Posted on August 24, 2010 by Rhondda
Another interesting podcast from the Radio National BookShow. This is a discussion with writer Stephen Sewell.
Stephen Sewell is best known as a prolific Australian playwright and screenwriter. He has recently had a novel published by Pan Macmillan. It is based on the film, of the same name, Animal Kingdom directed by David Michod. Stephen Sewell briefly touches on his entry into the playwriting field and then goes on to discuss the reasons for his change of writing direction and why he decided to write this novel. It is an interesting discussion about the setting and the characters and how he recognised them and the approach to writing about them.
It’s unusual in the Australian scene for a novel to follow the film but not unknown elsewhere, particularly in the US. Stephen Sewell’s Animal Kingdom is the story of revenge in a criminal family, the Codys, and it’s told through the character of 17-year-old Jay Cody, appalled by the family violence but inevitably affected by it and finally trapped by it. Stephen Sewell’s second novel, Babylon, is due out later this year.
Many boys at our school watched the movie as well as being fans of the Underbelly Tv series. There has been a lot of discussion and criticism about the glamourization of criminals and the underworld they live in. Stephen Sewell, who has often portrayed a grittier side of life, is articulate and thoughtful in his discourse.
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Posted on April 14, 2010 by Rhondda
CBCA shortlist were announced last week. I was at the ACEC conference and the list was put on the “backburner” as I enjoyed the conference sessions. This week we have been busy as it the first week of the term so I have not really looked at the lists until today.
Older Readers: These books are for mature readers
- Christopher, Lucy Stolen Chicken House
- We have this book in the library however I have not yet read it. The reviews have mostly been very good but a few interesting comments from those who have not enjoyed reading it have piqued my interest.
- Clarke, Judith The Winds of Heaven Allen & Unwin
- Larbalestier, Justine Liar Allen & Unwin
- A fascinating book that has been somewhat contentious, polarising quite a few readers
- Metzenthen, David Jarvis 24 Penguin
- Set in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne there is already a “hook” for our boys. It is a love story but not the “girly” stories that sometimes get written. It is a good story for young men. Marc is a private school boy on work experience. He meets Elektra, an elite runner from Broome, who has been “bought” by another big Melbourne school. The story is about how two young people see their world and the love story is really doomed from the start. Mark realizes that Elektra will run away from him in the end. For all that I have said, the story is humorous and concerns friendship and what you can offer to others. Many of our boys could relate to the characters and situation.
- Millard, Glenda A Small Free Kiss in the Dark Allen & Unwin
- Another book we have here and one that I must read.
- Tangey, Penny Loving Richard Feynman UQP
Younger Readers Intended for independent younger readers.
- Fensham, Elizabeth Matty Forever University of Queensland Press
- Hirsch, Odo Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool Allen & Unwin
- Lester, Alison Running with the Horses Viking, Penguin Group Australia
- McIntosh, Fiona The Whisperer Angus & Robertson, HarperCollinsPublishers
- Murphy, Sally Illus. POTTER, Heather Pearl Verses the World Walker Books
- Storer, Jen Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children Viking, Penguin Group Australia
Early Childhood: Intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages.
- Bland, Nick The Wrong Book (Scholastic Australia),
- Booth Christina Kip (Windy Hollow Books),
- Dubosarsky, Ursula The Terrible Plop illus. by Andrew Joyner (Viking),
- Gleeson, Libby Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House illus. by Freya Blackwood (Little Hare Books),
- Shanahan, Lisa Bear & Chook by the Sea illus. by Emma Quay (Lothian),
- Thompson, Colin Fearless illus. by Sarah Davis (ABC Books)
Picture Book: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years range (Some books may be for mature readers).
- Danalis, John Schumann the Shoeman illus. by Stella Danalis (UQP),
- Harvey, Roland To the Top End: Our Trip Across Australia (Allen & Unwin),
- Hobbs Leigh Mr Chicken Goes to Paris (Allen & Unwin)
- Millard, Glenda Isabella’s Garden illus. by Rebecca Cool (Walker Books),
- Oliver, Narelle Fox and Fine Feathers (Omnibus),
- Rogers Gregory The Hero of Little Street (Allen & Unwin)
Eve Pownall Award: Intended for an audience ranging from birth to 18 years range (Some books may be for mature readers).
- Clode, Danielle Prehistoric Giants: The Megafauna of Australia by (Museum Victoria),
- M is for Mates (Department of Veterans’ Affairs in association with the Australian War Memorial),
- Macinnis Peter Australian Backyard Explorer (National Library of Australia),
- Patrick, Tanya Polar Eyes: A Journey to Antarctica by illustrated by Nicholas Hutcheson (CSIRO),
- Reeder, Stephanie Owen Lost! A True Tale from the Bush by (National Library of Australia),
- Maralinga by Yalata & Oak communities with Christobel Mattingly (Allen & Unwin)
So many books that the judges must read. I looked at the notables list and then these the shortlist and I am amazed at the reading these people get through. I will be interested to hear the Victorian Judge speak in a few weeks at our SLAV meeting. I do not envy the task that the judges have. To try to choose winners from the many good books is not an easy job. As always it will be interesting to see the eventual winner.The winners and honour books for each category will be announced on Friday, August 20th, at the beginning of Book Week.
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