July 25, 2010

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Book 1 - Eighth Grade Bites By Heather Brewer

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod - Eighth Grade Bites 

 The first book in the new series with bite, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is full of intrigue, suspense, written in a witty and comical style that will have you thirsting for more.

Meet Vladimir Tod. 13 Years Old. Half Human, Half Vampire. Learning to deal with the death of his parents three years ago, dealing with bullies and a snide principal that has it in for him, isn't the least of his worries.
His new substitute English teacher claims to know his secret. Can Vlad keep his secret as well as juggle vampire-teenage life?

I recommend this book for boys aged 12 - 14 and possibly girls around the same age bracket ( all depends on genre preference!)

The first installment of the Vladimir Tod Chronicles is fast paced, the plot is always keeping you either laughing or deep in the world that fabulous author Heather Brewer has created.
Try this novel for an gripping experience into the fast-growing world of vampire literature.

"Heather Brewer has invented the most endearing of vampires in Vlad, an eighth grader juggling the woes of adolescence with the decidedly unique difficulties of being a vampire. She perfectly captures the humor and angst of eighth grade, mixed with a nail-biting adventure. Utterly charming and irresistible!" ~ Liza Conrad, author of HIGH SCHOOL BITES: THE LUCY CHRONICLES

Check out the Trailer for the first book here...

Other Books in the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod
1. Eighth Grade Bites
2. Ninth Grade Slays
3. Tenth Grade Bleeds
4. Eleventh Grade Burns
5. Twelfth Grade Kills

July 20, 2010

Kisses for Lula by Samantha Mackintosh

Lula Bird is about to turn 16, never been kissed, all because she's jinxed... (Well... Apparently)
 It's five days until Lula turns 16, and she is determined to be kissed. But trouble is brewing all around her.

The Possibility of a stalker, going on a dream date, a horrible crime that leaves the town angry and the fact that her dad is sneaking out of the house late at night, with a woman's handbag to meet a mystery woman named Freya doesn't help either.
With a list of candidates, can Lula lift the curse and stop the crime?

I recommend this book for girls aged 12 - 15.

It is a fabulous book with humorous one liners that will be rolling in your head for a long time.

The beautiful cover is only a teaser for what's inside, will theft, catastrophes, make-overs and creeps stop Lula from getting her kiss?
Well, you'll just have to read it and find out!

The zany characters are believable and have a comical style like the characters from the series Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

This book is a definite read for this July.

July 15, 2010

Girls to Total Goddesses by Sue Limb

If you're a fan of the Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison, then this novel, written in the same funny, witty style is a great read for you.

Zoe and Chloe are back!
But this time, they have taken on a project... Turn themselves into goddesses in 7 Days* - * Weather Permitting.
This project brings on tests of friendship, learning to juggle life and being your true self.

I recommend this book for girls aged 12 - 15.
It's funny, keeps you interested, moves at a fast pace and is overall a great novel!

July 08, 2010

Article: Author presents just the facts on writing

This article is about Local author Mark Greenwood. Co author of Ned Kelly and the Green Sash, click on the title to read the review.

Title: Author Presents just the facts on writing
Author: Not Stated
Date Published: July 6- July 12, 2010
Newspaper: The Western Suburbs Weekly - July 6 - July 12, 2010

July 06, 2010

Ashbury / Brookfield Series by Jaclyn Moriarty

Written by renowned Australian Author Jaclyn Moriarty, this series is a winter must read.
Each novel being a companion to each other, these novels can be read in any order, but I would suggest them being read in the correct order. (as follows).
International covers have also been included !

To view the book synopsis' in a larger size, simply click on them.
Written in the form of meeting transcripts, HSC Exams, letters from the Ashbury-Brookfield Pen Pal project, flyers on the school notice-board and journal entries, this series will captivate your attention and keep it until the very last page.

I recommend these books for girls aged 12-15, they are brilliantly told stories that are all based around friendship.
In Feeling Sorry for Celia, the Bonds of Friendship are tested when Elizabeth's best friend decides to run away and join the circus.
Can Lydia and Emily, with the help of their Brookfield pen pals, find on what's happening with Cassie, is she really crazy?
In the Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie, Bindy discovers herself, maybe finding friends along the way.
In the Last novel, Dreaming of Amelia, the characters who have grown up in the novels finally come together , only to be tested by the Mysterious Amelia and Riley.

NOTE: A review for Dreaming of Amelia was also published on Chicklish, click here to visit

Be sure to pick up a copy of these novels today, they're worth it!

July 05, 2010

Vampires Trump Wizards as Readers Choose Their Best by William Yeoman

I thought that this article, listing the top 100 books would be of interest.

Title: Vampires Trump Wizards as Readers Pick Their Best
Newspaper: The West Australian
Date of Publication: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Author: William Yeoman

Coming in as the Top Two:

1. The Twilight Saga    
Stephenie Meyer

2. Harry Potter 1-7
J.K. Rowling

July 02, 2010

Ned Kelly and the Green Sash by Mark Greenwood and Frane Lessac

I recommend the book Ned Kelly and the Green Sash for girls and boys aged 7-10, although, it is enjoyable for adults as well.

The kid who sits down to read this story is not just reading the same story of the notorious outlaw and armor and his gang, but they are getting a look at the harsh reality of the lives of struggling families in the Australian bush.

Ned Kelly and the Green Sash tells the story of Ned Kelly's life how he wanted it to be told.
I Believe that this book is an enjoyable read that is true to the story and keeps you fascinated with the insight of the softer side of Ned Kelly.

If you would like to visit the website of:

The Fremantle Childrens Literature Centre (fclc),
where it was launched.
 click here

to visit the website of co-author Frane Lessac, click here

to visit the website of co-author Mark Greenwood, click here

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