Short story collections

Have you seen the short story collections in the Marcellin College Library?

Look on our library catalogue and do a search for “Short Stories” to find them.

What sorts of anthologies do we have?

Some are short story collections written by one author. You will find lots of short story collections in our Library by Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings. The ever popular Maurice Gleitzman has also written a short story collection titled “Give Peas a Chance”.

Other authors choose to write short stories around a particular genre. If you have a look through the catalogue you will find short story collections, based on Horror, by Anthony Horowitz. Other genres authors have written in include Mystery, Detective short stories, Fantasy, Sport and Ghost stories. If you love to read a particular genre it’s worthwhile investigating whether we have a short story collection on that genre.

Other collections might include lots of different genres. I love these because there’s bits of everything. You might like to have a look through some of the collections for these. Trust Me! is one.

Have a browse through some of the short story collections I will have on display. Who knows? You might find a new story by an author you love.

I’d like you to add a comment to let me know if you have found a great Short Story collection that you can recommend to others. Have you found a collection that has a story in it you have really enjoyed? Have you found a collection that has an author in it that you like? Let us know.

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The Red Pyramid

One of my students kindly allowed me to show the Glogster poster he created on The Red Pyramid. It’s a great way to share your views on different books you read and I would encourage any of our students to have a go at creating them. If you have one you would like me to add to our blog I am more than happy to have a look at it. Please just send me your link. You can find Glogster by clicking here.

Here’s a screenshot of the Red Pyramid Glogster poster:

You can also have a look at Julian’s poster here. Clicking on “Show Full Size” will allow you to see it properly and you will find that you can scroll down to look at all of the information he has included. He’s even embedded a video for you to watch. Great work Julian and thank you for sharing.

You might also enjoy having a look at Rick Riordan’s website here.  You’ll find lots of information about the Kane Chronicles, including the first book in the series, The Red Pyramid. Rick’s site allows you to explore Egyptian history and there’s some great links to other Egyptian sites. Have a look at Riordan’s Percy Jackson series too.

I’ve noticed that Rick has a blog too, and you can preview his latest book in the Kane Chronicles which will be called The Serpent’s Shadow. The cover is there for you to have a look at and the book will be out early in May. Also announced there is a set of short stories set in Percy Jackson’s world. This collection will be titled The Demigod Diaries. It will be out mid August this year. Keep an eye on his blog for all Rick’s latest news.

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Books to Movies

Just recently there have been a lot of teenaged fiction being made into film.

I have posted below about the new Conspiracy 365 series which is currently airing on Australian television.

Other great books made into movies include Red Dog, Eragon, War Horse, The Hunger Games, Tomorrow When the War Began, Hugo, Tintin and I am Number Four. What about the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings series? Classic books and movies.


How many of these newer books to movies have you read?

How many of these have you seen?

If you have read the book are you interested in seeing the film? Does seeing the film get you interested in reading the book?

Which versions of any of these, or others, do you prefer, the book or the movie? It’s always interested to see how people interpret our favourite books. Let me know what you think!

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Conspiracy 369 – Starts tomorrow night

For all of you here in Australia, who have Foxtel, the television series of Conspiracy 365 will begin airing on Foxtel’s Family Movie Channel, January 14th, at 7pm.

There’s been a lot in the press recently about the series, so I’ll see what I can find and add some links for you. Should be a great series. I’m looking forward to seeing it too.

For those of you who don’t know the story of Conspiracy 365, here’s a short summary courtesy of The Age, Green Guide, dated January 5, 2012, and written by Paul Kalina:

“Shortly after his father’s mysterious death, Cal receives an ominous warning about a contested – and naturally enough – cursed inheritance that dates back to the time of Elizabeth I.

He is given 365 days to solve the mystery known as the Ormond Singularity, or he will meet his father’s fate.

By the time Cal’s taken his next breath, he’s accused of trying to murder his uncle, his sister is in a coma and sinister people are on his trail.”

To give you a taste of the series, here’s the Official trailer:

The series also has a Facebook page for those of you with a Facebook account. You can “like” it at

Let me know what you think about the series.

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Hamlet – “Staged on the Page”

Nicki Greenberg’s Hamlet is a version like no other. She has taken Shakespeare’s play and created a sumptuous 430+ paged graphic novel version. It’s an interesting version because Greenberg has incorporated ideas of staging Hamlet into the book.  As she explains on the Readings website:

“In my Hamlet the page layouts are based around the idea of a theatre stage, and the visual language of the theatre informs the book’s structure, design and illustration style.”

As the book opens we see the ink blot Hamlet, standing on the stage before a curtain. He picks up a mask and so this “production” of Hamlet begins. It’s certainly a very interesting version, and one that I really like.

You can find out more about this graphic novel at the following website:

The Cartoon Lounge

You can find out more about the author, Nicki Greenberg at her website:

Nicki Greenberg

You can read some reviews on Hamlet here:

The Age Website

Perilous Adventures

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2011 Inky Awards

The shortlist for the Inky Awards, run by Inside a Dog, have been announced. If you are aged between 12 and 20 years old, you can vote for your favourite book. Here’s the shortlist:

THE GOLD INKY (for an Australian Young Adult book)

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
This Is Shyness by Leanne Hall
Silvermay by James Moloney
Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick
All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

The SILVER INKY (for an international Young Adult book)

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
No and Me by Delphine de Vigan
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
Where She Went by Gayle Forman

You can register your vote at and the voting will be open until midnight on 14th October. Winners will be announced at an Inkyfest event at the State Library of Victoria on 25th October.

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Mirror by Jeannie Baker

Jeannie Baker is a well known artist and children’s book author/illustrator. Her most recent book is Mirror, which today was announced as the joint winner of the Picture Book of the Year. Well deserved it is too.

Some of our students will be like me and love it from its design point of view. The cover opens and we see two stories, each one mirroring the other. The left hand side introduction is written in English, and the family depicted, through collage, is from Sydney, Australia. The right hand side has the same introduction, but written in Arabic and the young boy in this part of the story lives in Morocco with his family. We are told that each of the stories are designed to be read side by side.

Jeannie Baker’s books are quite often wordless, and this one is no exception. Apart from the initial introduction telling readers that the two families, although different and in different parts of the world, still have some things that are the same. As we open each of the stories, we can explore the illustrations to see just how different, but how similar, these families, and indeed families all over the world, are.

Visually there is much to explore as readers move through a day in Sydney and Morocco with these two boys and their families. Baker’s collage work is stunning, and the original pieces have been touring Australia, visiting many art galleries around the country. I particularly love her artwork in the Morrocan part of the story. The landscape is wonderful, and we can see red sand and rock in some spreads, with lush green crops growing for the family’s food. The market scene is another that I love. One has his seeds and spices set on the ground in sacks, which another has vegetables spread out ready to sell. The visual literacy that could be developed as students, or indeed adults, pore through each of the stories, is endless. There is always something new to find.

The video below might help you to understand the design of the book better, and it certainly gives you a taste of the illustrations you will find.

You might enjoy reading a review of Mirror, and also a blog post chatting with Jeannie Baker. There’s also an ABC radio podcast where you can hear an interview of Jeannie Baker discussing Mirror. Finally go to Jeannie Baker’s website to get further information about her and her books. Dates and venues for the travelling exhibition of Mirror are listed here too.

Please note that this blog post has been cross posted on my other blog which further explores picture books.

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