Wednesday, August 26, 2009

History, Romance, Surf -- Fiction

These came out last year but need to be mentioned.

A Brief History of Montmaray Michelle Cooper (Random House)
Sophie has received a journal, a 16th birthday gift from a bother, so she decides to keep a record of the things that are happening all around her. Living in a remote, run down castle on an island that is nearly cut off from the outside world because of its isolation with her cousin and her tomboy sister means that there is plenty to write about, especially when strangers appear on the island. It is 1936 and the rise of Nazi Germany has begun.
With historical references (there is information in the Author’s notes), politics, and religion and much more are woven into this read that is adventure, romance and thriller all rolled into one. It is a book that girls will love.
This book won the 2009 NSW Premier's Ethel Turner Prize for young people’s literature award.

Surf Sisters Laurine Croasdale (Pan Macmillan)
Surfing books for girls ... great for your teen keen surfers - especially girls.
Following on from Surf School comes Surf Sisters and the four surfer girls are once again consumed by all things surfing. There is a big surfing competition coming but money is needed to get there, potentional sponsors are looming and then there is a surf off with the world champion. But at the same time there are distractions - and one of them is boys! There are arguments with parents and other family members too and a new range of surf wear that is being developed and might just even get worn at the sign in.

More fiction for older readers soon ....

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