We’ve all heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” which is generally a good rule of thumb. But it really becomes gospel when publishers make terrible decisions about their covers. Have a look here at some of the appalling cover images bestowed upon some very well known books, as compiled by ‘flavorwire.com’.
Really? No, I mean REALLY!?!
Researchers believe diamonds could be falling from the sky on Saturn and Jupiter!
The atmospheres of our solar system’s gas giants are perfect for creating diamonds, according to new atmospheric data. Methane is transformed into soot (carbon) in huge lightning storms high in the atmosphere. When it falls it hardens into chunks of graphite and then diamond. Read this BBC News article for more info.
At the end of last term we ran a competition calling for students to submit reviews of books they had read recently. We received many great entries, all of which will be published here and on Harbinger, the student online anthology. Three reviews were chosen for prizes because they were very well written and demonstrated a real love of reading by the students who penned them. Each of these students will be given a brand new book from a selection in the library!
And so, without further ado, the winners are:
Maddison Vernon-Hayes Year 11
Joel Verth Year 8
Spencer Davis Year 7
(click on their names to see their reviews)
A big THANK-YOU TO ALL students who entered, they were ALL great entries! Remember, the library is ALWAYS on the lookout for writing and art submissions to Harbinger and for book reviews to Curiositas
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The Inky awards are back once again, representing the best in new literature for young adults as selected by a panel of teen judges from around the nation. The Centre For Youth Literature and Inside a Dog proudly present the 2013 Inky Awards Shortlist:
Gold Inky (Australian books)
Girl Defective – Simmone Howell
My Life as an Alphabet – Barry Jonsberg
Cry Blue Murder – Kim Kane & Marion Roberts
Life in Outer Space – Melissa Keil
Friday Brown – Vikki Wakefield
Silver Inky (International books)
The Diviners – Libba Bray
See You at Harry’s – Jo Knowles
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
This Is Not a Test – Courtney Summers
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Voting is now open for 12-20 year olds. The book with the most votes in each category will win the coveted Inky Award.
See this earlier post for the Longlist
Letter writing may be a long lost communication form due to today’s digital technology, but thanks to the internet we can read some amazing correspondence by some famous people. Letters of Note is a remarkable website that archives fascinating letters from well known people, complete with scans and transcripts of the originals where available. Some of my favourites (though there are too many to add them all) include:
- A letter to the band Nirvana from recording genius Steve Albini in which he discusses his philosophy on recording rock bands. His take on payment is particularly interesting.
- The letter of response from writer Robert Heinlein to his troubled peer Theodore Sturgeon, who asked for help with his writers block. Heinlein sent back a letter with a bizarre and staggering 26 story ideas (two of which Sturgeon ended up using) along with a cheque for $100!
- A request sent to director Francis Ford Coppola to make a film based on the book The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton, a favourite of the kids at Lone Star School, California. The letter was sent by Librarian Aide, Jo Ellen Misakian and after reading the book Coppola agreed to make the film. I think we might show The Outsiders for our next CineCity screening since it was thanks to a librarian that it was made at all!
There’s an abundance of literary, quirky, funny, heart-warming and insightful correspondence to be found, so check out the site and dive into a treasure trove of letters!
Have you tried Vote Compass ?
It’s an educational tool developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and hosted by the ABC.
Based on your responses to a short questionnaire, Vote Compass generates an analysis of how your views compare to the positions of the candidates in a given election, in this case, the upcoming 2013 Federal election. You don’t have to be old enough or eligible to vote to complete the survey.
This is cool because it allows you the opportunity to engage with and compare the policies of political parties in a clear and simple way. It shows how the parties differ on relevant public policy issues. It’s worth having a look at…
On this day (16th July) in 1951 the book, The Catcher in the Rye was first published. Its author, J.D. Salinger said in an interview that it was “sort of” autobiographical. The novel is narrated by the central character of 17 year old Holden Caulfield, who is expelled from his elite private school and spends two days wandering around New York. The writing style makes it feel as though Holden is actually talking to you and this style as well as the character of the disillusioned teenager was rather new at the time though it has since become quite a familar trope.
The book has recieved both critical acclaim and condemnation. It has been banned many times for its use of profanities, blasphemy and for discussing sex and prostitution. It has been likened to Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn.
Salinger became disenchanted with the fame that Catcher brought and moved from New York to Cornish, New Hampshire in 1953 in an attempt to withdraw from the limelight. He continued to write regularly and published some short stories and novellas but never published another novel. His other stories include, Franny and Zooey, Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters and For Esmé – with Love and Squalor and Other Stories.
We have some of Salinger’s work available in the library including The Catcher in the Rye. Have a look at what the First Tuesday Book Club panelists thought of the book HERE.
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….