DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 78 PARKER, John Sucked out Walker, NSW, 2010 (Lightning strikes) ISBN 9781921529689 With chapters denoted by lightning strikes and an odd eyeball that appears throughout the pages, this resource will quickly engage its target audience. Many informal types of text are used to give this title a contemporary look. Although part of a series, Sucked out can be read as a stand alone title. Written in the vernac- ular of the intended users, with short sentences and much dialogue, the plot involves a quirky eyeball on the lookout for a new host, and traces the efforts of Dan and Zainey as they seek to find and capture it. The layout of the written text is generous. A minimal use of black and white drawings enhances the meaning of the story. Readers will be drawn into this novel and relish its humour. G. Cale USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $12.95 SCIS 1460653 SKINNER, Tom & WHITE, Annie The sorcerer's apprentice [sound recording] New Frontier, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9781921042096 Colourful, active illustrations accompany an updated version of the famous, classical The sorcerer's apprentice adapted from Goethe's poem, and which now involves a wizard car and camel wash with a lazy apprentice. Told in rhyme, the apprentice aims to show off his skills and impress the mayor's daughter. This results in chaos, with the wizard coming to the rescue just in time. The book is greatly enhanced by the accompanying audio CD, which has a section narrating the story with Dukas' music as a background, and then finishes with the full instrumental rendition. Included in both the book and CD is a paragraph about the composer, Paul Abraham Dukas, and the origins of the music. This resource may be useful in supporting the music strand of the Creative Arts K--6 syllabus. S. Morton USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 KLA: CA; English SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K--6; English K--6 $27.95 SCIS 1483175 STORER, Jen Haggis McGregor and the night of the skull moon Puffin, Vic, 2010 (Aussie bites) ISBN 9781921529337 Easy to read chapters with large, well spaced text are supported by black and white illustrations. This is a humorous read from beginning to end. Wearing a kilt and wielding a sword as he rides a skeletal horse, the ghostly Haggis seeks a wee lassie for his bride, a scenario that conjures up images that will engage and delight readers. Haggis wants a wife and Miss McDoogle is very anxious that she is not that person! With all the elements of a ghost story, the narrative is full of fun and frivolity, with mystery and intrigue at every turn. Related activites could include discussing stereotypes and respecting those who are different. G. Cale USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Paper $12.95 SCIS 1471330 WILLIAMS, Sean The Fixers [series] Omnibus, SA, 2010 As the titles suggest, these action books, despite their thin charac- terisation and overly packed plots, would appeal to young aficionados of the horror genre. In self-contained episodes that continue from title to title, Ollie passes into strange worlds. Through pulsating blue interdimensional portals and on into hyperspatial anomalies, Ollie solves problems in the worlds he enters. He finds it difficult to return to his own world. Cascading events make the stories a little confusing. There are hints of ordinary teenage dilemmas, like moving house and the embarrass- ing things parents say, and themes, such as freedom, courage, friendship, and what humans are doing to the earth, but none of these is sustained or developed. Black and white illustrations support the narratives. The series could fit into a wide reading program, for confident independent readers with a taste for the macabre. M. Davis USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Paper $12.99 each Reviewed titles in this series: Castle of the zombies SCIS 1485413 Planet of the cyborgs SCIS 1485537 DOLAMORE, Jaclyn Magic under glass Bloomsbury, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781408802120 A delightful tale involving fantasy, magic and romance in which the protagonist, Nimira, strives to free the fairy prince trapped inside the mechanical body of a piano-playing automaton. To achieve this Nimira needs to understand and unravel the mysteries and intrigues between the sorcerers and fairies. As an immigrant in the new land, Nimira endures some prejudice, but eventually discovers the mystery surrounding Annalie, the supposedly dead wife of her benefactor, Hollin Parry. With Annalie's assistance, Nimira is eventually able to summon the dark powers to help her in her quest. Those who love fantasy are sure to enjoy this unique novel. J. Eade USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Paper $16.99 SCIS 1452235 Some of these items are also suitable for upper primary students. Fiction for older readers Resources are arranged alphabetically by author. See also e-resources. Please be aware that the price of a text may change between the time we receive the resource and the publication of the resource review. Prices include GST.