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! 

38 thoughts on “Desert island books – Find your treasure

    1. Hi Chloe,
      This message was sent to everyone who follows our Library Blog. We’d love you to tell us which 5 books you’d want to have with you if you were shipwrecked on a desert island.


  1. 1. The Pearl Thief By John Grisham
    2. Theodore Boone – Kid Lawer
    3. I am Malala By Malala Yousafzai
    4. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By John Boyne
    5. Watership Downs By Richard Adams

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  2. 1. Goodbye, Mr Hitler by Jackie French
    2. Bird by Crystal Chan
    3. Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon
    4. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
    5. Au revoir, les enfants by Louis Malle

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  3. 1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    2. Holes by Louis Sachar
    3. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
    4. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling

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  4. 1. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
    2. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S Lewis
    3. Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult
    4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
    5. The Diary of Anne Frank

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  5. 1. Just one day by Gayle Foreman
    2. Light by Michael Grant (preferably the whole series 🙂 )
    3. Posion Study by Maria V Snyder
    4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
    5. Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

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  6. 1. Fault in our stars – John Green
    2. Once – Morris Gleitzmen
    3. Girl out of water – Nat Luurtsema
    4. In real life – Joey Graceffa
    5. How to be a Bawse – Lilly Singh

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  7. My desert island books:
    1. The war that saved my life
    2. One of us is lying
    3. Choose your own ever after
    4. All that glitters
    5. The midnight gang

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  8. 1 – Firelight (a firelight novel) by Sophie Jordan
    2 – Wake (a water song novel) by Amanda Hocking
    3 – Lullaby (a water song novel) by Amanda Hocking
    4 – Tidal (a water song novel) by Amanda Hocking
    5 – Elegy (a water song novel) by Amanda Hocking

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  9. I would bring
    1: Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
    2: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    3: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
    4: One of us is lying by Karen M. McManus
    5: Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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  10. 1. Once series by Morris Gleitzman
    2. Roof toppers by Katherine Rundel
    3. The sliver sword by Ian Serraillier
    4. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
    5. A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’Engle

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  11. 1) on the island by Tracey Garvis-graves
    2) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    3) Echoes By Alice Reeds
    4) The islands at the end of the world By Austin Aslan

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  12. 1. Persuasion by Jane Austen
    2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
    3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    4. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    5. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    1. I think I would choose these because they’re hard to understand, and generally take ages to read. Especially Jane Austen, but I still love her books!


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