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May 31 2016

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

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Allen and Unwin, Australia, 2016. ISBN 9781760291891
(Age: 15+) Recommended. Wes and Corey have been friends for a long time, founded by their love of hating music and searching for music so good they can't hate on it. When they are booked into a summer jazz camp they quickly realise that due to the lack of females this is going to be a lame camp. Then they meet free spirited Ash, the stand out female in the whole camp. During a three hour jam session they soon realise together they have some talent and embark on The Haters, Summer of Hate World Tour 2016. What follows is an exciting, fun filled adventure across America in the world's smelliest car, which feels like there are scorpions built into the seat.
Jesse Andrews has written a coming of age story which is funny, a little wicked and with a heap of teenage wit thrown in. Even though there is a lot of comedy it also gives us serious topics, one being the relationships the three main characters have with their parents which helps understand the main characters. I love the referencing to bands and Youtube clips that feature throughout, and the dialogue Wes has when imagining or explaining conversations. I loved Jesse Andrew's style of writing especially the way he made me laugh out loud many times throughout the book. This book will appeal to those more mature teenage readers with a deviant sense of humour. If you loved Me and Earl and the dying girl (also written by Jesse Andrews), or John Green's Paper towns you will love this story.
Jody Holmes

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May 31 2016

The snow wombat by Susannah Chambers

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Ill. by Mark Jackson. Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760113810
This homage to the High Country in south east Australia shows off the environment, both natural and man-made, its flora and fauna and those who live there. I was struck as I read at the range of indigenous and introduced...
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May 31 2016

This girl that girl by Charlotte Lance

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Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760291709
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Difference. Neighbours. Families. Living next door to each other, two girls cannot be more different. This girl is neat and tidy, with neatly combed hair, tied up shoelaces and neat clothes, while that girl has every which...
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May 30 2016

The royal baby's big red bus tour of London by Martha Mumford

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Ill. by Ada Grey. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408868966
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. London, Royal family, Great Britain, Babies. After the success of the first three books devoted to the offspring of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Shh don't wake the royal baby, Happy...
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May 30 2016

The family with two front doors by Anna Ciddor

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Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781925266641
(Age: 8+) Anna Ciddor, a prolific and popular Australian author, has written a warm and amusing recollection of her grandmother's childhood in Lublin, Poland in 1920.
The Jewish family of nine children rent two apartments alongside each...
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May 30 2016

The next together by Lauren James

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Walker Books, 2015. ISBN 9781406358056
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Kate Finchley and Matt Galloway have started to fall in love during the year 2039 whilst both attending University of Nottingham Campus, England. The peculiar thing isn't that they have both just met but the feeling that they...
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May 30 2016

Milo: a moving story by Tohby Riddle

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Allen and Unwin, 2016. ISBN 9781760111632
(Age: 6+) Recommended. Friends, City life, Relationships. A picture book for older readers, the title alerts readers to the double meaning of the story, particularly when the cover illustration shows Milo and his kennel perched precariously on top...
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May 30 2016

Series set in Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb

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Harper Collins, various dates.
(Age: 15+) Highly recommended. Books set in the Realm of the Elderlings by Robin Hobb have grabbed my reading time over the last few weeks - and are fabulous for readers who enjoy epic fantasy. Although...
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May 26 2016

The war of the four isles by Andrew McGahan

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Ship Kings series, Book 3. Allen and Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781760291693
(Age: Junior secondary) Young readers have a treat in store when award winning author, Andrew McGahan, turns his hand to adolescent fiction. It is a pleasure to share his skill with words, which makes his young...
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May 26 2016

Eve and Elly by Mike Dumbleton

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Ill. by Laura Wood. Random House, 2016. ISBN 9780857988515
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Loss. Toys. Family. Eve simply loves her pet stuffed elephant, Elly. She takes him with her wherever she goes, clutching him tightly under her arm. When they go on holiday, Elly goes too, and sits on the...
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May 25 2016

MARTians by Blythe Woolston

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Walker Books, 2016. ISBN 9781406341393
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Consumerism. Dystopian fiction. Zoe Zindleman has been abandoned by her mother and the government has shut down her school. She is given the opportunity to start work at ALLMART, where 'your smile is the AllMART welcome mat'....
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May 25 2016

Marmaduke the very popular dragon by Rachel Valentine

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Ill. by Ed Eaves. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408862667
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Friendship, Dragons, Medieval times. A sequel to Marmaduke the very different dragon (2014), this one has friendship as its core theme, as Meg and Marmaduke again do everything together. The two are...
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May 25 2016

The words in my hand by Guinevere Glasfurd

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Two Roads, 2016. ISBN 9781473617865
(Age: 16+) Highly recommended for mature readers. Themes: Philosophy; Education of women; Rene Descartes; Relationships. Weaving together the story of Rene Descartes with the young maid with whom he has a relationship, the reader gets an insight into...
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May 24 2016

Gary by Leila Rudge

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Walker Books, 2016. ISBN 9781925081695
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Birds. Adventure. Maps. Difference. Gary the pigeon cannot fly, so sits at home when the others are taken in the basket to a place far away to compete in a pigeon race and return home. Gary loves hearing their stories...
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May 24 2016

Horses: Fun facts and amazing stories by Dianne Bates

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Ill. by Sophie Scahill. Awesome animals 3. Big Sky Publishing, 2016. ISBN 9781925275858
(Age: 8+) Horses. Horsemanship. Horses: Fun facts and amazing stories is a compendium and a celebration of all things horse! Dianne Bates has sourced an amazing array of horse facts,...
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May 24 2016

The turners by Mick Elliott

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Lothian; 2015. ISBN 9780734416629
(Age: Junior secondary) Mick Elliott, award winning Nickelodeon producer, takes us on a rollicking ride into a fantastic world of weirdness.
Leo Lennox, a typical thirteen year old, sits in the school library, admiring his attractive classmate,...
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May 24 2016

Taking turns by Lisa Kerr

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Cheeky Monkey manners. The Five Mile Press, 2016. ISBN 9781760402662
(Ages: 2-5) Recommended. This is another in the Cheeky Monkey manners series (Please, Thank you, Sorry, Excuse me, Listening) and one of many in the Cheeky Monkey...
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May 14 2016

Interview with Michael Grant

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Bestselling YA author Michael Grant is in Australia and New Zealand to promote Front Lines, the first book in his blockbuster new...
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Feb 22 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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