Term 3, 2012 
Novel Study....

- By Libby Hathorn

After she moves to the Australian outback following her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Laura's friendship with a strange and beautiful dog helps her adjust to a new life with an unfamiliar father and unfriendly stepfamily.

Libby Hathorn

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**Spoiler Alert**
This Quiz will give away the ending of the story!

Term 2, 2012 
Novel Study....

Helen Keller
- By Margaret Davidson

This book is about the life of Helen Keller. 
Helen was just like any other child. She learned to walk, and she was learning to talk. But then, she got very very sick. The doctor said that it was probably scarlet fever and there was no hope. Helen survived but, was not the same as she was before. 
Her mom went to get her up in the morning and she waved her hand in front of Helen's face, but the baby didn't blink. Then her mom started yelling and screaming that her baby was blind. Then one day at breakfast they rang the bell and Helen didn't come. Her mom yelled her name and shook a rattle right in her ear and Helen didn't move. 
Her parents were sad and didn't' think there was anything they could do. When Helen's sister was born it was too much for Helen because she was jealous.  One day Helen knocked over the baby's cradle with the baby in it. Helen's dad said she was acting like a wild animal and he would have to send her away, but her mom didn't want to. 
One day her mom heard about a place called Perkin's Institute. She wrote them a letter about Helen and a woman named Annie Sullivan came to help Helen.
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Tuck Everlasting
- By Natalie Babbitt

This story is a fantasy about a family named Tuck who accidentally stumble upon a spring in a wood, which has the ability to give eternal life. They don’t realize at first what they have drunk until they realize that their bodies are not aging and they cannot be hurt or harmed in any way. They travel quietly around the countryside; never staying in one place too long so that people will not realize their secret. Into this family comes Winnie Foster, a little girl in search of freedom. She learns their secret and falls in love with them so deeply that she will do anything to protect them. The family and Winnie then must face a villain who would steal their secret for himself.

Natalie Babbitt

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Term 1, 2012 
Novel Study....

Michael Morpurgo

- By Michael Morpurgo

A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller – featuring the bravest dog in all the world…
This is the story of Aman, as told in his own words – a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of the Afghan war. When a western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother, Aman is initially repulsed – it is not customary for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother finally decide to make a bid for freedom, the dog Aman has called Shadow will not leave their side. Soon it becomes clear: the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be…

- By Michael Morpurgo

The well acclaimed novel WarHorse has just been made into a film and is due to be released at the end of the holidays.

This book recounts the adventures of a horse as he moves from life on a farm into the battles of World War I, the story of a friendship lasting through the toughest of tests.
Through the eyes of the war horse, Joey, Michael Morpurgo tells this moving and powerful story of survival on the Western Front.

Here, writer Michael Morpurgo explains what inspired him to write this story.

Here, a video on how to get into writing from author Michael Morpurgo

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