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PICTURE STORY 

Rabby cover1. Rabby the Brave
Patrick Guest

Leon and Lily do everything with their best pals Rabby and Snuggles, until one night the unimaginable happens and Snuggles is left outside. Faced with sadness, the others must find a way to save Snuggles from a frightful end.

Heart-warming and playful, compassionate and true-to-life, Rabby the Brave is a story about close bonds and sibling love.


 

Here we are2. Here We Are
Oliver Jeffers

Well, hello.
And welcome to this Planet.
We call it Earth.

Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.

Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers. We’re glad you found it.


Silver Sea3. The Silver Sea
Alison Lester & Jane Godwin

Let’s go down to The Silver Sea,
Come on, I’ll hold your hand…

Take a journey beneath the waves in this magical adventure created by young people at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with much-loved Australian authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin.

Their unforgettable collaboration explores the hidden treasures of our seas and celebrates the joy of exploration – and of returning home.


 

kissed-by-the-moon4. Kissed By The Moon
Alison Lester

May you, my baby, sleep softly at night, and when dawn lights the world, may you wake up to birdsong.

Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby’s wonder at our beautiful world. From much-loved Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester comes a timeless book to share and to treasure.


GoGo and the silver shoes5. Go Go and The Silver Shoes
Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

From the much-loved picture-book partnership comes this sparkly story of one independently minded little girl, and the unexpected, precious ways life sometimes works.

When Go Go is allowed to buy the most beautiful shoes ever, she decides she will wear them everywhere!

Even to the creek, where she and her brothers go adventuring.

But – Oh no, Go Go! – that’s when a terrible thing happens . . .


Dino Disaster Digger Disaster6. Digger Disaster
Rose Imprey & Chris Chatterton

Meet Tyrone T. rex, Stacey Stegosaurs and the rest of the Dino Diggers – the best builders in Dino Town, who will never let you down! The perfect book for dinosaur and digger fans EVERYWHERE!

Today the Dino Diggers are building a car factory, but disaster strikes when Tyrone T. rex hits a water pipe. OH NO! Time for the Dino Diggers to do what they do best!

The first in a new series for fans of dinosaurs and diggers, with a fantastic free slot-together novelty included in every book. Collect the whole series for hours of dino fun. For fans of Amazing Machines, Dylan’s Amazing Dinosaurs and Bob the Builder.


 

Alfred's War7. Alfred’s War
Rachel Bin Salleh & Samantha Fry

Alfred’s War is a powerful story that unmasks the lack of recognition given to Australian Indigenous servicemen who returned from the WWI battlelines. Alfred was just a young man when he was injured and shipped home from France. Neither honoured as a returned soldier or offered government support afforded to non-Indigenous servicemen, Alfred took up a solitary life walking the back roads – billy tied to his swag, finding work where he could.

Rachel Bin Salleh’s poignant narrative opens our hearts to the sacrifice and contribution that Indigenous people have made to Australia’s war efforts, the true extent of which is only now being revealed.


 

My Dog Bigsy8. My Dog Bigsy
Alison Lester

From Australia’s favourite picture-book creator, Alison Lester, comes this energetic story about a little dog who causes a big commotion.

Meet my dog Bigsy. He’s only small, but everyone knows he’s the boss.

Each morning he visits the animals on the farm.
Squawk, neigh, quack, moo, baa, oink, cluck, purr, ruff ruff ruff!

What a lot of noise! And all because of Bigsy!


Squash and a squeeze9. A Squash and a Squeeze
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

‘Wise old man, won’t you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze.”

What can you do if your house is too small? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When you push them all out again, you’ll be amazed at how big your house feels!

The brilliantly funny A Squash and a Squeeze was the first ever picture book written and illustrated by the award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, authors of The Gruffalo.


Anzac Violin10. The Anzac Violin: Alexander Aitken’s Story
Jennifer Beck & Robyn Belton

More than 20 years after publication of the classic NZ story, The Bantam and the Soldier, Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton have joined forces again to produce another heartwarming story from the First World War.

This time its the true story of Otagos Alexander Aitken and the violin that travelled with him on his wartime journey, bringing music and solace to his fellow ANZACs.


JUNIOR FICTION

Terry's Dumb Dot Story1. Terry’s Dumb Dot Story
Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Meet Andy and Terry. They make books together in the world’s coolest treehouse! They’ve got loads of different storeys in their home in the sky: you can find a marshmallow machine, the world’s most powerful whirlpool, a penguin ice-skating rink, a tank full of sharks and a human pinball machine, among many other things. But none of these help them agree on their special story for World Book Day – and it’s not just Mr Big Nose keeping an eye on them now, but the story police too!

Terry’s Dumb Dot Story is a special World Book Day Treehouse adventure from Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, told through a combination of laugh-out-loud text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


 

Nevermoor2. Nevermoor: The Trial of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn’t seem to have any special talent at all.

To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.


the-wishing-spell3. The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories #1)
Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change.

When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairy-tale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land of Stories, where fairy tales are real.

But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land – Goldilocks is now a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother!

The twins know they must get back home somehow. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humour and page-turning adventure.  This fast-paced adventure series uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales from author Chris Colfer, star of television’s Glee.


Crow Country4. Crow Country
Kate Constable

‘Beginning and ending, always the same, always now. The game, the story, the riddle, hiding and seeking. Crow comes from this place; this place comes from Crow. And Crow has work for you.’

Sadie isn’t thrilled when her mother drags her from the city to live in the country town of Boort. But soon she starts making connections – connections with the country, with the past, with two boys, Lachie and Walter, and, most surprisingly, with the ever-present crows.

When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime, she is pulled into a strange mystery. Can Sadie, Walter and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?


 

Do you think he saurus Bad Guys 105. Do-you-think-he-saurus?! (The Bad Guys Episode 7)
Aaron Blabey

The dawn of time! Nothing on earth could rival the terrifying power of the dinosaurs. Except maybe that wolf over there…Yeah, the one standing next to the snake and the shark and that other sardiney-looking thing.

Huh?!

This is all wrong. This is all bad. This is all awesome. Its time to get your Jurassic on, baby. It’s time… For the Bad Guys Episode 7!


Enchantress Returns6. The Enchantress Returns (Land of Stories #2)
Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother. Against the will of their grandmother (the one and only Fairy Godmother), the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.


Treehouse Fun Book 37. The Treehouse Fun Book 3
Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton & Jill Griffiths

Stuff to write! Pictures to draw! Puzzles to solve! And so much more!

Grab your Treehouse passport and hold on tight for an adventure through the bestselling Treehouse series. Join Andy, Terry and Jill as they combine animals, create magical kingdoms, time travel, solve crosswords, search for words, colour and scribble, spot the difference, find the odd one out, crack codes and so much more!


Ice Wolves8. The Ice Wolves
Amie Kaufman

Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he wonders whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Rayna is Anders’s only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

In order to rescue her, Anders must enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shapeshifting force of all.


Ninja Kid9. Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja (#1)
Anh Do

Nelson’s a nerd!
Unfit, uncool…totally awkward!

But when he wakes up on his tenth birthday, he discovers he’s a NINJA!
THE LAST NINJA ON EARTH!

How’s he going to save the world when he can’t even get his undies on the right way?!

With the help of Grandma’s inventions and his wild cousin Kenny, can Nelson master his new ninja skills AND save Duck Creek?

The first book in another fantastic new series from Anh Do.


Messy Weird Weirdo #1010. Messy Weird (WeirDo #10)
Anh Do

The Do family has a messy new house to clean up! Weir, Bella and Henry decide to do some extra work to earn pocket money. But can they handle wild lawns, dirty dishes and a vacuum cleaner explosion?

It won’t be easy…but it will be FUNNY!


TEEN / YA

Love Simon1. Love Simon
Becky Albertalli

Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal . . .It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.


 

One of Us is Lying2. One of Us is Lying
Karen McManus

On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


Wonder3. Wonder
R.J. Palacio

‘My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.


Queen of Shadows Throne of Glass 44. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
Sarah J. Maas

Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin’s hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.

Readers will be held rapt as Celaena’s story builds to an agonising crescendo, packed with heart-pounding action and swoon-worthy romance.

The fourth breathtaking instalment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.


 

Hunger Games5. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

First in the ground-breaking Hunger Games trilogy.


Small Spaces6. Small Spaces
Sarah Epstein

“We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.”

Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing. As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?


Auggie and Me7. Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
R.J. Palacio

Auggie & Me gives readers a special look at Auggie’s world through three new points of view. Previously only available in ebook, now they’ll be published all together–complete with an introduction from the author on how she came to write them–in a gorgeous hardcover package!

These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie’s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don’t want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder.


48 Hours The Medusa Curse8. The Medusa Curse (48 Hours #2)
Gabrielle Lord

Vicious thieves smash a cursed Medusa statue and steal the supercomputer Sapphire in a terrifying museum raid. Jazz and Phoenix are first on the scene and they soon find themselves in the midst of a dangerous mystery.

Their friend and museum owner, Dr Zhang, is the prime suspect, but he is nowhere to be found. Determined to prove him innocent and find Sapphire, Jazz and Phoenix have just 48 HOURS to follow the trail of evidence before it goes cold. Will the amateur investigators discover that a centuries-old curse has struck again, or is something even more sinister going on?
The clock is ticking…


Everything Everything10. Everything Everything
Nicola Yoon

Risk everything . . . for love.

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realizes there’s more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads.

Everything, Everthing is an innovative, inspiring and heartbreakingly romantic novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations and more . . .


 

 

 

 

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