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Gattaca: Rating: M, Production Year: 1997, Duration: 1:42:12. Description: Story about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. Vincent is an "In-Valid," who assumes the identity of a member of the genetic elite to pursue his goal of traveling into space with the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. However, a week before his mission, a murder marks Vincent as a suspect. With a relentless investigator in pursuit and the colleague he has fallen in love with beginning to suspect his deception, Vincent's dreams steadily unravel. -- Cast: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Alan Arkin, Jude Law, Loren Dean, Gore Vidal, Ernest Borgnine.


CBCA Book of the Year

CBCA Queensland

The Book Chook

Book Week for Beginners

Mrs Mac's Library


Book Reviews for 2016 will be in teams of 3. Your aim as a team is to creatively persuade your audience (your class) that the book your team has selected is an amazing novel they must read. You will need to plan and discuss your strategy as a team and determine creative ways of promoting your book. You presentation length will be 5 minutes. Every student in your class will give each team an anonymous score from 1 to 10. The score will be for how successful you have been in persuading them to read your book  (even if it is a genre they wouldn't normally read). Please read through the notes below from our 2015 Book Reviews as a reminder of some of the areas you may address in your book review. Think abour persuasive writing techniques which you may be able to adapt for your presentation. The book you choose much be something suitable for your year level, and must be approved by your library teacher. There will be an edible reward for the winning team.


Book Reviews of 3 minutes will be presented to the class during library lessons (2015). They may be:

o   an ORAL presentation - supported by notes and pictures (or a poster)

o   OR an online book trailer presented on your iPad (you may use keynote or iMovie)

A book review is designed to provide information about a book for a person who might be interested in reading it. It must provide an outline of the plot, theme, characters and setting, and evaluate the book. 

Examples of book reviews are: and

Examples of book trailers are:

Once by Morris Gleitzman at

and Arrival by Chris Morphew at

Preparing your Book Review or Book Trailer

  • Choose a quality book you have enjoyed that your classmates may like to read. This may be from the library or from home.
  • Think about how you speak (audibility, clarity, fluency) and use expression.
  • Show your enthusiasm - this is a persuasive presentation where you aim to convince others that this would be a good book for them to read - justify your choice.
  • Do NOT re-tell the story – instead talk about the main character (protagonist), other characters and how they develop, the setting & plot (without spoilers – NOT the conclusion).
  • Choose a few lines from the story to read to the class which demonstrate the heightened tension or rising action in the plot.
  • Give the book a rating out of 10.
  • You may mention other titles by the same author, or similar books.
  • Be well prepared.

Developing an Excellent Book Review

A book review should combine information about the book with your opinion on it. An excellent book review would contain the following:

  1. Introduction: Create an engaging hook that hooks the reader.  For example, "Have you ever been judged by your appearance? In The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton gives readers a glimpse inside the tough exterior of a social outcast." Include book title and author. Identify genre (adventure, fantasy etc.)Does the story create a world true to its genre?
  2. Setting: Accurately and specifically describe the setting – time and place.
  3. Characters: Introduce and describe the main characters. What are they like? Include traits that fully describe characters (use adjectives to describe them, e.g.: ambitious, compassionate, courageous, determined, exuberant etc.)
  4. Plot Summary: Accurately sum up the main events in the story. Include a brief outline of the story (one paragraph) without giving away the ending. Fully identify the main conflicts/problems in the story. Does the story contain an interesting and well-developed conflict? Are the plot, characters and setting well thought-out & believable?
  5. Themes: Mention the main themes. Use short quotes from the book to strengthen review, or a short, exciting excerpt which demonstrates the rising action in the plot.
  6. Evaluation: Clearly state your opinion on the book - why do you think this is a good book? Identify a target audience for the book, i.e. young adults. Explain why this is an engaging book for the target audience? Give specific evidence to support your opinion. Give the book a rating out of 10 and mention other titles by the same author.

Developing an Excellent Book Trailer

To develop an excellent book trailer the following content is important:

  1. Presentation (Persuasion): Trailer flows smoothly and captivates the attention of the audience. It compels the viewer to read the book.
  2. Content (Storyline or plot): Key scenes or themes from the book are creatively presented. These make the content of the book clear to the viewer
  3. Images: Images create a distinct atmosphere or tone that matches the different parts of the story.
  4. Voice (Soundtrack): The voice track is clean and fully understandable. The pace fits the storyline. The viewer is always engaged.
  5. Audio (Soundtrack): The music stirs an emotional response that matches the storyline.
  6. Reflection (Awareness of Audience): There is a strong awareness of the audience in the design. Vocabulary, audio, and graphics fit the target audience – young adults.
  7. Presentation (Interest level): An exciting presentation that grabs the attention of the viewer with suspense, humour or intrigue from the beginning. Includes positive quotes from reputable sources to encourage the viewer to read the book, and a picture of the book cover.
  8. Presentation (Duration/length): Right length to keep viewer involved - in this case a maximum of 3 minutes.

Adding Images and Music

It is important that you use images and music that are free to use without breaking copyright. Using copyrighted material in your video is illegal.

To find free to use material:

  • For images - open Google & click Images in top right hand corner.
  • Go to the bottom right hand corner of the page and click Settings and select Advanced Search.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and under usage rights select Free to Use or Share. Google will then filter your search for images that you can safely use without breaking copyright.
  • You can also search using for free to use images and music using Creative Commons: or use Public Domain Music (works published in or before 1922).

To attribute music in your credits you must include: 

  • The creator of the music.
  • The title of the track.
  • The URL where the music is hosted.
  • The type of license it’s available under, e.g. Creative Commons or Public Domain Music.

Sites With Free Creative Commons Music: