DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 82 STEWART, Briony Kumiko and the dragon's secret University of Queensland Press, Qld, 2010 ISBN 9780702237805 Following Kumiko and the dragon, in this book Kumiko bravely rescues her sister and helps to keep the guardian dragon's secret. Sibling rivalry, facing your fears and the role of the big sister are just a few of the issues young readers will relate to in this adventure story. Black and white illustrations add to the magic of the book that is suited to early readers with its larger print and short chapter length. This book would add to any unit on mythical creatures. R. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Paper $14.95 SCIS 1467574 STEWART, Trenton Lee The mysterious Benedict Society and the perilous journey Chicken House, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781906427146 Four gifted children come together to form The Mysterious Benedict Society. The second book in this set begins with the foursome reunited for a perilous journey to find Mr Benedict, the person who brought the children together. In this grand interna- tional adventure, the characters are engaged in deciphering puzzles, riddles and clues that have been strewn across the conti- nents. It is a race to rescue Mr Benedict from the antagonist, his evil twin Ledroptha Curtain. Throughout the narrative the children are challenged and this leads them to learn more about each of their unique talents. The quirky details and plot twists in this story are entertaining reading and will be especially enjoyed by fans of adventure tales. E. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Paper $16.99 SCIS 1459080 STRONG, Jeremy The hundred-mile-an-hour dog Penguin Books Ltd, UK, 2010 (Puffin) (Laugh your socks off with) ISBN 9780141330204 Trevor is full of good intentions and ideas that always seem to have disastrous and costly results. In this humorous account of Trevor walking the family pet dog, Streaker, for money, he manages to go to the police station for bag snatching, burglary, and damaging a police vehicle. Streaker is under threat of execution as a result. Trevor's only friend Tina decides to help Trevor train Streaker and makes a bet with the town bully that it is possible. At stake is a drenching in the slimy old horse trough. The book, and accompanying audio CD read by Martin Clunes, may have special appeal for boys, as the fast paced action keeps the reader eager to discover how Trevor escapes sure disaster. R. Higginbottom USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $24.95 SCIS 1459977 AONO, Shunju I'll give it my all -- tomorrow. 1 VIZ Media, USA, 2010 ISBN 9781421533650 Disappointing his elderly father and bewildering his teenage daughter, Shizuo Oguru quits his job. His midlife crisis results in him lazing around and playing video games. Feeling the need to set a goal in his life, he decides to become an artist and create a manga masterpiece. As a character, Shizuo Oguru is often difficult for a reader to sympathise with, yet the pathos and human frailty exposed in this tale make it compelling. The relatively simple artwork and slow pace are rather unusual for manga and it is inter- esting to see the format used in this manner. The book is a thought provoking observation of the difficulties of life and feelings of depression, alienation and insignificance. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7--10; English Stage 6 Paper $17.85 SCIS 1474196 CLARK, Sherryl One perfect pirouette University of Queensland Press, Qld, 2010 ISBN 9780702238413 A determined young ballerina moves to Melbourne to pursue her dream of being accepted to national ballet school. Bryanna willingly faces the loneliness and isolation that comes from being the new kid in school and she even manages to rise above open hostility from her peers. However, when she realises the enormous sacrifice her family is making, Bryanna falters. Watching her parents slave to pay her dance school fees, while her brother grows increasingly resentful, leaves Bryanna burdened with an enormous sense of guilt. Well written and thought provoking, this novel provides a satisfying reading experi- ence. S. Taylor USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Paper $16.95 SCIS 1460897 CORDER, Zizou Halo Penguin Group (Australia), 2010 (Puffin) ISBN 9780141331850 Any literature that introduces a modern audience to the classics is to be commended. This book does so engagingly and is to be Some of these items are also suitable for upper primary students. Fiction for older readers Resources are arranged alphabetically by author. See also e-resources.