Getting lost isn’t always a bad thing

book coverTitle:  Let’s Get Lost

Author: Adi Alsaid

Interest level:  Year 7 +

This really is a book to get lost in. Leila’s journey across America and Canada to witness the Northern Lights is told from five different characters’ perspectives. As Leila travels North she meets, befriends and ultimately changes for the better the lives of Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia. It is not until the conclusion that we learn that Leila’s journey is one in which she ultimately finds herself.

It is difficult not to be deeply distrustful of publishers who promise that a book is “…for readers of JOHN GREEN…”, yet, this is definitely a book for those of us who have enjoyed stories where adolescents face and meet real life challenges. Whilst there are a couple of situations in this book that are less convincing (Leila’s challenge may be medically “questionable, for example), Let’s Get Lost is still a very good read for people who are looking for happy resolutions. A feel good book of the first order.

Recommended (ipe): ***

Alice Pung

What I learned about Alice Pung from her talk:
Alice was really funny and I enjoyed her talk alot. I learnt alot about her heritage and what happened in Columbia.

What I liked about her book:
From the things that she read fromher book I liked her humor.

What I would like to ask her:
Can I have you autograph?? (which I did =) )


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Alice Pung excites her audience

DSCF2868Today was a great day out at the local library with our Book Club. Alice Pung was the visiting author who we went to see. I liked that she was honest about everything. I liked her book “Unpolished Gem” because it was true and she was brave.  Michelle


We went to our local library today. We had Maccas for lunch. I liked hearing Alice Pung. I enjoyed the way she wrote her book “Unpolished Gem” and how it was totally true. I learnt that her family came from a very distorted third world country and they went through hardship. LK


Today we went with book Club to the public library to see Alice Pung and she was great. She was very truthful about her life. I Learned from reading parts of her book that it would be hard living in a different country. I liked that her book was about her life. EM

DSCF2870When we listened to Alice Pung today we learned that she has a funny dad and a snot sucking Grandmother (she did this when Alice’s baby brother had a cold, so he could still drink). Alice also told us that Cambodia had its hard times. There is some good humour in her book and it is all true and realistic.  Lauren


Book Club Trip to Public Library

On the 23/04/10 Book Clubbers took a trip to the public library to hear an amazingly funny author talk about her new book that is out now. Her name is ALICE PUNG– She has a Chinese-Cambodian background and she talked about her book and read us sections that were based on her first boy friend. She also had heaps of jokes up her sleeve. Due to the nature of this blog, I cannot say her jokes, becuase they are too funnny…..

This author would be the best author’s talk I’ve been to and I will definitely read her book..

Cheers R... 😛


Alice was a great person; she was really nice and was happy to sign our books. She talked to us about her book and some of the stories behind the tales. Alice had a great sense of humour. She made the older audience, (me, Emily and Lucie) laugh with her story about Cleo. All in all a great day and I can’t wait to read the book…..SS


Today we went to see Alice Pung at the Ballarat Central Highlands Library. It was very interesting to listen to what it was like for her father to grow up in the conditions that he did. And I also found it cool to find out about what it was like to live in Australia and being a Cambodian.



Reflections on Readers Cup

The inaugural Victorian final of the Readers Cup was held in the ACMI, Federation Square on Friday, November 27th, 2009. Our school had entered two teams a  junior team of Year 7 and 8 students (who had read: “The Rangers Apprentice Bk 1”, “Hana’s Suitcase“, “Dragonkeeper” and “Diego, Run!” ) and a senior team of Year 8, 9 and 10 students (who had read: “The whole business of Kiffo & the Pitbull”, “Joel & Cat set the story straight“, “Tomorrow when the War began” and   “Twilight“). Both teams had to answer 2 questions on each of the four novels and present a creative piece based on a pre-selected novel: “Dragonkeeper” (junior team) and “Joel and Cat set the story straight” (senior team).

junior team

The juniors chose to create a showbag filled with items that related to the story: a map of Ping’s journey, Hua the rat, a dragon mask, the dragon stone, a jigsaw puzzle, some potions and a shield which represented Ping’s main qualites (love, strength, bravery and cunning).  They spent many lunchtimes creating these pieces and decorating the showbag, with Mrs Bed’s help.

showbag prep

The senior team decided to perform a TV interview based on the conflict between Cat and Joel in the last chapter. Called “Teenage Showdown”, the host had invited both Cat and Joel along to present their sides of the story without telling the other that they were also appearing. They wrote and rehearsed their play in the library after school.



The participants (mostly from Book Club) have thoroughly enjoyed reading, discussing and preparing their creative responses. They and their support team also had a great time in Melbourne competing against other schools from around the state.


Comments from participants:

It was good and some of the creative things were really funny. I was disappointed that we did not win but it’s ok. (Alcy)

I had a great day. It was very fun. I would love to do it again I think it rocked. Only one thing bad was not getting McDonalds! (Hannah)

It was good except for the part where we lost. It was good but so sad. Grace

I think the day was brilliant! the way it was presented and the things they did to keep the audience of kids focussed was smart. I would definitely do the Readers Cup again. Chenoa

I loved doing the creative partand the other team had some good ways of showing the book. Heaps of fun! (Kim)

I dressed up as a boy. (Ester)

Other than sore feet and a headache the day was AWESOME!! We may not have won this year but there’s always next year. (Lucie)

Book Club has a laugh

On Wednesday the 28th October,  we went to the State Library of Victoria. We listened to four authors talk about the books they have written and there were some people that acted out some of the scenes. I had great fun and hope I can go again some time.

From M

The authors were Barry Jonsberg, Kirsten Murphy, Penney Tangey and David Metzenthen and the books they were talking about are shown here. If you click on the covers you might also find a review about the book:

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Bring on the Funny

It was a beautiful day on the 28th of October. The sun was shining and I just couldn’t wait to cram onto the stuffy full train to Melbourne for an hour. I was forced to sit in the tiny little box meant for bags and laptops which I also had to share with Kayla Driscol. But once we arrived at the station all was good and well… that was until we had to jump on another train that was more crammed than the first.

loving-richard-feynmanOnce we arrived at the state library we waited in the lobby with around 5 other schools until our Bookgig session “Bringing the funny” started. But we were soon allowed to take our seat in the large fancy theatre. All the comic authors made speeches and actors performed scenes from their books. My fave author was the author the wrote LOVING RICHARD FEYNMAN. She was quite a funny person.

For lunch I bought Mcdonalds. I have better things to spend my money on.

On the trip home it was a little less crowded. I read the book written by Penny Tangey who was my fave author of the day.

All up the trip was an educational and fun experience. I would like to do it again.

From Grace  xx

Visit to Melbourne's gracious State Library


In the last week of Term 2, Junior and Senior Book Clubbers and Library Monitors travelled to Melbourne to visit the State Library of Victoria. Here are some of the student responses to that most enjoyable visit:

“The State Library is very, very, very much nicer than the Ballarat Library; it is a completely different experience, like eating some sand and then having some vanilla coke.” Ester

“At the State Library, the view over the LaTrobe Reading Room was wonderful. The Chess Room was fun as we all got to play chess. The whole experience was enjoyable.” Lauren

latrobe reading room

“The State Library was massive and a really cool old building. It has an awesome Reading Room and a nice, quiet place to think. Really interesting … and all the old books they have are pretty amazing. Definitely want to go there again.” Kim and Abbey

“We saw Ned Kelly’s armour and one of his boots (the other one has been lost) and we danced along the mural. We saw the most amazing book ever, which was the size of my thumbnail. We also went to Experimedia to use computers and play with this awesome mirror. Ester & Rohan made Ned Kelly helmets.” Natalie

“Experimedia was the best part of the State Library with Wii and X-box and PlayStation 2 and a massive play area.” Grace

“Great day …the best part was when we got to play Wii in Experimedia.” Reece

“The State Library was very interesting. I most liked the beautiful architecture and I learnt how to play Wii.” Emily

Back to the Books at Clunes

Have you ever been to Clunes?
Well here is a great reason to go to Clunes.
Back To Book Town 2009.
It is where over 60 book sellers come to Clunes and sell books. Some new, old, second hand and even some brand new. It runs every year on the first weekend of May (this year 2nd and 3rd of May)
Clunes is located 20 minutes away from Ballarat, going via Miner Rest or Creswick.
Clunes is a great town it has a great lollies and ice cream shop, that is bright and open a few years ago.
Back To Book Town is not just about books there is heaps of other fun like, the visiting Writers and the Great Food Stalls. Every year the CFA hold a every book under $5 store, this has donated books from the public so there are in very good condition.
Back To Book Town Clunes 2009 2nd and 3rd of May.

To find out more follow the links below