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The Year My Life Broke

I received my copy from the publisher.

9781742613352

By: John Marsden

Tarrawagga is a hole. It simply is not a place anyone, with any choice in the matter, would move to. Yet this is where Josh finds himself. He is not happy with the turn his life has taken, and he isn’t all that interested in getting involved and making friends like his parents want. Somehow, without really meaning to, he becomes someone he barely knows. He doesn’t get involved in sport and works at being unpopular. His athletic prowess catches up to him and he starts playing cricket for a team that isn’t his school and this proves to be his downfall, because in a place as small as Tarrawagga secrets don’t stay that way for long.

Then there is the house next door. At first he thought no one lived there. Then he meets the kid from over there. Then bullets start flying. This sort of excitement is totally not what Josh expected from a dump like this place.

This comes across as a real slice of life kind of book. The town is totally believable to me (maybe because I’ve lived there only it was called something different, in fact I’ve lived in several theres). Josh is as real as they get, the heartbreak of leaving a life you know and are comfortable with, the difficulty of starting a new school, the suckiness of not being popular at school. The simplicity of Josh’s life is what makes the whole thing so very tangible. This story is at times funny, frustrating and enthralling, in short it is life. Marsden shows a masterful touch in bringing Josh off the page. His family, friends and even the town add a texture that you can so easily visualise. Life can throw you poop sometimes and really it’s all about what you do with it.

Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 December 2013

Format: Paperback 180 pages

Categories: Life, School, Moving

ISBN 13: 9781742613352

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

Drongoes

I received this book from the publishers.

9781862919822

By: Christine Bongers & Dan McGuiness

Jack and his best mate Eric have a goal each for this years cross-contry race. Jack wants to beat Rocket Robson and Eric just wants to finish. Together they train with their goals in mind. The day of the big race dawns and it all doesn’t go according to plan but Jack learns that winning isn’t always about coming first.

This is a fun little story great for readers just starting on chapter books. It is part of the Aussie Mates reading schemes series. It has simple text, a fun plot that any reader can identify with and colourful illustrations on each page.

Publisher: Omnibus Books

Published: 01 February 2013

Format: Paperback 64 pages

Categories: Fiction, Sport

ISBN 13: 9781862919822

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

The Winning Goal

By: Sally Rippin

Hey Jack! bk 3

It is Jack’s first day at soccer, he is really excited. Jack really wants to kick a goal, it is what he is most looking forward to. He is disappointed when the coach makes him the goalie. Goalies don’t get to kick goals and as far as Jack can see there is no glory in goalkeeping. It is an important position though and Jack finds out just how much.

This book deals with disappointment and opportunity. Good things to learn and discuss with your children. This is a fun, identifiable and easy to read story. It is a perfect format, limited text and large print, for beginning readers.

Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont

Published: 01 February 2012

Format: Paperback 60 pages

Categories: Friends, Sport, Fun

ISBN 13: 9781742971285

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

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