Librarian pick of the week – Indigo Blue by Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson is an Australian sailor, who, at just 16 years of age, completed a solo circumnavigation of the southern hemisphere; now Watson has added bestselling author to her already incredible resume. Indigo Blue is her first YA novel (the other being an autobiography), and features her first-class knowledge of sailing and boat matinence, as well as a combination of fascinating Australia history, magical realism, and romance.

Here is the blurb from the publisher:

Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown – the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex’s classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn’t care less about them . . . or so she tries to tell herself.

As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. An offer to help a shy classmate with a history assignment leads to a curious discovery and the beginnings of a friendship, but it’s Sam – the sailmaker’s apprentice – and his mysterious ways that really capture Alex’s attention . . . 

Recommended for Middle School students and anyone interested in sailing. Available now for borrowing.

Happy Library Lover’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Library Lover’s Day in the Senior Library!
When you come in today you will notice a Book in Jar Competition.  Can you guess what books are in the 5 jars?  If you can, fill out the entry form and put in the box.  You might win a $25 book voucher from the Hobart Bookshop.  Winner will be drawn next week.  Good luck!

Object Design 2017 display

Mrs Mac’s Computer Graphics class is currently exhibiting their Object Design final works in the Senior Library.  They are fantastic – make sure to have a look when next journeying through the library.


Librarian picks of the week

My Side of the Diamond is a breathtakingly brilliant new novel from international, award-winning author Sally Gardner.

This book is hard to define. Part mystery, part love story, it’s about the mysterious disappearance of a teenager, a girl
who jumps from a building and just disappears into thin air. Her best friend is searching for answers. The presentation of the novel—as a moleskin journal—and the illustrations throughout add to this extraordinary reading experience.

Untidy Towns, by debut author Kate O’Donnell, who is our featured author this month. The story is about Addie, who finds the pressures of Year 12 at her Melbourne boarding school
way too much and so she ups and leaves and heads back to her mother in the small country town she’s lived all her life. The book looks at the many challenges facing teens as they move from school to adult life.



Clan of Wolves is the second book in the Tarin of the Mammoths series

(we brought you book one in February). I’m really enjoying this Stone Age series about a young boy with a twisted leg on a quest that forces him to face his demons and find his courage. In this second book, Tarin must make some tough choices about continuing his journey.

New fiction

We have some great new titles just in today in the Senior Library.

A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland.

This book is delicious. It’s the story of Esther Solar who comes from a family who believes they are all cursed and destined to die from their greatest fears. When Esther comes face-to-face with Jonah Smallwood, a boy from her past, he encourages her to face her fears— one terrifying nightmare at a time. Funny, moving, romantic, tragic, quirky, this wonderful novel is peppered with bizarre and lovable characters and a few surprising twists.


Maybe is the latest title from Morris Gleitzman, the next chapter in the story of Felix, hero of Once, Then, After, Soon and Now. Set in 1946, Felix is now fourteen and is offered a trip to Australia—maybe this new country will be a home for Felix, if he can escape his past.



Beautiful Mess is the winner of the 2016 Text Prize for YA and Children’s Writing and it’s a fantastic debut from Claire Christian, who is our featured author this month. It’s the story of Ava, who has lost her best friend to suicide and she’s a mess of anger, despair and grief. It’s the story of Gideon, who is a mess of anxiety and shyness that manifests in self-harm. It’s the story of how these two beautiful, messy people save each other. Compelling and so, so readable.



Genuine Fraud is the new novel from international sensation, E. Lockhart (We Were Liars). The novel is a psychological thriller that grips you from the start— which is really the end—as we uncover the truth about the morally dubious Jule. There are twists and turns galore. Even if you guess the ending (or the beginning…), the journey there is full of surprises.



The Fifth Room by A.J. Rushby is also a thriller, one which looks at issues around medical and scientific ethics. These issues are raised through the story of Miri, a brilliant young medical student who finds herself chosen by the Society, an illustrious medical research organisation. How far is Miri willing to go for her career?




The Book of Secrets is the first title in a new series called Ateban Cipher, written by A.L. Tait, whose previous series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, was a huge hit. This latest series centres on a mysterious book written in code and the orphan boy on a quest to uncover its secrets.

Children’s Book Council Winners 2017

The winners of the Children’s Book Council Awards for 2017 – Older Reader’s have been announced.  All shortlisted books are on display at the moment in the Senior Library.

Winner: One Would Think The Deep by Claire Zorn

It’s 1997 and seventeen-year-old Sam is mourning the sudden loss of his mum …
Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she’s dead, it’s worse than ever.
With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.
Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision … will he sink or will he swim.


Honour Book: The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Subhi’s imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he’s spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting hymn to freedom and love.






Honour Book: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley [Available on our digital library]

This is a love story.

It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words.It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.

Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She’s looking for the future in the books people love, and the words that they leave behind.

Librarian Pick of the Week – “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullally Hunt

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullally Hunt

Big-hearted book about overcoming dyslexia suitable for staff and students.

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.

However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities.

New magazine subscription – Bella Rae

We have a new magazine subscription in the Senior Library – Bella Rae.
This magazine is aimed at high school girls – with a mission to empower girls and explore issues that are important to young women.

First edition on display now on the circulation desk – take a look.


Librarian Picks of the Week – Into the White & The Fall

Into the White by Joanna Grochowicz

The enthralling and harrowing true story of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, with evocative photographs, and illustrations by Sarah Lippett.

Together, they have taken on the greatest march ever made and come very near to great success; never giving up, and never giving up on each other.

This is the story of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica and the memorable characters, who with a band of shaggy ponies and savage dogs, follow a man they trust into the unknown.

Battling storms at sea, impenetrable pack ice, man-eating whales, crevasses, blizzards, bad food, extreme temperatures, and equal measures of hunger, agony and snow blindness, the team pushes on against all odds.

But will the weather hold? Will their rations be adequate? How will they know when they get there? And who invited the Norwegians?

Into the White will leave you on the edge of your seat, hoping against hope that Scott and his men might survive their Antarctic ordeal to tell the tale.

The Fall by Tristan Bancks

A fast-paced, action-packed story that will have readers on the edge of their seats, from the award-winning author of Two Wolves.

In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above.

He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall
from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks.

Sam goes to wake his father, Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed.

The next twenty-four hours could be his last.

Inaugural Readings YA Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the inaugural Readings Young Adult Prize has been announced.

These great Young Adult reads are on display now – come in for borrowing.



The shortlisted titles are:

  • Boone Shepard (Gabriel Bergmoser)
  • Freedom Swimmer (Wai Chim)
  • The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon)
  • Becoming Aurora (Elizabeth Kasmer)
  • The Road to Winter (Mark Smith)
  • Our Chemical Hearts (Krystal Sutherland)