When you open a box of chocolates, you choose the chocolate that you like, and someone else may choose a different chocolate. It’s the same with reading . People might read

  • to escape into a different world
  • to ‘live through’ different people and places
  • to imagine how things could be
  • to have extreme adventures
  • to have a good laugh

Please enjoy our reading reviews and recommendations. We’d love you to leave comments, or let us know what you’d like us to talk about. You could offer to write a reading recommendation or review. Doesn’t matter who you are – student, teacher, other staff member, parent, or anyone else in the school community. Just come into the library and let us know, or send me an email tsheko@whitefriars.vic.edu.au

Our blog has been featured in the School Library Association of Victoria blog, Bright Ideas. Judith Way, the writer of this blog, asked me to talk about why I created this blog. I’m grateful to her for giving me the opportunity to think about this blog’s rationale.

Why I started to write ‘Fiction is like a box of chocolates’ – I wanted to do more than just talk about books. My aim was to present information about fiction in an informal way, providing hyperlinks to further information, but without cramming it into a half-hour talk. Blogging allows me to include images of books covers or authors, videos of interviews, book and movie trailers, or videos produced by the authors themselves. My idea was that people would browse what they wanted and when they wanted to. Students will always go to the videos; they’re raised on multimedia.

The blog is deliberately informal in tone, and invites comments and discussion. Initially I started a webpage which was too static, then an internal school blog, which I couldn’t share outside the school, and finally moved to a WordPress blog which has an unlimited audience. Sharing in this way has resulted in wonderful connections with people from all over the world, and a chance to exchange ideas and information. I think that blog commenting is still foreign to our students, and needs to be learned. If English teachers integrated fiction blogs into their classes, it would be just like reading the newspaper for news, only it would be browsing the blog for information about books and authors. In the same way that we teach students to find facts in newspapers and other traditional media, we should teach them to engage with opinions and ideas in newer media such as blogs.

I don’t apologize for including as much audiovisual content as I can, as well as featuring books which have been made into films. I think the ubiquitous crossover between books and films should not necessarily be seen as a bad thing, as young people who don’t read voluntarily may come back to the book after enjoying the film. The media isn’t the most important thing, it’s the engagement with ideas and stories.

You can read Judith’s post in full here. 

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Congratulations! Your site has been nominated in the ACCE Australasian Educational Media Awards. Visit the conference website to vote for your own site and leave a comment on other nominated resources. Friends and colleagues may also wish to support your nomination. http://acec2010.info/acce-edsoft-awards/gallery

    The two winning entries will be announced at the ACEC2010 Conference on Friday 9 April.

  2. This is a wonder site being developed to explore great young adult literature within your school community. I’ve got you on my RSS feed. Best wishes.

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