SpineOut : August 14
THE OTHER SIDE OF NOWHERE Steve Johnston What an intense read! This book is brimming with drama and mystery. Readers are tricked at first by the false security but after only a few chapters, catastrophe strikes! We witness an incredible, action packed battle with nature. Then the story slows down and readers think it will be another survival story with some kids living on an island. Probably with some teen drama. Then BAM! The plot twists, and it is suddenly full of gunfire and people who need to be saved. The usual survival story is thrown out the window and the story makes a 180° degree turn into a mystery/action flick. SOPHIA Age 13 The Friends’ School Hobart North Tas Rating: awesome! Good for book clubs! MISSING PRESUMED EVIL Garth Nix & Sean Williams This novel is based around The Troubletwisters, a pair of twins with extraordinary magical powers called Jack and Jaide. As I have not read the previous books in the series much of the concepts were quite foreign and the story had elements that were quite confusing, but overall the story was incredibly engaging and the writing styles were effective in their delivery. The story is about the twins facing this incredibly powerful force known as the Evil, aided by their fellow magic companions such as Grandma X and Stefano. More specifically they get a message from Grandma X’s sister who was stuck in the dimension in which the Evil resides. Many challenges are overcome in the process of rescuing her and it all ends with everything in relative peace. This book was written by two separate people so you would expect there to be some noticeable differences in style but overall it was handled smoothly and the transition between authors was seamless. Although it seems childish at times, it can quite easily be read by a more mature audience, due to the quality of the writing and the fairly interesting plot. My only criticism would have to be the fact it introduces some fairly new concepts without explaining them. However, I assume they’d be less noticeable if you had read the rest of the series. In summary, this book was a great read and I plan to investigate all the other books in the series. I recommend it for readers up to 14 years of age. FINN Year 7 St Aloysius Milson’s Point NSW Rating: 4 out of 5 stars POPULAR Maya Van Wagenen Can I just say...Wow! I think I read this book in about two days and loved every second of it! The best thing about it was the fact that it was a true story, so I was able to connect with the characters so much more because they were real. The main character Maya was an interesting character and I really enjoyed reading about all the crazy things she did to achieve popularity. I also loved reading about all the cliques she got to know during her ‘adventure’, and how her initial perception of people was soon changed when she got to know them on a personal level. Another thing I loved about this book and something I think will really make it appeal to a wide range of teenagers is that it wasn’t a romance book. It mainly focused on Maya and how she changed and matured over time with the influence of her friends, family and most importantly, Betty Cornell. MAYA Year 9 Santa Maria College Northcote Vic Rating: awesome!