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Staff Picks for Holiday Reads

Date Published: 19/06/2020

Holidays are the perfect time to catch up on reading and work through the pile of books on the bedside table.  Here’s what some of our staff recommend you read during the break.  You might like to add them to

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Holiday Reads for Students

Date Published: 19/06/2020

Holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your reading. We recommend that you put any of this term’s Book of the Week recommendations on your reading list to borrow in whatever format you prefer – book, ebook or

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 08/06/2020

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein is a thrilling YA mystery that will hook teen readers from the very first sentence. It’s a page-turner with clues, twists and red herrings that will keep readers on the edge of their seat and

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 01/06/2020

In Young Dark Emu: A Truer History, Bruce Pasco challenges younger readers to see a different version of how Australia was before British colonisation. Some of the themes explored in the book are contested but by reading and engaging with the

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Stargirl: The movie and the book

Date Published: 25/05/2020

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli has long been a beloved book by the students of Mount Alvernia, and when we learned that it was being made into a movie on Disney+ we were very excited! See our review of the book and

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 25/05/2020

The Girl with the Louding Voice, a New York Times bestseller, is the story of a courageous fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who dreams of getting an education as she sees it as her only road to a better life. She realizes

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 18/05/2020

The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting is a powerful thought-provoking read for Middle Years’ students which will challenge them to think about and discuss how do young people distinguish between what is true and what is not in today’s

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Episode 2 of The Book Chatters Podcast Has Dropped!

Date Published: 11/05/2020

One of the promises we make to students is that we can always recommend a great book to read.  The staff in the iCentre have made a podcast to add to our suite of book recommendation platforms.  It’s short and

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 11/05/2020

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by ‘own voices’ author Anna Whateley is a powerful novel for older readers.  It explores a character who is neurodivergent as she goes through a difficult year of change.  It is a moving story that encourages

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Book of the Week

Date Published: 04/05/2020

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte is a page-turning YA fantasy mystery thriller that centers around two young women and their sibling bond. With 24 hours for them to uncover the truth they are looking for, the novel takes the

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