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Nov 26 2014

Look and See by Shane Morgan

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Magabala Books, 2014. ISBN 9781922142221.
Highly recommended for emerging readers or your kids who may be struggling with reading. What a delightful Early Reader book this is! Apparently first released 1999, this a super picture book with simple text and striking illustrations for beginning readers. Earthy colours and an array of Australian native fauna are combined to give the developing young reader a resonant reading experience. This is the Australian version of those wonderful PM Early Readers my Year 1s thrived on many years ago. The rhyming text is not complex but also never dull.
Shane Morgan, can you please do some more?
I love the simple and repetitive but not 'same' text and I adore the stylised illustrations with the echoed colours.
If you have Preppies, children challenged to read or young disengaged readers, this is a terrific book - and I do hope to see more.
Sue Warren

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Nov 26 2014

The unexpected crocodile by Kim Kane

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Ill. by Sara Acton. Allen and Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781760111731
(Ages: 5+) Recommended. Picture book, Paperback edition, Cautionary tale. The glorious scene of the unexpected crocodile turning up to Peggy's place to join the family for dinner, will entice readers into this book. With his...
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Nov 25 2014

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

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Hodder and Stoughton, 2014. ISBN 9781444760774
(Age: Adult - Senior secondary) Recommended. 'People, Caroline thought were like houses. They could open their doors. You could walk through their rooms and touch the objects hidden in their corners. But something - the structure, the...
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Nov 25 2014

Tim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky

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Ill. by Andrew Joyner. Penguin, 2014. ISBN 9780670074631
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Siblings, Twins, Similarities, Difference, Independence. Twin koalas, Tim and Ed are the same. they have the same faces, arms, legs and noses. They look at their father and wonder why there is only one...
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Nov 25 2014

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team by Scott Prince and Dave Hartley

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Magabala Books, 2014. ISBN 9781922142184
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Dylan is 11 and has moved from Mt Isa to Brisbane as a result of his mum's new job. On his first day of school, Dylan tries to help a boy being bullied when he is attacked as well. Unfortunately, Dylan is cursed and...
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Nov 25 2014

Santa's Outback Secret by Mike Dumbleton

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Ill. by Tom Jellett. Random House, 2014. ISBN 9780857982254
(Age: Preschool - Yr 3) It is just a couple of weeks before Christmas and Santa is very busy carefully reading his Christmas mail. But when he opens a letter from Ben, he pauses and thinks and reads it again and again. For Ben...
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Nov 25 2014

Cartboy goes to camp by L.A. Campbell

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Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743317754
(Ages: 8-12) Hal Rifkind, a.k.a. Cartboy, returns in this second title in the series. Hal's dad is sending him to summer camp at Camp Jamestown, the only problem being that this is a history camp, where nothing has changed for 400 years. Of...
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Nov 25 2014

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

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Heart of dread series, bk 1. Orchard, 2014. ISBN 9781408334669
(Age: 15+) Post-Apocalyptic fiction. Gambling. Dystopia. Adventure. Natasha Kestal is trying to get out of New Vegas, a city now covered in ice, but still a place where crowds come to the casino in a desperate bid to...
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Nov 25 2014

Chu's First Day at School by Neil Gaiman

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Ill. by Adam Rex. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408847039
It is Chu's first day at school, and like every new-starter he is worried that the others won't like and they won't be friendly. He is somewhat dismayed when his teacher asks them all to share their names and something they are...
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Nov 24 2014

Sunker's Deep by Lian Tanner

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The Hidden series, bk 2. Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN: 9781743435427
(Age 8+) Recommended. Screaming mobs rampaged through the streets, determined to destroy the machines that they blamed for all the wrongs in the world. They smashed automobiles and typewriters, omnibuses and...
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Nov 24 2014

Ice Breaker by Lian Tanner

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The Hidden series, bk 1. Allen & Unwin, 2013. ISBN: 9781543314340
(Age: 8+) Recommended. 'Don't worry,' she whispered, 'I won't let 'em throw you overboard. You're not really sick, are you? This is prob'ly the worst of it already. You'll be up and skipping around by the end...
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Nov 24 2014

Willy's stories by Anthony Browne

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Walker Books, 2014. ISBN 9781406351613
(Age: All) Highly recommended. Reading, Books, Classics. Anthony Browne recreates images from ten classic tales in this delightful new publication. Each double page has Willy as the hero, placed in a desperate situation that children will adore....
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Nov 24 2014

Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus

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Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471404092
(Age: Senior secondary). McManus sets his narrative in a small town in Ireland where we are introduced to our hero, 17 year old Aidan, whose world is far from perfect. He has become a victim of the schoolyard jungle, subject to physical, verbal and...
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Nov 24 2014

Harvey Drew and the Bling Bots by Cas Lester

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Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471402487
(Age: 9+) Higly recommended. 'Multi-coloured chunder' and 'speckled vomit' are just 2 of the outcries that will get children reading in this novel! 11 year old Harvey Drew is the space captain of the grossest rubbish collecting space ship known as...
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Nov 24 2014

'Shouldn't you be in school?' by Lemony Snicket

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All the Wrong Questions series, bk 3. Hardie Grant, 2014. ISBN 9781742972985
This book, part three in an exciting mystery quartet, left me wanting to catch up on the previous two instalments. Though this book stands alone with some questions answered at the end,...
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Nov 24 2014

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

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Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471403040
(Age: 13+) Recommended. The second book following Suite Scarlett, finds Scarlett Martin acting as Mrs Amberson's assistant, racing around New York looking after Chelsea, a...
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Nov 24 2014

Regal Beagle by Vijay Khurana

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Random House, 2014. ISBN 9780857983701
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. The Queen of the land has died and there isn't a family member to take her place. The Royal Scrolls say the crown is to be passed on to the Queen's best friend and so our story begins. The Queen's best friend is a dog,...
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Nov 21 2014

The memory tree by Britta Teckentrup

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Hachette, 2014. ISBN 9781408326343
(Ages 2-8) Highly recommended. Every now and then a book comes along that is beautifully presented and brings with it a message that every child should have the chance to read and discuss. On the first page, 'He looked at his beloved forest one last...
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Nov 21 2014

William Shakespeare's Henry V, retold by Robert Swindells

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Shakespeare today series. Bloomsbury, 2010. ISBN 9781408123966
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Retelling. Shakespeare. English history.
For the series Shakespeare today, Bloomsbury has commissioned writers to retell the stories of the bard to be accessible to a younger modern...
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Nov 21 2014

The anti-boredom book of brilliant things to do by Andy Seed

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ll. by Scott Garrett. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408850763
(Ages 5-10 ) Recommended. There is no doubt that The anti-boredom book of brilliant things to do is a great cure for boredom on a long drive. It has great quizzes, jokes, facts and 'think of as many things as you can think...
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Nov 21 2014

Mr Darcy and the Christmas pudding by Alex Field

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Ill. by Peter Carnavas. Mr Darcy series. New Frontier, 2014. ISBN 9781925059137
(Age: 3-6) Christmas. Mr Darcy, and Mr Darcy and the dancing duck precede this book with the same main character, encouraging younger readers to delight in this series of stories with a...
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Nov 21 2014

Every day is Malala Day by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International

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Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781760110536
(Age: 3+) Who does not recognise the name and know the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 15 year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban on October 9, 2012, for speaking out publicly about the right of girls to have an education? Flown...
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Nov 20 2014

How are you feeling today? by Molly Potter

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Ill. by Sarah Jennings. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781472906090
(Ages: 4-10) Everything we do and every thought we have comes with a feeling. Sometimes those feelings feel good and sometimes they feel nasty. How are you feeling today attempts to assist with discussion and deeper...
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Nov 20 2014

Race to the end of the world by A.L. Tait

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The Mapmaker Chronicles. bk 1. Hachette, 2014. ISBN 9780734415776
(Age: 10-15) Highly recommended.
'In the meantime, though, he might as well try to enjoy the fact that he'd be doing exactly what he loved for three months. Reading. Writing. Learning.
How bad could it...
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Nov 20 2014

Come count with me! by Marika Wilson

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Allen and Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743313435
Come count with me! is the first picture book produced by Indigenous artist Marika Wilson. Published in conjunction with the Little Big Book Club it will be a popular book to share with younger preschoolers.
The joyous picture on the...
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Nov 20 2014

Wrestling Trolls: The Giant Rumble by Jim Eldridge

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Ill. By Jan Bielecki. Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471402630
Whilst I am not a wrestling fan, I am a fan of the idea that students can see their suggestions, as strange and interesting as they can be, combined into a funny story and published by a successful author. What a great way to...
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Nov 20 2014

The mystery of the midnight crunch by Simon Mitchell

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Ill. by James Davis. Five Mile Press, 2014. ISBN 9781743467251
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Crime. Mystery, Animals.
Mrs Hopper is convinced that she has a monster in her house. He comes out at night, and raids the kitchen eating the food, and leaving the room in a dreadful mess. The...
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Nov 20 2014

Macavity by T. S. Eliot

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Ill. by Arthur Robins. Faber & Faber, 2014. ISBN 9780571312122
(Age: All) In 1939, T.S. Eliot wrote his iconic Old Possum's book of practical cats which became the foundation for Andrew Lloyd Webber's...
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Nov 19 2014

Escape from Wolfhaven Castle by Kate Forsyth

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The Impossible Quest : bk 1. Scholastic Australia, 2014. ISBN 9781743624067
(Age: 9-12) Recommended. Escape from Wolfhaven Castle is the introductory book in this new series from Scholastic. Set in a fantasy world of castles, lords and ladies, knights and squires not to...
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Nov 19 2014

The Nights Before Christmas ill. by Tony Ross

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Koala Books, 2014. ISBN 9781742761404
As December begins what better way to herald the coming of Christmas than to share, each night, or day, a classic story of the season as each door of the Advent calendar is opened.
The Nights Before Christmas collection features a variety...
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Nov 19 2014

The Ministry of Ghosts by Alex Shearer

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Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471403880
Do ghosts exist? Can it be proven? The Ministry of Ghosts is on the case . . . or is it? This is an adventure that 'creeps up on you softly and taps you on the shoulder'.
In an obsure building, in an out of the way place called Bric-a- Brac...
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Nov 19 2014

The Raven's wing by Frances Watts

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Harper Collins, 2014. ISBN 9780733332913
(Age: 13+) Set in Imperial Rome under the reign of Caesar, this story opens with Claudia, the central character and narrator being abducted during the night before her wedding day.
Consideration and analysis of power is evident on various...
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Nov 19 2014

State of Grace by Hilary Badger

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Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014. ISBN: 9781760120382
Recommended. Wren lives in utopia. Her world is perfect. The trees laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is crystal clear. Wren and her friends live in paradise, what more could they want? Wren starts having strange and somewhat...
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Nov 19 2014

The Wild One by Sonya Hartnett

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Ill. by Lucia Masciullo. Penguin/Viking, 2014. ISBN 9780670076970
(Age: F-12) Charlie met the wild one when he was young. His kite got stuck in the branches of the tree and there, sitting on the bough beside it is a barefoot, slightly dishevelled little boy - looking remarkably like...
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