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MAY NEW RELEASES: Kids & Teen

PICTURE STORY & BOARD BOOK

How to Build Perfect Cubby HouseHow to Build the Perfect Cubby House
Heath McKenzie

Ollie is building THE PERFECT CUBBY HOUSE!

Everyone has some great ideas, and pretty soon, the whole family is involved!

A fun and funny story about the importance of family and togetherness and always having a plan!


 

MoonwalkersMoonwalkers
Mark Greenwood & Terry Denton

When Apollo 11 blasts off for the moon, the whole world is watching. On the other side of the planet, Billy, Mickey and Buzz decide to be astronauts too.

Dream astronaut dreams, and celebrate Australia’s role in one of humanity’s greatest achievements, the moon landing of 1969. Moonwalkers is a joyous story of imagination and play – the greatest bedtime story ever told.


 

Marvel AlphablockMarvel Alphablock
Peskimo

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich with content, from its highly original characters to its stunning locations. This new title in the Abrams Block Book series features thrilling scenes and fascinating characters from A to Z, perfect for the youngest fan as well as seasoned collectors.

As in previous Block Book titles, Marvel Alphablock includes die-cut pages and the stylish art of British design team Peskimo. Each spread highlights important characters every fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe should know—from Black Panther to Iron Man to Scarlet Witch.


 

JUNIOR FICTION & MIDDLE GRADE

Boot Small Robot Big AdventureBoot: Small Robot, BIG Adventure
Shane Hegarty & Ben Mantle

When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, he has no idea how he got there and why he isn’t with his owner, Beth. He only has three glitchy memories, but he knows he was loved, which means something important to humans.

Boot soon realises his emotions make him different to other robots, who just function and don’t think. Boot is scared but tries to be brave, which is hard when your screen keeps showing a wobbly, worried face. Luckily Boot meets Noke and Red – other ‘advanced’ robots who have learned to survive in secret.

With his new friends by his side, Boot is determined to find Beth and the gang set off on a dangerous adventure. Everything Boot thought he knew about the world is changing and, when he finally gets home, things aren’t as simple as he remembers . . .

Boot is a story that will take you by surprise and make you think about the world around you.


 

Girl Called JusticeA Girl Called Justice
Elly Griffiths

When Justice’s mother dies, her father packs her off to Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk. He’s a barrister – specialising in murder trials – and he’s just too busy to look after her alone. Having previously been home-schooled, the transition is a shock.

Can it really be the case that blondes rule the corridors? Are all uniforms such a charming shade of brown? And do schools normally hide dangerous secrets about the murder of a chamber maid?  Justice takes it upon herself to uncover the truth. (Mainly about the murder, but perhaps she can figure out her new nemesis – the angelic Rose – at the same time.)

But when a storm cuts the school off from the real world, the body count starts to rise and Justice realises she’ll need help from her new friends if she’s going to find the killer before it’s too late…

Missing maids, suspicious teachers and a snow storm to die for… For a fearless girl called Justice Jones, super-smart super-sleuth, it’s just the start of a spine-tingling first term at Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk. For fans of Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine and Enid Blyton.


 

MalamandarMalamander: Legends of Eerie-on-Sea
Thomas Taylor

Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls and the wind howls around Maw Rocks and the wreck of the battleship Leviathan, where even now some swear they have seen the unctuous Malamander creep…

Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander.

Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger…


 

Sophia and the Corner ClubhouseSophia and the Corner Park Clubhouse (#1)
Davina Bell

The Corner Park Clubhouse: For Belle, it’s an empire. For Lola, it’s a canvas.  For Maisie, it’s a refuge. For Sophia, it is home.

Sophia and her lifelong best friends, Belle, Maisie and Lola, are reunited at their old favourite hangout – the Corner Park Clubhouse – after their first term at different high schools. But it soon becomes obvious that, in spite of pinkie swears and promises, they’re drifting apart.

The one thing keeping them together is the clubhouse, which holds special memories for each of them – and after what happened there last summer, it means more than anything to Sophia. So when they find out it’s going to be bulldozed, the girls set out in a race against time to save it – and their friendship – from demolition.

From beloved author Davina Bell comes this sparklingly funny and heartfelt middle-grade series, for fans of Friday Barnes and Ann M. Martin’s iconic Baby-Sitters Club series.


 

Little WaveThe Little Wave
Pip Harry

When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves.

Noah is fearless in the surf. Being at the beach makes him feel free. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around?

Lottie loves collecting facts about bugs, but she wishes her dad would stop filling their lonely house with junk. She doesn’t know what to do about it.

Jack wants to be a cricket star, but first he has to get to school and look after his little sister. Especially if he wants to go on the class trip and see the ocean for the first time.


 

Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight #2Mr Walker and the Dessert Delight
Jess Black & Sarah Acton

There’s a special anniversary celebration happening at the hotel and everyone is excited – especially Mr Walker! A famous chef is flown in for the event, and although she is all smiles and sweet delights, Chef Remy is none too pleased about sharing his kitchen. Mr Walker smells trouble . . . big trouble indeed.

Following on from The Tales of Mr Walker comes another charming story about this hotel dog with a nose for adventure.


 

TEEN & YA 

The ChosenContender: Then Chosen
Taran Matharu

Cade, a misunderstood juvenile delinquent, and Harriet, a Victorian cat-burglar, live in two different eras – until they’re both transported to another world.

Abandoned in a realm populated with lost remnants from the past, prehistoric animals and monstrous creatures, they are forced to become contenders in an endless, brutal tournament. It’s time to get ready for battle . . . because hiding is not an option.


 

Rayne and Delilah's Midnite MatineeRayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee
Jeff Zentner

Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own public access TV show, Midnite Matinee. They dress as vampires Rayne and Delilah, perform daft skits involving skeleton raves and dog weddings, and show the weekly so-bad-it’s-good low-budget horror movie.

But the end of senior year is coming, and Josie is torn between pursuing her television dreams in a new city or staying making TV with her BFF. What’s more, she’s just met a boy, Lawson, who is totally not her type, but is just a little bit intriguing . . . Meanwhile, Delia is searching for her dad, who walked out on her and her mom ten years ago. When the private investigator she hired unearths his contact details, she agonises over digging up the past.

A road trip to ShiverCon, a convention for horror filmmakers, may just have the answers the two need – but will Josie and Delia be prepared for life taking some seriously unexpected plot-twists?


 

Promise Me HappyPromise Me Happy
Robert Newton

I don’t know if it’s possible for people to change, not really. The way you’re made up, the important stuff, I reckon you’re born with that . . . when it matters, when it really matters, we are who we are.

Nate’s had it tough. An abusive father. His mother dead. He’s done things he regrets.

But he’s never met anyone like Gem. She’s a tiny piece of wonderful and she’ll change everything he knows about himself. Is this the beginning of happiness? Or is there more hardship around the corner?

A beautifully written contemporary YA with a love story at its heart, by one of Australia’s best-loved authors for young people.


 

JUNIOR NON-FICTION

Big Book of BirdsThe Big Book of Birds
Yuval Zommer

Why is a flamingo pink? Can a parrot talk? Is a bald eagle really bald?

This follow-up to the hugely successful The Big Book of Bugs, The Big Book of Beasts and The Big Book of the Blue answers these questions and many more. It opens with introductory spreads explaining how to recognize different bird’s eggs, the bird family tree, why different species of birds have different beaks and feathers, and why some birds migrate and travel vast distances every year.

Subsequent spreads, illustrated with various habitats, are dedicated to specific varieties of bird, including hummingbirds, peacocks, flamingos, bald eagles, secretary birds, albatrosses and red-crowned cranes. Some will teach children how to spot different birds within a specific variety, for example how to differentiate the American robin from the European robin.

Others explore bird habitats, for example showing how birds adapt to live in cities. Finally, the book invites young bird spotters to protect birds where they live and make their gardens bird friendly. This is a big, beautiful book to look at again and again.


 

Heart of a BoyThe Heart of a Boy
Kate T. Parker

In her international bestseller Strong Is the New Pretty, photographer Kate T. Parker changed the way we see girls by showing us their truest selves – fearless, messy, wild, stubborn, proud. Now it’s time to talk about our boys. Prompted by the #metoo movement, bullying, and other toxic behaviour, there’s an international conversation going on about what defines masculinity and how to raise sons to become good people. And Kate Parker is joining in by turning her lens to boys. The result is possibly even more moving, more eloquent, more surprising than Strong.

The Heart of a Boy is a deeply felt celebration of boyhood as it’s etched in the faces and bodies of dozens of boys, ages 5 to 18. There’s the pensive look of a skateboarder caught in a moment between rides. The years of dedication in a ballet dancer’s poise. The love of a younger brother hugging his older brother. The unself-conscious joy of a goofy grin with a missing tooth. The casual intimacy of two friends at a lemonade stand. The shyness of a lone boy and his model boat. The intensity in a football huddle. The proud, challenging gaze of a boy bald from alopecia – and the same kind of gaze, but wreathed in tenderness, of a boy a few years younger with flowing, almost waist-length hair. There are guitarists, fencers, wrestlers, star-gazers, a pilot – it’s the world of our sons, in all their amazing variety and difference.

The photographs feel spontaneous, direct, and with so much eye contact between the viewed and the viewer that it’s impossible to turn away. And throughout, words from the boys themselves enrich every photo. What a gift for boys and anyone who is raising them.


love-your-bodyLove Your Body
Jessica Sanders & Carol Rossetti

My body is strong.
My body can do amazing things.
My body is my own.

Freedom is loving your body with all its “imperfections” and being the perfectly imperfect you! Love Your Body encourages young girls to admire and celebrate their bodies for all the amazing things they can do, and help girls see that they are so much more than their bodies.

 

 

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