Anna and the French kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she is less than thrilled when her father ships her off to boarding school in Paris. That is until she meets Etienne St. Clair – an American with an English accent living in Paris – who is gorgeous and irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. Will a year of complications and misunderstandings in the romantic city of Paris, end with the French kiss Anna so desperately wants? Or are some things just not meant to be?

Good Reads

The lion and the lamb – Jonathan Harlen

This is a very short novel which explores the story of Nicaraguan emigres Juan Castillo and his son Hector, who live in a high-rise block in inner-Sydney. Juan thrives on a feud with the Russian family upstairs – caused by their sons’ bullying of Hector, his peace making son. Hector struggles to understand his father’s rage in this novel about how we are affected by our past and about how we deal with conflict.

Library Thing

The outsiders – S.E. Hinton

Quiet and shy Ponyboy lives with his two brothers Darry and Sodapop, after the deaths of their parents. They’re poor kids from the wrong side of the tracks, and they hang out with a gang called the ‘greasers’, whose enemies are the ‘socs’ – rich kids who beat up the greasers for entertainment. One night something goes terribly wrong in a fight and Ponyboy goes on the run to escape the police. Written by a seventeen year old, this is a powerful and moving novel about the importance of friendship and family.

Penguin Books

And then there were none – Agatha Christie

Bewildering and ingenious, this crime will keep you guessing until the very last death! Ten strangers are lured to an island by the mysterious U.N.Owen, their host who is no where to be found. In each of their rooms is a poem entitled ‘Ten Little Indians’ which tells the story of ten Indian boys who die in unusual fashions. At dinner on the first evening, a recorded message accuses each of the guests of having a secret. Stranded unexpectedly on the island, one by one the guests begin to disappear – with only the nursery rhyme left behind as a clue to their fate.

Becky’s Book Reviews

Nineteen eighty-four – George Orwell

“Big Brother is watching you” Oceania is a society constantly at war and one where privacy no longer exists, with telescreens, thoughtpolice, and junior spies monitoring your every action and thought. It is a world of inhumanity and despair, where personality is extinguished and mindless obedience to the Party is mandated. However, Winston longs for something more than the life of boredom, fear and control the Party offers, and in a seemingly small act of rebellion buys a journal to record his thoughts. Soon, he meets Julia and O’Brien who will change his life entirely.

The Mookes and the Gripes

The secret diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend

Adrian Mole is a worrier; his adolescent life is a catalogue of woes – from acne to being in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, Pandora. Writing bad poetry and pining after Pandora, he conveys the minutia of his daily life in a hilarious and often touching manner. This is a timeless novel which has become a cult book.

Goodreads

Dune – Frank Herbert

This epic novel tells an exciting and elaborate tale about a desert planet called Arrakis, the only planet with supplies of ‘Melange’ – the spice which enables interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and long life. However, the intricate power struggle between House Atreides and their mortal enemies House Harkonnens pits the planet’s tough, fanatical desert men in a clash with the corrupt imperialist leaders. This classic, multi-award winning, science fiction novel is suspenseful and sparkles with imagination – if you like sci-fi, this is a must read.

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