The Uganda Skateboard Union is “setting out to combat idleness and boredom among the youth of Uganda by providing a new, positive and fun outlet for them. This outlet is Skateboarding. The Organisation will focus on teaching and training Ugandan youth how to skateboard.” Their blog has many cool photos of kids grinding, kickflipping, McTwisting, and varial heel flipping.
So what’s an antihero? Counter-intuitively, an antihero isn’t a villain, they’re just a regular character with regular (and sometimes major) failings. We’re so used to reading about perfect characters in novels (see for example Peekay in The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay) that when we find one that’s kind of human they can sometimes seem worse than they really are. Personally, I find antiheroism a much more rewarding read. Here are some goodies:
Okay, so they’re all male. Why is this, I wonder? Maybe the expectations of a patriarchal society hinder women from revealing their flaws? Maybe female writers can’t bring themselves to admit that girls do have the odd flaw? But that doesn’t make any sense. Would a female antihero work? Are there female antiheroes out there? Will keep investigating.
p.s. if you’re looking for a challenge then read The Astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, Volume 1: The pox party by M. T. Anderson, set in Boston in the 18th century during the American Revolution.
Night’s Child : Wicca 15
Theme: I feel that it’s kind of supernatural, fantasy, horror, and a bit of romance mixed together. This is the same for the other books in the Wicca series – I have read them all.
Recommend?: Once you start reading the book, you won’t want to put the book down. Because you would be caught with the same emotions as Moira as she finds out about her mother’s past and what it means for her. It is the same for Morgan (the other main character) who has to rescue her missing soul-mate of 16 years thanks to her half-sister.
If you are (or you know someone who is) aged 15 – 17 (as at August this year), interested in science and/or the environment and are up for a free three-week trip to Japan in August read on.
The Japanese government is offering a chance to travel all expenses paid to Okinawa, Japan and study the natural environment of the place with 75 other young people from around the Asia-Pacific region. They’re looking for applications from anyone interested – Arigatou gozaimasu!
Visit here for the ‘further information’ document. Contact Tessa at the Global Education Centre for further info: 04 496 9510.
Australian author Sonya Hartnett has won the sixth annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, walking away with a cool 5 million kronor ($965,600!). Hartnett is an intelligent author who’s not afraid of tackling some tricky subjects. So congratulations to her, and to all those writers out there: keep working at it and one day…
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company
I’d like to see the world for once
All standing hand in hand
And hear them echo through the hills
For peace throughout the land
That’s the song I hear
Let the world sing today
A song of peace that echoes on
And never goes away
- (Roger Cook, Roger Greenway, Bill Backer & Billy Davis)
On March 21, 1960, between 5000 and 7000 demonstrators gathered outside the Sharpeville police station (in South Africa) to protest apartheid “pass laws”. These laws required black South Africans to carry passes, restricting their movement and increasing segregation.
There’s a surprising amount of fiction about World War II, much of it inspired by true events.
Sam Stern has written three cookbooks for teens – and he is only 17. His recipes are fairly easy to make, and (if the photos in his books are any indication) are always delicious. We have all three books in the library: Cooking Up A Storm – The Teen Survival Cookbook; Real Food, Real Fast; and Get Cooking. His website is full of recipes from his books, new recipes, and even video recipes.
Another handy site for recipes, by the way, is Cuisine magazine’s recipe finder. Enter in up to four ingredients and it will recommend something delicious and extravagant to cook.
If you have lots of books – or you live in a house full of books – why not organise them by colour? It looks very striking. It probably wouldn’t work in a library, what with the dewey system and all that, but at home it can’t fail!
If you do rearrange all the books at home like this, do ask your parents first (they might mind). Unless you want to really surprise them.