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MARCH NEW RELEASES: Kids & Teen

PICTURE STORY

Lottie and WalterLottie & Walter
Anna Walker

‘I’m not swimming,’ Lottie announced.

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

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


 

When I was a childWhen I Was a Child
Andy Stanton & David Litchfield

There is magic in everything.
The world is a spinning star, 
No matter how old you are.

This visually stunning book is a celebration of the special bond between a grandparent and child as they share the magic, joy and love in the world, both past and present.


 

Baz & BenzBaz & Benz
Heidi McKinnon

‘Benz, are we friends?’
‘Yes, Baz, we are best friends’
‘For how long?’
‘For ever and ever.’

But what do you do when your best friend is… kind of annoying?

A delightfully funny and warm-hearted story about a little owl exploring the boundaries of love and friendship from the creator of I Just Ate My Friend.


 

Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at SixIvanhoe Swift Left Home at Six
Jane Godwin & A.Yi

Ivanhoe Swift left home when he was six.
He had heard many songs about the world, and it was time to see it for himself.
‘We won’t know where you are!’ cried his father.
‘I’ll know where you are,’ said Ivanhoe. ‘And you can look out for my kite in the sky. Goodbye, parents!’

A delightful story about setting off to see the world… and the joy in coming home again. A lyrical exploration of those bittersweet moments when children first begin to explore the world for themselves.


 

Once Upon a Unicorn HornOnce Upon a Unicorn Horn
Beatrice Blue

Do you know how unicorns got their horns? It all began once upon a magic forest, when a little girl called June discovered tiny horses learning how to fly in her garden. But one of the poor horses couldn’t fly at all! So, with the help of her parents, June thought of a very sweet and very delicious way to make her new friend happy. I wonder what it could have been…

This first title in a new picture-book series explaining how magical creatures got their distinguishing features is packed full of humour and heart (with a tiny touch of ice cream).


 

Go-away birdThe Go-away Bird
Julia Donaldson and Catherine Rayner

‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest,
With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’

One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .

The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.


 

JUNIOR FICTION

Catch a Falling StarCatch a Falling Star
Meg McKinlay

It’s 1979 and the sky is falling. Skylab, that is. Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world’s first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories. Things twelve-year-old Frankie thought she’d forgotten. Things her mum won’t talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only … did he? Does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. And while the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her own eyes on Newt. Because if anyone’s going to keep him safe, it’s her. It always has been. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters and spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn’t the only thing heading straight for calamity.

This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can’t.


 

52 Mondays52 Mondays
Anna Ciddor

We’re going to look everywhere,’ said Anna. 
And they did.

When Anna sets out to find the doll of her dreams, her two younger sisters are eager to help. But it’s not easy. This is 1960s Australia and there’s no computer or internet yet. This is a time when teachers still write with chalk, cars have no seatbelts, and Mr Whippy sells ice-cream cones for half a penny.

Anna and her sisters fill their days with fun, mischief and adventure – like the time Anna glues a block of wood to her middle sister’s foot, then worries it will be stuck there forever! They celebrate birthdays and Passover together, cope with friends being mean, and feed peanuts to the bears at the zoo.

But through it all, Anna never loses sight of her dream.

Inspired by the author’s real childhood, this is a warm, funny and fascinating family story from the author of The Family with Two Front Doors.


 

Cowboy & BirdbrainCowboy & Birdbrain
Adam Wallace & James Hart

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

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

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

***Adam and James will be visiting us for some school holiday fun in April – check out all the details and book here!***


Hotel FlamingoHotel Flamingo
Alex Milway

When young Anna inherits a dilapidated once-grand hotel from her Great Aunt Mathilde, she’s determined to restore it to its former glory. But this is no ordinary hotel – all of her staff and guests are animals! Anna soon rises to the challenge.

Whether it’s a flamingo, a penguin or a hippo knocking at the door, Anna is ready to welcome them all – with the help of her trusty sidekicks T Bear the doorman, Squeak the friendly mouse elevator, and Lemmy the lemur receptionist … As she soon finds out, though, running an animal hotel is no easy task. Can Anna make Hotel Flamingo a success once more?

An enchanting four-book series featuring the adventures of Anna and her array of animal friends.


 

Great EscapeA Great Escape
Felice Arena

It’s a great escape, but will Peter survive it?

When Peter’s family leaves for a trip across the border, he stays behind. So when the government builds a wall through the city, guarded by soldiers, tanks and ferocious dogs, he’s trapped. Everyone says he might never see his family again. But Peter has a courageous plan . . .

Set in Cold War Germany, A Great Escape is a story of true-life heroism and the unbreakable bonds of family, by the acclaimed author of Fearless Frederic and The Boy and the Spy.


 

TEEN FICTION

Night Owl DogfishTo Night Owl, From Dogfish
Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan

Avery Bloom is anxious and academic and afraid of the water. Bett Devlin is brash and athletic and loves to surf. The only things they seem to have in common are their age – twelve – and the fact that their dads have fallen in love with each other. Now their dads are sending them to the same sleepaway camp, against their will, so that they can become friends. But when the girls reluctantly grow to like each other and start looking forward to becoming a family, their dads fall out of love.

Can Avery and Bett figure out a way to bring their fathers back together now that they can’t imagine a life without a stepsister?

Told almost entirely through emails, this is the exuberant, funny story of two girls who try to get their gay fathers back together. It’s a novel about the true meaning of family, written by two exceptional and beloved authors.


 

Four Dead QueensFour Dead Queens
Astrid Scholte

Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington is one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves, but when she steals an unexpectedly valuable package from a messenger she is soon entangled in a conspiracy that leads to all four of Quadara’s queens being murdered.

With no other choices and on the run from her former employer, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, and together they race to discover who has killed the queens. But when dark secrets threaten their reluctant partnership and put everything at stake, Keralie and Varin must use all their daring to stay alive and untangle the mysteries behind the nation’s four dead queens.

An enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences, Four Dead Queens heralds the arrival of an exciting new YA talent.


 

Quiet at the end of the worldThe Quiet at the End of the World
Lauren James

How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice…

A sci-fi mystery adventure about the last surviving members of the human race.


 

UnderdogUnderdog (#LoveOZYA Short Stories)
Tobias Madden

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

Featuring a foreword by award-winning Australian novelist Fleur Ferris (RiskWreckBlack and Found), Underdog celebrates the diverse, dynamic and ever-changing nature of our nation’s culture. From queer teen romance to dystopian comedy, from hard-hitting realism to gritty allegory, this brilliant, engrossing and inspiring collection of short stories will resonate with any teen reader, proving, yet again, why there is just so much to love about #LoveOzYA.


 

Hope NationHope Nation
Dr Rose Brock

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”–Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless and–in some cases–even hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it’s difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times, words are power.

Some of today’s most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal collection of essays and original stories that offer moments of light in the darkness, and show that hope is a decision we all can make.

Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, here is a powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories that speak directly to teens and all YA readers. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Jason Reynolds, Renée Ahdieh, and many more!

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