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Our parents may be interested in the following article which includes some helpful tips for encouraging your teenagers to read more often:

Devil’s Ballast – Meg Caddy

I counted fifteen dead me working the deck of the Kingston.  Well, they weren’t dead yet, but the day was young, and I had a full belt of shot.  Anne Bonny was eighteen when she ran away from her brutal husband, James – and into the arms of pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham.  Now she’s ensconced aboard Jack’s ship Ranger, passing as a cabin boy.  Playing her ruthless part in a crew that is raining down mayhem and murder on the ships of the Caribbean.

But James Bonny is willing to pay to get his ‘property’ back.  And pirate hunter Captain Barnet is happy to take his money.  The Ranger’s a fast ship: Anne might just be able to outrun Barnet.  But can she outrun the consequences of her relationship with Calico Jack?

Promise Me Happy – Robert Newton

A new offering from local Melbourne author Robert Newton (including “Runner” and “When We Were Two”).

I don’t know if it’s possible for people to change, not really.  The way you’re made up, the important stuff, I reckon you’re born with that.  But when it matters, when it really matters, WE ARE WHO WE ARE.

Nate’s had it tough.  An abusive father.  His mother dead.  He’s done things he regrets.  But he’s never met anyone like Gem.  She’s a tiny piece of wonderful and she’s changed everything he knows about himself.  Is this the beginning of happiness?  Or is there more hardship around the corner?

The Lost Man – Jane Harper (Senior Fiction – for staff and parents)

Three brothers, one death, a fence line stretching to the horizon.  Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland.
They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron.  The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cam. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…
For readers who loved The Dry and Force of Nature, Jane Harper has once again created a powerful story of suspense, set against a dazzling landscape. 

Any Ordinary Day – Leigh Sales (Senior Collection for staff and parents)

As a journalist, Leigh Sales often encounters people experiencing the worst moments of their lives in the full glare of the media.  But one particular string of bad news stories- and a terrifying brush with her own mortality – sent her looking for answers about how vulnerable each of us is to a life-changing event.  What are our chances of actually being struck by one?  What do we fear most and why?  And when the worst does happen, what comes next?

In this profound and layered book, Sales talks intimately with people who’ve faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disasters to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope even humour.  Sales brilliantly condenses the latest research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness.  Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she’s learned about coping with life’s unexpected blows.

Heartfelt, candid and empathetic, Any Ordinary Day is about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don’t know we have. 






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