Review: Gotta B

Gotta BGotta B by Claire Carmichael
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting novel set in a not to distant future – and some might think that it’s already here – where if you’re not connected to the world electronically, then you’re no one.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 54 posts. There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb.

The busiest day of the year was April 27th with 32 views. The most popular post that day was Why Teacher-Librarians and Teachers are important.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for embrace, jessica shirvington, reviews of the book the museum of mary child, redmond barry lecture 2010, mercy rebecca lim ya, and “chrissie michaels”.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Why Teacher-Librarians and Teachers are important April 2010


Solace & Grief – Foz Meadows March 2010


Theme change. May 2010


Meryl Streep – Barnard Graduation Speech May 2010
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About October 2009

Disclaimer: This was written by a helper-monkey, hence the poor grammar (doing awesome!). I take no credit for the grammar, and only some of the credit for the posts.

Review: Rescue Mission

Rescue Mission (Edsel Grizzler, #2)Rescue Mission by James Roy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Edsel has returned to Verdada, on a mission to release Jacq from her coma. But his arrival in Verdada creates ripples within puddles, within seas, within oceans. All is not as it seems in the idyllic world of Verdada.

James Roy has created a complex world in Verdada. Not only are the concepts amazing, but the plotting and characterisation is also of a higher order, requiring close attention to the small details of the story. As a result, this is not a quick read, but a reader that take time to let the ideas settle and fester will be rewarded.

Although Edsel completes one part of his mission in this novel, the ending leaves the way wide open for the next (final) instalment of Edsel’s grand adventure.

What would his parents say if they knew!

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Why Teacher-Librarians and Teachers are important

I just had a lovely session with some Year 7 boys. Their teacher booked them to ‘come into the library and see what’s here, and how to find good books”.

So that’s what we did.

With the help of an IWB I showed the boys our wizz-bang library catalogue, and how easy it is to find great books using it.

That’s what I do. But I couldn’t have done it without the support of that teacher. And here’s the predicament. So many of the graduates coming out of universities don’t know what’s available to them in schools. So many of our experienced teachers have never had a ‘proper’ teacher-librarian in their school. There are heaps of great library technicians and interested teachers that take on the job – and I count them as Teacher-Librarians. But whatever the flavour, there are too few ‘teacher-librarians’ in Australian schools supporting the Education Revolution. Full stop. End of story.

And it’s a real shame. Because when you see the light of understanding go on in the students’ eyes it makes you feel good to know that you are helping to create a life-long learner.

And isn’t that what life’s all about?