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Evan’s Gallipoli – Commemorating ANZAC Day

Dear BGS students,

To commemorate ANZAC Day, Thursday, 25 April 2013, our Year 8 Book Club will be reading and discussing Kerry Greenwood’s Evan’s Gallipoli.  If you are a Year 8 student who would like to join the book club this term, just register your name at the front desk in the Senior Library.

Evan’s Gallipoli

Misery everywhere. This is war.  I hate it.” (p.115)

It’s May 17th, 1915, and fourteen-year-old Evan Warrender is about to travel to the Dardanelles on a ship called the Rose with his father.  They are on a holy mission.  God requires them to take comforts such as spices and lice powder to the Australian soldiers dying on the cliffs at Cape Helles and the beaches of Anzac Cove.  Evan, who loves travelling with his father, is determined to accompany him on this adventure, despite his Aunt Euphie’s protests that he should remain in Apollo Bay in Victoria with her.  So armed with his copy of Homer’s Iliad, Evan sets off for the Great War, likening his experience to that of the ships that set off with Agamemnon and the other heroes.

Yet, within a week of arriving, Evan wishes he could just curl up and die.  While his heroes are brave, funny men they are ‘filthy [and] ragged’, and the trenches are ‘stinking, muddy [and] fetid’ (p.14).    What’s more, the pungent odour of dead men and human filth is unbearable.

But Evan’s father has been driven mad by the war.  Intent on preaching the value of peace to the enemy, Evan’s father crosses over into the Turkish lines.  And both he and Evan are captured.

To survive, Evan and his father must escape the Turkish camp and embark on a dangerous journey to evade the local governor who has offered 10 000 lire for their capture.  After striking up an unlikely friendship with a local Turkish boy, Evan, his father and Abdul travel through Turkey, Thrace, Bulgaria and Greece trying to avoid capture by the Turkish patrols and a revolutionary group.  Evan will be tested:  Can he really trust Abdul?  Can he keep his father safe?  And will he kill the German soldier who says his father is a traitor?

Released in Australia today, Kerry Greenwood’s Evan’s Gallipoli is a well-researched, adventure story that depicts the horrendous conditions in which the soldiers fought at Gallipoli.  Written in the discontinuous form of a diary with accessible language, this is a supremely readable book.  The narrative is engrossing and filled with many unexpected twists and turns right up until the final page.  And it’s thought provoking as we are encouraged to reflect on the perspectives of both the Australians and the Turks during this conflict.

This is a ‘must read’ for all Year 8 students.

There are additional copies of Evan’s Gallipoli in the Senior Library, if you are not in the Year 8 Book Club, and would like to read it soon.

- Ms Michelle Ragen (Teacher Librarian – Literature)

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Meeting Kari Gislason and Phillip Gwynne

On Friday, 15 March 2013, fifty-five Brisbane Grammar School students including twenty-five Year 9 boys boarded a bus headed for the Somerset Celebration of Literature at the Gold Coast.  For 20 years now, this annual festival has provided an entertaining and educational forum through which to promote literature and literacy.  This year, the boys were very fortunate to attend the sessions of Kari Gislason and Phillip Gwynne, amongst others.

In the first session, the students met Kari Gislason, a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at QUT.  Having recently published his memoir, The Promise of Iceland, in which he recounts his first meeting with his father, Kari encouraged the boys to reflect on why they write and what is it about writing they find appealing.  They responded enthusiastically, some even volunteering to share their thoughts with the wider audience:

  • “I write because it is liberating.”
  • “I write because I can create my own world.”
  • “I write because it allows me to exist in another dimension.”
  • “I write to give some stories back.”
  • “I write because I can express my views more clearly this way.”
  • “I write because I can move away from reality into fantasy.”
  • “I write because it is a more powerful way to express myself.”
  • “I write because I like experimenting with words.”

A piece of advice offered by Kari that resonated with the boys was to finish writing creative pieces before editing them.  He even suggested using a pen and paper to write their stories because working on tablets can encourage some writers to over-edit, hampering the writing process.

Later in the day, Phillip Gwynne, author of Deadly Unna?, enthralled the boys with stories of his life.  Having just read this novel in English, the boys were keen to learn more about Phillip Gwynne and Deadly Unna?.  And Phillip did not disappoint.  He was entertaining and forthright about his childhood, sharing the similarities between his life and Blacky’s:  both grew up in large families, both lived in small towns and both played footy with the Nunga kids.  Yet while their worlds connect, the boys could see how Phillip’s use of a familiar environment and concepts had assisted him to create an acclaimed work of fiction.

When offering advice about writing, like Kari Gislason, Phillip Gwynne encouraged the boys to write about what they know.   And to get started, he suggested they write in a journal for 10 minutes without worrying about structure, grammar or spelling.  Again, the boys were reminded they could edit their writing after completing the first draft.

So what did the boys take away from Phillip Gwynne’s session?

  • “A lot of good laughs.”
  • “A better understanding of Deadly Unna? and Phillip Gwynne as a writer.”
  • “Some good ideas to improve my writing.” (Phillip Gwynne:  “Take a character, do something terrible and see how he reacts…Instead of threatening to break a character’s leg, raise the stakes – cut his leg off”. )
  • “A new series to read – The Debt.”
  • “Signed copies of Phillip Gwynne’s books.”
  • “Photos with Phillip Gwynne.”
  • A desire to read Nukkin’ Ya.

We would like to thank Somerset College for the opportunity to attend their festival and their hospitality on the day.  It was a stimulating and entertaining experience that the boys will remember fondly for many years to come.

National Year of Reading

2012 is the National Year of Reading.  To celebrate this initiative, we will be offering a number of exciting activities throughout terms 2 – 4, many of which are designed to foster your love of literature.

In the meantime, you might like to read a couple of the books from the National Year of Reading 2012 collection entitled Our Story.  Commencing last year, thousands of Australians voted on the ABC website and in their local libraries, from a shortlist, for the book to represent their state or territory in this collection.  The recently-announced, eight winning titles are:

Qld – The White Earth (Andrew McGahan)

WA – Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey)

VIC – Well Done, Those Men (Barry Heard)

TAS – Wanting (Richard Flanagan)

NT – Listening to Country (Ros Moriarty)

ACT – Smoke and Mirrors (Kel Robertson)

SA – Time’s Long Ruin (Stephen Orr)

NSW – The Idea of Home (John Hughes)

All of these books are available from the Senior Library.

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Matthew Reilly. Brisbane. 21 Oct 11

We are very excited that international bestselling author Matthew Reilly will be speaking about his latest novel Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves at 6.30pm on Friday, 21 October 2011 here at Brisbane Grammar School.  I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting the release of the next Shane Schofield action adventure, and now you will not only have the opportunity to read the book in October, but also to hear from Matthew Reilly himself.

Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased from the Brisbane Grammar School Senior Library, the Middle School Reception and Riverbend Books, Oxford Street, Bulimba.  (A significant contribution from the sale of the tickets will go to the Indigenous Literacy Project.)

On the evening, Riverbend Books will be selling a range of Matthew Reilly’s books, including Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, and Matthew Reilly will be available to sign them. 

Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves is due to be released in Australia on 12 October.  Check out the official book trailer at:

Books for Year 9 – Peer Recommendations

Dear Year 9 students,

The results of your reading survey are in, and they are impressive!  In total, your list of peer recommendations includes 225 books.  Next week, in your English classes, you will receive a bookmark with a list of your top 33 peer recommendations.  If you would like to view the complete list, it is available on MyGrammar – in the 9 English section.

In the meantime, you might find the following information, taken from your survey, interesting:




Top 5 Fiction Books

1.  Ice Station – Matthew Reilly

2.  I am Number Four – Pittacus Lore

3.  The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

4.  Gone – Michael Grant

5.  Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy

Top 5 Series/Trilogies

1.  Scarecrow – Matthew Reilly

2.  Cherub – Robert Muchamore

3.  Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

4.  The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

5.  The Inheritance Cycle – Christopher Paolini

 Top 5 Australian Fiction Books

1.  Ice Station – Matthew Reilly

2.  Deadly, Unna? – Phillip Gwynne

3. The Book of Lies – James Moloney

4. Tomorrow, When the War Began – John Marsden

5. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

 Top 6 Auto/biographies

1.  Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin

2.  Standing My Ground – Matthew Hayden

3.  Open: An Autobiography – Andre Agassi

4.  True Colours: My Life – Adam Gilchrist

5.  The Happiest Refugee – Anh Do

6.  Nothing to Envy: Love, Life and Death in North Korea – Barbara Demick

 Top 5 Classic Novels

1.  The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

2.  The Lord of the Rings series – J.R.R. Tolkien

3.  Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

4.  Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne

5.  20 000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

Now it would be great if you could respond to this post by outlining your favourite book or one of the books you highly recommended when completing the survey and the reasons why. 

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Welcome to the Brisbane Grammar School Reading Blog

“Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst.  What is the right use? What is the one end, which all means go to effect?  They are for nothing but to inspire.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar)

Dear students of Brisbane Grammar School,

Welcome to our reading blog!

Throughout the year, we hope ‘The Gathering’ will inspire you to read, and read more widely by introducing you to a broad range of books highly recommended by your teachers and peers.  Over time, as we develop a bank of reviews, our goals are to match you with books that pique your interest as well as to connect you with other students and/or teachers who share similar interests in books.

Without a doubt, sustained, free voluntary reading has far-reaching implications. Not only can it provide you with a foundation to achieve higher levels of language proficiency and extend your cultural knowledge (Krashen, 2004), above all, it is a pleasurable experience that can serve as an act of self-discovery. Isaac Asimov (2002), regarded by many as one of the founding fathers of American science fiction, echoes this sentiment in his autobiography, It’s been a Good Life“Let me tell you, if you don’t already know it from your own experience, that reading a good book, losing yourself in the interest of words and thoughts is for some people (me for instance) an incredible intensity of happiness.” (p. 18)

‘The Gathering’ also offers you a forum to interact with your teachers and peers by commenting on the books you have read.  Once you have read one or more of the texts reviewed here, we encourage you to share your opinions by posting a comment.  We hope this will assist you to develop further insight into your book.   Alternatively, if a book reviewed by a staff member appeals to you, by all means approach him or her at school to discuss the book further.  Be assured, they will embrace the opportunity to discuss their recommendations.

If you would like to write a book review for this blog, please contact Ms Ragen.  All contributions will be gratefully received.

Finally, Senior students, we encourage you to read the initial reviews by your School Captains on the Year 12 page. They have selected classic novels that have the power to extend or even transform your thinking about the issues studied in the first unit of English this semester.  We highly recommend you read these texts or any of the others outlined on the 12 English extended reading list this term.

Remember, all books listed on this blog and the 12 English reading list can be borrowed from the Senior Library.  We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in the Senior Library soon.