Saturday, September 29, 2012

October Book Club

Hello Book Clubbers!

Spring has sprung! The grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is?

We hope you are enjoying spring.

Our next book club meeting is on Saturday the 27th of October. 
The kids book club is on at 2pm and the young adult book club is at 3pm.

For the Younger Book Clubbers (9-12) we have 

The Word Hunters: The Curious Dictionary byNick Earls

For the Young Adults (13+) we have  

Every Day by David Levithan (He wrote half of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist)

Please email back ( or call 9689 0661 to let us know if you are coming. 

Younger Sun Book Club Books are 20% off all month.

Happy Reading!

Isabella & the Younger Sun gang

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We love love love this book........

If you haven't read it yet, (and you are 15+) you really should! (Check out the first three chapters online) If you have, then you'll be interested in this....

The story that Gaby Winters wrote that attracted Rafa and the Rephaim to Pan Beach... read it here!

Also of interest, author Paula Weston talks about what constitutes Young Adult fiction and why she chose to write in the genre.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

the Where the Why and the How

Did you know:
...that some jellyfish may be able to live FOREVER? It's true-and some scientists discovered a spore (a hibernating form of particular types of bacteria) in a crystal of salt that was roughly 250 million years old! If they hadn't disturbed it, it is possible it would have lived another 250 million years, making this organism....immortal.....

...that trees can communicate with one another?

...that rogue waves of up to 1 720 feet tall (500 ft taller than the Empire State building) have been known to occur in the middle of the ocean, destroying giant ships?
Illustration by John Hendrix
Have you ever wondered:
...about what was here before the Big Bang? 
...Or if there are more than three dimensions? 
...Or why we sleep? 
...Or hiccup? 

Illustration by Dave Zackin
This incredible book, containing seventy-five scientific theories and explanations,  accompanied by seventy-five artist's illustrations, offers no concrete answers but plenty of wonder at the miracle of life, the universe and everything. It attempts to answer questions you might have burning in your mind, or perhaps questions you never even thought of until now, but are now dying to find out more about!

Illustration by Matt Forsythe
The illustrations are incredible works of art, created by cartoonists, fine artists and graphic designers. They have been carefully chosen to match the scientific theories, written by various experts in their fields of research or work.
Illustration by Joohee Yoon
This is a truly inspiring and eye-opening book in store NOW, a great gift for inquisitive kids aged 10+ all the way to adulthood!

And just in case this blog hasn't got you jazzed up about science enough yet, be sure to watch this YouTube video created by Symphony of Science, a music project by John D Boswell that uses Auto-Tune to make the wonders of scientific inquiry accessible to all!
Featuring the work of Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Neil DeGrasse & Bill Nye. 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals

Did you know that there used to be GIANT WOMBATS in Australia? Known as Diprotodons, they were as big as rhinos, and they were the biggest marsupials. EVER. 

There also used to be giant echidnas! Three times the size of our current echidnas! 

Turns out that Thylacines weren't particularly fast runners. In fact, they were a little bit clumsy. But they could leap like kangaroos! 

And lemurs the size of humans known as Tratratratras used to live in Madagascar! 

I knew none of these things until I looked through this beautifully illustrated book:

  Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals 
by Helene Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt (Gecko Press)

It is my new favourite. While it makes me quite sad that so many extremely fascinating animals are now extinct (many of them because of humans), it is also VERY interesting and complete with great illustrations and informative cartoons. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New Australian Books

Check out some of our exciting new Australian books.

Peggy by Anna Walker

This is the story of a brave chicken on a big adventure.

One Very Tired Wombat by RenĂ©e Tremi

A delightful counting book featuring a cast of cheeky Australian animals and lots of humour.

Word Hunters by Nick Earls

Lexi and Al are twins with Lexi and Al Hunter are twins with almost nothing in common – except their parents and their birthday. When the twins stumble upon an old dictionary their world as they know it changes. They are blasted into history to hunt down the words that threaten to vanish from our past and our present. Their lives and the future of the world are at stake. Can they find a way back home? 

City by James Roy

The thing is that in a country town, everyone thinks they know everyone else, whereas people who live in cities will happily drive for an hour to have coffee with a friend, but won’t know the name of the lady who lives upstairs. 

Into That Forest by Louis Nowra

Me name be Hannah O'Brien and I be seventy-six years old. Me first thing is an apology - me language is bad cos I lost it and had to learn it again. But here's me story and I be glad to tell it before I hop the twig.

This is an unforgettable and heartbreaking story about two young girls living in the wild with Tasmanian Tigers.