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BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION RESULTS

Last term we ran a BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION and we received many fantastic entries from across all year levels. As promised we have selected the best six reviews (and one Encouragement Award) and the students who wrote them were all awarded with a certificate and their choice of a brand new book from a selection in the library! All of the suitable reviews (including the winners) will live on forever in our library’s catalogue in the entry for that book.

And the winners are:

Millie Beswick-Wright – Year 7 for her review of The Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Abbie Liptrot – Year 8 for her review of All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Lily Veal – Year 8 for her review of A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Makita Stendt – Year 9 for her review of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson

Maddison Lewis – Year 10 for her review of Revived by Cat Patrick

Ethan Waters – Year 12 for his review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Encouragement Award goes to Nicholas Duong – Year 7 for his review of Run by Tim Sinclair

A big THANK-YOU to all students who entered, they were all great entries! Remember, the library is always happy to accept book reviews, just follow the SUBMIT BOOK REVIEWS link on the left of this page.

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BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION!! WIN PRIZES!

Want a chance to win some fantastic new novels? Huh, do ya?

Some of the titles you can win!!

Some of the titles you can win!!

All you need to do is submit a book review using the ‘Submit Your Review’ link on the left of this page. Just follow the format on the online form to tell us why you did or didn’t like the book, who you think will like it and your rating out of 5. The students who write the six best reviews before the end of Term 2 will win their choice of one novel from a selection of brand new titles!! All suitable reviews (including the winners) will live on forever in our library’s catalogue in the entry for that book. And remember, you can post reviews at any time (even after the comp) using the Curiositas Book Review Submission form.

Happy reading and reviewing!

BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION WINNERS!

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

 

Just send your work to these email addresses:

For book reviews:

curiositas@footscraycityblogs.com

 

For ANY art, writing or other creative expression, please submit to:

harbinger@footscraycityblogs.com

 

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BOOK REVIEW: ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

REVIEW BY MADDISON VERNON-HAYES Year 11

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is the story of two very different teenagers who, ever so slowly (but ever so adorably), fall in love. Park is from a relatively normal family, and is a relatively regular kid. But then Eleanor, the new school freak, sits next to him on the bus. She’s chubby, got mad red hair, an odd sense of fashion and is just plain weird. Her home life is not great, with her abusive stepfather reining terror on the household. But despite all her quirks, Park cannot help but fall for Eleanor, and she him.

eleanor and parkAnd I LOVED IT. L.O.V.E IT. I loved the fact that Eleanor was a kooky outsider. I loved the fact that Park wasn’t a quirky outsider, but he liked (no, loved) Eleanor all the same. I loved that she was chubby. I loved that Park was half Korean; it made him and Eleanor that little bit more different than they already were. I especially loved the fact that it was set in 1986, and referenced 1980s pop culture. They even made each other mix tapes!

If you read Eleanor and Park your toes will tingle and your heart will flutter. It may even make you cry, if you are that way inclined. It’s funny, it’s sad, and it is just completely adorable. I cannot describe it any better than that.

Fans of Stephanie Perkins or anything that gives you those skippy-heart-and-tingly-toes feelings like that, this book is for you!

BOOK REVIEW: THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

REVIEW BY JOEL VERTH Year 8
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first in a series of books based on the radio series. It follows the story of Arthur Dent, an ordinary human, who hitchhikes off Earth moments before its destruction with his friend Ford. From there the book becomes wonderfully unpredictable making every sentence a thrill to read.

The characters are an absolute joy to read about; Zaphod Beeblebrox, ex-president of the galaxy; Ford Prefect, a roving reporter for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and semi cousin of Zaphod; Tricia McMillan, the alternate reality version of a woman Arthur met on Earth; Marvin, who is an android fitted with “genuine people personalities” and who has an extremely depressed personality; and Arthur Dent, a simple human rescued seconds before the earth’s destruction with his only possessions being his towel and dressing gown.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” provides a great read for all audiences containing no themes that younger readers may not understand while still being an interesting read for an older audience.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE by Richard Newsome

REVIEW BY SPENCER DAVIS Year 7  

The Billionaire’s Curse is a book written by Richard Newsome. In the book a 12 year old boy named Gerald inherits 21 billion pounds from his mysteriously and recently deceased great aunt. He is also left a note that his aunt wrote before she died saying she was murdered and to not trust anyone. Left alone by his parents he is forced into solving the murder so that he in turn does not share the same fate. He quickly makes two new friends and travels around England to find the murderer and save his own life.billionaire's curse

The major theme of the book is survival but the author, Richard Newsome, also seamlessly works in the themes of greed and temptation into the story. Constantly throughout the book Gerald is tempted to give up and enjoy his billions or to join the murderer in his quest. The two friends he made at the start of the book are the voices of reason and stop Gerald from performing the wrong.

The book is one of three based on the same storyline and the others dictate the continuation of the murderer’s quest to eventually gain the power of the oracle. All three books incorporate greed and temptation extremely well and I have found myself reading the book over and over again; picking up hidden information every time. This is a great book to read multiple times, under the covers on a rainy night.

BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION! Ends Friday 20th Sept.

Did you know that Curiositas is ALWAYS on the lookout for book reviews to publish? Well it’s true! We will publish your very own reviews on this blog! And to promote this fact we will award prizes for the best 3 book reviews received before the term holidays! Just send us an email telling us briefly what the book is about and why you liked or loathed it – but try not to spoil the story for others. Try not to make it too long or too short – around 150 to 200 words is perfect. Oh, and don’t forget to include the author’s name and book title so others can find the book you’re talking about if they like the sound of your review. Please also include your name and year level in the subject line.

Just send your review to this email address:

curiositas@footscraycityblogs.com

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED FIRST WEEK BACK IN TERM 4!!

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