Jasper Jones – Craig Silvey

Late one hot summer night in 1965, thirteen year old Charlie Bucktin, is startled by a knock on his window. His visitor, Jasper Jones, an outcast in the small country town, has a terrible secret to share. A local girl has gone missing and the townspeople are looking for someone to blame. Over the simmering summer as Charlie searches for the truth he clashes with his mother, falls nervously in love and witnesses a town consumed by fear and suspicion.

Described as an Australian, To Kill a Mockingbird, this novel which at times is very funny, explores the devastating impact of racism and prejudice on a community.

Griffith Library


Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favourite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
This whirlwind romance is written in alternating chapters by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

Chachic’s Book Nook

Graceling – Kristin Cashore

Graceling is born with a rare skill, one which stops her living the kind of privileged life that one might expect the niece of a king should in the Seven Kingdoms. Able to kill a man with her bare hands since the age of eight, she effectively functions as a thug for the king and has no idea how her life is going to change when she meets Prince Po. With a plot and characterisation that strengthens as the novel progresses, Graceling follows Po on his mission to find his grandfather and discovers much about not only herself but also information which could endanger the very world in which she lives.

The blackbird’s nest

Silvermay – James Moloney

Sixteen-year-old Silvermay Hawker is the fierce and stubborn protagonist of this grand and magical adventure. Strangely drawn to the mysterious and goodlooking newcomer to her village, Tamlyn, who seems devoted to another – Nerigold and her son Lucien – Silvermay soon discovers that they are on the run from the evil and devious Coyle Strongbow who seems to want the child for some nefarious purpose. Caught up in the danger, she also discovers the horrific truth about Tamlyn.


Wolf Blood – N. M. Browne

It’s first-century Britain and the Roman legions are advancing. Trista is a British warrior girl who has been held captive by a rival tribe and manages to escape; unluckily, she runs into two Roman foot-soldiers and has to pretend to be a beggar so they do not kill her. Using her skills as a seer, she discovers that Morcant – the half-British Roman warrior – is more than he initially appears. Unlikely friends, they escape together and Morcant comes to quickly learn that he is in fact a shapeshifter: a werewolf.


Fearless – Tim Lott

Presenting as a neatly painted religious school, the City Community Faith School is not all it appears. Set in the not-too-distant future, where the dangers of modern day life have been controlled, the school is actually a correctional facility where one thousand girls are forced to labour in the city’s laundry – separated from their families and deprived of their freedom. Aptly named, Little Fearless, escapes and tries to tell her story to the world, but this adventure is even more dangerous than she could possibly imagine.

Fantastic Fiction

Don’t Call Me Ishmael – Michael Gerard Bauer

With the unfortunate Ishmael Leseur’s Syndrome – sadly afflicted on children by their parents, who give them unpronouncable names – fourteen-year-old Ishmael teams up with a lovable band of misfits to have the best year of his life. Funny and witty, this is a light-hearted novel about the trials and tribulations of being a teenage boy.

Nayu’s reading corner