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Winner of Festival Blog Competition announced!


Lyosha Zmyeevich (aka Raymond - sorry to expose your pseudonym Raymond :) ) is the 2011 winner of the Lit Festival blogging competition. His penetrating and somewhat controversial questions to both Vanessa O’Neill and Alison Goodman inspired detailed and enlightening responses from these ladies, who were subsequently keen to meet ‘Lyosha’. Lucky you, Raymond!

You have won a $20 book voucher - congratulations!

Winners of Yr 7 Limerick Competition

The lucky (and talented) winners of the Limerick Competition are Warren Lee (7I), Calvin Dass (7B) and Julian Wang (7H).

These boys get to mingle with the stars and munch on great food at lunchtime on Monday 8th August. Come to the Green Room in the library (usually known as the Reading and Discussion Room) at 12.45 on Monday, Warren, Calvin and Julian.

Write to Win!!!!

There’s a $20 book voucher up for grabs!

The best Lit Festival related blog post or comment submitted before Aug 19th will win!

What do we mean by best?

Thought-provoking……. OR Insightful……. OR Funny……..OR Deep……… OR Controversial….. OR Enlightening…….. OR Wise…….. OR Engaging…………………………………OR any combination of the above.  :)

Yr 7 Limerick Competition - win lunch with the stars!

by Edward Lear 

Year 7s - this is your chance to win ‘Lunch with the Stars’ during the Scotch Literature Festival!

Simply choose your favourite character from a novel, write a limerick and submit it here by clicking on

 ‘_ Comments’ underneath this post. You could be dining in fine style with exciting company on the 8th August!

Entries close Thursday 4th August.

Win $$$$ and books!

Write Across Victoria  is a creative writing competition for Victorian students in years 7, 8 and 9. You only have to write 500 words and guess what…you’re given the beginning! Why not have a go? There’s over $3000 in cash plus books to be won.

Mrs Sweeney

Scotch Factor Grand Final 2010

What an amazing display by Kapil, Sam and Joseph! Their in depth knowledge of the Ranger’s Apprentice book ‘Ruins of Gorlan’ has earnt them the Scotch Factor title for 2010, and their names will be engraved on our magnificent trophy!

Well done, also, to the runners up - Paul, Ryan and John (Starcraft: Ghost - Nova) and Raymond, Tristan and Max (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).

Thankyou to all the 2010 Scotch Factor participants (including Brains Trusts, scorers, timers and audiences) for your unbridled enthusiasm!

Mrs Sweeney

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards - YA winner

  Kirsty Eagar        

OK, there’s a girl on the cover…and she’s the main protagonist…but it still may be worth reading!


  The winner of the prize ($15,000) for Young Adult Fiction in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards is Kirsty Eagar, for her book Raw Blue 


 Judge’s comments: Raw Blue is a wonderfully assured novel that takes the reader from the stagnant aftermath of trauma to the subtle beginnings of recovery. Carly has dropped out of uni and works a monotonous kitchen job in order to devote the rest of her time to her real passion – surfing. Riding the bright skin of the ocean is where Carly belongs, and is the only place where she can begin to escape what happened to her two years ago at Schoolies. Raw Blue packs an unsentimental punch that is not easily forgotten.

The other books on the shortlist were:

 § Phillip GwynneSwerve  

 § Gabrielle Williams – Beatle Meets Destiny  

Mrs Sweeney

2010 Inky awards shortlist announced.


The shortlist for this year’s Inky Awards has been announced, and there are some great books featured. If you don’t know about the Inkys, look here!
This is one book award that takes into account YOUR opinions - so get reading and then vote!


Going Bovine by Libba Bray

When Cameron finds out he’s sick and going to die, he embarks on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America to find out how to live and what matters most.

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

A gripping fantasy set on the shifting boundary between what is real and what is legend. Can Ellie discover a power she never knew she possessed?

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned against him. All he has is a small, loyal crew of men.

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

Micah Wilkins admits she’s a liar. But will murder be enough of a reason to stop lying? An extraordinary and original story that will have you grasping for the truth until the very last page.

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Set in Sydney’s northern beaches, Raw Blue traces Carly’s story as she recovers from the traumatic events of schoolies week two years earlier. A must-read for older teens.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf-her wolf-is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Told in a letter to her captor by 16-year-old Gemma, Stolen explores the influence that a really wild and remote space can have on the inner development of a young woman.

Swerve by Phillip Gwyne

One of the country’s finest young cellists, 16 year-old Hugh Twycross has a very bright future. A future that has been mapped out by his parents, his teachers, by everybody, it seems, except Hugh Twycross.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths.

Scotch Factor term 3 2010


Congratulations Tristan and Max, clear winners of The Scotch Factor this term after rapidly firing off the answers to most of my questions on Matthew Reilly’s ‘Contest’.

Mrs Sweeney

Scotch Factor triumph

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan, Paul and John, winners of Term 2’s Scotch Factor! Answering questions on Dot Robot Atomic Swarm at lightning speed earnt them yummy rewards and a chance to compete in the Grand Final at the end of the year. 

Mrs Sweeney