ReadPlus is a collection of selected books and films arranged under themes. This web site provides lists, reviews and resources for librarians, teachers and parents about books for young people aged 5 to 18.
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Jul 30 2015

Under My Skin by James Dawson

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Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN: 9781471402968
(Age: 13+) Highly recommended. 'You have changed me so much and, here's the thing: I needed to change. Before you I thought I was weak scared and uncertain . . . You made me see I was wrong. You made me realise I could do things I never thought I could do.'
James Dawson writes teen Horror with great skill and this book is no exception. It is difficult to put this book down as the writer skilfully draws the reader into the sinister and terrifying world Sally encounters.
Sally Feather is 17 years old. She is shy and lives with parents who keep her world cloistered and safe. Sally gets straight A's in school and has a beautiful singing voice. She finds High School to be a complete nightmare. She's not an A-Lister, a Hot Jock, or a Band member, she belongs to the waifs and strays. Sally wants more. Inside Sally is a wild child looking to escape. Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo? A tattoo can be a very special secret for a shy teenager. This story has Sally, one afternoon after school, finding herself in a Tattoo Parlour and leaving with a truly beautiful American pin-up girl on her lower back. The girl is sexy, daring and dangerous and Sally's life will never be the same. Then the reader meets Molly Sue. At first Molly Sue seems to be a likeable character, however some incidents begin to build an unease in the reader and take on a sinister glow.
This is more than a horror story as it cleverly layers the issues of abusive relationships, cyber bullying, friendship, jealousy, anorexia and self-image through this gripping tale. The book is engaging from beginning to end as Sally transforms in confidence, rebelliousness and strength. Her strength is never more evident than in the dramatic conclusion.
Linda Guthrie

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Jul 30 2015

New Boy by Nick Earls

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Puffin Books, 2015. ISBN 9780143308393
(Age: 10+) Nick Earls is a popular award-winning author whose recent novel New Boy tells the story of Herschelle, a South African boy of Dutch ancestry. Upon arriving in Australia with his family, Herschelle unexpectedly discovers he will 'have to...
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Jul 30 2015

The Drowned Kingdom by Kate Forsyth

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The Impossible Quest bk 4. Scholastic Australia, 2015.ISBN: 9781743624098
(Age: 10+) Fans of this fantasy adventure will be pleased to see this next instalment which gives us more information about Quinn's past and sheds some light on the motivation behind the original invasion...
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Jul 29 2015

Storm Rescue by Darrel and Sally Odgers

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Ill. by Janine Dawson. Pup Patrol bk 3. Scholastic Australia, 2015. ISBN 9781743623015
(Age: 6-8 years) Recommended. Storm Rescue is the third book in the Pup Patrol Series by the same authors who bought us the delightful Jack Russell: Dog Detective and Pet...
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Jul 29 2015

Almost Grace by Rosie Rowell

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Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN 9781471401275
(Age: 14+) Recommended. 'I will support and love you through whatever it is that is causing you anxiety but I will not follow you down this road of self-destruction.'
This book, the story of Grace, is set in South Africa. There...
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Jul 29 2015

Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway by Max Braillier

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Ill. by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley. Simon & Schuster, 2015. ISBN: 9781471123122
From The Wimpy Kid to Captain Underpants there has been a surge in books featuring both text and cartoon styled pictures. Some are easier to read than others. Cosmoe's...
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Jul 28 2015

Faking it by Gabrielle Tozer

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HarperCollins, 2015. ISBN: 9780732297060
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. 'My name is Josie Browning, I'm eighteen years old and I'm a fake ... but I don't want to be any more.'
This is the sequel to 'Intern', but can read as a single book. This was a great read and has the reader...
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Jul 28 2015

The Possum Magic Cookbook compiled by Gina Inverarity and Celia Jellett

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Ill. by Julie Vivas. Omnibus/Scholastic, 2015. ISBN: 9781742991214
(Age: 6+) Highly recommended. Grandma Poss is back with a collection of fabulous Australian recipes for well known and loved food. All the favourites are gathered here: Under the section Savouries can be found...
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Jul 28 2015

The Big Wish by Brandon Robshaw

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Chicken House, 2015. ISBN: 9781908435897
(Age: 9+) Recommended. Themes: Humour, Friendship, Wishes. Eleven year old Sam's life is about to change radically. The holidays are over and he's all set to start at Mary Seacole Comprehensive school, new uniform, new bag and school supplies....
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Jul 28 2015

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Ill. by Quentin Blake. Puffin. 2015. ISBN 9780141341248
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Themes: Family Life, Good and Evil, Telekenisis, School. Roald Dahl's Matilda has been brought to life on the stage. All the well known characters are there, the all singing, all dancing the naughty...
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Jul 27 2015

Catalyst by Helen Coggan

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2015. ISBN: 9781444794670
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. Helen Coggan began this novel at the age of 13 and has now published her first novel at the age of 15. Her interview with BBC can be viewed...
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Jul 27 2015

Second Life by S.J Watson

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Text, 2015. ISBN 9781922079251
(Age: Adult) Recommended. S.J. Watson is the author of the best seller Before I Go To Sleep and he likes to put a twist in his novels that leaves the reader gasping in surprise and scrambling back through the novel to look for the clues missed in the...
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Jul 27 2015

Scream: The Spider Army by Jack Heath

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Scholastic, 2015. ISBN: 9781760152093
(Age 9 - 12)Recommended. Themes: Spiders - Fiction, Mysteries and Suspense Stories, School Stories. Scream: The Spider Army by Jack Heath delivers the same level of creepiness, shocks and scares that Scream: The Human Flytrap did...
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Jul 27 2015

Found and Made The Art of Upcycling: Activities to turn your trash into treasure by Lisa Holzl

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Walker Books, 2015. ISBN: 9781922179098
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Nonfiction. Subjects: Art - found materials, Recycling, Crafts. Lisa Holzl is an accomplished artist who runs a children's and adults' workshops at The BakeHouse in Marrickville, Sydney. This is another enjoyable and...
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Jul 24 2015

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

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Electric Monkey, 2015. ISBN 9781405273428
(Age: 16+) Highly recommended. On cover: Warning: Contains explicit content. Themes: Refugees, Cloning. Genetics. Genetic engineering. 15 year old Ariel is a refugee from the Middle East. He had hidden in a refrigerator when his village was...
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Jul 24 2015

The very noisy bear by Nick Bland

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Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9781743627853
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Bears, Noise, Musical instruments, Neighbours. When Bear is awakened one day during hibernation, he asks the sheep if perhaps they would tone down their noise, but instead is asked to stay and play. He is given a range...
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Jul 24 2015

Summer Rain by Ros Moriarty

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Ill. by Balarinji. Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781760112110
(Age: Junior primary) Themes: Aboriginal environment; Weather. Summer Rain is a bright picture book that reveals the transformation of the rainy season in Northern Australia. There is a simple text, written in a lovely poetic...
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