Thursday, January 28, 2010

Into White Silence by Anthony Eaton

This book was the major prize winner in several prestigious competitions in Australia last year.  It tells the story of the ship The Raven and the 28 men who are sailing on it into the freezing waters of Antarctica, wanting to find a new route and map the land and explore uncharted territory.  The vessel becomes stuck in the icepack and as the days stretch on the crew and all on The Ravel feel the effects of isolation, the stark environment and their desperate ambition. 

The gothic feel of the novel, combined with the grim subject make this book fascinating and stark, his book is not an easy read, but it is a fascinating look at the minds of men who have a single minded goal and who will do anything to achieve it.  It is fiction but based on real historical documents and the research that must have gone into the writing of the book is impressive.

Highly recommended for students doing wide reading at Years 11 and 12, it will also appeal to older readers, especially if you have liked classics like Joseph Conrad.  A genuine cross-over novel.  Try it out, it is new in the library now!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Welcome back to school

The 2010 year is off and running.  Coursing for Year 11 and 12 students is happening today in the library, Year 13 were here yesterday.  Subjects are being chosen, exam results are being examined and students sorted into their classes. 

The weather in Dunedin has been so awful this summer it has been inside weather, I'm sure lots of books got read and already staff are offering to review books they borrowed before the holidays for this blog.

Students start properly on Monday and we are all eagerly looking forward to meeting new Year 9 students here for the first time and welcome.  We are all excited about new things happening at school, and looking forward to a whole bunch of new stuff going on this blog.  See you Monday guys!


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