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  1. 1. If I Stay / Gayle Forman Seventeen-year-old Mia may have an almost perfect life. She’s a senior in high school and recently auditioned for Julliard. She’s dating Adam, the lead singer and guitarist of a band, and she has a good relationship with her parents. Quite honestly, she really doesn’t have anything to complain about. Then on a snowy February day, her life forever changes. The choice is no longer should she move to New York City and pursue her dream or stay in Oregon to be with her family or Adam. The choice she now has to make is between life and death. If I Stay is told in the present after the car accident as Mia watches herself in a coma. Her family and friends arrive at the hospital to wait, hope and pray for her. The story also unfolds by flashbacks of Mia and her family. It’s in these flashbacks where the reader comes to understand the intensity of her relationship with her parents, younger brother Teddy and Adam. When Mia overhears an ICU nurse speaking with her grandparents, she realizes she can either choose life or death. “You might think that the doctors or nurses or all this is running the show,” she says, gesturing to the wall of medical equipment. “Nuh-uh. She’s running the show. Maybe she’s just biding her time. So you talk to her. You tell her to take all the time she needs, but to come on back. You’re waiting for her.” (p. 69) It’s not until Adam arrives to see her that Mia comes to understand the impact her decision will have. Not only for her, but also for Adam and her friends and family. Although If I Stay is a young adult novel, adult readers will be moved by the story too. It’s a beautifully written story that I highly recommend .
  2. 2. They told me I had to write this / Kim Miller <ul><li>Clem is a boy in strife. Blamed for the death of his mother, carrying a terrible secret form </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 5 and In trouble with the police, he’s now in a school for toxic teenagers. And that </li></ul><ul><li>rev-head school counsellor wants him to write letters. Through his writing Clem goes deep </li></ul><ul><li>into the trauma that has defined his life. Then he comes face to face with his mother’s death. </li></ul><ul><li>In a rush of bush bike racing, the death of one student and the consequent arrest of another; </li></ul><ul><li>an unexpected first girlfriend, and some surprising friendships, Clem’s story is the celebration </li></ul><ul><li>of a boy who finds an unexpected future. </li></ul><ul><li>They told me I had to write this is also a great read and a novel worthy of study and </li></ul><ul><li>discussion. It raises a range of issues that will be of interest to students and a number of </li></ul><ul><li>different characters who are guaranteed to divide opinion and provoke debate. The story is </li></ul><ul><li>told in an imaginative manner, giving teachers plenty of scope to discuss point of view and </li></ul><ul><li>subjectivity in narrative. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Infidel / Ali, Ayaan Hirsi <ul><li>An extremely enlightening and thought-provoking </li></ul><ul><li>book, this is one I wouldn't have normally picked up </li></ul><ul><li>had we not read it for our book group. Ayaan Hirsi Ali </li></ul><ul><li>is an amazing woman who has the guts to bring to the </li></ul><ul><li>forefront what almost no other women of the Muslim </li></ul><ul><li>faith have managed to do. Not only was I enlightened, </li></ul><ul><li>but I was truly horrified by the brainwashing that </li></ul><ul><li>women of Islam are victims of. No matter what faith or </li></ul><ul><li>nationality you originate from, submission to such the </li></ul><ul><li>degree that is prominent in Islamic countries is just </li></ul><ul><li>wrong and a human cruelty. While war is not the </li></ul><ul><li>answer, I realize that after reading this, awareness of </li></ul><ul><li>the problem needs to expand. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Immortal / Michael Panckridge <ul><li>In 1957, a secret operation takes place to recover </li></ul><ul><li>powerful elixir. The elixir, stolen from a family in Japan, </li></ul><ul><li>has the power to give immortality to anyone who is </li></ul><ul><li>injected with the potion. Jeremy Brighton, the agent </li></ul><ul><li>responsible for recovering the potion, fails in his mission. </li></ul><ul><li>Further, he is accidentally injected with the elixir. There is </li></ul><ul><li>only one witness to the scene at Channel Point – a small </li></ul><ul><li>boy who has left Sea Cottage, a holiday home for children, </li></ul><ul><li>in the dead of night to explore the cliff tops that look out to </li></ul><ul><li>sea. Jeremy manages to kill the courier who is bringing </li></ul><ul><li>the potion into the country, but finds himself trapped in </li></ul><ul><li>a tunnel deep below the sand dunes. The small bottle of </li></ul><ul><li>potion is left with him in the tunnel. Left to rot without food </li></ul><ul><li>or water, Jeremy discovers that he is not dying. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Last of the Braves / Archimede Fusillo <ul><li>A young adult novel about an Australian-Italian teenage boy Alex, whose </li></ul><ul><li>mother is dying. Alex is a painter, and all his life his mother has encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>him to learn about Michelangelo Caravaggio’s life and works. Can Alex come </li></ul><ul><li>to terms with his mother’s death, his relationships with his brother, his father </li></ul><ul><li>and friends, and his acceptance of who he really is? </li></ul><ul><li>Unflinching, realistic dialogue, vivid imagery, streaks of black humour and </li></ul><ul><li>accessible prose characterize the writing style. This is Archie’s most ambitious </li></ul><ul><li>novel to date. It contains a story within a story: a historical account of </li></ul><ul><li>Caravaggio’s last years, and the style in these passages is more ornate and </li></ul><ul><li>rawer, to convey a sense of the amateur author (the main character’s mother), </li></ul><ul><li>who is supposed to have written these passages. </li></ul><ul><li>Archie’s Italian background adds an extra dimension to his writing, in his use of </li></ul><ul><li>recognizable Italian words, such as basta / silenzio. In this novel he also </li></ul><ul><li>makes small but effective use of Latin phrases (nec spe nec metu) to convey </li></ul><ul><li>the Caravaggio story and the Latin helps link the contemporary and historical </li></ul><ul><li>stories. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dinosaur Knights / Michael Gerard Bauer <ul><li>Tens of millions of years before the earliest humans would tread the same earth, a giant </li></ul><ul><li>theropod lowered its snout to the forest floor and sniffed. It was almost time. A second, more </li></ul><ul><li>urgent, need now joined the bitter hunger already clawing away in its stomach. The big </li></ul><ul><li>dinosaur arched its neck skyward and stared with unblinking eyes through the edges of the </li></ul><ul><li>forest to the flood plain below. Soon a small parcel of air laced with promise of warm flesh and </li></ul><ul><li>brittle bone streamed through its nostrils. </li></ul><ul><li>Dinosaur Knights brings together the past, the even further past and the near future. An </li></ul><ul><li>ambitious team of scientists, backed by private interests, hope to transport a live dinosaur to the </li></ul><ul><li>future by stretching time. A sceptical investigative journalist has been flown in from Australia to </li></ul><ul><li>record the anticipated culmination of years of research. The viewpoint changes constantly as </li></ul><ul><li>the reader experiences life in the different time zones. In the future, the journalist seeks to </li></ul><ul><li>understand the motivation for wanting a live dinosaur. In the middle ages, twin boys of </li></ul><ul><li>complementary natures (one a would-be warrior, the other a would-be healer) struggle to save </li></ul><ul><li>their father from a corrupt official. And in the prehistoric past, a carnivore dinosaur hunts. </li></ul><ul><li>Tension escalates as a thread is pulled through all three times. </li></ul><ul><li>Knights, dinosaurs and modern science are an unusual combination given their existences </li></ul><ul><li>didn’t ever overlap. Or did they? Bauer postulates a scientific ‘what if?’ and creates a film </li></ul><ul><li>scene-like story where the impossible happens. The short chapters and scene-shifting from </li></ul><ul><li>time period to time period keeps the pace a-cracking. Symbols at the start of each chapter </li></ul><ul><li>make it clear which period is hosting the action. Then it changes when the dinosaur is stranded </li></ul><ul><li>in the middle ages and the chapter headings cue the viewpoint character/s. Quotes from </li></ul><ul><li>Einstein accompany each of the three parts. Along the way, morals and ethics are examined – </li></ul><ul><li>in an age appropriate way – and provide ample opportunity for discussion. In the future, the </li></ul><ul><li>scientist and the journalist both investigate in their own way. In the middle ages, two boys suffer </li></ul><ul><li>for the politicking of others in the castle and in the time of the dinosaurs, the therapod seeks to </li></ul><ul><li>survive. A thrilling story which lasts beyond the final words. Recommended for upper primary </li></ul><ul><li>readers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Posse / Kate Welshman <ul><li>Amy and her best friends--the Posse--are at year 11 </li></ul><ul><li>camp and they’re bored. In one night everything will </li></ul><ul><li>change. Friendships will be bested and broken; careers </li></ul><ul><li>will hang in the balance; and everything Amy knows </li></ul><ul><li>about her friends and her family will be ripped away. </li></ul><ul><li>A bizarre home life is the background for the story that </li></ul><ul><li>unfolds as Amy and her best friend become involved in a </li></ul><ul><li>scandal with an instructor at a school camp. With </li></ul><ul><li>themes ranging from the nature of adolescent </li></ul><ul><li>friendships and the lies people tell to themselves and </li></ul><ul><li>each other to the politics of sexual assault. </li></ul><ul><li>Posse is always balanced and thoughtful, considering </li></ul><ul><li>all the options and forcing readers to confront their own </li></ul><ul><li>prejudices and perceptions </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Winds of Heaven / Judith Clarke <ul><li>Oh, how different from home all this was! How different from thirty-three Willow Street! You could </li></ul><ul><li>even smell the difference: a mixture of sun and dust, wild honey and the smoky tang from the </li></ul><ul><li>old kerosene </li></ul><ul><li>fridge on the back verandah. And you could smell feelings, too – Clementine was sure of it: you </li></ul><ul><li>Could smell anger and hatred and disappointment and jagged little fears. The anger smelled like </li></ul><ul><li>iron and the disappointment smelled like mud. When Clementine meets her cousin Fan, she </li></ul><ul><li>thinks Fan is strong and beautiful. Fan doesn’t care what other people think, and she is sure her </li></ul><ul><li>life will be different from her mother’s. She calls Clementine her </li></ul><ul><li>sister. But they live far apart and as the girls grow towards adulthood their lives become </li></ul><ul><li>increasingly </li></ul><ul><li>different. Whilst Clementine finishes school and heads for university, Fan leaves school as soon </li></ul><ul><li>as she can and looks for love, in a search that seems destined for failure. Can their bond, and </li></ul><ul><li>Fan’s determination to be different, be enough to make that difference in Fan’s life? </li></ul><ul><li>The Winds of Heaven is a beautiful, moving novel set primarily in 1950s Australia. The lives of </li></ul><ul><li>the girls are in many ways contrasted – one from a stable, city family, the other from a broken, </li></ul><ul><li>rural, home –and, as they grow, the contrast become more marked as Clementine enters the </li></ul><ul><li>world of university, working towards the future her parents have long dreamt of her having, whilst </li></ul><ul><li>Fan struggles with an unhappy teen marriage and motherhood, unable to escape a life which </li></ul><ul><li>echoes her mother’s. Yet the two share a special bond, and also a need to find their true identity </li></ul><ul><li>This is a moving story, with Fan’s life moving in a seemingly inevitable chain of events </li></ul><ul><li>Foreshadowed by the older Clementine looking back on events of her childhood. Clarke is an </li></ul><ul><li>insightful writer, with the characters’ complex lives and personalities making them come alive to </li></ul><ul><li>the reader. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fire Song / Libby Hathorn <ul><li>Fire Song is set in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in the 1950’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Twelve-year-old Ingrid Crowe’s family is desperately poor. Ingrid, her </li></ul><ul><li>four-year-old sister Pippa and their mother have come to live at their </li></ul><ul><li>late grandmother’s house in Blackheath, near the highest point in the </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Mountains. Ingrid’s beloved brothers, Freddy and Charlie, have </li></ul><ul><li>been sent to a foster home on the other side of the mountains at </li></ul><ul><li>Wallerawang, because her mother simply can’t support them. </li></ul><ul><li>The Blackheath house is one Ingrid has always loved. So when her </li></ul><ul><li>mother tells her that she must help burn the house down to get the </li></ul><ul><li>insurance money, it seems like a double betrayal: first, of Ingrid’s </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of right and wrong; and secondly of her grandmother’s </li></ul><ul><li>memory, and all the magical times they have shared there in the past. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bog Child / Siobhan Dowd <ul><li>This is a lovely book about an unlovely time and place – a grim </li></ul><ul><li>Northern Irish town in the early ‘80s. Fergus and his family are </li></ul><ul><li>appealing characters living through exceptionally difficult events, and </li></ul><ul><li>the parallel story of the long-ago life of Mel, the bog child, seen through </li></ul><ul><li>Fergus’ troubled dreams, adds resonance and depth to the story. Especially </li></ul><ul><li>touching is Fergus’ forbidden friendship with a young British border guard, </li></ul><ul><li>And his family’s division and desperation over his brother Joe’s hunger </li></ul><ul><li>strike: “Oh, Joe. The consequences. On you, on us, on all of us. Did you </li></ul><ul><li>think of them? Did you?” </li></ul><ul><li>Basing the story on real events at the Long Kesh prison, the late author, </li></ul><ul><li>British herself, assumes that her readers know all about the Troubles, and </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the terminology of Provos and Unionists and Sinn Fein (IRA). </li></ul><ul><li>She helps them out with only the briefest of Author’s Notes, and no glossary. </li></ul><ul><li>American teens will need some help with context, either by explaining it to </li></ul><ul><li>them or pointing them towards researching it for them-selves. Without that </li></ul><ul><li>context the story is still readable, but makes a whole lot less sense. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Book from Baden Dark / James Moloney <ul><li>Marcel and his cousin Fergus are now fifteen and his sister Nicola has just turned </li></ul><ul><li>seventeen. While Nicola begins to learn the skills she will one day need as a queen, </li></ul><ul><li>Marcel has been sent to perfect his sorcery with the help of the great sages of Noam. </li></ul><ul><li>Marcel impresses the teachers with his magic and, as challenge, his tutor, Dominie </li></ul><ul><li>Suskin, brings him a dusty book bound in green leather, which even the Grand Master </li></ul><ul><li>has not been able to decipher. Marcel senses a connection to the Book of Lies and </li></ul><ul><li>eager to be rid of it, conjures a spell that allows Suskin to read some of its pages without </li></ul><ul><li>studying them himself. Soon after this, Suskin leaves Noam and the green book goes </li></ul><ul><li>missing. </li></ul><ul><li>Marcel is suddenly summoned home to help his elf friend, Bea, whose </li></ul><ul><li>grandfather has been taken prisoner beneath the great mountain. Together </li></ul><ul><li>with Fergus, the three travel underground, into the much-feared realm of </li></ul><ul><li>Baden Dark, only to discover Marcel’s old teacher, Suskin, and the green </li></ul><ul><li>book. Looking more closely at its pages, Marcel now sees a far greater </li></ul><ul><li>significance in this journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Marcel believes he is facing his ultimate destiny – to rid the world of evil once and for all. </li></ul><ul><li>He seems ready to sacrifice everything for this, but is he ready to sacrifice the love of </li></ul><ul><li>Bea as well? Has his great magic blinded him to what is truly good and fooled him into </li></ul><ul><li>believing sorcery is more powerful than life itself? </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Sea-wreck Stranger / Anna Mackenzie <ul><li>Ness, Ty and their cousin Sophie live in a small island community: </li></ul><ul><li>a community that has turned its back on the sea, and on its own </li></ul><ul><li>past. </li></ul><ul><li>When the arrival of a stranger forces all three to question the world </li></ul><ul><li>they know-a world dominated by superstition, fear and loss-they </li></ul><ul><li>each have a choice to make. Rebelling against the harsh austerity </li></ul><ul><li>of her life, Ness chooses to follow the sea currents running in her </li></ul><ul><li>blood. It proves a choice that risks everything-including her own </li></ul><ul><li>life. </li></ul><ul><li>With its strong cast of characters, Anna Mackenzie’s novel is a </li></ul><ul><li>perceptive study of small societies and their often poisonous </li></ul><ul><li>interpersonal relationships. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The fury in the fire / Henning Mankell <ul><li>Sofia has lost her father and two sisters, one in the land-mine accident </li></ul><ul><li>that also caused Sofia to lose her legs (in the first book, Secrets in the </li></ul><ul><li>Fire), and the other to AIDS (Playing with Fire). But she proves herself </li></ul><ul><li>to be a survivor who fights against all the odds and the horrors that her </li></ul><ul><li>existence brings, to make a better life for herself and her family. </li></ul><ul><li>In this story, Sofia appears to have finally made it. At twenty years old, </li></ul><ul><li>she has a loving husband and healthy children. While Sofia supports </li></ul><ul><li>her mother and family in the village, Armando travels to the city to work, </li></ul><ul><li>only coming home on weekends. But one Saturday night Armando is </li></ul><ul><li>very late, and as he stands in the shadows beyond the firelight, Sofia </li></ul><ul><li>knows he is hiding something from her. She makes her way to town, to </li></ul><ul><li>find out what he is doing and her world is shattered by his infidelity and </li></ul><ul><li>his actions. Sofia is a courageous role model for teenage girls and her </li></ul><ul><li>story is inspirational. </li></ul><ul><li>Henning Mankell writes eloquently in simple prose that reflects Sofia’s </li></ul><ul><li>situation. His uncomplicated language and narrative illuminates the </li></ul><ul><li>pathos of Sofia’s life while highlighting her courage. We may </li></ul><ul><li>sympathise with Sofia, but we never pity her. </li></ul>
  14. 14. After / Sue Lawson <ul><li>After CJ Alexander’s best friend Nic Zanchi dies, CJ plummets from being the most </li></ul><ul><li>popular kid in school to the most hated. Desperate to help her son, Maeve sends CJ </li></ul><ul><li>to live with her parents at Marrook. </li></ul><ul><li>CJ, who has never met his grandparents, quickly discovers the invisibility he longs for is </li></ul><ul><li>impossible in the tight-knit community where his grandfather is a legend. </li></ul><ul><li>At Marrook, Callum builds a relationship with Grandpa, but Nan remains remote, cold and </li></ul><ul><li>nasty, making it clear that she has wiped her daughter from her life and doesn’t want </li></ul><ul><li>Callum around. </li></ul><ul><li>At school, Callum and footy star Jack Frewen take an instant dislike to each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Disabled boy Luke “Benny” Bennett, however, is drawn to Callum and their friendship </li></ul><ul><li>grows, much to Frewen’s fury. At school, Frewen tells Callum that his father, Woosher, </li></ul><ul><li>caused the accident that left Luke disabled and killed Luke’s brother. After punching </li></ul><ul><li>Frewen, memories of Nic’s death flood Callum and he flees on his bike. Luke follows, but </li></ul><ul><li>falls. When Callum sees Luke lying motionless on the side of the road, he’s convinced </li></ul><ul><li>he has caused the death of another friend. Luke’s friendship and Grandpa’s trust and love </li></ul><ul><li>give Callum the courage to talk for the first time about Nic’s death and about his guilt. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Fill out this application and wait over there / Ruth Starke <ul><li>It’s the first day of the New Year and Hailee Moxi has just been dumped by SMS. Rather </li></ul><ul><li>than wallow, Hailee chooses to look at the big picture. One year from now, she’ll be </li></ul><ul><li>dancing on a beach in Thailand. Now that school’s over, Hailee isn’t interested in </li></ul><ul><li>university life. Instead she decides to tackle casual employment. A year of work will fund </li></ul><ul><li>a year of backpacking through Asia. Her second interview, arranged courtesy of her </li></ul><ul><li>mother, at the local supermarket, is marginally better, and she wins a position as a </li></ul><ul><li>checkout operator. </li></ul><ul><li>Supermarket culture is wildly different to anything Hailee imagined: casual employees are </li></ul><ul><li>pitted against permanent employees, office gossip is rampant and a few dates with a deli </li></ul><ul><li>worker amount to prime meat at discounted prices. Hailee lands a casual job looking </li></ul><ul><li>after the Bulletin Board at the Suburban Echo, a free local paper her technologically inept </li></ul><ul><li>father writes entertainment reviews for. It turns out ‘looking after the Bulletin Board’ </li></ul><ul><li>loosely translates to ‘being harassed by itate callers’. Mick offers the cadetship to Hailee </li></ul><ul><li>and the opportunity to be editorial assistant for a new magazine supplement. As it turns </li></ul><ul><li>out, backpacking is losing its appeal, and Hailee chooses instead to have a month in </li></ul><ul><li>Thailand with her </li></ul><ul><li>friend Micheal. After all, being an editor at a glossy magazine does have a certain appeal! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Measuring Up / G.J. Stroud <ul><li>How long has it been since you’ve felt the sand between your toes? Johah is </li></ul><ul><li>seventeen when a Siren called Amity washes up from the ocean and calls his name. </li></ul><ul><li>His mates are impressed, but Jonah is terrified. He’s a virgin, his older brother’s just </li></ul><ul><li>come out and the Siren ‘just wants to be friends’. What’s a boy to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Measuring UP captures the voice of surfer Jonah Worthy as he journeys through his </li></ul><ul><li>final year at high school. Themes of homosexuality, virginity and peer pressure are </li></ul><ul><li>explored with humour and sensitivity. The characters struggle to meet the expectations </li></ul><ul><li>of those around them, whilst trying to meet the almost unachievable expectations they </li></ul><ul><li>place on themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Identity and self-respect arrive like a new tide within Jonah’s life, creating waves he’s </li></ul><ul><li>not sure he can negotiate. Gradually, Jonah begins to discover the person he’d like to </li></ul><ul><li>become. And, while avoiding the bigger issues of study and final exams, he </li></ul><ul><li>recognises the smaller things that truly matter. </li></ul><ul><li>This story deals with the pressures we put upon ourselves and the delicate nature of </li></ul><ul><li>the relationships we experience as we define ourselves. The heart of Measuring Up is </li></ul><ul><li>Jonah’s personal growth as he realises that ‘he’ll be okay’. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Loving Richard Feynman / Penny Tangey <ul><li>Loving Richard Feynman is a contemporary, realistic story for young adults told through </li></ul><ul><li>a series of letters written by fourteen-year-old Catherine to the deceased, Nobel Prize- </li></ul><ul><li>winning scientist, Richard </li></ul><ul><li>Feynman. Catherine, who is socially awkward and a self-confessed nerd, loves science </li></ul><ul><li>and idolises the American physicist who helped build the first atomic bomb. She decides </li></ul><ul><li>to write to him in an attempt to unload her thoughts and feelings. Catherine finds this </li></ul><ul><li>much easier than trying to communicate with someone who’s real. </li></ul><ul><li>Catherine is an only child who has a very close bond with her scientist father. He often </li></ul><ul><li>mentors her through, not only school work, but friendship issues as well. Catherine’s </li></ul><ul><li>world is thrown into chaos when her parents separate as a result of her father’s infidelity. </li></ul><ul><li>Her father-her rock-has let her down. She confides even more in Richard Feynman. </li></ul><ul><li>As the narrative progresses, Catherine’s insecurities, fears and misinterpretations of her </li></ul><ul><li>journey through adolescence slowly unravel. This is parallelled with her decreasing </li></ul><ul><li>admiration for her idol as she discovers more about Feynman’s personality and his </li></ul><ul><li>discoveries. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Trotsky. Lenin. </li></ul><ul><li>Trotsky: Leon Trotsky was one of the architects of the Russian Revolution and creator of the Red Army. Using archival footage and personal memories, this documentary looks at the life and ideas of the revolutionary who was Stalin's first and greatest enemy. </li></ul><ul><li>Lenin: documents the rise of Lenin, the 1917 Marxist revolution in Russia and the foundation of the Soviet Union. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Liberal rule: the politics that changed Australia </li></ul><ul><li>The 1996-2007 Howard government made the most determined attempt to change Australian society since the brief and revolutionary Whitlam era of the early 1970s. Was it successful? SBS presents a provocative consideration of how this country changed as a result of one man’s determination to make his particular mark. Liberal Rule explores the political evolution of John Howard, examines the defining elements of his legacy: economic management, industrial reform, social and cultural reform and the recalibration of foreign policy, reveals the Howard motivations and strategies and the impact on Australia and its people. </li></ul><ul><li>View introduction: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =SQaNr000yMI </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>The path to nuclear fission: the story of of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn </li></ul><ul><li>A portrait of the tumultuous times and the lives of two remarkable scientists, whose extraordinary collaboration culminated in the discovery of nuclear fission, the splitting of the atom changing the future. The program explores the development of atomic science in the first part of the twentieth century, Meitner's early struggles for an education and her efforts to make her way in the male dominated world of physics, Hahn's early work and independent discoveries, the remarkable collaboration between the two, and the racial persecution and political oppression that resulted in Meitner's name being excluded from the fission discovery, and the Nobel Prize going to Hahn alone. </li></ul><ul><li>View introduction: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v = jzKjntJqUZk </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Gattaca </li></ul><ul><li>As one of the last &quot;natural&quot; humans born into genetically engineered world, Vincent Freeman has none of the &quot;pre-ordered&quot; DNA that will guarantee him success. Desperate to realise his dream of exploring space, Vincent assumes the identity of a genetically superior athlete in order to gain employment at the Gattaca Aerospace Corporation. But when a single cell from any part of his body could betray him, how long can the truth remain hidden when we all shed 500 million cells every day? </li></ul><ul><li>View introduction: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =N6zvCmQAHQc </li></ul>
  22. 25. <ul><li>To Russia with love: the great radio war </li></ul><ul><li>The story of the Cold War from a most unusual perspective: Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty: a radio station for the countries behind the Iron Curtain. Conceived as a propaganda instrument and financed by the CIA, RFE over the years changed its face and provided the people under Soviet rule with information and news not available to them in any other form. Today the radio station is seen as one of the most successful enterprises of the CIA, and some claim that the peaceful end of the cold war is largely due to its broadcasts. </li></ul>