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Term Two NEW Reads p. 2



Malala : The Girl who stood up for education and changed the world



Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime.  They said women weren't allowed to go to the market.  They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes.  So she fought for her right to be educated.  And on 9th October, 2012 she nearly lost her life for the cause.  She was shot at point-blank on her way home from school.

No-one expected her to survive.


Malala day

Every day is Malala Day



This is a letter to Malala, illustrated with beautiful photographs. Girls from around the world express their sympathy, sisterhood and admiration for her.  Many of them know firsthand the barriers that stand in  the way of girls going to school - barriers like poverty, discrimination and violence




Gallipoli - Kerry Greenwood & Annie White



Dawn apporaches on 25th April 1915 and ANZACs  Bluey and Dusty sail towards Gallipoli.  As their ship gets closer, the two friends hear the noise of battle, and worry is they are brave enough for what lies ahead of them.








one minute

One Minute's Silence - David Metzenthen



In one minute of silence you can imagine a war long gone; you can share what the soldiers saw and felt as they fought.  And if you try, you might be able to inagine the enemy, and see that he is not so different from you...

In 'One Minute's Silence' the story is yours and you are the story - to remember and honour the brothers in arms on both sides of the conflict, who shed their blood and lost their lives..








Belzhar - Meg Wolitzer



A group of emotionally fragile. highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where ther are mysteriously picked for 'Special Topics in English'. here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath's ' The Bell Jar' and keeping a journal.

Each time the students write in their journal they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar.  Here, they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief - and each begin to tell their own story.