Operation Blue Dragon – Stepehen Dando-Collins

Our canine hero is back on duty and back in Afghanistan for his most daring mission yet …When injured war hero Charlie finally returns to SAS service, he no longer needs Caesar’s help as a care dog. Caesar can go back to what he does best u as a super-sniffing explosive detection dog in the Australian Army. On their first mission back together, Caesar and his handler, Ben, discover a bomb at the Sydney Opera House, targeted at the visiting Secretary-General of the United Nations. A little later, while on a peace mission in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General’s helicopter goes down and he is captured by the Taliban. Caesar, Ben and Charlie join an international team to rescue him. Will they succeed? An experimental mini-submarine might help u and Caesar’s famous nose is sure to sniff out trouble along the way.

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Creepy and Maud – Dianne Touchell

Charts the relationship between two social misfits, played out in the space between their windows. Creepy is a boy who watches from the shadows keenly observing and caustically commentating on human folly. Maud is less certain. A confused girl with a condition that embarrasses her parents and assures her isolation.

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New Books Just In!!

Here in the Library we are always excited to get new books for our readers and here is a small collection of what we have recently purchased.  Click on the link to see a review of the book courtesy of Goodreads.

 

Ingenue by Jillian Larkin

 

The Convent by Maureen McCarthy 

 

Endless by Jessica Shirvington 

 

Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

 

Every Day by David Levithan

 

 

Miles Franklin Award Winner 2012

The Miles Franklin Award is a prestigious honour presented each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases. Anna Funder for her novel “All That I Am” is this years winner, and we have the book in our collection which is available for all Strathmore students and staff to borrow.

 

 

 

The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the dead man and the infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim the child as their own and name her Lucy, but a rift begins to grow between them. When Lucy is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world…and one of them is desperate to find her lost baby.

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Three Summers by Judith Clarke

The path of Ruth’s life was shaped in one fateful moment when, as a baby, she was tossed clear from a car wreck. Her grandmother raised her, with a fierce hope that she would one day go to university and see every marvellous place in the world.

When Ruth and her best friend Fee finish school, Fee chooses motherhood and marriage. Ruth knows that she must leave town, but that means leaving Tam Finn, the elusive yet entrancing boy so unlike any other she has ever met.

An extraordinary story of friendship, longing and the saving grace of love.

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Holier Than Thou

From the author of GOOD OIL, this extraordinary, bittersweet novel portrays a slice of Australian city life through an unforgettable girl named Holly who is navigating the nuances and complexities of being in her early 20s. ‘What do you want, Hol?’ Abby looks into my eyes. ‘I … I want to know that I’m using my powers for good and -‘ ‘You want to make a dead man proud.’ ‘Whoa!’ ‘You want to put bandages over severed arteries that really need to be sewn shut. You want the moral high ground.’ Holly Yarkov has a boyfriend who is a gift from the universe. She has a job that fulfils her even as it wears her down. She has a core group of friends from high school. And she has a layer of steel around her heart that is beginning to tarnish. Just as she is reaching for a future she can’t quite see, Holly is borne back into the past by memories of her beloved father, and of the boy-who-might-have-been… Grief and longing run like veins of quicksilver through this beautiful novel, at once gloriously funny and achingly sad.

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Dannii: My Story – Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue first appeared on television aged seven. She signed her first record deal at the age of seventeen and ever since she has been wowing audiences around the world with her charm and her charisma. The daughter of a Danniidancer mother, Dannii found the spotlight early and discovered a passion for entertaining that has never faded. After early soap opera appearances, including Home and Away, a string of chart hits in the early 90s (Love And Kisses, Success, Jump To The Beat, Baby Love, This Is It . . .) launched Dannii as an established pop singer before she then re-invented herself as one of the world’s most popular female dance acts. Most recently, she has found a new army of loving fans as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent, where she has charmed audiences with her sincerity, compassion and warmth.

The Good Oil – Laura Buzo

Reminiscent of Looking for Alibrandi, this bittersweet story of first love and second thoughts will capture your heart and make you laugh.

‘Miss Amelia Hayes, welcome to The Land of Dreams. I am the staff trainer. I will call you grasshopper and you will call me sensei and I will give you the good oil. Right? And just so you know, I’m open to all kinds of bribery.’

From the moment 15-year-old Amelia begins work on the checkout at Woolworths she is sunk, gone, lost…head-over-The Good Oilheels in love with Chris. Chris is the funny, charming man-about-Woolies, but he’s 21, and the six-year difference in their ages may as well be 100. Chris and Amelia talk about everything from Second Wave Feminism to Great Expectations and Alien but will he ever look at her in the way she wants him to? And if he does, will it be everything she hopes?

 

 

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