Archive for June, 2013

What are you going to read on the holidays?

The midyear holidays are upon us (THANKFULLY) which is the perfect time to pick up some great books from the library. We have a fantastic collection of fiction, graphic novels, biographies and non-fiction for you to grab before the break. Why not try some of these recent titles:

OSTRICH BOYS by Keith Gray.ostrich boys

A critically acclaimed novel by Edinburgh based and very funny author Keith Gray. The story follows three teens who, after a depressing and dispiriting funeral for their best friend Ross, steal his ashes and embark on a journey to find a fitting way to pay tribute to him. Little do they realise just how much Ross can still affect life for them even though he’s dead. We also happen to have a personally signed copy in our library.


RUN by Tim Sinclair

Dee lives for Parkour and the alternate worlds worlds he invents to escape his mundane life. He knows the city better than anyone-the hidden spaces at night, the views that no one else sees, from heights no one else can scale,. With parkour, he’s not running away. He’s free
But just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. And soon Dee is running for his life, running for real.
Run is an unmissable, paranoid thriller – genre fiction meets literary verse novel.

FRIDAY BROWN by Vikki Wakefieldfriday brown

Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is on the run—running to escape memories of her mother and of the family curse. And of a grandfather who’d like her to stay. She’s lost, alone and afraid.
Silence, a street kid, finds Friday and she joins him in a gang led by beautiful, charismatic Arden. When Silence is involved in a crime, the gang escapes to a ghost town in the outback. In Murungal Creek, the town of never leaving, Friday must face the ghosts of her past. She will learn that sometimes you have to stay to finish what you started—and often, before you can find out who you are, you have to become someone you were never meant to be.
Friday Brown is the breathtaking second novel from the author of the award-winning All I Ever Wanted.



A science book like no other, The Where, the Why, and the How turns loose 75 of today’s hottest artists onto life’s vast questions, from how we got here to where we are going. Inside these pages some of the biggest (and smallest) mysteries of the natural world are explained in essays by real working scientists, which are then illustrated by artists given free rein to be as literal or as imaginative as they like. The result is a celebration of the wonder that inspires every new discovery. Featuring work by such contemporary luminaries as Lisa Congdon, Jen Corace, Neil Farber, Susie Ghahremani, Jeremyville, and many more, this is a work of scientific and artistic exploration to pique the interest of both the intellectually and imaginatively curious.


FRIENDS WITH BOYS by Faith Erin Hicksfriends with boys

After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It’s pretty terrifying. Maggie’s big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn’t been the same. Besides her brothers, Maggie’s never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don’t have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures. Missing mothers…distant brothers…high school…new friends… It’s a lot to deal with. But there’s just one more thing. MAGGIE IS HAUNTED! A great graphic novel from the publishers that released the Scott Pilgrim series.


We like books. You’ve probably figured that out by now. We also like helping people and spreading a love of reading. So it’s not much of a stretch that we like the people at Out Of Print. They make very cool T-shirts and accessories featuring the covers of classic books from Gatsby and Moby Dick to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And what’s even more great is that for each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa.


I have a feeling you may see some of our staff sporting Out of Print T-shirts in the future….

We’re Donating More Books to African Schools.


FCC Library has once again made a donation to the Australian Books for Children of Africa. This charitable group has been providing educational materials to impoverished schools in Africa since 2003. Our library has been a supporter for a while now and has made previous contributions of books that were weeded from our collection. We have just given them another book load this week which will hopefully go to good use in African schools.

This wonderful organisation is also having a fundraiser on the 30th June at the White Bar 127 Fitzroy St, St Kilda. It’s only $25 to see Valanga and Andrea Khoza, who are wonderful musicians. They mix up kwela rhythms with African ballads. The funds raised will help keep ABCA doing the fantastic work they do. You can see Andrea Khoza explaining why the work ABCA do is so important in the video below. Some of the books in the video came from FCC Library!

If you’d like to volunteer to help them click here.


The 2013 Inky Awards Longlist has been announced!

The Inky Awards are hosted by the Inside A Dog website, run by the State Library’s Centre for Youth Literature. These annual prizes are given to International (Silver Inky) and Australian (Gold Inky) authors for the best book of the year as voted by the readers themselves.The process goes roughly like this:

First, readers nominate books for the award by filling out an online nomination form. From the nominated books a longlist of 10 international and 10 Aussie books is chosen by the Inside a Dog Team. At the same time there is a call for teen judges. This is when kids who are keen readers and want to be judges apply for the job – it usually happens in March and April. Once the judges are selected they are given the awesome job of reading ALL 20 nominated titles and debating which are the best with fellow teen judges. This results in a Shortlist of 5 international and 5 Australian books – and I must say it’s usually a pretty hot list! Checkout last year’s here. This is when the online voting begins and anyone aged between 12 and 20 can vote once for their preferred Gold and Silver Inky winner. The votes are counted and voilà – we have a winner! (Well, two actually.)

So anyhoo, the Longlist for the 2013 Inkys was unveiled at the Reading Matters conference in Melbourne on Saturday 1st June, which I was fortunate enough to attend and I’d like to share it with you now. The longlist for the 2013 Inky Awards are:

GOLD INKY (Australian authors)

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

City by James RoyGold_winner

Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Fire in the Sea by Myke Bartlett

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg

Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil


SILVER INKY (International authors)

The Diviners by Libba Bray

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

See You at Harry’s by Jo KnowlesSilver_winner

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Every Day by David Levithan

The Originals by Cat Patrick

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

So come on into the library and read some of these fantastic books. We already have most and the few we don’t have are on their way! We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we find out which books make it to the shortlist so you can vote for your favourites so keep checking back on this site. And keep checking Inside A Dog for great reviews, book clubs, monthly author in residence and more!



We’re Back!

It’s been a while but we have finally found the time to get back online! Woo-hoo!

In case you’re new to CURIOSITAS here’s the lowdown. In Latin it means “eagerness for knowledge”  but it’s also the place where FCC Library staff share interesting facts, amazing links to cool sites and break the latest news about our library and the wide world of YA literature. It’s also a place where you can read and write reviews for books – just go to the BOOK REVIEWS page. There are also some great links on the left to places you should definitely check out, like Goodreads and TED. And to cap it all off, we like to have regular competitions and giveaways. So keep checking back in, bookmark this page, tell your friends and family and get curious.

You never know what you’ll find…..dancing man