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Call Number: 973.932092 OBA
Publication Date: 2018
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America - the first African-American to serve in that role - she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her-from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address.
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Call Number: GN POW
Publication Date: 2012
Summary: 'The epic tale of Macbeth retold in graphic-novel format. Macbeth and Banquo are Scottish generals returning home from a victorious war campaign. Their journey is interrupted when three strange witches come upon them and predict their futures. They claim that Macbeth will one day become King of Scotland! Macbeth is stirred by the prophesy. With the help of his scheming wife, he sets into motion a sinister plan that will paint bloody strokes across the entire landscape of Scotland' - website
The Walking Dead by
Call Number: GN KIR WD 2
Publication Date: 2010
This hardcover features issues #13-24 of the hit series along with thecovers for each of the issues, all in one oversized hardcover volume. Continuingthe tale of Rick Grimes and his band of survivors from the zombie apocalypsethat has ravaged the world.
Call Number: GN DAU
Publication Date: 2014
Translated from French, Alexis Siegel
Originally published in 2012 by Le Lombard under the title: L'enfant cachee
Summary: 'In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.
Hidden ends on a tender note, with Dounia and her mother rediscovering each other as World War II ends . . . and a young girl in present-day France becoming closer to her grandmother, who can finally, after all those years, tell her story.' - website
The Boy Who followed his Father into Auschwitz by
Call Number: 940.53 KLE
Publication Date: 2018
he true story of a father and son's fight to stay together and to survive the Holocaust. In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis. Along with his teenage son, Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, Fritz refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son. Based on Gustav's secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells his and Fritz's story for the first time - a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.
The diary of a young girl by
Call Number: 940.5318 FRA
Publication Date: 2012
'Anne Frank's extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known' - website
Mary queen of scots by
Call Number: 941.105 MAR
Publication Date: 2018
Now a major film, this is a leading historian's dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, the arch rival of Tudor Queen Elizabeth the First.
Michael Jordan by
Call Number: 796.323092 JOR
Publication Date: 2015-05-19
When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: a ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now. Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and a career in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.
Into the wild by
Call Number: 979.8092 MCC
Publication Date: 2011
Summar: 'What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college to literally walk away from his life? Noted outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer tackles that question in his reporting on Chris McCandless, whose emaciated body was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992.
Described by friends and relatives as smart, literate, compassionate, and funny, did McCandless simply read too much Thoreau and Jack London and lose sight of the dangers of heading into the wilderness alone? Krakauer, whose own adventures have taken him to the perilous heights of Everest, provides some answers by exploring the pull the outdoors, seductive yet often dangerous, has had on his own life' - website
Boomer : how one of the AFL's smallest men broke the game's biggest record by
Call Number: 796.336 092 HAR
Publication Date: 2016
Summary: They told Brent Harvey he was too small to make the big time. Yet in 2016, the pocket rocket known affectionately as 'Boomer' broke the all-time record for most games played in the VFL/AFL. This epic feat by one of the game's great characters is the crowning glory of an extraordinary story. Harvey's autobiography not only charts his 21 seasons with North Melbourne but takes us deep inside one of the oldest footy clubs in Australia. Across over 427 games in the royal blue and white stripes, Boomer has seen it all - magic on-field moments, dramatic off-field controversies, media storms, merger rumours, personal triumphs, team success and private struggles - and become a one-club man and AFL legend. Boomer is an honest, passionate, entertaining underdog story as fast, cheeky, feisty and inspiring as the man himself. (Back cover)
Pushing the Limits by
Call Number: 796.42 FEA
Publication Date: 2016
"There were tears streaming down my face, but I drove myself on, screaming, 'Who are you? Who are you?' And each time the answer that kept bouncing around in my mind was just- 'I am someone who will never stop. Someone who will never give up. Ever.' When Kurt Fearnley was a kid, he would leave his wheelchair at the front gate and go exploring with his brothers and sisters. 'You're going to have to be stronger than we are,' they told him, 'and we know you will be.' The boy from Carcoar was raised to believe he could do anything. At fifteen, he won his first medal. Then he conquered the world, winning three Paralympic gold medals, seven world championships and more than 35 marathons. A world-beater in and out of his wheelchair, Kurt is a true Australian champion. Inspiring, exhilarating and highly entertaining, Pushing the Limitstakes us inside the mind of a kid with a disability growing up in a tiny town, a teenager finding his place in the world, and an elite sportsman who refuses to give up, no matter how extreme the challenge."
Reading Recommendations ...
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
David Copperfield Charles Dickens
Hamlet William Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Animal Farm George Orwell
The Tale of Two Bad Mice Beatrix Potter
The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Author of the His Dark Materials trilogy
Finn Family Moomintroll Tove Jansson
Emil and the Detectives Erich Kästner
The Magic Pudding Norman Lindsay
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens (or other good anonymous ballads)
First Book of Samuel, Chapter 17 (the story of David and Goliath)
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
A good collection of myths and legends
A good collection of fairytales
New Picture Fiction Books
Call Number: PB BLA
Publication Date: 2017
Summary: This is my Guff. He's really nice. I've known him since I was little. And I still know him even now I'm big...
Josephine Wants to Dance by
Call Number: PB FRE
Publication Date: 2008
Josephine is a kangaroo - who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don't dance, they hop - but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air. When a ballet troupe comes to town and both the lead ballerina and understudy are injured, Josephine's talents are called upon to help save the day.
Call Number: PB PAR
Publication Date: 2013
The Children's Book Council of Australia. Picture Book. Short Listed, 2014
Summary: Toby has a parachute that he always wears. He doesn't feel safe without it. He wears it everywhere he goes because he feels that it will protect him from all the things he is scared of. One day Toby's cat Henry gets stuck up a tree. Toby is scared of heights but he knows he has to help Henry. Toby climbs up the tree to Henry and tells him not to be afraid. He realises that the only way he can get Henry down safely is if he gives him his parachute. Without hesitation he takes it off and puts it on Henry so he can float safely to the ground. Then Toby realises that he is all alone, high up in the tree without his parachute. However, instead of being scared Toby starts to tell himself to be calm and to not be afraid, just like he told Henry when Henry was worried. Slowly Toby does start to feel less scared and eventually he is able to climb back down to the ground. After this experience Toby finds that he needs his parachute less and less and eventually he feels brave enough to leave it behind and face the day without it.
Punctuation Mark by
Call Number: PB ELL
Publication Date: 2014
Winner, Australian Book Industry Award, 2013 Summary: He sleeps. He eats. He gets bored. He creates havoc wherever he goes! He's Mothball's baby - and he's even cuter, naughtier and more determined than his mum.
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