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JUNE NEW RELEASES: Kids & Teen

PICTURE STORY

Claris Fashion Show FiascoClaris: Fashion Show Fiasco
Megan Hess

‘But oh no!’ Claris cried, and her heart gave a tug.
Madame’s invitation was still on the rug!
Without it she would be declined at the door.
She’d miss out on Chanel, and perhaps even more …

When Claris’s family leaves behind their invite to Paris Fashion Week, this brave little mouse has only one choice: an exciting dash through the streets of Paris in a race against the clock!

The best-selling Claris series follows an adorable mouse who moves to Paris to follow her fashion dreams, for fans of Eloise and Olivia. Destined to delight fashion-obsessed readers of all ages!


 

Now That's a HatNow that’s a Hat!
Heath McKenzie

That hat is too BIG!
That hat is too SMALL!
That hat is too SHORT!
That hat is too TALL!
That one’s too CRAZY!
And that one might BITE!
How hard can it be to find a hat that’s JUST RIGHT?!


 

KindKind
Alison Green & Axel Scheffler

Imagine a world where everyone is kind how can we make that come true? With gorgeous pictures this timely, inspiring picture book presents the many ways children can be kind, from sharing their toys and games to helping those from other countries feel welcome.


 

My Book Not Yours Lento FoxMy Book (Not Yours!) (Lento & Fox #1)
Ben Sanders

Lento is so excited you are reading his book. He has a big story to tell you. First, though, he needs a little nap. But if you snooze, you lose. Enter Fox, stage right, to steal the show.

The first book in a ridiculously fun series about a bewildered sloth and a sly old fox who keeps stealing the limelight.


 

When Billy Was a DogWhen Billy Was a Dog
Kirsty Murray

‘Can I please, please, please have a dog?’ asked Billy.
‘Would you walk it every day and wash it if it got dirty?’
‘I would, I promise!’ said Billy. 

Billy wants a dog. He really really really wants one.
Billy’s parents aren’t so sure. So one morning, Billy takes matters into his own paws.

A gloriously funny, warm and true story from the creators of Puddle Hunters.


 

JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Search for Silver Witch Polly Buster 3The Search for the Silver Witch (Polly & Buster #3)
Sally Rippin

Is being best friends enough to save a whole town? 

Polly and Buster have always believed that witches and monsters can be friends, but it seems no-one else agrees. With the witches furious and the monsters in uproar, their whole town is heading for a war … and yet no-one realises that a much greater menace lurks nearby.

Can Polly and Buster bring everyone together in time to save their town from the biggest danger of all?

The thrilling finale to the much-loved Polly and Buster trilogy, written and illustrated by award-winning and best-selling author Sally Rippin.


Movie Time Hot Dog #6

Movie Time! (Hotdog #6)
Anh Do

Hotdog, Lizzie and Kev want to be MOVIE STARS! But first they’ll have to try-out with all the other actors to find the perfect roles.

Do Hotdog and his friends have what it takes to get the parts?


 

Tattooist Auschwitz YA editionThe Tattooist of Auschwitz (Young Readers Edition)
Heather Morris

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

This edition is edited and updated for younger readers (12+), and also contains extra materials, including classroom discussion points, additional photos, maps and documents and other educational resources.


 

Tom Gates Mega Make and DoTom Gates: Mega Make and Do and Stories Too
Liz Pichon

When Oakfield School is unexpectedly closed, what’s Tom and the gang to do?!?

A weeks’ worth of drawing, doodling, games, stories and activities in this fantastic new illustrated offering from best-selling author of the Tom Gates series, Liz Pichon! With original stories, create-your-own monster cut-outs and endless doodling fun.


TEEN FICTION

Kindred EarpKindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories
Various (Edited by Michael Earp)

What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human?

In this powerful #LoveOzYA collection, twelve of Australia’s finest writers from the LGBTQ+ community explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers – the connections that form us.

This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. With short stories by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to young adult fiction including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin.


 

Land of FencesLand of Fences (Wilder series #3)
Mark Smith

Finn and Kas are surviving on the coast—more than surviving: they’re enjoying the surf, the summer and being together. And now, the lights of Wentworth mean life could soon be back to normal. Finn is cautiously optimistic, but Kas knows she can never escape her status as a Siley, and that a return to slavery is a very real possibility. She’s nervous. And it turns out she’s right to be.

When Kas is captured and taken inside the fences, Finn faces his greatest challenge yet.

Land of Fences is the compelling third and final novel in Mark Smith’s highly acclaimed action-packed trilogy that began with The Road to Winter.


 

Bedlam Skulduggery 12Bedlam (Skulduggery Pleasant #12)
Derek Landy

On a desperate journey to recover her sister’s lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there’s nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her.

With Abyssinia’s grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror, and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to save the lives of thousands of innocent people.

And as the madness unfolds around him, as hidden enemies step into the light, and as Valkyrie is sucked into a desperate, lawless quest of her own, he has no choice but to become the hero he never really wanted to be or die in the attempt.

The 12th explosive novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, Bedlam will blow your mind – and change everything…


 

DeviateDev1at3 (Lifel1k3 #2)
Jay Kristoff

Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates-a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket find himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.


 

JUNOR NON-FICTION

We Are the GardenersWe are the Gardeners
Joanna Gaines

In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they’ve gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn’t always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family’s story of becoming gardeners in Joanna’s first children’s book-starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family’s love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

Julianna Swaney’s illustrations bring the Gaines family garden to life with colorful, whimsical watercolors and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.


 

Young Dark EmuYoung Dark Emu: A Truer History
Bruce Pascoe

Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers.

Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived — a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu — A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.


 

Playing with CollagePlaying with Collage
Jeannie Baker

Over the course of a 40-year career, Jeannie Baker has perfected the art of collage in the creation of picture-book classics such as Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Window, a Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book. Her stunning pieces, devised by assembling all sorts of different textures, are known all around the globe. Whether it’s dried flowers or tiny shells, spaghetti or postage stamps, she uses the world around her to make work that is astonishingly beautiful and deeply creative.

In Playing with Collage, she shares her secrets at last – and encourages her readers to get creative. Within each of this book’s four main sections, Jeannie presents an abstract collage of her own and offers suggestions and starting points for beginners. There are no right or wrong answers in this treasure of a book, it’s all about trusting your instincts … and playing!

A how-to guide to making your own collages, brimful of fascinating hints and tips from a master of the genre.


 

Deep in the OceanDeep in the Ocean
Lucie Brunelliere

A scientific team has boarded the submarine Oceanos to explore the ocean’s depths. Suddenly, it gets caught in a violent storm, causing it to drift thousands of miles off-course.

From the glittering surface of the sea to the darkness of the abyss, Deep in the Ocean takes readers on a bewitching journey through fascinating waters—some warm, colorful, and crowded with sea creatures, others mysterious and turbulent. Six colors of ink (including neon pink and metallic silver) are used throughout, and a free downloadable soundtrack allows readers to feel even more fully immersed in this beautiful underwater world.

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