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The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate proved to be a popular choice and we found it to be a novel that would have useful applications in both primary and secondary schools.  We thought it is a fabulous class novel for upper primary or lower secondary but also is one that you could easily read aloud to younger grades.  Applegate’s story, told from Ivan the gorilla’s point of view, is briefly but beautifully, poignantly and humorously written.

Pookie Aleera Is Not My BoyfriendWe felt that Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick is yet another wonderful offering from a very talented Australian writer.  It was noted that this book is very humorous, not particularly plot driven, but an insightful look into characters into a country town.  It is recommended as a wonderful read aloud text for primary school and a great introduction to novels written in free verse.

Finding SerendipityWe discovered that there is a lot more to the story of Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks than first appears. Whilst this is primarily a novel for mid and upper primary it would also have applications for lower ability year 8s.  The setting is a world where the main character Tuesday is searching for her missing mother.  To find her mother she has to write her own story to the very end.  It is very imaginative with fabulous language, an inspiring librarian and a lovely story about gaining independence and the power of words.