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New Fiction - Term 4, 2010

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Book Summaries Trash
Andy Mulligan

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael’s world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong. And now it's three street-boys against the world...
Book Summaries Android Karenina
Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters

It’s been called the greatest novel ever written. Now, Tolstoy’s timeless saga of love and betrayal is transported to an awesomer version of 19th Centaury Russia. It is a world humming with high –power goznium engines: where debutants dance the 3D waltz in midair, mechanical wolves charge into battle alongside brave young soldiers, and robots – miraculous, beloved robots! – are the faithful companions of everyone who’s anyone. Restless to forge her own destiny in this fantastic modern life, the bold noblewoman Anna and her enigmatic Android Karenina abandon a loveless marriage to seize passion with the daring, hansom Count Vronsky. But when their scandalous affair gets mixed up with dangerous futuristic villainy, the ensuing chaos threatens to rip apart their live, their families, and – just maybe- all of planet Earth.
Book Summaries 4.3.2.1
Noel Clarke


4 girls, 3 days, 2 cities, 1 chance.

Take four best friends. Give them three days in two cities and totally mess with their lives. Add to the mix a diamond heist, a transatlantic booty call, one seriously professional panic room and a lot of partying. The result is 4.3.2.1.
Book Summaries The Last Resort
Douglas Rogers


For many years, Lyn and Ros Rogers were the owners of Drifters, a famous game farm and backpacker lodge in the eastern mountains. But when President Robert Mugabe launched his violent land reclamation programme, everything changed. The Rogers found their home under siege, their friends and neighbours expelled, and their lives in danger. But instead of leaving, as their son Douglas pleaded with them to do, they hauled out a shotgun and stayed.

Douglas returns to find his childhood home transformed into something between a Marx Brothers romp and the Heart of Darkness: marijuana has supplanted maize in the fields, hookers have replaced gap-year kids as guests; soldiers, spies and teenage diamond dealers down beers at the bar. Beyond the farm gates, armed war veterans loyal to Mugabe circle like hungry lions. And yet, in spite of it all, the Rogers - with the help of their friends and locals, black political dissidents among them - hold on. And Douglas begins to see his parents in a new light: unbowed, even heroic.
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Saltwater Vampires
Kirsty Eagar

He looked to the sky, praying for rain, a downpour, some sign from the heavens … But all he saw was the bloated white face of the moon smiling down on him … And the sky around it was cold and clear and black …
They made their circle of blood. And only the moon witnessed the slaughter that followed.

For Jamie Mackie, summer holidays in the coastal town of Rocky Head mean surfing, making money, and good times at the local music festival. But this year, vampires are on the festival line-up … fulfilling a pact made on the wreck of the Batavia, four hundred years ago. If their plans succeed, nobody in Rocky Head will survive to see out the new year.
Saltwater Vampires is a distinctly Australian vampire thriller.

 

Book Summaries I lost my mobile at the mall
Wendy Harmer     

I lost my mobile at the mall and am now facing certain death. My mother will accuse me of being lazy, ungrateful and plain old stupid. The first death I suffer will be from an utter lack of natural justice. My father will sentence me to die by disappointment. His shoulders will sag and there will be a long escape of air from his chest, as if I've crept up behind him and pulled out his plug. As if I deliberately lost my mobile phone to prove to him that there is no God. My best friend will kill me, all because there's a photo in my mobile of her standing next to Hugh Jackman. I am not an overly dramatic person, but a year's worth of numbers, texts and photos were in my phone, and if I don't get them back my life is not worth living.


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Your Skirt is too Short
Emily Maguire

After many waves of feminism, where are we? Are young women really either massive sluts or helpless dolls? And anyway, what's the definition of a slut? Young women have a lot of questions. In Your Skirt's Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice a revised young adult edition of her book Princesses and Pornstars, Emily Maguire ignites discussion on issues relevant to teenagers. Drawing on her adolescence and the experiences faced by teens today, Maguire looks for answers and a way forward. This personal and illuminating book is a bridge to enable young women and men to understand the issues behind them and those ahead of them. Guided by the wisdom born of experiences, both good and bad, Maguire offers advice without lecturing in this engaging and frank book that will inform and equip readers of all ages.

 

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Maximum Ride – The manga (Book 1)
James Patterson

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her "flock" - Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel - are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly! It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare. When the mysterious lab known as the "School" turns up and kidnaps their youngest member, it's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?

 

Book Summaries Fruits Basket – Book 1
Natsuki Takaya

When high school student Tohru Honda's mother died in a car accident, Tohru begins living in a tent and supporting herself. Little did she know that the land she was staying on belonged to the Sohma family, a clan of beautiful and mysterious people. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything's going well until she discovers the Sohma family's greatest secret: when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they each turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!

Fruits Basket manga series is one of the top manga series in both Japan and in the US
Book Summaries Tomorrow When the War Began
John Marsden

When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they're leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong--horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured--including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.