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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 READING IN july

The Boy Who Lied by Kim Slater

Fourteen-year-old Ed Clayton is a liar. It started when his dad went to prison and now he can't seem to stop. When Ed's younger brother Sam goes missing one day under his supervision, nobody believes him when he says he can't remember what happened.

Things begin to go very wrong for Ed's family when his mum loses her job and they have to start using a foodbank. Ditched even by his best friend, Ed is on his own trying find out what's happened to Sam, until he meets Fallon, a new neighbour who's willing to help him unravel the mystery. The two stumble on a secret even Ed could never have imagined. But nobody will ever believe a liar . . .

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READING IN August

The Love That I Have by James Moloney

Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. Margot is shielded fromthe camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But she does handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn the letters, she is horrified by the callous act she must carry out with her own hands. This is especially painful since her brother was taken prisoner at Stalingrad and her family have had no letters from him. So Margot steals a few letters, intending to send them in secret, only to find herself drawn to their heart-rending words of hope, of despair, and of love. This is how Margot comes to know Dieter Kleinschmidt - through the beauty and the passion of his letters to his girlfriend. And since his girlfriend is also named Margot, it is like reading love letters written for her.

 

 

What we've read so far