Next Book to Read: “After” by Sue Lawson – a novel.
Copies are available to borrow from the College.
You can collect a copy from from the front office between the hours of 8am and 4pm
and have the book checked out by either Helen Keogh Receptionist in the Front Office, or any other staff in the office.
The Parents & Friends Association invites all parents, carers and friends of the College to feel welcome to attend any or all of the Book Club gatherings.
The Book Club Gathering will be held in the Library on a Tuesday from 7pm (with supper afterwards)
A poignant and thought provoking novel that steps between the before and after of a life changing event in such a way as to create a dramatic and intriguing story.
Shortlisted: 2010 Australian Family Therapists Award for Children’s Literature Yabba Children’s Choice Book Awards 2012 Shortlist, Fiction for Years 7 – 9.
What happens when you’re not the coolest kid in school anymore?
CJ Alexander has been shipped off to the country to live with his grandparents, who he has never met.
Here he tries to avoid his past, but no matter what he does, he can’t outrun the truth.
After is a book about the challenges that confront teenagers as they negotiate their way
through this period of their lives, and the terrible consequences of reckless behaviour.
From a teenage perspective, the book might also be described as being about the
pressures they face to be cool.
The novel has a number of themes:
- coping with tragedy;
- friendships, especially the
ones that aren’t good for you;
- family dysfunction;
- peer pressure and
- the need to fit in and be accepted
- the centrality of sport in small rural communities;
- city versus
The story’s main protagonist is Callum, a city teenager, who is banished to his
grandparents’ farm following his involvement in the tragic death of his best friend Nic. He
arrives feeling abandoned, unworthy and angry. To make matters worse, his grandparents
— for reasons he does not yet fully understand — do not initially want him there. His
grandmother is particularly unwelcoming. At the local school he suffers from bullying,
once again for reasons he does not yet fully understand. Football, indirectly, caused
Callum’s crisis; ironically it is football that helps him on the road to recovery, along with his
friendship with Benny, a boy with an acquired brain injury. Secrets are revealed, and with
his grandfather’s help, the healing begins.After is one of those wonderful hard-to-put-down books that encourages reading and
makes it such a pleasure. Thought-provoking and totally absorbing, teenagers should
enjoy it immensely. Given the angst that teenagers can experience growing up, and
the fraught nature of some of their adolescent relationships, After is a story that should
resonate strongly with them.The novel is easy to read with a wonderfully-drawn cast of characters. It is, moreover,
well constructed with before chapters interspersed with the other chapters, creating
tension and a heightened sense of anticipation as the novel builds to its climax. Highly
If you enjoying reading, socialising and meeting other parents, carers or friends of the College, then please feel welcome to attend any or all of the gatherings of the Parents & Friends Association’s Book Club.