Picture Book: In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world... So begins The Peasant Prince, the true story of Li Cunxin's extraordinary life. Shelf Location: PIC F LI. 1 copy.
Picture Book and film: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. A story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs. Shelf Location: PIC F TAN. 2 copies. Film E009
Novel: The Catcher in the Rye. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Throughout, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood, it deals with society, love, loss, and expectations without ever falling into the clutch of a cliche. Shelf Location: F SAL. 2 copies
Novel: In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. She can remember the days before with her husband Luke... Shelf Location: F ATW. 1 copy
Novel: Nine-year-old Oskar Schell's father Thomas Schell died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. While looking through his father's closet, Oskar finds a key in a small envelope inside a vase; on the outside of the envelope the word "Black" is written in the top left corner. Curious, Oskar sets off on a mission to contact every person in New York City with the last name Black.... Shelf Location: F FOE. 1 copy
Novel & Film: Pip's life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterious events lead him away from his humble origins and up the social ladder. Pip's desire to improve himself is matched only by his longing for the icy-hearted Estella, but secrets from the past impede his progress and he has many hard lessons to learn. Shelf Location: F DIC. 4 copies. Graphic Novel: 1 copy. VTV00773 and VTV02011.
Novel: For three very different people brought together by their love of birds, life on the Queensland coast in 1914 is a timeless and idyllic world. In another hemisphere civilization rushes headlong into a brutal conflict. Inevitably, the two young men -- sanctuary owner and employee -- are drawn into the horror of the trenches of Armentieres. Shelf Location: F MAL. 1 copy
Novel: The working class family of Cameron Wolfe and his brother Ruben isn't having much luck these days. Their dad has just lost his job and is too proud to go on welfare. Their older brother has moved out of the house in disgust. Which leaves them open to suggestion when a local boxing promoter signs them up for illegal bouts. But it's more than the meagre winnings that draws the two brothers in. Soon they find themselves fighting for something else. Shelf Location: F ZUS. 1 copy.