Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Approaching the School Holidays!

The School Holidays are approaching and thanks to everyone for their support of our regular holiday workshop program. Author Belinda Murrell will be working with a group developing writing skills and characterisation. That workshop is already filled! Illustrator Sarah Davis is focusing on drawing and picturebooks with a keen group. Little ones are playing with the ideas of Pirates and Princesses while a small group of Advanced English HSC students will be preparing for Trials.

And what are the hot reads for the holidays? There are many!

Favourite Picturebooks include: Queen Victoria's Underpants by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley; The Important Things by Peter Carnavas; Magpie by Luke Davies (still my favourite!); Monster by Andrew Daddo and Bruce Whatley (again!); The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinknet.

Favourite Junior Fiction includes: Battle Boy by Charlie Carter; Thai-fiffic by Oliver Phommavahn; The EJ12 series; Now by Morris Gleitzman; and Toppling by Sally Murphy. And of course, huge numbers of kids continue to read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Favourite YA include: The Necromancer by Michael Scott; The Truth about Leo by David Tyelland; Alone by James Phelan; Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness; The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.

And favourite Adult Fiction: The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall; The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell; Brooklyn by Colm Toibin; Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor.

I am looking forward to reading The Trophy Kid by Pat Flynn, Oracle by Jackie French and I'll dip into Little Vampire Women by Alcott and Messina.

Happy Reading! Let me know what you are reading.

Paul Mac

1 comment:

  1. My group of friends and I are busy reading, "Wolf Hall" by Hillary Mantel. So far so good, I have to keep referring back to the character profiles. Here's an interesting discussion question Do you always look for an element in a novel you can relate to?