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February Online ebook club: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I recently had a conversation about this book with a family member who warned me against reading it, describing the central character in very unflattering terms. Naturally, I had to read this and thought that it might make for some interesting discussion for our online ebook club.

Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s true account of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail following the death of her mother and the breakdown of her marriage. Strayed decides to travel solo with virtually no long-distance hiking experience but a desire to piece together her life and rediscover who she is again.

That’s why I WROTE THIS Song by Susanne Gervay reviewed by Jill Smith

This is a great book. Susanne wrote this book with massive input from her daughter Tory who wrote the songs. The cover is such a fresh faced girl with the band silhouette at the bottom, I loved this image as it encapsulates the story so well. It’s very thought provoking. How do families cope with […]

Crashing down by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

Lucy is in year 12 and getting ready for her final exams. Party time, she is waiting for her boyfriend Carl to pick her up. Everything in her life is going well. She is certain she’ll get the grades she wants so she can go to Uni. Carl is a bit smothering and she thinks […]

Butterflies by Susanne Gervay reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.sgervay.com Katherine is nearly eighteen and just wants to be like everyone else. She was severely burnt at age 3 and has undergone many operations to get her to where she is. Will she ever be able to wear her hair up? Should she put her head in a bag as one boy said in […]

Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.katemccaffrey.com This is a book that gets to the heart of cyber bullying. Like the screech of nails down a blackboard (an old school analogy I know) the feeling of alienation, abuse and anxiety Avalon felt was palpable. I was worried from the first sentence, and screamed early on, ‘tell someone’. Her parents are teachers, […]

Ocean Child by Tamara McKinley

Ocean Child is set in the 1920’s; its about Lulu Pearson, who, as a young girl, was taken from Tasmania back to England by her aging Aunt. However, there is a family secret – a scandal which is revealed through the current life of Lulu, and the reminiscences of her elderly Aunt Clarice. Lulu’s future […]

Upbeat bubble February 24

Upbeat program

Upbeat is a new City Libraries program in support of positive mental health and wellbeing.

Gamers’ Quest Trilogy by George Ivanoff reviewed by Jill Smith

George clearly knows computer games and his target YA’s market. On his website he has some truly tempting book trailers for each book. Gamers’ Quest won a 2010 Chronos Award for speculative fiction, both Gamers’ Challenge and Gamers’ Rebellion are on the Victorian Premier’s and NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists. Gamers’ Quest: Readers of this […]

Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel by Michael Gerard Bauer reviewed by Jill Smith

What a brilliant conclusion to Ishmael Leseur’s education. It starts with the ultimate let down, Kelly Faulkner saying farewell in an email, and the rest of the year looked like it would spiral down from there. Luckily for Ishmael he had his fab five friends to cheer him up. Razz was still the same madcap […]

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

Each year, on December 1st, Angela Gillespie sends her end of year letter “Hello from the Gillespies” to family and friends around the world. For a tradition spanning over thirty years, Angela can now almost write it in her sleep … always keeping it cheerful and highlighting the many achievements involving her husband, herself, three […]

The Spires of Kurrong by Malcom Wells reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review By Jill Smith©Feb15 Title: The Spires of Kurrong Author: Macolm Wells Publisher: Morris Publishing Australia   Markus and Filona are in love. The story opens with the young lovers looking out over a precipice where they intend to jump to their deaths. Their liaison is prohibited in the domes he is the son […]

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