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November New Releases: KIDS and TEEN

PICTURE STORY

CheeriesCherries
Carrie Gallasch & Sara Acton

The days are long and warm, the nights balmy, and the cherries in the orchard are growing juicy and plump. Time stretches endlessly ahead as we’re transported to an idyllic summer of swinging from trees, running with kites and gazing at stars. With wistful illustrations by award-winning Sara Acton, Cherries is a story about the freedom of childhood and the magic of that first bite of summer fruit.


 

AnimalphabetAnimalphabet
Julia Donaldson & Sharon King-Chai

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

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


 

Noni the Pony Rescues a JoeyNoni the Pony Rescues a Joey
Alison Lester

Noni the Pony heads out for the day, to roam the green hills behind Waratah Bay. As she and her friends wander down a green trail, they meet someone small with a very long tail. Can they help the lost baby wallaby find the way home?

Alison Lester’s books are favourites with children and adults around the world. Magic BeachImagineMy Farm and Noni the Pony are Australian classics.


 

JUNIOR FICTION

Ice MonsterThe Ice Monster
David Walliams

When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she’s determined to discover more… A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic!

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in David Walliams’ biggest and most epic adventure yet!

Caution : May make you laugh your head off!


 

Real Pigeons Eat DangerReal Pigeons Eat Danger (Real Pigeons #2)
Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood

The REAL PIGEONS aren’t just an awesome squad of crime fighters who protect the city. They’re also REAL FRIENDS. But with a deranged ostrich on the loose, a secret warehouse full of bottled birds and power-hungry ibis to deal with, can their friendship survive?

Perfect for fans of Aaron Blabey’s Bad Guys and Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man books, the Real Pigeons series is a hilariously silly and highly visual introduction to the joys of reading and crime-fighting for readers 6+.

No-one can protect a city like Rock, Frillback, Tumbler, Homey and Grandpouter. Crime-fighting has never been so COO!


 

Crimes of Grindewald ScreenplayThe Crimes of Grindelwald (Original Screenplay)
J.K. Rowling

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all nonmagical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.


 

Meltdown Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13)
Jeff Kinney

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?


 

Funny Stories GleitzmanFunny Stories
Morris Gleitzman

Save the world with a plate of peas, eat a pizza that makes you fearless, stop your mum picking her nose, be a bigger star than Tom Cruise, bounce on a vampire’s bed, unleash the awesome power of chips, do a good deed with a bag on your head, save ten lives with a paper clip, read the secret diary of a dog, imagine a world where teachers earn more money than a rock star a and lots more!


 

First Adventures Princess PeonyThe First Adventures of Princess Peony
Nette Hilton & Lucinda Gifford

Once upon a time there was a dear little girl called Peony. That’s P.E.O.N.Y. And it’s me. I live in a Castle with my Dragon whose name is Totts. That’s T.O.T.T.S And that makes me a Princess if you really want to know.

Princess Peony is not really a princess, but she does have a pet dragon, which means she’s kind of like a princess. In her first adventure, she must keep an evil troll (her brother) from trying to steal her dragon (dog)–and avoid being eaten by a bear, which is really hard work.

A  funny illustrated series for imaginative girls, written by Nette Hilton, the author of the picture story favourite, A Proper Little Lady.


 

Lenny's Book of EverythingLenny’s Book of Everything
Karen Foxlee

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

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

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

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


 

What Monster (Tom Gates #15)What Monster? (Tom Gates #15)
Liz Pichon

What’s that? A MONSTER? How has this scary beast escaped into Tom’s sort-of-normal world? Is it one of his doodles? Is it Delia on the rampage? Is it Mr Fullerman at full moon? All will be revealed in this book. So, what do we actually know for sure? Well, according to Tom, the book contains: MONSTERS – MYSTERY – A MUSIC FESTIVAL – MISSING STUFF – ME and MARCUS. Oh, and there’ll also be a very strict supply teacher who is every kids’ nightmare. Is that the monster? But you’re not scared of monsters, are you. So don’t let it put you off!


 

TEEN / YA

What If It's UsWhat If It’s Us
Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Meet Ben and Arthur. Ben is a battered dreamer who’s shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. Arthur is new to New York and struggling to fit in. After an memorable meeting in a New York post office, the boys lose touch only be brought back together via a ‘missed connection’ advert. Is it fate? It looks like it. But after a series of disastrous first dates, Ben and Arthur may have to accept the universe should’ve minded its business.


Line in the DarkA Line in the Dark
Malinda Lo

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark. 

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.” 

A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.


 

The RiftThe Rift
Rachael Craw

When the Rift opens, death follows.

For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. After nine years away, Meg Archer returns to her childhood home only to find the Island is facing a new threat that not even the Rangers are prepared for. Meg and Cal can’t ignore their attraction, but can they face their darkest fears to save the Island from disaster?


 

Kingdom of AshKingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7)
Sarah J Maas

Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever. As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Stories for Kids who Dare to Be DifferentStories for Kids Who Dare to be Different
Ben Brooks & Quinton Winter

Boys will be boys and girls will be girls – or so the meaningless saying goes. Because what if you’re a girl and you like cage fighting? Or you’re a boy and you love ballet? And what if you’ve always dreamed of being a scientist but you can’t see anyone who looks or sounds like you, and who has left a legacy – in the form of microscopes and Bunsen burners – for you to follow?

This is the book for children who want to know about the lives of those heroes who have led the way, changing the world for the better as they go.

Following the runaway success of Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, parents asked for a celebration of role models of both genders for boys and girls within the same book. Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different is the answer. These are the extraordinary stories of 100 famous and not-so-famous men and women, every single one of them an inspiring pioneer and creative genius in their own way, who broke the mould and made their dreams come true.

Like Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, this is a beautifully illustrated, evocative and inspirational book of amazing stories of amazing people, that will delight sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, and give them the courage to be themselves.


 

The Number DetectiveAdam Spencer’s The Number Detective
Adam Spencer

Bursting with games, puzzles, quizzes – along with heaps of stuff to draw, cut out, decipher and decode – this is the perfect book for kids aged six and above. They won’t believe numbers could be this much fun!


 

The Story Orchestra Sleeping BeautyThe Story Orchestra: Sleeping Beauty
Jessica Courtney Tickle

In this retelling of the classic ballet story, bring Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty to life by pressing the musical notes on each page.

Join the King and Queen as they throw a party for their new baby, Princess Aurora. But when a terrible guest arrives and places a curse on princess, the kingdom must find the one special person who can defeat it…

Read the story and then turn to the back of the book to read about the music clips.


 

The Silk Roads (Junior Reader edition)The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Peter Frankopan

Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world.

Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart the journey along the Silk Roads.

From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe.

With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan ‘s magnificent retelling of his literacy triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.

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