3 reasons to read Cracked by Clare Strahan:
1. Clover Jones can't ride a bike, doesn't have a mobile, and isn't allowed on facebook. She is, as you may have already guessed, the weird kid at school. She may not have popularity but Clover's got a sharp tongue, a keen eye, and a strong, if cracked, heart. I'm completely in love with her.
2. It's about much more than just high school. It's about biking, art, about making a mark on the world and not destroying the world.
'Vandalism,' Keek calls it.
'Graff,' says Cho.
'Art,' I insist.
Well, it will be.
Anyone for a trip to Diagon Alley? 'Cos at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter muggles can now cast spells!
At these Harry Potter theme parks you can purchase your own wand, and then cast spells at specially marked locations. Wondering what it looks like? Here's James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) giving it a go:
Salutations to all lovers of ink, pages and paperbacks! I'm sure many of you can relate with me here, as passionate writers yourselves, but I devote myself so much to my own writing that it quickly becomes what I see as a life or death situation. Having full faith of what I am able to achieve I have high expectations and, admittedly, am my own biggest critic as I really really really really really really REALLY like to strive for perfection. And when my writing is not what I deem as perfect, that little voice of doubt trying to bring me down comes along and I go into a phase...
And things get pretty dramatic from there.
However, of late I've been reading the works of John Green and he has made me realise that not everything you write is going to be "perfect". Not everything you write is going to be loved and adored by all who care to pick up a copy of your novel.
Now before fellow Nerdfighters (John Green fans) single me out, I'm just going to say that I am not going to be writing a hateful rant against John Green - I am one of you! I honestly believe he is beyond talented when it comes to writing, it's just (in my own personal opinion) not all of his work is a MUST READ.
An Abundance Of Katherines
Each Sunday we're getting to know one of this year's Inky Awards judges a little bit better!
Jacob is 15 years old, going on 16, and goes to school at St Laurence's College in Queensland. Jacob has an unquenchable thirst for books - he spends a fair percentage of his time reading, as well as hanging out with friends and procrastinating fiercely. He considers himself to be a bit of a larrikin, and he often listen to bands such as ‘Sum 41’, ‘Linkin Park’, ‘Three Days Grace’ and ‘The Wombats’.
So, Jacob, what's a book that's made you cry?
Generally I don’t read many books that will make me cry or are saddening, because I read books to bring me joy and that interest me.
Though I believe I shed at least a tear after I read Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. The ending was truly devastating and unexpected, but it had to go down like that or it wouldn’t have had as much of an impact, or been such a success.
A book that made you laugh?
Salutations to all lovers of ink, pages and paperbacks! I've never really taken this into great consideration but after pondering for hours on end (-the struggle-) I think I'm ready to start this week's blog-
What makes a good book?
Personally, I'd always thought the scenario for good book NEEDED to consist of:
1) immaculate description and language;
2) a plot full of twists;
3) topped off with the perfect ending (whether that ending would leave me feeling at peace with the world around me or an emotional wreck *cough cough* The Fault in Our Stars *cough*)
Yes, I'm subtle like that.
Each Sunday we'll be getting to know one of this year's Inky Awards judges a little bit better. Today is Lauren-day! She's 16 and hails from McKinnon Secondary College in Victoria. Lauren's an avid reader, writer, nail polish collector and fangirl (specialising in mostly everything, especially TV shows and books, i.e. Harry Potter and TFiOS).
So, Lauren, what's a book that's made you cry?
Funnily enough (or not funny, since this is about me crying), but the two books I have cried in have both been associated with John Green: The Fault In Our Stars (written by him), and Esther Earl’s (which John Green wrote in) biography, This Star Won’t Go Out.
A book that made you laugh?
The Fault in Our Stars film has been surronded by significant buzz since the moment it was announced. And it's coming out this week!!! But did you know that as part of its US release the stars toured the country? And, even better, that there was a special event for the film's remarkable soundtrack?
Sit back and enjoy!
Which track is your favourite?
Are you there, world? It's me, Inky. And I'd like to introduce you to some really amazing people...
Introducing the 2014 Inky Awards judging panel!
Our six Inky Awards Judges, who will be representing the voices and views of young adults everywhere (no pressure, guys) are: