Books for Children - All ages
The Leaky Story
by Devon Sillett and Anil Torto
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. Slowlly 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.
by Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan
Available 22 May.
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!
Big Sky Publishing
The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru
by Michelle Worthington
Ilustrated by Dave Atze
Being different, celebrating our unique qualities, rather than fitting in is what matters is demonstrated in this story with it's colourful and fun illustrations.
A kangaroo is teased by his mates for the kink in his tail and they call him the Three Legged Kangaroo. It is upsetting to him but he is comforted by his friend Emu, until one day a funny red van rolls in through the outback, with people who have lost their way to the beach. The kangaroo discovers there are things called waves and he wants to get to them as soon as he can, so he jumps on board and heads off to WA with his new found surfing friends. An adventure ensues, he's never seen the sea before and he loves it. His new friends teach him to surf and they think he's great.
A good book for young ones with a lovely little story to show that not everyone needs to fit in with the norm.
The Mozzie with a Sharp Snozzie
by Irina Goundortseva
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.
Published by EK Books
The FIX IT MAN
by Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston
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.
Through the Gate
by Sally Fawcett
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.
HiLo - The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
by Judd Winick
A graphic novel
Totally ordinary kids, HiLo, DJ and Gina, or, are they? There are a few things that HiLo doesn't understand, where he comes from, that it's not a good idea to go to school wearing only his underwear and, if he is the only thing that fell onto our planet!
Can DJ, Gina and HiLo unlock the secrets to his past?
It's a fun read and sure to get a reluctant reader interested.
A little about the author, Judd Winick grew up on Long Island where he spent countless hours doodling, reading X-Men comics and watching Loony Tunes. Judd is an an award winning cartoonist, screenwriter and has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League and Star Wars.
Comment from a young reader - daughter of one of our subscribers: "I really love the the book HiLo, it's really good and it's really funny. It only took me yesterday (after school) and this morning to read it." - Natasha.
Ball Stars - The Bench Warmers
by David Lawrence
Part of a series written in partnership with Basketball Australia
Danny, Crystal, Angie, Omyr, Leanne and Cody are the new basketball players at Robdale Primary School. Then there's Greg, or rather "The Goat" McGriffin who reckons they don't have a change of even winning a lunchtime game.
Things change when Danny, Crystal, Angie, Omyr, Leanne and Cody are picked for the school basketball squad. Can they shake off their name as the "newbies", are things looking up at the upcoming inter-school camp? It would help if they knew the rules, but they pick that up pretty quickly. When the school’s principal takes over as coach, despite knowing nothing about basketball and having to listen to Greg telling them how good he is, they discover they have to train themselves!
Plenty of twists and turns in the story, sure to delight young readers.
Available from kathrynberryman.com
by Kathryn Berryman
With its themes of self-discovery and empowerment, Erinland has inspiring lessons for contemporary youth looking for a sense of belonging in their world. two troubled young adults as key players in a deadly game that spans the 21st century and the Viking Age.
Amy, finding it difficult to ‘fit in’, becomes increasingly obsessed with the virtual reality game Erinland. The Virtual Reality (VR) characters and the ‘Mist of Erin’ begin to invade Amy’s dreams - and then her waking moments. She finds herself drawn into Erinland in 9th century Ireland. Amy becomes part of this mystical world as she joins in the struggle to defeat the Viking raiders.
Richard has a complicated home life and feels he doesn’t belong anywhere. A series of events leave him desperate and living on the streets, when he is dragged into 9th century Norway by a mystical Viking warrior. Richard finds acceptance with the Vikings and joins them on a colonisation raid to Ireland.
Choices they both make could mean the difference between life and death as the consequences of decisions in the game reach into their ‘real’ lives.
Big Sky Publishing
by Allison Marlow Paterson
In the years of 1914-1918 over 330,000 Australians served their country in a war far from their homeland, more than 60,000 of them die.
Five of these Australians were brothers; three of them were destined to never return to the home they loved. The Great War brought enormous sorrow to families all over the world. In Australia there were few who escaped the fear, nor the tragedy. This is the story of the Marlow brothers.
This powerful children's book written by the granddaughter of a surviving brother brings their story to life for future generations.
A very moving book in which the author shares the letters her ancestors wrote from the trenches so that the reader can walk in their footsteps. It's well illustrated with replicas of the actual letters, newspaper cuttings photographs and other mementos.
A tragic tale of mateship, bravery and sacrifice; a heartbreaking account of a family torn apart by a devastating war. It is a pledge to never forget.
A book for every young Australian's library.
The Kids' Survival Guide
Avoiding "When I Was Young and other Brain Exploding Lectures"
by Susan Berran
Children will laugh out loud with the must have kids guide to getting away with stuff.
You ask for pocket-money and suddenly you hear those five terrifying little words ... "When I was your age ..." Your brain goes into instant melt-down. Yeah, yeah I know. When you were my age - six hundred and ninety-eight years ago when you had a dinosaur for a pet and you had to walk to school for thirty-two kilometres in blinding heat with bare feet over broken glass!
I wasn't sure I'd like this book, but it's actually very funny - from a kid's perspective...
Random House Australia
Ellyse Perry - Winning Touch
by Sherryl Clark
It's touch football season again and Ellyse can't wait to start, she thinks that touchdowns are just the best!
But it's not just about having time for touch football, there's schools too and homework. There's also her friends Jazz and Charlie and their dramas going on... one minute they have a great friendship and the next its all falling apart.
Seems there's some reorganising to be done, but is it all getting too much to handle?
The Secret Science of Magic
by Melissa Keil
What does it mean to be extraordinary? While Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring his homework, and not thinking about life after year twelve, he's not so good at talking to Sophia, the genius in his class who he's had a crush on for years.
But with their time together in high school running out, he has to do something about it and quickly, because ihe's learned timing is everything.
Sophia is smart enough to know that geniuses like her can end up as socially inept recluses, truth is maybe she's halfway there already, what with the panic attacks and her best friend Elsie drifting away. All Sophia can do is seek refuge in what she understands best: maths, science, logic. But there's no logical explanation for the odd, almost magical things happening around her. Some things no amount of study can prepare you for...
100 Women Who Made History
Discover history's diverse wonder women, Catherine The Great, Anne Frank, Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Josephine Baker, Maria Callas Mary Wollstonecraft, Joni Mitchell, Emily Dickinson Beyonce, eading ladies like Joan of Arc and Eleanor Roosevelt, Rose Parks, Aung Sa Suu Kii, Helen Keller, Nellie Bly, Coco Chanel, Cleopatra, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Indira Ghandi, Queen Victoria, Ada Lovelace, to name a few.
Explore the lives of each woman in detail, and photography and quirky "bobble-head" illustrations present history in a new and fun way. Love the "how she changed the world" circles for each woman. Well thought out, with fun design, children can put each woman's story into context with "what came before" and "what came after" panels showing the things that influenced and were influenced by each woman.
Organised into features such as Clued-Up Creatives, Super Scientists, Inspiring Campaigners, Leading Ladies etc make it easy for the reader to to paint a more complete picture.
A handy and good book for home or school library and an ideal gift.
Friday Barnes - Danger Ahead
by R.A. Spratt
Fear can be all consuming and in this book Friday Barnes is forced to face her biggest fear, her own emotions.
Talk about adventure... Friday's friend Ian must say goodbye as he goes to join his father in the Cayman Islands. Trouble is when your dad is a white-collar criminal, family reunions don't always go quite as planned. So now it's up to Friday to rescue Ian!
Not an outdoorsy sort of person Friday isn't pleased that on her return to school after the holidays she discovers the headmaster has organised Camp Courage, a four week camp to learn survival skills in the wilderness. She may be book smart, but will it help her in the outdoors as she has to chop wood, peel potatoes and do a lot of digging? And what about the legend of the camp ghost? Maybe the compass will help....
Allen and Unwin
The Things We Promise
by JC Burke
Sometimes life gets in the way.
It's the early 1990s and all Gemma can think about is looking perfect for her first school formal. Her brother Billy, an up and coming hair and makeup artist in New York has made the ultimate promise. He is returning home, especially to "create magic" on her and her two friends for the formal. Gemma's best friend Andrea is convinced it will be their moment to shine. Gemma hopes it's the night Ralph will finally notice her.
But then Gemma discovers that Billy's life in New York isn't as fabulous as she's imaged it to be. Her family's been keeping secrets, friendships are forged and broken, suddenly the length of her dress for the form is the least of her worries.
Allen and Unwin
by Garth Nix
Oh the life of the Frogkisser, talking dogs, mischievous wizards, evil stepstepfather, an abundance of amphibians....
Princess Anya needs to see a wizard ab out a frog, not her frog, it's her sister's frog. It's actually a prince, not a frog, who was once in love with Anya's sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. Anya has made her sister promise that se will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form.
Let the exciting, hilarious and irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side begin, in a fantastical tale for all ages. Full of laughter and danger, surprises and delights and an immense population of frogs!
by Jodi McAlister
A book with a paranormal twist.
Born on the same Valentine’s Day, four teenagers find strange things beginning to happen because one of the teens is Valentine, a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human child at birth. Trouble looms as the Unseelie come to kill the Valentine, only problem is, they don't know who the Seelie is!
Although Pearl and Finn have known each other all their lives and totally disliked each other, now they have to form an alliance to protect themselves from sinister forces.
Mr Romanov's Garden in the Sky
by Robert Newton
Living in the commission, Lexie is left to fend for herself because her mother is mostly absent while she is searching for help to get over the tragic death of Lexie's dad.
Lexie witnesses the aftermath of a shocking incident and she finds solace is the most unlikely of places. A chance life-saving encounter with the comissions roof seeds a friendship between the old man they call the Creeper and herself.
Lexies friend Davey joins the trio, after they enlist him and set off on an epic journey that will change their lives and those around them.
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