Timothy Bowden & Sandra Bowden (authors)
Exisle Publishing, Australia: 2010
Genres: graphic novel, non-fiction
Issues: mental health, resilience
Holly finds it hard to get out of bed and face the world each day. She suffers terribly from anxiety and is convinced that she isn't good enough – not good enough to have friends, not good enough at anything to succeed, not good enough at all. What Holly doesn't realise is that most people feel as she does at least some of the time – and it is possible to learn to manage such feelings in order to overcome the despair and anxiety.
selected by Mary Ann Hoberman & Linda Winston
Sourcebooks, USA: 2009; 200pp
Genres: poetry, Science
Issues: environment, evolution
'The family tree of all life on earth might be called 'The Tree That Time Built'. It began putting down its roots millions of years ago.' (Introduction)
Subtitled, 'a celebration of nature, science and imagination', this outstanding anthology is a treasure trove of lyrical, moving, funny verse about the natural world.
Simon Sebag Montefiore (editor)
Quercus Publishing, UK: 2010
Genres: history, non-fiction
Issues: freedom, equality, politics
Throughout history most leaders, however they're judged now, had one significant skill: oratory – the capacity to speak eloquently in public, to persuade people to a point of view, to convince them to follow a particular course of action. Great oratory is a combination of skilful writing and thoughtful delivery. A speech that is well written can be destroyed by bad delivery; an average piece of writing can be made powerful by personality and conviction.
Sam Stern (author)
Walker Books, UK: 2007
Genres: cooking, non-fiction
Sam Stern, talented teenage cook, published his first book at 14. Get Cooking is his third effort, in which he dedicates a chapter to each ‘favourite ingredient' as listed by eight of his mates.
David Attenborough (author/reader)
BBC Audiobooks, UK: 2009 (3CDs)
Genres: audiobook, autobiography, factual text, non-fiction
One of the greatest naturalists, teachers and best-known documentary presenters, the great Sir David Attenborough has released another book to delight those interested in the quirkier experiences of his lifetime.
David Attenborough (author, reader)
BBC Worldwide Ltd, 1999: 2 audio cassettes
Genres: audiobook, autobiography, science
Issues: animal management, sustainability
2 audio cassettes: 3hrs 15mins
Note: now available on CD
David Attenborough's commitment to nature documentaries began in the 1950s with a black and white series called ‘Zoo Quest'. Together with the London Zoo's Curator of Reptiles, Jack Lester, Attenborough persuaded the BBC to mount and film a joint animal-collecting expedition.
Ruth Bonetti (author)
Words & Music, Australia: 2003; 171pp
Issues: confidence, nerves
Ruth Bonetti has spent more than thirty years as a professional musician, teacher and speaker. Her series, Taking Centre Stage offers sound advice for children and adults who are trying to deal with the negative impact stress and nervousness has on their performance.
David Ellyard (author)
Reed New Holland, Australia: 2005; 426pp
Note: extension vocabulary
Genres: factual text, general knowledge, information text, non-fiction, science
Issues: creativity, discovery
‘Who Discovered What When will introduce you to the growth of scientific ideas over the past five hundred years and to the people who brought them to life. It sets the ideas in a context of time and place and provides a framework for understanding the concepts and theories that have shapd our modern scientific world view.' (p7)
Helen McGrath & Toni Noble (ed)
Pearson Longman, Australia: 2006; 283pp
Genres: education, factual text, information text, non-fiction, sociology
Bullying is a difficult issue in our society, nowhere more so than in our schools, where studies show that 19% of students report being bullied in some way on a weekly basis.
Kim McKay & Jenny Bannin (authors)
ABC Books, Australia: 2006
Genres: factual text, information text, non-fiction
Issues: conservation, environmental awareness, global warming, sustainability
This very practical book is designed to help families change daily practices and routines: to alter behaviours we don't normally think about, in order to contribute to a ‘greener' society.
HERE YOU will find descriptions of the reading level descriptors used in the NSWAGTC Book Reviews.They are general descriptions and correspond with average reading ages. They will not correspond directly with the age of an individual reader, particularly a gifted reader. A typical Australian adult may have a reading age of about 14/15.
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- Useful links for non NSWAGTC Events
- Gifted with Learning Disabilities or Differences
- Seemed gifted when younger, but has lost interest lately…
- October 2012 Newsletter
- New Zealand pulls out of hosting World Gifted Conference in 2013
- Upcoming Events for Parents and Teachers
- 2012 Financial Statement
- Teachers Wanted
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|"I learnt so much about gifted children, backed up by very interesting research
which gave me a better understanding of the needs of gifted children and how
best we can nurture their strengths, skills and habits." An educator attending a NSWAGTC seminar.