eBooks at Kew High School library

Kew High School library has now added eBooks to its collection. Click here to access Kew’s eBooks. Currently, you can download 3 books at a time for a period of two weeks to the following devices:

  • iPhone
  • iPod touch
  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • Android
  • Kobo
  • Nook

See this video about how to borrow, return and reserve eBooks:

eBooks for the school tablet will be available soon. Stay tuned for details.

10 great YA novels with strong female characters

Recently the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio published a post outlining 10 great young adult novels with strong female characters. They are:

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. The fault in our stars by John Green
  4. Tomorrow, when the war began by John Marsden
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  6. When you reach me by Rebecca Stead
  7. Mare’s war by Tanita S. Davies
  8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  9. How I live now by Meg Rosoff
  10. Estrella’s Quinceanera by Malin Alegria

Read how and why the books were chosen here.

Hollywood’s 25 most powerful authors

The Hollywood Reporter has published a list of the 25 most powerful authors in Hollywood. Most pertinent to us are the YA authors who were listed as follows:

  • Suzanne Collins (Hunger games) – no. 5
  • Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) – no. 10
  • JK Rowling (Harry Potter) – no. 11
  • Jeff Kinney (Diary of a wimpy kid) – no. 20
  • Neil Gaiman (Coraline) – no. 23
  • Sara Shepard (Pretty little liars) no. 25

Also of interest may be:

  • Stephen King – no.1
  • Nicholas Sparks (The notebook) no. 3
  • George RR Martin (Game of thrones) no. 7
  • John Grisham – no. 24


Calling all teenage writers

This information comes from the Australian Centre for Youth Literature. Please see Inside a Dog for more info:

Want to be a part of inside a dog? Applications for You’re The Voice contributors are now open!

So, what is You’re the Voice?

You’re The Voice is your opportunity to have your say about the world of books. To write about what you read, what you love, and what you want. It’s a weekly blog post published right here on the inside a dog website, which is all about books for teens.

So far the Voices have been ChelseaBaileySusanIndi, and Nisma. They’ve blogged about everything from love triangles tofan-fiction to arduous books written by dead people. And these are some of the great things they’ve had to say about the experience:

File 12205“I’ve had much fun writing for Inside a Dog and I’m truly honoured to have been part of this!” – Susan

“Writing these posts has made me think about what books I read, what genre I enjoy and what others like, and that what I did read was a little limited. I have learnt a lot from this and as a result my reading has grown.” – Chelsea

“I shall never forget the wonderful experiences I have had posting” – Indi

The Details:

Voices  write a weekly blog post (250-500 words), for the duration of a month – that’s 4 or 5 posts in total. The posts can be on any topic you choose, but should be connected in some way to reading or writing. Contributors have the chance to (and are encouraged to!) interact with commenters, as well as getting to know the team behind inside a dog.

What You Get:

Voices also receive:

  • A certificate of appreciation.
  • Bragging rights.
  • Two free YA books in the genre of their choice.
  • On request, a letter of recommendation from the Centre for Youth Literature.


To apply, write a sample article about why you want to be one of our Voices. Your article should be 250-500 words, and include:

  • Why you want to be a You’re The Voice contributor;
  • What the last book you read was, and what you thought of it.

You are also welcome to include links to any supporting material, eg your own inside a dog account, blog, goodreads account, etc.

Send your article to youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au with the subject line ‘You’re The Voice application’. Don’t forget to include your personal details:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Male/Female
  • What school you go to
  • Which state/territory you live in

 Applications close midnight on Sunday, 9 December!

The Small but Necessary Print:

If your application is successful, we will require written permission from your parent/guardian.

You must be:

  • Under 20 years of age.
  • In Australia.