The library would like to share the 2011 Shortlisted books for Older Readers and the Eve Pownall Award Information Books. For the full list of books in each category, please go to the CBCA website.
This year the theme for Book Week is “One world, many stories”. To celebrate this theme the Library has created a digital jigsaw for you to solve . . . . just click on the link and have a go.
Remember to drop by the library during Book Week to check out the display of shortlisted and award winning books, as well as the colourful flags and books with stories from other countries
Reluctant MI6 agent Alex Rider is relaxing in the south of France until a sudden, ruthless attack on his hosts plunges him back into a world of violence and mystery – and this time, MI6 don’t want to know. Alex is determined to track down his friends’ attackers, even if he must do it alone. But it’s a path that leads to a long-buried secret – and a discovery more terrible than anything he could have imagined.
The sirens are back, but Vanessa may be the biggest threat of all. . . . Nothing has been normal since Vanessa Sands learned that her sister was murdered by sirens-femme fatales of the watery depths-and that everything she believed about her family was a lie. Her boyfriend Simon’s been the only person Vanessa feels she can really trust. But now there are some secrets she can’t tell even him. And when Vanessa finds herself in the sights of Parker, Hawthorne Prep’s resident charmer, she needs someone to confide in more than ever. Doubting her relationship with Simon, unsure of Parker’s intentions-and of her own-and terrified by what she’s learned about herself, Vanessa has never felt so alone. But personal problems must be put aside, because the Winter Harbor sirens are back for revenge. Now, Vanessa must face her past and accept that she is just like her enemies-every bit as alluring, every bit as dangerous. The eagerly anticipated second novel of the Siren trilogy,Undercurrentis a seductive paranormal romance that will leave you breathless.
Sarah Burke is just about perfect. She has killer blue eyes, gorgeous blonde hair and impeccable school grades. She has just one tiny flaw-her nose! But even that’s not so bad as Sarah has the bestest friend and big goals for print journalism fame. On the first day of senior year, Rock Conway walks into Sarah’s journalism class and rocks her world. The problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too, and when Rock and Kristen stand together, it’s like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her attract Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can do-she agrees. What was she thinking? This retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac is a sweet and witty romance that gently reminds us that we should all embrace our flaws.
In a galaxy of cutthroat companies, shadowy clans and a million agendas, spy agency RIM barely wields enough control to keep order. Maximus Black is RIM’s star cadet. But he has a problem. One of RIM’s best agents, Anneke Longshadow, knows there’s a mole in the organisation. And Maximus has a lot to hide…
Heart of Darkness meets The Poisonwood Bible in this dazzling tale of science and ritual, terror and love from the Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto.
Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist is developing a drug that could alter the lives of women for ever. Dr Annick Swenson’s work is shrouded in mystery; she refuses to report on her progress, especially to her investors, whose patience is fast running out. Anders Eckman, a mild-mannered lab researcher, is sent to investigate. A curt letter reporting his untimely death is all that returns.
Now Marina Singh, Anders’s colleague and once a student of the mighty Dr Swenson, is their last hope. Compelled by the pleas of Anders’s wife, who refuses to accept that her husband is not coming home, Marina leaves the snowy plains of Minnesota and retraces her friend’s steps into the heart of the South American darkness, determined to track down Dr. Swenson and uncover the secrets being jealously guarded among the remotest tribes of the rainforest.
What Marina does not yet know is that, in this ancient corner of the jungle, where the muddy waters and susurrating grasses hide countless unknown perils and temptations, she will face challenges beyond her wildest imagination. Marina is no longer the student, but only time will tell if she has learnt enough.
Teenage humour and high profile author. The first book by Louise Rennison on our list and a global acquistion with HCUS. Funky teenage protagonist gets taken to live in the USA much against her wishes. What happens there is a wise-cracking, gob-smacking, screamingly funny account to rival any of Louise Rennison’s previous ‘Georgia’ books, and more!