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Wilam1. Wilam: Birrarung Story
Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy

As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem warreen. Wilam – home. 

Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly joins award-winning picture book duo Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy to tell the Indigenous and geographical story of Melbourne’s beautiful Yarra river, from its source to its mouth; from its pre-history to the present day.

An ode to Australian rivers, the flora and fauna that live on them, and the function they perform as a part of modern day life.  Wilam brings Aboriginal life, culture and language right in to the heart of the city.


Animalphabet2. Animalphabet
Julia Donaldson & Sharon King-Chai

Each cleverly cut flap draws you further into a beautifully vibrant world of huge elephants, slithery snakes and growling tigers. Sharon King-Chai’s bold colours and shapes make Animalphabet a rich delight for children of all ages while Julia Donaldson’s rhythmic text is a pleasure to read aloud. The cleverly written, simple text invites children to compare one animal to another, and clever hints and peep-through holes within the artwork make this a hugely entertaining guessing game as well as a gorgeous book to treasure.

The perfect gift for boys and girls alike who will love embarking on a journey of discovery through the natural world, from one animal to another.


My Tree and Me3. My Tree and Me
Jo Witek

One little girl has a very special friend, the tall ancient tree in her backyard. Through the seasons, she grows along with the tree, playing in its branches and basking in its shade. She can swing and have a picnic, draw the tree and play hide and go seek. Through her time with her tree, the girl learns to appreciate the natural world as something to be savored and protected and acknowledges her place within it.

The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.


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.


There's Only One Mum Like You5. There’s Only One Mum Like You
Jess Racklyeft

I love your quiet stories, songs sung loud in the rain.
No one can hug like you, Mum or makes me feel the same.

Brave mums, playful mums, cuddly mums, quiet mums – every mum is special in her own way. Charming, heartfelt and delightful, There’s Only One Mum Like You is a tribute to the unique magic of mums.


Lottie and Walter6. Lottie & Walter
Anna Walker

‘I’m not swimming,’ Lottie announced.

Lottie doesn’t want to be afraid, but no matter what she does, she just can’t go in the water.

Until she finds a surprising friend, who turns out to be more helpful than Lottie could ever have imagined…


Cat Called Trim7. A Cat Called Trim
Corinne Fenton & Craig Smith

Trim was a cat born for adventure …

This is the true story of a courageous, mischievous and fearless cat called Trim, who sailed with Matthew Flinders on his voyages to map the coastline of Australia and beyond.

From best-selling creators Corinne Fenton and Craig Smith, this charming picture book brings Trim’s story to life.


Wonderful Things You Will Be8. The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Emily Martin

From brave and bold to creative and clever, the rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children.

With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids-both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.


World of Ruby Red Shoes Feelings9. A Book About Ruby’s Feelings
Kate Knapp

When I feel happy, all the world seems light, like sunshine and daffodils, all golden and bright.

With so much awareness around mindfulness and mental health in young children, this is the perfect book to start gentle conversations about why we can feel the way we do, and how some of our more confronting feelings can be managed.


Magic Beach10. Magic Beach
Alison Lester

Visit a perfect beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, build sandcastles, beachcomb, explore rock-pools, muck about in boats, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars. Visit Magic Beach, where adventure begins. . .

Magic Beach – a long-standing favourite with Australian children.


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Diary Awesome Friendly Kid1. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
Jeff Kinney

Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it’s finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own.

In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life’s story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid- Rowley Jefferson’s Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world – one fans won’t want to miss!


Lenny's Book of Everything2. Lenny’s Book of Everything
Karen Foxlee

I knew my brother. I knew when he talked too much about Timothy his imaginary pet eagle. He was scared.
‘Whatever you do,’ I said to Davey on the walk to school, ‘Do not tell people about your eagle. Do not tell Miss Schweitzer about your eagle.’
He looked crestfallen. His shoulders slumped. He looked to make sure Timothy hadn’t fallen off.

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won’t stop growing – and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else.

The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world – beetles, birds, quasars, quartz – and dream about a life of freedom and adventure, visiting places like Saskatchewan and Yellowknife, and the gleaming lakes of the Northwest Territories. But as her brother’s health deteriorates, Lenny comes to accept the inevitable truth; Davey will never make it to Great Bear Lake.

An outstanding novel about heartbreak and healing by the award-winning author of A Most Magical Girl.


Fing3. Fing
David Walliams

Myrtle Meek has everything she could possibly want. But everything isn’t enough. She wants more, more, more! When Myrtle declares she wants a FING, there’s only one problem… What is a FING?

Mr and Mrs Meek will do anything to keep their darling daughter happy, even visit the spooky library vaults to delve into the dusty pages of the mysterious Monsterpedia. Their desperate quest leads to the depths of the jungliest jungle where the rarest creatures can be found. But will they ever find a FING?

An explosively funny, totally surreal Tall Story about two perfectly nice parents and their unbelievably monstrous daughter from the phenomenal bestselling author David Walliams and illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.


Cowboy & Birdbrain4. Cowboy & Birdbrain
Adam Wallace & James Hart

Cowboy and Birdbrain are best friends who work for I.F.F.Y. delivery company, a company that do the riskiest, zaniest, most bizarre deliveries ever. They’re known for their F.A.R.T.S. (Fast and Reliable Tracking Service). Cowboy is the brains of the operation, and Birdbrain, well, he is a brain but he’s just not brain-y if you get the drift…

Anyway, this dubious duo are not the best or even second-best deliverers at IFFY DELIVERIES. They’re the WORST. But they’re also the funniest!

Join Cowboy and Birdbrain on their WACKY adventure, when their boss gives them the following job: URGENT DELIVERY! To: Ship in the Middle of the Ocean. WARNING: Do not get package wet!


Hopping Weird #125. Hopping Weird! (WeirDo #12)
Anh Do

Mum’s got a cool new job at the animal hospital… but now Weir’s house is like a ZOO! How can Bella and Weir help look after all the animals AND finish their school project?! It won’t be easy… but it will be FUNNY.


lightning-chase-me-home6. Lightning Chase Me Home
Amber Lee Dodd

Amelia Hester McLeod is named after two of her mums favourite explorers. Two amazing, bold, awesome women: Amelia Earhart and Lady Hester Stanhope. But Amelia herself doesn’t always feel very brave or very bright. She lives on the tiny Scottish island of Dark Muir, her mum has walked out on her and shes about to start at a whole new, scary school.

Her dyslexia means shes a target for the school bullies, too. When she makes a wish on her birthday to be reunited with her mum, she finds herself disappearing and reappearing elsewhere on the island, where she finds clues and snapshots of her parents past.

Can she harness this strange magic to find her mum, wherever in the world she is? Will her Dad, sad and silent since her mums departure, start to pay her more attention? Will she find the courage to forge her own path, like the fearless female explorers she was named after?


Scorch Dragons Elementals #27. Scorch Dragons (Elementals #2)
Amie Kaufman

After the fateful battle between the ice wolves and scorch dragons, Anders and his twin sister, Rayna, have been reunited. But there’s no time for celebrating. Anders and his wolf friend Lisabet are hiding away in the mountains of Drekhelm under the watchful eye of the dragon high council. They are perceived as threats, and only the leader of the dragons can keep them safe.

Then the temperature in Drekhelm starts to drop throughout Vallen, threatening the lives of the Scorch Dragons. Suddenly, the dragons suspect that the two young wolves are spies for their old pack-that they helped them steal a weather-altering artifact called the Snowstone. The artifact puts everyone including Anders’ twin sister, Rayna, in terrible danger.

Desperate to broker peace, Anders enlists the help of a few new flame-breathing friends to stop the wolves’ next plan of attack. Together, these former rivals must go on a perilous journey to find the scattered pieces of the Sun Scepter, the only artifact that can counteract the Snowstone. Because if either device goes unchecked, all hope for a truce will be lost.

New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman delivers the thrilling second installment in this epic middle-grade fantasy series about a world where powerful magical shapeshifters are locked in a conflict that has spanned generations.


Nevermoor8. 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.


Brawl of the Wild Dog Man 89. Brawl of the Wild (Dog Man #6)
Dav Pilkey

Dog Man and the Supa Buddies are a paw-erful force against evil, but has Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat, finally outsmarted them?

Petey has created another confounding contraption and is determined to destroy Dog Man once and for all.

Can Dog Man’s nose for justice and Li’l Petey’s heart of gold finally convince the conniving kitty to do good?


Crystal of Time School for Good and Evil #510. A Crystal of Time (School of Good and Evil #5)
Soman Chainani

In this fifth installment in Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling fantasy series, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie, Agatha, and their friends must find a way to overthrow the sinister evil that twists lies into the truth and seeks to rewrite their story.

A false king has claimed the throne of Camelot, sentenced Tedros to death, and forced Sophie to be his queen. Only Agatha manages to escape.

Now Agatha and the students at the School for Good and Evil must find a way to restore Tedros to his throne and save Camelot . . . before all of their fairy tales come to a lethal end.


TEEN FICTION

Five Feet Apart1. Five Feet Apart
Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?


Secrets of the Runners of New York2. The Secret Runners of New York
Matthew Reilly

THE COMING END

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?

And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future.

And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

RUN! AS FAST AS YOU CAN!

As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is perfect time for revenge…


One of Us is Lying3. 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.


Secret Weapon Alex Rider4. Alex Rider Secret Weapon  
Anthony Horowitz

Ever since MI6 recognized his potential, Alex Rider has constantly been thrust into the line of danger. From a routine visit to the dentist that turns into a chase through the streets of London, to a school trip with a deadly twist, no day has ever been ordinary for the teenage super-spy. This collection of seven thrilling adventures features familiar and new assailants from the best-loved world of Alex Rider, and also includes three, brand new and action-packed adventures.

An essential collection of seven short stories, never before published together in book form, including three brand new Alex Rider adventures. The  perfect introduction to the Alex Rider world for new readers and an exciting collection of existing and brand new content for die-hard fans of the series.


 

Emergency Contact5. Emergency Contact
Mary H.K. Choi

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

A compulsively readable novel that shows young love in all its awkward glory—perfect for fans of Eleanor & Park and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.


Underdog6. Underdog (#LoveOZYA Short Stories)
Tobias Madden

#LoveOzYA celebrates the best of new Australian writing for teenage readers. It has grown from a humble hashtag into a movement, reflecting the important role young-adult fiction plays in shaping our current generation of readers. This anthology collects, for the first time, some of the tremendous work from the #LoveOzYA community.

Featuring a foreword by award-winning Australian novelist Fleur Ferris.


Gone7. Gone (Gone Series #1)
Michael Grant

‘One minute, the teacher was there, the next, he was gone. There. Gone.’

In the blink of an eye all the adults disappear in a small town in southern California and no one knows why. First a car crash, a house up in flames, then a complete communication meltdown…

Suddenly cut off from the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there’s no help on the way. They must do all they can to survive. Chaos rules the streets. Gangs begin to form. Sides are chosen…strong or weak. Cruel or humane. A new world order is rising, and, even scarier, some survivors have power – power that no one has ever seen before…


Hunger Games8. The Hunger Games (#1)
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.


Illuminae9. Illuminae (#1)
Amie Kaufman & Jay Krisoff

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship is the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results. The fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what the hell is going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth and the courage of everyday heroes.


Mockingjay10. Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss.

And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’ family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

The final installment in The Hunger Games Trilogy.


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Amazingly Disorganised Help Dictionary1. The Amazingly Disorganised Help Dictionary
Georgia Productions

The Amazingly Disorganised Help Dictionary is a scrapbook of my brain; how I use my lack of concentration and hyperactivity to be creative, to come up with ideas and to NEVER GIVE UP (except for when you’re trying to catch a fish with your bare hands!). Maybe it will help you in some way too.

Inside you’ll find loads of random and relatable ideas and lists, helpful and not-so-helpful how tos, hot tips and advice from wise ol’ Georgia, hopefully a couple of LOLs and, I dunno, just more stuff that’s great and you should really buy this book and maybe a copy for your friend and your grandpa and that crazy cat lady down the road. You get my drift ;)

See ya later, potata! Georgia

DISCLAIMER: This book is NOT actually a dictionary but it’s most definitely amazingly disorganised.


 

Stand up for the future2. Stand Up For the Future
Various

From slam poet Solli Raphael to gender equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo, soccer star Sam Kerr and youth worker Zack Bryers, this is a book about young people, for everyone. Through activism, innovation, giving back and leading by example, these game changers are building a brighter tomorrow.

Brought to life by colourful illustrations from local artists, this book showcases emerging Aussie talent and encourages readers to create positive social change.

All royalties from sales of this book go to The Smith Family.


 

Stories for Boys who dare to be different3. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different
Ben Brooks

Boys need to know that prince charmings and brave hunters are not the only role-models

In fact, a whole lot of them out there don’t identify with the idea of being a strong, independent, competitive saviour who never cries. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to this stereotypical idea of masculinity, but what if you’re the introvert kind, what if you prefer to pick up a book rather than a sword, what if you’re very sensitive, what if you like the idea of wearing a dress?

As statistics keep showing that there is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, with unhelpful gender stereotypes contributing to this malaise, Stories for Boys Who Dare To Be Differentoffers a welcome alternative narrative. It is an extraordinary compilation of 100 stories of famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and innovator in his own way, and all going on to achieve amazing things. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Rimbaud, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei and Jesse Owens – different sorts of heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

A beautiful and transporting book packed with stories of adventure and wonderment, it will appeal to those who need the courage to reject peer pressure and go against the grain. It will educate and entertain, while also encourage and inspire.


 

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