Lisa and Holly’s Book Club – May Reading

Welcome to the second month of Lisa & Holly’s YA Book Club! Our goal is read two young adult/childrens’ books each month. 

Holly and I have chatted about starting our own little book club for a couple of years now, but we never seemed to get around to it. When I started this blog, I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to begin our childrens’ and YA reading together. I’m so glad we did – we have talked books so much in the last month! Its been wonderful. I am slowly turning her into a book addict (insert evil cackle).

Please join us by commenting at the bottom of this blog post with your book selection. This month we have chosen a popular young adult novel about love and loss and a children’s fantasy novel set in the dark streets of Victorian London. If you have read either of the books already, still add your comment and join us at the end of the month for our discussion.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green 

John Green

If anyone reading this has a teenage daughter then they would have heard of  this New York Times best seller. Published in 2012 the New York Times review called it “a blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical and funny”.  On Thursday the 5th of June the movie is released in Australia. I know this, as someone in my house has commandeered my calendar and loaded in a recurring reminder just in case I forget. This someone has suggested Sam will have miss to soccer training on Thursday 5th June as WE WILL BE AT THE MOVIES with a box of tissues.

Description: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks 

unusual pursuit

Catherine is a multi award-winning author of an amazing 43 books. She has won the Children’s Book Council of Australia 3 times, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, an Aurealis Award and in 2001 she was presented with a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian Children’s Literature.  Pretty impressive!

A Very Unusual Pursuit has been nominated this year for two major awards – the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Younger Readers and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature. Read my blog Notable Australian Children’s Fiction for more details.

I will read this book as part of the Australian Women Writers challenge 2014.

Description: If ever a chill entered her soul, or the hope suddenly drained from her heart, she knew a bogle was to blame. Birdie McAdam, a ten-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She’s proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a living. Birdie lures the bogles out of their lairs with her sweet songs, and Alfred kills them before they kill her. On the mean streets of Victorian England, hunting bogles is actually less dangerous work than mudlarking for scraps along the vile river Thames. Or so it seems—until the orphans of London start to disappear.

Both books have wonderful reviews – I am really looking forward to reading them. 

Happy reading this month!


See Lisa & Holly’s Book Club Page for last months Review of the Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie by Kirsty Murray.

To read more about Catherine Jinks and her amazing collection of books see her website.

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