Library Life @ Barrenjoey

Barrenjoey High School’s library collection caters for the educational and leisure needs of the students and staff. A wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and reference materials are held. Books (both print and digital), periodicals, newspaper clippings and pamphlets, maps, reference books and audio visual resources are available. We have regular magazine subscriptions that are very popular with the students who love reading them, as well as using them for research.

The library has a subscription to Clickview Library which offers thousands of videos designed to support the curriculum and engage students. Currently we have over 1800 recordings available with new recordings being uploaded through teacher requests via Online Clickview.  Every student and family has password access to Online Clickview, where there are over 26500 recordings.

Classes are booked into the Library by teachers for students to undertake research or wide reading. During these lessons the teacher-librarian is available to assist the teacher and students. Stimulus reading material is regularly displayed in order to encourage and facilitate student uptake of relevant and interesting resources. We have an area set aside for internet research which can be undertaken in these lessons as well. Learning to navigate the internet in a safe way, to share ideas and discover great reads appropriate to skill level are all aspects of these lessons in the library.

Senior students have access to a Senior Study Room which is annexed to the library and the teacher-librarian is available to help them with their research. Senior students have Senior Study lessons incorporated in their timetables but of course use the library during Lunch 1 and 2 as well. Motivated senior students using library resources in a purposeful way are modelling excellent behaviour for junior students.  Ms Kersten is available to review students’ essays and provide feedback.  Ms Kersten can be found in the Senior Study.

The Library is open from 8.30am, Lunch 1 and 2 and after school up to 4pm every day.  The teacher-librarian and library assistants are available to assist students with using the library catalogue and available data bases, printing off assignments, and book selection etc. Students can also return and borrow at these times. In addition we have students who regularly meet in these breaks to enjoy the ambience and collegiality among friends.


Click Here for the list with images.  Note:  This list is not prescriptive. Other books may be chosen but should be shown to your teacher for approval.

Cory Doctorow                       Little Brother

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

Elise McCredie                        Nowhere Boys

Four teenage boys are hiking in the bush when they are caught in a freak storm. After surviving the night, the boys expect a hero’s welcome, but instead they find that nobody knows who they are. Not their family. Not their friends.

Kate Constable                       Crow County

Living in the country takes on new meaning, especially when Crow gives Sadie a secret to keep and a mystery to solve.

Steve Worland                        Paper Planes

Twelve year old Dylan Webber lives in a small country town in outback Western Australia. When he discovers a talent for folding and flying paper planes, Dylan aims for the World Junior Paper Plane Championships

Neil Gaiman                             Stardust

A fairy tale about a young man’s hunt for his heart’s desire, told in clear, rolling prose.

David Almond                         Skellig

A story of love and faith, written with exquisite heart-fluttering tenderness.

Abbas Kazerooni                    The Boy With Two Lives

Abbas’s extraordinary resilience in the face of overpowering odds makes this story based on true events inspiring and unforgettable.

Willis Hall                                   The Last Vampire

Bite into the Vampire series – it’s fangtastic!

Barry Jonsberg                        My Life As An Alphabet

Candice Phee wants to bring light and laughter to those around her, and somehow she succeeds despite the bizarre mix-ups and the confusion she effortlessly creates.

Elizabeth Laird                         The Fastest Boy In The World

Eleven-year-old Solomon loves running and dreams of being a gold-medal-winning athlete. Set in Ethopia, Solomon’s Grandfather collapses and it’s a 20 mile run to get home and help. Can the barefooted runner with the big heart do it?

David Levithan                        Every Day

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.  Thoroughly recommended as a modern day love story.

Isaac Asimov                            Foundation

First volume of Asimov’s world-famous trilogy, one of the great classics of science fiction.

Kate De Goldi                          The 10pm Question

Frankie Parsons is twelve going on old man, an apparently sensible, talented boy with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head.

Tristan Bancks                         Two Wolves

Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won’t forget.

Patrick Ness                             The Ask And The Answer

If you loved The Knife of Never Letting Go you will love this second book in this series – Chaos Walking.

Jackie French                           Pennies For Hitler

In order to survive, George is smuggled into Australia to begin a new life with a different name and family.

Meg Rosoff                              What I Was

Intelligent, ironic and darkly funny.

Gillian Rubinstein                   The Whale’s Child

Ken has been having problems with his training for squad swimming. The unexpected discovery of a Japanese relative and her tales of the migratingÿwhales help him to succeed.

Leah Thomas                           Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.

Diana Chase                             No Borders For Josef

Orphaned in the brutal Balkans conflict, thirteen-year-old Joseph is forced to flee across the border. Come and join him on his amazing encounters.

Rachel Campbell-Johnston                                                     The Child’s Elephant

Scary, funny, heart-warming!

Prue Mason                             Camel Rider

Set in the panic and confusion of a wartime attack, two boys from different cultures must rely on each other to survive in the desert.

Cynthia Rylant                         I Had Seen Castles

Set in World War two this is both a love story and a coming-of-age tale, a book with a passionate anti-war message  

Jack London                             The Call Of The Wild

Stolen from home, a privileged dog named Buck, must quickly learn the harsh law of survival among the men and dogs of a rugged country region.  

Kate Forsyth                            The Gypsy Crown

The first book in the exciting six-book series about the adventures of two daring children, a monkey, a dog, and a dancing bear in search of the chain of charms.

John Steinbeck                       The Pearl

The Pearl is a parable about wealth and the evil it can bring.

Patricia Bernard                      Claw Of The Dragon

This is an adventure story about survival in a dangerous world of treasure hunters and underworld crime and mutiny.

Chris Morphew                      Arrival

This is the first in a six part science fiction and adventure series where the main character, Luke Hunter and his recently divorced mother Emily, move to Phoenix. Luke soon discovers that the town is plotting to wipe out the human race outside of Phoenix in a 100 days time!

Sonya Hartnett                       The Midnight Zoo

Two boys are fleeing from a war-ravaged country and come across a zoo untouched by war – both animals and boys are in need of hope.

Neil Grant                                 The Ink Bridge

Two boys meet at the culmination of separate compelling journeys. Omed is a boy from Afghanistan seeking anylum in Australia and meets Hector at a candle factory where both find work. But secrets fester behind the monotonous routine of the assemby line, secrets with terrible consequences. Ultimately, it is up to Hector to determine how the story ends.

Anna Pershall                          A Term In Year Seven

Whatever happens at high school, I know what I don’t want to happen. I never want to be a loner or a loser or a dork ever again!

William Osborne                    Hitler’s Angel

Otto and Leni have escaped to England from Nazi Germany. Their mission is to find and kidnap a girl who could bring down Hilter and so begins their bravest journey yet.