This is one of those books you should DEFINITELY know about, but have probably never heard of. Alas! It is not published in Australia... but thank goodness for - THE INTERNETS!
Meet Sutter Keely. He's the party guy, the funny guy, the guy with all the crazy stories. It's his final year of high school but he's not thinking about tomorrow -- the only time that matters to Sutter is the (spectacular) now.
If you're a fan of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, then this is definitely the story for you.
And even if you can't get your hands on a copy of the book (by Tim Thorpe), you should definitely get yourself to a cinema, because the film adaptation is coming out tomorrow! *happy dance*
This is the spectacular trailer:
I'm so happy to introduce you to Katie, this month's blogger for You're the Voice! She's 14 years old, and joining me from Kambala High School in NSW. Welcome!
Hey I’m Katie,
Unsurprisingly if I am not swimming, eating or hanging with friends I’m cooped up in the corner reading. I adore dystopian worlds (Huger Games), tragic love stories (The Faults in Our Stars), action/adventure journeys (CHERUB) and Sci-fi novels (Uglies). I also have an unfading addiction to fan-fiction (Cassandra Clare’s Draco Dormiens being a particular favourite). And, ‘We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the one, and Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!’- Harry Potter
Books on the Big Screen
In honor of the craze of young adult books transcending to the big screen I found the theme for my first blog entry...
This week I had a party to celebrate some AMAZING books. (You may have heard about them - they're part of this year's Inky Awards.) And I gotta tell you - it. was. fantastic. Thank you to everyone who was able to be there!
For those of you who couldn't make the celebrations, well... I couldn't have you missing out now, could I? This is what went down...
Today is the most magical of all days.
You know why, right?
It's MY day. The most exciting day ever. The day I announce...
The winners of the 2013 Inky Awards!
First things first - I want to offer a great, big, sloppy thank you to our fabulous teen judging panel, our glorious authors, and YOU, the countless teen readers who voted for the awards!
So, since last week I talked about some of the unfortunate books I never finished reading, for this last post I thought I’d look at the other end of the spectrum and discuss some of the novels I’ve read, and reread, and reread. There’s just something about all of these books which keeps me coming back, including a little nostalgia for back when I read them the first time.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. The whole series is great, but the first one (and maybe also the second and third) will always be special. Characters, plot, writing style, humour – Artemis Fowl as both the character and the book have everything I want, plus Ireland (an added bonus).
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This is one of my sit-down-and-read-in-a-day books and contains all the spontaneity and romance you’d like all in one night, which adds to its appeal.
Let’s be honest – I own a lot of books. I’ve read a lot of books. Unfortunately, there are also a few books that fall a bit short of the “read” category. Yeah, I’m talking about the books I started to read, put down and never picked up again. Maybe I got busy or maybe I wasn’t particularly interested in the first place. One way or another these books end up back on the shelf, a bookmark still in them somewhere, and chances are high that I’ll forget the part that I already read so I can’t just pick up where I left off. Does this happen to you?
It's Robert Louis Stevenson Day!
Without Robert Louis Stevenson there would be no 'Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum', no Pirates of the Caribbean, no Muppet Treasure Island. And so we celebrate him!
So yesterday may have been my 20th birthday – please don’t throw me out of the teen/YA bookshelves, I’ve made a cool pillow fort here! Ahem, anyway, it got me thinking about the kind of intended reading age of different books, and whether anyone actually pays any attention to that.
Cory Doctorow will be visiting Melbourne’s fair shores next month! Cory is an internationally renowned science fiction author, journalist, activist and co-editor of Boing Boing, and he will be appearing exclusively at the State Library of Victoria. You may have read some of his books - like Little Brother, Homeland and Pirate Cinema.
I am very excited to draw your attention to his free event exclusively for students:
Future fictions with teens
Monday 25 November 2013, 10am–12pm
Hear about the future of fiction, learn how to be an active participant in today’s world and unleash your creativity as you discover others who are helping to shape our world.