So Much To Tell You by John Marsden. She watches; she dreams. She sees more than they realise. She has worries and fears, hopes and desires. She is troubled; she is angry. Above all, she is lonely. She may be someone you know. She may be you. She tells her story - with humour and insight, with sensitivity and strength, with painful honesty. You will never forget her.
Novel: Lord of the Flies by William Golding. About a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, & maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, & Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population.
Novel: Review By Chris Kocx Jasper Jones, the outcast and town troublemaker, lures Charlie, a young boy who is more interested in a world formed through the books he reads than reality. He is swayed by the promise of adventure and it is something that all teens can relate to. This book was a great read and I could not put the book down. It is a sad tale about a troubled town. Be prepared for a journey, not in any way a light read.
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. Caught between the values of her Italian grandmother, the wisdom of her mum, and the boys who come into her life, this will be the year Josephine falls in love and discovers the secrets of her family's past.
This non-fiction anthology is a very rich collection of true stories about the experiences of Asians in Australia – from ABCs who have been here for generations, but who still look Asian, to very recent migrants. All the stories are quite short – many are only three pages long – and they cover a diverse range of experiences and a wide variety of tone.
How Could a High School Kid Make Such an Amazing Discovery? A 15-year-old freshman high school student, Jack Andraka, invented a dipstick-type sensor to detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that is 168 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive, and 400 times more sensitive than the current standard of detection. The test costs three cents, takes five minutes, and has a 90 percent accuracy rate AMAZING!