Bright Young Things
If there's one thing we've noticed at Riverbend, it's that the book is not dead. In fact, some of our most loyal and excited customers are our teenagers. As soon as the school holidays start, we are inundated with these bright young things looking for something new and exciting to read while they have time off.
The Bright Young Things Bookclub is run by Jane Sullivan, and caters to teenagers in years 7 to 10, with ages ranging from 12 to 15. They meet once a month on a Wednesday afternoon from 5-5:45pm (dates in the calendar below).
Expression of Interest
Please register your interest below, and Riverbend staff will notify you when space opens up in one of the groups you've selected.
Please note: joining our bookclubs requires an annual membership fee of $100, to be paid before you start in order to secure your place.
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The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she's an extraordinary individual. In overalls or in a maharaja's turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder.<br> <br> For Sally Jones this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief's name. Powerful forces are working against her, and they will do anything to protect their secrets.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
From the author of the Carnegie Medal nominated Wolf by Wolf, comes an epic new story - A fast-paced, heart-stopping journey through time that will leave you breathless.
Farway McCarthy was born outside of time. With nowhere to call home and nothing to anchor him to the present, Far captains a crew on a dangerous mission into the past. When he collides with Eliot - a mysterious, secretive girl, whose very appearance raises questions about time itself - Far immediately distrusts her. But he must take a leap of faith, following Eliot on a race against time, if he is to protect everything he's ever loved from disappearing forever . . .
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.