Judy Blume

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This week is Banned Books Week.  Initiated by the American Library Association, it is a chance to celebrate the freedom to read each September by drawing attention to the issue of censorship. Many public and school libraries in the US (and elsewhere) champion the vast range of literature that has been banned and/or challenged by over-eager legislators and officials.

30 years of banned books timeline

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The situation in Australia has thankfully been much more liberal with many fewer instances of this kind of attempted thought control. The last literary work to be actually banned in Australia was American Psycho, by Brett Easton Ellis way back in 1990. It is only available to over 18s in most states and still effectively banned in Queensland. Click on the links below for a story about the history of Literary Censorship in Australia and elsewhere.

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In the U.S. Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2014 celebration will be held September 21-27.

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Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

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For more information on Banned Books Week, click here.

For some excellent quotes about Censorship click on the links below:

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The Things We Leave Behind, in Books.

I read a really interesting article from AbeBooks.com recently about the strange, touching and sometimes valuable things booksellers have found wedged between the pages of books. These often mundane objects used as bookmarks, but long forgotten shed an eerie light on the lives and hopes of the book’s previous owners.


Adam Tobin, owner of Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, New York, has created a display inside his bookstore dedicated to objects discovered in books.

“It’s a motley assortment,” he said. “We’ve been doing it for about two years since opening the store. The display quickly took over the back wall and now it’s spreading to other places, and there’s a backlog of stuff that we haven’t put up yet. There are postcards, shopping lists, and concert tickets but my favorites are the cryptic notes. They are often deeply personal and can be very moving.”

Read the full article here.

As a school librarian this article prompted me to recall the strange (and sometimes gross) objects that I and my colleagues have found in books that have been returned to us. If anyone else has a story of strange objects found in books please let us know via the comments page below.


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.

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014 Winners Revealed

CBCA winners 2014

Each year the The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) hosts a competition to find the best published books for children of all ages. The Winners and Honour Books are announced and posted on the web site at 12 noon EST on the third Friday in August every year.View this year’s winners below:

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For the full list of the winners in all categories go here. For a complete listing of the shortlisted books go here, and to view the Judges Report visit this link.

Checking out literary prize shortlists is a great way of introducing yourself to new, quality writing that you may not otherwise hear about. For more fantastic shortlists from worldwide literary prizes, click here

View a list of Australian literary prizes here.