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Jul 30,2014

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The first teaser trailer for Mockingjay (Part 1) is here! (If you haven't read or seen The Hunger Games or Catching Fire then, y'know... spoilers!)

What do we think? How are we feeling?

I know I've marked 20 November in my diary. (Mwah ha ha - we get to see it a day earlier than the US!)


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Jul 29,2014

In honour of last week's 20th International AIDS conference (held in Australia for the first time), I have asked some of my savvy friends to share their thoughts on sex, health and relationships. First up is the much celebrated YA author Fiona Wood to talk about sex education in schools and books.

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One of the four tenets of the youth component of this year's International AIDS conference is:

We demand comprehensive sexuality education.

It’s not the task of fiction to educate, but I learn something from every novel I read. Our sexuality, and how we choose to express it, is integral to our identity. When I was in secondary school, there was a real gap in any representation of teen sex/sexuality in fiction. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. Fiction is a great place to explore the subject, to come across characters who might be thinking about or doing what you are thinking about or doing, and to experience that reflection, validation, or maybe, challenge, to your ideas.

Sometimes when I’m writing, I imagine I’m telling just one person a story. I think of handing my book to this reader, and saying, I hope it hits the spot; I hope it’s exactly what you want to read right now.

My formal sex education was delivered by a nun, to all the year sevens, at my all-girl school, each of us sitting next to her mother. Cringe level: off the scale.

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Jul 28,2014

Hello for the last time Inside a Dog readers,

My time is up ... This will be my last post and it's about the pros and cons of ereaders *dramatic music please*

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  • They are small and light weight.
  • You can get ANY book, ANY where!! 
  • Some ereaders read to you!! (In a robotic voice, however ...).
  • You can adjust the font size (which is handy if you read for hours on end, not that I do *cough cough*).

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Jul 25,2014

One of the (many) amazing things about being me is that every day I get to publish your thoughts about books – what you love, and what you hate. Amongst this daily flow of awesome book cheer, chatter and criticism, there’s sometimes a particularly great piece of writing that stands out. Today I’d like to share one of these, especially because although it was submitted as a review, it is not a review, and really couldn’t be published as such.

I enjoyed reading this piece of writing too much to let it never see the light of day and so, without further ado, I present ThePirateCaptain's “review” of The Fault in Our Stars:

(Caution: contains spoilers for Harry Potter, Games of Thrones [up to and including A Storm of Swords], Star Wars, The Hobbit, and The Lord of The Rings.)

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Jul 23,2014

There's a new trailer for the movie adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay, and oh gosh... I'm a little bit wrecked. Make sure you've got the tissue box and someone, or something, you can hug close to hand before you hit play.

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Jul 22,2014

Love writing? Want to be a part of Inside a Dog? Applications for You’re the Voice contributors are now open!

So, what is You’re the Voice?

You’re the Voice is your opportunity to have your say about the world of books. To write about what you read, what you love, and what you want. It’s a weekly blog post published right here on the Inside a Dog website, which is all about books for teens.

So far there’s been Voices from the Northern Territory through to Tasmania, and they’ve blogged about everything from being in a relationship with books and how to match-make other people with a good book, to the importance of people-watching, and the decline of the bookshop.

'Thank you so much for taking the time to read and edit the blub of words I send you every week! I really liked being one of your Voices and I can't wait to read what the next Voices get up to :D – Margaret

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'Thank you so much for this opportunity. I have enjoyed every second of it. It has made me think a lot and as I walk around I try to find inspiration everywhere I go. I have even started keeping a writing journal where I sketch ideas I thought I could do for my writing pieces.' – Rhianna Ricks

The Details:

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Jul 21,2014

AHH!!!! Witches Of East End (or as I call it, WOEE) is finally airing in Australia on July 28, 2014 on channel Eleven!!! Or so they say …

The show is based on Melissa de la Cruz's book series. I absolutely love when books are adapted into movies and TV shows.

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Jul 18,2014

This is a very special Inky's Choice, as today I have given my power to another! (It's okay, my powers can only be used for good.) This week's reading recommendation is from Charlotte, a 15 year old student from Brighton Secondary College in Victoria! I got to spend some time with Charlotte as part of the State Library of Victoria's work experience program.

3 reasons to read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: 

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1. The mystery will take you to another world. The writing is so brilliant it makes you feel as if you are living the story.

2. It keeps you guessing until the very end, then surprises you by pulling the biggest twist imaginable.

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Jul 16,2014

It's supposed to be wibbly-wobbly, but time's not wiming away fast enough for me, yet. It's still just over a month until Doctor Who returns to air with Peter Capaldi taking up the lead role. Good news! The full trailer is here to keep us entertained while we're waiting...

Which Doctor is your favourite? Do you think Capaldi could be one of them?

The new season of Doctor Who screens on ABC TV from Sunday, 24 August.

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Jul 14,2014

Hello Inside a Dog readers,

Are you currently experiencing, or have you ever had, any of these symptoms:

1.      You start developing feelings towards characters (umm Augustus Waters anyone?) and prefer their company to the company of real people.

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2.      You obsessively follow/contact the author. (Thank you

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