Desert island books – Find your treasure

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.

Sandra Mannion:

  1. The book thief by Marcus Zusak
  2. Little women by Louisa May Alcott
  3. All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
  4. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  5. Ladies in black by Madeleine St John

Linda Morris:

  1. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austin
  2. My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  3. A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  4. Z : a novel for Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
  5. Life after life by Kate Atkinson

Laura Byerlee:

  1. Sophie’s world by Jostein Gaarder
  2. Moon over manifest by Clare Vanderpool
  3. The raven boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. Clariel by Garth Nix
  5. The gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris

Heather Rose:

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. Ruby red by Kerstin Gier
  3. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  4. Bedknobs and broomsticks by Mary Norton
  5. 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! 

Why do we love awkward characters?



Rachel Vail has released her novel,Well that was awkward about a slightly awkward girl named Gracie who finds herself in the very awkward situation of trying to help her best friend Sienna win the affection of her crush. It’s a recipe for disaster but also the makings of a fantastically funny story.

So why do we love awkward characters so much? The simplest answer is that we are all a little awkward sometimes and so it is easy to relate to them. Awkward characters are also bravely themselves, like Auggie from Wonder.  While this may seem difficult in the beginning, these characters often have the strength to triumph. Sometimes it is not the character identified as being different who is the most awkward person in the book, but rather the characters around them who must deal with their own reactions.

For writers, what probably appeals most about the awkward character, is that they will do or say something unexpected and funny. Ron Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom are some of the most awkward characters in the Harry Potter series and the funniest. Taking their challenges head on, leads to growth in characters like these, and we learn from watching them; perhaps glad that we don’t have to make the same mistakes! Just think of Georgia Nicolson and all her hilarious difficulties.

Here are some recommended books which contain wonderfully awkward characters and situations: