Kids’ Writing Competition 2022

Illustration: Jasmine Seymour
(Copyright Children’s Book Council Australia)

We are delighted to once again run our Children’s Book Week Kids’ Writing Competition.

This year’s inspiration is the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week Theme for 2020: Dreaming with Eyes Open.

There will be Farrells Book Vouchers up for grabs as prizes and winning entries will be published here on the website.


Please stick to the below Entry Guidelines to make sure your story counts!

Entry Guidelines:

  • Entrants must fall into one of the five entry age groups from Prep through to Year 12. Sorry, no grown ups allowed!!
    • Lower Primary: Prep to Year 2
    • Middle Primary: Years 3 and 4
    • Upper Primary: Years 5 and 6
    • Lower Secondary: Years 7 to 9
    • Upper Secondary: Years 10 to 12
  • Entries may be in picture story, poetry or short story formats and be inspired by the Book Week Theme: Dreaming with Eyes Open.
  • Word limits apply and only entries within the limits will be read, so practice your editing skills!
    • Primary level 2 pages / 1000 words
    • Secondary level 3 pages / 1500 words.
  • Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store.
  • Electronic entries can be submitted to events@farrells.com.au with the Subject: CBW 2022 Story Comp. Please use either Microsoft Word or PDF formats.

Please ensure you include your NAME, AGE, PHONE & EMAIL.


ENTRIES CLOSE SUNDAY 31 JULY

Winners announced in store Saturday 27 August

Local author DANIELLE BINKS will present the prizes

Full details to be announced…


To get started on your story, check out these Top Tips for Young Writers from author Jane Godwin, or have a look at the winners from our competition last year here.

Jane-Godwins-10-tips

NEW RELEASES: KIDS & TEEN

PICTURE STORY

Walk of the Whales
Nick Bland

When all of the whales in the ocean leave their home to walk around on land, people don’t quite know what to think. 

But soon shopkeepers go out of business, farms are flooded with water and salt, and people shout horrible, anti-whale words. 

That is, until, a smart little girl decides to ask the whales what everyone can do to help. 
 
A powerful and entertaining story about the environment from best-selling author, Nick Bland.


Sharing
Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson

When we share, there is plenty for all.

Sharing is book three in the award-winning Our Place series, along with Respect and Family, that introduces children to First Nations philosophies that are dear to Aunty Fay’s heart. Each book is a powerful educational tool, with exquisite illustrations.

Written with tenderness and clarity, Sharing is illustrated by award-winning creator Leanne Mulgo Watson (Cooee Mittigar 2019).


Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day
Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

Good or bad, the things you do are all a part of being you – of learning how to take your boat on stormy seas and stay afloat.

From the creators of All the Ways To Be Smart comes a message of hope- hard days come and go, but love is with us always. A healing and uplifting tribute to learning and growing – to making mistakes and making amends.


Somebody’s Land
Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing

Somebody’s Land is an invitation to connect with First Nations culture, to acknowledge the hurt of the past, and to join together as one community with a precious shared history as old as time.

Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing’s powerful words and David Hardy’s pictures, full of life, invite children and their families to imagine themselves into Australia’s past – to feel the richness of our First Nations’ history, to acknowledge that our country was never terra nullius, and to understand what ‘welcome to our country’ really means.


Big Love
Megan Jacobson and Beck Feiner

How can you describe how big a parent’s love is for their child? Is it as big as a house, as big as a city, as big as the world? This uplifting picture book helps young readers in finding an answer.

No matter how different our families may be, the one thing we all have in common is love. The evocative text and vibrant artwork explore the boundless love of a parent, comparing the scope of the familiar and the great unknown to the love they have for their child.


The Boy and the Elephant
Freya Blackwood

The boy lives in a city, where everything is fast and loud. But amidst the bustle and the noise, the boy has a secret …

In the overgrown lot next to his apartment building, deep within the green, he has a friend.

But one day progress arrives, bringing with it plans for something new, and the boy must find a way to save his friend before it’s too late …

From award-winning illustrator and storyteller Freya Blackwood comes a magical and tender wordless picture book about the world we live in and our ability to change it.


JUNIOR NONFICTION

Explore Your World: Weirdest Creatures in Time
Tim Flannery and Emma FLannery

Get ready to go on a journey through time with real-life explorer and scientist, Professor Tim Flannery. You’re about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals that have ever lived – and died!
 
Could you outrun a T-rex? Can mushrooms talk to each other? Which dinosaur had a second brain near its butt? Did the Earth used to be a giant snowball? What do human-sized scorpions eat? Do scientists play pranks on each other? Fire up the time machine – you’re about to find out!  

From the author of the best-selling Explore Your World: Weird, Wild, Amazing! and Explore Your World: Deep Dive into Deep Sea! comes a brand-new compendium to enthrall and enlighten readers. Each page is packed with vibrant illustrations and bursting with bizarre facts about the incredible creatures that once roamed the Earth – prepare to gasp, laugh and squirm in disgust!


Book of Curious Birds
Jennifer Cossins

Birds are curious creatures. From their unusual appearance to their unique behaviour, they really are one of the most fascinating species in the animal kingdom.

In this book you’ll find colourful feathers alongside peculiar beaks, beady eyes and funny-coloured feet. You’ll read of dangerous birds, clever birds, fast birds, awkward birds, silly birds, massive birds and tiny birds. You’ll laugh at their odd hairdos, marvel at their remarkable hunting skills and admire their wild mating dances. Most of all, you’ll learn that birds are awesome and deserve our love, care and respect.


Sister Secrets
Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell

The lane is your own private arena.
Like a pane of aqua glass spread before you.

One big breath in.
‘Take your marks.’
My front leg is shaking.
And then it begins.
Nothing left to do but fight.

Cate and Bronte Campbell stand among the true greats of Australian swimming. In their own words, Sister Secrets follows all the highs and lows of their journey – their ambitions, successes, disappointments and losses, their long road to Tokyo and the triumph they found there. And along the way, they reveal their secrets to motivation, mental toughness and finding balance in and beyond the world of elite-level swimming.

An amazing account of how two sisters gained the courage to take on the world – and each other.


Alice’s Food A to Z
Alice Zaslavsky

Culinary correspondent Alice Zaslavsky’s first book for young foodies takes readers on an edible adventure; packed with delicious facts, clever cooking tips and kid-approved recipes.

Alice Zaslavsky has been described as “Andy Griffiths meets Heston Blumenthal,” and this book brims with her trademark energy and enthusiasm for all things food.

Young readers will be captivated by a feast of information: from avocados to zucchini and everything in between. Alice aims to inspire a love of food in kids with her tasty book that’s full of all the things you ever wanted to know about food – and also some things you probably didn’t!


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Marcie Gill and the Carvan Park Cat
Monica McInerney

Marcie Gill hasn’t had a great start to the Christmas holidays. Her parents aren’t talking to each other and the family business – the Snorkel Bay Caravan Park – is in financial trouble. Her younger brother will only talk about his 23 goldfish and her sister is obsessed with tennis. To make matters worse her gran is in the hospital after a bad fall and won’t be home for ages.

But then something magical happens. Something that involves a Christmas competition, a black cat called George and a wishing stone. Marcie is about to discover that if you wish hard enough, dreams can come true.

This heartwarming story by award-winning and bestselling author Monica McInerney will delight readers young and old.


Pony
R.J Palacio

When Silas Bird wakes in the dead of night, he watches powerlessly as three strangers take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool . . . who happens to be a ghost. But then a mysterious pony shows up at his door, and Silas knows what he has to do.

So begins a perilous journey to find his father – a journey that will connect him with his past, his future, and the unknowable world around him.

The highly anticipated, unforgettable new story from the internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning author of Wonder.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Minalima Edition)
J.K. Rowling

Prepare to be dazzled by this new edition of J.K. Rowling’ s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, designed and illustrated by MinaLima. With over 150 full-colour illustrations and eight exclusive, interactive paper-engineered elements, readers can travel via the Floo Network, encounter the Whomping Willow, reveal the spiral staircase to Dumbledor’ s office and even pull Mandrakes from their pots!

This spectacular edition is the perfect gift for Harry Potter fans of all ages, a wonderful addition to any collecto’ s bookshelf and an enchanting way to introduce this beloved series to a new generation of readers.


Rabbit, Solider, Angel, Thief
Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Wood splinters and Mama screams and the nearest soldier seizes her roughly by the arms. My sister pokes her bruised face out from beneath the table and shouts, ‘Run, Sasha! Run!’

So I run. I run like a rabbit.

It’s spring, 1942. The sky is blue, the air is warm and sweet with the scent of flowers.

And then everything is gone.

The flowers, the proud geese, the pretty wooden houses, the friendly neighbours. Only Sasha remains.

But one small boy, alone in war-torn Russia, cannot survive.

One small boy without a family cannot survive.

One small boy without his home cannot survive.

What that small boy needs is an army.

From the award-winning author of We Are Wolves comes the story of a young boy who becomes a soldier at six, fighting in the only way he can — with love. But is love ever enough when the world is at war? Katrina Nannestad transports us to Russia and the Great Patriotic War and into the life of Sasha, a soldier at only six years old.


TEEN & YA

Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World
Benjamin Alire Saenz

A love story like no other.

In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys fell in love. Now they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.

Ari has spent all of high school hiding who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante – dreamy, witty Dante – who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once.

The boys are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.


Terciel and Elinor
Garth Nix

In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen-year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to Life.

Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, nineteen-year-old Elinor lives a secluded life, her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant, who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . . but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel’s life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.


Aurora’s End
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

IS THIS THE END?

What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.

Wait … Not. So. Fast. When we last saw Squad 312, they were working together seamlessly (aka freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.

But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the team has one last chance to rewrite theirs. Maybe two. It’s complicated. Cue Zila, Fin and Scarlett (AND MAGELLAN!) making friends, making enemies and making history? Sure, no problem. Cue Tyler, Kal and Auri joining forces with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay, yeah. That too.

Actually saving the galaxy, though? Now that will take a miracle.

The squad you love may be out of time, but are they out of luck?


Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth
Jessie Burton

Exiled to a far-flung island by the whims of the gods, Medusa has little company except the snakes that adorn her head instead of hair. But when a charmed, beautiful boy called Perseus arrives on the island, her lonely existence is disrupted with the force of a supernova, unleashing desire, love and betrayal.

Filled with glorious full-colour illustrations by award-winning Olivia Lomenech Gill, this astonishing retelling of Greek myth is perfect for readers of Circe and The Silence of the Girls. Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation.


Roxy
Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Above our world is a toxic wonderland where the party has raged for centuries.

Humans know the partygoers simply as “narcotics”, “opioids”, “drugs”. But here they are malevolent gods, toying with the fates of mortals. Roxy and Addison have made a wager to see who can be lethal the quickest.

Isaac and Ivy Ramey are their targets. Ivy is understimulated and overmedicated. Isaac is desperate to recover from a sports injury that jeopardizes his chance of a scholarship. This is the start of a race to the bottom that will determine life and death. One Ramey will land on their feet. The other will be lost to the Party.

The only question is… which one?

A chilling take on the opioid epidemic by the New York Times bestselling Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.


DECEMBER RELEASES

A New Knight (#2 Kicking Goals)
Sam Kerr

After a rough start, Sam Kerr settles into playing soccer for the Knights. But there’s so much to learn – new rules and positions and strategies … Lately, it seems like soccer is the only thing she can think about.

When she finds out she’ll have to wear a dress (gross) and dance in front of a hundred people (terrifying) at her cousin’s upcoming wedding, Sam feels like she’s all but had enough. So why isn’t her best friend Indi supporting her? And why is school bully Chelsea suddenly a bit … nice?

Will Sam be able to mend her friendships – and score a few goals in the meantime – before it’s too late?


You’ll Be the Death of Me
Karen M. McManus

Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close – best friends back in middle school. So, when Cal pulls into campus late for class, and runs into Ivy and Mateo, they decide to ditch school. Just like old times.

But they’re not the only ones skipping school that day. When the trio spot classmate Brian ‘Boney’ Mahoney acting suspiciously downtown they follow him into an empty building, and walk straight into a murder scene.

Brian’s not the only one keeping secrets, and when their day of freedom turns deadly it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out.

From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand new pulse-pounding thriller. Three former friends ditch school for old time’s sake – with horrible and deadly consequences.


October New Releases: KIDS & TEEN

Click a button to jump to a specific section…

PICTURE STORY

Cat Dog
Mem Fox and Mark Teague

Release date: 19 October

There is a cat in this book.
There is also a dog.
And there is a whole lot of crazy stuff going on…
Right?

Join an unlikely animal trio for some irresistibly funny antics in this read-aloud gem from bestselling, award-winning and much-loved author Mem Fox and acclaimed illustrator Mark Teague.


This is a Gift for You
Emily Winfield Martin

The gift of quiet
and the gift of loud,
your hand in my hand
out in a crowd.

New York Times bestselling author Emily Winfield Martin joyously and thoughtfully shares the different ways of giving and loving. Like a beautifully wrapped gift, life’s every day moments are precious: in both the little things and the big things, we can all find wonder. From a feather, to a hug, to a sunset, this book captures these gifts within its pages to remind readers how much they are loved, and how incredible this world we share is. 

A meaningful gift for any occasion or holiday, and a stand-out for birthdays, graduations and other milestones, with its loving and inspiring message: “But this is a gift, here, just you and me.” 

This Is a Gift for You is perfect for little ones (and those who read to them!) who love The Wonderful Things You Will Be and are looking for more magic, inspiration, and unconditional love from the pen and paintbrush of Emily Winfield Martin.


Noni the Pony Counts to a Million
Alison Lester

Noni the Pony stands under one tree, and watches her two friends dance by the sea. She gives three speckled hens a ride up the hill… Come on another adventure with Noni in this delightful rhyming story.

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


Horrible Harriet and the Terrible Tantrum
Leigh Hobbs

What’s green, has three eyes, and lives in a cage by Horrible Harriet’s bed?
And what happens when it goes missing…?

Another extraordinary adventure for Horrible Harriet and you, the lucky reader!
From the creator of Mr Chicken and Old Tom.


Rosie the Rinoceros
Jimmy Barnes

Who is Rosie?

Is she a fun-loving rhinoceros who is always up early and ready to greet the day? Or is she a magical unicorn who skips through the savannah on her dainty hooves?

Either way she’s perfect.

From the award-winning author and rock legend Jimmy Barnes and critically acclaimed illustrator Matt Shanks comes a book about the joy of being yourself.


Christmas Always Comes
Jackie French and Bruce Whatley

‘Joy comes in the morning’

It’s Christmas Eve in 1932, and Joey, Ellie and their parents are droving cattle in the drought.

How will Santa find them on the long and dusty road? And will there be pudding and presents and a tree in the morning?

But Joey knows that Christmas always comes.

From two of Australia’s best-loved picture book creators comes a story about finding joy and beauty where you least expect it, and how kindness can create miracles.


Once There Was a Bear (Winnie-the-Pooh Prequel)
Jane Riordan

Help celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh’s anniversary with Winnie-the-Pooh: Once There Was a Bear (the Official 95th Anniversary Prequel)

We all have a place in our hearts for the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, as told by A.A.Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. In honour of the 95th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh, highly talented author Jane Riordan has created a wonderful collection of stories, written in the style of A.A.Milne, that take us back to where it all began, when Winnie-the-Pooh was first purchased for baby Christopher Robin.

These brand-new stories are decorated with beautiful illustrations of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends created by Mark Burgess in the style of E.H.Shepard. He is uniquely suited to this having also illustrated The Return to the Hundred Acre Wood and The Best Bear in All the World. Jane Riordan has a strong pedigree in writing in the style of A.A.Milne, having also created Winnie-the-Pooh Meets the Queen and the re-issue edition Winnie-the-Pooh Goes to London.

This timeless story collection is a real tribute to the world’s most famous bear and the perfect opportunity for everyone to revisit these favourite friends and find out how they become the larger than life characters that we all know and love.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Interactive (MinaLima Edition)
Frank L. Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Interactive reimagines the novel’s iconic imagery and highlights phrases from the original book in a unique and delightful style that will enchant readers of all ages. Sure to become a collector’s item, this deluxe illustrated edition contains specially commissioned artwork and nine exclusive interactive features, including: a cyclone map that opens up to reveal the Land of Oz.

Created by MinaLima, the award-winning design studio behind the graphics for the Harry Potter film franchise. The latest classic tale to be adapted in their remarkable, unique style.


Santa Loves Australia
Collette Dinnigan

Release date: 13 October

Join Santa on his magical sleigh ride over Australia where he is always secretly excited to visit to deliver his glittering presents. The stars of the Southern Cross in the Milky Way guide him over Uluru, on to tropical Queensland where he sings Christmas carols with the kookaburras. His journey takes him to the Great Barrier Reef where he spies phosphorescence he’s never seen before and on to Sydney, through the mouth of Luna Park, just for fun. The devils in the Tasmanian forest astonish him and he is amazed by Wilpena Pound. Santa’s smile is as wide as that of the crocodile he encounters in the Kimberley.


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

The 143-Story Treehouse
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Release date: 19 October

Andy and Terry’s treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a word-o-matic (it knows every word in the whole world!); a recycling depot; a wrecking ball; a complaining room; a spooky graveyard (where it’s always midnight, even in the middle of the day); a toffee-apple orchard guarded by a kind scarecrow; and a camping ground where you can have a nice, relaxing camping holiday – unless you get caught by hobyahs, put in a bag and poked with a stick, that is . . .

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


Wandi
Favel Parrett

A young cub is snatched from his family and home by a giant eagle, then dropped, injured and alone, in a suburban garden. This is where he meets his first Human, and begins his long journey to becoming the most famous dingo in the world. He will never see his mountain home again, or his family. But it is his destiny to save alpine dingoes from extinction, and he dreams of a time when all cubs like him can live in the wild in safety, instead of facing poison and bullets and hatred.

A children’s literary classic in-the-making from one of Australia’s most-loved authors.


The Magic of Magnolia Moon
Edwina Wyatt

For Magnolia Moon, magic is a way to solve problems. And when you’re starting a new class at school and your best friend doesn’t live across the road anymore, problems seem to come easily.

In her latest adventure, Magnolia Moon invents everyday magic to help her navigate the pitfalls of friendship, school, family, and being ten. A lyrical and imaginative tale which highlights everyday wonders through Magnolia’s curious and observant nature.


Seven Wherewithall Way
Samantha-Ellen Bound

Ferdinand fell out of the sky on the hottest day of the year, while Celeste and Esmerelda Barden were on the front porch eating ice-cream.

Celeste is having the worst summer ever. Her parents are off on an adventure and she’s stuck at Gran’s house with her annoying little sister, Esme, and strict instructions to be responsible. Or, as Esme says, boring.

So when their eccentric cousin Ferd crash-lands a flying bus in the yard, what choice does Celeste have but to follow Ferd back home to Seven Wherewithal Way? Wherewithal – Ferd’s house, and the gateway to the many Realms unreachable from Earth – is bursting with magic and mystery and otherworldly creatures. It’s Celeste’s favourite place in any world.

But when something tries to break in through the portal in the pantry – the door to the mystical Realm of Forests – Celeste learns that both Wherewithal and her beloved cousin are under threat. If Celeste wants to save her cousin, their home, its inhabitants and possibly even all the Realms, she is going to have to find her adventurous side. Fast.

Full of heart-in-your-mouth action, unforgettable characters and folklore-inspired magic that feels both fresh and familiar, Seven Wherewithal Way is the unputdownable first book in an epic portal fantasy series.


Click
Kayla Miller

Olive wants to get in on the act… Any act!

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade -until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up? A heartfelt and insightful story about navigating friendships, leaning on family, and learning to take the stage in the most important role of all.

For fans of Raina Telgemeier comes the first book in the New York Times best-selling graphic novel series about friendship and finding where you “click”.


The Christmas Pig
J.K. Rowling

Release date: 12 October

One boy and his toy are about to change everything…

Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life… even toys. And Jack’s newest toy – the Christmas Pig (DP’s annoying replacement) – has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known…

A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

A gorgeously gifty hardback, with full-colour jacket and featuring 9 black and white spreads and decorative inside art from renowned illustrator, Jim Field.


When Fishes Flew: The Story of Elena’s War
Michael Morpurgo

This first new novel in two years from renowned author Michael Morpurgo is a sweeping story of love and rescue – an unforgettable journey to the Greek island of Ithaca, and back in time to World War Two…

Australian-Greek girl Nandi travels to her ancestors’ home in Ithaca, and discovers – through a friendship with an extremely unusual flying fish – the extraordinary story of her great-aunt Elena; of how she fell in love, in the hardest of times, and how of how she became an unsung hero of World War Two.

But Elena has gone missing, and Nandi has to find her. In her search, she will discover that Elena was an even greater hero than she thought – and still is…

Nandi’s story is a beautiful and inspiring tale of personal discovery, of love and place and belonging, threaded through with the quiet heroism of everyday people. Stunningly illustrated throughout by acclaimed artist George Butler, and full of magic, myth and mystery, it is a classic Morpurgo novel that will move and thrill every reader who loved Private Peaceful and War Horse, and combines all the hallmarks of this beloved Master Storyteller.


The Beatryce Prophecy
Kate DiCamillo

We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way home.

In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Gentle Brother Edik finds the girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever, coated in dirt and blood, and holding fast to the ear of Answelica the goat. As the monk nurses Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret, one that imperils them all–for the king of the land seeks just such a girl, and Brother Edik, who penned the prophecy himself, knows why.

And so it is that a girl with a head full of stories–powerful tales-within-the-tale of queens and kings, mermaids and wolves–ventures into a dark wood in search of the castle of one who wishes her dead. But Beatryce knows that, should she lose her way, those who love her–a wild-eyed monk, a man who had once been king, a boy with a terrible sword, and a goat with a head as hard as stone–will never give up searching for her, and to know this is to know everything.

With its timeless themes, unforgettable cast, and magical medieval setting, Kate DiCamillo’s lyrical tale, paired with resonant black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, is a true collaboration between masters.


Pony
R.J. Palacio

When Silas Bird wakes in the dead of night, he watches powerlessly as three strangers take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool . . . who happens to be a ghost. But then a mysterious pony shows up at his door, and Silas knows what he has to do.

So begins a perilous journey to find his father – a journey that will connect him with his past, his future, and the unknowable world around him.

The highly anticipated, unforgettable new story from the internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning author of Wonder. Pony is destined to become a future classic.


A Tale of Sorcery (#3 Tale of Magic)
Chris Colfer

Brystal Evergreen is running out of time. It’s almost been a year since she made a deal with Death to find and destroy the Immortal in exchange for her life and she still hasn’t found a single clue about who or where the Immortal is.

To make matters worse, something dark and malignant has risen from deep within the earth, threatening life as we know it. To stop this new evil, the fairies and witches must work with all the kingdoms and territories, including the Righteous Brotherhood and their Army of the Dead.

But is the threat more familiar than they expected? And why are a secretive group of Sorcerers convinced Xanthous Hayfield is connected to it?

Have you discovered the rest of the series: A Tale of Magic and A Tale of Witchcraft? From the author of the bestselling series The Land of Stories.


Dragon Skin
Karen Foxlee

How to save a dragon:
1) Assemble equipment. Water, Weet-Bix, sugar, syringe, sticky tape, scissors.
2) Believe in everything.

Pip never wants to go home. She likes to sit at the waterhole at dusk and remember Mika, her best friend. At home her mother’s not the same since her boyfriend moved in. They don’t laugh anymore and Pip has to go to bed early, turn off her light and pretend she doesn’t exist. When she finds a half-dead creature at the waterhole, everything changes. She knows she has to save this small dragon and return it to where it comes from. But how?

A story about surviving and saving those you love, by the multi-award-winning author of Lenny’s Book of Everything.


Harry Potter A Magic Year: The Illustrations of Jim Kay
J.K. Rowling

A Magical Year takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the seasons at Hogwarts. Jim Kay’s incredible illustrations, paired with much loved quotations from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, bring to life all of the magic, beauty and wonder of the wizarding world.

This is an irresistible gift book for anyone who has ever been captivated by the Boy Who Lived. Each day features a favourite anniversary or meaningful memory from the Harry Potter novels. All around, Jim Kay’s scenic artwork and decorative painter’s marks bring that moment to life in breathtaking detail. His unique interpretation is both captivating and transporting – picture frozen icicles glinting on the snowy towers of Hogwarts, the dancing eyes of Professor Albus Dumbledore, or the infectious hustle and bustle of Diagon Alley.

Inside, a selection of his most iconic illustrations are joined by previously unseen pencil sketches and preparatory pieces, offering a unique and fascinating insight into the artist’s sketchbook. Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world has been enchanting readers since the publication of the groundbreaking Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2015.

Now, as he continues to illustrate the stories, both lifelong fans and new readers can explore that world further. The Kate Greenaway Medal winner’s bewitching character studies, sweeping landscapes and beautifully observed pencil details reveal the skill and process of an artist working at the peak of his powers. This is the perfect gift to give at birthdays and Christmas, to share at bedtime or to make a friend smile. A Magical Year brings together Harry, Ron, Hermione and a host of other beloved characters in a glorious illustrated compendium that readers everywhere will cherish for years to come.


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Superpower
Philip Bunting

Have you ever thought about energy – the stuff that lights up our lives and powers our wonderful world?

How does renewable energy work? Where does electricity come from? Why are fossil fuels bad for our environment? Renowned picture book creator Philip Bunting answers all these questions and more in this entertaining and enlightening look at the various ways we use energy to power the world around us.

Superpower is packed with engaging and entertaining information for kids and their families, including helpful tips on easy ways to reduce energy consumption in our day-to-day lives. Learn the history of energy through time, discover how energy is produced and delve into the many forms of renewable energy available to us today. 

With a positive outlook and a generous dollop of humour, Superpower shows that using renewable energy and taking care of our environment can be both fun and rewarding.

So get set to take a walk on the bright side and meet the sustainable super powers energising our future.


The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Peculiar Pairs
Sami Bayly

Come along for another fresh take on the animal kingdom from bestselling author and illustrator, Sami Bayly.

Discover 60 of the most peculiar pairs in nature and learn how plant and animal species rely on each other for their survival.

Whether it be a rare tick living in the fur of a pygmy possum, a stick insect feasting and hiding out amongst the Melaleuca or a handfish laying its eggs on a sea tulip, incredible natural relationships deserve to be explored and celebrated. Investigating all types of relationships, from symbiotic to parasitic, this is an eye-opening guide to the natural world.

Many species steer clear of those who are different, but the animals and plants in this book have evolved to form relationships with some of the most unlikely partners, and they couldn’t live without them.

This gorgeous hardcover book is illustrated in exquisite detail by award-winning author and illustrator, Sami Bayly. The perfect companion to The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals.


The First Scientists
Corey Tutt

Release date: 13 October

Have you ever wondered what the stars can tell us? Did you know the seasons can be predicted just by looking at subtle changes in nature? Maybe you have wondered about the origins of glue or if forensic science is possible without a crime scene investigation. Australia’s First peoples have the longest continuing culture on Earth and their innovation will amaze you as you leaf through the pages of this book, learning fascinating facts and discovering the answers to life’s questions.

In consultation with communities, Corey tells us of many deadly feats – from bush medicine to bush trackers – that are today considered ‘science’, and introduces us to many amazing scientists, both past and present. The breadth of ‘sciences’ is incredible with six main chapters covering astronomy, engineering, forensic science, chemistry, land management and ecology. The first scientists passed on the lessons of the land, sea and sky to the future scientists of today through stories, song and dance, and many of these lessons are now shared in this book.

The First Scientists is the highly anticipated, illustrated science book from Corey Tutt of DeadlyScience. With kids aged 7 to 12 years in mind, this book will nourish readers’ love of science and develop their respect for Indigenous knowledge at the same time. Vibrant illustrations by Blak Douglas bring the subjects to life, so you’ll never think about science as just people in lab coats ever again!


The Supernatural Survival Guide
George Ivanoff

Have you had a close encounter with a UFO? Is your house HAUNTED? Have you seen a YETI?
Don’t worry, The Supernatural Survival Guide has all the info you need to survive a brush with the SPOOKY.

The world is a pretty amazing place, but there are still things out there that are full of mystery and make us wonder . . . Is the Loch Ness Monster real? Does Big Foot exist? Are there scientific reasons for hauntings? What is cryptozoology? What can explain groups of people witnessing UFO sightings?
The Supernatural Survival Guide will tackle these and other questions about all things paranormal. There is so much WEIRD stuff out there . . . but the TRUTH is IN HERE!


Little People, Big Dreams Treasury
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Release date: 19 October

Dive deeper into the world of Little People, BIG DREAMS with this keepsake treasury featuring 50 dreamers from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling series. Learn more about each of your favourite dreamers with new in-depth stories, facts and figures. Each story is rewritten to be appropriate for an older audience.

Revisit best-loved figures from the series and some new ones, too, including Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Maya Angelou, Amelia Earhart, David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, Elton John, John Lennon, Malala Yousafzai, Mindy Kaling, and Prince. Divided by profession, the treasury includes profiles of the world’s greatest artists, activists, writers, musicians, TV and film stars, scientists and sporting legends. A timeline, glossary, index and further reading provide even more to explore. This keepsake treasury makes the perfect gift for holidays, birthdays, and more.

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!


Aliens and Other Worlds
Lisa Harvey-Smith

Did life on Earth arrive on a meteorite from outer space? Are there living beings on planets beyond our solar system? If they are out there, what might these aliens look like? Would they be smart, curious, scared? Would they even want to meet us?

Revealing the wonders of scientific inquiry, astrophysicist and best-selling author Lisa Harvey-Smith guides Earthlings young and old through our search for alien life. On the way, she considers where our best chances are to find any galactic neighbours; ponders whether they might already be living among us; and looks at what we might learn about aliens from life at Earth’s extremes.

Asking all the important questions, answering some and explaining why others need further investigation, Aliens and Other Worlds explores the mystery of life beyond Earth. With illustrations by acclaimed artist Tracie Grimwood, this awe-inspiring journey will thrill anyone with eyes fixed on distant horizons.


TEEN & YOUNG ADULT

self/less
AViVa

A world where self-expression is illegal. A world where survival is everything. A girl who will be heard. The story begins . . .

Seventeen-year-old Teddy lives in the walled-in city Metropolis. Radical laws condemn all forms of self-expression and creativity, and the lives of the people are carefully constructed and controlled by the City Council.

When Teddy finds out the truth behind one of the City’s biggest lies, she slips out into the darkness after curfew. She is captured and held prisoner in an old bomb shelter that lies beneath the City. Here, Teddy discovers that there is a world beneath the Metropolis, a world where a growing web of clans are fighting to keep their humanity alive, and waiting for someone to lead them back up into the light.


Take Me With You When You Go
David Levithan and Jennifer Niven

Ezra Ahern wakes up one day to find his older sister, Bea, gone. No note, no sign, nothing but an email address hidden somewhere only he would find it. Ezra never expected to be left behind with their abusive stepfather and their neglectful mother – how is he supposed to navigate life without Bea?

Bea Ahern already knew she needed to get as far away from home as possible. But a message in her inbox changes everything, and she finds herself alone in a new city – without Ez, without a real plan – chasing someone who might not even want to be found.

As things unravel at home for Ezra, Bea confronts secrets about their past that will forever change the way they think about their family. Together and apart, broken by abuse but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other.

From the authors of All the Bright Places and Every Day comes a story of hope, family, and finding your home in the people who matter the most.


The Gilded Cage
Lynette Noni

‘You need to choose, Kiva. It’s him or us. Them or us. You can’t have it both ways.’

Kiva Meridan is a survivor.

Not only did she survive Zalindov Prison, but also the deadly Trial by Ordeal. Now, Kiva’s purpose goes beyond survival to vengeance. For the past ten years, her only goal was to reunite with her family and destroy the people responsible for ruining their lives. But now that she has escaped Zalindov, her mission has become more complicated than ever.

As Kiva settles into her new life in the capital, she discovers she wasn’t the only one who suffered while she was in Zalindov – her siblings and their beliefs have changed, too. Soon it’s not just her enemies she’s keeping secrets from, but her own family as well.

Outside the city walls, tensions are brewing from the rebels, along with whispers of a growing threat from the northern kingdoms. Kiva’s allegiances are more important than ever, but she’s beginning to question where they truly lie. To survive this time, she’ll have to navigate a complicated web of lies before both sides of the battle turn against her and she loses everything.


How to Repaint a Life
Steven Herrick

Isaac is running from his old life when he steps off the bus in a small town.

He doesn’t plan on sticking around and has nowhere to stay, but a local cafe owner’s kindness offers him a chance to change his story.

Then Isaac meets Sophie and learns he’s not the only one wanting to repaint his life.

As he did so masterfully with The Simple Gift, Steven Herrick delves into the universal themes of rising above the past and taking control of your future.


Daughter of the Deep
Rick Riordan

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, training centre for the best marine scientists and underwater explorers in the world. When Ana embarks on the sea trials that mark the end of her freshman year, her life as she knows it is blown out of the water.

She and her school mates witness a terrible tragedy and discover that Harding-Pencroft and their rival school Land Institute have been engaged in a deadly rivalry going back over one hundred and fifty years.

With the rivalry turned up full broil, Ana will be tested more than ever before . . .


If Not Us
Mark Smith

He’d always accepted the mine and power station were part of Shelbourne. On still nights, the thrum of the turbines echoed down the valley and melded with the sound of the ocean until you couldn’t tell them apart.

Hesse lives a small coastal town, where a coalmine and power station are a part of the scenery, and a part of the ever-growing problem of climate change. His mum is a member of a local environmental group campaigning to close the mine and shut down the power station. It’s a no-brainer, of course, but Hesse is more interested in surfing–and in Fenna, the new exchange student from the Netherlands.

But when someone seems to be trying to derail the campaign, and his friends’ families face losing their jobs, Hesse begins to realise that things are complex.

Even though he’s reluctant to step into the spotlight, with Fenna’s encouragement he decides it’s time to make a stand. Because some things are too important to leave to everyone else. And even one small, nervous voice can make a difference.

When Hesse agrees to speak at a protest meeting he has no idea of the storm he is about to unleash.

If Not Us is Mark Smith’s first standalone YA novel following his hugely successful Winter trilogy. It’s another great story with an engaging and relatable protagonist, as well as an impassioned plea for climate-change action that will inspire and empower readers of all ages.


Dark Rise
C.S. Pacat

THE DARK WILL RISE. WHO WILL FALL? WHO WILL STAND?

The ancient world of magic is no more. Its heroes are dead, its halls are ruins, and its great battles between Light and Dark are forgotten. Only the Stewards remember. For centuries they have kept vigil, sworn to protect humanity if the Dark King ever returns.

Sixteen-year-old dock boy Will is on the run in London, pursued by the men who killed his mother. When an old servant urges him to seek out the Stewards, Will is ushered into a secret world, where he must train to fight for the Light in the oncoming war.

As the Dark King’s return looms, reborn warriors begin to draw battle lines. But when the young descendants of Light and Dark step into their destined roles, old allegiances, old enmities and old flames are awakened. Will must stand with the last heroes of the Light to prevent the calamity that destroyed their world from returning to destroy his own.

Dark Rise is the first book in a thrilling new YA fantasy series from bestselling Australian author CS Pacat.


Green Rising
Lauren James

Set in a near-future world on the brink of ecological catastrophe, Lauren James’s novel is a gripping, witty and romantic call to arms.

Gabrielle is a climate-change activist who shoots to fame when she becomes the first teenager to display a supernatural ability to grow plants from her skin. Hester is the millionaire daughter of an oil tycoon and the face of the family business. Theo comes from a long line of fishermen, but his parents are struggling to make ends meet.

On the face of it, the three have very little in common. Yet when Hester and Theo join Gabrielle and legions of other teenagers around the world in developing the strange new “Greenfingers” power, it becomes clear that to use their ability for good, they’ll need to learn to work together. But in a time of widespread corruption and greed, there are plenty of profit-hungry organizations who want to use the Greenfingers for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see the Earth saved…

As they navigate first love and family expectations, can the three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist and bring about a green rising?


September New Releases: Kids & Teen

Click the buttons below to jump to a particular section…

PICTURE STORY

Big Dog, Little Dog
Sally Rippin

First there was just Big Dog. And then, one day, Little Dog arrived . . .

A beautiful and hilarious story about the ups and downs of welcoming a new family member. 


Slow Down…and Sleep Tight
Rachel Williams

The sun is getting low,
and moon is on her way.
It’s time to slow things down…
and hug this lovely day.

Bring calm to bedtime with this gentle lullaby, as you say goodnight to nature’s daytime and welcome the night. Inspired by the bestselling Slow Down with delightful illustrations by Freya Hartas.


Maxine
Bob Graham

Max has a new baby sister – Maxine! Max is there for her first words, her first steps and … her first flight! But as Maxine grows up and starts school, she doesn’t feel like she quite fits in. In fact, she’s not sure if she feels comfortable in her superhero guise at all. Can Maxine convince her family that not all superheroes wear capes?

With a strong, incredibly smart girl at its centre, this is a book to inspire any child to dream big and be exactly who, and how, they want to be.

A companion title to Bob Graham’s celebrated picture book Max, whose superhero family has just got bigger!


Down the Road, Little Bee
Sarah Jane Lightfoot

Spend a year with Little Bee on a search for pollen across the Australian suburban landscape. From flowering gums in January to jacaranda in December, follow Little Bee and friends as they explore the wonders of nature that can be found just outside the door.

This glorious picture-book debut from Sarah Jane Lightfoot celebrates the familiar yet overlooked sights of our local streets and inspires readers to explore the beauty in their own neighbourhoods.


There’s a Ghost in this House
Oliver Jeffers

Hello, come in.
Maybe you can help me?

A young girl lives in a haunted house, but has never seen a ghost. Are they white with holes for eyes? Are they hard to see? She’d love to know! Step inside and turn the transparent pages to help her on an entertaining ghost hunt, from behind the sofa, right up to the attic. With lots of friendly ghost surprises and incredible mixed media illustrations, this unique and funny book will entertain young readers over and over again!

A captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages, from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers.


The Curse of the Vampire Robot
Graeme Base

Deep in the Scottish Highlands,

Many years from now …

Gertie Gif, a lowly cleaning droid from the village of Loch Lan, sets out on an heroic quest to liberate her fellow robo-folk from the curse of a legendary, battery-draining laptop who lives in the castle on the hill.

Will Gertie and her little software-wolf companion succeed in cleaning out the vampire’s corrupted heart?

Or will the Curse of Voltoid remain forever hanging over the valley?

Classic vampire mythology meets nerdy computer-speak in a rhyming tale of adventure, bravery and compassion from master storyteller Graeme Base.


Dogs in Disguise
Peter Bently

Dogs come in all kinds of colours and sizes, but when no one’s looking they put on DISGUISES.

A joyful peek into the crazy antics of all sorts of dogs in disguise! Dressing up in clothing they find at home, these adventurous pooches blend into the crowd at all the places dogs aren’t allowed, like the store, the cinema and the swimming pool! But, not all of their disguises go quite to plan, with hilarious results…

From schnauzers in trousers to cosmonaut cockapoos, this jaunty rhyming text from hugely popular, award-winning author, Peter Bently, with brilliantly witty illustrations from John Bond, creator of the Mini Rabbit books, will have children howling with laughter!

An exciting new collaboration between the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Peter Bently and the incredibly talented illustrator John Bond!


JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Polly Pecorino: The Girl who Rescues Animals
Emma Chichester Clark

Are you brave enough to enter the Wild Bear Woods?

Polly Pecorino rescues animals, and she can talk to them too. She spends all of her time caring for those at Happy Days Zoo, where the devious owners, Mr and Mrs Snell, will do anything to make money. One day they steal a bear cub, certain that he will do wonders for ticket sales, but the ferocious bears living in Wild Bear Woods want their cub back. Will Polly be brave enough to stand up to the Snells and take Booboo, the bear cub, back where he belongs?

A captivating, illustrated young fiction novel about a kind girl and a lost bear cub, with a classic feel from the much-loved, award-winning author-illustrator.


The Flip Out (#1 Sam Kerr Kicking Goals)
Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr is an Aussie Rules fan through and through.

When she’s excluded from her team she doesn’t know what to do. Netball? No thanks. Chess? Bleugh.

Her best friends Dylan and Indi think she should flip from Aussie Rules to soccer – and it doesn’t seem so bad at first. The coach is OK. The team seems nice enough…

But with Chelsea the school bully on her case and the pressure of learning new rules weighing her down, will it all be too much? Will Sam give up – or will she make the flip?


The Song of Lewis Charmichael
Sofie Laguna

Matthew stood on the snowy peak and stared out at the world spread before him. Every picture in his books had been limited by the size of the page, contained within frames. Here, there was no frame. Here, the picture didn’t end. Beyond those icy plains, the sea, and beyond the sea, a land that floated on the ice, drifting northwards. Matthew put the binoculars to his eyes and saw valleys and cliffs and rivers all made of snow. Everywhere was white.

Matthew has dreamed and read and thought about the North Pole for as long as he can remember. And he has done it secretly. It is a place that cannot be tarnished by the world in which he lives – a world in which he struggles to find answers and make friends, while everything seems to come easily to other children.

But one day, a crow called Lewis Carmichael lands at Matthew’s window – a crow who believes in Matthew in the most simple and ordinary ways. Soon, the unexpected voyage of a lifetime begins, and it will change everything…

An unforgettable adventure story from award-winning children’s book author Sofie Laguna, with enchanting illustrations by Marc McBride.


Poison for Breakfast
Lemony Snicket

For more than twenty years, Lemony Snicket has led millions of young readers through a mysterious world of bewildering questions and unfortunate events. With this latest book – a love letter to readers young and old about the vagaries of real life – long-time fans and new readers alike will experience Snicket’s distinctive voice in a new way.

This true story – as true as Lemony Snicket himself – begins with a puzzling note under his door: “You had poison for breakfast”. Following a winding trail of clues to solve the mystery of his own demise, Snicket takes us on a thought-provoking tour of his predilections…

A brand-new book from the bestselling author of A Series of Unfortunate Events – a cautionary tale about his own demise. For curious children and adults alike.


Shadowghast (#3 Eerie-on-Sea Mystery)
Thomas Taylor

A mysterious stage magician has set up in the theatre at the end of the pier, with an act so hypnotic and strange that Herbie Lemon and his friend Violet Parma suspect dark forces are at work.

Meanwhile, folk are disappearing from Eerie-on-Sea, and no one knows why. There is an Eerie legend that goes back to the dawn of time, about a creature made of darkness that devours the shadows of the living.

But could the Shadowghast really have returned?


Julia and the Shark
Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The shark was beneath my bed, growing large as the room, large as the lighthouse, rising from unfathomable depths until it ripped the whole island from its roots. The bed was a boat, the shark a tide, and it pulled me so far out to sea I was only a speck, a spot, a mote, a dying star in an unending sky…

Julia has followed her mum and dad to live on a remote island for the summer – her dad, for work; her mother, on a determined mission to find the elusive Greenland shark. But when her mother’s obsession threatens to submerge them all, Julia finds herself on an adventure with dark depths and a lighthouse full of hope…

A beautiful, lyrical, uplifting story about a mother, a daughter, and love – with timely themes of the importance of science and the environment.


The Wild Before (The Last Wild Prequel)
Piers Torday

Can one hare alone change the world?

One stormy, snowy night, a pure silver calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm by the light of the moon. This is the legendary Mooncalf, whose arrival has been foretold since the dawn of time. According to a dream passed down from animal to animal, if the calf dies, a great terribleness will come – rising seas, a plague, skies raining down fire, the end of all things… and Little Hare vows to persuade all the animals to protect Mooncalf, whatever the cost.

But it’s easier said than done, and soon Little Hare realises that he is the only one who can save the world…

A stunning prequel to the award-winning, bestselling The Last Wild trilogy, touching on timely themes of climate change, friendship, and above all, hope.


Always (#7 Felix and Zelda)
Morris Gleitzman

It’s fifteen years since readers were first introduced to Felix in Once and across six celebrated books, our brave young hero has survived many unforgettable and emotional journeys.

Now comes the seventh and final part of Felix’s story, bringing to a powerful climax a series that countless young readers around the world will remember – Always.

The much-anticipated final journey in the story of Felix, hero of Morris Gleitzman’s multi-award-winning OnceThenAfter, SoonMaybe and Now.


Journey Home (#2 Pax)
Sara Pennypacker

It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. Pax must protect his litter of kits in a dangerous world. Meanwhile Peter, orphaned after the war, has left his adopted home and joined the Water Warriors, a group determined to heal the land from the scars of the war.

When one of Pax’s kits falls desperately ill, he turns to the one human he knows he can trust. And no matter how hard Peter tries to harden his broken heart, love keeps finding a way in. Now both boy and fox find themselves on journeys toward home, healing – and each other.

A breathtaking novel about chosen families and the healing power of love.

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the long-awaited sequel to Pax; gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling with stunning illustrations by award-winning author and illustrator Jon Klassen.


JUNIOR NON-FICTION

The Big Book of Belonging
Yuval Zommer

The Big Book of Belonging is a timely celebration of all the ways that humans are connected to life on planet Earth. With children at the heart of every beautifully illustrated spread, this book draws parallels between the way humans, plants, and animals live and behave. We all breathe the same air and take warmth from the same sun, we grow, we adapt to the seasons, and we live together in family groups.

Readers will be fascinated to learn that instead of using words to communicate, fava beans send chemical messages through their roots, Caribbean reef squid send warnings of danger and even declarations of love by changing colour, and that adorable big-eyed primates called tarsiers make calls to one another over the noise of the rainforest that are too high-pitched for predators to hear.

By putting children at the heart of the book’s concept, author Yuval Zommer unites readers of the Big Book series from all corners of the world under one banner–of belonging to planet Earth. The book’s gentle message of caring for nature will inspire readers of all ages and encourage a new generation of environmentalists to flourish.


Listified
Andrew Pettie

Enter the listiverse and get ready to see the world in a whole new way. Listified! takes the best and most amazing parts of the universe – erupting volcanoes, medieval machines, jumping spiders, exploding stars and everything in between – and organises them into quirky list form for curious kids and their friends and family to enjoy.

Brought to life by Andrés Lozano’s imaginative and hilarious artworks, each list presents subjects from new and unexpected angles. Ever wondered which 10 dinosaurs were the largest, and what they weighed… in cats? Or how much of your DNA you share with other animals… and bananas?

Let Listified! take you on a journey with Britannica’s 300 lists that will blow your mind about everything from the human body, to prehistoric creatures, planet Earth, outer space and the mysteries beyond.


Guinness World Records 2022

Global pandemics and lockdowns haven’t stopped record breakers from achieving spectacular things: indeed, they’ve given many people the chance to focus on their ambitions and attain goals beyond their expectations. As ever, Guinness World Records is there to document and ratify these remarkable accomplishments, and our fully updated 2022 edition is a celebration of the tenacity and determination of the human race.

The changing pace of the last year has also given us the opportunity to take stock of our planet and explore the current state of the environment, as seen through our unique record-breaking lens. So, join us as we take a deep dive into GWR 2022…

  • Understand the challenges being faced by our planet because of climate change and find out what’s being done to reverse the decline and build a better future;
  • Venture into the natural world for thrilling encounters with the most extreme plants and animals;
  • Meet the people breaking records with their incredible bodies and exceptional minds;
  • Discover the stats, facts and figures behind the world’s most popular videogames, movies, TV shows and media channels;
  • Celebrate the greatest sporting achievements, the most daring adventurers and the latest technological developments;
  • Plus, we’ve reached out to some of the young people who refuse to let their age be a barrier to success. What are they doing to change their world? What inspires them to be best? And what can you learn from them if you want to get your own name in the record books?

Find out in Guinness World Records 2022.


TEEN / YOUNG ADULT

The Deep End
Jenna Guillaume

It was a new level of loserdom, even for me.

When Rosie humiliates herself in front of the whole school at the swimming carnival, she vows she’ll never step foot in the water again.

Well, until Jake Tran, the best swimmer (and hottest boy) in her year, says he will give her swimming lessons.

Against all the voices in her head screaming that it’s a bad idea, she takes him up on his offer.

As the pair bond over failed freestyles and parental pressures, they learn more from each other than they ever could have anticipated.


Endgame (#6 Noughts & Crosses)
Malorie Blackman

20 years ago, Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses, a story that charted the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a Nought) was published. Theirs was a love affair that has had repercussions for their families for generations. Until now.

Endgame, the final book in the series, is a breathtaking conclusion.

The first Nought Prime Minister, Toney Durbridge, is about to go on trial for the murder of notorious ganglord, Dan Jeavons. Tobey insists he is being framed. There were ten seats at Dan’s dinner party the night he was killed and each guest had their own reasons for wishing him dead.

Sephy Hadley was one of the guests that night. Haunted by the idea that she didn’t do enough to stop the death of her first love, Callum McGregor, Sephy will not sit quietly and wait for accusations to fall on her now. She has her children to protect . . .

It’s time that actions speak louder than words. Time that the truth is uncovered. Time for the endgame.


Anything But Fine
Tobias Madden

Luca is ready to audition for the Australian Ballet School. All it takes to crush his dreams is one missed step . . . and a broken foot.

Jordan is the gorgeous rowing star and school captain of Luca’s new school. Everyone says he’s straight – but Luca’s not so sure . . .

As their unlikely bond grows stronger, Luca starts to wonder- who is he without ballet? And is he setting himself up for another heartbreak?

A heartfelt and hilarious Australian YA debut from a rising star.


It’s Not You, It’s Me
Gabrielle Williams

Holly Fitzgerald has inexplicably woken up inside the body of an LA teenager called Trinity Byrne in 1980 – trapping Trinity in Holly’s forty-year-old body back in Melbourne, 2020.

Mind. Officially. Blown.

Holly finds herself navigating a brand-new body, family and cute boy next door – not to mention rock band that might just make it, and potential kidnapper. Meanwhile, lies intersect with truth, hurtling both Holly and Trinity towards a dangerous fate as the connections between them grow deeper and stranger than either could have ever imagined.

Freaky Friday meets Pretty Little Liars – if the Liars were an all-girl punk band from the 1980s – in this highly original soul-swap story from the critically acclaimed author of My Life as a Hashtag.


WINNERS: 2021 WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION COMPETITION

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s competition! We’re of course extremely disappointed we cannot celebrate together in person, but reading all the amazing entries and looking at the beautiful artwork that came in has been a wonderful lightness in amongst all the dark.
Thank you to every single one of you who put pen to paper, or brush to page or fingers to keyboard to create your amazing stories – it was a joy to explore your ‘OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS’. It’s a shame we had to choose winners at all, but each of these were standouts in their age groups. For those of you who haven’t won a prize this year – keep honing your skills and maybe 2022 will be your turn! We hope you enjoy reading through and looking at the winning entries as much as we have.

LOWER PRIMARY

WRITING: Ned Thomas for The Boy Who Started the Goldrush
ILLUSTRATION: Rosie Ablethorpe for Another World

MIDDLE PRIMARY

WRITING: Sophie Wills for Treasure Island
ILLUSTRATION: Xavier Goldfinch for Adventures from Copycat Planet

UPPER PRIMARY

WRITING: Sophia Van Zanten for The Crazy World of Parenting
ILLUSTRATION: Willow Fletcher for Nature’s World

LOWER SECONDARY

WRITING: Ava Levett for Thin Veil
ILLUSTRATION: Skyler Sahely for Untitled

UPPER SECONDARY

WRITING: Sylvia Mackie for Foreign Lands
ILLUSTRATION: Joshua Vanhoutte for Untitled

ADULT

WRITING: Rebecca Fraser for Yelah
ILLUSTRATION: Wendi Bradshaw for Ants to Ashes

Each of our winners will be receiving a voucher to select their own prize in store.

Book Week Storytimes

We were very disappointed to yet again not be able to hold our Children’s Book Week celebrations this year. Especially as we had lined up such a fabulous group of local authors and illustrators to treat us all to a storytime of their books in store.

We have arranged the next best thing though – Storytime in your living room!! Each of our guests has recorded a special video, which you can view below. These will only be available for a short time, so be sure to celebrate your Book Week at home by watching each one. Enjoy and we hope to see you all back in store really soon!!

JANE GODWIN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO9SU93iwCg
Mamma, Dadda, No, Mine, More by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Jane Massey.
Published July 2021 by Little Hare available through Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing
Little One by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Gabriel Evans.
Published July 2021 by Affirm Press, available through Hachette Australia. .

ANDREA ROWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKtNqMsMjTs&t=299s
Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe and illustrated by Hannah Sommerville.
Published January 2021 by Little Hare, available through Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing.

PATRICK GUEST

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZymJw66GwM
Windows by Patrick Guest, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley.
Published October 2021 by Little Hare available through Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing.

JESS RACKLYEFT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZEJMOQaGDQ
Welcome Baby: To This World written and illustrated by Jess Racklyeft. Published September 2020 by Affirm Press.

ANNA PIGNATARO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQyv4o5IWeg
Grandpa Loves You, written and illustrated by Anna Pignataro. Published August 2021 by Scholastic Press.

JESS MCGEACHIN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCsygJ6n4pY
Frankie and the Fossil by Jess McGeachin.
Published August 2021 by Puffin Books available through Penguin Books Australia.

BOOK WEEK STORYTIMES

We are holding a full week of pre-school storytimes to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2021. All sessions are free but to ensure we operate to COVID safe conditions, numbers are strictly capped so bookings are essential.
Click on the relevant links to book the sessions you would like to attend. If a session books out, a wait list will automatically open.


Saturday 21 August 11am
PATRICK GUEST

Author of six beloved children picture storybooks, local star author, Patrick Guest, will be reading The Dress-Up Box and Windows.


Monday 23 August 12pm
JANE GODWIN

Author of a whopping twenty-six picture story books and two middle-grade novels, Jane Godwin, will be reading her two new releases Mumma, Dadda, No, Mine, More! and Little One.


Tuesday 24 August 11am
JESS MCGEACHIN

Jess McGeachin will be reading their beautiful picture story books The Lost Library and Frankie and the Fossil.


Wednesday 25 August 11am
ANNA PIGNATARO

Anna Pignataro is a children’s author and illustrator who has created more than sixty books for children. She’ll be reading her new book Grandpa Loves Me and Florence and Fox (written by Zanni Louise & illustrated by Anna!).


Thursday 26 August 11am
JESS RACKLYEFT

Jess Racklyeft, writer and illustrator of over 20 picture story books, will be reading her titles Welcome Baby to this World and There’s Only One Friend Like You.


Friday 27 August 11am
ANDREA ROWE

Local author Andrea Rowe will be in-store to treat us to a story time of her extremely well-received debut picture story book Jetty Jumping and Alison Lester’s Magic Beach.


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.