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.



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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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

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“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