Teenage saint

Teenage saint

Volume 17, Issue 17 Joan of Arc: The story of Jehanne Darc Lili Wilkinson, Black Dog Books, $16.95, 163 pages This non-fiction book for older children tells the story of the brave and strong Jehanne Darc, better known as St Joan of Arc. St Joan is a role model to girls in every age as they face the struggles of their own lives and Lili Wilkinson’s biography will help bring more recognition of the relevance of this 15th century saint in the 21st century.

Espionage action

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Starring Alex Pettyfer, Ewan McGregor, Mickey Rourke and Bill Nighy.
Directed by Geoffrey Sax. Rated PG. 93 minutes.

While adults have been absorbed by Ian Fleming’s James Bond spy novels and popular films for better than half a century, a younger generation of readers are more conversant with the adventures of Harry Potter and Alex Rider. Although the fame of J.K.Rowling’s boy wizard is acknowledged worldwide, the adventures of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider are best known to readers in the UK. So, the release of the film Stormbreaker has more of an impact for teenage audiences than on adults.

Fear to hope

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Scared Sacred
Documentary film by Velcrow Ripper. 105 minutes. Rated M.

In 1999 Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper is depressed at the state of the world. Refusing to sit at home and be morose, he sets out on a pilgrimage to seven ‘ground zeros’ on earth to see how the people there found hope in the midst of the evil they endured.

Silent disapproval

Melinda Tankard ReistVolume 17, Issue 16

Defiant Birth: Women Who Resist Medical Eugenics
Melinda Tankard Reist, Spinifex, RRP: $29.95

Lives that tell of God

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Blessed Among Women: Women Saints, Prophets and Witnesses of Our Time
Robert Ellsberg, Crossroad, $39.95, hardcover, 316 pages

All Saints presents an account of an exemplar of Christian faith and virtue for each day of the year. After its publication, some readers expressed disappointment that only around a quarter of those profiled in the book were women. Although that figure does reflect the breakdown of official Catholic saints according to gender, Ellsberg took up the challenge and Blessed Among Women is the result.