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The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Very worthwhile reading. Set mainly in Australia and Thailand during World War Two. An epic account of the horrors of the Thai-Burma railway that delves deeply into the enormous physical and psychological demands on the central characters. A story concerning love, duty and deception. Worth delaying reading interviews with the author until you finish the book.

Mr Kieran Dempsey

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

The Adelaide author Hannah Kent spent a year on exchange in Iceland in 2002. Her overseas experience and her later PhD studies at Flinders University contributed to this interesting read about Agnes, an Icelandic servant who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Drawing on mythology and historical fact, Hannah Kent paints a vivid picture of Icelandic society of the early 1800s and the protagonist Agnes, the alleged murderess, who awaits her execution.

Mr Glen Robins

To manga or not to manga? That is the question

 Do you read manga? If so, why?


Has anyone read The Fullmetal Alchemist?


The Killer’s Tears by Anne-Laure Bondoux


Although it has a fable-like quality, this story doesn’t shy away from senseless violence and gore! It begins with the murder of a young boy’s parents by a wanted criminal, who spares the boy, moves into his home and slowly develops a curious relationship with him. The two become dependent on eachother, and their bond is challenged when another stranger appears on their wild and isolated doorstep. What follows is a deeply moving and fascinating tale, rich in its language and longlasting in its effect on the reader. This is a short, immensely satisfying read.

Ms Michelle Sweeney (Librarian)

Lit CLub visit to MLC Lit Club, April 2014

 On the afternoon of Wednesday 30th April, a group of 16 adventurous, outgoing and socially advanced young men accepted an invitation from a like-minded group of young women from MLC to attend a joint meeting.
After a brief tram ride down Glenferrie Road, the excitement level was high as the boys arrived at MLC. Once inside the library, the boys joined the girls to hear from guest speaker Fiona Harris. Fiona has written two books and the third series of the ABC television show, Prank Patrol, and is one of Australia’s most prolific performers, featuring in shows such as The Librarians, Skithouse, Comedy Inc, Offspring, Mr & Mrs Murder and many others. Fiona spoke about getting started writing your own comedy and the importance of drawing inspiration from your own comedy heroes.
The next stage in the proceedings was a trivia competition hosted by MLC’s trivia master Tara. Some extremely challenging questions sent the groups’ brains into overdrive and afternoon tea couldn’t come quick enough for some! The meeting came to an end with a delicious array of hot and cold snacks and as always there were cries of “ we didn’t have enough time” and “when can we do it again?” A term four meeting at Scotch College is soon to be locked in… Until then, let’s get blogging!!

CBCA books - irrelevant to you?

The annual CBCA list of short-listed books chosen by older adult judges are no longer relevant to today’s teenagers. Discuss!


Has anyone read any of these books? How would you rate them?



Do covers turn you off?


Talking of books which appeal to boys vs girls…are you missing great books because the cover turns you off? Which of these books would you take off the shelf?

For girls/guys eyes only?


 John Green is an example of a best-selling YA author who successfully writes ‘relationship’ fiction that appeals equally to both guys and girls.

Can you think of any others? Or are some books geared to and best read only by girls or guys exclusively?? Tell us what you think!

 By the way, John Green has a terrific website - take a look…


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

 Chris McCandless was young, well-to-do, and college-educated, with a rich network of friends, colleagues and extended family - so how did he come to die of starvation, after months of being alone, in the isolated wilderness of Alaska in 1992 at the age of 24? This true story unravels the mystery, and, the remarkable journey, of a young man seeking himself, testing his boundaries and turning his back on the privileged, materialistic and conventional world he knew. This is a moving, thought-provoking book about the journey that we are all on - whether we go into the wild or not - and Chris McCandless’ story will walk on with you.

Ms Dianne Visnovsky (Teacher Librarian)