This month’s update features students writing. Cara has joined our YA novel reviewer scheme to boost our collection development through READPlus.com and Jasmine is one of eight Yr 7 & 8 students involved in Reader’s Cup this term. If you haven’t found your extra-curricular interest yet, Writer’s Group will welcome you next term, on Wednesdays at first break.
Reader’s Cup Report
On the 9th of June, two teams took part in the Readers Cup and visited Cairns State High School to go head to head to find out the winning school. We each had to read the 6 chosen books before the competition and quiz each other. When we arrived at the venue, we took our seats and nervously waited for the competition to begin. Mrs Robins had a job on the marker’s table. Overall, both teams from Smithfield did well and one of the teams was even winning for the first 2 books. In addition, we were able to socialise with students from other schools in the region, who were also interested in reading. The Cairns Book Shop had donated a few books to the competition for teams to win for spot questions. Kurt scored one for us! Both teams from Smithfield State High School enjoyed this competition and I would recommend that any interested readers take part next year.
Written by Jasmine on behalf of Jessica, Billie, Mikaela, Eme-Rose, Elle, Kurt, Keegan and Ms Robins. Photo by Ms Murgatroyd.
“Alex Approximately” by Jenn Bennett
Recommended. 14+ The novel ‘Alex Approximately’ shows that you can know someone behind the computer screen but also face-to-face and not know that it is the same person. The book, written by Jenn Bennett, explores a story of summer, first love, hidden identities and friendship. After moving in with her dad on the other side of the country, 17-year-old Bailey goes on a hunt for a great guy she knew from online, who happens to live close. Alex is a film geek and not nearly as irritating as Bailey’s handsome co-worker at the local cinema. But Porter is also keeping secrets.
Bennett’s female character goes through a thrilling summer into school. On the way, she tests her strength, loyalty and trust against those around her. The book is a wonderful read and Bennett has a great sense of humour making you laugh at casual jokes.
“Alex Approximately” proves that falling in love can happen even when you think it is with the wrong person.
Kudos to those students who keep checking their emails to know what’s happening – like our recent YAPS and Muttaburrasaurus displays, or new Red Hot Reads. Check out one new book or ebook this holidays.