This week is Book Week and the theme for this year is “Find your treasure.”
Imagine that by some twist of fate you were stranded on a desert island. Washed up in the wreckage of your ship is a large chest of books. Which book treasures would you want to find in that box? If you could only select five books, what would they be?
The Children’s Book Council Awards which coincide with Book Week, provide such a list of the best of the best in Australian children’s fiction each year.
Here are the top five books each Library Staff member at Mt St Michael’s would want as their desert island treasures; the books we would want to read and probably re-read while we wait for rescue! Many of the titles we have chosen are also part of our library collection.
- The book thief by Marcus Zusak
- Little women by Louisa May Alcott
- All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- Ladies in black by Madeleine St John
- Pride and prejudice by Jane Austin
- My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
- A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Z : a novel for Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
- Life after life by Kate Atkinson
- Sophie’s world by Jostein Gaarder
- Moon over manifest by Clare Vanderpool
- The raven boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Clariel by Garth Nix
- The gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Ruby red by Kerstin Gier
- The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
- Bedknobs and broomsticks by Mary Norton
- Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling
To be in the running to win some fabulous Book Week prizes, simply write down your list of 5 preferred desert island books in the “Comments” section. GOOD LUCK!