Monthly Archives: August 2011

Studying Civil Rights?

On being released last year, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help became an instanst best-seller.  However, you may not have considered it for your students.  Set in 1960s Jackson, Mississippi, The Help is the perfect accompaniment to study of American Civil Rights. … Continue reading

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New Books September 2011 – Secondary

Bloodlines: Book 1 by Richelle Mead BLOOD DOESN’T LIE . . . Sydney’s blood is special.  That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human … Continue reading

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New Books September 2011 – Primary

My Brother’s A Wormburger by Gretel Killeen Zeke and Eppie know their neighbours are aliens, but their Mum thinks they are angels. Trouble is, Mum’s promised Zeke and Eppie a puppy if they play politely with the neighbours all day!!!!!!!!!!! … Continue reading

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Felice Arena talks about his new novel ‘Whippersnapper’

Would most people know what Whippersnapper means? Anyone over 35 – probably, yes. You don’t hear it a lot these days. Generally older folk use it to refer to younger people. It’s an old English word that originally referred to … Continue reading

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Class texts for Lower Secondary – Part 2

Following on from part 1 yesterday, here are some more suggestions for lower secondary. Captain Cook’s Apprentice ‘What are they saying?’ Isaac asked Taiata. ‘They are calling us tupua. . . goblins and demons.’ ‘And what else?’ ‘They say they … Continue reading

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Class texts for lower secondary – Part 1

It’s that time of year again – when new texts for the English booklist need to be chosen.  It can be difficult to know where to begin when choosing new books, so we have put together a list of our … Continue reading

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Review – Alaska by Sue Saliba

Review by Sharon Marchingo from Crusoe 7-12 Secondary College. Alaska by Sue Saliba is a gentle story set in modern dayAlaska. Eighteen year old Mia goes toAlaska to visit her sister Em and her new baby. Their mother has been … Continue reading

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