Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

A BIG thank you to one of our Year 5 boys who sent me the link to the movie trailer for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. There are going to be LOTS of excited fans of the Captain Underpants series who will want to see the movie! It will be released in the USA on June 2nd and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long here in Australia. Until then….enjoy the movie trailer…it looks the movie is going to be so much fun! 

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Meeting Judith Rossell

Judith Rossell‘s books Withering- by-Sea and Wormwood Mire are wonderfully mysterious books set in Victorian England whose main character is an 11 year old orphan called Stella. They have been very popular books in our library this term! I mentioned to one of our Year 5 students that Judith was going to be be at Federation Square and was thrilled that she went in with her family to meet Judith for herself. You can read her guest blog post below…

Meeting Judith Rossell

On February 26th, children’s author Judith Rossell was at Federation Square and I was lucky enough to meet her, get my books signed and I had a photo taken with her. Judith has been researching about schools in the 1880’s for her next book. She was asking my brother and I for our opinion about what we would like to read about in her next book. One of her questions was if we thought Stella [the main character] should go to a nice school or a strict school? We said the strict school!

Judith Rossell is a very friendly person, her books are very interesting and I definitely recommend them.

Now we are looking forward to Judith’s third book to see what happens to Stella next and if she ends up going to a strict school…

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My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins by Tristan Bancks

Tom Weekly is back in another book of the hilarious My Life series by Tristan Bancks. My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins is the fifth book in the series that is filled with funny, gross and clever stories, quizzes and jokes.

I bought two copies of the book for our library when I was in the city on Sunday. On the way home on the train I couldn’t wait to read it. I was only a few pages into the first story called ‘Meatball’ when I had to try SO hard to stop myself from laughing out loud because the man sitting opposite me on the train kept looking at me and probably thought I was crazy! I had to wait until I got home to find out how Tom Weekly avoided eating a meatball with a long black hair twisted through it…

After reading My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins I will…

  • use a magnifying glass when I eat meatballs
  • inspect chocolate mousse very carefully before tasting it
  • be on the look out for students selling nits
  • hope I don’t look and sound like Tom’s Nan and the other grannies when I do Yoga
  • definitely not be eating ‘toenies’ to help me write blog posts
  • make sure I have the handbrake on properly in my car
  • not look at my favourite blueberry muffins in quite the same way 

Enjoy the book trailer for My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins

Visit Tristan’s website HERE to find out more about My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins

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Infiniti at home

Infiniti is our library management program that students in Years 2 – 6 can access from home to:

  • search our library database
  • reserve a book 
  • view books they are currently borrowing
  • view books they have read
  • rate books and write short book reviews
  • access World Book online for research

I have added a page at the top of our LRC Blog called Infiniti where you can access Infiniti from home.


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The Boy and the Spy by Felice Arena

Felice Arena has lots of fans across all year levels at our school who have enjoyed reading his books including Specky Magee, Andy Roid, Stick Dudes and his recent Sporty Kids series. 

This year Felice will take his older readers on a thrilling adventure set in Sicily in World War II with his new historical fiction novel called The Boy and the Spy. As a ‘rota’, his main character Antonio does not have an easy life in the town where he lives with Mamma Nina. When Antonio encounters a spy who needs his help he is caught up in the world of spies and freedom fighters where courage and quick thinking are required if he is to survive.

Last Wednesday the Year Fives were very lucky to be the first students to hear Felice talk about his new novel. They learned that it was a conversation with his parents about life in Italy before they emigrated to Australia that sparked the idea for The Boy and the Spy. 

Authors use different strategies to help them with their writing and Felice shared two of his. He played some pieces of music he listened to when writing that helped him create the tone of the story. Then he showed us images he used to create a visual story board to help him to visualise and plan his ideas. Authors of historical novels also need to do research to ensure the information in their story is accurate. Some of Felice’s research included learning about Morse Code and the students had fun creating some Morse Code with him…in not quite the traditional way! 

Felice then read the first chapter of his novel and you could have heard a pin drop in our library. There is something very special about listening to an author read their own words as they breathe life into their story. The first chapter was very dramatic and left everyone wanting to hear more…a perfect way to introduce your new book to readers! 

I went home that night and read my copy of The Boy and the Spy and didn’t put it down until I had finished it! I’m not going to give too much away except to say…I felt like I was there with Antonio and held my breath as he carried out some of his daring plans to help the spy and hoped he wouldn’t be caught; admired the freedom fighters who risked their lives; drooled at the descriptions of the sweet sugary pastries at Pasticceria Antica; shed some tears both happy and sad and loved the way little pieces throughout the story came together like a jigsaw puzzle at the end. Now I hope Felice will also tell Simonetta’s story one day just as well as he has written Antonio’s. I sent this tweet to Felice…

Thank you for visiting us Felice and enjoy sharing The Boy and the Spy with students across Australia! I know that our students are going to enjoy reading it…

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