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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is a powerful  novel about “the ability of books to feed the soul “.  It is set in Nazi, Germany and was inspired by stories told to the author by his family. The film is due out in November 2013 in the USA, but wont be released in New Zealand until 2014. This gives us all plenty of time to read, or re-read, the book. The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nelisse, and Ben Schnetzer.  After watching the trailer Markus Zusak (who was born in Sydney, Australia) wrote: “As I said to a few people close by ….”I’m fine! I’ve just got something in my eye!” It looks absolutely stunning, and it’s very hard to hold the emotion at bay.”

“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.” From The Book Thief.

Read more about Markus Zusak and how he writes.

Markus Zusak on Facebook

Markus Zusak on Tumlr ” Every morning, in the city, in the dark, I walk two dogs and collect stray thoughts. This is where I put them, before I start work – the only place I write when I’m not writing a book.”

Markus Zusak on Twitter where he describes himself as a “Writer, mistake-maker, and fan of Sam-I-Am…I wrote The Book Thief, but still not sure how. Most tweets are replies.”

Mrs H.

Some sights and sounds of Literacy Week


Literacy Week is over for another year, so here are a few reminders.

The writers who visited us:

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The quizzes we held  (unfortunately we lost the Literature Quiz photos) so here are a few of the Spelling Quiz:

The library activities:

Amy played the guzheng

And finally the Inter-House tug-of-war competition.

Writer-in-Residence for Term 2

Our visiting Writer-in-Residence for Literacy Week (May 30 to June 3) in Term 2 will be author/columnist, Joe Bennett. From his website note he describes himself as both travel writer and syndicated newspaper columnist. His list of published books is extensive, and we look forward to his time with us.

We are currently organising a number of other writers to join him during the week to make this another memorable fun-filled reading and writing week.