Reading & Puzzle Challenge

City of Parramatta Libraries invites you to participate in our Reading & Puzzle Challenge.

Read away the summer, solving puzzles and trivia along the way!

A great way for families to read and play along together!

Read and rate five books, write a small review of your favourite and solve a minimum of five of the weekly puzzles or trivia.

Participating is easy. Pick up a copy of the entry booklet at any of our Libraries, or download a here – Entry Booklet – Reading & Puzzles

For persons who prefer to submit an online entry form you can do so via the links below. Please be sure to complete the form prior to 12:00 am Sunday 9 February 2020.

Adult Entry Form

13+ Entry Form

The Reading & Puzzle challenge is open to adults and teens aged 13+.

Puzzles will be released weekly; however there is no need to rush. The competition open most of the Summer leaving plenty of time for you to complete the puzzles. Puzzles can be viewed at all library locations and online.

All eligible entries will be placed in a draw to win some great prizes!

FIRST PRIZE – $150 – BOOK PACK

SECOND PRIZE – $75 – BOOK PACK

THIRD PRIZE – $50 – BOOK PACK

The Land Before Avocado, Book Review

THE LAND BEFORE AVOCADO BY RICHARD GLOVER

A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be – and just how far we have come.

‘It was simpler time’. We had more fun back then’. ‘Everyone could afford a house’.

There’s plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like?

In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing.

It’s the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Let’s break the news now: they didn’t have avocado.

It’s a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It is also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes – often enshrined in law – towards anybody who didn’t fit in.

The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, feel angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were, not so long ago.

Most of all, it will make you realise how far we’ve come – and how much further we can go.

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Book Review – Jessica

Jessica by Bryce Courtenay

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl’s fight for justice against tremendous odds.

A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob – but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born … with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father’s identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives – until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

‘A deserved bestseller, based on fact, a story told with heartbreaking honesty.’ Australian Women’s Weekly

‘Courtenay draws on the social satire of Jane Austen and the dark forces of Thomas Hardy, and his tragic heroine parallels Antigone … ‘ Herald Sun

COMMENTS

Bryce Courtney’s book Jessica is an enthralling read about life in the outback early 1900’s Australia.  The hardship and expectations of everyone around her just made her more determined to go her own way in life.  That is until wrongly committed to the asylum.  Friendship and love prevail.  It’s a beautifully written book set in sheep country with vivid descriptions of life and death on a station.  However there were those who found it implausible and disappointing.

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MJ Readers Club 7/10

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Parra Pods, Identity

Episode 24 – Identity

Mass human migration in modern history has made identity such an interesting and complex thing, at least we think so!

In this episode join Katherine and Nisa as they discuss two Australian books that focus on ‘Identity’, with a sideways dip into the ‘On’ series of books published by Melbourne University Press.

Some of the books discussed include:

On Identity by Stan Grant, Melbourne University Press, May 2019.

Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity – Randa Abdel-Fattah and Sarah Saleh (eds), Picador, May 2019.

On Freedom by Tory Shepherd, Melbourne University Press, June 2019.

On Artists by Ashleigh Wilson, Melbourne University Press, May 2019.

HAPPY LISTENING!

Nisa & Katherine