It’s been a mad few weeks. We had Book Week and the opportunity to visit many schools across the state: Peter Moyes, Swan Valley Christian College, Kolbe College, Duncraig SHS, St George’s, Belridge SHS, Servite College,John Wollaston meeting students from all age groups talking about writing and reading.
Today it is Australia Reads. As an Ambassador for Australia Reads I decided to sit outside and read The Dying Alchemists a debut book by author Nicholas Bennett. It is a fusion of science and wonder with poetry and art. The illustrations are by Tina Wilson. It is a truly beautiful book and one you should look out for.
BOOK ABOUT ONLINE WORLD A VALUABLE READ FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
KATE McCaffrey knows how to appeal to a young audience; after all, she spends most of her time inspiring teenagers to become more interested in literature. An English teacher at Sacred Heart College, McCaffrey immerses herself in the literary world daily, so it was far from a stretch when she decided to take up writing herself.
Ten years after her first young-adult novel Destroying Avalon hit the shelves, and with three more between it and her new offering Saving Jazz, McCaffrey said she tried to write stories and characters that teenage readers could relate to.
Her new book is no different, focusing on the dangers of social media and online bullying through the eyes of character Jasmine Lovely.
“Saving Jazz is about a house party that goes out of control,” she said.
“Jazz, from all appearances, has it all, the looks, intelligence and compassion.
“However, she finds herself the perpetrator of a horrible act, one that she struggles with daily.”
Not just for teenagers, McCaffrey said adults could also learn about the perils of the online world and the dangers it posed.
Cockburn Gazette16 Aug 2016 Jessica Nico Picture: Martin Kennealey http://www.communitypix.com.au d455838 Author Kate McCaffrey with Year 11 students Olivia Fernandes,Bianca De Longis, Tess Dorrington and Eva Male.
“I think it will appeal to parents who don’t know about the existence of this world and definitely teachers who think it’s a conversation we need to have,” she said.
“The anonymity that the internet provided has been superseded with a lack of privacy.
“Where we once lived in fear of being bullied, we now live in fear of our mistakes being paraded around the world for everyone to see. Cyber bullying is never going to go away and, in all of its forms, it can have devastating consequences.”
Saving Jazz is at http://www.fremantlepress.com.au.
It was a great turn out on Tuesday night- despite the wet weather and the Census Epic Fail. About 150 guests turned up to greet Saving Jazz as she enters the world!
My thanks to Catherine Kolomyjec and her team at Sacred Heart for all their work. Peter Bothe ( and Trevor Lynch) for so graciously allowing Sacred Heart to host it. Justin Whitt for an amazing job as the official launcher. Bianca, Zoe, Anthony for their contributions on the night. All of my students who had an input and interest in the development of the novel. Fremantle Press, in particular Cate – for her ongoing support and Naama for her meticulous editing and appreciation of who Jazz is.