DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 2
2017 Volume 36, Issue 2 83 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews There may be a castle by Piers Torday Swarm WESTERFELD, Scott, LANAGAN, Margo and BIANCOTTI, Deborah Allen & Unwin, NSW, 2016 (Zeroes 2) ISBN 9781925267242 In this engaging sequel to ‘Zeroes’, a bunch of diverse but talented teenagers try to come to grips with their own super powers, and face their personal demons. The Zeroes, bearing telling nicknames like Crash and Scam, are pursued by a vicious criminal mastermind of crowd manipulation, Swarm, and must defeat him before more people are killed. Forming a committed but sometimes struggling group, it is through their individual There May be a Castle TORDAY, Piers Quercus, UK, 2016 ISBN 9781848668621 A terrible car crash on a dark, cold and snowy Christmas Eve is the setting in which a mother and her three children are trapped on their way to the grandparents’ house. Most of the story revolves around a mystical journey being undertaken by Mouse, the middle child, who is thrown out of the car during the accident. Mouse must accommodate his toys and games coming to life around him as he attempts to find the castle which will provide safety. For a boy who does not read, and doesn’t like books, his imaginative resources are pushed to their limit. His older sister, an avid reader, draws on her knowledge of Grainne, the pirate queen, to guide her attempts to save her mother and sister and find her brother. Whilst it is challenging to read a story about love and death, this is also about courage and the power of stories. S. Pollard USER LEVEL: Stage 4 SCIS 1784652 $26.99 A fascinating crime drama with an unexpected twist at the end, the author has created an intriguing novel with well-drawn characters experiencing life changing events. The writing focuses on personality, rather than details of setting favoured by many crime writers. With a dose of romance and some highly suspicious minor characters, anyone who enjoys this genre will be satisfied by this offering. S. Pollard USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 SCIS 1786016 Paper $16.99 Pretty Little Liars | ‘The Amateurs’, a new book series by author Sara Shepard by Freeform USER LEVEL: Stage 6 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English Stage 6 SCIS 1761799 Paper $19.99 Laura Ruby reads at the 2015 National Book Awards Finalists Reading by NationalBook The Amateurs SHEPARD, Sara Hot Key Books, UK, 2016 ISBN 9781471405266 A group of young people attempt to solve a cold case in this murder mystery. Three of the protagonists meet through an online group, Case Not Closed. One is the sister of the deceased and the other a sister of one of the sleuths.
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