Sunday, August 21, 2011

Snack Size #18

Here's another batch of mini-reviews -at a teeny one hundred words each (to keep me from rambling) and hopefully they provide a tasty teaser as to why you should read them! The below titles are not only all-Australian, but are all written from a male point of view:

90 Packets of Instant Noodles – Deb Fitzpatrick
Published by Fremantle Press, 2010
288 pages

As punishment for his recent involvement in some local crimes, Joel is forced to spend three months in isolation - a shack in the middle of nowhere, with very minimal facilities (think tank water and a drop toilet). There's no contact with the outside world other than the weekly mail, Joel id left to his own thoughts - and has time to refelct upon his ealier actions and what lead to his punishment. He seems to be close to the road to recovery, and then his old mate Craggs shows up. It's an incredibly honest story with a very authentic male voice.

Jarvis 24 - David Metzenthen
Published by Penguin Books Australia, 2009
264 pages

Marc Jarvis is a bit of an ineffectual-but-likeable protagonist (and a complete scatterbrain! Actually, he reminds me a bit of Joe in King of Whatever).  When he’s not spending time with his best mate, Travis (who is arrogant, a bit dumb and very funny), he’s working in a struggling used-car yard and becomes fascinated with a talented local athlete, Electra. Set in Melbourne, Jarvis 24 is an enjoyable read with an undeniably Australian-ness to it. The story is just the right mix of humour, romance and footy and was the winner of the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year Award.

Five Parts Dead - Tim Pegler
Published by Text Publishing, 2010
224 pages
Wheelchair bound after a traumatic accident, Dan is (understandably) pretty down when his parents force him onto a family holiday at a remote island. The island features a lighthouse with a mysterious past (how very Round the Twist!), and having found a logbook, Dan begins to lose himself in the history of the island. Pegler has done a brilliant job with two well-developed stories (Dan’s in the present – with flashbacks of the night of his accident and that of the lighthouse’s inhabitants). Also, this story features a graphic car crash scene that (hopefully) brands into the minds of all readers and reminds everyone of the horrific effects of drink-driving.
  Want to read about some of my favourite male-voiced YA novels? Check out this list I put together at The Blue Teacup.


Nomes said...

i havent read the deb fitzpatrick book (yet)

but i adored the other two books (i think our aussie YA writers do an awesome job on male poV)

loved reading your mini reviews <3

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