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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.