Inky Awards - Voting time

The Inky Awards shortlist was announced on the 16th of August and now we’ve hit the half way mark of voting.

We encourage teens to vote for their favourite book from the list as one lucky voter will win the entire longlist – all twenty books. 

Follow this link to register your choice












Champion Pics: Winners announced

The Champion Pics Competiton attracted a large number of entries. The creativity that linked the personal response, shortlisted book and artwork was impressive. We acknowledge all students who took part in this competition.

Many thanks must be extended to our special guest judge for this year, Vicki Waller.

Vicki is President of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, has been a practising artist for over 50 years and is a member of the Board of the Port Community Arts Centre. Her extensive experience and knowledge were very welcome and greatly appreciated.


Our winners came from four schools.

Congratulations to these talented students:

Nathalia from St Ignatius in Norwood  (Prize donated by St George's Books)

Anela from Woodville Gardens Primary School (Prize donated by Pegi Williams Book Shop)

Eve from St Ignatius in Norwood (Prize donated by Booked at North Adelaide)

Jaime from St Mary's College in (Prize donated by Dymocks Adelaide)

The School Libraries for each school will also recieve a book bundle and a set of 4 posters that promote reading and books.

Below are some examples of the wonderful artwork submitted for the competition.





Our Book Group Report in August 2016

The group discussed a range of books when they met. Some were very well received.

Picture Books

Small Things by Mel Tregonning

An unusual graphic novel style picture book that ponders the problem of children dealing with their worries. With no text to guide the reader and sombre black and white illustrations one wonders about the intended audience.

Colours of Australia  by Bronwyn Bancoft

A beautifully illustrated book about the colours of the rainbow. Lyrical text

My Brother by Dee Huxley
Beautiful picture book about dealing with grief.

Mr Chicken arriva a Roma. By Leigh Hobbs

Younger Readers

The 65 – Storey Treehouse  by Andy Griffiths

Appealing for readers who enjoy visuals to add to the text. Notable Book 2016


Hubble Bubble: the Pesky Pirate Plank   by Tracey Corderoy

A humorous story about a grandmother witch who loves to “help” her granddaughter using magic. Mum and Dad are not impressed with Grandma’s antics. Reminiscent of that old TV show Bewitched!

Older Readers

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

A beautifully written book about a young sensitive boy growing up in a detention centre in Australia. He befriends a young girl who lives outside the detention centre but in many ways is just as isolated from community.

A toaster on Mars  by Darrell Pitt
Set in 2509  funny story for boys

When Michael met Mina by Rana Abdel-Fattah
Afghanistan Muslim family move from their comfortable home to a suburb close to Mina's school where Mina has been awarded a scholarship.She is in the same class as Michael, whose father believes that migrants need to enter the right way, no queue jumping and obeying Australian ways and laws. The relationship between the two becomes strained when Mina finds out about the truth about Michael's father

One would think the deep by Claire Zorn
Surfing story about a young lad whose father and mother have died and he moves in with his grandmother and aunt.
He knows little about his father and when details are revealed, it is not a pretty story. Good writing about surfing

Adult novels
Mr Mac and me by Esther Freud
WW1 is about to break out and this book is set in Eastern England, very close to France. Effect of war on the community and a family that runs the local pub. People become suspicious of others, suspecting that they might be spies. Story told through the eyes of a young boy.

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The story of King David. Very close to Bible account but not a lot of originality.



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