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Jul 21 2017

Shallow in the deep end by Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga with Jared Thomas

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Omnibus Books, 2017. ISBN 9781742762692
(Age: 7-10) Recommended. This book has been written by joint authors, a group of women from Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga with assistance from Jared Thomas and with the support of Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Shallow is a baby water buffalo and was given to Erica by her park ranger father after she asked for a dog. Shallow befriends Bruno a young dog Erica is looking after for a friend. The animals' adventures are humorous and beyond the experiences of many mainland children. Shallow and Bruno paddle in a plastic wading pool, they frighten a group of elderly card playing women and become involved in the local football match. The chapter about the school trampoline is especially funny. Imagine a water buffalo and a dog enjoying back flips! These chapters would make great read aloud stories in the classroom.
Each chapter provides an insight into living in Erica's home and country i.e. eating turtle soup as well as the more everyday fair of cupcakes.
The book has simple line drawings provided by the authors. These are unpretentious but highly effective. The cover is brightly coloured and appealing with the curvaceous baby Shallow a strong feature.
Jared Thomas has commented that the girls 'provided readers with the joy, connection and youth of the Tiwi people, country and culture'. These stories are a delightful insight to life on the Tiwi Islands. This is the third book the group have written.
The text and illustrations will appeal to students aged 7 to 10 years old. I recommend this book to primary schools.
Jane Moore



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High flyers by Laura Sieveking

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The Royal Academy of Sports series. Random House, 2017. ISBN 9781925324587
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Miniwings book 1. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781775434238
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Jul 21 2017

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Little Brown, 2017. ISBN 9781408702994
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Jul 21 2017

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Ill. by Chris Kennett . Pixel Raiders series book 3. Scholastic Australia, 2017. ISBN 9781760275679
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Jul 19 2017

Falling by Anne Provoost

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20th Anniversary edition. Allen and Unwin, 2017. ISBN 9781760293925
(Age: 15+) Recommended. Depicting racial tensions between migrants and established citizens of an unspecified region in France or Belgium, the prescience of the author is underlined in this 20th Century anniversary...
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Jul 19 2017

Dogs and doctors by Elen Caldecott

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The Marsh Road Mysteries.Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408876060
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. In Dogs and Doctors readers meet a group of children who are rather good at solving mysteries. Sylvie has to stay in hospital and on her first night Barry, the therapeutic dog, is...
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Jul 19 2017

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Lexi and Lettie Trusty Twin Detectives. Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780143784135
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Jul 19 2017

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Ill. by Kirsten Richards. Miniwings series. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781775434245
(Age: 6-8) Themes: Horses, Sisters, Internet, Problem Solving. Young Sophia and her sister Clara receive a special magical gift from their Nana, six colourful, little winged horses. At first, the...
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Jul 19 2017

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Ill. by Tina Snerling. EK, 2017 ISBN 9781925335439
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Jul 19 2017

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Black Dog Books, 2017. ISBN 9781925381184
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Sexuality, Coming out, Trans gender. In a society where male and female roles are delineated, someone growing up knowing they fit neither one nor the other will be highly confused and disorientated. So it is with...
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Jul 19 2017

Superstar Tapir by Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy

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Mango and Bambang, book 4. Walker Books, 2016. ISBN 9781406361490
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Jul 19 2017

Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon

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Ill. by David Yoon. Random House Children's Books, 2017. ISBN 9780552576482
(Age: 13+) Themes of romance, family relationships, illness. This is Nicola Yoon's debut novel; a touching romance between two young people wanting to experience love but it could be the death of one of...
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Jul 19 2017

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Penguin Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780141386300
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Jul 19 2017

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Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781408849736
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Jul 19 2017

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Walker Books, 2016. ISBN 9781406376210
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Jul 17 2017

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Ill. by Ambelin Kwaymullina. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781742991122
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Aboriginal themes, Grandparents, Solutions, Family, Imagination. When Grandpa wants to go to the park, Lily thinks up all the excuses in the world She tells him that the dog has eaten her...
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Jul 17 2017

The city bleeds gold by Lucy Saxon

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Tellus series book 3. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408847732
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Jul 17 2017

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Ill. by Heath McKenzie. Tiny Timmy series, book 5. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781743816509
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Jul 17 2017

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Starfish Bay Children's Books, 2017. ISBN 9781760360306
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Jul 17 2017

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Allen and Unwin, 2017. ISBN 9781760291464
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Jul 17 2017

Wimmera by Mark Brandi

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Hachette, 2017. ISBN 9780733638459
(Age: 16+) Recommended. The prologue to this story starts the mystery off - two young boys, after idling away time yabbying unsuccessfully in a country dam, explore into the bush further, and make an intriguing discovery. The story then moves to some...
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Jul 17 2017

Sci-Fi Junior High by John Martin and Scott Seegert

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Scholastic Australia, 2017. ISBN 9781743818046
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Jul 17 2017

Chicken Little by Oakley Graham

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Ill. by Kimberley Barnes. Big Sky Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925520026
(Age: 3-5) Themes: Folk Tales. Chickens, Heroes. Author Oakley Graham's retelling of the popular English folk tale Chicken Little introduces this story to a new audience. When Chicken Little walks through the...
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Jul 17 2017

The Whirlpool by Emily Larkin

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Ill. by Helene Magisson. Wombat Books, 2017. ISBN 9781925563047
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Jul 17 2017

May Tang: a new Australian by Katrina Beikoff

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A New Australian series. Omnibus, 2017. ISBN 9781742990743
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Jul 14 2017

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Penguin Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780143306535
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Jul 14 2017

The Blizzard Challenge by Bear Grylls

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Bear Grylls Adventures. Bear Grylls, Bonnier Publishing Company, 2017. ISBN 9781786960122
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Jul 14 2017

Hamish and the gravity burp by Danny Wallace

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Simon and Schuster, 2017. ISBN 9781471147128
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Jul 14 2017

Truly Tan: Trapped! by Jen Storer

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ABC Books, 2017. ISBN 9780733334122
(Age: 9-11) Themes: Friendship; Mystery; Child detectives. Tan is the youngest of four girls. Many girls would find this a difficult burden, but Tan is forthright and intelligent and able to solve mysteries. Her impressive powers of observation seeing...
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Jul 14 2017

Zombie goes to camp by Zack Zombie

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Diary of a Minecraft zombie book 6. Koala Books, 2017. ISBN 9781743818329
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Jul 12 2017

Wreck by Fleur Ferris

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Random House Australia, 2017. ISBN 9780143784319
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. Tamara Bennett is leaving her temporary job at the Coastal Daily, and is looking forward to Orientation Week at university. Interested in only reporting good news stories, she is looking forward to becoming a...
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Jul 12 2017

The adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408868058
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. The adventures of Miss Petitfour is a collection of short stories describing the adventures of a lovely lady and her cats - cats who like arts and crafts and a lady whose favourite mode of transport is a tablecloth...
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Jul 12 2017

Eric the postie by Matt Shanks

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Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781743811931
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Work. Postmen. Echidnas. Australian bush. Eric comes from a long line of successful echidnas. Photographs on the wall attest to the position some of his forebears attained: a judge, scientist and artist, even one batting...
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Jul 12 2017

Party time! by Anh Do

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Hot Dog! Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781760279011
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Jul 12 2017

When Mu meets Min by Shen Shixi

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Starfish Bay, 2017. ISBN 9781760360344
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Jul 12 2017

Squishy Taylor and the silver suitcase by Ailsa Wild

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Squishy Taylor. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017. ISBN 9781760128784
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Jul 12 2017

Ball Stars: Reppin' It by David Lawrence

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Penguin Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780143781677
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Jul 12 2017

Georgina: Holocaust memoirs by Gabriella Kovac

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Gabriella Kovac, 2016. ISBN 9780992338930
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Jul 12 2017

Winnie the Pooh: The Great Heffalump Hunt by Giles Andreae

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Egmont, 2017. ISBN 9781405278300
Piglet trotted happily beside his best friend Pooh.
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Jul 12 2017

Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Richard Jones

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Ill. by Libby Walden. Caterpillar, 2017. ISBN 9781848575462
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Jul 11 2017

Living on Hope Street by Demet Divaroren

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Allen and Unwin, 2017. ISBN 9781760292096
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. The book opens with Kane's voice telling the events of yet another night when his father has come home, late for dinner, drunk and ready to pick a fight. The night spins into violence, his mother ends up in...
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Jul 11 2017

Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

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Harper Collins, 2017. ISBN 9780008244521
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Finding Gobi is a gorgeous true story of loyalty, friendship and the lengths people go for their pets. Dion Leonard, an Englishman, is competing in the gruelling Gobi Desert marathon when he meets a homeless dog....
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Jul 11 2017

Little lunch: Triple the trouble by Danny Katz and Mitch Vane

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Black Dog Books, 2017. ISBN 9781925381825
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Jul 11 2017

Look out, Pink Piglet by Phil Cummings

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Ill. by Sarah Davis.Lothian Children's Books, 2017. ISBN 9780734417305
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Pigs. Farm animals. Fear. Overcoming fear. Bravery. Pink Piglet loves to explore his farmyard, climbing the hills, nudging some of the smaller animals, discovering new things, but one day he...
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Jul 11 2017

To the moon and back by Dianne Bates

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Big Sky, 2017. ISBN 9781925520293
(Age: 11+) What does a young eight year old girl do when her world is falling apart? This is exactly what happened to Claire when her mum announced that she is leaving her dad. As if that is not bad enough Claire discovers that her mum is planning to...
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Jul 11 2017

Eve and the griffin's gold by Jess Black

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Keeper of the crystals series. New Frontier Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925059830
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Keeper of the crystals: Eve and the griffin's gold is the story of mythical creatures, other worlds and the people who protect it all. To be a Crystal Keeper, you...
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Feb 02 2017

Literature to support the Science curriculum Foundation -7 by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678470
Highly recommended for educators. Subjects: Science curriculum; Fiction; Annotated bibliography. Fran Knight and Pat Pledger continue to write first-rate reference tools for teachers in primary school education, which focus on key curriculum...
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Jan 30 2017

Literature to support the Australian curriculum: HISTORY. Foundation - Year 10 by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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LinksPlus, revised 2016. ISBN 9781876678265
Highly recommended - for educators. Subjects: History curriculum; Fiction; Annotated bibliography. Fran Knight and Pat Pledger are committed to providing educators and librarians with excellent reference tools that support the Australian...
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Feb 21 2016

Fiction gems: Recommended fiction lists for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678456
Teacher reference. What a great resource for those charged with purchasing or recommending reading material for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. The Middle School aged reader can have specific interests or reading demands and keeping...
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