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BEST SELLERS: January 2017: KIDS and YOUNG ADULT

PICTURE STORY & JUNIOR FICTION

MidnightGang1. The Midnight Gang
David Walliams

Welcome to the Midnight Gang!

Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for… the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning…

When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward… But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!

The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward – and on a quest for adventure! It is a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true. Readers are set to be utterly spellbound by this heartfelt story.


 

DoubleDown2. Double Down (Diary Of a Wimpy Kid #11)
Jeff Kinney

The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his “creative side.

As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.

When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie … And will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?


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.


DogManUnleashed4. Unleashed (Dog Man #2)
Dav Pilkey

Dog Man is back and he’s got a bone to pick with the world’s fiercest feline felon!

Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. If only the Chief would throw him a bone every once in a while . . .

Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purrfect crime?


78 Treehouse5. The 78 Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They’ve added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


in my heart6. In My Heart: A Book Of Feelings
Jo Witek

Starring the same little girl in the same charming illustration style as Hello In There!, In My Heart explores emotions–happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness and more. Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: When I get really angry, my heart feels like it’s going to explode! Don’t come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad.

Toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. On the cover and the right side of each spread, a die-cut heart decreases in size, creating a multi-coloured heart the depth of the entire book.


starting school7. Starting School
Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.

From Jane Godwin and Anna Walker comes this beautiful book focusing on the experiences and feelings of five very different children as they begin at school for the first time. Jane’s simple words and ideas combine with Anna’s gentle and detailed illustrations to help children feel comfortable about taking this big step.


dork-diaries-frenemies-forever-9781471158018_lg8. Frenemies Forever (Dork Diaries #11)
Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the eleventh instalment of the bestselling series!

Nikki is spending a week at North Hampton Hills as part of the school transfer programme. The good news is that NHH is super-cool and preppy. The bad news is that Nikki’s nemesis MacKenzie started there two weeks ago!

But, faced with NHH queen bee Tiffany, who takes meanness to a whole new level, Nikki might need to work WITH Mackenzie if she’s going to survive the week! Can Nikki and MacKenzie overcome their differences and become BFFS … Best Frenemies Forever?!


dog-zombies-rule-for-now-9. Dog Zombies Rule (For Now) (Tom Gates #11)
Liz Pichon

Here’s my EXCELLENT PLAN to make DogZombies the BEST band in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

How hard can it be? (Very)

Right now I’m going to:
1. Write more songs. (Not about teachers)
2. Make a SPECTACULAR music video. (Easy)
3. Get some sleep. (Tricky when you’re being kept awake by LOUD NOISES)
4. Annoy Delia. (Nothing to do with DOGZOMBIES but always FUN.)


 

dog-man-36010. Dog Man #1
Dav Pilkey

There’s a new breed of justice in town, and he’s ready to sniff out criminals — as soon as he stops chasing his own tail!

George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it’s Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!


 

TEEN FICTION & YOUNG ADULT


 

miss-peregrine1. Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island?

An abandoned orphanage?

A strange collection of very curious photographs?

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive?

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


 

hollow2. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
Ransom Riggs

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.


 

97815947484003. Library Of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
Ransom Riggs

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever…. Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.


 

Wonder4. 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.


 

SunIsAlsoAStar5. The Sun Is Also A Star
Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


 

tomorrow-when-the-war-began6. Tomorrow, When The War Began
John Marsden

Somewhere out there Ellie and her friends are hiding.

They’re shocked, they’re frightened, they’re alone.

Their world has changed, with the speed of a slamming door.

They’ve got no weapons – except courage.

They’ve got no help – except themselves.

They’ve got nothing – except friendship.

How strong can you be, when the world is full of people trying to kill you?


 

Words deep blue7. Words in Deep Blue
Cath Crowley

Second-hand bookshops are full of mysteries

This is a love story.

It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets, to words.

It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.

Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal. She’s looking for the future in the books people love, and the words that they leave behind.

Sometimes you need the poets

The new novel from the award-winning author of Graffiti Moon.


holes8. Holes
Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.


AlltheBrightThings9. All The Bright Places
Jennifer Niven

An exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might die, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground—it’s unclear who saves whom. And when the unlikely pair teams up on a class project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, they go, as Finch says, where the road takes them: the grand, the small, the bizarre, the beautiful, the ugly, the surprising—just like life.

Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a bold, funny, live-out-loud guy, who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet forgets to count away the days and starts living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is a heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, life lived, and two teens who find one another while standing on the edge.


 

GirlOnline10. Girl Online
Zoe Sugg

I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

OCTOBER BEST SELLERS 2016: Picture Story and Junior Fiction

PICTURE STORY


pigelf1. Pig The Elf (Aaron Blabey)

No-one loves Christmas more than Pig.

And the world’s greediest Pug will stay up all night to get his presents!


wefoundahat2. We Found a Hat (Jon Klassen)

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . . Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

The conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.


welcome-to-country3. Welcome to Country (Joy Murphy)

Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik: Welcome to Country.

Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy is a most respected senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance.  This is a very accessible welcome that introduces and gives meaning and explanation within the text to the customs and symbols of Indigenous Australia.

Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighbouring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today.


Child of Books4. A Child Of Books (Olivers Jeffers & Sam Winston)

A beautiful, poignant and timely manifesto for the myriad rewards of reading and sharing the enjoyment of stories.

From Oliver Jeffers and typographical fine artist, Sam Winston, comes an inspiring and lyrical picture book about a little girl who sails her raft ‘across a sea of words’ to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure where they can journey through ‘forests of fairy tales’, ‘across mountains of make-believe’ and ‘sleep in clouds of song’. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him… But who will be next? Oliver’s elegant art is combined with Sam’s astonishing typographical landscapes – beautifully shaped from excerpts of children’s classics and lullabies -to create a celebration of all that books can do and all that books can become, and to encourage readers of all ages to have an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that they will want to pass on to others.


armstrongmouse5. Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Of A Mouse to The Moon (Torben Kuhlmann)

A long time ago a mouse learned to fly . . . and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next?

Torben Kuhlmann’s stunning new book transports readers to the moon and beyond! On the heels of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse comes Armstrong: A Mouse on the Moon where dreams are determined only by the size of your imagination and the biggest innovators are the smallest of all. The book ends with a brief non-fiction history of human space travel from Galileo’s observations concerning the nature of the universe to man’s first steps on the moon.


6. In My Heart A Book Of Feelings (Jo Witek)

7. Kissed By The Moon (Alison Lester)

8. Zog And The Flying Doctors (Julia Donaldson & Alex Scheffer)

9. It Starts With a Seed (Laura Knowles)

10. Where Is the Green Sheep? (Mem Fox & Judy Horacek)


JUNIOR FICTION


hpchamberill1. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (Illustrated edition) (J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by Jim Kay)

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters – including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart – await inside this fully illustrated edition.

With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this inspired reimagining will captivate fans and new readers alike, as Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart …


hp-cursed2. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany)

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


artie3. Artie And The Grime Wave (Richard Roxburgh)

Artie and his best friend Bumshoe have stumbled upon a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff, and along with it a gang of shady characters including scary Mary, fang-toothed Funnel-web and the devious Mayor Grime.

Artie and Bumshoe’s attempt to solve the mystery sparks a chaotic chain of events that involves kidnapping, puppy-dog cutlets, modern art and pioneering the sport of the bungee- wedgie.

It’s a sticky situation and if Artie’s going to escape, he might need help from family, friends, a little old lady, a small dog and the Fartex 120Y.

A riotously funny adventure from the multi-talented Richard Roxburgh.


78-storey4. The 78 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)

Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They’ve added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


rubredfort65. Ruby Redfort: Blink And You Die (Book 6) (Lauren Child)

Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius – you can count on her when the ice starts to crack.  All good things come to an end…

Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and worst of all one of them is on her team. But just who is this agent of doom?  You can run, Ruby, but you can’t hide…

The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award-winning author Lauren Child.

(Ages 9+)

 


6. Rooftoppers (Katherine Rundell)

7. The 13 Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)

8. Dog man (Dav Pilkey)

9. Apocalypse Meow (The Bad Guys Episode 4)  (Aaron Blabey)

10. Mega Weird (Weirdo #7 (Ahn Do)

 

October New Releases: Junior & Teen Fiction

JUNIOR FICTION


 

artieArtie and the Grime Wave (Richard Roxburgh)

Artie and his best friend Bumshoe have stumbled upon a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff, and along with it a gang of shady characters including scary Mary, fang-toothed Funnel-web and the devious Mayor Grime.

Artie and Bumshoe’s attempt to solve the mystery sparks a chaotic chain of events that involves kidnapping, puppy-dog cutlets, modern art and pioneering the sport of the bungee- wedgie.

It’s a sticky situation and if Artie’s going to escape, he might need help from family, friends, a little old lady, a small dog and the Fartex 120Y.

A riotously funny adventure from the multi-talented Richard Roxburgh.


 

olive3Olive of Groves and The Right Royal Romp (Book 3) (Katrina Nannestad)

How absolutely splendid! Dust the doorknobs. Polish the silver. Roll out the red carpet. The Queen is coming to Mrs Groves’ Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers for tea! Nothing, absolutely nothing, could possibly spoil this right royal moment…

Except for the return of scheming villain, Pig McKenzie … and the arrival of a strange, harsh woman called Thistlebloom … and the fact that the Inspector of Schools has promised to close the doors of Groves forever if the Queen’s visit does not run smoothly …

Oh deary, deary me! Nothing ever runs smoothly at Groves! Someone needs to take control. Someone clever, brave and practical. Someone with big ideas and an even bigger heart. Someone named Olive. But does our beloved heroine have what it takes, or is this the end of Groves, once and for all?

The third adventure in this incomparably witty and charming series from award-winning author Katrina Nannestad.

(Ages 8-12)


 

rubredfort6Ruby Redfort: Blink And You Die (Book 6) (Lauren Child)

Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius – you can count on her when the ice starts to crack.  All good things come to an end…

Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and worst of all one of them is on her team. But just who is this agent of doom?  You can run, Ruby, but you can’t hide…

The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award-winning author Lauren Child.

(Ages 9+)


badguys4coverBad Guys Episode 4: Apocalypse Meow (Aaron Blabey)

Its a ZOMBIE KITTEN APOCALYPSE! Should you panic? Should you cry? Should you poop your pants? NO!

Just sit back and watch the fur fly as the world’s baddest good guys take on Mad Marmalade’s meowing monsters!


 

most-magical-girlA Most Magical Girl (Karen Foxlee)

Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time – and two most magical girls.

Annabel Grey has been brought up to be a very proper Victorian young lady. But being ‘proper’ isn’t always easy – especially when you can sometimes see marvellous (as well as terrifying) things in puddles. But parlour tricks such as these are nothing compared to the world that Annabel is about to enter…

After the rather sudden departure of her mother, Annabel is sent to live with her aunts. They claim to be Shoreditch witches, and from a very old family line of them too. They’re keen to introduce Annabel to their world of transformation, potions and flying broomsticks (which seem to have strong personalities of their own) but are horrified when Annabel announces not only does she not know any magic, young ladies shouldn’t believe in such things. But before Annabel has time to decide whether she does or not, she is swept into an urgent quest.

The trees of Highgate have been whispering to Kitty – an extraordinary urchin of a girl, who Annabel’s aunts seem very fond of – and so have the fairies. They talk of a terrible, dark magic that wants to devour all of London. And of a most magical girl who might be able to stop it . . .

This sparkling and enchanting story is sure to bewitch you, so curl up in front of the fire, and prepare to be swept away . . .

(Ages 12+)


 

bookwhispersThe Book of Whispers (Kimberley Starr)

Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees, or risk another exorcism by the nefarious priest Ramberti.

Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Night after night Luca sees his father murdered, and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.

Far away in Cappadocia, Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in an underground convent, she has a vision of a brown-haired boy riding through the desert. A boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. A boy who will take her on an adventure that will lead to places beyond both their understanding.

Together, Luca and Suzan will realise their true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.

Winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing 2015

(Ages 12+)


 

oddfrostOdd and the Frost Giants (Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell)

Odd’s luck has been bad so far. He lost his father on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree, and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox he encounters reveal they’re actually Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods.Can a twelve-year-old boy reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods?

With Neil Gaiman’s wit and style this story transcends the everyday and becomes a humorous, rich and layered tale of a life lived courageously.  With incredible illustrations from Chris Riddell, this is a stunning companion to their previous collaboration, The Sleeper And The Spindle.


beginningwoodsThe Beginning Woods (Malcolm McNeill)

Dare you follow your dreams?

A mystery no one can solve – The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air – just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace.

A baby no one wanted – Max was abandoned in a bookshop and grows up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings.

A secret that could save the future – To find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods. A realm of magic and terror, life and death. But can he bear the truth – or will it destroy him?

A story that will take you to another world – Greater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire

Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods…


 

TEEN FICTION / YOUNG ADULT


 

swarmSwarm: Zeroes 2 (Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti)

Every power has a dark side. Keep the secret. Use your power for good. Keep out of trouble. Stick together. Or things will fall apart.

It’s the holiday season, but the celebration at the Zeroes’ underground nightclub is blown apart when two strangers with new powers take to the dance floor. The Zeroes pursue them, only to discover that they’re fleeing an even more sinister power-wielder, Swarm. The Zeroes must learn all they can about this dangerous new player if they are to stay safe.

Meanwhile each of the Zeroes also has their own issues to deal with. Bellwether’s confidence is challenged, and Mob questions the nature of her power. Crash’s conscience gets a workout, and Anon and Scam face harsh truths about belonging. And it’s up to Flicker to pick up the reins and lead the Zeroes into a terrifying showdown.

A terrific sequel with a cracking pace that raises the stakes in this brilliant and unique superheroes series.


goldenhandGoldenhand (Old Kingdom Book 5) (Garth Nix)

Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian – she’s now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. When she discovers Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious, she uses her powers to save him. But the attack has left Nicholas tainted with Free Magic, so together they embark on a dangerous journey to seek help at Lirael’s childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier. A young woman from the distant North is travelling to meet them bearing a message from Lirael’s long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning? Lirael must save the Old Kingdom from this great danger – and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.


replicaReplica (Lauren Oliver)

Turn Replica one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story!

Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects – Lyra, aka number 24, and the boy known only as 72 – manage to escape.

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven Institute. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions.

While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story. Replica is an ambitious, thought-provoking masterwork.


 

xthe-fever-code-maze-runner-book-five-prequel-jpg-pagespeed-ic-cobbkvpawsFever Code (Prequel to Maze Runner) (James Dashner)

Once there was a world’s end.
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.

A prequel to the worldwide Maze Runner phenomenon, The Fever Code is the book that holds all the answers – How did WICKED find the Gladers? Who are Group B? And what side are Thomas and Teresa really on? Lies will be exposed. Secrets will be uncovered. Loyalties will be proven. Fans will never see the truth coming…


 

magnushammerMagnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Book #2) (Rick Riordan)

My name is Magnus Chase. Two months ago I died fighting a Fire Giant and woke up in Hotel Valhalla as one of Odin’s warriors. Time for a rest? I wish.

When I meet Otis, an informant with a lead on Thor’s missing hammer, all I get is the name ‘Provincetown’ before a wolf-masked assassin takes him out and warns me to stay away.

Someone really doesn’t want me to find the hammer, and even if I could it’s rumoured to be underground, guarded by powerful magic.

But the giant armies are on the move, preparing to invade. If I don’t find it, they’ll ravage the Nine Worlds, starting with the streets of Boston.

There’s just one person who could help. Someone who demands a very high price: the gods’ worst enemy, Loki.


 

ourchemicalheartsOur Chemical Hearts (Krystal Sutherland)

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.


 

holdingup-universeHolding Up the Universe (Jennifer Niven)

You are wanted. You are necessary. You are loved.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, but no one’s ever looked past her weight to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, Libby’s been hiding, but now she’s ready for high school. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too – sexy, aloof and too cool for school. But Jack’s swaggering confidence is hiding a secret he must keep at all costs. Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Then Jack meets Libby. And their worlds change. Because sometimes when you meet someone, the whole universe just comes into focus.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that one person who sees you for who you really are – and seeing them right back.

October New Releases: Picture Story and Junior Non Fiction

PICTURE STORY


 

hpchamberillHarry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) (J K Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay)

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling full-colour illustrations in this stunning new edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Breathtaking scenes, dark themes and unforgettable characters – including Dobby and Gilderoy Lockhart – await inside this fully illustrated edition.

With paint, pencil and pixels, award-winning illustrator Jim Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this inspired reimagining will captivate fans and new readers alike, as Harry and his friends, now in their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, seek out a legendary chamber and the deadly secret that lies at its heart …


friendmachineThe Fabulous Friend Machine (Nick Bland)

Popcorn is, quite simply, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks farm! When she finds a Fabulous Friend Machine in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. But behind the screen of the Fabulous Friend Machine, maybe her new friends are not so friendly after all…

A cautionary tale from the globally best-selling Nick Bland.


 

marypoppinsMary Poppins Up, Up and Away (Helene Druvert)

After the success of Paris Up, Up and Away, Helene Druvert is back with Mary Poppins!

Featuring the stunning and unique laser cut technology of Paris, get back on board for a new thrilling adventure with the most amazing nanny of all time and discover London in a new light with Mary Poppins.


 

mollymaeMolly and Mae (Danny Parker, Illustrated by Freya Blackwood)

Friendship is like a train journey.

There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments.

There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the countryside.

Brilliantly rendered by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Molly and Mae is a portrait of the most delightful and emotionally rich train journey imaginable. 


 

pigelfPig the Elf (Aaron Blabey)

No-one loves Christmas more than Pig.

And the world’s greediest Pug will stay up all night to get his presents!


 

xwhat-do-they-do-with-all-the-poo-from-all-of-the-animals-at-the-zoo-cd-jpg-pagespeed-ic-j7bbxfiaccWhat Do They Do With All The Poo From All The Animals At The Zoo (Anh Do, Illustrated by Laura Wood)

What do they do with all the poo, from all the animals at the zoo?

The hippos, the tigers, the kangaroos – what do they do with all that poo?

There’s so much poo at the zoo… Where does it all go? Do they mix it into chocolate ice-cream? Sprinkle it on pizza? Stir it in the local swimming pool?

With the hilarious bonus CD recording, you can sing along in search of the stinky truth.


 

wonderlandsWonderlands – The Ilustration Art of Robert Ingpen (Robert Ingpen)

Step into Robert Ingpen’s magical world with this book of wonderful images that have made Robert a worldwide household name for children’s illustration.

Here you will find his own autobiographical tales, illustrator’s notes, original sketches and illustrations from his award-winning publications. Robert leads us on his journeys into the wondrous landscapes of the classics he has so famously illustrated (Neverland, the Riverbank, Oz and Alice’s Wonderland) as well as into the magical landscapes of his own imagination and the more real but no less magical scenery of his own beloved Australia, and reveals the places, stories and people that inspired him along the way.

Robert’s astonishing creative vision has breathed life into more than one hundred books and delighted countless children around the world throughout his remarkable career as an illustrator. Wonderlands is a fitting celebration of Robert Ingpen’s work as a master illustrator and storyteller.


 

hugthisbookHug This Book (Barney Saltzberg, Illustrated by Fred Benaglia)

An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love.


pancakesPancakes! (Lotta Nieminen)

Cook pancakes from scratch inside this interactive recipe book readers whisk the eggs, flip the pancakes, and more!

Step one: mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

Step two: whisk the eggs, milk, and butter.

Step three: stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients to make the batter.

Simple, straightforward recipe text brings readers through each step of cooking pancakes, while the interactive novelty features invite them to participate in the process.

Cooking pancakes has never been so satisfying nor so clean!

Perfect for young chefs-to-be, or any kid who prefers to ‘do it myself’. This is the first title in a series of interactive recipe books.


 

henryleoHenry and Leo (Pamela Zagrenski)

Leo isn’t just a stuffed toy, he is Henry’s best friend and brother. He is as real as a tree, a cloud, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the wind. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry’s family believes Leo is real enough to find his way home.

With beautiful mixed-media paintings, the Caldecott Honor–winning artist Pamela Zagarenski explores the transcendent nature of friendship and love.


 

little-night-catLittle Night Cat (Sonja Danowski)

Tony donates his much-loved soft toy animals to the animal shelter to help raise money. It really touches his mum’s heart later that night when Tony misses his toys. She offers her old soft toy as a replacement and he embraces it with such love that his mum rewards him in a way that he could never imagine. A gentle story that children will return to time and time again.

A heartwarming tale by the extraordinary author/illustrator Sonja Danowski.


 

dontcrosslineDon’t Cross the Line! (Bernardo Carvalho, Illustrated by Isabel Martins)

The guard always follows the general’s orders without question. This time, the order is that no one must cross the line. The right-hand page of this book must be kept blank for the general.

As the crowd builds up on the border, the guard is under pressure. If no one is allowed onto the next page, what will happen to the story?

A slapstick postmodern tale that is also a profound statement about dictatorship and peaceful revolution.


 

JUNIOR NON-FICTION


 

helloatlasThe Hello Atlas (Ben Handicott)

Travel through each continent and read simple greetings in different languages – some of which you might have heard of, like French, Chinese and Arabic, and some that you might not have! If you want to hear what they sound like, use the QR code to access hundreds of authentic recordings. Fully illustrated scenes throughout show how children share the same everyday activities, whether they live in big cities or small, remote villages – and they all have one thing in common: they want to say hello to you! With foreword by ethnobotanist and Explorer, Professor Wade Davis.

Look into the lives of children all over the world and listen to 133 different languages using the QR code.


bookbeesThe Book of Bees (Piotr Socha)

A lavishly illustrated bee encyclopedia for children 6+.

Full of fascinating facts: learn about beehive design, honey harvesting, honeycomb and most importantly bees themselves.

From the Polish publisher of Maps, comes this stunning book, 72 pages of beautiful illustrations tracing the history of bees.


 

art-playArt Play (Marion Deuchars)

Play with art like never before in this exciting new activity book from the bestselling author of Bob The Artist and the Let’s Make Some Great Art series.

Marion Deuchars has created a surprising and engaging range of activities and games organised into seven sections of Drawing, Colour, Shapes, Paint, Paper, Printing and Pattern. Each section is not only a great opportunity to play, but also helps to shape and form artistic ability and confidence. Discover the joys of making your own marbled paper. Create your own secret code in pictures.

Providing hours of endless fun and exploration, Art Play will bring out the artist in everyone.


 

girlstuff8-12Girl Stuff 8–12 (Kaz Cooke)

The essential younger girl’s guide to puberty and the pre-teen years – body changes * dealing with friends & bullies * getting confident * first periods * pimples * hair (wherever it is) * phones & being online * what to eat * being fit & healthy * the best books & movies * how to be happy with your own true self – and lots more!

Here’s everything you need to know about being a pre-teen, from Kaz Cooke, author of Girl Stuff for teens.


 

 

Kids Best Sellers August 2016

PICTURE STORY

welcome-to-country1. Welcome to Country (Joy Murphy)

Welcome to the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People. We are part of this land and the land is part of us. This is where we come from. Wominjeka Wurundjeri balluk yearmenn koondee bik: Welcome to Country.

Aunty Joy Wandin Murphy is a most respected senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin alliance.  This is a very accessible welcome that introduces and gives meaning and explanation within the text to the customs and symbols of Indigenous Australia.

Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Traditionally, to cross these boundaries or enter community country you needed permission from the neighbouring community. When this permission was granted the ceremony now called Welcome to Country took place. Each community had its own way of welcoming to country, and they still do today.


the-ricker-racker-club2. The Ricker Racker Club (Patrick Guest)

To be in the Ricker Racker Club you have to be brave. You have to be kind. You have to not be a girl…but some people are better than others at being both kind and brave. Patrick Guest and Nathaniel Eckstrom tell us who and why and how in this lively story about silly rules and even sillier situations.


piranhas3. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas (Aaron Blabey)

Brian loves bananas. Trouble is, Brian is a piranha. And his friends aren’t happy about his fondness for fruit. No, they’re not happy at all…

From the best-selling author of Pig the Pug and Thelma the Unicorn comes one of the funniest and cheekiest books you’ll ever read.


in my heart4. In My Heart (Jo Witek)

Starring the same little girl in the same charming illustration style as Hello In There!, In My Heart explores emotions–happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness and more. Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: When I get really angry, my heart feels like it’s going to explode! Don’t come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad.

Toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. On the cover and the right side of each spread, a die-cut heart decreases in size, creating a multi-coloured heart the depth of the entire book.


97806700767585. 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.


 

6. Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney)

7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)

8. A Child of Books (Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston)

9. The Jolly Postman & Other People’s Letters (Janet and Allen Ahlberg)

10. Amazing Daddy (Rachel Bright)


 

 

JUNIOR FICTION

78-storey1. The 78-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)

Join Andy and Terry in their spectacular new 78-storey treehouse. They’ve added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


 

hp-cursed2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany)

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


97801413654663. Matilda (Roald Dahl)

Matilda Wormwood’s father thinks she’s a little scab. Matilda’s mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda’s headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she’s the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she’s an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind – and now she’s had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget.


97803304043654. The 13-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)

Andy and Terry’s 13-storey treehouse is the most amazing treehouse in the world! It’s got a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of man-eating sharks, a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you’re hungry.Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


Dragonfly song5. Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr)

The firstborn daughter of a priestess is cast out as a baby, and after raiders kill her adopted family, she is abandoned at the gates of the Great Hall, anonymous and mute. Called No-Name, the cursed child, she is raised a slave, and not until she is twelve does she learn her name is Aissa: the dragonfly…

Now every year the Bull King takes a tribute from the island: two thirteen-year-old children to brave the bloody bull dances in his royal court. None have ever returned – but for Aissa it is the only escape…

Aissa is resilient, resourceful, and fast – but to survive the bull ring, she will have to learn the mystery of her true nature…

A riveting, mythic Bronze Age adventure from award-winning author Wendy Orr…


 

6. Riders of the Thunder Realm (Paladero #1) (Steven Lochran)

7. World’s Worst Children (David Walliams)

8. Charlie and the War Against the Grannies (Alan Brough)

9. An Author’s Odyssey (Land of Stories #5) (Chris Colfer)

10. Treehouse Fun Book (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton)


TEEN FICTION / YOUNG ADULT

miss-peregrine1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1 (Ransom Riggs)

 A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow impossible though it seems they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


hollow2. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s #2) (Ransom Riggs)

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.


97800072416203. Skulduggery Pleasant #1 (Derek Landy)

Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead.

Then there’s his sidekick, Stephanie. She’s… well, she’s a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out…

Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard. When all hell breaks loose, it’s lucky for Skulduggery that he’s already dead. Though he’s about to discover that being a skeleton doesn’t stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there’s anything Skulduggery hates, it’s torture…

Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing’s for sure: evil won’t know what’s hit it.


97815947484004. Library of Lost Souls (Miss Peregrine’s #3) (Ransom Riggs)

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be?

This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.


the-maze-runner5. Maze Runner #1 (James Dashner)

When the doors of the lift crank open the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t’ know how or why they came to be there or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back they will risk everything even the Grievers; half-machine, half-animal horrors that patrol its corridors to try and find the way out.


 

6. The Giver #1 (Lois Lowry)

7. The Kill Order (Maze Runner Prequel) (James Dashner)

8. Things a Map Won’t Show You: Stories from Australia and Beyond (Susan La Marca & Pam McIntyre)

9. United As One (Lorian Legacies #7) (Pittacus Lore)

10. Breathing Underwater (Sophie Hardcastle)

2016 Story Writing Competition: Winners and Honours List

We were quite overwhelmed this year by the number of entries (almost 100!) and the levels of enthusiasm put into them by everyone – it’s so fantastic to see the bucket loads of talent we have here on the Peninsula in all our budding young authors.  You are certainly a very impressive lot!!

It was wonderful to see many of you at our Author Event with Wendy Orr on Saturday 27 August – you had some fantastic questions for her about what it’s like to be an author.  I hope her responses were helpful to those of you dreaming of one day becoming one yourselves.

Unfortunately, there can only be a few winners and our judging task was a difficult one, but we are pleased to announce the 2016 winners as follows:

LOWER PRIMARY (Prep to Yr 3)

Winner: How I Dreamt of a Super Dog by Rupert Brancatisano

Winner: My Friends by Zali Horner

Winner (Illustration): Going Around Australia by Ayana Barker

Honourable Mention: Footy Cards Save the Day by Jiah Patane

Honourable Mention: Some Days by Lily and Oliver Rivett

UPPER PRIMARY (Yr 3-6)

Winner: The End of Mr HB by Mia Davies

Honourable Mention: Lost Eggs of Elsia by Siena Yap

Honourable Mention: Quontana by William Atta

LOWER SECONDARY (Yr 7-9)

Winner: Goldilocks and The Revenge of the Three Bears by Maddy Scharpenack

Honourable Mention: The Girl in Blue by Emily Savage

Honourable Mention: God’s Angel by Holly Newgreen

UPPER SECONDARY (Yr 10-12)

Winner: Tom, Leon and Jill Go to Space by Chris Hollins

 

We have uploaded the winning entries, so just click on the links if you’d like to have a read.

If you didn’t win a prize this year, don’t be disheartened – keep working at your stories and illustrations, and read lots for inspiration – next year might be your year!!

We have prepared a Certificate for every entrant – you can collect yours in store – just ask our friendly staff.

We will dispose of any certificates and stories not collected by the end of October.


Thanks for helping us celebrate Children’s Book Week 2016
– we can’t wait to see what you’ll have for us next year!!

CBCA Book Week 2016

Dork Day: Saturday 10 September

To celebrate the coming release of the newest Dork Diaries title, Frenemies Forever, in October, we invite you to join us in store for our DORK DAY on Saturday 10 September!!

  • Create your own Dork Diary - from 1pm we’ll have a craft table set up in store for you to create your very own fabulous and totally individual Dork Diary!  Numbers strictly limited – to register your spot, pop in store or phone on 5975 5034.

  • Discount and a Showbag - Pre-order and pay for your copy of Frenemies Forever on the day and we’ll give you 10% off and a free showbag of goodies, including a sneak peak chapter from the new book.
    (Note: the number of showbags available will be limited and will be allocated on a first in, best dressed basis).

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Unearthing Stories with Wendy Orr…

The Peninsula is home to Wendy Orr, acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Nim’s Island and the newly released junior fiction novel Dragonfly Song.

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We were lucky to have a chat to Wendy about her writing process, and where stories come from…


Farrells:  Where did the original idea for Dragonfly Song come from?

WO:  My interest in ancient history was sparked after reading Mary Renault when I was 13 or 14. It resurfaced with a dream of a priestess – or a white robed woman – leading a procession up a green mountain. The dream intrigued me so much I started wondering about what sort of history it would represent if it had a basis in reality.

The island setting of Dragonfly Song itself is fictitious. I wanted something reasonably far north, in the Black Sea.

One of the things that brought the island to life for me was as I was walking on a beach in Denmark, and I found a piece of a flint knife. It’s actually quite serrated, and it’s got thumbholes. Holding this little piece of flint really brought the island to life for me.

As for Aissa (the main character), I was doodling one day. On an iPad you have the freedom to draw whatever you want and nobody has to see it. I was just finger-painting on that and I drew this really sad little girl and she was very dark. Once I’d drawn her and I knew that she belonged in the Bronze Age story and I knew that obviously she had a really hard start in life. Then I had to figure out why.

I’m sorry; I’ve given you this big mess.

Farrells: Well, that’s suggestive of the process. Ideas have come to you in parts and you’ve held onto them, and even though they mightn’t make sense at the time they’ve somehow made their way into the story. Which is interesting.

WO: Well, that’s exactly it. There were a lot of things that gave rise to the book. It was more just feelings that I knew were going to go into this book and then I had to do the research to figure out how those feelings could possibly have some origin in a historical novel.

On Christmas afternoon this year, I’d sent off what I thought was the last draft. I was lying on the lawn and a swarm of dragonflies were hovering over us, so I decided that was a good omen. I decided that her name Aissa meant dragonfly. It hadn’t at the start.

When I described this to an archaeologist in Crete, she said, “Oh, but you know that the dragonfly is a symbol of the goddess?” And I actually didn’t know that. I did an awful lot of research, but I didn’t know that. It was quite wonderful.

Farrells: That’s amazing. It’s almost like an unearthing of these details.

WO: Well, you know I often say that the story is already there, and it’s my job to dig it out. But this story seems to have had a few layers that really made that quite concrete, almost.

Farrells: Can you tell me a little bit about how you research your books?

WO: Honestly, with books and the Internet. When I started researching this 30 years ago, that was pre-internet. So it was basically inter-library loan. Well, we were farming and so I guess I went to the Shepparton library but it was tricky working around small children.

Over the last few years I’ve done short courses on Ancient Greece.

Then earlier this year, I went to Crete and Santorini and spent time with an archaeologist that I had met through an academic history network. They were terribly helpful when I wrote and said I was coming to Crete. I have now gone and picked up pieces of 4000-year-old pottery. I also handled stone tools; it’s amazing how quickly you can learn to identify things in a very small area.

I was taken to one site that hasn’t been excavated and there’s just stuff lying all over the beach. That was unbelievably exciting. One of the things I love about looking at these things, they are things someone has made. We don’t know who made them, but somebody did. I actually held this piece of glazed pot that I thought it had some writing on it. I showed it to the archaeologist, and she said “I don’t believe it’s writing, but you have got a thumb print in the glaze.”

Farrells: Wow.

WO: Isn’t that amazing? This research will feed into my next book, where the main character will be a potter. The point is, somebody did that.

Farrells: Did you go to Crete after you’d already written the book?

WO: I just couldn’t get there before.

Farrells:  What does a regular writing day look like for you?

WO: Normally it starts with walking the dog. I check my emails and social media at breakfast, I walk the dog, then I start writing properly around 10am and I walk the dog again at 4pm. My plan is always that I will finish the day at 4pm and then when I come back I do admin and emails and things like that. But I’m not very good at sticking to that, so I tend to come back and say “I just need to finish this off” and all of a sudden it’s 6pm.

The other thing with a writing day is it really does depend on which draft it is. The early draft I can’t write quite as long. The actual writing of new scenes might be two hours, and then I’ll go and do some reading. Later into the editing process, the longer I can keep going. By the time you’re proofreading, then you can really push through.

Farrells: How long did it take to write?

WO:  I started this around July 2014. That was when I worked out to write it half in verse and half in prose. I asked my editor, and she thought I was crazy. Because I’d always heard it in verse, and I’d always thought it was too complex. So it was nearly 2 years.

Farrells: Tell us about the next book you’re working on.

WO: It’s the same world as Dragonfly Song but it’s 200 years earlier. It’s set at the time an enormous volcano erupted on Santorini and it destroyed part of the island and buried the town there in 30 metres of ash. It was only discovered and excavated around 1950. They didn’t find any bodies or any gold, so it seems that at least the wealthy people escaped. I was really intrigued to see that this was an incredibly advanced civilisation (they had flushing toilets, for example). From there they escaped into a world where they would have become refugees.

Farrells: Will the next book feature another strong female character?

WO: Yes. Now, I realise I write strong female characters because that’s what everybody says, and I can certainly see that they are, but I don’t intentionally set out to write strong independent role models. The stories come to me and the girls come to me, it’s like there wouldn’t be any point to the story if they weren’t strong. That’s just how they appear to me.


We look forward to reading it once you’ve unearthed the story Wendy, and thank you for taking the time to speak to us.


 

For further information about Wendy or any of her previous 30-plus books for children, visit her website www.wendyorr.com.au or follow her on Instagram.

And don’t forget you can meet Wendy in story from 2pm on Saturday 27 August as part of our Children’s Book Week celebrations – she’ll be doing a reading, giving plenty of advice to our budding young authors, and awarding the prizes for our Story Writing Competition.

Best Selling Children’s Titles in July

PICTURE STORY

1. Kissed By The Moon (Alison Lester)

9780670076758May 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.


2. The Ricker Racker Club (Patrick Guest)

the-ricker-racker-clubTo be in the Ricker Racker Club you have to be brave. You have to be kind. You have to not be a girl…but some people are better than others at being both kind and brave. Patrick Guest and Nathaniel Eckstrom tell us who and why and how in this lively story about silly rules and even sillier situations.


3. All My Treasures (Jo Witek)

All My TreasurersWhen a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. But what could it be? What does she love best?


4. Circle (Jeannie Baker)

cover-circleTiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible pathways in an infinity of sky. Flying on and on, for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest. From Arctic icebergs in the north, to tropical golden beaches in the south, across thousands of kilometres of Pacific Ocean. ‘Circle’ captures the sheer wonder of this migratory journey, reminding us of the global interdependence of nature.
The Godwit’s remarkable flight is followed as it comes full circle… back to the place where mud and sand become sea.


5. Little Why (Jonny Lambert)

little-whyLittle Why just can’t stay in line. There is so much to see – like Giraffe’s long-lofty leggy legs and Wildebeest’s spiny-spiky horns. Why can’t he have legs and horns like them? And then Little Why spots Crocodile’s snippy-snappy teeth…Look out! With stylish and striking art from Jonny Lambert, Little Why is a visually stunning picture book with a heart-warming message at its core.

Children will love Little Why’s adorable, excitable character and discovering the different animals in the African savannah. A perfect story book for gently introducing themes of positive body image and the dangers of toddlers and little children running away from their parents.


6. Ollie And The Wind (Ronojoy Ghosh)

7. Detective Dog (Julia Donaldson)

8. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas (Aaron Blabey)

9. In My Heart (Jo Witek)

10. Suri’s Wall (Lucy Estela)


JUNIOR FICTION

1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne)

HP cursedIt was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.  While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

This is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child received its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

Readers should note that this is a play script and not a novel as per the original books.


2. An Authors Odyssey (Land Of Stories #5) (Chris Colfer)

Authors OdysseyIn the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner’s imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?


3. World’s Worst Children (David Walliams)

worlds worst childrenAre you ready to meet the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls! Like Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one!  Or Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip!  And not forgetting Blubbering Bertha – a girl who bawls and tells terrible tales! Also featuring a special appearance from fan-favourite Raj!

From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes this collection of ten wickedly funny, deliciously mischievous tales, illustrated in glorious colour by the artistic genius Tony Ross.


4. Charlie And The War Against The Grannies (Alan Brough)

charlie-and-the-war-against-the-grannies-order-your-signed-copy-I didn’t want Mrs Cyclopolos to explode. I just wanted a paper round …

My name is Charlie Ian Duncan. I will be 12 on 2 February. I have written this history of my war with the grannies because I need everyone to know that I didn’t mean for Mrs Cyclopolos to blow up. I just wanted a paper round.

When I say ‘my war with the grannies’, I really mean the war I waged alongside my best friend Hils, my second-best-friend Rashid, Peter the Iraqi, who isn’t afraid of anything (well apart from one thing), Warren and his magical bike TwelveSpeed and those crazy people we met underground.

The grannies started it when I asked them about a paper round and they sprayed me in the face with rooster brand chilli sauce and made me think that I was dead. Hils and I decided to go to war with them but then I discovered one of the grannies had a glass eye and I wasn’t sure if it was okay to go to war against someone with a glass eye but then I discovered that the granny with the glass eye could pinch bricks in half, turn her snot-covered hankies into deadly throwing weapons and possessed a truly terrible device called the Gnashing Gnet.

It’s all true.

Especially the bit about me not wanting anyone to blow up…


5. The BFG (Roald Dahl)

BFG FTINow a major motion picture from the human beans that created E.T. and the author of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by any of the other giants she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flushbunking off to England to swollop a few nice little chiddlers, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all!


6. Pax (Sara Pennypacker)

7. The Riders of Thunder Realm (Paladero #1) (Steven Lochran)

8. Tom Gates Good Skills Almost (Liz Pichon)

9. The Wishing Spell (Land Of Stories #1) (Chris Colfer)

10. Matilda (Roald Dahl)

 

Children’s Book Week 2016: Story Writing Competition!

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FARRELL’S STORY WRITING COMPETITION

Children’s Book Week

Saturday 20 August – Friday 26 August


We’re holding a story-writing competition to celebrate Children’s Book Week again this year.  We had some fantastic entries last year, which you can view here.

There are Farrell’s book vouchers up for grabs as prizes, so be sure to get your entry in if you’d like to be in the running.  We will also share the winning entries here on our website.

There are four different age groups and conditions:

  1. Lower Primary – Prep to Year 2/3
    (if you’re in Year 3, you can choose which group you’d like to enter)

    • Picture story format

  2. Upper Primary – Year 3/4 to Year 6

    • Picture story or short story format

  3. Lower Secondary – Years 7 – 9

    • Short story format. Please try to limit to 2 pages / 1000 words.

  4. Upper Secondary – Years 10 – 12

    • Short story format.  Please try to limit to 3 pages / 1500 words.

In all groups, limit of one entry per person.

A note re page / word limits in the older groups – we won’t exclude an entry for being longer than this, but please bear in mind that we may have a lot of entries to get through, so it will be helpful if they’re not too long!

Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store (we are happy to return them after the competition if you wish to come and collect them again).  Electronic entries can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW Story Comp.  Please use either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Please ensure you include your name, age and group of entry, and contact information (phone and email).

Entries will close on Friday 19 August just before the start of Children’s Book Week.

We are pleased to announce we have local author, Wendy Orr, coming to visit this year to award the prizes to our winners – Wendy will be in store from 2-3.30pm on Saturday 27 August.  She’ll treat us to a reading, will be happy to sign books and give lots of great advice to all our budding young authors. Even if you’re not receiving a prize, come along and enjoy the afternoon.  You can read about Wendy’s new book Dragonfly Song  here.

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Wendy Orr

Author of Dragonfly Song and Nim’s Island

Book reading, signing and presentation to competition winners

2pm Saturday 27 August
IN STORE

 


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story-writing-ideasSo what will you write about?

  • You could use the Children’s Book Week theme from this year – “Australia! Story Country” – as a starting point.

  • Think about some favourite books you love to read and see if you can create something similar.

  • For those of you writing picture story books, have a look at this fun interactive book about how to write a story or perhaps try out the Scholastic Story Starter.  (Be sure to get Mum and Dad’s okay to use the computer).

  • For Groups 2-4, have a look at Andy Griffith’s Once Upon A Slime for some tips on writing or check out this YouTube video of him speaking with a school group about how to write.

  • Ask your school librarian or teacher for some ideas.

  • Be creative!  Your imagination is a unique and wonderful thing – so put it to good use!

We can’t wait to see what wonderful creative stories you share with us.

Happy Writing!

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