Did you ever peek through your lounge room curtains as a kid and wonder about your new neighbours? Did they seem a little strange to you? Like, maybeDid you ever peek through your lounge room curtains as a kid and wonder about your new neighbours? Did they seem a little strange to you? Like, maybe they were aliens? Well then, twelve-year-old Jack lives in a street just like yours, with nosy neighbours, strange arrivals and a mystery to be solved. A fast-paced, page-turning read, perfectly suited to mid-grade readers and with a healthy balance of male/female protagonists, Winell Road is sure to ignite a passion for close-encounters-style sci-fi mysteries in young readers new to the genre. The world building is spot on and easy to visualise, the plot engaging and believable. I particularly liked the character of Roxy, whose serious determination and courage is a delightful juxtaposition to Jack’s more wary nature and injections of humour. Between the two of them, Winell Road’s mysteries don’t stand a chance. Highly recommended. ...more
This is the first book I chose for myself as a child, and it was before I learnt to read – before I even went to school. My older brother brought homeThis is the first book I chose for myself as a child, and it was before I learnt to read – before I even went to school. My older brother brought home the Scholastic book pamphlet from school and Mum said I could choose a book. I liked the look of this one, but when it arrived I was so disappointed to see there were no pictures inside. In spite of this, the cover was soon tatty from my pouring over it wondering: Why was Alice so sad? What was she doing on the front steps? Was this her house or her school? My brother read me the blurb on the back, and then I wanted to know: What was an orphan? What happened to Alice's parents? Will she find a home? Desperate to know the answers to these questions, I very quickly learned to read before I started school at 4. Runaway Alice became one of my favourite books and holds a very important place in my heart....more
The Coral Sea Monster is the 2011 'National Best Book' winner of the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day competition. Written, edited, illustrated and published inThe Coral Sea Monster is the 2011 'National Best Book' winner of the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day competition. Written, edited, illustrated and published in under 12 hours by a team of ten enthusiastic and talented writers (Prana Writers) and one illustrator (Angela Sunde), The Coral Sea Monster is available for purchase through Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view....
Through sponsorship on the day, Prana Writers raised $940 for the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane.
"The Winner of the Open Section this year is the most beautifully illustrated as well as the best written story of the bunch: ‘The Coral Sea Monster’ by Prana Writers.
The team was given the challenge to include a podiatrist, a sheep shearer and a sea animal in their work, as well as to employ the setting of a motorway and the theme of love. The result is an amusing and engaging story of a 13 year-old sheep-whisperer, Jack, whose hopes of competing in the shearing event at the Ekka showgrounds are shot through when a truck overturns on the motorway into Brisbane, blocking the traffic in both directions. The truck in question is carrying a sea monster, of course, and Jack and his new found friend, a teen podiatrist (yes, there is such a girl!), set out on a fun-packed adventure to save the sea monster from the clutches of Lionel Measly, the greedy Ocean-World curator who hopes to make a million out of the endangered species.
A competition like Book-in-a -Day challenges all of its competitors to take an imaginative leap, to work together against the ticking clock, to produce something extraordinary and new. ‘The Coral Sea Monster’ is a delightful example of the best kind of new work this competition is capable of producing.
Congratulations to team members Tom Betts, Rob Brown, Margaret Choinski, Rebecca Fraser, Janis Hanley, Kerry McGuicken, Helen Stubbs, Angela Sunde and Amanda Worlley, as well as to the children at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, to whom this team’s sponsors directed their funds. You are all very worthy winners!" Julienne van Loon - judge...more