Friday, 26 August 2016

Books that evoke an emotional response from you.

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The following are books that students felt fit into this post.

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The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers F RIV
Reviewed by Elle Diakovasilis

A Christian adolescent currently attending college and is engaged to a man studying to be a pastor, is faced to one of the most challenging choices yet. Dyna is forced to question her faith and trust within her family.

Such a moving story filled with many dilemmas and heart-breaks one after the other.

I would recommend this to teen-adult girls/ladies who enjoy an easy read with a few tears. It is a heart-felt story which relates to everyday life.

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The Shadow Girl by John Larkin F LAR
Reviewed by Jordyn Matheson

A girl whose family were killed has to live with her aunty and uncle where the uncle is really creepy and mean. She escapes and becomes homeless. Living on trains, bus shelters, hotels etc. Eventually she goes to school and meets a friend. Along the way she is caught by 'creeps' but gets away.

It was the best book I have ever read. It was honestly amazing. It was the only book that I have ever wanted to finish. 
I recommend this book to people who like mystery and drama. More for a teenage girl to read.

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Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub F AYO
Reviewed by Breanna Ivanovski

This is about a young girl’s life and how she feels controlled by her society and her elders. Throughout her journey she meets a boy at her school who is different to everyone else in her community. As things progress throughout the book she discovers new things about herself and her relationship.

In my opinion I didn’t mind the book although if someone asked me to read it again I wouldn’t.

This is recommended to people who like books that are somewhat realistic.

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Me, Earl and the Dying Girl By Jesse Andrews F AND
Reviewed by Sienna Cutelli

The story is about a boy who doesn’t talk a lot and make short films with his best friend, who is the complete opposite of him. A girl he goes to school with gets diagnosed with leukemia and then becomes friends with him.

I really enjoyed the book because it was very clever at times and had a good plot.

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Sparrow By Michael Morpurgo F MOR
Reviewed by Alyssa Myers

An emotional, heartfelt story of Joan of Arc, going deep into her life and the details around it. Really beautiful journey through the difficulties, hardships, and accomplishments of her incredible life.

This book was very interesting, heartbreaking, would recommend as it is probably the best book I ever read; was sad when it was over.

I would recommend this book to teenagers interested in Medieval type history true stories, or a teen sort of story.

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The Face on the Milk Carton By Caroline b. Cooney F COO
Reviewed by Lola Mortimer-Short

The book is about a girl that thinks she was kidnapped because she saw a photo of her as a missing child poster on a milk carton. About her journey to find her real parents.

Really liked the book wanted to read more, very interesting.

I would recommend this book to people between the ages of 12-13 and older.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

New Sports books in our library

We have been wanting to update our collection of sporting genre books for quite some time. We feel we have sourced a great range of books- for male and female readers and from a wide range of sporting fields.

Dan Carter- My Story with Duncan Grieve
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Dan Carter was a member of the All Black’s and has been called the greatest Fly-Half of all time. This autobiography by Carter, tells his story in a frank and detailed way. It details the highs and lows of his professional and personal life. It is a book to read if you are a fan of 
Dan Carter, the All Blacks or Rugby Union in general.

The Real McCaw- The Autobiography
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Ritchie McCraw has been called the best Rugby player ever. He was the captain of the All Blacks and put his body on the line for his tea, and country. This book is not just for fans of Ritchie or Rugby, it has very clear descriptions of how the games work for those who don’t know much about the game. The book is an insightful look into the life of Ritchie and is another example of why the All Blacks have such a stellar reputation

Michael Jordan- The Life
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Our Michael Jordan books are a constant go-to book for the boys in our school. We decided we needed to give them something that was more recent to read about this great Basketball legend. This book was published in 2014. With so many other books out there about the basketballer, we read all the reviews and this seemed to be the most thorough and well rated.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir of the Creator of Nike
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Nike is a brand that is recognized world-wide. Everyone knows of them, probably has had at least one item with the famous “swoosh” on it and loves the Just do it adverts. We see great athletes from all arenas wearing them. Not many people know who started the Nike brand or anything about him. This 2016 published autobiography tells the story of Phil Knight and how he started with $50 selling Nike’s out of the boot of a green Plymouth to a company grossing over $30 billion. A great read of determination, pushing past failure and reaching your goals.

The Flea- The Amazing Story of  Leo Messi
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
This tell all book by Michael Part, tells the story of the World’s greatest soccer player. From early years on the streets of Argentina to World Cup soccer infamy and everything in between. This book is quite a thin book, so it allows you to get the facts without the drawn out in between stories.

Throw Like a Girl- How to dream Big and Believe in Yourself
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Jennie Finch is a professional softball player. She has won silver and gold at the Olympics representing USA. In this book, she engages with teenage girls in translating all she has experienced being a female athlete and relates it to many teenage topics including body image, peer pressure, being a role model and femininity in sports. One story she tells is about when she was a teen and waited after a game for her favourite player. She had been aiming to role model everything she did based on how she felt this player would do it. The player walked out and totally ignored her pleas for an she decided then and there that she didn't want to be like that player- she wanted to be nicer. Throughout the book, she gives so many great tips for not only being a female in sports, but for being the best you that you can be. A great book for those who got inspiration from Bethany Hamilton and her story and want to learn from another inspirational female sports person.

Swimming with Faith- The Missy Franklin Story
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Melissa Franklin competed at the London Olympics at 17 years old and qualified for an astounding 7 events- coming home with 4 gold medals and 1 bronze for her efforts. This book tells her story both as a competitive swimmer and as a female christian in the sports arena. Another great follow on for those who loved reading Soul Surfer.

The Who is/ Was series
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
This is a great set of books with the trademark "Bobble head" front covers. The series allows the reader to get a snapshot of who the person is in a relatively short time. I love that it also gives a time line of the celebrity and a time line of World history.  The books are presented in a fun easy to read format. Don't be put off by the younger format, they are very well written and set out.In this series we started with:

Who is Derek Jeter?- NY Yankees great
Who is Wayne Gretzky?- Canadian Hockey player.

We are interested to hear what other in the series students would like us to purchase.

The Captain
Reviewed by Mrs Smith

Derek Jeter was the Captain of the New York Yankees. He is a very private person, but this book tells the reader about the highs and lows of not only his baseball career, but his beginnings in Michigan, his struggles as a bi racial young man through to him becoming a well respected athlete.

The Hoop Whisperer- Idan Ravin
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
I have never heard of this man, however I have heard of many of the famous basketball megastars who have gone to him to improve their game.- Le Bron James, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant to name a few. This book is not just for basketball players who want to become better, it is for those who want to hear interesting stories about famous basketball stars they have seen play or heard of and a great book to read if you want to be a better person.

I am LeBron James
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Another thinner book that is perfect for those students who are reluctant to read. It is an interesting summary of the life and achievements of this great basketball star.

Open- An Autobiography
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
I am not a tennis fan, but I am an absolute fan of this book. Andre's style of writing draws you in from the first line. I learnt so much about tennis, but more importantly about the struggles that Andre went through from a young boy. His physical agony from a medical condition made so much worse by playing tennis for a living 
"I play tennis for a living, even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have."

I Beat the Odds- Michael Oher
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Many of you have read the book or seen the film- The Blind Side This book tells the story from Michael's perspective while going further than the film by talking about his incentives, his philosophies and describing how he sought to surround himself with positive role models and influences.

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Eddie Would Go
Reviewed by Mrs Smith
Eddie Aikau is a famous big wave surfer, a lifeguard that had a record of no one dying while he was on duty, a courageous and determined surfer and ambassador for Hawaii. History is a great one, that showed the Hawaiian spirit of never giving up. This was shown right up until his death where he risked and consequently lost his life trying to save others. He is just as famous in death, with numerous bumper bar stickers and merchandising stating "Eddie Would go" There is a big wave competition held each year when conditions are big enough, at Waimea Bay.  (there is a plaque at this beach honoring him) Great read!

Friday, 29 April 2016

If you liked Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Stolen by Lucy Christopher F CHR
Reviewed by Ella Hatton-Ward

A girl who gets abducted at the airport and taken to another country. This book tells of her tale as she writes to the man who abducted her. It's filled with suspense and there is never a dull moment in the book. I would recommend this book to anybody, this book is suitable for anyone who is interested.

Reviewed by Taleah McKelleher
A story about a girl who gets stolen at an airport and her experience on what he does to her.

I personally really enjoy this book it is very eye-catching and you literally can’t put the book down. It’s a must read! I would recommend this book to teenagers (girls) who like a lot of action.

Held by Edeet Ravel. F RAV
Reviewed by Mrs. Lochens

Seventeen-year-old Chloe is on a summer vacation in Greece. While she sits and enjoys a breathtaking view she is grabbed, blindfolded and bundled into a car. As a bright, well-informed girl she fears torture and a cruel death by a group making a political gesture but her captor seems so polite and apologetic. As the months creep by Chloe wonders who to place her trust in.

A compelling read.

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager F EAG
Reviewed by Mrs. Smith

Carly has dropped off the path her life was taking her. She had finished school and was at Uni...but now she is just wasting her life  away surfing and working at a cafe. These things stop her from thinking about what happened to her at Schoolies but also from healing and resuming the path she had been on. When she meets Ryan out in the surf, their pasts combine and she has to decide whether she is willing to confront what happened to her, heal and trust him. A very open and honest look at sexual assault that lives up to the title. It had me feeling raw, but was such an amazing book I feel richer for reading it.

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline b Cooney F COO
Reviewed by Mrs. Lochens

This is the first of a series dealing with Janie.
As the story begins, Janie is a happy girl living with her parents. She is the centre of their world and she loves her life and friends.
Then…….she is in the school cafeteria staring at a milk carton and feeling glum because she has been diagnosed as gluten intolerant….when she sees her own face in the old photo on the carton. Surely it couldn’t be her????
We go on the journey with Janie as her world unravels.
The story is certainly engaging and the book is easy reading although the writing style is simple.

At the end I certainly want to check out the rest of the series to see how the truth is exposed and what happens to the innocent and not so innocent parties.

Books In the Janie Johnson Series
1. The Face on The Milk Carton
2. Whatever Hapened to Janie?
3. The Voice on The Radio
4.What Janie Found
4.5.  What Janie Saw (e-book)
5. Janie Face To Face

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Inaburra's Top Books of 2015

The following are the most borrowed resources of 2015

The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner F DAS

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth F ROT

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg F SUG

The Happiest Refugee by Anh Doh F DOH

Stolen by Lucy Christopher F CHR

Gone Series by Michael Grant F GRA

Once Series by Morris Gleitzman F GLE

Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub F AYO

The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn F ZOR

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan F CRO

The Protected by Claire Zorn F ZOR

Through My Eyes Series Various Authors

Wonder by R.J. Palacio F PAL

Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks F BAN

Violet Eden Chronicles by Jessica Shirvington F SHI

Conspiracy 365 Series by Gabrielle Lord F LOR

Paper Towns by John Green F GRE

Dead Ends by Erin Lange F LAN

Girl Missing Series by Sophie McKenzie F MCK

If I stay by Gayle Foreman F FOR

The Face on The Milk Carton by Caroline B Cooney F COO

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins F COL

Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore F MUC

Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore F LOR

The Last Thirteen Series by James Phelan F PHE

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green F GRE

Dead To You by Lisa McMann F MCM

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic F VUJ

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak F ZUS

Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine F LEV