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Speculative September James Roy – Ichabod Hart & the Lighthouse Mystery

This fits into the steampunk part of speculative fiction (mix of history and fantasy). It poses various what if scenarios: What if the French settled (invaded)Australia at the same time as the English? What if convicts could be made to work even harder? This is a mystery/fantasy that is mixed up with the steam era (hence steampunk) where a … Continue reading

Joking June – NIPS XI

NIPS XI  Ruth Starke  This book was first published in 2001 and is written for an Australian audience who know their cricket heroes.  However, it would still have an appeal across various audiences although it would be better for Year 6 or Year 7 students as the main character LAN is in Year 6.  The … Continue reading

Joking June – UFO

UFO – Unavoidable family outing  Dave Hackett    UFO is a tale of mishap as a family of 5 set out in their old Morris from Sydney headed for Cape York. Trying to do the trip in two weeks (spoiler alert), they only make it to outback Queensland and manage to lose luggage, wallets and … Continue reading

Joking June – Keepinitreal

Don Henderson keepinitreal Stevie Goodes, the teen narrator of the story “about how I stopped being an egg headed idiot” is the local “refundables” (recycling) collector.  Excessively shy and somewhat forgotten by society (he was left in a dumpster as a baby), Stevie lives with Uncle Boff and Auntie Peg in Victory Gardens, an (Australian) … Continue reading

Australian April – Things a map won’t show you

Things a map won’t show you – stories from Australia and beyond.  Edited by Susan LaMarca and Pam McIntyre. Finding a good short story collection is a never ending quest for an English teacher (and their TL) and in this book I may have found the holy grail!  My attention was drawn to this book … Continue reading

Australian April = ANZAC April

Given that Wednesday (25th  April) is Anzac Day it seems appropriate that bookgenremonthly’s Australian focus for April extends itself into Australian and New Zealand stories of war. There are MANY quality novels that can help young adults understand the impact of war but for this blog entry I am going to mainly limit myself to … Continue reading

Australian April – Indigenous Australians (Pt 2)

Australian April and the first Australians – Texts about Indigenous Australians (2) Following on from the previous blog, I will provide some other recommendations – At the start of 2011, I had to do a collection analysis of what texts I would recommend to an English faculty to have as class etc texts for a … Continue reading

Australian April – Indigenous Australians (Pt 1)

Australian April and the first Australians – Texts about Indigenous Australians In the bookgenremonthly blog on Jasper Jones I referred to Dougy , Deadly Unna and Herbie as comparisons and as a result started thinking of the other indigenous themed texts I have read over the past few years that have given me the “aha” … Continue reading

Australian April – Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey I decided to do this book for genre monthly as it has caused some controversy at a local school where it has been book-listed as a Year 10 text replacing Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Whether the issue is the content or that it has replaced the much loved … Continue reading

Australian April – Is there a great Australian novel?

The following article “Australian language, letters and literature” written by Kathryn Wells in 2007 (URL, retrieved 8/3/12). Identifies the following as themes in Aust Lit (amongst others) •experiences in a new country •injustice •solitude and grandeur of a landscape that dwarfs its people •life, landscape and traditions of Australian, and its influence on human … Continue reading

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