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Wonder / R.J. Palacio.
Author: Palacio, R. J., author.
Publisher: London Corgi, 2014. -- ©2012
Review by: Yaghi, Jacob Mr  on: 5/11/2017 3:45:19 PM
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LOVE THE BOOK
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The master and Margarita / Mikhail Bulgakov ; translated from the Russian by Michael Glenny.
Author: Bulgakov, Mikhail, 1891-1940, author. -- Glenny, Michael, translator.
Publisher: London Vintage Books, 2014. -- ©1967.
Review by: elissa  on: 2/11/2017 10:01:25 AM
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Written in 1940, this book wasnt published until 1966 and even then only as a censored version within Russia. Luckily, the manuscript was leaked outside the regime and published uncensored to wild success across Europe. If you love magical realism think Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabelle Allenda, Haruki Murakami then youll adore The Master and Margarita. Hilarious, thought provoking, bizarre and wonderful. Literature at its finest an unmissable read.
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Talking to my country / Stan Grant.
Author: Grant, Stan, 1963- author.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2016. -- ©2016
Review by: elissa  on: 2/11/2017 10:00:43 AM
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A book every Australian should read.
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The remains of the day / Kazuo Ishiguro.
Author: Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954-, author
Publisher: London Faber, 2010. -- ©1989
Review by: elissa  on: 2/11/2017 10:00:05 AM
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The 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature winner is Kazuo Ishiguro. His ability to create beauty from sadness is second to none and each of his novels is an emotional masterpiece. Allow yourself to be taken on a journey once again by an Ishiguro classic. The Remains of the Day, made famous by the film adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, looks at looks at class, love and the human condition. Others to try include Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant.
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The orphan master's son / Adam Johnson.
Author: Johnson, Adam, 1967-
Publisher: London : Black Swan, 2013.
Review by: elissa  on: 2/11/2017 9:58:54 AM
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With North Korea dominating the news at the moment, theres no better time to read Johnsons Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The Orphan Masters Son is a beautifully crafted novel which interweaves true stories of escape and imprisonment from North Korea into a fictional tale of one mans life. This allows the reader to learn volumes about the secretive nation while also being engrossed in a moving story. Johnson brings the art of journalism and fiction together like no other.
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Thinking, fast and slow / Daniel Kahneman.
Author: Kahneman, Daniel, 1934- -- Kahneman, Daniel, 1934-
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2011.
Review by: elissa  on: 2/11/2017 9:57:48 AM
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Nobel Prize winner Kahneman has written the ultimate laymans guide to the illogical, irrational human mind. I has always considered myself a fairly rational, sensible person until I read this highly entertaining and readable account of just how fallible we all are yes, even you. Full of hilarious examples that you can try on yourself, I guarantee that this will change your approach to logical sensible decision making.
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Double Fudge / Judy Blume.
Author: Blume, Judy
Publisher: London : Macmillan, c2002.
Review by: leisha  on: 6/10/2017 2:11:10 PM
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This is a very funny book and was great to read!! Judy Blume has the best books!
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Ink
Author: Sun, Amanda
Publisher: Chatswood, N.S.W. : Harlequin Teen, 2013
Review by: Azaelia  on: 3/10/2017 11:49:43 AM
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I loved the concept of this book, how drawings can come to life fuelled by the powers of the long forgotten gods. I also loved the descriptions of Japan, the beautiful cherry blossoms and school life, and how Sun incorporates little Japanese words here and there. It makes you feel more immersed in the world of the book. The story moved along nicely, although sometimes the two main characters annoyed me in the decisions that they made. And I felt it was a bit over the top when the Yakuza were brought in. On the whole a good and interesting read.
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Wonder / R.J. Palacio.
Author: Palacio, R. J., author.
Publisher: London Corgi, 2014. -- ©2012
Review by: Nandha, Krisha Miss  on: 28/09/2017 8:22:25 PM
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Very good book, Makes you think and reflect on your lifestyle and being treated equally among the world.
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The Land of Stories : the wishing spell / illustrations Brandon Dorman
Author: Colfer, Chris, 1990- -- Dorman, Brandon, illustrator
Publisher: London : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, c2012
Review by: Azaelia  on: 12/09/2017 3:03:07 PM
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I enjoyed reading this book so much! It was quite fun, with all the fairy tales rolled into one book. It was interesting to see how these fairy tale characters had developed after their original story. It is a fast moving story with constant adventure, though I thought some chapters were a bit too long, and many things were told rather than the reader trying to figure things out for themselves. I really like the main characters being a twin boy and girl, as this would make it applicable for either a boy or a girl to read. Will definitely be continuing the series.
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