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Oct 20 2014

Heap House written and illustrated by Edward Carey

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Iremonger trilogy, book 1. Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781471401572
(Age: 13+) Highly recommended. All those escaped objects were rushing pell-mell in the same direction. They were skittering, thumping, crashing along the cellar walls, all speeding the same way. All hurrying to the same meeting. To the Gathering itself. But some of them did not make it, some of them tumbling forward suddenly grew larger, changed shape. A kettle skittering along, rolling, rolling, stopped being a kettle at each turn grew bigger and greyer and became all of a sudden an old woman in a filthy floral print dress, thick legs, she sat there upon the ground and screamed and screamed.
Clod Is an Iremonger. He lives in Heap House, a mixture of other houses, buildings, castles and mysteries all squashed together.
The Iremongers are a cruel and hard family in charge of the heaps. But Clod is different. He can hear objects talking. All they ever say is a name. Clod's bath plug says 'James Henry Hayward'; Cousin Tummis' tap squeaks 'Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson' and something in the attic angrily shouts 'Robert Burrington'.
Then Lucy Pennant arrives at Heap House. The Iremongers start growing restless. The objects whispering is getting louder, more gatherings are occurring and the objects are starting to change . . . and move.
Something is about to be revealed that could rip Clod's world apart and threaten the safety of everything he's ever known.
I would recommend this novel to male children 13 and over, as some scenes are quite gruesome and descriptive. This novel's storyline is original and the way Edward Carey describes and illustrates the novel is splendid.
Jazmin H. (Student, Year 7)

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The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

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Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781471404344
(Age: Older teens) High school senior Nolan Hotchkiss is one of those lucky kids - handsome, rich and a self-centered bully who walks all over the other students. No one can touch him and no one wants to try . . . Until now. Five girls - Ava,...
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Oct 20 2014

The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: Have pen, will travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

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Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408855973
(Age: 7-12 years) Recommended. At last, a series in the vein of Tom Gates and Eric Vale, with a female protagonist Ellie McDougal, or McDoodle as her friends call her because of her love of drawing.
Ellie's parents have left town for a family...
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Oct 20 2014

Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

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Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408858370
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Penguins, Animals, Friendship, Seasons. For an introduction to the seasons, particularly autumn, this book is a treat, as Penguin, seen in three other books by Yoon,  Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on holiday...
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Oct 20 2014

Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells

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Emilie, bk 1. Strange Chemistry, 2013. ISBN 9781908844484
(Age: 11-14) This is Martha Wells' first book for the young adult audience but it could equally be enjoyed by upper primary readers. Emilie is a 16 year old girl who runs away from an intolerable situation in her uncle's...
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Oct 17 2014

Literature to Support the Geography Curriculum by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2014. ISBN: 9781876678418
(Teacher reference) Highly recommended. Following the same layout as their previous Australian Curriculum publications, the...
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Oct 17 2014

The Graveyard Book volume 2 by Neil Gaiman

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Graphic adaptation by P. Craig Russell. Ill. by David Lafuente, P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan, Galen Showman. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408859001
(Age:Upper primary+) Volume 2 of the graphic version of The Graveyard Bookfollows on from the first, again showcasing...
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Oct 17 2014

The story of World War One by Richard Brassey

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Orion Children's Books, 2014. ISBN 9781444010855
The Centenary of World War One beginning this year has given rise to a plethora of books remembering a variety of events and battles. This offering aims to give a simple overview explaining this complex piece of history.
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Oct 17 2014

Spirit Animals: Fire and Ice by Shannon Hale

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Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743620014
(Age: 7-12) Recommended. Fire and Ice is the fourth book in the Spirit Animal series following the adventures of four chosen youngsters their Greencloak guide, Tarik, in their quest to obtain the talismans of the Great beasts and save...
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Oct 17 2014

Edith Cowan: A quiet woman of note by Hazel Edwards

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Ill. by Angela Grzegrzolka. New Frontier, 2014. ISBN 9781925059021
Edith Cowan's face graces one side of the fifty dollar note but most would not be aware of her past and the reforms she was able to introduce. Known as the first woman elected to any Australian Parliament, she served the...
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Oct 16 2014

Pathfinder by Angie Sage

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A Todhunter Moon adventure. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408858158
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Angie Sage's highly anticipated Pathfinder delivers an exciting twist on the popular fantasy genre. The novel's storyline is both crazily unique and compelling as the author...
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Oct 16 2014

The Name at the End of the Ladder by Elena De Roo

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Walker Books, 2014. ISBN 9781922244475
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended for readers from 9-12 years. Win the game to choose your name and free the players who remain. Twelve year old September's life is about to drastically change as she is caught up in the evil schemes of Madame Alcina and...
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Oct 16 2014

Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault, retold by Margrete Lamond

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Ill. by Anna Pignataro. Little Hare Books, 2014. ISBN 9781921894879
(Age: 4+) Fairy Tales, Little Red Riding Hood. As the heading, 'Once upon a timeless tale' is above the title on the front cover, I hope there are more of these in the pipeline. The unusual illustrations and lively...
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Oct 16 2014

Hello from Nowhere by Raewyn Caisley and Karen Blair

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Viking/Penguin, 2014. ISBN 9780670075003
(Age: K-3) Far out in the middle of nowhere, the back of beyond, even beyond the black stump lives Eve - and she thinks it is the best place in the world to live. Even though it is so desolate and distant, she's never lonely because there are all...
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Oct 16 2014

Stuff Happens: Ned by Andrew Daddo

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Penguin, 2014. ISBN: 9780143308096
When Ned is late for his first day in year 5, he feels that he is going to be off to a bad start, despite mum telling him that 'no-one gets in trouble on the first day of school'. Discovering that his teacher for the year is to be Ms Lucas, the 'dragon...
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Oct 15 2014

Sandy feet by Nicky Buick

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University of Queensland Press, 2014. ISBN 9780702253157
(Age: 14+) On an extended holiday along the coast of Northern Queensland, 16 year old Hunter struggles to get along with his family in the close confines of car travel and tent camping. His greatest irritation is Brad, a man who is...
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Oct 15 2014

My rhino plays the xylophone by Graham Denton

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Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781472904560
(Age: 5+) Recommended. Poetry, Rhymes, Read aloud. What a treat! I can imagine kids of all ages laughing hysterically at these poems. Older kids will groan at the puns and pretend they are not amused, but everyone, including adults will get quite a...
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Oct 15 2014

Counterfeit Love by Julie Fison

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Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014. ISBN 9781742977386
Recommended for ages 13+ (senior school) The ambitious Lucy Yang has arrived in Hong Kong in hopes of making it as a TV news anchor before she's 21. She has no time for boys, especially when it comes to relationships and love. So when she is...
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Oct 15 2014

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

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In Death bk 39. Piatkus, 2014. ISBN 9780349403670
(Age: Adult) Crime. In the 39th book featuring Eve Dallas, J.D. Robb once again comes up with an entertaining murder mystery. This time Eve is not just dealing with the death of an unlikeable personal trainer, Trey Ziegler, who...
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Oct 15 2014

Stuff Happens: Jack by Tony Wilson

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Penguin, 2014. ISBN: 9780143308225
Having forgotten to keep a ball on the oval to play with at recess time, Jack invents the game 'You Play, You Pay'. Despite the fact the school rules have banned games involving tackling; it somehow creeps into the rules for Jack's new game. When Fadi...
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Oct 14 2014

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil

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Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014. ISBN 9781742978307
(Age 13+) Highly recommended. Alba lives in Eden Valley. She and her friends have finished high school and the future stretches in front of them. Alba loves working in the bakery but she also loves drawing comics. She doesn't know what she...
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Oct 14 2014

Olive Marshmallow by Kate Saunders

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The Five Mile Press, 2014. ISBN 9781760061265
(Age: Preschool) Recommended. Siblings, Babies, Family. When Archie notices his mum getting bigger and the predominance of frilly pink things coming into the house, he wonders what is happening. Mum shows him a scan, although the has no idea...
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Oct 14 2014

Intruder by Christine Bongers

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Woolshed Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780857983763.
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended.
'I don't walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead. Which makes it hard . . . because she was the one who came running when I screamed.'
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Oct 14 2014

Plenty by Ananda Braxton-Smith

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Black Dog Books, 2014. ISBN 9781742032429.
(Ages: 7-12) Recommended. This is an uplifting story which brings into focus the feelings of dislocation, homelessness and home sickness from the perspective of a child moving house within Australia and marrying it to the experience of refugees...
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Oct 13 2014

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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Electric Monkey, 2014. ISBN 9781405276221.
(Ages:13+) Highly Recommended. Fantasy, Paranormal, Thriller. Mara awakes in a field of dead grass and is surrounded by yellow mist. She has no recollection or memory of where she is or if she is even alive. A church temple is nearby and she is...
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Oct 13 2014

The Rescue Ark by Susan Hall

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Ill. by Naomi Zouwer. National Library Publishing, 2014. ISBN: 9780642278104
Highly recommended for readers from 4-7 and for Early Years classes. Susan Hall's rhyming story introduces the concepts of endangered and vulnerable Australian animals and their need to be rescued from...
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Oct 13 2014

Defector by Susanne Winnacker

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Hodder Children's Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781444916188
(Age: Teen) As a Variant, Tessa is able to absorb DNA of anyone she comes into contact with and is able to mimic their appearance. She is trained to use her power as an agent of the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch...
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Oct 13 2014

Christmas in Australia by John Williamson

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Penguin, 2014. ISBN 9780670077724.
(Age: 4 to adult) Humour, Christmas.I am surprised that a CD is not included in this book, as I really felt that I needed to hear the song sung to give me an idea of the scan and rhyme. So I went onto Youtube, and ...
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Oct 10 2014

Being Jack by Susanne Gervay

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Ill. by Cathy Wilcox. Harper Collins, 2014. ISBN 9780732296148
Highly recommended for readers from 10-12 years and as a class novel. Family Life. School Life. Friendships. Bullying.
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Oct 10 2014

How I AM JACK began

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By Susanne Gervay
I've had an extraordinary journey with my four I AM JACK books. I had no idea I was writing a series. If I did I would have baulked at taking 14 years to complete the 4 books. It has to be one of the longest series written.
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Oct 10 2014

A history of the book in 100 books by Roderick Cave

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Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743317143.
(Age: Secondary - Professional) Since reliable and affordable access to the internet became readily available to most, we have heard cries that 'The book is dead!'; 'It's all online so you don't need books!'; and 'Empty your library's shelves...
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Oct 10 2014

The princess and the presents by Caryl Hart

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Ill. by Sarah Warburton. Nosy Crow, 2014. ISBN 9780857632609.
(Age: Preschool - Yr 3). It's Princess Ruby's birthday soon and according to her father the King, nothing is too much for his spoilt, pampered daughter who is an entitled, obnoxious brat. 'My special day must be the BEST. Or...
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Oct 10 2014

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Rising star by David Hartley and Scott Prince

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Magabala Books, 2014. ISBN 9781922142504.
(Age: Middle Primary) Deadly D and his friend Justice Jones are back again in another deadly adventure - this time not only with the footy flavour but an alien angle as well. David Hartley and Scott Prince have teamed up once more to provide...
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