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Reena's Rainbow

by Dee white & Tracie Grimwood

ISBN 9781925335491

Published by EK Books

For ages 4+

 

A heartwarming story about Reena who cannot hear, but sees everything and is very observant and Dog who is homeless. Reena get annoyed that she doesn't always fit in , she longs to be the same as other children, but she soon finds out that she can and so can Dog. Charmingly illustrated, it is an ideal read for children who are different for whatever reason and who long to be part of the popular crowd.

 

 

Ginger Green Play Date Queen

The Cute Friend

by Kim Kane & Jon Davis

ISBN 9781760129613

Published by Hardie Egmont Books

For ages 4+

 

Play dates are fun, but what happens when Daya and Ginger get it all wrong?  What will happen, will Ginger get upset? Play dates are a fabulous way to explore friendships and social etiquette in a way young readers will love. In this fun series for young readers, the clever Ginger Green navigates a range of tricky social situations with  gentle humour. This book is ideal  for any child who is making their way from picture books into chapter books.

 

 

 

 

Bear Grylls Adventures

The Blizzard Challenge

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN9781786960122



 

Written to inspire young survival experts. Would be survival expert Olly is not enjoying camp, what with his rucksack trying to kill him and when building a shelter he's getting splinters!  Things  do change - one night when a mysterious compass transports Olly onto a glacier where his guide Bear Grylls is waiting for him. Olly's only way home is to trek across frozen lakes and through deep snow drifts... brrr... and Bear can see there's a blizzard coming. A good fun and thrilling read for younger children.

 

 

How to Hypnotise a Droid

By Joshie Lefers

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN 9781760128005

 

 


Joshie Lefers may be a grown up, but he still acts a lot like a kid - so  he's now writing for kids. Like Joshie Hectic, the cheeky protagonist in Hectic Electric, Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life.Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life. One day, Joshie is eating breakfast when a fancy robot thingy arrives in a box. The cool thing? It’s actually an incredibly sophisticated droid. The not-so-cool thing? It’s programmed to babysit Joshie while his mum is at work, which just happens to be quite a lot of the time.  It's a fun read with quite a few comic illustrations, it's hectic while also heartwarming and ridiculously funny.

 

 

Undercover Princess

by Connie  Glynn

Published by Penguin UK

ISBN 978014137567

 

 

The story of a two girls, one longs to be a princess, she is a student at Rosewood Hall, she gets her wish as she swaps places with her friend a real Princess so that her friend can live the normal teenager life!  Lottie, the would-be princess suddenly enters   into the real world of royalty, a life  filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal.

Lottie must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she'll soon discover that reality doesn't always have the happily ever after.

 

A thrilling book for teenage girls with a  world of parties, politics and not-so-good princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series The Rosewood Chronicles.

 

 

My Life as a Hashtag

by Gabrielle Williams

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781760113681

 

 

 

If you have ever written and sent an email  you regretted a few moments or minutes later,  you'll understand how a 17 year old girl called  MC  felt. She's dealing with her parents who have split up and embarrassingly for her,  her mum is trawling through Tinder and one of her best friends hasn't invited her to the biggest party of the year, which she is watching unfold on social media! So what does she do, she gets mad... She soon finds out what the power of social media as her private rant unfolds and snowballs in the most public way possible.

Easy to read, it is shows the power of social media when not used in a positive way and what can happen, serving as  a good read for mid to older teens and young adults, or  for that matter - adults!

 

 

 

Exchange of Heart

by Darren Groth

Published by Penguin

ISBN 978143781578

 

 

 

The death of Munro Maddux's sister Evie has had a profound effect on him and he's stuck. It was Evie's wish to go on exchange to Australia, but since she died Munro decides to go in her place. Unable to get onto one of the exchange programs he would have preferred (they took one look at this school results and rejected his application) he goes with a group called YOLO because he thinks with a name like that they won't be too fussy who joins - and his suspicions are confirmed at the airport. It struck me that Munro is a bit of cynic, but then he has recently lost his sister and he is a teen! His host family do their best to welcome him and he is pleasant to them. Once he get to his new school Sussex High he find he has to join a volunteer program, finds out about Fair Go an assisted living residence with a coterie of residents. Munro idea of being on exchange is not what he expected but could it mend his heart.

A lively and well written book that is quite easy to read. Great for high school students.

 

 

Hello Goodbye

by Emily Brewin

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781925575101

 



The story of 17 year old May Callahan, whose mother follows her religion devoutly and who father although gentle is damaged. May's brother Sam has already left their rural home for the bright lights of Melbourne.

 

May takes the train to go and visit her brother Sam who lives in a share house with his housemates, Clancy an indigenous university students, Ruby who is a bit of a wild bohemian. When May meets them she realises this everything that her parents warned her about, their liberal thinking, their opposition to the Vietnam War. She knows what effect war can have,  it had a profound affect on her father. At first all seems wonderful, she has a good, in fact bright future in front of her, but then things change....

 

 

The Choke

by Sophie Laguna

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781760297244

 

 

 

This is 2015 Miles Franklin Award winning author, Sophie Laguna's third novel. Raised by her Pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway, Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, the place where the Murray River is so narrow that the banks almost touch. While it is a beautiful place can the river protect Justine from her criminal father who seeks to expose her to a lethal world?

 

She is often underestimated and overlooked, she is shy and silently observes the chaotic world around her. She needs to survive and so has to finds ways to do so. This is a rather haunting novel about a child navigating an often uncaring and a dark world of male power and violence in which adults often can't be trusted. The nature of human spirit breaks through to find compassion through the claustrophobic  vision of a child.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Moonlite

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132581

 

 

Andrew George Scott, as a lay preacher in the town of Mt Egerton in Victoria took everyone by surprise when they found out that he was in fact the masked villain and armed bank robber, who was known as Captain Moonlight.

 

This book in the series of Australian Bushrangers once again shows the sympathies for bushrangers at the time who they believed were hard done by and rather victims of the system.

 

Captain Moonlight upon release from prison led a rag tag bunch of young desperate men who staged a siege that would end in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. A rather interesting read.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Frank Gardiner

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132673

 

 

Frank Gardiner must be one of the most famous or infamous bushrangers who yielded great influence as a charismatic, clever and handsome looking fellow. Somehow he inspired many young men to abandon their honest work and the drudgery of their lives to turn to highway robbery instead.

 

He led the infamous Gold Escort Robbert at Eugowra Rocks and almost got away with the crime. He managed to escape to Queensland where he ran a public house until he was eventually and controversially arrested. The public petitioned on his behalf for an early release from prison which was granted amidst the storm of controversy.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Ben Hall

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132697

 

 

This book tells the story of Ben Hall's life and his notorious exploits as a bushranger and the events that lead to his ultimate betrayal and death.  He started out in life with good prospects but then met up with the notorious bushranger Frank Gardiner by whom he was heavily influenced.  Hall was a bushranger for three years  and his gang committed hundreds of  often violent robberies. For a while he was respected for his daring and courageous ways of outwitting the police. To some he was a hero  while to others he was a brutal criminal.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Paddy O'Melon

by Julia Cooper

Illustrated by Daryl Dickson

Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335637

 

 

An Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help wildlife on their adventures one day come across a young joey who has been separated from it's mum after falling asleep while hiding in some bushes from some black dogs that were chasing them. The family, the O'Melons look after and raise the young kangaroo along with their menagerie of other wildlife Paddy as he is named by dad O'Melon,  is keen to learn more about his human family, but also wants to know who he really is. Is he an Irish kangaroo?

A lovely book, beautifully written and illustrated.

 

Julia Cooper the author, from the UK but moved to Queensland and worked in wildlife education and rehabilitation. With her partner, Martin Cohen she was always busy caring for native animals from flying foxes to pademelons. Julia's passion included educating people, especially children about the wonders  of the natural world and for us to look after native wildlife.  In 2011 Julie sadly passed away from an auto-immune disease and has left this story as part of her legacy.

 

 

Through the Gate

by Sally Fawcett

 

Published by EK Books

ISBN:  9781925335415

 

Change can be difficult, challenging, even exciting, confusing and inspiring, but we can't avoid change and one things for certain, time changes all.

 

The story of change told through the eyes of a child who has moved house and struggling to cope with this big change. All she sees at first is this run down broken house, it's not a home, or the one she was used to. Gradually day by day as she arrives home from school and walks through the gate, she notices little changes happening, until one day she realises that it has become a lovely home with a beautiful garden, one to look forward to seeing every day after school. Life takes on a happier new meaning.

 

Ideal for playing the spot the differences as each page is turned to increase awareness of observation and showing that a little done step by step can bring good results. We loved the illustrations as well as the story.

 

 

Ella Saw the Tree

by Robert Vescio

illustrated by Cheri Hughes

Publishedby Big Sky Publishing

ISBN9781925520378

 


A delightful and entertaining book for young readers. Ella's mum helps her to realise all the good things happening around in her in their backyard, centred but she hasn't really noticed the big tree yet.

 

On a windy day the tree loses some of it's leaves and Ella is convinced it means the tree is crying and she wonders why she hadn't noticed the big tree before. She takes  time to smell, listen, feel and look - that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. Ella slows down and explores more to appreciate the world around her.

 

A good book to sit down and read with younger children and explore the lovely illustrations

 

 

Stripes in the Forest

The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine

by Aleesah Darlison

Illustrated by Shane McGrath

ISBN 9781925275711

 

 

A very moving story about the last Tasmanian tiger or wild thylacine that once mainland Australian and New Guinea and Tasmania, eventually confined Tasmania.

 

The story is told through the courageous mother thylacine about the past and  to protect them in the future, just as she protects her cubs from humans and other predators.

 

 An interesting way to teach children about protecting vulnerable species and respecting nature. Be aware it is also rather a sad story.

 

 

 

Little Witch
Secrets & Spells

by Aleesah Darlison

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781925520101

 

 

This is the first instalment in a new magical series for readers 8 years+.

A story of Courtney who is stuck in the sleepty town of Mixton Bay for summer - with no friends, no pizza shops and not TV. So she has to find her own entertainment and discovers an old book in her grandma's attic. That is when everything changes and it is up to her to uncover the truth behind this strange book and her mysterious grandma, that she never met.

She has a new friend, Justice who is a surfer boy and a rather special cat and between them Courtney's life doesn't just change, it's transformed, forever.

 

 

Being You is Enough and other important stuff

written and illustrated by Josh Langley

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275827


Being different is OK, not all everyone is perfect, people do make mistakes and what's perfect anyway?

A fun illustrated book, divided into chapters, well or sections, to help children through school life with 11 essential life affirming messages.

Superpowers abound, it's good to listen, daydream, have awesome thoughts, learn to change how you think instead of getting angry, make yourself a better person.

A good addition for home or school library.

 

 

 

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

by Irina Goundortseva


Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN:  9781925275964

 

 

 

A mozzie (mosquito) sees all the beautiful butterflies and admires them from afar. She wants to join them but they don't want her to because she's not pretty like them.

 

Not willing to include the Mozzie with the A Sharp Snozzie in their group, the Mozzie becomes creative, but then finds out being a butterfly is not necessarily always so good!

 

Without wishing to spoil the story, let's just say the Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie saves the day and realises  that just being your natural self is best.

 

 

Ollie's Treasure

by Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan

Published by EK Books

ISBN:  9781925335422

 


Ollie's grandmother knows that Ollie loves finding treasure so she gives him a treasure map with instructions of what to all along the way until he finds another note.

This leads Ollie on a journey of discovering the many wonderful things around him as he tries to find  what he hopes will be either a shiny new truck, maybe walkie talkies or a game he's been hankering after.

What Ollie discovers on this adventure is something unexpected, it's is that happiness is easy to find, if you know where to look.An interesting story to teach young children how to find happiness in things other than toys.  A good book with a simple but important story for all young children.
Do get it!

 

 

 

Tommy Bell - The Horse Thief

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925520064

 

 

All is going well for Tommy, he is popular, but now there's a new kid at school and he wants Tommy to join his gang, turns out it's not such a good idea because his friend is  trouble.

 

That's until he meet the bushranger while on holiday with his family. Tommy finds himself in the middle of a horse robbery, police chase and even an escape from prison.  While they're on holiday, Tommy asks his mum about the local bushranger, she vaguely remembers him and  looks up more information about him using her phone. Tommy becomes quite interested and it pleases his mum that he wants to know more about it.

 

 

Tommy Bell - Bushranger Boy

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275940



A bit of an adventure awaits as Tommy Bell, he's been told that he is going to his grandparents who live on a farm for the school holidays. He thinks its punishment for his bad behaviour, but it is not that at all.

 

The boy who thinks that history is sooo boring (just as school was closing for the holidays he got his history test results -  2 out 10). When he finds a cave from an old bushranger he soon finds out that history is anything but boring. Before long he is back in the days of the gold rush and find meets the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt and then, what is adventurous at first, becomes....

 

 

 

The FIX IT MAN

by Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston

Published by EK Books

ISBN:9781925335347



Its handy having a dad who fix things - just about anything. But what about the things that sticky tape and glue can't fix, like broken hearts?
Together a young girl and her dad face brief and heartache and discover that love can sometimes be the best glue of all.

A lovely book, beautifully illustrated and good story for bonding daughters and dads

 

 

Alana Oakley - Bloodlust Blunders

by Poppy Inkwell

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275803

 

 


Vampires, are Alana's new neighbours really vampires? Well, they're deathly pale, seem to know a lot and appears to be strange things happening. Alana's friends think they're definitely vampires, after all they've read about them.

 

Alana and her friends want to find out, they need to know and want to expose what's going on, even the resident loan shark and they want to meet Kylie Minogue.  Alana's 15th birthday is looming and she's not sure if she's dreading that event more, or will it be the kiss of immortality? With twists and turns in the story, she knows one things certain, she can't ask the lady in the living room.

 

 

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

by Irina Goundortseva


Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN:  9781925275964

 

 

 

A mozzie (mosquito) sees all the beautiful butterflies and admires them from afar. She wants to join them but they don't want her to because she's not pretty like them.

 

Not willing to include the Mozzie with the A Sharp Snozzie in their group, the Mozzie becomes creative, but then finds out being a butterfly is not necessarily always so good!

 

Without wishing to spoil the story, let's just say the Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie saves the day and realises  that just being your natural self is best.

 

 

The Leaky Story

by Devon Sillett and Anil Torto

Published by
EK Books

ISBN: 9781925335392

 

The Leaky Story may just get your younger child interested in books as it stretches the imagination taking the Blossburn family who are happily watching TV and playing video games on an amazing imaginary adventure.

 

There's a book sitting on their bookshelf that just can't wait to be read, but no-one is taking any notice of it, so the book swings into action. Slowly the family hearing dripping noises but they know that seems ridiculous, until the  adventure begins. This will be a fun book to read with your 3-7 year old and they'll love the illustrations.

 

 

 

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Reena's Rainbow

by Dee white & Tracie Grimwood

ISBN 9781925335491

Published by EK Books

For ages 4+

 

A heartwarming story about Reena who cannot hear, but sees everything and is very observant and Dog who is homeless. Reena get annoyed that she doesn't always fit in , she longs to be the same as other children, but she soon finds out that she can and so can Dog. Charmingly illustrated, it is an ideal read for children who are different for whatever reason and who long to be part of the popular crowd.

 

 

Ginger Green Play Date Queen

The Cute Friend

by Kim Kane & Jon Davis

ISBN 9781760129613

Published by Hardie Egmont Books

For ages 4+

 

Play dates are fun, but what happens when Daya and Ginger get it all wrong?  What will happen, will Ginger get upset? Play dates are a fabulous way to explore friendships and social etiquette in a way young readers will love. In this fun series for young readers, the clever Ginger Green navigates a range of tricky social situations with  gentle humour. This book is ideal  for any child who is making their way from picture books into chapter books.

 

 

 

 

Bear Grylls Adventures

The Blizzard Challenge

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN9781786960122



 

Written to inspire young survival experts. Would be survival expert Olly is not enjoying camp, what with his rucksack trying to kill him and when building a shelter he's getting splinters!  Things  do change - one night when a mysterious compass transports Olly onto a glacier where his guide Bear Grylls is waiting for him. Olly's only way home is to trek across frozen lakes and through deep snow drifts... brrr... and Bear can see there's a blizzard coming. A good fun and thrilling read for younger children.

 

 

How to Hypnotise a Droid

By Joshie Lefers

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN 9781760128005

 

 


Joshie Lefers may be a grown up, but he still acts a lot like a kid - so  he's now writing for kids. Like Joshie Hectic, the cheeky protagonist in Hectic Electric, Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life.Joshie-the-author has never had a dull day in his life. One day, Joshie is eating breakfast when a fancy robot thingy arrives in a box. The cool thing? It’s actually an incredibly sophisticated droid. The not-so-cool thing? It’s programmed to babysit Joshie while his mum is at work, which just happens to be quite a lot of the time.  It's a fun read with quite a few comic illustrations, it's hectic while also heartwarming and ridiculously funny.

 

 

Undercover Princess

by Connie  Glynn

Published by Penguin UK

ISBN 978014137567

 

 

The story of a two girls, one longs to be a princess, she is a student at Rosewood Hall, she gets her wish as she swaps places with her friend a real Princess so that her friend can live the normal teenager life!  Lottie, the would-be princess suddenly enters   into the real world of royalty, a life  filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal.

Lottie must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she'll soon discover that reality doesn't always have the happily ever after.

 

A thrilling book for teenage girls with a  world of parties, politics and not-so-good princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series The Rosewood Chronicles.

 

 

My Life as a Hashtag

by Gabrielle Williams

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781760113681

 

 

 

If you have ever written and sent an email  you regretted a few moments or minutes later,  you'll understand how a 17 year old girl called  MC  felt. She's dealing with her parents who have split up and embarrassingly for her,  her mum is trawling through Tinder and one of her best friends hasn't invited her to the biggest party of the year, which she is watching unfold on social media! So what does she do, she gets mad... She soon finds out what the power of social media as her private rant unfolds and snowballs in the most public way possible.

Easy to read, it is shows the power of social media when not used in a positive way and what can happen, serving as  a good read for mid to older teens and young adults, or  for that matter - adults!

 

 

 

Exchange of Heart

by Darren Groth

Published by Penguin

ISBN 978143781578

 

 

 

The death of Munro Maddux's sister Evie has had a profound effect on him and he's stuck. It was Evie's wish to go on exchange to Australia, but since she died Munro decides to go in her place. Unable to get onto one of the exchange programs he would have preferred (they took one look at this school results and rejected his application) he goes with a group called YOLO because he thinks with a name like that they won't be too fussy who joins - and his suspicions are confirmed at the airport. It struck me that Munro is a bit of cynic, but then he has recently lost his sister and he is a teen! His host family do their best to welcome him and he is pleasant to them. Once he get to his new school Sussex High he find he has to join a volunteer program, finds out about Fair Go an assisted living residence with a coterie of residents. Munro idea of being on exchange is not what he expected but could it mend his heart.

A lively and well written book that is quite easy to read. Great for high school students.

 

 

Hello Goodbye

by Emily Brewin

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781925575101

 



The story of 17 year old May Callahan, whose mother follows her religion devoutly and who father although gentle is damaged. May's brother Sam has already left their rural home for the bright lights of Melbourne.

 

May takes the train to go and visit her brother Sam who lives in a share house with his housemates, Clancy an indigenous university students, Ruby who is a bit of a wild bohemian. When May meets them she realises this everything that her parents warned her about, their liberal thinking, their opposition to the Vietnam War. She knows what effect war can have,  it had a profound affect on her father. At first all seems wonderful, she has a good, in fact bright future in front of her, but then things change....

 

 

The Choke

by Sophie Laguna

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN 9781760297244

 

 

 

This is 2015 Miles Franklin Award winning author, Sophie Laguna's third novel. Raised by her Pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway, Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, the place where the Murray River is so narrow that the banks almost touch. While it is a beautiful place can the river protect Justine from her criminal father who seeks to expose her to a lethal world?

 

She is often underestimated and overlooked, she is shy and silently observes the chaotic world around her. She needs to survive and so has to finds ways to do so. This is a rather haunting novel about a child navigating an often uncaring and a dark world of male power and violence in which adults often can't be trusted. The nature of human spirit breaks through to find compassion through the claustrophobic  vision of a child.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Moonlite

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132581

 

 

Andrew George Scott, as a lay preacher in the town of Mt Egerton in Victoria took everyone by surprise when they found out that he was in fact the masked villain and armed bank robber, who was known as Captain Moonlight.

 

This book in the series of Australian Bushrangers once again shows the sympathies for bushrangers at the time who they believed were hard done by and rather victims of the system.

 

Captain Moonlight upon release from prison led a rag tag bunch of young desperate men who staged a siege that would end in a shoot-out and the death of a policeman. A rather interesting read.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Captain Frank Gardiner

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132673

 

 

Frank Gardiner must be one of the most famous or infamous bushrangers who yielded great influence as a charismatic, clever and handsome looking fellow. Somehow he inspired many young men to abandon their honest work and the drudgery of their lives to turn to highway robbery instead.

 

He led the infamous Gold Escort Robbert at Eugowra Rocks and almost got away with the crime. He managed to escape to Queensland where he ran a public house until he was eventually and controversially arrested. The public petitioned on his behalf for an early release from prison which was granted amidst the storm of controversy.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Australian Bush Rangers

Ben Hall

by Jane Smith

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781922132697

 

 

This book tells the story of Ben Hall's life and his notorious exploits as a bushranger and the events that lead to his ultimate betrayal and death.  He started out in life with good prospects but then met up with the notorious bushranger Frank Gardiner by whom he was heavily influenced.  Hall was a bushranger for three years  and his gang committed hundreds of  often violent robberies. For a while he was respected for his daring and courageous ways of outwitting the police. To some he was a hero  while to others he was a brutal criminal.

 

This series of books by Jane Halls,  Australian Bushrangers is very interesting to read, although mostly books for primary age school students they are generally interesting to read, especially with the replication of official documents, photos and drawings.

 

 

Paddy O'Melon

by Julia Cooper

Illustrated by Daryl Dickson

Published by EK Books

ISBN 9781925335637

 

 

An Irish family who live in the rainforest and often help wildlife on their adventures one day come across a young joey who has been separated from it's mum after falling asleep while hiding in some bushes from some black dogs that were chasing them. The family, the O'Melons look after and raise the young kangaroo along with their menagerie of other wildlife Paddy as he is named by dad O'Melon,  is keen to learn more about his human family, but also wants to know who he really is. Is he an Irish kangaroo?

A lovely book, beautifully written and illustrated.

 

Julia Cooper the author, from the UK but moved to Queensland and worked in wildlife education and rehabilitation. With her partner, Martin Cohen she was always busy caring for native animals from flying foxes to pademelons. Julia's passion included educating people, especially children about the wonders  of the natural world and for us to look after native wildlife.  In 2011 Julie sadly passed away from an auto-immune disease and has left this story as part of her legacy.

 

 

Through the Gate

by Sally Fawcett

 

Published by EK Books

ISBN:  9781925335415

 

Change can be difficult, challenging, even exciting, confusing and inspiring, but we can't avoid change and one things for certain, time changes all.

 

The story of change told through the eyes of a child who has moved house and struggling to cope with this big change. All she sees at first is this run down broken house, it's not a home, or the one she was used to. Gradually day by day as she arrives home from school and walks through the gate, she notices little changes happening, until one day she realises that it has become a lovely home with a beautiful garden, one to look forward to seeing every day after school. Life takes on a happier new meaning.

 

Ideal for playing the spot the differences as each page is turned to increase awareness of observation and showing that a little done step by step can bring good results. We loved the illustrations as well as the story.

 

 

Ella Saw the Tree

by Robert Vescio

illustrated by Cheri Hughes

Publishedby Big Sky Publishing

ISBN9781925520378

 


A delightful and entertaining book for young readers. Ella's mum helps her to realise all the good things happening around in her in their backyard, centred but she hasn't really noticed the big tree yet.

 

On a windy day the tree loses some of it's leaves and Ella is convinced it means the tree is crying and she wonders why she hadn't noticed the big tree before. She takes  time to smell, listen, feel and look - that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. Ella slows down and explores more to appreciate the world around her.

 

A good book to sit down and read with younger children and explore the lovely illustrations

 

 

Stripes in the Forest

The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine

by Aleesah Darlison

Illustrated by Shane McGrath

ISBN 9781925275711

 

 

A very moving story about the last Tasmanian tiger or wild thylacine that once mainland Australian and New Guinea and Tasmania, eventually confined Tasmania.

 

The story is told through the courageous mother thylacine about the past and  to protect them in the future, just as she protects her cubs from humans and other predators.

 

 An interesting way to teach children about protecting vulnerable species and respecting nature. Be aware it is also rather a sad story.

 

 

 

Little Witch
Secrets & Spells

by Aleesah Darlison

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN 9781925520101

 

 

This is the first instalment in a new magical series for readers 8 years+.

A story of Courtney who is stuck in the sleepty town of Mixton Bay for summer - with no friends, no pizza shops and not TV. So she has to find her own entertainment and discovers an old book in her grandma's attic. That is when everything changes and it is up to her to uncover the truth behind this strange book and her mysterious grandma, that she never met.

She has a new friend, Justice who is a surfer boy and a rather special cat and between them Courtney's life doesn't just change, it's transformed, forever.

 

 

Being You is Enough and other important stuff

written and illustrated by Josh Langley

Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275827


Being different is OK, not all everyone is perfect, people do make mistakes and what's perfect anyway?

A fun illustrated book, divided into chapters, well or sections, to help children through school life with 11 essential life affirming messages.

Superpowers abound, it's good to listen, daydream, have awesome thoughts, learn to change how you think instead of getting angry, make yourself a better person.

A good addition for home or school library.

 

 

 

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

by Irina Goundortseva


Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN:  9781925275964

 

 

 

A mozzie (mosquito) sees all the beautiful butterflies and admires them from afar. She wants to join them but they don't want her to because she's not pretty like them.

 

Not willing to include the Mozzie with the A Sharp Snozzie in their group, the Mozzie becomes creative, but then finds out being a butterfly is not necessarily always so good!

 

Without wishing to spoil the story, let's just say the Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie saves the day and realises  that just being your natural self is best.

 

 

Ollie's Treasure

by Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan

Published by EK Books

ISBN:  9781925335422

 


Ollie's grandmother knows that Ollie loves finding treasure so she gives him a treasure map with instructions of what to all along the way until he finds another note.

This leads Ollie on a journey of discovering the many wonderful things around him as he tries to find  what he hopes will be either a shiny new truck, maybe walkie talkies or a game he's been hankering after.

What Ollie discovers on this adventure is something unexpected, it's is that happiness is easy to find, if you know where to look.An interesting story to teach young children how to find happiness in things other than toys.  A good book with a simple but important story for all young children.
Do get it!

 

 

 

Tommy Bell - The Horse Thief

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925520064

 

 

All is going well for Tommy, he is popular, but now there's a new kid at school and he wants Tommy to join his gang, turns out it's not such a good idea because his friend is  trouble.

 

That's until he meet the bushranger while on holiday with his family. Tommy finds himself in the middle of a horse robbery, police chase and even an escape from prison.  While they're on holiday, Tommy asks his mum about the local bushranger, she vaguely remembers him and  looks up more information about him using her phone. Tommy becomes quite interested and it pleases his mum that he wants to know more about it.

 

 

Tommy Bell - Bushranger Boy

by Jane Smith

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275940



A bit of an adventure awaits as Tommy Bell, he's been told that he is going to his grandparents who live on a farm for the school holidays. He thinks its punishment for his bad behaviour, but it is not that at all.

 

The boy who thinks that history is sooo boring (just as school was closing for the holidays he got his history test results -  2 out 10). When he finds a cave from an old bushranger he soon finds out that history is anything but boring. Before long he is back in the days of the gold rush and find meets the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt and then, what is adventurous at first, becomes....

 

 

 

The FIX IT MAN

by Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston

Published by EK Books

ISBN:9781925335347



Its handy having a dad who fix things - just about anything. But what about the things that sticky tape and glue can't fix, like broken hearts?
Together a young girl and her dad face brief and heartache and discover that love can sometimes be the best glue of all.

A lovely book, beautifully illustrated and good story for bonding daughters and dads

 

 

Alana Oakley - Bloodlust Blunders

by Poppy Inkwell

Published by
Big Sky Publishing

ISBN: 9781925275803

 

 


Vampires, are Alana's new neighbours really vampires? Well, they're deathly pale, seem to know a lot and appears to be strange things happening. Alana's friends think they're definitely vampires, after all they've read about them.

 

Alana and her friends want to find out, they need to know and want to expose what's going on, even the resident loan shark and they want to meet Kylie Minogue.  Alana's 15th birthday is looming and she's not sure if she's dreading that event more, or will it be the kiss of immortality? With twists and turns in the story, she knows one things certain, she can't ask the lady in the living room.

 

 

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

by Irina Goundortseva


Published by Big Sky Publishing

ISBN:  9781925275964

 

 

 

A mozzie (mosquito) sees all the beautiful butterflies and admires them from afar. She wants to join them but they don't want her to because she's not pretty like them.

 

Not willing to include the Mozzie with the A Sharp Snozzie in their group, the Mozzie becomes creative, but then finds out being a butterfly is not necessarily always so good!

 

Without wishing to spoil the story, let's just say the Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie saves the day and realises  that just being your natural self is best.

 

 

The Leaky Story

by Devon Sillett and Anil Torto

Published by
EK Books

ISBN: 9781925335392

 

The Leaky Story may just get your younger child interested in books as it stretches the imagination taking the Blossburn family who are happily watching TV and playing video games on an amazing imaginary adventure.

 

There's a book sitting on their bookshelf that just can't wait to be read, but no-one is taking any notice of it, so the book swings into action. Slowly the family hearing dripping noises but they know that seems ridiculous, until the  adventure begins. This will be a fun book to read with your 3-7 year old and they'll love the illustrations.

 

 

 

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Being You is Enough and other important stuff

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

Ollie's Treasure

The FIX IT MAN

The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie

The Leaky Story

Publishing positive education information for parents & teachers since 2000
Publishing positive education information for parents & teachers since 2000

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000
Publishing positive education information for parents & teachers since 2000

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000