On the morning of May 25th, students will again compete in the Year 8 and 9 Readers’ Cup Competition, organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Queensland Branch. It will be held at Brisbane Grammar School and we have 2 teams entered, with other students helping with coaching and support. Eighteen teams in all are entered in our division, from 12 schools. All Year 8 and 9 students were invited to participate via the Daily Notices and all those who expressed interest will be involved in some capacity. It is pleasing to see the high level of interest this year.
Students will meet author, Jack Heath, (The Lab, Remote Control and Money Run), one of the authors of the books studied. He is the ACT Young Australian of the Year for 2009. Jack Heath wrote his first novel when he was 13 years old and by 18, he had a publishing contract. He was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. As an internationally published author, Jack inspires other students interested in writing and generously shares his knowledge with them. He encourages young people to follow their literary dreams. When his first novel was released, most fiction for early-to-mid teens was issues based. Jack wanted to write purely entertaining books, particularly for boys, so he started writing about ‘robots and explosions.’ This idea first came to him when he was studying the human genome project in his Year 7 science class. He believes it was successful because ‘I was a kid when I was writing it, so the things I was looking for were the same things many other teenage readers were looking for.’ Jack’s fourth book will be released shortly. (picture and paraphrased text from http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/pages/page491.asp
The books for the Brisbane North Year 8/9 Division are –
Mac Slater #1: The Rules of Cool – Tristan Bancks
The London Eye Mystery – Siohban Dowd
Macbeth and son – Jackie French
Mahtab’s Story – Libby Gleeson
Money Run – Jack Heath
The Cloudchasers – Steven Hunt and David Richardson
The girls have been busily reading and studying the books over the holidays, and at lunchtimes in preparation, so we wish them well.