Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top 10 Young Adult Books : Claire Zorn


Claire Zorn's novel The Sky So Heavy is a 2014 Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book. It's also been nominated for the Aurealis Awards and for the Gold Inky. (On top of this, she's an interesting and kind human.) Here, she shares her top 10 Young Adult reads. Enjoy!

So Much to Tell You, John Marsden

Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley
Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey
The Book Thief, some guy called Markus Zusak

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly, Robin Klein 



People Might Hear You, Robin Klein
Looking For Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta
Zac & Mia, AJ Betts
Friday Brown, Vikki Wakefield
Butterfly, Sonya Hartnett


Check back for another Top 10 Books list next week.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Brisbane School Holiday Writing Workshops


Here are three active, hands-on creative writing, transmedia and filmmaking workshops I'm running in the school holidays at State Library of QLD and QLD Writers Centre. Still places left but iAuthor, in particular, filling up fast.

Story Safari - QLD Writers' Centre
Take an outdoor writing adventure with storyteller Tristan Bancks. Explore South Bank’s parks, museums, galleries and people – like true documentarians – and discover all the wonderment of transforming real life stories onto the page. Bring your imagination and adventurous spirit, leave the laptops at home! For writers aged 10 - 15.

Bookings and Info: http://www.qwc.asn.au/events/youth-program/story-safari/


iAuthor transmedia writing workshop - Story Lab State Library QLD
iAuthor is a transmedia writing workshop allowing you to dream, create and share your own ideas through video, images, sound, maps, music, voice, social media and written word.

You will be provided with an iPod Touch for gathering and creating stories (or you can bring your own) and use it to supercharge creativity and share stories across multiple platforms. You will also use the latest version of Tristan's digital brainstorming tool, Story Scrapbook, to spin ideas and story fragments into spellbinding tales.

This workshop is for ages 8 – 11. All materials are supplied and participants will take home a USB with a copy of their work created on the day.

Bookings and Info: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/children/story-lab-september/iauthor


Write it, Film it, Share it! short filmmaking workshop - Story Lab, State Library QLD
At this lively and interactive day-long workshop, develop your skills in script writing, editing and film making with the experienced author, actor and film maker Tristan Bancks.

Working collaboratively in small groups, you will develop your creative ideas into short scripts which will be weaved into short film creations. Using readily available technology, learn how to extend your script writing, story boarding and filmmaking whilst working in a fun, creative environment.

This workshop is for ages 11 – 14. All materials are supplied and participants will take home a USB with a copy of their work created on the day.




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Caesar the War Dog review


A guest review of Caesar the War Dog (Stephen Dando-Collins) by my ten-year-old son, Hux:

Caesar the chocolate labrador doesn't look special but Corporal Ben Fulton sees something in him. He takes Caesar to Holsworthy army base where he is trained to sniff out explosives.

When Ben and Caesar are sent to Afghanistan to help the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) at Tarin Kowt they are sent to an FOB (Forward Operating Base) and get into a firefight with the Taliban and Caesar is lost.

Captured by the Taliban it's a long while before Caesar is reunited with his owner and he faces a lot of difficulties along the way.

I was bursting with excitement while I was reading this book and it was hard to put down. I recommend it to any young readers that love war stories and/or animals. I give Caesar 100 out of 10. 

These are other books in the Caesar series and hopefully there will be a book 4.

 

Check back next week for Hux's review of Caesar book 2, Operation Blue Dragon, and the following week for book three, Operation Pink Elephant. Here's his list of Best Books for 9-10 year-olds.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kids' Books on Kids' WB


Gus Gordon, my partner-in-crime on the My Life books, and I will be mucking around on Kids' WB on Go Channel on Saturday morning from 7:30am. We'll be doing an interview, challenging hosts Lauren and Shane with some 'What Would You Rather Do...?' conundrums, doing birthday shoutouts and improvising a story with live illustration from Gus and the hosts. And, in between segments, you get Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes. Hope you can catch it.

What would you rather do... 
A sneak peek at Gus's live-illustrated story.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Michael Gerard Bauer : Top 10 Books


A few weeks back I shared author Michael Gerard Bauer's top 20 Australian Young Adult novels. Now, here's his top 10 international middle-grade and YA books.

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go (and entire 'Chaos Walking' Trilogy) - Patrick Ness
2. Will Grayson Will Grayson - David Levithan and John Green
3. Looking For Alaska - John Green
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
5. Wonder - R J Palacio


6. Ostrich Boys - Keith Gray
7. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
8. Holes - Louis Sachar
9. Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner
10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie


For more top authors' top ten books click here.

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