John Millen

Less than a week to save the world ... will they succeed?

Six Days By Philip Webb Published by Chicken House/Scholastic ISBN 97819064277

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

Futuristic tale shows young love will always find a way

Delirium By Lauren Oliver Published by Hodder/Hachette Children's Books ISBN 978 0 340 98093 4

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A powerful fantasy world full of atmosphere and mystery

The Keepers' Daughter By Gill Arbuthnott Published by Chicken House ISBN 978 1 05294 94 7

Nyssa never feels sorry for herself. She knows she is lucky to be living the life she has, even though her days are filled with hard work and questions. Nyssa doesn't know who she is.

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Girl on fire

'No one will forget me. The girl who was on fire'

A fully formed hero

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The cat that got the cream

If someone tells you that you look like the cat that got the cream, what do they mean? Listen to two conversations with people who look like 'the cat that got the cream', and then answer the questions.

Conversation 1

1 How old is Paul?

a. 18

b. 20

c. 17

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Boy seeks help to find real killer

Jasper Jones By Craig Silvey Published by Windmill Books ISBN 978 0099 537540

A knock on his bedroom window one summer night in 1965 changes the comfortable, innocent life of 13-year-old Charlie Bucktin.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

There's no place like home - to get you really scared

The Haunting of Charity Delafield By Ian Beck Published by The Bodley Head ISBN 978 0370 332109

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

As quick as a flash

'Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards. They are quick to anger'

J R R Tolkien (1892-1973), novelist

A quick question

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Good Deed Feed

Each morning at about 8.30, the TV programme Breakfast Time has a section called 'Good Deed Feed'. Viewers are invited to phone in to express their thanks to someone who has recently done them a good deed. Listen to yesterday's four callers and answer the questions.


1 Where was Kate when she fainted?

a. in the kitchen at home

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Thirsty work

When someone tells you he got rich through hard work, ask him 'whose?' - Don Marquis, American writer (1878 - 1937)

Work it out

The verb 'to work' has different meanings when it is used with the prepositions at/out/off/up. What do these phrases mean?

1 to work at (something)

a. to try hard to achieve something

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

It's just not fair!

Have you ever felt that something was really unfair? Listen to Ryan speaking to his friend, Maggie, about something he thinks was very unfair. Then answer these questions.

1 Who is Ryan complaining about?




2 When was the Ryan's birthday?

a. over a week ago

b. last month

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

True-life theatre tale grips readers

India Dark By Kirsty Murray Published by Templar ISBN 978 1 84877 210 6

Kirsty Murray's new novel is based on the true story of a troupe of Australian child performers who toured Asia in the early 1900s. It tells what happened when these exploited kids fought back against their cruel manager.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Grow your own gold

1 Where does Lena Pahlsson live?

a. b. c.

2 Lena has a big garden behind her house. In which part was she working when she made a surprising discovery?

a. b. c.

3 What was her reaction?

a. b. c.

4 Which is Lena's ring?

a. b. c.

5 When did Lena lose the ring?

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

High notes

Go to the Young Post website, choose 'Listening' from the menu and find the sound clip for this week's article. It relates to the questions below Listen to this interview with Max Jones, a member of the boy band Two Streets, and then answer the questions

1 How is the band's latest single different from the other tracks on their album?

a. it wasn't written by them

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus never grew tired of making music. He played the lyre and sang better than any other young man on the island of Thrace. Every morning, he would wake up with the sun and begin to make music to welcome the day.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am