MAY NEW RELEASES: Kids & Teen

PICTURE STORY / ILLUSTRATED

Hike
Pete Oswald

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they’re going on a hike.

Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive – and closer than ever – as they document their hike and take their place in family history.

In detail-rich panels and textured panoramas, Pete Oswald perfectly paces this nearly wordless adventure, allowing readers to pause for subtle wonders and marvel at the views. A touching tribute to the bond between father and child, with resonant themes for Earth Day, Hike is a breath of fresh air.


By The Billabong
Maura Finn & Cate James

A wisdom of wombats,
A passel of possums,
A cluster of spiders knitting socks . . .

Who else might you meet on a trip to the billabong? From an exciting new picture-book partnership comes this delightful romp through a much-loved Australian landscape.


This is a Ball and Other Books that Drive Kids Crazy
Beck Stanton & Matt Stanton

Five best-selling, mind-boggling books that will get kids giggling.  Titles included are This Is a Ball, Did You Take the B from My _ook?, The Red Book, Wait! and The Book That Never Ends.  Fantastic read aloud books for families to enjoy together.  


My Red Hat
Rachel Stubbs

Grandpa’s hat is full of dreams, secrets and stories and when it is handed down to a new owner, it can even spark new adventures. Explore all the possibilities that a treasured hand-me-down can bring and see how love is handed down with it. A tender tale about imagination, belonging and love between generations, perfect for reading as a family.

A magical picture book about a treasured hand-me-down, imagination and belonging.


Bluey: The Creek

What will Bluey find when she explores the creek?


How to Build an Orchestra
Mary Auld

This wonderfully illustrated story follows a conductor who is auditioning each instrument for his orchestra. With accompanying CDs and downloadable music, follow our conductor on his journey and discover the beautiful music of an orchestra.

With pictograms of a full-size symphony orchestra and information on all of the music featured, as well as a foreword by Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, this is the must-have book on the orchestra and its instruments for children aged 7+.


The Big Book of Blooms
Yuval Zommer

What does a venus fly trap eat?
How strong is a giant water lily?
Does a cactus flower?

The newest addition to Yuval Zommer’s bestselling series answers these questions and more as it introduces young children to all kinds of colourful, carnivorous, weird and wonderful flowering plants from around the world.

It opens with introductory spreads on how to be a botanist; how to recognise different types of flowers; the life-cycle of a plant; flower anatomy; and the seven types of animal pollinators including bats, birds and beetles. Subsequent spreads, illustrated within various habitats, are dedicated to specific varieties of plants, including the carnivorous venus flytrap, the giant water lily and the weird and wonderful corpse flower.

Readers will enjoy learning about different edible flowers and why flowers are fragrant or colourful, not to mention grisly details about carnivorous and poisonous flowers.


Greta Thunberg (Little People, Big Dreams)
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Anke Weckmann

When young Greta learned of the climate crisis she stopped talking. She couldn’t understand why people in power were not doing anything to save our Earth. One day she started striking from school in her ‘School Strike for Climate’. Soon, lots more young people joined her in a global movement that shook adults and politicians alike. She had found her voice and uses it to inspire humans to action with her powerful message: “No one is too small to make a difference.”

This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the Greta’s life so far.

Little People, Big Dreams is a bestselling series of books that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.


JUNIOR FICTION, MIDDLE GRADE & JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different Journal
Ben Brooks

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different Journal is full of tips and ideas to help boys everywhere explore their dreams and release their creativity in an environment where emotions and feelings are celebrated. Thanks to an array of imaginative and thoughtful prompts, and short biographies of some real-life inspiring figures who followed their personal dreams, this journal will help boys construct their own world away from gender stereotypes and social conventions.

A companion to the award-winning Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different books.  


Super Sporty Girls

What sport will I try?

I love to run, kick a ball and jump. I’m happy gliding through the water too – maybe that could be the place for me. Or on a track, going as fast as I can. And it’s such a great feeling being part of a team and playing with others. Maybe Australia’s top sportswomen can help me discover my passion and inspire me to be the best that I can.

Celebrating eighteen Aussie teams and sportswomen who are kicking goals, smashing records and playing with passion. These formidable athletes are inspiring the next generation to get active and be a team player.


Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere
Elise Gravel

Olga, animal-scientist-in-training, knows for sure that animals are better than humans. When she grows up she will be known as Genius Professor Olga, and will probably invent some new species herself.

When she finds a pink, hairy creature living in her rubbish bin one day, it’s a dream come true – she has discovered A WEIRD NEW SPECIES! It looks like a cross between a hamster and a potato, smells terrible and says only the word MEH! – it’s the perfect subject for Olga’s very scientific Observation Notebook (aka, this book).

Wacky, laugh-out-loud cartoon storytelling for fans of Tom Gates, Barry Loser and Timmy Failure.


Peck Punches (Real Pigeons #5)
Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood

More pigeons are fighting crime than ever before. But the REAL PIGEONS still have lots of mysteries to untangle!

Who stole a rare jewel from the world’s FURRIEST museum? Will a hungry weasel track down a hidden ENDANGERED BIRD before the REAL PIGEONS can? And how did an ancient tree VANISH overnight?

No-one can protect a city like Rock, Frillback, Tumbler, Homey and Grandpouter. But it’s not easy – especially when they have a traitor in their own nest!

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+.


The Smugglers’ Secret (A Girl Called Justice #2)
Emily Griffiths

When Justice returns for spring term at Highbury House, it’s not long before murder is back on her mind. Assigned to look after the elderly Mr Arthur in Smugglers’ Lodge on the other side of the marshes from school, Justice is initially dismayed. But dismay quickly gives way to intrigue as she finds herself drawn to Mr Arthur and his stories of piloting in the First World War – and especially when Dorothy, who lives nearby, tells her that the lodge is haunted.

But when Mr Arthur dies in mysterious circumstances, Justice soon has a list of questions in her journal: why hasn’t he been given a proper military funeral? Why does the new Matron not seem to know much about First Aid? And what secrets does Smugglers’ Lodge really hold?

Justice sets out to uncover the deadly truth in this brilliant follow-up to A Girl Called Justice.


The One and Only Bob (Sequel to The One and Only Ivan)
Katherine Applegate

Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

Bob, Ivan and Ruby have touched the hearts of milllions of readers, and their story isn’t over yet. Catch up with these beloved friends before the star-studded film adaptation of The One and Only Ivan hits cinemas in August 2020!


Gargantis (Malamander #2)
Thomas Taylor

When an ancient bottle is found washed up on the beach after a ferocious electrical storm, all the residents of Eerie-on-Sea seem to want it … but should they in fact fear it? Legend has it that the bottle contains an extraordinary secret that spells doom for the whole of Eerie-on-Sea. Could it be true that the vast sea creature Gargantis has awoken from her slumbers, and is causing the large cracks that are appearing all across the town?

Finding themselves entrusted with the bottle, Herbie and Violet discover they will need to ride the terrible storm and pacify the creature if they want to save Eerie-on-Sea from sliding into the ocean and being lost for ever.


The Strangeworlds Travel Agency
L.D. Lapinski

At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside…

When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right suitcase. Then Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society and explore other worlds.

But, unknown to Flick, the world at the very centre of it all, a city called Five Lights, is in danger. Buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realizes what’s happening she must race against time, travelling through unchartered worlds, seeking a way to fix Five Lights before it collapses into nothingness – and takes our world with it.

A magical adventure for 9+ readers that will take you to whole new worlds.


The Complete Adventures on Nim’s Island
Wendy Orr

In a palm tree, on an island, in the middle of the wide blue sea, was a girl.
Nim’s hair was wild, her eyes were bright, and around her neck she wore three cords. One was for a spyglass, one for a whorly, whistling shell, and one for a fat red pocketknife in a sheath.

All three Nim novels – Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea and Rescue on Nim’s Island – collected in one edition to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the original publicationHappy 21st Birthday Nim!

Nim lives on an island in the middle of the wide blue sea, with her father, Jack, as well as a marine iguana called Fred, a sea lion called Selkie, a turtle called Chica and a satellite dish for her email. No one else lives quite like Nim, and she wouldn’t swap places with anyone.

  • In Nim’s Island, when Jack disappears in his sailing boat and disaster threatens her home, Nim must be braver than she’s ever been before. And she needs help from her friends old and new. This book was adapted as a major motion picture starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine).
  • In Nim at Sea, Nim’s new friend Alex Rover flies away without saying goodbye, and Selkie the sea lion is captured by villains from a cruise ship. Nim must risk everything to bring them back. A second major motion picture was inspired by this story, and screened as Return to Nim’s Island, starring Bindi Irwin.
  • In Rescue on Nim’s Island, Nim unearths an amazing fossil, but this discovery puts her island in terrible danger. Nim must choose between saving a natural treasure and saving someone’s life.

More Than a Kick
Tayla Harris with Jennifer Castles

AFLW player Tayla Harris was at work on the footy field when she kicked a goal. A photo of the kick – taken by Michael Willson – showcased her incredible athletic ability and was posted online. What happened next was an extraordinary turning point in Tayla’s life. The photo quickly became iconic as Tayla stood strong against the online trolls.

This is the inspiring story of Tayla’s stellar sporting career so far, and her hard-earned advice to young people navigating the ups and downs of social media.


TEEN / YA

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Suzanne Collins

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

The much anticipated prequel to the Hunger Games series.


The Gravity of Us
Phil Stamper

Cal wants to be a journalist, and he’s already well underway with almost half a million followers on his FlashFame app and an upcoming internship at Buzzfeed. But his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a highly-publicized NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for hot and humid Houston.

With the entire nation desperate for any new information about the astronauts, Cal finds himself thrust in the middle of a media circus. Suddenly his life is more like a reality TV show, with his constantly bickering parents struggling with their roles as the “perfect American family.”

And then Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels–and fast. They become an oasis for each other amid the craziness of this whole experience. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.


Burn 
Patrick Ness

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm.  This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby.

Kazimir knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a heart-stopping story of fanaticism, hope, bravery and impossible second chances, set in a world on the very brink of its own destruction.


Mighty Minotaur (Rise of the Mythix #2)
Anh Do

The minotaur will be recognised by his strength.

Kelly doesn’t believe in ancient prophecies. Then again, up until recently, she also didn’t believe a horn could grow out of her forehead.

Now the Collector is holding her mother hostage, and if Kelly wants to rescue her she needs to learn how to wield all the powers of the Unicorn. She also needs some help.

She needs to find… the Minotaur.

Minh knows something epic is going on. For the last year, he has been getting stronger and stronger. He can pull a plough as well as any horse. He can lift cars.

But he has no idea that this is just the beginning…

Kelly and Minh will need to help each other if they are to have any hope of bringing down the Collector and rescuing the people they love.


Fight Like a Girl
Sheena Kamal

It’s been a month since Trisha’s dad was killed, wandering out drunk in front of the car Trisha was driving, and her mother grabbed the wheel. To try to avoid him? To try NOT to avoid him? Trisha doesn’t know exactly what happened that night, but she’s afraid it’s going to happen again …

Love and violence. In some families they’re bound up together, dysfunctional and poisonous, passed from generation to generation like eye colour or a quirk of smile. Eighteen-year-old Trisha’s trying to break the chain, channelling her violent impulses into Muay Thai kickboxing, an unlikely sport for a slightly built girl of Indian descent. She’s the Canadian daughter of Trinidadian parents, whose own ancestors came over as indentured servants from India, replacing the Africans in the sugar fields after slavery was abolished. All that love and violence, identities warped and lost, passed on to her family, played out in every punch her hated father lands on her mother. Until the night he wanders out drunk in front of Trisha’s car, and everything changes forever – Trisha just has to figure out in what way …


APRIL NEW RELEASES: Kids and Teen / YA

PICTURE STORY

Slow Down
Rachel Williams & Freya Hartas 

All around us, nature is turning, growing…and working. Every day, hour by hour, magical transformations happen right in front of you. But it’s not always easy to see them…

Discover 50 nature stories, paused just long enough for you to watch them unfold.

Then go outside and explore… and see what you find when you take the time to slow down.


To The Bridge
Corinne Fenton & Andrew McLean

Nine-year-old Lennie Gwyther dreamed of seeing the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. With his father’s blessing, he rode his pony Ginger Mick across Australia, inspiring crowds of supporters to greet him in cities along the way, as he made his way to Sydney. It was there that he saw the bridge that had captivated his imagination and inspired his brave journey. And it was then that he and Ginger Mick became a legend.

This inspiring historical story is about persistence, resilience, bravery, courage and hope. It’s about pursuing a dream and the impact that journey can have on those who follow.


I Love My Mum
Anna Walker

Meet Ollie – a gorgeous, lively zebra, Fred the dog, and all of Ollie’s friends. Ollie loves Mum and Mum loves Ollie!

Anna Walker has perfectly captured the bond between a mother and child in simple, everyday activities, as Ollie and Mum spend a special day together.


Ten Little Figs
Rhian Williams & Nathaniel Eckstrom

Ten little figs are on my tree.
I love figs and they’re all for me.

Ten Little Figs is a joyful rhyming picture book about a child keeping careful watch of the figs on the fig tree in his backyard. With his dog by his side, he counts down the number of figs as they are taken by various hungry Australian animals (flying fox, finches, green ants and others) until only one fig is left.

Who will get that very last fig? 


A Thousand Kisses From Mummy
Anna Pignataro

A kiss to wake me from my sleep, then more to treasure and to keep. And I’m as happy as can be- A thousand kisses, all for me!

A beautiful story that is full to the brim with kisses.


EMERGING READERS & JUNIOR FICTION

Billie B Brown: The Honey Bees; The Hat Parade; The Grumpy Neighbour
Sally Rippin

Three fun new Billie B Brown adventures!  

The Honey Bees: Billie wants to protect the planet. She knows bees are super-dooper important, so she’s going to build a beehive at school! But why is her best friend Jack so upset about her plan?

The Hat Parade: Billie really wants to win the school hat parade. She has made lots of amazing hats! But when Billie gets stuck in bed with a horrible cold, will her hat parade plans be ruined?

The Grumpy Neighbour: Billie has kicked her new soccer ball over Grumpy Gertie’s fence. Her friends say Gertie will never give it back. Can Billie find a way to befriend Gertie and get her ball?


A Bear Named Bjorn
Delphine Perret & Antony Shugaar

Bjorn lives in a cave. The walls are soft, the ground is comfortable, and just in front there is new grass and a rough tree, perfect for back-scratching.

A Bear Named Bjorn takes us into the forest with Bjorn the bear and his friends. One day the animals have their eye tests and try on the humans’ lost spectacles. Another, they just sit, watching the leaves and playing cards on a tree stump. And on party night the animals borrow clothes hanging on the camping ground line-and return everything carefully in the morning, only a little bit used.

Bjorn’s thoughtful bear logic and small eccentricities are the heart of these mischievous chapters that are by turns contemplative and comical, odes to both nature and “human” nature.


Elizabella and the Haunting of Lizard Lake
Zoe Norton Lodge & Georgia Norton Lodge

Excitement is in the air as Elizabella – poet, fixer of fairytales and the biggest prankster in the history of her school – heads off to camp with the rest of her class. But when Larry the Lizard learns she’s headed to Lizard Lake he stows away in her suitcase, dreaming of discovering the other sentient lizards rumoured to be living there. Soon, Elizabella begins having strange dreams and wonders if Lizard Lake is haunted. Meanwhile back at Bilby Creek, Martin madly searches for Larry, eventually stumbling on another lizard who looks exactly like him. After discovering who is really haunting Lizard Lake, Larry and Elizabella return home to solve another mystery. Who is the imposter hanging out with Martin?

Another uniquely funny entry in the beloved illustrated comedy series from talented sister duo Zoe and Georgie Norton-Lodge.


Slime
David Walliams

WELCOME TO THE ISLE OF MULCH…

This little island is home to a large number of horrible grown-ups. The school, the local park, the toy shop and even the island’s ice-cream van are all run by awful adults who like nothing more than making children miserable. And the island is owned by the most awful one of all – Aunt Greta Greed!

Something needs to be done about them.

But who could be brave enough?

Meet Ned – an extraordinary boy with a special power. SLIMEPOWER!


Lena, the Sea and Me
Maria Parr

Dark clouds are looming in Mathildewick Cove. The arrival of a new football coach is putting twelve-year-old Lena’s goalkeeping career in doubt. And in the house next door, Trille is wondering how to impress the girl who has just joined his class.

The stage is set for a dramatic year ahead. What are Trille and Lena to do when every raft they build sinks, and every message in a bottle they send washes up on the shore at home? As the best friends battle the elements and their own emotions, one thing is for sure: they’re not giving up, not if Lena has anything to do with it!

This classic in the making from award-winning author Maria Parr is packed full of laugh-out-loud adventures and paints an honest picture of the highs and lows of friendship and growing up.


MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

Her Perilous Mansion
Sean Williams

In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a twelfth daughter named Etta find themselves working – and bickering – side by side in the largely deserted rooms.

But soon they realise that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem, and there’s more at stake than just their jobs.

Can they solve the puzzle of Her Perilous Mansion before it’s too late?


The January Stars
Kate Constable

When twelve-year old Clancy and her fourteen-year-old sister, Tash, visit their Pa at his aged-care facility, they have no idea that the three of them will soon set out on an intrepid adventure.

Along the way there are many challenges for Tash and Clancy to overcome and in the process, they discover their own resourcefulness and resilience and demonstrate their heartfelt love for their grandfather.

This thoroughly enjoyable novel about two sisters determined to help their grandfather will delight middle fiction readers of all ages. From the author of the bestselling and much-loved novels Crow Country & Cicada Summer.


When Stars Are Scattered
Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed

Omar and his little brother, Hassan, arrived in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya, seven years ago. Their father was killed the day they left home, and they haven’t seen their mother since they joined their neighbors who were fleeing to Dadaab. Now Omar is eleven and Hassan is nine, and Omar has quit school to look after his brother, who has an intellectual disability.

When Omar is given the opportunity to return to school and carve out a future for himself and Hassan, he feels torn. He loves school and could have the opportunity to earn a coveted scholarship to a North American university and with it a visa for himself and Hassan. But is it worth the risk and heartache of leaving his vulnerable brother for hours each day?

Told in Victoria Jamieson’s engaging and accessible graphic-novel style and based on Omar Mohamed’s gripping true story, this book is an intimate, important look at day-to-day life in a refugee camp.


Wink
Rob Harrell

Surviving school with one eye open.
Ross Maloy just wants to fit in.

But after he is diagnosed with a rare eye cancer in Year Seven, he suddenly becomes the ‘cancer kid’ of his school.

Now he has to deal with weird hats, a squinty eye and – hardest of all – disappearing friends, social media bullies, and the threat of losing his eyesight … or worse.

Based on Rob Harrell’s real-life experiences, and packed with his cartoons and illustrations, this is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of survival, and of finding the music, magic and laughter in all of life’s weirdness.


The Year the Maps Changed
Danielle Binks

Sorrento, Victoria, 1999. Fred’s family is a mess. Her mother died when she was six and she’s been raised by her Pop and adoptive father, Luca, ever since. But now Pop’s had to go away, and Luca’s girlfriend Anika and her son have moved in. More and more it feels like a land-grab for family and Fred is the one being left off the maps.

Even as things feel like they’re spinning out of control for Fred, a crisis from the other side of the world comes crashing in. When a group of Kosovar-Albanian refugees are brought to a government ‘safe haven’ not far from Sorrento, their fate becomes intertwined with the lives of Fred and her family in ways that no one could have expected.

A middle-grade coming-of-age story inspired by true events about the bonds of family, the weight of grief and the power of compassion for fans of The Bone Sparrow, Wolf Hollow and The Thing About Jellyfish.


TEEN / YA

Please Don’t Hug Me
Kay Kerr

Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that’s a big problem. She’s lost her job at Surf Zone after an incident that clearly was not her fault. Her driving test went badly even though she followed the instructions perfectly. Her boyfriend is not turning out to be the romantic type. And she’s missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago.

But now that she’s writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make just a tiny bit of sense.


Nightshade (Alex Rider #13)
Anthony Horowitz

In this adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade.

Alex is on his own, with the fate of thousands of people resting in his hands.


How to Grow a Family Tree
Eliza Henry Jones

Stella may only be seventeen, but having read every self-help book she can find means she knows a thing or two about helping people. She sure wasn’t expecting to be the one in need of help, though.

Thanks to her father’s gambling addiction, Stella and her family now find themselves living at Fairyland Caravan Park. And hiding this truth from her friends is hard enough without dealing with another secret. Stella’s birth mother has sent her a letter.

As Stella deals with the chaos of her family, she must also confront the secrets and past of her ‘other’ family. But Stella is stronger than she realises.


Seasons of War (Skulduggery Pleasant #13)
Derek Landy

War is coming.

To avert catastrophe, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are sent on a secret mission that takes them away from everything they know, to a forsaken land of magic and grim, unrelenting terror. It is here that Valkyrie will have to fight the hardest – not only against the enemies who want her dead, but also against her own self-destructive impulses.

It’s only by crawling through darkness that she’ll be able to once again stand in the light…


Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle #2)
Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Our heroes are back. Kind of.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil – you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal – is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favourite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them – but time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes – and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.


Deep Water
Sarah Epstein

HENRY WEAVER IS MISSING

Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station.

MASON WEAVER IS TRAPPED

hile Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable of, he knows the one thing binding him to this suffocating small town is his younger brother, Henry.

CHLOE BAXTER WANTS ANSWERS

Why would Henry run away without telling her? One of Chloe’s friends knows something and she’s determined to find out the truth.

As Chloe wades into dangerous waters and Mason’s past emerges, a chilling question ripples to the surface: how far would you go to keep a secret?

MARCH NEW RELEASES: Kids and Teen

PICTURE STORY & JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Anisa’s Alphabet
Mike Dumbleton & Hannah Sommerville

For many refugees the alphabet represents the start of a new language and a new future, but Anisa’s Alphabet is different.

A poignant and highly imaginative telling of Anisa’s journey from an unnamed war-torn country to a refugee camp, then on to an overcrowded boat towards supposed freedom and security. 

This wonderful picture story book will appeal to older children and adults alike…Come with Anisa, and see things through her eyes.


How to be a Giraffe
Thea Baker

Joffrey might have horns, a tail and a long neck, but his stripy fur is causing quite the stir.

Everyone knows that giraffes have spots! But if Joffrey isn’t a giraffe, what could he be?

Lots of fun to read aloud, this charming and heartfelt picture book celebrates the joy of embracing who we are.

***LOCAL AUTHOR, THEA BAKER, WILL JOIN US AS A SPECIAL GUEST AT OUR REGULAR MONDAY PRESCHOOL STORYTIME AT 10AM ON MONDAY 16 MARCH***


Duck, Apple, Egg
Glenda Millard & Martina Heiduczek 

Duck on the green,
sun in the sky,
egg in the nest,
apple on the tree,
and me.

From multi-award-winning author Glenda Millard comes a delightfully simple story about the joys of playing in a garden.


Little Ned
Michael Wagner & Adam Carruthers

Every morning, Little Ned puts on his pants, his shirt, his shoes and, while he’s at it, his heavy-duty chest armour, his spikey metal gauntlets, his razor-sharp sword and his iron helmet. What could possibly go wrong?

Hilarious and heartwarming, surprising and brilliantly drawn, Little Ned is a story about the pitfalls of being too careful.


Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms? 
Dawn McMillan and Bert Signal 

A fun book with an answer to the age old question…


Dear Earth 
Isabel Otter

When Tessa writes a love letter to the Earth, it’s the beginning of a glorious adventure. She blows bubbles with whales, soars with birds and joins in with the noisy rainforest hullabaloo!

Tessa wants everyone to know how special our planet is. She believes that there is a chance to save the Earth if enough of us share the message…


Bluey: Bob Bilby & Bluey Easter Activity Book

Bluey is back for some Easter fun!  With a new story (Bob Bilby) and a fun new Activity Book.  


Go Fish! 
Oliver Jeffers

Do you have any kites? Do you have any Floyds? Any curious whales?

This deck of oversized, kid-friendly cards is a surefire way to induce family fun, especially for fans of award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. A hefty cardstock box holds this deck of 52 playing cards (plus two instruction cards) – each of which is sized perfectly for little hands. With a flip-top lid and Velcro closure, the package is easily portable and tear-openable for any and every game-playing moment. In addition to playing Go Fish, players will also get the instructions for a memory game and Snap .


Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King
Kate Simpson & Jess Racklyeft 

It was 1914 when Sister Alice Ross-King left Australia for the war. Nursing was her passion – all she had ever wanted to do. But Alice couldn’t have imagined what she would see. She served four long years and was brave, humble and endlessly compassionate.

Using extracts from Alice’s actual diaries kept in the Australian War Memorial, this story captures the danger, the heartache and the history of the young nurse who would one day become the most decorated woman in Australia.


Evonne Goolagong (Little People, Big Dreams)
Maria Isabel, Sanchez Vegara & Lisa Koesterke 

Evonne grew up on a hot, dusty farm in Australia. She was the third of eight children, and descendant of the Wiradjuri people, who have lived on the land for more than 60,000 years. Her talent for tennis was discovered at a local tennis club, and before she knew it, the girl dreaming about the place called ‘Wimbledon’ was playing on centre court. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the brilliant tennis player’s life.

Little People, Big Dreams is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, Big Dreams!


JUNIOR & MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

Derek Dool Supercool #1: Bust a Move
Adrian Beck & Scott Edgar

Life’s tough when your name’s Derek. You’re destined to be uncool. But Derek is determined to find something – anything – that will change that. He’s sick of being picked last in PE, of not being invited to parties, and of all the cool kids using his freckles as dot-to-dot challenges. Derek is going to find something that will make him SUPERCOOL and nothing is going to stop him.


The Republic of Birds
Jessica Miller

Olga loves the stories of the old cartographers and pores over their ancient books and maps, trying to unlock their secrets. Sometimes, she thinks she can even feel through the maps- almost see into them-as if by magic. But magic is banned in Tsaretsvo, ever since the war with the birds that divided the kingdom, and the powerful magic-wielding Iagas have long been banished.

Now, any young girl who shows signs of being an Iaga is whisked away to Bleak Steppe-to a life, so the story goes, of unspeakable punishment. When the bird army kidnaps Olga’s sister in a surprise attack on the human kingdom, Olga realises she has to venture into the Republic of Birds to bring her back. But first, she must learn to unlock her magical ability.

As her journey takes her into the hidden world of the Iagas and the wilds of the Unmappable Blank, Olga discovers the truth about the war with the birds-and learns just how much is at stake. Inspired by Russian folklore, The Republic of Birds is a rich middle-grade fantasy adventure for readers of Karen Foxlee, Jessica Townsend and Philip Pullman.


The Ghosts of Howlers Beach
Jackie French

Butter O’Bryan lives in a Very Small Castle with his father and three aunts – Aunt Elephant, Aunt Cake and Aunt Peculiar. These aren’t their real names, of course, just as Butter’s father isn’t really called ‘Pongo’.

And even though Butter is only twelve years old, and the grandson of one of Australia’s most successful Jam Kings, he is very aware of the hardship many people are experiencing.

Butter has been told there are ghosts at the nearby isolated Howlers Beach, but are there? And how can the children Butter plays cricket with on the beach simply vanish? Who are these children and why do they refuse his help?

Butter is certain they’re hiding a secret and he’s determined to uncover it.


E-Boy #1: Lightning Strike
Anh Do

Ethan is supposed to be doing regular teenage things – like playing sports and hanging out with friends.

He is not supposed to be in the hospital getting a brain tumour removed by Gemini, a high-tech android doctor.

But just as the operation begins, the medical facility is hit by an unusual bolt of lightning…

When Ethan wakes up he discovers that things are different. He’s always been good with computers, but now his skills are next-level. Ethan almost feels like he’s…part of the machine.

And what about the android Gemini? If Ethan is now part robot, does that make the robot part human?

Ethan will need all his new skills just to stay alive.

An electrifying new adventure series from the bestselling author Anh Do.


A Sprinkle of Sorcery
Michelle Harrison

A missing sister, a secret island and … a sprinkle of sorcery.

The family curse has been lifted and the Widdershins sisters: Betty, Fliss and Charlie are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at the Poacher’s Pocket with a pocketful of hagstones and accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, it seems another adventure has landed on their doorstep. And when Charlie goes missing, it’s up to Betty and Fliss to journey through misty marches, past wisp catchers and on to a secret island that doesn’t exist on any map…


TEEN / YA

A Trio of Sophies
Eileen Merriman

Today is the first of September, the first day of spring, and it’s been sixty-four days since I last saw Sophie Abercrombie. It’s been sixty-four days since anyone saw Sophie Abercrombie.

The prettiest Sophie.

The missing Sophie.

As Sophie MacKenzie – Mac – confides to her diary, she last saw Sophie Abercrombie kissing James Bacon, their English teacher. Mac has passed this on to the police, but there is plenty she knows about James Bacon that she has kept to herself. She hasn’t even told Twiggy, the third Sophie in their once tightknit threesome.

The Trio of Sophies is no more.


Only Mostly Devastated
Sophie Gonzales

It was the very last Wednesday of August when I realized Disney had been lying to me about Happily Ever Afters. Because, you see, I was four days into mine, and my prince was nowhere to be found.

“Please don’t lose contact. I need to see you again,” he’d said. So why was I here, banging my head against a metaphorical wall, weighing up the pros and cons of sending another message? This wasn’t a big deal. It was just a guy texting another guy. A guy who knew all my biggest secrets, and had Seen. Me. Naked . A guy who’d convinced me he really, really liked me. A guy who’d better have been abducted by goddamn aliens…

When Ollie meets Will over the summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself short of his fairy-tale ending.

A family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country – Will’s school – and Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, a basketball jock and, well, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie isn’t going to pine after a guy who isn’t ready for a relationship. But as school life repeatedly throws them together, from music class to the lunch table, Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

With the noisy drama of their friends as the backdrop – from ambitious Juliette and frosty Lara, to big-hearted Darnell and king-jock Matt – Ollie has a decision to make.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again. Right?


The Vanishing Deep
Astrid Scholte

Two sisters. One dangerous secret. Twenty-four hours to uncover the truth.

Seventeen-year-old Tempest was born into a world of water. The most skilled diver on the Equinox Reef, she searches drowned cities with her older sister Elysea, seeking out old world treasures to trade for Notes. After Elysea mysteriously drowns, Tempest scavenges the ruins alone, driven to collect enough Notes to buy her sister’s life for 24 hours, and to finally learn the secret she had kept until her last breath.

However, once revived, Elysea convinces Tempest to break her out of the Palindromena research facility and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death. But they’re pursued by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up, and to prevent them from uncovering the secrets behind the revival process and the true cost of restored lives.

Dead or living, everyone must pay the price.


House of Earth and Blood #1: Crescent City
Sarah J. Maas

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City—has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…

With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


Havenfall
Sara Holland

Maddie loves spending summers at her uncle’s Inn at Havenfall. But the Inn is much more than a Maddie’s safe haven, and life in Havenfall isn’t without its secrets. Beneath the beautiful, sprawling manor in Colorado lie hidden gateways to other worlds, some long-sealed by ancient magic.

When a body is found on the grounds, the volatile peace brokered between these worlds is irrevocably compromised. What’s worse is that Maddie’s friend Brekken stands accused of the murder. With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront shocking truths about the dangers lurking beneath Havenfall – and discover who she really is.

This sweeping new series, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Melissa Albert and Holly Black, is sure to enthrall readers old and new.


The Last Hours #1: Chain of Gold
Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to Edwardian London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before – these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to an dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers – and force a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

JANUARY & FEBRUARY NEW RELEASES: Kids & Teen

PICTURE STORY

Forever
Beatrice Alemagne

Sometimes things change.

Sometimes things fly away.

Sometimes things disappear.

But there’s one thing that lasts forever…


All Bodies Are Good Bodies
Charlotte Barkla & Erica Salcedo

I love hands!
Hands that are white and hands that are brown,
Freckles mean sunshine has sent kisses down.
Short fingers, long fingers, bendy or straight,
Hands to clap, or high-five your mate.

Bold and beautiful, loud and proud, All Bodies are Good Bodies is an uplifting book about different body features and types. Through playful rhyme, it promotes the development of body acceptance and celebrates inclusivity and individuality.


Stormy
Guojing

In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that’s perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench–scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience and help from an enticing tennis ball a tentative friendship begins. But it’s not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold.

Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn’t always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.


Zoo School
Heath McKenzie

There are gorillas in the classroom and zebras in the hall!

In the gymnasium, llamas are having a ball! The playground is packed with TOO MANY CREATURES . . . What’s going on? Where are the TEACHERS?!

What would you do if your school was A ZOO?!


Bronte: Me and My Boots
Penny Harrison & Evie Barrow

Mum calls them my brave-girl boots.
My bold-as-brass, adventure boots
I’m off to snare the dragon boots.
I’ll drag him home for tea.

My teacher calls them bustling boots.
My buckle-down-to-business boots.
I’m the best at jobs boots.
I’m busy as a bee.

In Me and My Boots, Bronte rejects the label bossy boots, and in introducing us to her family and friends, offers up alternative ways to describe assertive girls like herself.  The first title in a series starring Bronte, a fun-loving character who inadvertently challenges gender stereotypes though her everyday adventures.


The Imaginaries
Emily Winfield Martin

Best-selling author/illustrator of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin, shares her “Imaginaries”: paintings from over the last ten years, captioned with one enigmatic sentence, designed to inspire.  From mermaids and giant flowers to magical robes and mysterious characters, this full-color collection of old and new art will inspire the artist and writer in you!  Each glorious image is given a mysterious or magical one-line caption–the beginning of a story, or maybe the middle–you imagine the rest.

The captions are hand-written on vintage scraps of paper, envelopes, postcards and more. Akin to the Chris van Allsburg book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Imaginairies is destined to become a cult classic in its own right.


EARLY READERS & JUNIOR FICTION

The Besties
Felice Arena & Tom Jellett

From the author and illustrator of the popular Sporty Kids books comes an exciting new beginner-reader series that celebrates the everyday adventures – at school, at home, in the backyard, even in the living room! A funny, sweet series about kids being kids, where imagination and play rule!  Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever…

The Besties Show and Smell

Ruby is so looking forward to Show and Tell, but the teacher is away and it looks like she’ll miss out. Plus, the besties won’t get to see what Zac’s talent is – it’s bound to be really funny and gross! Can they turn a very bad day into the very best?


The Besties to the Rescue

Oliver is trying to record Ruby’s awesome trampoline flips in slow-mo, but he captures something else too. Cutie Pie, the cat from next door, is pouncing on a bird’s nest! The baby bird is too young to fly. Will the besties be the best bird-parents ever?


The Princess in Black and the Bath Time Battle
Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

The Princess in Black is in a very stinky situation. A foul cloud is plaguing the goat pasture, and it smells worse than a pile of dirty diapers or a trash can on a hot summer day. But every time the Princess in Black and her friend the Goat Avenger manage to get rid of the odor, they accidentally blow it to another kingdom! Other masked heroes and their trusty companions show up to help, but how do you battle a stench when your ninja moves fail?

Fans with a nose for slapstick will be tickled to see the six stalwart friends join their wits to take on an impossibly beastly stink.


Evie and Pog: Take Off!
Tania McCartney

High in a tree house live two very best friends. One is a girl and one is a dog. And everyone knows them as Evie and Pog.

Evie is six years old. She likes knitting and jumping and books and cake.

Pog is a pug. He is two and likes to drink tea and read the newspaper.

Evie and Pog also love to have fun! Join them as they take off on three happy adventures – Puppy School Mess, School Play Drama and Cake Stall Chaos.


Fartboy: The First Sniff
Adam Wallace & James Hart

Martin Kennedy is the tidiest boy in the world’s tidiest town. Martin is so neat and clean that he has never ever farted-UNTIL NOW.

A freak accident dooms Martin to a dreadful destiny of baked beans and bottom blowouts. With the help of his grand fart master, can Martin learn to harness the power of his new skill and use it to save the day?


Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #1)
Jeremy Lachlan

Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long black robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn’t supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she’s determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!

Mrs. Porter is getting ready to have a special meeting at her house, and Karen is sure the meeting is for witches. Are they going to cast a spell on Karen? Or will she be brave enough to send them away — once and for all?

A fresh and fun graphic novel series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy’s little stepsister!


Max and the Midknights
Lincoln Peirce

Max wants to be a knight – too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act . . . and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers – the Midknights – Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former glory!


Ella at Eden: New Girl
Laura Sieveking

Ella has started at her new high school, and Eden College is everything she hoped it would be. She is getting to know her new friends and enjoying everything Eden has to o er. Until things start to get complicated. She accidentally insults Saskia, the school diva, there could be a ghost in the dorm and items have started to mysteriously disappear.

Can Ella catch the Eden thief?


MIDDLE GRADE

Tiger Heart
Penny Chrimes

When sooty orphan Fly falls down a chimney she’s meant to be cleaning and straight into a Tiger’s cage, she thinks her short life is about to end right then and there. But instead of gobbling her up, the Tiger bows, and addresses the bemused Fly as ‘your majesty’.

Shocked but intrigued, Fly vows to free the Tiger from his captivity. Together, they embark on a journey that will take them from the dark and twisty lanes of London over the ocean in order to reach what the Tiger says is their homeland: a far-off land nestled in cloud-topped mountains.

But not everyone wants Fly and the Tiger to return. And when an unnatural ocean storm hits their ship, they’re separated. Without the Tiger by her side, will Fly be able to fulfil her destiny and become the princess she was born to be?


Jane Doe and the Key of All Souls
Jeremy Lachlan

Strap in. Hold on tight. The follow-up to the award-winning Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds is here!

Jane Doe is in more danger than ever before. Her father is still imprisoned. The Manor – the hallowed world between worlds – is still dying. The villainous Roth is still searching for the mythical, all-powerful Cradle Sea. Worst of all, Jane has learned that she is the key to stopping him and saving the Otherworlds. Problem is, she’s stranded in the dying land of Arakaan – Roth’s home – and its people have some surprising secrets of their own.

With a little help from her pyromaniac pal, Violet, and her doubtful ally, Hickory, Jane must find the courage to accept her destiny and face her darkest fears, even if it means losing everything she holds dear.

From the desolate plains of Arakaan to the shifting halls and devious booby traps of the Manor, Jane’s Cradle quest is about to explode.

There are sandstorms. There are scorpions. There are new friends and foes. And every soul in every world hangs in the balance.


JUNIOR NON FICTION

I Heart the World
Tania McCartney

Now more than ever, children are encouraged to value and appreciate our world. I Heart the World is a beautifully illustrated romp around the planet, celebrating the people, cultural delights, natural and man-made wonders, and the breathtaking flora and fauna, that occupy our land, sea and sky.

Organised into chapters for each world continent, Tania’s illustrations will have any child or parent poring over the pages for many hours, and learning great facts about places near and far.


Speak Up!
Adora Svitek

Speak Up! is a joyful celebration of 45 speeches by children and teenagers who have stood up for causes they passionately believe in and challenged adults in power to take note. This collection is testament to the hopefulness and spirit of the next generation, and the positive belief that we can, and should, act to protect the things we love.

From ground-breaking scientific inventions to pleas for the environment, anti-war speeches to incredible testimony of lived experiences, the speeches collected here demonstrate the profound wisdom of youth and why it is important to speak up and out on what concerns us. Speakers include Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg and award-winning inventor and cancer researcher Jack Andraka.


TEEN / YA

Infinity Son
Adam Silvera

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers-a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own-one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.


A Throne of Swans
Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.


The Long Distance Playlist
Tara Eglington

Taylor and Isolde used to be best friends – before THAT FIGHT, 18 months ago. It’s been radio silence ever since – until Taylor contacts Isolde to sympathise with her breakup: the breakup that she never saw coming; the breakup that destroyed her confidence and ended her dreams of joining the National Ballet School.

Taylor’s had his own share of challenges, including a life-altering accident that has brought his hopes of competing at the Winter Olympics to a halt.

Isolde responds to Taylor, to be polite. But what starts out as heartbreak-themed Spotify playlists and shared stories of exes quickly becomes something more.

And as Taylor and Isolde start to lean on each other, the distance between them begins to feel not so distant after all …


One of Us is Next
Karen McManus

Welcome back to Bayview High…

It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late…


The Conference of Birds (Miss Peregrine #5)
Ransom Riggs

With his dying words, H — Jacob’s final connection to his grandfather Abe’s secret life — entrusts Jacob with a mission: Deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V.

Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor — save the future of all peculiardom. With only a few bewildering clues to follow, Jacob must figure out how to find V, the most enigmatic, and most powerful, of Abe’s former associates. But V is in hiding and she never, ever, wants to be found.

Time is running out. And even as Jacob and his friends are working feverishly to decipher the prophecy, it’s warning …

When the prisons are blown to dust
And chaos reigns
Are beginning …
And the betrayers summon their king
The old ones from their sleep are torn
To come true.
An age of strife will soon be born.

With enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the newest instalment of the beloved, #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.


King of Crows (Diviners #4)
Libba Bray

1920s New York
The Diviners have joined forces
The visions were all true
The dead are here

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows – but she will need the Diviners’ help to do it. Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe’s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crows’ plans. Now the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hope of joining forces with Sarah Beth and stopping the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever. But as rumours of towns becoming ghost-towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems lost.

In this sweeping finale, the Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation – and world – from catastrophe…


Are You Watching?
Vincent Ralph

Ten years ago, Jess’s mother was murdered by the Magpie Man.

She was the first of his victims but not the last.

Now Jess is the star of a YouTube reality series and she’s using it to catch the killer once and for all.

The whole world is watching her every move.

And so is the Magpie Man.


Yes No Maybe So
Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state candidate – as long as he’s behind the scenes. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes… until he meets Maya.

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is cancelled, her parents are separating and now her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing – with some awkward guy she hardly knows …

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer – and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.

NOVEMBER NEW RELEASES: Kids & Teen

PICTURE STORY

Foothand, Elbownose
Kiah Thomas & Connah Brecon

Max’s foot is fed up and wants to be a hand instead — he’s over puddles and prickles and being trod on every day — and Max, being ever so obliging, agrees. All is fine until the other body parts start putting in requests of their own, and when Max finds himself with not only a foothand but an elbownose, headbottom and a mouthear, he has no choice but to send the body parts back to where they belong. Which, as it happens, suits them.  


The Painted Ponies
Alison Lester

Matilda loves staying at Grandma Lucky’s, riding Luna in the front paddock and playing with the painted ponies in their carved wooden wagon.

The gold palomino, the chestnut, the bay,
the pinto, the brown and the dappley grey.

One day, Lucky tells Matilda about when she was a little girl and the real ponies were her friends…

A big, beautiful story about friendship and freedom, from Australia’s favourite picture book creator, Alison Lester.


I See, I See
Robert Henderson

A book for one? A book for two? A book for different points of view.

I See, I See is a playful, rhyming call-and-answer conversation between two readers, each of whom view the page from a different perspective: I see water, I see sky, I see swimming, I see fly!


Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
Andrea Beaty & David Thomas

Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school . . . until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfill and he can no longer do so. Sofia misses her Abuelo and wonders what she can do about the dangerous Mount Trashmore. Then she gets an idea—the town can turn the slimy mess into a park! She brainstorms and plans and finally works up the courage to go to City Hall—only to be told by a clerk that she can’t build a park because she’s just a kid! Sofia is down but not out, and she sets out to prove what one kid can do.

The newest picture book from the creators of Iggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, an activist and community leader who stands up for what she believes in!


Garden Jungle
Helene Druvert

Follow Tom to the edge of his garden, where the grass turns into a lush jungle and a walk turns into an expedition! Tom, a little boy who’s bored, follows a butterfly deeper than he’s ever been in his backyard and discovers uncharted territory. Here, the grass becomes a jungle, the cat turns into a leopard, and the only sounds come from leaves blowing in the wind. But all too soon, it’s time to go back. Tom realizes his house is just behind those shrubs . . . It’s so good to be bored!

This beautiful, colorful storybook is illustrated with laser-cut silhouettes that make the garden come alive. An exciting backyard adventure, Garden Jungle will appeal to children of all ages.


Nop
Caroline Magerl

Nop is a scruffy kind of bear. He sits on a dusty armchair in Oddmint’s Dumporeum surrounded by the beaders, knitters, patchers and stitchers who are much too busy to talk to him. So he watches the litter tumble until, armed with a new bow tie, he has an idea that will change his life forever. This story began with a memory of Caroline’s school holidays in Sydney. Her father was welding a steel yacht in a boat yard and she wandered off . . . only to discover the local dump, a home for the things people throw out!

Many years later, her daughter Jen made a teddy bear out of scraps for her father. It’s a very sorry-looking, but endearing creature. Named Roadkill, ten years later it still sits on top of his desk.

A heartwarming picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Caroline Magerl about two unlikely loners who forge a forever friendship.


Jon Klassen’s Hat Box
Jon Klassen

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back (I Want My Hat Back)
A fish has stolen a hat; will he get away with it? (This Is Not My Hat )
Two turtles have found one hat, but the hat looks good on both of them… (We Found a Hat)

Jon Klassen’s deliciously deadpan hat tales continue to surprise and delight readers of all ages, and they are all now available in one impeccably designed boxed set along with a free frameable print.


The Crayons’ Christmas
Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

‘Tis the season for all of us to write our Christmas wish lists. But everyone knows – even the Crayons – that the best presents are the ones that you give.

In this unique book, readers join in as Duncan, the Crayons and their families celebrate the festive season. With real, folded letters to pull from their envelopes and read, games, press-out ornaments, a poster and a pop-up tree, this book is the perfect gift for fans of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Into the Jungle
Katherine Rundell

Into the Jungle is a modern classic in the making, as Katherine Rundell creates charming and compelling origin stories for all Kipling’s best-loved characters, from Baloo and Shere Khan to Kaa and Bagheera. As Mowgli travels through the Indian jungle, this brilliantly visual tale, which weaves each short story together into a wider whole, will make readers both laugh and cry.

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, first published by Macmillan in 1894, is one of the most enduring books of children’s literature, delighting generations of children. Katherine Rundell has taken this as the basis of her new and enchanting tale, sharing the early years of favourite characters and informing the creatures they become in Kipling’s classic, with stories about family and friendship, loyalty and jungle law, and a final battle which will decide the future of the forest.

A gorgeously produced gift hardback with foiled cover, a ribbon marker and colour and black-and-white illustrations throughout by creative genius Kristjana S Williams, this is truly a book for all the family to treasure and share.


The Impossible Boy
Ben Brooks

Oleg and Emma entered their den to find a cardboard spaceship standing exactly where they usually sat. Slowly, the front door opened and out stepped a boy. ‘My name’s Sebastian Cole,’ he said. ‘But you already know that.’

When Oleg and Emma invent a new classmate called Sebastian, they are amazed when he appears – very much real – in their secret den.

Sebastian isn’t like the rest of their classmates. He’s never eaten pizza, he’s not sure what goose bumps are, and he has a satchel that seems to hold an endless supply of hot ice cream.

But as the trio begin their adventures, more impossible things keep happening, from a runaway goat appearing at school to a sighting of some snowwomen walking down the road. Things soon take a turn for the dangerous when the three friends are pursued by the mysterious Institute of Unreality, who want to capture and erase Sebastian, restoring order to the world.

With the help of a cowboy gardener, an imprisoned scientist, and the rest of their class, can Emma and Oleg protect their new friend and keep the magic of the impossible alive, just in time for Christmas?


Nevertell
Katharine Orton

A world of magic is only a whisper away…

Born in a Soviet prison camp, Lina has never seen the world outside until the night she escapes with her best friend, Bogdan. As the pair journey across a snowy wilderness, they are pursued by a vengeful sorceress and her pack of shadow wolves. The children will need every ounce of courage – and a whisper of magic – if they are to survive…


Funny Bones
Edited by Oliver Phommavanh, Kate Temple, and Jol Temple

If you think you’ve heard every funny story there is then think again … Funny Bones is a super-huge collection of rib-tickling stories, cartoons, jokes and much, much more that’s bound to get even the most serious kid laughing.

With over 100 funny stories, hilarious poems and side-splitting drawings from some of Australia’s favourite and funniest people including Zoe Foster Blake, Josh Pyke, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, Hannah Gadsby, Lawrence Leung, Michelle Law, Adrian Beck, Katrina Nannestad, James O’Loghlin, Tom Jellett, Gus Gordon, Danny Katz, Mitch Vane, Sally Rippin, Tristan Bancks, Jessica Walton, Dougal Macpherson, Garth Nix, The Listies, Georgia Productions as well as Oliver Phommavanh and Kate & Jol Temple, Funny Bones will be a bumper addition to any child’s bookshelf. It might get you laughing out loud, but it’s all for a serious cause – all royalties go to the international aid charity, War Child Australia.


The Year We Fell From Space
Amy Sarig King

Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they’ve been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures and possibilities. She’s an exception.

Some other exceptions-

Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn’t talked to her since.

Her mom, who’s happier since he left, even though everyone thinks she should be sad and lonely.

And her sister, who won’t leave their house.

Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach?


The Fowl Twins
Eoin Colfer

Criminal genius runs in the family…

Myles and Beckett Fowl are twins but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is impeccably neat, has an IQ of 170, and 3D prints a fresh suit every day – just like his older brother, Artemis Fowl.

A week after their eleventh birthday the twins are left in the care of house security system, NANNI, for a single night. In that time, they befriend a troll on the run from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun both of whom need the magical creature for their own gain . . .

Prepare for an epic adventure in which The Fowl Twins and their new troll friend escape, get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, killed (temporarily) . . . and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins.

The first book in the blockbusting new series from global bestseller Eoin Colfer.


TEEN / YA

The Toll (Scythe #3)
Neal Shusterman

It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.

In this pulse-pounding finale to Neal Shusterman’s internationally bestselling trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.


Weapon (Whisper #2)
Lynette Noni

I already knew he was a psychopath. But now?
He’s more dangerous than ever.
And I have less than twenty-four hours to stop him.

After escaping Lengard and finding sanctuary with the Remnants, Alyssa Scott is desperate to save those she left behind — and the rest of the world — from the power-hungry scientist, Kendall Vanik. But secrets and lies block her at every turn, and soon Lyss is left questioning everything she has ever believed.

When long-lost memories begin to surface and the mysteries of her past continue to grow, Lyss battles to retain her hard-won control. Allies become enemies and enemies become allies, leaving her certain about only two things: when it comes to Speakers, nothing is ever as it seems . . . and the only person she can trust is herself.

The heart-stopping conclusion to Whisper.


Permanent Record
Mary H.K. Choi

On paper, college dropout Pablo Rind doesn’t have a whole lot going for him. His graveyard shift at a twenty-four-hour deli in Brooklyn is a struggle. Plus, he’s up to his eyeballs in credit card debt. Never mind the state of his student loans.

Pop juggernaut Leanna Smart has enough social media followers to populate whole continents. The brand is unstoppable. She graduated from child stardom to become an international icon and her adult life is a queasy blur of private planes, aspirational hotel rooms, and strangers screaming for her just to notice them.

When Leanna and Pablo meet at 5:00 a.m. at the bodega in the dead of winter it’s absurd to think they’d be A Thing. But as they discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to defy the deafening expectations of everyone else, Leanna and Pablo turn to each other. Which, of course, is when things get properly complicated.


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Weird, Wild, Amazing!
Tim
Flannery

Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you.
You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet.

Are zombie jellyfish real? 
Do frogs like opera?
Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!)
What’s it like to wrestle a python?

Buckle up – you’re about to find out!
Bursting with bizarre facts, packed with vibrant illustrations and guided by one of the world’s greatest living scientists, Professor Tim Flannery, this deep-dive into the natural world will enthral and enlighten readers. It will also make them laugh out loud … and squirm in disgust.


Illuminightmare
Lucy Brownridge & Carnovsky

Set off on a supernatural journey to visit the most haunted places on Earth in this follow-up to the best-selling Illuminature, Illumanatomy, and Illuminatlas. Use your three-colour lens to explore each place: use the green lens to see the location, the red lens to see remnants from its history, and the blue lens to reveal the supernatural things that lurk behind the shadows. Packed with historical facts, rich folklore from around the world, and plenty of mystery, Milan-based design duo Carnovsky have created a haunted compendium like no other.

For thousands of years, people from every corner of the globe have told stories, folk tales, and legends about unnerving encounters with the supernatural. Often, a haunted place has a rich history we can see in our earthly world. And sometimes this history echoes on in the form of ghosts or supernatural spirits. Here, incredible interactive illustrations reveal the history and haunted secrets of the 10 most haunted places in the world:

Hermitage, Russia
St. Therese Shipwreck, Greece
Bran Castle, Romania
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Tower of London, UK
Bhangarh Fort, India
Black Forest, Germany
San Juan Chamula Cemetery, Mexico
Picton, Australia
The Giza Pyramids, Egypt

Look through the green lens to see the place and its surroundings by day. See which plants and animals, buildings, and cultural artefacts you can spot on the map. Use the red lens to learn about the history and real-life inhabitants of this place. Then turn the page to learn more about the cultural highlights and natural wonders in the field guide. If you dare, look through the blue lens to reveal the hidden horrors, supernatural goings on, and ghosts who haunt this place.

There’s so much more to the world around us than meets the eye.


Take Heart, Take Action
Beth Orpin

We don’t know what the future holds, but there are things we can do to make a positive impact on the world today.

From saving water and protecting nature to having gratitude, here are twenty conversation starters to remind us we have the power to make our Earth a better place.

Renowned Australian illustrator, Beci Orpin, created this book for anyone who wants to create a more openhearted and sustainable world.


A Flamboyance of Flamingoes
Jennifer Cossins

A wisdom of wombats? A loveliness of ladybirds? A flamboyance of flamingos?

Come along on an illustrated journey through the animal kingdom with award-winning Tasmanian artist Jennifer Cossins. Featuring 28 full-colour animal illustrations, each with its very own collective noun, this book will delight children and adults alike.

2019 Children’s Book Week and Story Writing Competition Winners

We were delighted to kick off our celebrations for Children’s Book Week yesterday with a visit from the lovely Jane Godwin and the announcement of our Story Competition Winners for 2019.  What an absolutely bumper crowd we had?!  Thanks so much to everyone who was able to come down and enjoy the afternoon’s festivities.

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Jane Godwin very generously spoke with us about her own writing approach and ideas and gave the kids her Top 10 Tips for Young Writers, which are a great reference for everyone putting their entries together for next year!

Story Competition Winners

We had more than 200 entries this year from Prep through to Year 12 – it is always such a difficult task to whittle all the wonderful stories down to just a few winners.  All entrants receive a certificate of participation, which can be collected in store until the end of October 2019.

This year’s winners and honourable mentions in each age category were as follows:
(click on the winning titles to read the story – use the tool bar at the bottom to scroll through pages)

Lower Primary School (Prep & Year 1)

WINNERS
Illustrations:  Super Cat: Race to the Crown by Hugo Wright
Picture story: The Chocolate Yaks of the Mornington Peninsula by Tyler McClusky
Short story: Sustainaville by Milly Davies

Middle Primary School (Years 2-4)

WINNERS
Poetry: The Magic Box by Luca Broadbent
Picture Story: The Day My Food Fought Back! by Perry McCluskey
Short Story:
1770 by Signe Hardt
Be Careful What You Wish For by Toby Adeney

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Picture Story:
The Big Holiday by Gwendolin Mapp
Monster Catastrophe by Charlotte Calvert
Short Stories:
The Best Day by Olivia Natoli
The Medallion Thief by Amy Akers

Upper Primary School (Years 5 & 6)

WINNERS
Poetry: Different by Leah Reaper
Tormented Dreams by Faith Hatch
The White Horse by Viola Turchini

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Trouble in Tango Bay by Sophie Doye
Water by Lilyana
The Odd Friendship by Ilyssa

Lower Secondary School (Years 7-9)

WINNERS
Freedom by Taylor Branford
Hide by Isobel Dymond

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
The Fire That Shook Me by Adam Houben
Welcome to Whiterock by Isabel York

Upper Secondary School (Years 10-12)

No One Knows Riva by Rebecca Shute

Congratulations to ALL ENTRANTS on your wonderful stories – we can’t wait to see what you have for us next year!!

If you’d like to check out the winners and honours list for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Awards, you can see them here.  Note that there are usually supply delays for winners and notables following the announcement, but as always we are happy to place special orders if you would like a particular book.

We have limited signed copies of some of Jane Godwin‘s lovely books available in store now (while stocks last).  Her new books Tilly and One Blue Shoe, will be out in October.

CAZ GOODWIN: Monday 1 July

Story time with…

Caz and Koala PuppetCAZ GOODWIN
Lazy Daisy

Monday 1 July
2.30pm

IN STORE

FREE, but bookings required as space is limited

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Join us for a special school holiday story time with award-winning children’s author Caz Goodwin to celebrate her recent picture book – Lazy Daisy is a funny rhyming story about friendship, compromise and an extremely lazy ‘dog’. The children will hear the story, enjoy rhyming songs and learn some fun facts about Australia’s native koalas. There will also be a craft activity.

Suitable for ages 3+


Lazy DaisyLazy Daisy
Caz Goodwin

All of Jasper’s dreams come true when he finds his very own ‘puppy dog’ to walk in Centenary Park. But Daisy the ‘dog’ isn’t much of a walker — she tends to spend most of her day climbing gumtrees and dozing. If only someone would explain to Jasper that Daisy is a koala, NOT a dog! Just as Jasper’s about to give up on his dream, he has a madcap idea of how Daisy can still join him on his daily walk, whether she’s asleep or not.

Lazy Daisy is a hilarious rhyming story that will have kids doubled over with laughter.

Children’s Book Week 2019 Story Writing Competition

***THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION HAS FINISHED***
***SEE WRAP UP AND WINNERS HERE***

To celebrate Children’s Book Week each year we hold a kids story-writing competition.  There are Farrells book vouchers up for grabs as prizes and winning entries are published on our website. You can see some past winners here and here (click on the winning titles to see the story).

Come along to our AUTHOR VISIT for the announcement of the winners!
(see details below)

There are five different age groups:

  1. Lower Primary: Prep and Year 1

  2. Middle Primary: Years 2 to 4

  3. Upper Primary: Years 5 and 6

  4. Lower Secondary: Years 7 to 9

  5. Upper Secondary: Years 10 to 12

Entry Guidelines:

  • Entries may be in picture story or short story formats.

  • Primary level short stories must not exceed 2 pages/1000 words.

  • Secondary level short stories limited to 3 pages/1500 words.

  • Only entries within the word limits will be read, so practice your editing skills!

  • In all groups, limits of one individual entry and one collaborative entry per person.

  • Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store.

  • Electronic entries should be in either PDF or Microsoft Word format and can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW 2019 Story Comp.

  • Please ensure you include your name, age, contact information (phone and email) and group of entry.

Entries close Sunday 30 June

WINNERS ANNOUNCED
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST
3pm IN STORE

With guest author, JANE GODWIN

Jane Godwin is a the highly acclaimed author of over twenty-five books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations, including the Queensland Premier’s Award (Children’s Books), the Aurealis Award and the Animal Welfare Award, and shortlistings in the CBC Book of the Year Awards, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the New South Wales State Literary Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize) the YABBA Awards, the Speech Pathology Awards, The Family Award for Children’s Books, and the Australian Book Industry Awards.

 


So what will you write about?

  • You could use the Children’s Book Week theme from this year – “Reading is my Secret Power” – as a starting point.

  • Think about some favourite books you love to read and see if you can create something similar.

  • For those of you writing picture story books, have a look at the Scholastic Story Starter.  (Be sure to get Mum and Dad’s okay to use the computer).

  • For Groups 2-4, have a look at Andy Griffith’s Once Upon A Slime for some tips on writing or check out this YouTube video of him speaking with a school group about how to write.

  • Ask your school librarian or teacher for some ideas.

  • Be creative!  Your imagination is a unique and wonderful thing – so put it to good use!

We can’t wait to see what wonderful creative stories you share with us.

Happy Writing!

Children’s Book Week Author Visit and Story Competition Winners

We were delighted to welcome Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, author and illustrator of Real Pigeons Fight Crime, to help us celebrate Children’s Book Week 2018, if a little belatedly.  And boy did we use ALL our new space post-renovations!!  What an incredible crowd we had, with well over a hundred budding authors and illustrators and their families joining us for a great afternoon.

Andrew and Ben entertained us and shared what it was like to collaborate to create a book like Real Pigeons – and even created a whole new pigeon character with the help of the crowd – perhaps we’ll see a nose-shaped pigeon with the superpower of ‘super snoring’ in one of the next books?!  (Real Pigeons Eat Danger, Book 2, will be out in November)

But of course, everyone was also there to hear the announcement of the winners of this year’s Story Writing Competition.  With a record 195 entries across 5 categories from lower primary to upper secondary, we certainly had a massive task on our hands deciding on the winners.  If we could, we’d give EVERYONE a prize, but for those who missed out this year – keep honing your skills and delving into that imagination and maybe next year will be YOUR year!!

So congratulations to the winners for this year, who were as follows:

(click on the individual titles to read the story)

Lower Primary School 

Amelie Masters for Little Brown Bear
Fehin Contini for The Wawel and the Witch 

Middle Primary School

Non-Fiction
Rowan Fitzgerald for Charlie’s Adventure to the Planets

Poetry
Louis Morgan for Oh Winter Weather

Fiction
Lily Grant for The Forgotten Name
Bethany Greenstreet for Bessie’s Story
Gwendolin Mapp for Zara’s Ice-cream
Mia Spicer for Miranda 

Upper Primary School

Anya Renwick for The Wheel of Life
Isabel York for Bluebell Farm

Lower Secondary School

Non-Fiction
Emily Marthick for Hugo Essay

Fiction
Charli Lloyd for Sincerely Dorothy
Alex Tepaske for The Edge of Insanity

Upper Secondary School 

Elise Harrington for Remember September

Thanks to everyone for being involved in our Story Competition this year – it is truly one of our favourite times of year and we feel so blessed to be a part of a community that is so invested in reading, writing and the arts!!  Bring on 2019!!!

CBW 2017 Story Competition Winners

The third year of our Children’s Book Week Story Writing Competition and we were yet again blown away by the number and quality of the entries we received.  We absolutely love that the community is embracing story writing and feel very lucky to be able to read through your highly imaginative creations.  

We were delighted to have such a fantastic turn out for the prizes presentation on Saturday 26 August, with the fabulous Alan Brough ably assisting.  You all asked such insightful questions of him – he was very impressed – and we were all thoroughly entertained by his reading from Charlie and the Karaoke Cockroaches.  We’re all looking forward to the third installment of the Charlie series some time next year – hopefully he can come up with a better title than ‘Charlie and the <insert title here>‘ by then!!   


Unfortunately, there can only be a few winners and our judging task was a difficult one as usual, but we are pleased to announce the 2017 winners as follows:

LOWER PRIMARY (Prep – Yr 3)

Shortlisted

Niah Barker – Life Saving Foxes    

Lulu Bowman – Arabella Finds Her Power

Caleb Hatch – The Dream World

Jude Shannon – Andy Man

WINNERS

Lachlan Burnett – The Rainy Day

Noah Sier – The Chicken Fish

Jasmine Burnett – Starcloud and the Unicorns

Zali Horner – Time Travel!

UPPER PRIMARY (Yr 3 – 6)

Shortlisted

Hayden Bowes – Cookie Cutter Rises

Sash Horner – Open Minded

Emma O’Neill – Captive

Lauren Sinclair – The Great Barrier Reef

Sienna Whyte – The Little Fighter

Honourable Mention

Charlotte Dungey – My Second Mother

RUNNERS-UP

Faith Hatch – The Dragon War

Sarah Norris – The Intruder

WINNER

Mia Davies – Hope

LOWER SECONDARY (Yr 7 – 9)

Shortlisted 

Tara Bull – Missing in Venice

Alex Tepaske – Finally Detected

Emily Van Shaik – Unleashed

WINNERS

Tayla Basso – On Top of the World

Adam Houben – Waves


We have uploaded the winning entries, so click on the links if you’d like to have a read.

If you didn’t win a prize this year, don’t be disheartened – keep working at your stories and illustrations, and read lots for inspiration – next year might be your year!!  As Alan told us today, sometimes you just have to start writing SOMETHING, even if it turns out to be not very good – at least it gives you something to work at until you get to your best story.

We have prepared a certificate for every entrant – you can collect yours in store – just ask our friendly staff.

Please note: we will dispose of any certificates and stories not collected by the end of October.


Thanks for helping us celebrate
Children’s Book Week 2017
– we can’t wait to see what you’ll have for us next year!!