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A Manga Lover’s Tokyo Travel Guide: my favourite things to see and do in Japan!

Can’t travel because of COVID? No worries! This book will take you right around Japan! In this captivating Tokyo travel guide, manga artist and author Evangeline Neo travels to the Japanese capital with her mascots Kopi the dog and Matcha the cat in tow, bringing you to all the otaku sights this city has to offer. She shows you where to shop for manga memorabilia in Akihabara and Nakano, takes you on a tour of famous anime and manga museums like Studio Ghibli and Sanrio Puroland, and shares her experiences at a cosplay studio, a maid and butler cafe, and a manga drawing class.

 

 

City of Bones

Can’t travel because of COVID? No worries! This book will take you right around Japan! In this captivating Tokyo travel guide, manga artist and author Evangeline Neo travels to the Japanese capital with her mascots Kopi the dog and Matcha the cat in tow, bringing you to all the otaku sights this city has to offer. She shows you where to shop for manga memorabilia in Akihabara and Nakano, takes you on a tour of famous anime and manga museums like Studio Ghibli and Sanrio Puroland, and shares her experiences at a cosplay studio, a maid and butler cafe, and a manga drawing class.

 

 

Two Can Keep a Secret

 

Set in the small town of Echo Ridge, Two Can Keep a Secret is a riveting thriller that tells the story of a serial killer with a penchant for homecoming queens. Twins Ellery and Ezra Corcoran have never visited Echo Ridge, the town where their mother grew up and their aunt disappeared. It’s also the town where Lacey Milduff, the homecoming queen of five years ago was murdered – both cases remain unsolved.

 

 

 

 

 

Cupid’s Arrow

The nightmares that plagued Fleur’s childhood return when she starts dreaming of being hunted through a dark forest by a sinister archer. When her mother inherits the library of a famous French author, the two travel to the ancient French town of Avallon, reputedly the resting place of the “real” King Arthur. There, in the forest near Bellerive Manor, Fleur meets a handsome, mysterious boy called Remy. It seems to be love at first sight, but Fleur’s nightmare is just about to begin.

 

 

 

 

 

Snakehead

In the seventh book in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, teenage spy Alex is forced into the Australian secret service. His target is the criminal underworld of South East Asia, and a ruthless organisation known as the Snakehead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Things I Didn’t Say

The Things I Didn’t Say is about Piper Rhodes, a teenage girl with selective mutism. This rare anxiety disorder renders sufferers unable to speak in the presence of others, particularly strangers, or in confronting situations. I’d never heard of this particular disorder before, but I have plenty of first- and second-hand experience with other forms of anxiety, and the way in which Piper’s story unfolds rings so true. The book begins with her move to a new high school, and her hopes for a fresh start.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun is Also a Star

College-bound romantic, Daniel Bae, and Jamaican-born pragmatist, Natasha Kingsley, meet –  and fall for each other – over one magical day amidst the fervour and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation just as fiercely as she’s fighting her growing feelings for Daniel.

 

 

Begin, End, Begin 

With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

Harnessing the power of the #LoveOzYA social media movement, this anthology features incredible short stories from ten beloved Australian YA authors.

 

Una Storia Italiana

It traces the history of Italy from the Second World War to today, through the story of the life of the protagonist, Mauro, and his group of friends. In a compelling historical fresco, the individual and sentimental events of the characters intertwine with the most important events in the history of contemporary Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret Library of Hummingbird House

Hattie Maxwell is stressed. Ever since the ‘Big Split’, Hattie and her little sister, Ivy, live a week with their mum and a week with their dad. They call it week-about. Now her beloved abandoned mansion, Hummingbird House, along with the best mulberry tree in the city, is going to be demolished to make way for apartments. And if that’s not enough, if the apartments go ahead, her mum might move to the country and her family will never be together again. And if that is not enough, there is her friend-not-friend, Taylor Dellabella, the terror of Ivy’s imaginary Eagle, and her friend Patrick who thinks his parents are breaking up. And if that’s not enough, the rule obsessed school principal, The Enforcer (yes not her real name) wants to ban the monkey bars. And to top it all off, she has lost her library book. When the moon is full, Hattie discovers a different Hummingbird House, where a strange orphan girl, Hypatia hides in a secret library.

 

 

 

 

The Giver

In a rigidly structured society where weaklings, dissenters and the aged are removed, and stirrings of individuality are nullified with drugs, children undergo special ceremonies annually until, after eleven years, they face the Ceremony of Twelve, when the Community of Elders assigns them the tasks which will take them through their adult life. But when Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory, he discovers that the honour of selection is nothing compared to the loneliness and physical pain he must endure as he searches for a way to free his community from the spiritless life it has developed for its members.

 

 

Coraline

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

 

 

The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women – black and white, mothers and daughters – view one another.

 

 

Geek Girl

Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her. So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model, Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

 

 

 

 

You Don’t Even Know

Alex Hudson is a good guy. He plays water polo. He has a part-time job. He’s doing okay at school. Then the thing that anchors Alex is ripped away and his life seems pointless. How can he make anyone else understand how he feels, when he doesn’t even know?

 

 

 

 

Insurgent

Veronica Roth’s second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent. A hit with both teen and adult readers, Insurgent is the action-packed, emotional adventure that inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Octavia Spencer. As war surges in the factions of dystopian Chicago all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves – and herself – while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed by:

Sophia Mihas

Year 10