The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced their Book of the Year winners today.
The winner in the Older Readers category is Fiona Wood with Wildlife.
16 year Sibylla embarks on the outdoor education program for the term at her high school, having recently transitioned from forgettable geek girl to newly cool model. With her on this ordeal are the reclusive new girl, Lou, and her new crush, the popular boy Ben. This book is their story of surviving not only the elements, but each other. Realistic and emotional.
While it is not a book we have in our collection at the moment, we do have the prequel, Six Impossible Things.
14 year old Dan’s world has been turned upside down: his dad announced he is gay, the family business has gone bankrupt, and he has a crush on his unattainable neighbour, Estelle. Exuberantly charming.
In the spirit of the CBCA 2014 Book Week, Connect to Reading, Reading to Connect, I am recommending other great fiction titles based on the theme of: Geek Boy in search of Love
Another CBCA shortlisted book for 2014 is Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil.
Wannabe screen writer and hard-core gamer Sam is happily avoiding life until he meets new girl at school, Camilla. Camilla is the ultimate cool girl, she wears vintage clothes, is friendly to everyone, her dad is a music reviewer, and she’s into World of Warcraft. Quirky, cool and fun.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
Charlie is starting high school and is awkward, geeky and shy. He falls into friendship with free spirits who lead into finally having a go at life in the middle of the party. This story delves into some hard-hitting emotional issues, and is not an easy read.
Looking for Alaska by John Green.
15 year old Miles decides he wants an adventure, and insists on attending the same boarding school his dad did. There he meets the infuriatingly troubled and teasing Alaska, and is hopelessly in love with her. Cool and smart teenage characters, story packs a punch.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.
Karou is an art student boarding in Prague, who comes from a family of mythological monsters. She falls in love with an angel, Akiva, and an epic and ancient battles ensues. Romeo and Juliet meets The Hunger Games. Awesome.
Look for for Mrs Saunders dressed as the main character Karou for the Book Week costume parade!