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May 31,2018

In recognition of Reconciliation week, we have put together a list of young adult books written by Indigenous authors or have Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples as characters in their stories. Click on the titles below to check availability at your local Big Sky Library branch.

Have you read any of the books below? What did you think of them?

Comment below if you know of other books by Indigenous authors, or that have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander characters, that you would recommend!

Sister Heart by Sally Morgan

Nanberry by Jackie French 

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf  by Ambelin Kwaymullina 

Nona & Me by Clare Atkins


Staff Pick:

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

(Available as both a phycisal and electronic book and audiobook, and as a DVD)

Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleepout. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie steals into the night by his side, terrified but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery.

May 11,2018

This year, some of the biggest films and TV shows being released are book adaptions, bringing the much loved characters to life in front of our eyes and not just in our mind! However, the producers and directors don’t always get it right. Some book-to-film adaptions are absolutely brilliant, while some are a massive blunder.

The Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling were all adapted into films, and although the films were a major success, not all the details from the books were portrayed in the films. All the films have slight changes from the books, varying from characters being omitted, script alterations and adjustments in visual representations. In the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) a notable difference was in that in the film Professor Dumbledore aggressively yelled, ‘Did you put your name in the goblet of fire?’ in a scene where in the book is was written. ‘”Did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire, Harry?” He asked calmly.’

Another well-known book series that was adapted into film in the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. The success of the film adaption for this series is negotiable, while the Twilight film became the most purchased DVD of the year in 2009 following the cinema release in 2008, there is much criticism towards the films.

There are so many movies out there, some that you may know to be a book adaption, and some that you might not have known to be an adaption.

What do you think of book-to-film adaptions? Brilliant or Blunder?


A Wrinkle in Time | A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
Ready Player One | Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
Love, Simon | Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
Everything, Everything | Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon


The Lord of the Rings (film series) | The Lord of the Rings (book series) – J. R. R. Tolkien
Maze Runner (film series) | The Maze Runner (book series) – James Dashner
The Hunger Games (film series) | The Hunger Games (book series) – Suzanna Collins

Apr 04,2018

Just in time for the school holidays, the Inky Awards Longlist of 10 Australian and 10 International YA titles has been announced. Take Three Girls, which featured in the Teens Turning Pages post for March, has made the cut. Check out the Big Sky Libraries collection for what's available from the longlist for your holiday reading. Though applications for Inky Judges have now closed, we are always eager to hear your thoughts. Pop a review, or two, of the titles here!

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Feb 28,2018

International Women's Day is held annually on March 8. For the month of March on Teens Turning Pages we are recognising empowering reads with female leads. We also want you to suggest your favourite titles that fit this description – do let us know why.

Let’s get the party started with three in one! Take Three Girls is a collaboration between award-winning, internationally published Aussie authors Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood. You can reserve a copy from our eLibrary to read anywhere, today!

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Feb 01,2018

Love is in the air! Perhaps you're even holding it in your hand with one of the below recommended romance novels for YA. At the Moree Community Library (MCL) we want to hear what you love about MCL. Come in to the Library to collect an entry form to express your love in 25 words or less, and return the form by February 16 to be in the draw to win a book prize! ***Add your Teens Turning Pages username to your competition entry to receive a bonus prize*** 

Recommended romance reads:

Between Us by Clare Atkins

Another Day by David Levithan

When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


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Jan 18,2018

Enjoy pizza and a movie with friends at the Moree Community Library these summer holidays! 'Doors open' at 1.30pm, collect your wristband on arrival. Movie rated PG, screening will be supervised. 


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Aug 22,2017

Thursday 14th September from 6-7pm is the national Reading Hour. Might you spend it reading one of the shortlisted Inkies titles? Check out the shortlist here.

The Moree Community Library is celebrating this hour with a photo competiton:

Send in your most creative reading photos to, or share them on Instagram with the caption 'My photo entry for #MCLreadinghour' for your chance to win a prize pack. Entries close Thursday 14th September.

Terms & Conditions

  • By entering, you are agreeing to the use of your photo for promotional purposes by Moree Community Library and Moree Plains Shire Council
  • Entries must be your own work
  • A winner will be chosen based on the creativity of their photograph
  • Entries deemed inappropriate will be disqualified
  • Entries received after September 14th 2017 will not be considered
  • Ensure photos shared through #MCLreadinghour are set to public
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Jul 20,2017

MCL is excited to be hosting the Moree Poetry Slam Heat and a Spoken Word & Multimedia Workshop, on Wednesday August 9.

Are you the next Australian Poetry Slam champion?

You've got 2 minutes to wow audiences with your poems, stories, lyrics, monologues... whatever you do with words.

Or grab a seat & cheer! Warning: you may be chosen as a judge!

Have any thoughts, words, or rhymes of encouragement? Add your comment, here!

A great read - When Michael Met Mina - by Randa Abdel-Fattah, has one of the characters a real advocate for Poetry Slams - read it to find out why! (You can reserve this book through Big Sky Libraries, as eBook or print copy, today). 

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May 23,2017

At Teens Turning Pages, we look for ways to give students a platform to talk about what they're reading. Sometimes, we ask a question and anticipate responses in droves! Other times, we just love it when people add their own posts about something Library or YA Lit related that has struck a chord with them. 

Have you heard of KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards)? This is another initiative all about giving students a voice regarding the books they love to read... in particular, the enjoyment of Australian literature.  It directly involves students in the nominating and voting process of favourite Australian books. In Term 2, the shortlist was announced and now is the time to read, and read, and read some more! Have a look at the KOALA Blog for the shortlist in the Fiction for Years 7-9 Category.

We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Apr 13,2017
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1: The Sword of Summer is a thrilling and enticing book right from the start. Rick Riordran drives through this fantasy book with all it action backed twists and turns right until the last page. This book has lots of great things about it. The books sets off in Boston with Magnus Chase. Magnus had just been orphaned and is on the streets of the city. On his sixteenth birthday everything goes nuts. Magnus' uncle, Randolph, who had not seen Magnus in over two years, is franticly looking for him.
A fire giant attacks and Magnus is slain. At first he gets used to life in Valhalla but soon his homeless friends, Blitz and Hearth get him out and back to the real world. They begin there journey to find the Sword of Summer and run into many friends and foes, Magnus soon comes to know that he is the son of Frey, the God of fertility and well-being. Now Magnus must take up that role and set the nine worlds in balance. This book intwines the very good character building with many witty but story moving moments. The book is never slow as Riordan is able to keep us rolling as he did in the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. This book is one for all ages and groups as each character is different and gives you something to relate to. If I had to pick a group to recommend this to it would for those fantasy readers.
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Feb 28,2017

The 2017 Inky Awards longlist has been announced. Thoughts? Comments? Reviews? If you have any of these things, post them here and then think about applying to be a judge for these awards! Judges create a shortlist from these titles. Exciting times ahead!

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Jan 17,2017

If you haven't already checked out this post from Anastasia (You're the Voice), I encourage you to have a read. It's a great post about the joys of reading. If you're not already a member of your Library - there's a whole world awaiting you there! 

 “So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” 

- Roald Dahl, Matilda


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Dec 09,2016

My Work Experience

So a lot of students would be finishing work experience right now, and would have gone to different places but this year I chose to work in the library. The reason that I chose to work here in the library is because I really really love reading books! And in my free time I sometimes go about writing stories, my favourite types of book are teen fiction and mysteries. I came over here to the library feeling wierd, but then as soon as I came in everyone made me feel a sense of belong. I wasn't the only one doing work experience in the library, there was also Gemma (who is a pretty cool person).

A lot of the days in the library really just consisted of shelving, but then there were really fun things to do like mini projects that we had to do. I would say it was the best timing because it was around Christmas, and we got to make a christmas tree of books and Olaf (who was also made of books)!!! We also had baby bounce and some kids who came over for book club. We even got to get summer reading club ready, so make sure you go! And then there was lunch, I got to have an hour of it and it was one of my favourite times of the day. I got to socialise with all different kinds of people, and I learnt a lot of different things with my stay at the library.

Everyone at the library were really good people and I would not trade any other place for the library, go over and see the place (especially if you are a bookworm like myself).

Make sure you go to the Summer Reading Club!

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Dec 09,2016

This years theme is *DRUMROLL* Hereos and Villians! 

The 2016 Hereos and Villians theme is an awesome one! With many short stories, comics and novels to read the options are endless. Superman and Spiderman are just some of the kickin' books that suit this cool theme. Some other great reads include; 

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightening Theif
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Hobbit
  • Harry Potter

These novels are just some of many, pop into the library to find many more today! You won't be disappointed. 

Batman once said, "A superman can be anyone." This couldn't be more true - and now its your turn to put on that cape and zoom into the library to sign up for a once in a lifetime challenge. 

Be the hero. Be the villian. Join Now. 

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Oct 25,2016

Fiona Wood is an author of fiction for young adults. If you've not read/heard of Fiona Wood here are three reasons why you should:

Six Impossible Things (her first book)

Wildlife (her second book)

Cloudwish (her third and latest book).

Enjoy! Then share your thoughts here :)

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Sep 07,2016

Let's hear it - your choice and why?! Remember, the shortlist for the inkies and the winning titles are selected by young adults, so make your voice heard by sharing here and voting too! If you want to get some last minute reading in before voting closes and can't make it to your local library, check out Big Sky Libraries' range of eaudio and ebooks.

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Aug 23,2016

Each year, across Australia, The CBCA brings children and books together celebrating Children’s Book Week. During this time Schools, Libraries, Booksellers, Authors, Illustrators and children celebrate Australian Children's Literature.

During this time you will often see Children's Book Character Parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays. 

Generally,  the Book of the Year winner's announcement is always the third Friday in August, and Children's Book Week commences the following day and runs from Saturday to Sunday.

We have a wonderful range of Children's Book Week books on display at the Moree Community Library available for borrowing. Come in and see if there is anything that takes your interest!

What is your favourite childrens book of all time??

I personally love anything written by Enid Blyton, especially The Faraway Tree series.



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Jul 13,2016

Seen the movie? Now read the book!

At the moment, Moree Community Library is displaying books that have been adapted to film. Let’s bring the topic to the forum – what are people’s favourite book- to-film adaptations? Or, book-to-film fails (in your opinion)…


My personal favourite book-to-film adaptations are Room (book by Emma Donohue) and The Lovely Bones (book by Alice Sebold). I'm a HUGE believer in the book is always better than the movie, but both these adaptations stayed very true to the book, and had fantastic actors.

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Jun 27,2016

We would love to invite readers and members to talk about their favourite books and reads, hence - as you like it (ie. it's your choice!) The title of this post also pays homage to William Shakespeare, 2016 marking 400 years since the famous playwright's death! Perhaps your favourite read is even inspired by one of Shakespeare's plays...

Another famous writer - for which 2016 is a significant year - is Roald Dahl. He would be celebrating his 100th birthday. Today, I am celebrating Roald Dahl in this post as one of his books is one of my favourite reads. Can you guess it? It's about a little girl, who is incredibly smart and she shares her name with the title of the book. It is, of course, Matilda!

This was one of my favourite stories, and continues to be up there, because it contains magic and inspiration. Yay Matilda!

I would like to thank Elyne and Rachel for helping me with this post, at the last face-to-face YA Book Club at the Moree Community Library. They also LOVE Matilda! 

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