Monthly Archives: December 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy School Holidays!

Merry Christmas everyone!  We hope that you had an enjoyable and productive school year.  Penguin Teachers’ Corner will be taking a break over the festive season, with posts returning in January.  We thank you for your support of the blog … Continue reading

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Review – Pizza Cake by Morris Gleitzman

Review by Alex Wharton from William Clark College. In a world where teachers are the highest paid members of society, celebrated Australian children’s author Morris Gleitzman turns conventional pay scales upside down as a way of showing the importance of … Continue reading

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Look! The Art of Australian Picture Books Today

This wonderful exhibition, which appeared at the State Library of Victoria earlier in the year, is  now touring the eastern states of Australia.  Included are original illustrations, sketches and drawings by over 40 illustrators, including Graeme Base, Leigh Hobbs and … Continue reading

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Review – Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Review by Lorraine Dobbi-Cockburn from Methodist Ladies’ College in Sydney. In her first novel, Audition, Kehoe chose to write a verse novel in first person.  Through eloquent, seductive and powerful language, which is sparse in volume, she creates a window … Continue reading

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Review – ‘Crossed’ by Ally Condie

Review by Celia Rice, Teacher Librarian, Hoppers Crossing Secondary College There has been a variety of dystopia fiction released lately, some excellent, like Malley’s The Declaration and Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It. A new addition to the genre is … Continue reading

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Morris Gleitzman short story competition winner!

We would like to congratulate Ash Smith from Romsey Primary School – the winner of the Morris Gleitzman short story competition.  After sifting through over 1000 entries, Morris chose Ash’s story as his favourite.  Thank you to all the teachers, … Continue reading

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid activities

Are you looking for some fun activities to finish of the year? We now have lots of great Cabin Fever activities available for you to use with your students. There is trivia, a word find and even a board game. Download here.

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Jeff Kinney Virtually Live!

Watch Jeff Kinney talk to hundreds of kids in the UK.  Find out how Greg was born, where the “cheese touch” idea came from and what it was like to see the characters come to life on the big screen. … Continue reading

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Review – Audition by Saskia Ward Kehoe

Review by Julie Hogan from Robert Townson High School in NSW. Sixteen year old Sara is a gifted ballet dancer living in small townVermontwhen she wins a scholarship at the Jersey Ballet.  She moves toJerseyand here begins a new life … Continue reading

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New Books for Secondary – December, 2011

Legend by Marie Lu Once known as the western coast of the United States, the Republic is now a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors, the Colonies. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, … Continue reading

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