New Books

TAS faculty staff

Here are some of our new books in the library. There are even reviews from some of our Year 10 students.

An auto-biography and self-help book by this author. The book is an inspiring book with a message to the reader that no matter what life throws at you, you can overcome it. This message is told through the author’s life story, in which he has to overcome many challenges. The novel tells of Goggins’ life experiences and relates them to a challenge or rule that the reader can incorporate into his or her own lives as a means to improve their daily living and help them achieve their goals. Book review from Finn Year 10.

A poignant story of unfilled love, set against the background of the dizzying social change accompanying the fall of the Meiji regime. Like those around her and like the wild gees of the title, Otama yearns for the freedom of flight. Her dawning consciousness of her predicament bring the novel to a touching climax.

This book is a ‘brief history of mankind’. It offers insights into how culture evolved and changed along with the biology of mankind and the changing environment. Harai uses simple language where possible to engage less educated readers and make the subject matter accessible. This is not to say that he make it seem as though he has not got a high education, as he effectively evaluates all topics and reasons covered in the book. Book review from Josh S. Year 10


A compelling psychological thriller that captures the readers. A 14 year old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a terrifying ransom call. It’s only hours before the deadline and the police have no leads. Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman.




This novel has an interesting plot that keeps you engaged and wanting to read more. The main character Fat Charlie is quite a relatable character. All of the characters in the book are subjected to interesting and intriguing character arcs. Book review from Finn. Year 10.


This novel is based in a fictional world, where dragons (Vir Requis) exist. At one point, the Vir Requis were a major race, co-existing with the griffins and the humans, but a disaster fell upon them by the main antagonist, Dies Irae. Book review from Ael. Year 10.


The ‘pathfinder’ series is the perfect series for anyone who is into science-fiction books. The story begins with a young boy with an interesting gift for tracking, travelling to the capital after his father’s death along with a growing troupe of companions. The story later unfolds into a tale of inheritance, royalty, death, war, aliens, monster, space, time travel and an endless number of different things as they discover more and more of this constantly changing world. Book review from Patrick, Year 10.

This novel is compilation of short stories from the point of view of the main character, these are not in chronological order, the stories range from tales of great journeys, contracts on monsters, conferences with kings and general conversation. Book review from Luke, Year 10.

A great fantasy novel. Set in a world that experiments with the laws of physics to create a new and exciting world for the reader to explore through the eyes and words of the protagonist, Kvothe. This series is different from other fantasy books as it explains how the magic and magical creatures in the book work in a way that makes it plausible. Book review from Patrick, Year 10.

Book 1 of The Last Hours series. Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When she travels to London, she encounters childhood friends, James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms and supernatural salons. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else. But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when demon attacks devastate London. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers and a brutal choice will reveal the true price of being a hero.