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Catching Fire – Teaser Trailer

Lookie, look what I found!

It is going to be really interesting to see how this differs from the book. I really enjoyed the first two books and there were a couple of things I didn’t like about the first movie but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Having said all that Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland on screen at the same time will hopefully  more than make up for any misses.

May the odds…

Perfect Scoundrels

9780734413468By: Ally Carter

A Heist Society Novel

Kat Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth work well together, it’s no secret that they make a great team even though they come from very different lives. She is carrying on the family business of becoming a criminal mastermind, Hale has run away from what may well be an ideal dynasty. That was before though, before Hale was called back to his family on the death of his grandmother. Much to many people’s surprise Hale inherits a billion dollar corporation and in the process pulls himself away from Kat and their friends. This inheritance means so much to him but is it all it appears?

Kat is stunned at Hale’s reaction but there is no way she is just going to let him walk away. Before she can process all that is going on she is hired to uncover what is really going on with the Hale family business and particularly the will that handed the company over to Hale. Kat has to decide, knowing what the truth might do to Hale and if she succeeds and Hale’s company is saved she might lose the boy. A tough choice to make and Kat has to get her head in the game if she is going to do anyone any good.

Oh I love these books. They are such fun, such pure escapism. Kat Bishop is a character who is larger than life, it is so easy to forget she is supposed to be just 15, but when you remember you just don’t care. You want her to win, whatever it is she is going after. She is smart, strong, loyal and just plain full of spunk, to use a somewhat old fashioned turn of phrase. Hale is cheeky and a great balance for Kat. They make a great team and this story puts them both through interesting character arcs. It brings a solid reality to Hale, who has always been able to flit from scene to scene because of his charm and money. As Kat says, Hale is the perfect inside man. The colourful cast of characters around them bring depth, humour, wisdom and fun to this story, each add something special which makes for a great team.

From sleight of hand, to grand schemes, from intricate planning to dumb luck, this series is a great roller coaster ride of entertainment. I will say again, I love this series. I finished it in one day. If you want adventure and fun and just to get away from reality for a little while and slip into a place where kids have brains and out-manouver the bad guys, with the support of their families, then pick up this series.

Oh, oh, oh, this copy also comes with a Gallagher Girls crossover story.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Lothian Children’s Books

Published: 12 February 2013

Format: Paperback 336 pages

Categories: Crime, Humour, Family, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9780734413468

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

CBCA – Shortlist 2013

It is that time of year again, the CBCA Shortlist has been announced and as always there are some truly brilliant works on this list. We all have our favourites and a huge congrats must go out to everyone who made this list.

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Older Readers

The Ink Bridge: Neil Grant – Allen & Unwin

Sea Hearts: Margo Lanagan – Allen & Unwin

The Shiny Guys: Doug MacLeod – Penguin Group

Creepy & Maud: Dianne Touchell – Fremantle Press

Friday Brown: Vikki Wakefield – Text Publishing

The Wrong Boy: Suzy Zali – Black Dog Books, Walker Books Australia

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Younger Readers

Pennies for Hitler: Jackie French – Angus & Robertson, HarperCollins

Other Brother: Simon French – Walker Books Australia

After: Morris Gleitzman – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Children Of The King: Sonya Hartnett – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Pookie Aleera is Not my Boyfriend: Steven Herrick – University of Queensland Press

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk: Glenda Millard/Stephen Michael King – HarperCollins

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Early Childhood 

The Terrible Suitcase: Emma Allen/Freya Blackwood – Omnibus Books

With Nan: Tania Cox/ Karen Blair – Windy Hollow Books

The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog: Sue DeGennaro – Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

Too Many Elephants: Ursula Dubosarsky/Andrew Joyner – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

It’s a Miroocool!: Christine Harris/Anne James – Little Hare Books, Hardie Grant Edgmont

Peggy: Anna Walker – Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Picture Books

The Coat: Julie Hunt/Ron Brooks – Allen & Unwin

Tanglewood: Margaret Wild/Vivienne Goodman – Omnibus Books

Herman and Rosie: Gus Gordon – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Sophie Scott Goes South: Alison Lester – Viking Books, Penguin Group Australia

Lightning Jack: Glenda Millard/Patricia Mullins – Scholastic Press, Scholastic Australia

A Day to Remember: Jackie French/Mark Wilson – Angus & Robertson, HarperCollins

2012 Winner

2012 Winner

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books Short List

Python: Christopher Cheng/Mark Jackson – Walker Books, Australia

Lyrebird! A True Story: Jackie Kerin/Peter Gouldthorpe – Museum Victoria

Topsy-turvey World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers: Kirsty Murray – National Library of Australia

Portrait of Spain for Kids: Queensland Art Gallery – Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art

Tom the Outback Mailman: Kristin Weidenback/Timothy Ide – Lothian Children’s Books, Hachette Australia

We Love You Hugless Douglas

9781444908299By: David Melling

Douglas is helping Flossie find her best friend, as they search he realised everyone else seems to have a best friend and Douglas decides he would like one of his own. Feeling a little sad he he starts to think about it all and wonder why he doesn’t have one. Maybe though for Douglas the answer is right under his nose, even if it isn’t the answer he was expecting.

Hugless Douglas books are great. Douglas is just a wonderful character who has an incredible spirit, his stories are of family and friendship, they are warm and inviting. The illustrations a bright and welcoming. Together the whole package is a real joy to share with little ones.

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Published: 03 January 2013

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Animal Stories, Friendship

ISBN 13: 9781444908299

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

Little Elephants


By: Graeme Base

Jimmy and his mother live on a farm. It’s almost harvesting time and their harvester is broken. If they can’t think of a way to bring in the crop they may lose their farm. Despite the difficult time Jimmy shows kindness to a stranger and this simple act may be the thing that helps change their fortunes. Though who would have thought the answer would lie with elephants.

This is a magical and wonderful tale from the creator of  Animalia and The Legend of the Golden Snail. Base has given us a truly inspirational tale. Jimmy is a great character with a generous heart. The art work as always is wonderfully detailed and incredibly imaginative. Base’s stories draw you in on all levels. What’s not to love about tiny elephants?

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Abrams

Published: 01 September 2012

Format: Hardback 40 pages

Categories: Animal stories

ISBN 13: 9781419704635

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

TFiOS – Movie News

So I did what I do occasionally and I spent some time watching vlogbrothers clips

And I found one dealing with The Fault in Our Stars and the fact it maybe become a movie sometimes soon.

For some reason it won’t let me embed the right clip but go here

John Green says he is ‘Cautiously optimistic’, we shall wait and see. Until then if you haven’t checked out the book, what are you doing sitting here reading this… get thee to a bookshop (brick and mortar or electronic) and do yourself a favour, get a copy of The Fault in Our Stars.

Sea Of Monsters – Movie Trailer

Yay! But…I have to wonder at the changes it looks like they have made. I will wait to judge till I have seen it though. Still Nathan Fillion… that counts for a lot.

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