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SEPTEMBER NEW RELEASES: Kids & Teen

PICTURE STORY

Oi Duck Billed PlaytpusOi Duck-billed Platypus!
Kes Gray & Jim Field

Oi! Where are duck-billed platypuses meant to sit?
And Kookaburras and hippopotamuses and all the other animals with impossible to rhyme with names…
Over to you Frog!

A brilliantly funny, rhyming read-aloud picture book – jam-packed with animals and silliness! From the bestselling, multi-award-winning creators of Oi Frog!


 

Kookaburra KookaburraKookaburra Kookaburra
Bridget Farmer

Twelve original lino printed illustrations each with their own rhyme to help children recognise, remember and engage with Australia’s most loved birds. It begins with the kookaburra waking in the morning and finishes with a goodnight from the boobook owl.


 

Franklin and Luna Go to the MoonFranklin and Luna Go to the Moon
Jen Campbell

Luna’s best friend, Franklin, is a dragon. Together, they love to read stories about everything from trampolining to deep- sea diving. One day, while they are reading about fascinating creatures and their origins, Franklin begins to wonder where he is from. He is 605 years old and has no idea where to find other dragons.

Luna suggests that they go on an adventure to find his family. They Google his family tree, they e-mail a princess for his parents’ address, and along the way they find twenty yetis eating spaghetti, five vampires reading Shakespeare, and discodancing unicorns …but no dragons. One night it dawns on Luna that they should travel to the moon to see if there are any dragons there, so Franklin rockets them into space. When they land, they are met by Franklin’s long- lost dragon family for a heart- warming reunion.

Following the success of Franklin’s Flying BookshopFranklin and Luna Go to the Moon— a book about the joys of reading, exploring, and coming home— continues to bring the magic of classic fairy tales into the twenty- first century.


 

Dinosaur Day OutDinosaur Day Out
Sara Acton

Sally and Max love dinosaurs. They can’t wait to see them at the museum, but today the dinosaur exhibition is closed. Where will the dinosaurs go on their day off? A whimsical story with humour and heart from author and award-winning illustrator Sara Acton.


 

Pig the GrubPig the Grub
Aaron Blabey

Eww! What a stinker!

Pig isn’t just the world’s greediest Pug, he’s the
DIRTIEST too.

It’s high time he had a bath! But try telling Pig that . . .

Over two million Pig books are now in print around the world!


 

I Am the Seed that Grew the TreeI Am the Seed that Grew the Tree
Fiona Waters

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, named after the first line of Judith Nicholls’ poem ‘Windsong’, is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems – one for every day of the year, including leap years. Filled with familiar favourites and new discoveries, written by a wide variety of poets, including John Agard, William Blake, Emily Bronte, Charles Causley, Walter de la Mare, Emily Dickinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Roger McGough, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, John Updike, William Wordsworth and many more, this is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day, or just to dip into.

A glorious landmark piece of publishing with nature poems and gorgeous illustrations to delight and inspire for every day of the year


 

JUNIOR FICTION

InheritanceInheritance
Carole Wilkinson

Nic is left in the care of her grandfather at the remote family property that was once her mother’s childhood home; a place with thirty rooms, three dogs and no mobile reception. Left to her own devices, she searches for clues about her mother – who died the day Nic was born.

But when Nic learns how to slip through time, she discovers more than she could have imagined. The past holds a dark and shocking secret that haunts the land and the people who live there.


 

Help Around the HouseHelp Around the House
Morris Gleitzman

Ludo helps other people. It’s how he was brought up.

When Dad is elected to Federal Parliament, Ludo grabs the chance to make Australia an even better place.

But he soon discovers it’s not the homeless of the national capital who most need his help – it’s the rich and powerful.


 

Lemonade JonesLemonade Jones
Davina Bell & Karen Blair

There are a lot of rules that don’t interest Lemonade Jones.

No running in the classroom, not even in an emergency.
Dangerous animals should be in cages.
No biting. (Not even your worst enemy.)

But it’s especially hard to stick to the rules when you’re making life loud and exciting. And Lemonade Jones likes it when loud and exciting things happen.

Two delightful stories about Lemonade Jones – a feisty girl with a lot of fizz!


 

Lord of the Fleas Dog Man 5Lord of the Fleas (Dog Man #5)
Dav Pilkey

When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action — and this time he isn’t alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue?


Fairytales for Feisty GirlsFairytales for Feisty Girls
Susannah McFarlane

Feisty: typically describes one who is relatively small, lively, determined and courageous.

Girls can rescue themselves – just watch Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Thumbelina create their own happily ever afters in this beautiful and emboldening bedtime book.

A glorious treasury for young girls – and boys – featuring artwork from four leading Australian illustrators: Beth Norling, Claire Robertson, Lucinda Gifford and Sher Rill Ng.


 

Nowhere BoyNowhere Boy
Katherine Marsh

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed is stuck in a city that wants nothing to do with him. Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, Ahmed fled a life of uncertainty and suffering in Syria, only to lose his father on the perilous journey to the shores of Europe. Now Ahmed’s struggling to get by on his own, but with no one left to trust and nowhere to go, he’s starting to lose hope.

Then he meets Max, a thirteen-year-old American boy. Lonely and homesick, Max is struggling at his new school and just can’t seem to do anything right. But with one startling discovery, Max and Ahmed’s lives collide and a friendship begins to grow. Together, Max and Ahmed’ will defy the odds, learning from each other what it means to be brave and how hope can change your destiny.

Set against the backdrop of the Syrian refugee crisis, award-winning author Katherine Marsh delivers a gripping, heartwarming story of resilience, friendship and everyday heroes.


 

TEEN / YA

My Polar DreamMy Polar Dream
Jade Hameister

Fourteen-year-old Jade Hameister had a dream: to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

In 2016, she skied to the North Pole.
In 2017, she completed the Greenland Crossing.
In 2018, she arrived at the South Pole.

This is the story of an adventurer who never gave up – who set herself incredible challenges beyond her years and experience. An adventurer who endured extremes of cold and blizzards; tackled treacherous terrain where one wrong step could be fatal; struggled through sastrugi, ice rubble and emotional lows to achieve an extraordinary goal.

Along the way, she made a sandwich for online trolls, inspired young people, and made international headlines.

At sixteen, Jade Hameister became the youngest person in history to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

Jade is:
*The youngest person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to South Pole unsupported and unassisted
* The first Australian woman in history to ski coast to Pole unsupported and unassisted
* The first woman to set a new route to the South Pole
* The youngest to ski to both Poles
* The youngest to complete the Polar Hat Trick.


 

Unbroken 13 Stories Starring Disabled TeensUnbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
Marieke Nijkamp

This anthology explores disability in fictional tales told from the viewpoint of disabled characters, written by disabled creators. With stories in various genres about first loves, friendship, war, travel, and more, Unbroken will offer today’s teen readers a glimpse into the lives of disabled people in the past, present, and future.

The contributing authors are awardwinners, bestsellers, and newcomers including Kody Keplinger, Kristine Wyllys, Francisco X. Stork, William Alexander, Corinne Duyvis, Marieke Nijkamp, Dhonielle Clayton, Heidi Heilig, Katherine Locke, Karuna Riazi, Kayla Whaley, Keah Brown, and Fox Benwell. Each author identifies as disabled along a physical, mental, or neurodiverse axis—and their characters reflect this diversity.


 

And the ocean was our skyAnd the Ocean was Our Sky
Patrick Ness

“Call me Bathsheba.” The whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil
himself… With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.

From Patrick Ness, the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls, and award-winning Australian artist Rovina Cai comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down.


Unpacking Harper HoltUnpacking Harper Holt
Di Walker

Harper Holt’s close-knit family is always moving. All she wants is to have a normal, quiet life – in one place.

But when she experiences a devastating loss, she realises that her future will never be the way she imagined it. She will have to find a support system and a strength she never knew she had to overcome her grief and redefine herself.

This is a heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful story about the way one unexpected moment can change your world.


 

Inside the TigerInside the Tiger
Hayley Lawrence

It’s not because Bel’s mother was murdered.
It’s not because her father is a politician.
Bel writes to a Death Row prisoner as an easy way out of an assignment.

But now he’s written back.

Drawn to Micah’s world inside a Thai prison, Bel finds herself falling for the boy with ragged hair, shackles and a terrible past. But is she setting herself up for more loss? And will loving him mean losing the people who mean the most to her at home?


 

Meet Me at the IntersectionMeet Me at the Intersection
Rebecca Lim

Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. The focus of the anthology is on Australian life as seen through each author’s unique, and seldom heard, perspective.

With works by Ellen van Neerven, Graham Akhurst, Kyle Lynch, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Olivia Muscat, Mimi Lee, Jessica Walton, Kelly Gardiner, Rafeif Ismail, Yvette Walker, Amra Pajalic, Melanie Rodriga, Omar Sakr, Wendy Chen, Jordi Kerr, Rebecca Lim, Michelle Aung Thin and Alice Pung, this anthology is designed to challenge the dominant, homogenous story of privilege and power that rarely admits ‘outsider’ voices.


 

ImpostersImposters
Scott Westerfeld

Frey was raised to take a bullet.

She’s the body double for her twin sister Rafia – the precious heir of the first family of Shreve – and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father’s many enemies.

When Frey is sent in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor – as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion?

Master storyteller Scott Westerfeld returns with a brilliant new series set in the world of his bestselling Uglies series.


 

Killer TKiller T
Robert Muchamore

Harry and Charlie are teenagers whose lives are shaped by a society that’s shifting around them. He is a lonely Brit in his first term at a Las Vegas high school. She is an unlikely friend, who gets accused of mixing a batch of explosives that blew up a football player.

The two of them are drawn together at a time when gene editing technology is starting to explode. With a lab in the garage anyone can beat cancer, enhance their brain to pass exams, or tweak a few genes for that year-round tan and perfect beach body. But in the wrong hands, cheap gene editing is the most deadly weapon in history. Killer T is a synthetic virus with a ninety per-cent mortality rate, and the terrorists who created it want a billion dollars before they’ll release a vaccine.

Terrifying. Romantic. Huge in scope. A story for our times.


 

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