NEW RELEASES JULY & AUGUST : Kids & Teen

Here are some of the great new titles we’re excited about coming out in July and August – release dates are listed and pre-orders are welcome!

PICTURE STORY

The Woolly Bear Caterpillar
Julia Donaldson

Release date: 29 June 2021

Crawling through the garden, the little Woolly Bear Caterpillar wonders what kind of moth she will become. Bonny and bright, stunning and smart, but not kind, the other caterpillars laugh at the small, plain Woolly Bear.

There is one thing that they are sure of: Woolly Bear could never be as beautiful as them! But could one little caterpillar be about to undergo a truly terrific transformation?

Brilliantly written and stunningly illustrated this engaging picture book comes complete with a non-fiction mini book written by a nature specialist. From Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo, and award-winning illustrator Yuval Zommer, comes a charming minibeast twist on the ugly duckling story.


Frankie and the Fossil
Jess McGeachin

Release date: 3 August 2021

Frankie knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs.
But when she ignores a sign at the museum and is followed home by a friendly fossil, Frankie finds there’s more to dinosaurs than she ever imagined.

Frankie and the Fossil is an irresistible story about being heard…and finding your herd. A sweet and funny picture book for anyone who loves dinosaur fossils, friends and cheese sandwiches, by the acclaimed creator of Fly and The Lost Library.


Tudei en longtaim (Now and Then)
Stella Raymond

Release date: 29 June 2021

Move and back and forth in time in Stella Raymond’s fascinating book comparing how life is lived now in Aboriginal communities to how it was lived in the olden days.

Written in English and Kriol, Stella’s home language, this book not only is an insight into Aboriginal life now and then, but also to a language that is widely spoken across the top of Australia.


Who Fed Zed?
Amelia McInerney

Release date: 2 July 2021

Zed the fish is white and red.
His poo hangs down in one long thread.
The main thing, though, is what Fred said,
‘NEVER, EVER FEED ZED BREAD.’

A darkly comic story about a pet in peril that pays homage to classic picture books such as Fish Out of Water, from an exciting creative team working together for the first time.


Little One
Jane Godwin

Release date: 27 July 2021

Pippi loves her special Little One: she’s soft like mist and always warm, and she’s there for Pippi through night and day. Together, they sit at the window and wonder at the world.

But one day, Little One goes missing. Pippi feels lost too, but perhaps she can learn to wonder at the world without Little One by her side…

From a wonderful new pairing of Jane Godwin and Gabriel Evans comes a timeless story that reminds us nothing is ever truly lost.


Bedtime Sorted!
Jimmy Rees

Release date: 27 July 2021

Who said bedtime was hard? Dad’s got bedtime sorted!

Lenny and the twins have a bath without water spilling over, brush their teeth without toothpaste spraying onto the mirror, and go to sleep straight after their story. Perfect! Dad can finally settle down to his dinner.

But then – My pyjamas don’t match! I’m too cold! I’m too hot! The window is making funny noises! I’m not tired!

From one of Australia’s best-loved comedians and children’s entertainers, Jimmy Rees, comes a story about the bedtime excuses that families everywhere will know all too well.


A Song of Gladness
Michael Morpurgo & Emily Gravett

Release date: 13 July 2021

From a blackbird in a Devon garden to leopards in the African savanna, hibernating bears and chimpanzees high in the forest canopy, A Song of Gladness reminds us all of our connection with nature, and with each other, and the urgent need for us to join together in caring for the planet and every creature in it.

Former Children’s Laureate and CILIP Carnegie Medal winner Sir Michael Morpurgo’s beautiful story is both moving and full of hope; the illustrations from twice CILIP Kate Greenaway-winning Emily Gravett are breathtaking. This gorgeous book is a classic in the making and the perfect gift for any animal and nature lover.

Travel the globe in this beautiful, inspiring journey through the animal kingdom, which encourages children to value the natural world and their place within it.


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Shockingly Good Stories
R.A. Spratt

Release date: 2 July 2021

Piranhas on the run, stolen sandwiches, chocolate waterfalls and so much more!

From R.A. Spratt, bestselling author of Friday Barnes, comes this collection of twenty short stories perfect for fans of Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Paul Jennings.

Featuring fractured fairytales told by none other than Nanny Piggins, previously unpublished Friday Barnes mysteries and a bunch of other hilarious and highly original tall tales.

This book will delight kids from seven to seventy, whether they’re after a bedtime story, entertainment for a long car ride or distraction in the doctor’s waiting room!


Time Catchers: When Days Tilt
Karen Ginnane

Release date: 2 July 2021

It’s 1858, and there are two queens on the throne. Victoria reigns over London, the biggest city the world has ever known. But London has a secret shadow city, called Donlon, where another queen, the Green Witch, rules her own domain – time.

London is in turmoil. The Thames is at the height of the Great Stink; a blazing comet is searing the sky; technology is moving so fast it seems otherworldly; and the city is exploding with more people than it can hold. Darwin is about to publish his theory of evolution and humanity’s very place in the world is in question. On top of all this, people are disappearing into thin air. If they return, it is with empty eyes and torn souls, never to be the same again.

Ava, a fourteen-year-old Londoner, feels trapped by the limited life of a young Victorian woman and by her watchmaking apprenticeship with her father. Her predictable world is turned upside down when she discovers that the body in her mother’s grave is not her mother, but a stranger.

When Ava goes in search of her real mother and her true identity, she is thrust into the dark world of Donlon and must fight a battle to save those she loves and the future of both worlds…

Magic, mystery and darkness – a gripping fantasy adventure for lovers of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. In this page-turning debut, one girl must figure out why she is the key to two worlds, before time itself falls under the control of the powerful and the greedy.


Across the Sea (#5 Wolf Girl)
Anh Do

Release date: 2 July 2021

On a mission to find their families, Gwen, Rupert and the dogs strike out across treacherous ice and freezing oceans.

If they are to have any hope of survival, they must stowaway on a ship full of enemy soldiers. But sometimes help comes in unexpected forms. Someone new will join the pack…but who will leave?

Deep in the frozen tundra, the danger is heating up!


Are You There Buddha?
Pip Harry

Release date: 30 June 2021

Bridget ‘Bee’ Ballentine is 12 and starting her first year of high school in the beach suburb Crescent Bay. Still reeling from the departure of her mother for an ashram in India, Bee talks to Buddha and begs for her first period not to arrive. She’s not ready to become a woman yet, whatever that means.

Although Bee’s yet to find her tribe at school, her best friend forever is surfer Leon McKay, also known as the hottest boy in Year Eight. As long as Leon has her back, Bee can survive the mean girls, her meddling step-mum, Kath, and her swimming nemesis, The Piranha.

Over one blistering summer, set against the backdrop of bushfires, smoke haze and water restrictions, Bee will grow up, show up, and make a name for herself.

From the author of The Little Wave, winner of the 2020 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers. 


Goldilocks: Wanted Dead of Alive
Chris Colfer

Release date: 2 July 2021

When we first meet her in The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, Goldilocks is a beautiful and tough-as-nails outlaw. Discover her origin story and more in this brand new, lushly illustrated full-color graphic novel, as she takes you on adventures where she may or may not break a few laws along the way.

Once upon a time, the kingdoms of the fairy-tale world lived in perfect harmony under the guidance of the Happily Ever After Assembly. But not all creatures and territories have been invited to this peaceful union. Monsters and criminals have found refuge in the Dwarf Forests, a land without rulers or law.

When a plot by the Charming brothers is unveiled and threatens to push society’s unwanted from their homes, the fairy-tale world’s harmony and Goldilocks’ home are put in jeopardy…

New and returning fans of the Land of Stories will fall in love with the adventures of Goldilocks before she met Alex and Conner Bailey. Fans will recognize familiar characters including Porridge, Jack, and Queen Red Riding Hood; and a ragtag team of misfits is introduced, including Puss in Boots, Little Miss Muffet, Pinocchio, and more.


Mim and the Baffling Bully (#1 The Travelling Bookshop)
Katrina Nannestad

Release date: 28 July 2021

The right book might just change your life…

Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her dad and brother and a horse called Flossy. Flossy leads them where she will, to the place where they’re needed most…the place where the perfect book will find its way home.

Now Mim has arrived in a pretty Dutch village where she meets Willemina, a kind and gentle child, who is being bullied by a girl named Gerda. Mim knows they’re here to help Willemina. To change her life. To make her strong and brave and happy.

If only Dad would find her the right book. If only he would stop giving everyone else the wrong book!

From the beloved author of The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome and We Are Wolves comes an enchanting series for young readers.


Exit Through the Gift Shop
Maryam Master

Release date: 27 July 2021

Anahita Rosalind Ghorban-Galaszczuk (yes, that really is her name but you can call her Ana) is discovering that life is absurd.

As if dying of cancer at the age of 12.5 isn’t bad enough, she still has to endure daily insults from her nemesis, Alyssa (Queen Mean) Anderson.

Ana’s on a wild roller-coaster of life and death, kindness and cruelty, ordinary and extraordinary. And she’s got a few things to do before she exits…


TEEN FICTION & YA

A Weekend with Oscar
Robyn Bavati

Release date: 26 July 2021

Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives with his mum and his younger brother Oscar, who has Down syndrome. Though Jamie is still grieving the loss of his dad, life starts to look up when he meets Zara, the new girl at school.

When their mum goes away for the weekend, Jamie volunteers to look after Oscar. But when the weekend is over and their mother doesn’t return, Jamie faces the toughest challenge of his life.

A moving #LoveOzYA novel about loss, first love and being there for your family, no matter what.


Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues
H.S. Valley

Release date: 28 July 2021

What happens when your enemy becomes your friend…with benefits? 

Tim Te Maro and Elliott Parker – classmates at Fox Glacier High School for the Magically Adept – have never gotten along. But when they both get dumped the day before the big egg-baby assignment, they reluctantly decide to ditch their exes and work together. 

When the two boys start to bond over their magically enchanted egg-baby, they realise that beneath their animosity is something like friendship…or physical attraction. Soon, a no-strings-attached hook-up seems like a good idea. Just for the duration of the assignment. After all, they don’t have feelings for each other…so what could possibly go wrong? 

From debut Kiwi author H.S. Valley, the latest winner of the Ampersand Prize, comes this gleefully addictive romantic comedy. Red, White and Royal Blue meets The Magicians in this surprising, wildly original and joyously funny LGBTQ YA novel set in a magical boarding school. 


The Monster of her Age
Danielle Binks

Release date: 28 July 2021

How do you ruin someone’s childhood?

Ellie Marsden was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only role playing the child monster in a cult horror movie. The experience left Ellie deeply traumatised and estranged from people she loved.

Now seventeen, Ellie has returned home to Hobart for the first time in years. Lottie is dying and Ellie wants to make peace with her before it’s too late. When a chance encounter with a young film buff leads her to a feminist horror film collective, Ellie meets Riya, a girl who she might be able to show her real self to, and at last comes to understand her family’s legacy.

A story of love, loss, family and film – a stirring, insightful novel about letting go of anger and learning to forgive without forgetting. And about embracing the things that scare us, in order to be braver.

We will be helping Danielle launch The Monster of her Age in store on Sunday 8 August. Attendance is free, but booking is essential to ensure COVID safe operations. For information or to book a spot, click here.

Blackout
Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone and Angie Thomas

Release date: 7 July 2021

When a heatwave plunges New York City into darkness, sparks fly for thirteen teenagers caught up in the blackout.

A first meeting. Long-time friends. Bitter exes. And maybe the beginning of something new…

When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendship transforms and new possibilities take flight.

Six of today’s biggest stars of the YA world, Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, bring all the electricity of love to a collection of charming, hilarious and heartbreaking tales that shine the brightest light through the dark. Soon to be a major film & TV franchise for Netflix and produced by Barack and Michelle Obama.


JUNIOR NONFICTION

The Story of Australia
Don Watson

Release date: 2 July 2021

History told so well it gives us a better idea of who we are – and who we are likely to become.

Don Watson’s The Story of Australia is a modern history of our nation that integrates new understandings about Indigenous Australia and looks to the future, asking- where will we go from here?

In clear, succinct language that both children and adults will appreciate, Watson guides readers from the ancient lands of Gondwana, through human settlement, colonisation and waves of migration, to the challenges facing our diverse nation today.

Each era is brought to life in a series of beautifully illustrated spreads that capture a particular event or development – or give a snapshot of ordinary Australians at the time. He covers the familiar and iconic – Burke and Wills, Ned Kelly and the Eureka Stockade – but also the lesser known, such as Daisy Bates and the Coniston massacres. Each chapter ends with a profile of a person, from the oldest Australian ever discovered, Mungo Woman, to pop icon Kylie Minogue.

The Story of Australia will be treasured by children and families for years to come.


You Are a Champion
Marcus Rashford

It’s hard to know what is possible until you start. You have to be able to dream big and be prepared to work towards your dreams. Good things take time. I’ve achieved a lot, but it didn’t come in one go – big things rarely happen overnight, and good things rarely happen as if by magic . . . 

Marcus Rashford is famous worldwide for his skills both on-and-off the pitch – but before he was a Manchester United and England footballer, and long before he started his inspiring campaign to end child food poverty, he was just an average kid from Wythenshawe, South Manchester.

Now, Marcus Rashford MBE wants to show YOU how to achieve your dreams, in this positive and inspiring guide-for-life. No matter who you are and no matter where you come from, every single person in the world has the potential to be a champion. In You Are a Champion, the nation’s favourite footballer gives you the tools you need to reach your full potential, showing you how to be the very BEST version of yourself you can be.

Written with journalist Carl Anka, this empowering guide is packed full of stories from Marcus’s own life, brilliant advice and top-tips from performance psychologist Katie Warriner. Perfect for readers who need to hear that they already are champions – they just might not know it yet.

It shows kids how to: – Be comfortable with who you are – you can’t be a champion until you’re happy being you! – Dream big – Practise like a champion – good things take hard work and time – Get out of your comfort zone and learn from your mistakes – Navigate adversity in a positive way – Find your team – Use your voice and stand up for others – Never stop learning.


Heroes, Rebels and Innovators
Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai

Release date: 28 July 2021

Be inspired and amazed by these incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander icons!

With colourful artwork and evocative writing, this book tells stories every Australian should know.

Powerful and exciting: here are seven inspiring stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from history. Each colourful spread in this illustrated book tells a compelling story.

BOOK LAUNCH: The Monster of Her Age

The Monster of Her Age
DANIELLE BINKS

Sunday 8 August
3.30-4.30pm IN STORE

This event is FREE, but bookings are essential as places are limited.

 


Danielle Binks’ debut novel for middle grade, The Year the Maps Changed, was our most popular children’s book for 2020, so we are thrilled to help celebrate the launch of her new YA novel, The Monster of Her Age with an afternoon of rich conversation on the importance of young adult literature and Australian writing, a prize raffle, and a whole lot of mingling!

This event is free but bookings are essential. 

We will be operating according to COVID-safe regulations and as such all attendees will be required to check-in on arrival and follow any other requirements as applicable at the time (eg. mandatory masks). Please do not attend if you are unwell.


About the book…

How do you ruin someone’s childhood? You let them make-believe that they are a monster. But sooner or later, the mask must come off…
Ellie Marsden was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only role playing the child monster in a cult horror movie. The experience left Ellie deeply traumatised and estranged from people she loved.
Now seventeen, Ellie has returned home to Hobart for the first time in years. Lottie is dying and Ellie wants to make peace with her before it’s too late. But forgiveness feels like playing make-believe, and memories are like ghosts.When a chance encounter with a young film buff leads her to a feminist horror film collective, Ellie meets Riya, a girl who she might be able to show her real self to, and at last come to understand her family’s legacy – and her own part in it.

The Monster of Her Age is a young adult coming-of-age story on love, loss, family, forgiveness and film. It’s about embracing the things that scare us, in order to be braver. 


About the author…

Danielle Binks is a writer, reviewer, agent and book blogger who lives on the Mornington Peninsula. She is a passionate advocate for Australian YA and middle-grade literature and young writers. The Monster of Her Age is her first solo YA novel. Prior to that, The Year the Maps Changed, Danielle’s debut middle-grade novel, was a CBCA Notable Book for Younger Readers 2021, longlisted for the ABIA Book of the Year Award for Younger Children 2021, shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2021 and longlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2021. Danielle also edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards.

NEW RELEASES: May & June: KIDS & TEEN

PICTURE STORY

Take Off Your Brave: Poems Just For You
Nadim & Yasmeen Ismail

Everybody has love.
Even baddies.

The poems in this book beautifully capture how a four-year-old sees the world – a world of rainbows, glitter and magical boxes; a world of nursery, hometime and cuddles with Mum. They make for joyful reading and, paired with a foreword from poet and teacher Kate Clanchy, and wonderful pictures by Yasmeen Ismail, are an invitation for young readers to join in the fun…

By turns funny and charming, gentle and zany, Take Off Your Brave shows that poetry is for everyone – no matter how little you are!


Grandpa’s Camper
Harry Woodgate

Grandad’s camper van is hidden away in the garage – now Gramps isn’t around any more, the adventures they shared travelling in it just wouldn’t be the same. As she listens to his wonderful stories, Grandad’s granddaughter has an idea to cheer him up…


Sea Country
Aunty Patsy Cameron

Summer is the season for ripening wild cherries, tatas, wild currants, canygong. The canygong fruits taste like salty strawberries.

In this delightful children’s picture book, Aunty Patsy Cameron generously shares the stories and traditions from her family’s seasonal island life in Tasmania. With evocative text and stunning illustrations, Sea Country lets the reader know when to pick ripe wild cherries, when the moon (mutton) birds fly home and how the nautilus shells smell like the deepest oceans.

Aunty Patsy Cameron, who is a descendant of the Pairebeenne Trawlwoolway clan in Tasmania, weaves a cultural homage to life on Flinder’s Island, with stories of collecting shells, fishing in wooden dinghies with long oars, and watching clouds snake their way down Mt Munro. Alongside this tender story, Lisa Kennedy reveals the love and connection to sea and Country through her intricate collages and delicate illustrations that sing country alive.


Where is Claris in New York? 
Megan Hess

Claris, the chicest mouse in Paris, is setting off on an exciting adventure through the Big Apple!

Can you find Claris and her friends in fabulous New York places such as Central Park, Fifth Avenue and the Met?


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Real Pigeons Flex Feathers (#7 Real Pigeons)
Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood

The REAL PIGEONS use PIGEON POWERS to fight crime, solve mysteries and help creatures in the city.

But when CONCRETE starts mysteriously MELTING in the city, a FEATHER-SNATCHER goes on a plucking-spree and an EVIL HAT has a plan to CLONE the Real Pigeons, our feathered heroes are going to need more than just PIGEON POWERS to save the day!

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


The Lightning Catcher
Clare Weze

Alfie has noticed a few things since his family moved to Folding Ford. He really misses life in the city. He and his sister don’t exactly fit in here. But the most interesting one is that the weather is BONKERS. One frost-covered branch on one tree in the middle of Summer? A tiny whirlwind in a bucket in the garden? Only in Folding Ford.

Armed with his bike, a notepad and his new best mate Sam, Alfie is going to investigate. His best clue is Nathaniel Clemm … the only thing in town weirder than the weather. When Alfie ‘investigates’ Mr Clemm’s garden, only SLIGHTLY illegally, he finds a strange box that freezes his trainers and makes his teeth tingle. And when he opens it, only SLIGHTLY deliberately, SOMETHING gets out. Something fast, fizzing and sparking with electricity and very, very much alive. But the creature from the box brings trouble of its own, and as barometers and tempers go haywire in Folding Ford, Alfie finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm.

Skellig meets Stranger Things in this funny, heartfelt adventure story perfect for fans of Ross Welford, Christopher Edge and Frank Cottrell Boyce.


Fly Free (#2 Skydragon)
Anh Do

Amber held her arms out. Surround me. Locusts, beetles, bees and all manner of flying insects nestled together tightly. Shapes formed. Horns on her head, claws on her hands and feet. A thick, long tail. She was a dragon!

Amber is on the run. What will happen when she and the Firefighter finally come face to face?

The second book in the high-flying adventure series from Anh Do.


Oddity
Eli Brown

When her physician father is murdered, thirteen-year-old Clover Elkin embarks on a perilous mission through warring frontier territories to protect the one secret Oddity he left behind. And as she uncovers the truth about her parents and her past, Clover herself emerges as a powerful agent of history.
A rich, startling, funny fantasy adventure, set in an alternate nineteenth century in which the United States is at war with Napoleon’s France, and powered by an irresistible force-of-nature heroine: Clover Elkin is a born fighter – a heroine to rival Lyra Belacqua or True Grit’s Mattie Ross.


Eliza Vanda’s Button Box
Emily Rodda

Buttons three, attend to me! Take me where I want to be!

No one saw Eliza Vanda arrive in Tidgy Bay that rainy winter afternoon. The sign advertising ‘Cabins for Rent’ was almost hidden by a pile of builder’s rubble, but Eliza Vanda didn’t seem at all put out by the mess.’This is a nice little pocket,’ she said. ‘It should suit us very well.’

Life hasn’t been much fun for Milly Dynes lately. There seem to be problems everywhere she looks. She’s always loved her home in Tidgy Bay, but at the moment she wishes she was somewhere -anywhere – else. Then Eliza Vanda turns up-and magic comes with her …

A sparkling new fantasy adventure from multi-award-winning author Emily Rodda.


Beach Time! (#10 Hot Dog)
Anh Do

After weeks of wet weather, the sun is out! Hotdog and his friends are busting to get to the beach for some hot fun in the sand and surf! But will a toothache, an earache and an epic splinter RAIN on their plans!


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Why Do Tiger’s Have Whiskers?
Sunanda Creagh and Clare Celeste

Do sharks sneeze?
Do butterflies remember being caterpillars?
Why don’t cats wear shoes?

Children have an insatiable curiosity for the world around them, and life can be an endless source of fascination for young minds. But do you have all the answers? And are they actually correct? Maybe you need to ask an expert …

Adapted from The Conversation’s highly successful Curious Kids online column, Why Do Tigers Have Whiskers? is the first book in a series exploring some of life’s most pressing questions, submitted by children and answered by leading experts in each field.

In this first book on animals, venture into the jungle to discover why tigers need whiskers, dig deep with echidnas to find out how they breathe underground, and shimmy up a tree with your pet cat to learn how it uses its claws. Future books will cover such topics as the ocean, outer space, the human body and language.

Aimed at kids aged 4-7, the series asks the big questions about the world as only a child could, with factual explanations that break down the fundamentals and check our assumptions. A glossary helps young readers learn more complex terms, and immersive collages illustrate each answer, with layers of stuff to marvel at and identify.

Learn the why, the how and the wow! as you explore your world through the eyes of a curious kid.


Kunyi
Kunyi June Anne McInerney

These are my stories from a dry remote place, where growing up was very different for what children know today. Kunyi June Anne McInerney was just four years old when she and three of her siblings were taken from their family to the Oodnadatta Children’s Home in South Australia in the 1960s.

Through an extraordinary collection of over 60 paintings, accompanied by stories, Kunyi presents a rare chronicle of what life was like for her and the other Children’s Home kids who became her family. Her paintings are a healing trove of memories that reveal the loneliness, fear and courage of the Stolen Generation children who were torn from family and loved ones. From bible lessons to sucking bone marrow and collecting bush fruits, the escapades, adventures and sorrows of the children are painted with warmth, humour and unflinching honesty.

Kunyi’s story is one of healing and reconciliation. She is telling it so that the lives of the children at Oodnadatta Children’s Home will not be forgotten. This is a collection of tender and honest stories that will educate children on our nation’s history and remind adult readers of the real impact of the Stolen Generations. 

Age range 9+


Freaky, Funky, Fish
Debra Kempf Shumaker

Fish have fins and gills and tails. All fish swim and most have scales…

But not all fish act or look the same. Read about the fascinating ways some fish spend their days in this funny celebration of everything fishy.

Full to the gills with facts, Freaky, Funky Fish captures the marvels of the underwater world and the wonder of our ecosystem.


Welcome to Consent
Yumi Stynes and Dr. Melissa Kang

Adolescent health experts Dr Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes have written the only guide you need to figuring out the rules of consent. Whether you’re a curious 11 to 14-year-old, or the parent of someone with a bunch of questions, this book is reassuring, interesting, and full of the info you need!

I’m ready for this book if:

  • I’m curious about how consent works.
  • I will get a haircut or visit the doctor on my own one day.
  • I think I might kiss someone or have a relationship in the future (even if I’m not ready to yet).
  • I don’t know how to actually TALK about consent.
  • It’s hard to say no.
  • I don’t know when to say yes.
  • I find consent confusing!

An inclusive, frank and funny guide to navigating consent for tweens and teens of all genders, from the award-winning authors of Welcome To Your Period


TEEN & YA

Slingshot
Mercedes Helnwein

“slingshot” – see also: soulmate, friendship, stupidity, sex, bad poetry, and all the indignities of being in love for the first time.

Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beaten up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is a boy in it that she never asked for. Wade Scholfield. With Wade, Grace discovers a new way to exist. School rules are optional, life is bizarrely perfect, and conversations about wormholes can lead to make-out sessions that disrupt any logical stream of thought.

So why does Grace crush Wade’s heart into a million tiny pieces? And what are her options when she finally realizes that 1. The universe doesn’t revolve around her, and 2. Wade has been hiding a dark secret? Is Grace the only person unhinged enough to save him? Eleanor and Park meets Ladybird in this outstanding debut novel is acidly funny and compulsively readable – a story about two people finding each other and then screwing it all up.


Heartstopper Volume 4
Alice Oseman

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love.

Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you. Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means. Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fourth volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of Am I Normal Yet? and Love, Simon.  Soon to be a live-action Netflix series.


Realm Breaker
Victoria Aveyard

A strange darkness is growing in the Ward. Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea. Fate knocks on her door, in the form of a mythical immortal and a lethal assassin, who tell Corayne that she is the last of an ancient lineage – with the power to save the world from destruction.

Because a man who would burn kingdoms to the ground is raising an army unlike any seen before, bent on uprooting the foundations of the world. With poison in his heart and a stolen sword in his hand, he’ll break the realm itself to claim it. And only Corayne can stop him.

Alongside an unlikely group of reluctant allies, Corayne finds herself on a desperate journey to complete an impossible task, with untold magic singing in her blood and the fate of the world on her shoulders.


We are Inevitable
Gayle Forman

‘I got this whole-body feeling . . . it was like a message from future me to present me, telling me that in some way we weren’t just bound to happen, that we had, in some sense, already happened. It felt . . . inevitable.’

So far, the inevitable hasn’t worked out so well for Aaron Stein. While his friends have gone to college and moved on with their lives, Aaron’s been left behind in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, running a failing bookshop with his dad, Ira. What he needs is a lucky break, the good kind of inevitable.

And then he meets Hannah. Incredible Hannah – magical, musical, brave and clever. Could she be the answer? And could they – their relationship, their meeting – possibly be the inevitable Aaron’s been waiting for?

A heartbreaking story about finding yourself and your people, from the bestselling author of If I Stay, a major film starring Chloë Grace Moretz. For fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, John Green and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.


Instructions for Dancing
Nicola Yoon

Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection.

When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing, and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.  For Evie, it confirms everything she thinks she knows about love – that it doesn’t last.

But at the dance studio she meets X – tall, dreadlocked, fascinating – and they start to learn to dance, together. Can X help break the spell that Evie is under? Can he change Evie’s mind about love?


The Lucky List
Rachael Lippincott

Two girls, one list and twelve chances to fall in love this summer . . .

Emily’s always been lucky. Well, technically her mum was the lucky one, and since she died, Emily’s started to feel like her luck’s run out. So when Emily finds her mum’s senior-year bucket list, she finds twelve ways to feel close to her again. But if she wants to check everything off, she’ll need help – help in the form of Blake.

As Blake and Emily work through the list, the girls’ bond deepens. Emily is starting to feel lucky again, but she’s faced with the question: can she accept this new part of herself, the part her mum never even knew existed?

A captivating, heartfelt love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.

2021 WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION COMPETITION

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

After a brief break last year, our story competition is back.
But this year comes with a twist! This time, we’ll be accepting submissions of writing AND illustration, from both kids AND adults!

For the first time we’re using a prompt for our competition:
‘OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS’. 
This is the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week theme for 2021, and should form the inspiration for your stories and illustrations.

There are prizes up for grabs and the chance to have your work published on our website, so get writing (and drawing!).


Submission Guidelines

  • Write to the theme! Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds
  • There are six different age groups you can enter under. Please write within the word limits for your respective category (outlined below).
  • All illustration submissions must be no larger than one A4 page.
  • You may submit up to one written piece and one illustrated piece.
  • Please submit as either a Word doc or PDF to events@farrells.com.au with the subject ‘2021 story competition’, or as a hard copy in-store.

Entries close 18th July 2021

Categories

Children – please clearly specify which category with your entry by including age or Year Level  

  • Lower primary (500 words)
  • Middle primary (500 words)
  • Upper primary (500 words)
  • Lower secondary (800 words)
  • Upper secondary (800 words)

Adults (over 18 years old)

  • Adult fiction (1000 words)
  • Adult nonfiction (1000 words)

Illustrations (all ages) – Please specify if adult or child, and include age or Year Level for child entries

  • A picture paints a thousand words – explore the theme through your artwork.
  • All illustration submissions must be no larger than one A4 page, and submitted under your respective category.

Need inspiration?  

  • Have a good think about the theme ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’… this could cover just about anything! Something historical, dystopian, futuristic, modern-day, or the fantastical and imaginative!
  • Take a good look at Shaun Tan‘s Book Week artwork (above) – this could be a great place to start.
  • You can check out the past winners stories here
  • Think about some of your favourite books or authors. Why do you love them so much? Could you create something similar?
  • Have a look at Andy Griffith’s ‘Once Upon a Slime’ for some writing tips, or check out this YouTube video of him speaking on how to write.  Or check out Jane Godwin’s Top Ten Tips for Young Writers.  
  • Be creative! Spend some time with your imagination… you might be amazed at what it can do.

SAVE THE DATE!: Saturday 28 August

Winners will be announced in-store on Saturday 28 August by our wonderful guest author, Danielle Binks. This is the last day of Book Week for 2021 and a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the vibrant and creative community down here on the Mornington Peninsula.

There will be certificates for all entrants and vouchers for the winners, and an extra chance to win a prize with our annual Book Week costume competition. 

Full details of the event will be released closer to the time.


About Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer, reviewer, agent, book blogger and Youth Literature Advocate. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards. The Year the Maps Changed was Danielle’s debut middle-grade novel, and The Monster of Her Age is her first foray into YA, coming in July 2021.


We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Happy writing and drawing!

APRIL NEW RELEASES: KIDS AND TEEN

PICTURE STORY & ILLUSTRATED

The Rock From the Sky
Jon Klassen

Turtle really likes standing in his favourite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it, too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it…

A hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit and existential silliness, celebrated picture-book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.


The Katha Chest
Lavanya Naidu

Six-year-old Asiya loves to go to Nanu’s house. Best among all of Nanu’s treasures is the big old chest filled with quilts that tell the stories of the women in Asyia’s family.

With gorgeous, fresh and beautifully colourful illustrations inspired by Bangladeshi katha quilts and traditional West Bengali pattachitra panel illustrations, The Katha Chest is a beautifully woven tale about the bonds of love, culture and memory.


Earth Matters: Loving our Planet
Carole Wilkinson

The Earth’s climate is changing. It’s getting hotter. In Australia over the past 50 years, maximum temperatures have been creeping higher. There have been record droughts, floods and bushfires. Why is this happening and what can we do to stop it getting worse? 


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

The Puzzling Pearls (#1 Plum and Woo)
Lisa Siberry

Hannah Plum loves fashion, fun, and junk food. Patti Woo is obsessed with detective novels, lives in leggings, and is definitely not Hannah’s friend. But the two girls are stuck at the beachside Heartbreak Hotel together while Hannah’s dad and Patti’s mum are out birdwatching and – yuck! – falling in love. 

When a hotel guest’s beautiful pink wedding dress is stolen, Hannah is determined to get to the bottom of it. With a reluctant Patti in tow, the two girls are launched into an ever-deepening mystery. Why is a wedding planner sending secret signals to an unknown guest? Who’s leaving creepy wet diving relics in the hotel rooms? And could some long-lost, famous pink pearls be at the heart of it all?

If Plum and Woo want to survive the summer, they’ll need to solve this mystery in style. But first, they’ll have to survive each other …

In every Plum & Woo installment, Hannah and Patti will investigate a surprising and sinister fashion mystery while also navigating their newly blending family. Brimming with fun, danger and highly relatable tween angst, this series is perfect for 9+!


The Smidgens
David O’Connell

Gafferty Sprout is a Smidgen. A Smidgen looks like a human, sounds like a human, and loves chips with curry sauce like a human – if humans were three inches tall. If you took a human and shrunk it in the washing machine on a very hot spin cycle, you might get something like a Smidgen. Generations ago there were lots of them, living in a maze of tunnels beneath the human village of Dundoodle. But then something happened and they just … disappeared.

Now Gafferty, her parents and her little brothers Gobkin and Grub are the only ones left, and the tunnels are forbidden territory.  And then Gafferty finds an old map. A map that shows a place deep within the maze where Smidgen tribes can go to meet. Smidgen tribes! Gafferty knows that she has to try to find them. But the tunnels are dangerous. And soon Gafferty discovers she’s not the only one looking for the lost tribes, and that three inches of Smidgen hold more power than she ever imagined.

The first book in a funny, magical adventures series for 7+ readers who love Terry Pratchett, Max and the Millions and The Borrowers.


Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Ben Brooks

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘hero’? Is it the wall-climbing, cape-wearing, villain-fighter you see in comics and films?  Heroes can actually come in all forms, shapes and sizes.

Some cook for the hungry. Some nurse the poorly back to health. Others raise money for important causes. From small acts of kindness to inventions that have saved the lives of hundreds of people, every person in this book has found their passion – or their superpower. No matter how big or small it might be, your power can be used to change the world for the better too.

So put away the cape, climb down from that wall and discover how ordinary people can still do extraordinary things and become heroes.

Written by Ben Brooks, the bestselling author of the Dare to Be Different books, and paired with vibrant comic-style illustrations throughout, this is the perfect guide for the budding superhero in your life!


The Girl and the Galdurian (#1 Lightfall)
Tim Probert

Deep in the heart of the planet Irpa stands the Salty Pig’s House of Tonics & Tinctures, home of the wise Pig Wizard and his adopted granddaughter, Bea. As keepers of the Endless Flame, they live a quiet and peaceful life, crafting medicines and potions for the people of their once-prosperous world.

All that changes one day when, while walking through the woods, Bea meets Cad, a member of the Galdurians, an ancient race thought to be long-extinct. Cad believes that if anyone can help him find his missing people, it’s the Pig Wizard.

But when the two arrive home, the Pig Wizard is nowhere to be found–all that’s left is the Jar of Endless Flame and a mysterious note. Fearing for the Pig Wizard’s safety, Bea and Cad set out across Irpa to find him, while danger fights its way out of the shadows and into the light.

Will these two unexpected friends find the beloved Pig Wizard and prevent eternal darkness from blanketing their world? Or has Irpa truly seen its last sunrise?

For fans of Amulet and middle grade readers who love sweeping worlds like Star Wars, the first book of the Lightfall series introduces Bea and Cad, two unlikely friends who get swept up in an epic quest to save their world from falling into eternal darkness.


TEEN / YA

Dead or Alive (#14 Skulduggery Pleasant)
Derek Landy

Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen return in the 14th and penultimate novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series – and their most epic test yet…

In a matter of days, the world will change.

Billions of lives will be wiped away in a final, desperate search for the Child of the Faceless Ones – she who is destined to bring about the return of humankind’s ancient overlords.

To prevent this, Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain have one last – terrible – option: the assassination of Damocles Creed. With protests stirring in the magical city of Roarhaven, with riots and revolutions on the horizon, Valkyrie must decide who she wants to be: the hero who risks everything for a noble ideal, or the killer who sacrifices her own soul for the fate of humanity.

The decision must be made, and time is running out.


You’ve Let Them In
Lois Murphy

Scott is in shock when his family – his father Leo, sister Natalie, the twins and their eccentric stepmother Sally – move to a rundown old house on the outskirts of town. The garden is a menacing jungle that refuses to be tamed. An ancient gnome in its midst supposedly stands guard against lurking secrets, much to Scott’s disgust and Sally’s delight.

When strange and scary things start occurring and the creatures from the trees begin to invade the house, Scott must face the peril of an unknown force that threatens to turn their world upside down.


The Prisoner Healer
Lynette Noni

Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal – a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order – Don’t let her die. We are coming. Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.


The True Colour of a Little White Lie
Gabriel Bergmoser

After a catastrophic attempt to ask out his crush, fourteen-year-old Nelson is desperate for any chance to escape the daily humiliations of his small-town high school. And with his parents taking over a nearby ski lodge, that chance seems to have arrived. Up at the lodge he discovers a whole new freedom in a world where nobody knows he’s a loser and he can be whatever he wants.

But reinvention is complicated, especially when a few white lies land you in the middle of an unexpected love triangle which leads you to sign up for a ski race that you’re nowhere near good enough for.

As Nelson’s new world spirals out of control, he’ll slowly discover that no matter where you are, sometimes the hardest thing to run away from is yourself.

From the super-talented young author of the bestselling The Hunted comes a book that reminds you just how tough adolescence can be.

DEC / JAN NEW RELEASES: Kids and Teen

Check out our top kids picks for December and January by clicking on the cover images below. For a full list of New Release titles across all categories, click here.

PICTURE STORY


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE


TEEN / YA


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

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.

CBW2019

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.