It's my favourite time of the year, me-time! Er- I mean, Inkys time! I'm looking for enthusiastic teens to help me choose the best new books.
Last year you voted these two amazing titles as the Inky Award winners:
Now is your chance to have a big say in who the 2013 winners will be!
What does an Inky Judge do?
Five reasons to read New Guinea Moon by Kate Constable:
1. For the exotic, tropical setting - New Guinea - a land of seething clouds and impenetrable mountains, safe places, fragile walls, wildness and danger. (Those are Kate's words. Aren't they beautiful? She really brings a foreign landscape to life.)
2. It's also set in 1974 (back when it was 'New Guinea' rather than 'Paupa New Guinea' as we know it today), and gives fascinating insight into a country on the threshold of independence.
3. Has your Mum ever driven you nuts with all these ideas and expectations about who you are and what you should be? Julie (the main character) knows your pain. Her mother has made her so frustrated that she escaped overseas to meet her long-absent Dad.
While much of the Divergent cast still remain in rumourland (Kate Winslet, we want you!), the main cast has been....er cast. You may rejoice.
Jai Courtney as Eric
Shailene Woodley as Beatrice Prior
Theo James as Four (Tobias Eaton)
Today I’m going to talk about a very serious concept that I briefly mentioned in my first post: the warm and fuzzies. Trust me guys, it’s a legit thing.
You know when you finish a book and the ending is so lovely and nice you just want to hug the author and congratulate their parents on their perfect spawn? The last book I read, Beatle Meets Destiny, had this. *Spoiler alert*
5 mystical, magical, creepy reasons to read Libba Bray's The Diviners series:
1. There's a lot going on: lots of characters you get to meet, alternating narratives, and fast-moving plot.
2. It is a creepy, crawly, shivery book.
3. Genre mash-up! It has elements of historical, gothic, action and adventure, thriller, mystery, romance and fantasy.
So I just finished re-reading Tom Clemson’s One Seriously Messed-up Week, which got me thinking about the kind of language that books use. Do any of you remember the first time you were reading a book that had a swear word in it? I know that sounds like a seriously stupid question, but I do. I remember I saw the naughty word starting with the letter in between E and G in the alphabet, written in times new roman, and I don’t know why but I just… gah. It was grade six and I’d heard the word said out loud a fair bit (my brother has the DVD of Summer Heights High. It got watched a lot.) but it almost hurt to see it in print.