SpineOut April/ May 16 issue has been launched!
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The April/May 2016 issue of
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This issue is all about the vote.
Should the voting age be lowered to 16? What is a constitution? How can it be changed? How important are Indigenous rights in the constitution? 

There are lots of authors to meet and books to read. In our creative section, a talented young wordsmith describes her experiences with dyslexia in a powerful poem.

Lots to do and read. Don't miss this issue!

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Could your students write a book in a day for cancer research?

Get your team of 5–10 together. Register your team in the primary, middle, upper division or open division. This is a fun, creative, team-building activity which is also rewarding, as it raises money for research into childhood cancer and gives books to kids in hospitals. A great activity for Book Week!

Write a Book in a Day runs until August 31.
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Sydney Writers' Festival Special events for students in years 9 to 12

For the first time ever, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards is partnering with Australia’s most exciting literary celebration, Sydney Writers’ Festival, to present a full day of events tailored to students in Years 9 to 12.
On Monday 16 May students have the chance to hear from the Festival’s most exciting guests on a wide range of subjects linked to the NSW school curriculum.

Learn more here

A sneak-peek at the content in this issue:

It's election time. Let's discuss the vote!

Meet bestselling YA authors

Find out about new Aussie music

New Books for YAs 

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Sam has always had things going on in his head that no one else understands, even his mum. And now she's dead, it's worse than ever.

With nothing but his skateboard and a few belongings in a garbage bag, Sam goes to live with the strangers his mum cut ties with seven years ago: Aunty Lorraine and his cousins Shane and Minty.

Despite the suspicion and hostility emanating from their fibro shack, Sam reverts to his childhood habit of following Minty around and is soon surfing with Minty to cut through the static fuzz in his head. But as the days slowly meld into one another, and ghosts from the past reappear, Sam has to make the ultimate decision … will he sink or will he swim?

Find out about this book and Claire's earlier novel 'The Sky So Heavy' in this issue, and click here for Teachers' Notes!
Caramel Hearts by E R Murray

Liv Bloom’s life is even more complicated than that of your average 14-year-old: her father walked out on the family when she was young, her mother is in a recovery centre for alcoholics, and her older sister is struggling to step into Mum’s shoes. The only person she can turn to is her best friend Sarah, who gets out of scrapes at school and is a constant source of advice and companionship. One day Liv discovers a book of recipes written in her mum’s handwriting, which sets her off on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation – but a theft, a love rivalry and a school bully are just some of the many obstacles on the way.

Structured around real cake recipes, Caramel Hearts is a coming-of-age novel about love, disappointment and hope, and discovering the true value of friends and family, no matter how dysfunctional they are.

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Don't miss the Tommy Wallach author tour! 

Tommy, a brilliant YA author and singer-songwriter, is visting Australia in May and SpineOut has helped organise free author visits for subscribing schools.

If your school is interested in author visits in person or via Skype, drop us a line and register your interest.
Get involved and have your students published to an authentic audience.

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How do you use SpineOut in your classroom?

Michelle O'Brien of All Saints' College in Bathurst lets us know how they use SpineOut.

'We have just set up a Year 7 Reading Blog. The first topic was focused around SpineOut’s reviews in the June/July issue. We decreed that everyone had to choose the book that appealed to them most and say why, then answer the question If the library bought a copy would you borrow it? They then had to comment on someone else’s comment. A mildly inappropriate comment gave us the opportunity to talk about “polite discourse” on group blogs!
'We’ve ordered a couple of copies of each book. The conversation then spread to their own personal favourite books which has brought the readers together across both Year 7 classes. It has been a great success so far and has provided a means of promoting SpineOut by requiring them to visit the site with a purpose in mind.'

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