RUGBY. Winger by Andrew Smith. Ryan Dean West is a 14-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way.

Get this from a library! [Andrew Smith] -- Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who .

ROWING. Head of the River by Pip Harry. Tall, gifted and the offspring of Olympians, superstar siblings Leni and Cristian Popescu are set to row Harley Grammar to victory in the Head of the River. Then Cristian is seduced by performance-enhancing drugs, and Leni is suffocated with self-doubt, their bright futures start to fade. Juggling family, high expectations, study, break-ups, new relationships and wild parties, the pressure starts to build.

HEAD OF THE RIVER is an Australian young adult book by Pip Harry full of gorgeous scenes, incredible writing, and two intermingled story lines I could completely relate to.

Wolf By Wolf / Ryan Graudin. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.

Wolf By Wolf / Ryan Graudin. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball in Tokyo. Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler.

ARCHERY. Aim High by David Hill. Neale's sport is archery and he is pretty good at it. When Kane and his mates, start rubbishing him, Neale's hot temper gets the better of him. Now he's in a shoot-out with Kane, but that's only the start of his troubles. A sudden landslide cuts the two boys off from help and they realise they have to put aside their differences if they are to survive.

Aim High by David Hill. Neale's sport is archery and he is pretty good at it…

Running the Rift / Naomi Benaron. Jean Patrick dreams of running in the Olympics, and with gruelling training he soon beats a world qualifying time. But his chances of success are threatened by the ethnic tensions erupting all around him. When Hutu violence against Tutsis finally crescendos and his homeland Rwanda is wracked by unforgivable atrocities, Jean Patrick, a Tutsi, has no choice but to run for his life abandoning fatherland, family, and the woman he loves.

Genocide is a difficult subject to write about, but Benaron has done a good job here. The story starts with Jean Patrick, a young .

SWIMMING. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

The Weight of Water

A brilliant story told in verse that is very easy to read but difficult to put down! Enter the world of Kasienka, travelling from Poland to find her father in Britain with nothing but her heart broken mother, a suitcase and an old laundry bag.

SAILING. Out on the Water: Twelve Tales from the Sea by Tessa Duder. Ten short stories, and two longer historical ones, bring to life the thrills and challenges of sailing, paddling and travelling on the seas around New Zealand. Accompanied by Bruce Potter’s vivid illustrations.

Monday, 3 November 2014 Out on the Water Twelve Tales of the Sea Tessa Duder; illustrated by Bruce Potter New collection ev.

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