Good Reading : August 2006
reader’s life Bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell talks about her new novel Read about Aayan Hirsi Ali and her shocking life Travel special! Marc Llewelyn on adventurous journeys Peter Olszewski on his year in Myanmar, land of a thousand eyes ORDER YOUR COPY NOW! NEXT ISSUE on sale 30 August The third gr subscriber to feature in this series, in which readers tell us a little about their life, where they live and what they read, is CAITLIN PARKER, who is just fourteen years old and lives in Victoria. My name is Caitlin Parker and I LOVE reading gr. I first came across the magazine when my Mum brought it home and I immediately attached myself to it and I wouldn’t let her have it back until I had read it from cover to cover twice. I am in year eight at Mentone Girls Secondary College. I have a tonne of favourite books, one of them being The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and another being Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce. One of my hobbies is playing soccer. My team just got together this year and it has taken a while for all of us to click together. Our first game was a friendly, meaning it doesn’t go towards the ladder, against Richmond, and as they had been playing together for a while, and I hadn’t even met some of the people on my team at that stage, they creamed us eight to zero. Recently we came up against this team again, and even though it wasn’t easy and by the end some of us wanted to just lie down and go to sleep, we won with a brilliant score of one to zero! Our first win of the season! Apart from reading and soccer, I also love listening to and making music. I’m grade four in violin and grade three in piano. I play with the Chamber Strings Ensemble at school and we recently perfor med in the Great Souther n Sounds concert. This was held at Hamer Hall in Melbour ne. Schools from all over Souther n Melbour ne participated in it and it was an extremely rewarding experience, but I think the best part was going for dinner at Southbank, where my friend Louise, who plays the cello, and I ate way too much food. I’m also in a band with some of my friends. We have a grand total of two or maybe three finished songs, but a heap of song lyrics that need backing music put to them. Our name is Nonexistent and for a long time we thought it was spelt Nonexistant; now my Mum keeps on making jokes about invisible ants. I hope that you enjoy reading gr as much as I do and send in your own story for everyone to read. If you would like to be featured in this series, email no more than 400 words about yourself along the lines above plus a photograph of you showing where you live or an aspect of your life to: email@example.com Above: Caitlin with just some of her collection of books. Left: Caitlin practising piano with help from Rover & Big Ted.