SpineOut : October 2014
Rasidh, Berwick Grammar School Officer Vic Disappearing Act James Moloney Mathew Cooper is a 15 year old boy who spends most of his time honing his magic skills using an old book that he found in his grandpa’s house. What he doesn’t know is that the very same book belonged to his great grandpa Mattheus Coperneau who (ironically) was a professional magician whose career came to a disastrous end when a trick he performed backfired spectacularly. But behind the magic of Mathew and Mattheus lies a story so mysterious, tragic and romantic you’ll never put this book down. I personally thought that the story was a bit too predictable although it built up closer at the end. This was the first James Moloney book I’ve ever read and now I know why he’s so popular. His words paint an epic masterpiece in my mind that’s better than the Mona Lisa. Recommended for 13 year olds. Rating: Awesome Kaelan, Year 8 Berwick Grammar Officer Vic Don’t Kiss Girls, and Other Silly Stories Pat Flynn When I first opened this book’s crudely drawn cover, I was met with the story of a young boy striving to win a girlfriend. It wasn’t off to the best start. Through the pages we see the young Tony Ross progress through middle school, struggling to cope with exams and social pressures. Sadly, none of this came across in any entertaining manner, and left me with no small dislike for Tony, or Rosso, as his friends affectionately call him. Pat Flynn has previously won a Children’s Book Award, meaning he must be a fairly accomplished writer. However, it seems as though he struck out with this one, undoubtedly leaving many disappointed readers. Rating: Meh Read it! Write it! Watch it! James Moloney has written 45 books (that's pretty impressive!) including The Book of Lies, The Gracey Trilogy, and A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove, which won the Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award in 1997. While his books span an age range from seven- to 17-year-olds, he is best known for his young adult novels.