SpineOut : June 2014
Holly, Age 13, Grade 9 Siena Catholic College Sippy Downs Qld Night Vision Ella West Night Vision by Ella West is an intriguing and captivating novel. Based on the 60 minutes documentary, Children of the Night, this chilling story is about a young girl, Viola, who was born with a genetic condition, XP (Veroderma Pigmentosum) that makes sunlight deadly. Armed with night vision goggles and a dark secret, Viola discovers a mystery in the pitch- blackness of the night. This heart-thumping thriller was ver y well written and researched. I entered Viola’s world, with opinions and thoughts that were rather judgmental and witty. The only thing I disliked about the book was the abrupt, sudden finish. It was dramatic. But then the book ended with me still feeling raw with shock. Other than that, it was compelling and thought provoking. All in all, Night Vision is an eccentric read, definitely for the thrill- seekers and murder- myster y fans! Rating: Awesome! (Good for book clubs) READ IT WATCH IT WRITE IT ! Mason, Year 9, Tatachilla Lutheran College, SA The Red Tree Shaun Tan The book is about a person that has a really bad day and it only gets worse. All people have bad days in their lives, so many people would relate to this story. The artwork in the book is amazing. The pictures show the streets are dark and the sky is black. This tells us that the person in the story feels sad. I would recommend this book for students in years seven, eight andnineasitisagood read but doesn’t take too long. People who like looking at artwork would like studying the pictures and it may give them inspiration. Rating: 7/10 Diem, Year 11, Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy Vic Secret Brigid Kemmerer Secret is the fourth book in 'The Elementals' series by the fantastic paranormal romance writer Brigid Kemmerer. The fourth book allows us to climb into Nick Merrick’s skin and walk around in it as he comes to terms with his sexuality. This makes this particular story different from the first three because it’s more than just the Merrick brothers versus the world. Nick deals with issues that teenagers everywhere are living with. We also find out more about Quinn who is introduced to us from the earlier books as Becca’s friend. Quinn is snarky and has the greatest comebacks. However, we find out she is having trouble at home because of her abusive family. These problems that Nick and Quinn encounter make Secret an even better book. The thrilling writing of Kemmerer’s is still present and it’s great to find out more about Nick, the saintly and more reliable twin. I recommend this for fans of Richelle Mead’s ' Vampire Academy' series and Paula Weston’s 'The Rephaim' series. Rating: Epic Jack, Year 9, New Town High School, Hobart Tas Tape Steven Camden Tape tells the story of Ameliah and Ryan, two teens living in separate times. At first they seem to be linked only through a single tape recording, but as the story progresses you realize their connection is much deeper. The author has a very different way of approaching many elements (which I won’t spoil), but are both unique and interesting. Camden’s approach will make you think twice about how books are written, something we rarely see in YA novels. Although Tape was an amazing book to read I did have one problem with it. The story constantly switches perspectives between Ryan and Ameliah and this is done well; however, I personally found it more enjoyable to read from Ryan’s point of view and therefore found myself racing through Ameliah’s sections. All in all, Tape was an amazingly well written story that evoked some real human emotion in me, even when I wasn’t reading. Rating: Epic!