Filed Under (Belonging, Fiction) by on September 5, 2013

This novel by Cameron Nunn, tells the story of two young men who both attend Hamilton College in Sydney.

David Pollifrone is a year 11 student at Redmont (the boarding school).  David does what is expected and does it well. He likes being first in his studies and prides himself in being in the 1st XV rugby team. All the boys at Hamilton College know, you don’t see anythi

ng, you don’t hear anything and you certainly don’t say anything. Life for David seems to be pretty easy… Until Simon Turner shows up and shares a room with David. Simon is on an Indigenous scholarship and is the grandson of a rugby legend.

Simon is expected to fill his grandfather`s boots on the rugby field, but this is not the case. Turner would rather study, rugby just isn’t h
When Simon and David are paired together to do a History assignment on the history of the school, they decide to research past scholarship winners. They find a missing name in the archives and become curious as to why it has disappeared. Along the way they discover hidden truths and forgotten memories. When the headmaster finds out about the assignment he giveis thing. Turner experiences bullying by students and finds himself targeted by teachers. Simon doesn’t quite understand the pecking order and how things work around Redmont.

s the boys ‘a little chat’ and directs them to choose another task. Headmaster Pollifrone doesn’t want to risk drawing that attention to him while Turner takes this as an opportunity to find out more.

When I read this book I found myself picturing Hamilton College as being Joeys. The way he describes the school just seems a lot like Joeys. The Author uses great descriptive language and has many great twists that kept me wanting to read more. I like the way the author makes the two characters (David & Simon) have sort of contradicting personalities. Although we see at the very end that all the events David had experienced, changes his personality, for better or worse we really don’t know for sure.

Another reason the book appealed to me was that it has some pretty sweet fight scenes and the language used is very graphic. Again I like how the author puts some twists in the story to make it a thriller in a way. ‘Shadows in the Mirror’ is a fairly short book but it has a great story to tell and uses some great themes and ideas.

Reviewed by: Yirrbi Jaffer-Williams

Available in BLRC: F NUN


When a band of trollocs enter and ransack the town of the two rivers, Rand, Mat, Perrin and Egwene follow the warder, Lan, the Aes Sedai, Moraine Sedai and the Gleeman, Thom Merrilin to the city of Tar Valon. A safe haven in the middle of the world.
They face many dangers while on their way there. Trollocs, fades and the occasional Dark One. All in all, wile being another copy of the lord of the rings, I really like this book. If you are into fantasy you should read this book.


Reviewed by Conor Davis

Available in BLRC: F JOR

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on August 30, 2013
Benny imaura couldn’t hold a job so he took to killing
In the future the zombie apocalypse happened, Ben’s first memory is that of his parents being turned and his brother running away. Now he is 15 and needs a job before the wired surrounded settlement that is his home cuts off his food. His only hope is to set aside his differences with his older brother and venture out into the rot and ruin…
Book Reviewed by Jack Ridal
Available in BLRC: F MAB


REVIEW: I believe that the serpents tooth by Alex Rutherford is a great read for all boys in year 7-10.

It is historical fiction and covers the wars, betrayal and dangers faced by the leader of the Moghul Empire, Shah Jahan.

Shah Jahan ordered the building the Taj Mahal in honour of his dead wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1631. Blinded by grief  he did not see the ‘throne or coffin’ competition that his children held and he never saw the Taj Mahal. He becomes fatally ill and civil war breaks loose across the empire.

I believe that The Serpents’ Tooth is a great read that is not only satisfying but also educational.

Reviewed by Finn Waugh

Available in BLRC: F RUT

Filed Under (Fiction) by on May 23, 2013

Ice station by Matthew Reilly is the finest example of a full-on 100% action packed book. Aimed at a young adult audience, it is full of action and certainly hit the mark. This book is about a station in Antarctica that is being used for research. When things go wrong a military group go to stabilize it, but full of traitors, it creates many problems. This leads to a series of amazing tantalizing events set out in a fashion such that the reader never gets bored. I even found myself tired after reading several pages. The action never subsides, and the expend-ability of the characters forms a doubt and fear in the reader’s mind. Will the character live? This uncertainty created by such action and incredibly structured events keeps anyone like a magnet.

Reviewed by: David Mulherin

Available in BLRC: F REI

Filed Under (Fiction) by on May 19, 2013
This thrilling book is the last in the series and it is up to Sam and Cane to sort things out.
Diana has just had a child and she is the body of the Gaiaphage. Her name is Gaia. She is on the loose and even evil Drake and Brittany must bow down to her. She has the powers of all the opposed freaks put together and her mind set is to kill everybody in the Faze, destroy little peat and take over the world. But the kids of Perdido beach and Coats put together a team and get ready to fight back. This is the time when nobody is safe. One mistake could bring you death and bring everyone else’s as well. You must be brave and stand tall against all fear, this is what the people of the Faze are not ready to do. It’s time to work together, even two enemy brothers.
Reviewed by Callum Harris
Available in BLRC: F GRA
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on May 19, 2013

The way of shadows is the first of the Night Angel trilogy, a story of a boy named Azoth who lives in the Rat Ways, a dirty slum where girls are sold at a young age and boys are made slaves. Azoth is given a chance to escape when he meets a mysterious stranger who offers to change his life around, welcoming a world, of martial arts, knifes and swords, poisons and potions, where he becomes a master of death, A Night Angel.

If you love Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings this book is perfect, a whole new world; of civil conflict, war and mysterious Gods and creatures.

Reviewed by: Ben Corrigan

Available in BLRC: F WEE

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on May 19, 2013
Tom Gates is a great series written by L. Pichon about a boy with an older sister who is always grumpy and a best mate called Derek. He lives a life like most elementary school children besides his wacky family! This series is a great read if your looking for a comedy or something to cheer you up. I laughed the whole way through. There are great ideas and funny drawing throughout the book and a great part on his teacher with a mustache [ Mrs Worthingtash]. This is a great series and I highly suggest reading it. I give it 5 stars!
Reviewed by: Jack Dillon yr7
Available in BLRC: F PIC

Matt Hall starts he story in his younger years explaining his passion for aviation, describing his dad’s new and interesting acrobatic trick and his stories of gliding on the weekends. It then progresses with downfalls and inspiration, which led him to his career in the Australian Air Force which was hard worked for and deserved. Towards the end of the book he ends his career with the Air Force to start a family with his wife Pedita, who he met in the Air Force industry.

This is a very inspirational book and I recommend it for readers who like a long read, interested in aviation or are into biographies.

Reviewed by Aston Buffier

Available in BLRC: NF 629.13092

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by on September 11, 2012

Sam and his mate Quinn are two surfer kids from Perdido Beach California. They are two average kids but their life turns around when everyone over the age of 15 disappears. One minute you listening to your teacher talk about Civil war the next minute he is gone. Without any warning they are forced to survive on their own, trapped inside a dome called the FAYZ. When you think the book just got good, people start to develop powers that enable them to do things others can’t. Some will use this for good while others will use it for evil. War will start and people will die unless Sam and his friends can do something.

Reviewed by Matt Sullivan

Available in BLRC: F GRA

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