Today, our Spotlight has turned to our nation’s capital as the stars at
QBD Canberra Centre show us how it’s done.
The Rosie Series by Graeme Simsion
I love these series of books, and recommend these to anyone I meet. I laughed out loud when I first read the Rosie Project, so when the sequel was announced I knew it was going to be a great book. Both books follow the witty character Don, which has some similarities with Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. If your looking for a good thought provoking read, this is the book for you. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. It will change your life.
Reviewed by Courtney (Manager)
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Destined to be studied at high schools everywhere, Harper Lees ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is set 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. Jean Louise Finch returns home from New York City to Maycomb, Alabama to discover that things are not how she remembered them. A fascinating tale of childhood preconceptions and the importance of having a watchman.
Reviewed by Sarah (2ic)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
“A bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? WAIT! He has seen his hat…”
A riveting tale of a bears search for his hat. Klassen really gets inside the head of the protagonist and draws you into his twisted world. This book will teach children and adults alike a valuable lesson about stealing and its often disturbing consequences. With twist and turns you will never see coming this book will keep you and the edge of your seat until the very last page.
Reviewed by Micah
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
In Eric Hill’s most famous picture book, we follow spots mother as she attempts to find spot for dinner. The simple story line and dialogue makes this book the perfect place for children to start their love of books and reading journey. This experience is made more enticing to younger readers with the use of flaps which must be lifted up in order to help find spot. Spot is a truly lovable character and bother parents and children will enjoy this delightful story.
Reviewed by Alice
The Crossroad by Mark Donaldson, VC
I’m not a big biography reader, however this book is definitely one I would recommend to not only anyone who has a connection to the military but also to anyone who would like to know exactly what our heroes go through.
This book is an inspirational account of one of our Nation’s bravest soldiers. Mark Donaldson writes about not only his time in the SAS but also about his chaotic youth, through a large range of experiences, including travel and his overwhelming family situation. The book describes Mark’s absolute dedication to battle and really identifies him as a true Aussie Warrior, especially when he asks to return to Afghanistan (post VC) on many deployments with zero special treatment. His work with military dogs was extraordinary and the sacrifice from his wife and children was heartbreaking and eye-opening, something that all deployed Military personnel go through.
His early life was difficult and to achieve what he has is a credit to him. There are a few books out there about the SAS, however this book gives an insight to their operations and a great window into what the SAS do. This book is inspirational to say the least and a brilliant example of what people can do with their lives – regardless of beginnings.
Reviewed by Aislin