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Fairy lies / E.D. Baker.
Author: Baker, E. D.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Children's, 2013, c2012.
Review by: Badihi, Kim Ms  on: 16/07/2018 3:06:07 PM
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it was exciting and it took a long time to read
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The field guide / Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
Author: DiTerlizzi, Tony. -- Black, Holly.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2003.
Review by: shine  on: 7/07/2018 3:11:16 PM
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this book is very mysterious and exciting!!!!
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The tall man / Chloe Hooper.
Author: Hooper, Chloe, 1973- -- Doomadgee, Mulrunji -- Death and burial. -- Hurley, Christopher.
Publisher: Camberwell, Vic. : Hamish Hamilton, 2008.
Review by: ajcharles  on: 29/06/2018 11:30:57 AM
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A hard hitting account of the brutality and injustice living on Palm Island off the Queensland coast. It tells the story of Cameron Doomadgee who in 2004 swore at a police officer and was found dead in a holding cell only 40 minutes later. This book follows the court process and the grieving process from this event that changed the community. Essential reading to anyone who calls Australia home.
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Our souls at night / Kent Haruf.
Author: Haruf, Kent, author.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. -- ©2015
Review by: ajcharles  on: 29/06/2018 11:23:06 AM
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This novel is a beautiful story of companionship in its most purest form. Two elderly people find a deep connection in their shared loneliness. Has recently been turned into a movie. A great novel would recommend.
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Precious things / Kelly Doust.
Author: Doust, Kelly, author.
Publisher: New South Wales : HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd, 2016. -- Sydney, N.S.W. HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. -- ©2016
Review by: ajcharles  on: 29/06/2018 11:20:32 AM
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A really beautiful novel that follows a handmade collar from its creation through decades of ownership to the modern day. I found it very easy to read although some owner's stories were more interesting than others. A nice look into superstition and sentimentality.
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Terra nullius / Claire G. Coleman.
Author: Coleman, Claire G., author.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Hachette Australia, 2017.
Review by: ajcharles  on: 29/06/2018 11:17:29 AM
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Loved this book! The biggest plot twist I think I have ever read was in this fantastic debut novel by a young indigenous author Claire Coleman. It reads somewhere between adventure and thriller fast paced and another novel that I just could not put down. Highly recommend. Should be a HSC text.
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Author: Gerelds, Todd (Thomas Todd) -- Film adaptations. -- Schlabach, Mark, 1972- -- Film adaptations. -- Gerelds, Tandy -- Drama. -- Nathan, Tony, 1956- -- Drama. -- Woodlawn High School (Birmingham, Ala.) -- Drama. -- Erwin, Jonathan D., film director, screenw
Publisher: 2016. -- Australia Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2016] -- ©2015
Review by: disney  on: 28/06/2018 2:40:07 PM
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The movie "Woodlawn" (2015), directed by the Erwin Brothers, starring Sean Austin (The Goonies), Australian Nic Bishop (Body of proof), in his debut Caleb Castille and Jon Voight (Midnight cowboy)."Woodlawn" is based on a true story. It is set in Birmingham, Alabama,1973 during the time of segragation, racial tension and violence. Birmingham is "the most throughly segragated city in the United States" (Martin Luther King Jr). Woodlawn is the first public highschool to introduce African American students into its grounds and its football team. Anti-racial behaviour between the Anglo and African American students is steeped in hostility, hatred and anger. When Hank Erwin (Sean Austin) joins the staff at Woodlawn highschool as sports chaplin, he asks football coach Tandy Geralds (Nic Bishop) if he could speak to the team about Jesus Christ. Hank is passionate about his faith and feels he can help to bring unity to the team and the school. He hopes to inspire love through the "Jesus revolution" (Time cover magazine). Caleb Castille portrays African American Tony Nathan with strength, passion and humility. Coach Tandy is sceptical and lacks belief especially within himself. Jon Voight as "Bear" Bryant brings humour and determination to his character. An inspirational story, demonstrating the power of faith and the difference it can bring when allowing the "light" to shine within.
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The kingmaker's daughter / Philippa Gregory.
Author: Gregory, Philippa.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Review by: ajcharles  on: 28/06/2018 11:57:45 AM
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Another great book by Philippa Gregory. This book follows Anne Neville whose father wants to secure his daughters into successful marriages into the royal family. But with the rapid change of kings during the Cousin's War Anne gets caught up in all the politics. The story is fascinating. I would recommend.
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The lady of the rivers / Philippa Gregory.
Author: Gregory, Philippa. -- Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, 1416?-1472 -- Fiction.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Review by: ajcharles  on: 28/06/2018 11:48:55 AM
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Could not put this book down! Another great re-telling of famous women in history by Philippa Gregory. This is the story of Jacquetta mother of Elizabeth Woodville. Although she has royal blood she never hold the crown of either England or France but she greatly influences both. Would highly recommend.
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The white queen / Philippa Gregory.
Author: Gregory, Philippa, author. -- Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Edward IV, King of England, 1437?-1492 -- Fiction. -- Edward V, King of England, 1470-1483 -- Fiction. -- Edward V, King of England, 1470-1483 -- Death and burial -- Fiction. -- Richard, Duke of Y
Publisher: London Pocket Books, 2016. -- ©2009
Review by: ajcharles  on: 28/06/2018 11:45:54 AM
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I love Philippa Gregory's retelling of famous queens of the past and this was no exception. She paints Elizabeth Woodville as a would who is madly in love with her husband and will do anything to see him succeed. Although I have to admit I found her character hard to like. A really interesting read.
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