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... 😛

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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

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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.

By AM

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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

Books Map the World

At the recent Reading Matters conference in Melbourne (the City of Literature) John Green proved to be an engaging speaker. According to Green, books map the world. Great books allow us to feel like someone else, to know about the interior lives of characters (to know more about these characters than we probably know about our friends). Books are thus a partnership between the writer and the reader. For teen readers, John says, it is important for them to see the world that they know but it is equally important to see the world that they don’t know. The way we imagine the world is important. Learning to imagine others more complexly is partly behind John Green’s latest novel, Paper Towns.

Relationships also figure in Green’s acclaimed book “An Abundance of Katherine’s” which was an Honour book in the Michael L. Printz Awards.

Check out some teen reviews of these books and an interesting interview with John Green . Don’t forget to read the review on this blog for John’s acclaimed and prize winning first novel, “Looking for Alaska”.

How a fireman became an author

Robert Newton visited our school today to speak to our Year 10 students, who study one of his novels: Runner. He was a most engaging speaker, keeping his audiences enthralled with stories about his life, his books and how he comes up with ideas for writing.

Perhaps one of the more interesting and unexpected facts we learnt was that Robert is a full-time fireman, working for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne. He even gave his audience some hints about how to get stray kittens down from trees!

Robert also explained that some of his earlier books were based on his life as a child or on his brother. Writing from personal experience is a good place for all writers to start, as Robert demonstrated, with some readings from his books.

The inspiration for Runner came from Robert’s interest in characters, in particular, the intriguing character of Squizzy Taylor. Robert researched into Squizzy Taylor and the gangster era by visiting the State Library and reading old newspapers. He also explored Richmond, the location of the novel ; spending time wandering the streets – even running at 3 am on a cold wintry morning to get a feel for his character, Charlie’s life.

Perhaps the key quality that Robert demonstrated to his audience was the need for an author to watch and listen to the world around him, for the world is a wonderful inspiration for authors. Just as Robert Newton was a wonderful inspiration for our Year 10 readers, today.