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CBCA Shortlist 2014

Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlist 2014


Book of the Year
Older Readers

The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna
Life in Outer Space by Melissa KeilThe First Third by Will Kostakis
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn


Younger Readers

Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis
Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt
City of Orphans: A Very Unusual Pursuit by Catherine Jinks
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Light Horse Boy by Dianne Wolfer. Illustrated by Brian Simmonds


Early Childhood

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian. Illustrated by Ann James
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Emma Quay
Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood
Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester
The Swap by Jan Ormerod. Illustrated by Andrew Joyner
Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer. Illustrated by Karen Blair


Picture Book of the Year

The Treasure Box by Freya Blackwood. Text by Margaret Wild
King Pig by Nick Bland
Silver Buttons by Bob Graham
Parachute by Matt Ottley. Text by Danny Parker
The Windy Farm by Craig Smith. Text by Doug MacLeod
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan


Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood. Illustrated by Terry Denton
Jeremy by Christopher Faille. Illustrated by Danny Snell
Ice, Wind, Rock by Peter Gouldthorpe
Yoko’s Diary: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima during WWII ed. by Paul Ham
Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie. Illustrated by Chris Nixon
Welcome To My Country by Laklak Burarrwanga and Family


Fiction & Non Fiction Releases for April/May


The Tea Chest – by Josephine Moon (April)

Kate Fullerton, talented tea designer and now co-owner of The Tea Chest, could never have imagined that she’d be flying from Brisbane to London, risking her young family’s future, to save the business she loves from the woman who wants to shut it down.

Meanwhile, Leila Morton has just lost her job; and if Elizabeth Clancy had known today was the day she would appear on the nightly news, she might at least have put on some clothes. Both need to move on.

When Kate’s, Leila’s and Elizabeth’s paths cross, they throw themselves into realising Kate’s vision of the newest and most delectable tea shop in London, The Tea Chest. But with the very real possibility that The Tea Chest may fail, the three women are forced to decide what’s important to each of them.

An enchanting, witty novel about the unexpected situations life throws at us, and how love and friendship help us through. Written with heart and infused with the seductive scents of bergamot, Indian spices, lemon, rose and caramel, it’s a world you won’t want to leave.

The Tea Chest

Chestnut Street – by Maeve Binchy (Short Stories – May)

A delightful collection of linked stories from No.1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy – simply the best

Just round the corner from St Jarlath’s Crescent (featured in MINDING FANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy’s wonderful collection of stories

Bucket Maquire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son.

Nessa Byrne, who’s aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house – and Nessa’s world – upside down.

Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of.

And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of a the fortune teller – ‘Madame Magic’…

No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss – and life not always turning out as expected…

Foreign Soil – by Maxine Beneba Clarke (May)

In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award 2013.

In Melbourne’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated block of flats overhanging the rattling Footscray train-lines, a young black mother is working on a collection of stories.

The book is called FOREIGN SOIL. Inside its covers, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre, a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike, an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s’ Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance, a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny, and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.

The young mother keeps writing, the rejection letters keep arriving…

Kat Jumps The Shark – by Melinda Houston (April)

Suddenly a dark blur dropped through her line of vision, followed by a thump behind the glass. Kat saw first the faces of the extras. Then Peru, the prettiest contestant, fixed in horror and disbelief. There was a high, thin, sustained scream. Finally Kat shifted her gaze to the street, where a body lay at all angles in an extravagant splatter of blood.

‘Oh dear,’ she said. Then started, helplessly, laughing.

Kat Kelly reckons she’s got life sorted. She has a man who cooks and does the dishes. A stepdaughter she adores. And her dream job: scouting locations for a TV production company. All the big dramas are behind her, right?

Before she knows it, Kat is out of love and has nowhere to live. Between her ditzy new intern and an amorous ex-footballer, work isn’t much better. And just when things couldn’t get any worse, disaster strikes Kat’s set, sending her spinning totally out of control.

Kat Jumps the Shark is a moving and at times hilarious tale about losing it all, only to find it again in the most unexpected place. Full of cheeky digs at television and celebrity culture, this fun-filled novel is for all readers.



Chasing the Rose – by Andrea di Robilant (April)

The author of the best-selling A Venetian Affair now gives us a charming chronicle of his search for a fabled antique rose – a tale that takes us back to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, and looks into the future of this much beloved flower.

In his 2008 biography of the great Italian lady Lucia Mocenigo (his great-great-great-great grandmother), Andrea di Robilant described a pink rose that grows wild on the family’s former country estate. This led to an invitation for an audience with the humble but deeply knowledgeable doyenne of European roses, Sra. Eleonora Garlant. Could this unnamed rose possibly be the long-lost Rose Bichonne, a China rose that nineteenth-century growers cultivated but which had apparently disappeared since? In search of the identity of the anonymous rose, Di Robilant finds himself captivated by rose-o-philes through time – from Lucia and her dear friend Josephine Bonaparte to the brilliant Sra. Garlant, whose garden of nearly 1500 species is one of the most significant in Europe – and by the old roses themselves, each of which has a tale to tell.

Illustrated in full colour, the book will delight rose lovers, European travelers, and amateur historians in equal measure.

Chasing the Rose

Stubborn Buggers – by Tim Bowden (April)

‘It made Changi seem like heaven.’

There was a place far worse than Changi – Singapore’s Outram Road Gaol. Deprivation here was so extreme that there really was a fate worse than death.

Stubborn Buggers is the story of twelve Australian POWs who endured and survived the Thai-Burma Railway and Sandakan and then the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol. It is a story of how they dealt with the brutality of the Japanese military police, the feared Kempeitai. And it is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death.

But Stubborn Buggers is about more than suffering and brutality. It is also a story of grit, determination and larrikin humour. It is very much about the triumph of the human spirit.

Stubborn Buggers

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal – by Ben Macintyre (April)

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War.

Philby’s two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all. This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience; of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and well-made suits in the comfortable clubs and restaurants of London and Washington; of male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed.

With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.

A Spy Among Friends

One Million Lovely Letters – by Jodi Ann Bickley (May)

The heart-warming and inspirational true story of a stroke survivor who sends uplifting letters all around the world, providing her with a lifeline in her own darkest moments.

When Jodi was five, her beloved Nan died. Unable to deal with the emotional grief, her mum suggested Jodi write her a letter, saying that the postman would deliver it to heaven. Although it didn’t bring closure, it made things OK, and it brought happiness to Jodi’s mum who was struggling with her own deep feelings of loss. Jodi saw the effect the letter had on her mum and wanted to recreate that feeling. So, as a teenager Jodi started leaving notes and letters for strangers to find and cheer them up.

In the summer of 2011, aged 22, Jodi contracted a serious brain infection and suffered a mini stroke that would change her life forever. Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In an effort to recover, Jodi began to write inspirational letters, this time to strangers, giving people all over the world a lift, and a reason to carry on, just as she had given her mother all those years ago.

One Million Lovely Letters will chart Jodi’s life and recovery and focus on the power of letters, giving readers inspiration to overcome obstacles to health and happiness, and ‘pay it forward’. Jodi has already written hundreds of letters and her words are changing lives across the globe.

Dangerous Allies – by Malcolm Fraser (May)

Australia has always been reliant on ‘great and powerful friends’ for its sense of national security and for direction on its foreign policy—first on the British Empire and now on the United States. Australia has actively pursued a policy of strategic dependence, believing that making a grand bargain with a powerful ally was the best policy to ensure its security and prosperity.

Dangerous Allies examines Australia’s history of strategic dependence and questions the continuation of this position. It argues that international circumstances, in the world and in the Western Pacific especially, now make such a policy highly questionable. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has also changed dramatically, making it less relevant to Australia and a less appropriate ally on which Australia should rely.

Malcolm Fraser argues that Australia should adopt a much greater degree of independence in foreign policy, and that we should no longer merely follow other nations into wars of no direct interest to Australia or Australia’s security. He argues for an end to strategic dependence and for the timely establishment of a truly independent Australia.


Children’s New Release Books for April/May

Children’s New Release Books (April/May)

The Queen’s Hat – by Steve Antony (May)

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvellous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen’s Men, and one very special hat.

Just where will that hat land?

Children will love following the parachuting Queen and counting all the Queen’s men!

With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is a great, new talent to watch. A laugh-out-loud celebration of London, the Queen and the royal family’s new baby.

Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro – John Flanagan (May)

When the Heron brotherband become the Skandian duty ship to the Kingdom of Araluen, they’re excited at the challenges ahead. Hal, Stig, Thorn and the Herons eagerly set off for the trip – with an unexpected new crew member aboard.But an enemy from their past returns, causing the Herons to be thrown into a dangerous quest to free captured Araluans from the slave market in Socorro. Even with the help of an Araluan Ranger, the task may be too much.
Brotherband 4: Slaves of Socorro, John Flanagan
Rivertime – Trace Balla (April)
A tender and beautifully illustrated tale of a boy and his bird-watching uncle, on a paddling trip on Australia’s Glenelg River. A story about slowing down, growing up, and connecting with the land and its creatures.’All children need an Uncle Egg to open up the magical world of nature. We all need to get outside, away from television, computers and mobile phones, and what better way than a canoeing-camping trip? This is a delightful story about the joy of the outdoors.’ DAVID SUZUKI’Rivertime is a quirky, charming immersion into the life of a waterway and into the life-lessons a river can teach.’ MAYA WARD (author of The Comfort of Water)

House for Donfinkle – Choechoe Brereton (May)

Up high in the grasslands where Wooble Beasts roam, Donfinkle Vonkrinkle is building his home. When up pop four creatures to babble and squawk, A troublesome taunt full of bothersome talk.

Lovely rhyming text by debut author Choechoe Brereton coupled with digital artwork by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris.

Max – Marc Martin (April)

Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob’s shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.

Until one summer, when everything changes . . .

From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia’s best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.

And chips.

Book Cover:  Max

Lunch with Emma Ayres


ABC Classic FM presenter, musician and music teacher Emma Ayres is releasing her debut novel Cadence!

Please join us for an informal lunch with Emma.

Wednesday April 16th
12.30pm at Moorooduc Estate
501 Derril Road, Moorooduc

Cost – $55 per person which includes 2 courses & a glass of wine

Please advise dietary needs when booking

& BE QUICK – bookings are essential as places are limited.

Book in store or over the phone – 5975 5034!

emma ayres

What’s new in March & April….


  • Jeffrey Archer’s fourth installment in the Clifton Chronicles opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    Back in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

    Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle’s first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    Be Careful What You Wish For

  • Burial Rites is new into a smaller format paperback for $20.00. If you are not familiar with Hannah Kent’s debut masterpiece, then this is a great opportunity to read one of the best books of 2013.

    In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait on the farm of District Officer Jón Jónsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant Reverend appointed as Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes’s story begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn’t she?Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

    Burial Rites

  • The Son by Jo Nesbo is a departure from Harry Hole. New in April, the thriller sees a charismatic young prisoner escaping jail to find out the truth about his father’s death.

    Sonny is a model prisoner.
    He listens to the confessions of other inmates at Oslo jail, and absolves them of their sins. Some people even whisper that Sonny is serving time for someone else: that he doesn’t just listen, he confesses to their crimes.Inspector Simon Kefas is a dedicated police officer. Simon has worked for the Oslo police force for years. He’s just been assigned a new murder investigation and a new partner, all on the same day.

    Both of them knew Sonny’s father. To Sonny he was the man he idolised, to Simon he was his best friend. Both were left devastated when his corruption was revealed.But neither of them knew the truth.

    The Son - Nesbo


  • The Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher
    In Australian Notebooks, Betty Churcher revisits some of the artworks she most cherishes—a seminal Picasso, early works of the Heidelberg School, a striking portrait by Lucian Freud—and invites us to look afresh at the treasures that can be found in Australian galleries.Taking in the glorious work of Australian artists such as John Olsen, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan, as well as masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse and Giambattista Tiepolo, through her own accomplished skteches Betty draws out the particular charm and context of each piece.Interwoven with extraordinary stories—one canvas flew off the back of a truck on the Pacific Highway; another was imported from Imperial Russia, paid for with a briefcase full of cash—Betty’s engaging insights bring the artworks to life.

    With gorgeous full-colour reproductions, this is a book to turn to again and again for inspiration, solace and delight.Australian Notebooks

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