ponti
 
Our May Book of the Month
Ponti

by Sharlene Teo

Dean says; Very cool; very strange in the right kind of way, from a fresh voice that is razor sharp. Set in a sticky sultry Singapore with three different time periods and three women’s perspectives. 2003 sees Szu a lonely teenage misfit living with her mother Amisa an aging horror one-hit-wonder and her charlatan Aunt performing seances. Szu befriends another misfit at school Circe and they delve into a short and intense friendship. There is nothing like this funny, clever and fascinating gem- it just had to be our book of the month!

Virginia says; The acronym of the word PONTI - Person Of No Tactical Importance- came to mind in my first reading of this exceptional novel, a characterisation of sorts embodied by Szu. Szu is the 16 year old daughter of a one time cult horror actress, Amisa who played a Pontianak in films Ponti one two and three. (Pontianak: the beautiful vampiric ghost of Malay myth who comprised of spirits of women who died while pregnant). An outsider, Szu lives with her mother and aunt: a (perhaps crooked) spiritual medium. Narrated by Szu, Amisa and Circe - this is an absorbing novel that spans contemporaneity and antiquity with fluidity and freshness.
 

 bob
 
Our May Kids' Book of the Month
Bob
 
by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

Mischa says; This has by far got to be the best author/illustrator collaboration ever!It’s been 5 years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Bob - a strange little creature she finds in the wardrobe - has been awaiting her return. Clue by clue, Livy and Bob unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from. A magical, endearing story about friendship, loyalty, and the power of imagination.

$16.99

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