Students return to the CLI Library this week and we say farewell to Belinda Hopper, one of our lovely librarians!
Mrs Belinda Hopper is retiring after 13 years at Carey working as a librarian. She has been actively involved in the Wide Reading Program, suggesting great books to students and staff alike for many years. We will all miss her bright personality and wealth of knowledge about books to name just two hallmarks of her work in the library.
After a few weeks of operating a click-and-collect system where there have been a lot of special book deliveries to English classes in Middle School. Students will now be back browsing the many wonderful new books which have arrived in the library.
Mark Smith, popular writer and frequent visitor to Carey for our Literature Festival, has a new book. Yes, very exciting for his many fans! If Not Us, like The Road to Winter, is set in a coastal town like his home of Anglesea. Hesse, the main character of this new novel, is a keen surfer who gets caught up in a campaign to shut down the local mine. There is so much to this book, including wonderful descriptions of surfing.
Phillip Gwynne also has a new book out, The Break. Gwynne lived in Bali for some time and it looks like this is when he was inspired to write this book about 16 year old Taj and his drug smuggling father in a Bali prison and on death row. It promises to be an action-packed, thrilling read as Taj tries to break his father out.
My colleague Linden Carroll has shared her take on two more new books:
It’s not you, it’s me – Gabrielle Williams
Holly wakes up on her 40th birthday and finds that, inexplicably, she is in the body of a teenager called Trinity Byrne, in LA halfway around the world, and 40 years in the past. What connects the two women, and what is the meaning of this bizarre Freaky Friday time travel body swap?
This was a compulsive read with great characters, plenty of angst and eyeliner, and an ending that was so sweet and lovely. There was a heavy 80s girl punk aesthetic, some great descriptions of being in a body highly attuned to physical movement, and a very sweet ending that tied things up pretty nicely.
The monster of her age – Danielle Binks
Ellie returns to Hobart and to her family home to say goodbye to her dying silver screen goddess grandmother. What awaits is a confrontation of her past, her child actor trauma, and of her relationship to her family and to herself.
Ellie and her love interest, Riya, are very sweet, and there is a fantastic richness of character diversity and depth. The depictions of (fictional) movie scenes are just brilliant, and there's also a meaningful and insightful thread running throughout of feminist appreciation of arts, and of the artistic power of the horror genre.
Make sure you visit the CLI library and borrow some of these fantastic new reads.
Acting Head of CLI Library