DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 3
2017 Volume 36, Issue 3 78 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews fiction for older readers Resources are arranged alphabetically by author. See also eresources. Some of these items are also suitable for upper primary students. The Hounded BUTTERS, Simon Wakefield, SA, 2016 ISBN 9781743053959 Illusion and reality, bullying and exclusion, mental illness and suicide are all explored in this intriguing story of an outcast boy, Monty, who is haunted by a talking black dog. Throughout the story, the dog keeps up a commentary continue the idea of a midnight sorority with the aim of fulfilling each child’s biggest dream. When Tom is injured playing cricket at boarding school he finds himself being inducted into this secret society and participating in its escapades. The familiar characteristics of this author and illustrator, including presenting a plot with humour and predictable mayhem, endear them to their target audience. Touches of pathos elevate the story, allowing readers to empathise as they delve beneath the light-hearted facade into the lives of Tom and his comrades. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 SCIS 1789177 Paper $19.99 YouTube video – Meet Matron from The Midnight Gang! by HarperCollins Children’s Books His subsequent scuffle with classmate, Martin, results in truancy and then being bundled off to Grandpa’s farm for the holidays. It is in Uralla that Tommy finds an old cabbage-tree hat. Time slips back to 1863 and Tommy meets the notorious Fred Ward, the bushranger known as Captain Thunderbolt, and visits Thunderbolt’s Rock. The closing pages of this novel include a historical note about Ward, and a Captain Thunderbolt Q and A. The author has also written a companion series of factual books about Australian bushrangers and Teachers’ notes for these volumes are available. I. McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: History K-10 SCIS 1778270 Paper $12.50 The Midnight Gang WALLIAMS, David & ROSS, Tony HarperCollins Children’s Books, UK, 2016 ISBN 9780008188573 The patients in the children’s ward at Lord Funt Hospital have a secret. To stave off boredom and enjoy the same life as the children on the outside, they Vietnamese foods and traditions, plus Grandpa’s reputation as a clean-freak and germaphobe, some of which he has passed onto Christy. While she struggles to gain acceptance from her peers, Christy realises that her experiences have made her a little unusual and she often demonstrates kindness to other lonely students. The author’s previous careers as a primary school teacher and a comedian enable him to bring authenticity to his school-based stories. Teaching notes are available from the publisher’s website. I. McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 SCIS 1757495 Paper $16.99 Shoot-Out at the Rock SMITH, Jane Big Sky Publishing, NSW, 2016 (Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy; 1) ISBN 9781925275940 Tommy’s disastrous test results cause him to miss his lunch break and the last donut at the school canteen as his teacher insists that he devote some extra time to reading about Australian history.
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