New books for Secondary – March 2012

The Shiny Guys by DOUG MACLEOD

‘Wouldn’t it be funny if they were real?’
‘Shiny red men?’
‘What if I were the sane one and everyone else was mad?’

One night, the shiny guys visit fifteen-year-old Colin Lapsley.  They don’t speak, but Colin can read their thoughts.  They want him to pay for the terrible thing that he has done.  When the shiny guys won’t go away, Colin is admitted to ward 44.  Ther he discovers an alien world, a powerful weapon, a gentle giant, and a girl who may be able to see what he can see. The Shiny Guys is a dark, sometimes funny novel about how fantasy and reality can merge, especially when electricity is involved.

Highly recommended as a class novel study consideration for Year’s 9 – 10. Teaching notes soon to be available.

Reluctant Hallelujah by GABRIELLE WILLIAMS

But there I go, getting ahead of myself. Skipping straight to the part where I was front-page news and they were calling me Dorothy, instead of starting at the beginning . . .

When Dodie’s parents go missing just as final year exams are about to start, she convinces herself they’re fine. But when the least likely boy in class holds the key — quite literally — to the huge secret her parents have been hiding all these years, it’s up to Dodie, her sister, the guy from school, and two guys she’s never met before, to take on the challenge of a lifetime. So now Dodie’s driving — unlicensed — to Sydney, and being chased by bad guys, the police, and one very handsome good guy. From the acclaimed author of Beatle Meets Destiny

Things a map won’t show you: stories from Australia and beyond
by Pam Macintyre-Susan La Marca

An unforgettable collection of short fiction, poetry and comic art from Australia and beyond . . .

A boy who tries to fly, a cricket game in a refugee centre, a government guide to kissing, the perils of hunting goannas, an arranged marriage, an awkward blind date, a girl who stands on her head, an imprisoned king and a cursed Maori stone . . .

Sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, always compelling, this collection featuring both established writers and emerging talent will broaden your horizons and excite your imagination.

Perfect for use in the lower Secondary classroom (Year 7 & 8) this collection is set to become an invaluable resource for Teachers’ and Librarian’s Australia wide.

Including stories by: James Roy * Tanveer Ahmed * Michael Pryor * Ursula Dubosarsky * Sonya Hartnett * Doug MacLeod * Oliver Phommavanh * Brenton McKenna * Tara June Winch * Sudha Murty * Oodgeroo

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