Novel: The Catcher in the Rye. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Throughout, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood, it deals with society, love, loss, and expectations without ever falling into the clutch of a cliche. Shelf Location: F SAL. 2 copies

Secrets of a Storyteller

The Catcher in the Rye is the ALLTIME Classic teen book. OK, Holden Caulfield is rich and negative. His time in New York is journey into maturity. Read it. Don't shoot anybody with the book in your pocket or I will revoke your library card!

Novel: The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini's deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land. In 1975, on the day of Kabul's annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys. Shelf Location: F HOS. 3 copies.  Video Recording E004.

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini - I would read again when I have time.

Picture Book and film: The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan.   A story about a boy who discovers a bizarre-looking creature whilst out collecting bottle-tops at the beach. Having guessed that it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but the problem is met with indifference by everyone else. In spite of his better judgement, the boy feels sorry for this hapless creature, and attempts to find out where it belongs. Shelf Location: PIC F TAN. 2 copies. Film E009

(Own) The Lost Thing Shaun Tan - about finding something lost, maybe a pet and taking it to a place full of Lost Things. The boy lives in a world were everything is bleak and no one is really noticing anything.

Novel: Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. Christopher is autistic. At 15, his carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.He decides to track down the real killer. Shelf Location: F HAD.  1 copy

Fishpond Australia, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Buy Books online: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, ISBN Mark Haddon

Short Stories: The Turning by Tim Winton; This is a beautiful collection of linked stories.  Small Mercies is one of my favourites of this collection. It tells of a man who returns to his home town with his young son after the death of his wife. The reader pieces together what is told and what only hinted at about Peter’s past in this town which he thought he had left for good. Film only by Robert Connolly......Shelf Location: F TUR VTV01357

The Turning. A group of short stories about life's "turning" points.

Novel: In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. She can remember the days before with her husband Luke... Shelf Location: F ATW. 1 copy

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood - if you read this years ago, you should re-read it, you may be surprised do find you react in different ways to different elements

Picture Book: The Watertower by Gary Crew and illustrated by Steven Woolman.  Thoughts, wonderings and questions,  Evidence supported inferences,  Synthesising,  Visual literacy - semiotics. Shelf Location: PIC F CRE.   2 copies

Picture Book: The Watertower by Gary Crew and illustrated by Steven Woolman. Thoughts, wonderings and questions, Evidence supported inferences, Synthesising, Visual literacy - semiotics. Shelf Location: PIC F CRE.

Picture Book: 2005 HONOUR Picture Book 'Belonging' by Jeanne Baker. Shows how even people in urban communities are working towards bringing back the variety of local native plants and animals that once lived there but they need to nurture the unique character of the place they live in. Shelf Location: PIC F BAK. 1 copy

Next to Mirror, this is possibly my favourite of Jeannie Baker’s incredibly beautiful picture books. Not only is the imagery stunning, but the power of its wordless form is something Jeannie does with consummate style.

Novel: The novel is set in a coastal town in South Australia. It follows a year in the life of fourteen year-old Gary ‘Blacky’ Black and his friend Dumby Red, one of the local Aboriginal boys. Blacky is smart, articulate and has seven siblings. He lives in a South Australian country town, and through his friendship with Dumby, a Koori from the same area, he learns what sort of person he would like to be.  Shelf Location: F GWY. 1 copy.

Fourteen-year-old Gary Black's life in Australia centers around his large family and footy (Australian football), until he becomes friends with an Aborigine boy and realizes how horrible prejudice can be.

Novel & Film: Pip's life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterious events lead him away from his humble origins and up the social ladder. Pip's desire to improve himself is matched only by his longing for the icy-hearted Estella, but secrets from the past impede his progress and he has many hard lessons to learn. Shelf Location: F DIC. 4 copies. Graphic Novel: 1 copy. VTV00773 and VTV02011.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Picture Book: Erika's Story by Ruth Vander Zee: A desperate Jewish mother throws her baby from a death train and a German woman risks her life to bring the baby up.  Shelf Location: PIC F VAN.  7 copies

If you are looking for an amazing picture book for all ages that captures the events of the Holocaust, you must read Erika's Story by Ruth Vander Zee,

Movie: Set in the American rural South in 1906, a young coloured woman has her two children taken away from her to an unknown destination. With the support and friendship of a remarkable woman, she gradually changes her life.  Shelf Location: VTV00177 (film only)

2017 reading guide: classics, ya for adults, genre sampler

Picture Book: In a poor village in northern China, a small boy is about to be taken away from everything he's ever known. He is so afraid, but his mother urges him to follow his dreams. For soon he will become a dancer, one of the finest dancers in the world... So begins The Peasant Prince, the true story of Li Cunxin's extraordinary life. Shelf Location: PIC F LI. 1 copy.

Fishpond Australia, The Peasant Prince, by Li Cunxin. Buy Books online: The Peasant Prince,, ISBN Li Cunxin

Curriculum Corporation Notes for David Miller's Picture Book 'Refugees'.

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Picture Book: Woolvs in the Sitee by M. Wild and A. Spudvilas. "it’s a nice creepy little read." In a strange and sinister world, Ben is hiding from the "woolvs". His only ally, Missus Radinski, doesn't believe that the "woolvs" exist - until it is too late. Ben must go out and face his fears alone. Shelf Location: PIC F WIL.  2 copies

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Woolvs in the Sitee by Margaret Wild and Anne Spudvilas