6. The Yu Kan-do It Karate Dojo – LiOS

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‘The Yu Kan-do It Karate dojo looks like a cross between a Japanese tea house and a medieval torture chamber’ – pg 134

When we emailed Melissa to ask if Mike’s karate dojo was based on a real one, she replied with that while she didn’t want to base it off her old karate school, quite a similarities did sneak in. Melbourne Kyokushin Karate is in the Banana Alley vaults near Flinders Street Station and I quite enjoyed visiting this location because even tho the dojo is initially mentioned in the above quote, it’s also the scene of this hilarious moment later on in LiOS when Sam is trying to get Mike to forgive him after they’ve had a fight. It’s one of my fave parts because it’s so ridiculous and I remember laughing my head off when I read it for the first time (as well as every time since). We went there on a Sunday so there wasn’t a lot going on – it looked mostly empty from the outside when we were trying to discreetly peer in so we got our pic and left pretty quickly, but it was a nice walk, even though it was a bit longer than we expected because google maps didn’t know how to direct us there, onya google maps.

– Rachel

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5. Brighton Beach – LiOS

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‘Apparently, I am going to a beach party… I’ve never been out to Brighton. When the train pulls into the station, we pile onto the platform in a confusion of bags and towels…’ – pgs 96 & 103

I mean, how lucky are we?  Not only does Australia have the best YA authors, but they also write scenes in their books that mean we get to visit some of the best beaches in the world.  #grateful.

When we pulled up in the car park we saw that they had a Mr Whippy van which was super exciting.  So we scrounged all our change together and bought an ice-cream each.  Actually – I’m pretty sure Rachel paid for mine and I probs owe her money for that… Then we strolled along the beach, eating ice-cream and not being able to converse properly because of the wind.  It was pretty great.

-Annette

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4. Minotaur – LiOS

 

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‘So are we still on for Minotaur tomorrow?’ – pg 64

Confession: I’d never been into Minotaur before going for LiOS book tour reasons and Annette promised me life size cut outs of Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes so I was pretty excited. But Minotaur didn’t deliver on this, therefore I don’t like Minotaur.

Juuuuuuuust kidding. Minotaur is the average nerd’s dream shop. It truly is pop culture galore and you could spend an entire afternoon in there and not get bored. I like that the shop is underground too, it’s like a Cave of Wonders in the Melbourne CBD. Also, that purple sign totally lures you in.

– Rachel

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3. The Kino Cinema – LiOS

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‘The Kino is one of my top five favourite cinemas…’ – pg 58

Because I am not Rachel and I have a terrible memory (srsly people, she’s like rain man) I could never remember when or why the Kino was referenced in the book and I kept picturing it as a pub (any one else remember playing Keno as a kid?). Turns out it’s actually much nicer than a pub.

The Kino is a cinema which we did not go into, but it looks much fancier than my local (although Eastland does now have reclining seats in all cinemas).  I mean, check out that font!  We visited this location towards the end of the day and, while I was pretty tired, I also thought it necessary to try to ruin every one of Rachel’s photos.  I succeeded.

-Annette

We Need To Talk About Melina Marchetta

So we filmed and posted this video back in March and tweeted out the YouTube link a few times but didn’t put it on the blog for some reason, and what the hell, past us?! I mean, the very reason this blog exists is because of our eternal love for Melina Marchetta and her books. As if we don’t put this video on here? HOW WILL PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT.

So anyway, to celebrate the release of TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL *cough* 1 month later *cough*, hows about you give this video another watch, even if you’ve already seen it? 13 minutes and nineteen seconds of glorious content including bloopers and this intense moment concerning Jimmy Hailler and you also get to hear about my weirdo fantasy involving Lucian of the Monts. Go on, you know you want to.

You will, however, need to ignore the fact that the release of TtTStD means it now needs to be updated (fuuuuuuuuuuuck).

– Rachel

The #LoveOzYA tag

Sooooooooo Kirsti (Melbourne on my Mind) tagged us in her #LoveOzYA video (an original tag by her) back in January and it took us 8 months but WE FINALLY DID IT SO HERE IT IS WOO. We love recommending Aussie YA and I’m really proud of the amount of books we were able to cram in to this video. Well done us (and thanks so much to Kirsti for the tag, we had a lot of fun and loved your prompt for each question).

– Rachel