From School Library Journal: Australian teenager Ellie and six of her friends return from a winter break camping trip to find their homes burned or deserted, their families imprisoned, and their country occupied by a foreign military force in league with a band of disaffected Australians. As their shock wears off, the seven decide they must stick together if they are to survive. After a life-threatening skirmish with the occupiers, the teens retreat to their isolated campsite in the bush country and make plans to fight a guerilla war against the invaders. Writing in a distinct voice and showing rare intelligence and sensitivity, Ellie recounts their courageous battles against the Goliath in control of their land. She also records her feelings and observations about the romantic partnerships that develop within her small circle of friends, and shows how they mature and blossom during this time of crisis. Though readers are left wondering whether these heroes and heroines will survive (one is severely wounded at the end of the novel), Ellie's uncommonly honest and clear narration makes this coming-of-age adventure a story they won't forget.
I'm now on book 6. They read quickly, lots of action to keep you turning pages and there's a true desire to know what's going to happen next. Having received the first 3 books from my Australian visitor, thanks Matt, I just had to get the rest and since matching covers aren't a big issue with me, I was happy finding them here.
Paris, Je T'Aime: thanks to Stainless Steel Droppings review I tracked it down. Worth it.
Failure to Launch: Just had to see this one seeing as my 25 year old is still at home.
We had our second major snow storm of 2008 yesterday. Today it was truly beautiful watching the sun turn the ice on the trees into diamonds.
Stephen, with a little help from his dad, changed the back breaks on his car.