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Mar 27 2017

The summer seaside kitchen by Jenny Colgan

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Little, Brown, 2017. ISBN 9780751564808
(Age: 16+) Recommended. Romance. Scotland. Environment. This is the first book that I have read by Jenny Colgan, a Sunday Times top ten bestselling author, and I found it immensely enjoyable. Flora is living in London, trying to cope with her job and city living and crushing on her boss, Joel. When she is asked to go back to Mure, the isolated Scottish island where she grew up and where people refuse to forget her past, she is uncertain but knows that she can't refuse. Her firm's rich client wants to stop a wind farm spoiling his view and her boss thinks that she can influence what happens on the island with her insider knowledge of people and their motivations.
Arriving back home, Flora has much to contend with - her father seems to have grown smaller and more introverted and her three brothers aren't very happy. Soon she finds herself immersed in family life and the discovery of her mother's recipe books leads to a love of cooking and also the opening of a little shop on the harbour.
Although essentially a romance, Colgan keeps the reader guessing about who Flora will end up with and the background of the island's politics and personalities play an important part in Flora's realisation of where she wants her future to lead.
The wonderful setting of a quiet Scottish island adds interest as its inhabitants struggle to keep their young people on the island and try to ensure that the millionaire building a resort actually employs some of the islanders.
This is a feel good book, peopled with relatable characters and events. Its warmth and uplifting plot made it very readable. I will certainly follow this author in the future when I want to enjoy a good escapist romance.
Pat Pledger



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Alice-Miranda holds the key by Jacqueline Harvey

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Alice-Miranda series bk 15. Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780143780700
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Mar 27 2017

Millie loves ants by Jackie French

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Ill. by Sue deGennaro. Angus & Robertson, 2017. ISBN 9781460751787
(Age: 5+) Recommended. Echidnas. Ants. Australian animals. Verse story. Families. Millie the echidna just loves ants and the narrator of the story follows her everywhere, as she enjoys finding ants to eat in the most...
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Mar 27 2017

I'm Australian too by Mem Fox

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Ill. by Ronojoy Ghosh. Scholastic (Omnibus) 2017. ISBN 9781760276218
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Refugees, Inclusivity, Multiculturalism, Verse. In rhyming stanzas Mem Fox outlines to small children the range of people who make up Australia. The verses rhyme easily and could be readily...
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Mar 27 2017

Little Chicken Chickabee by Janeen Brian and Danny Snell

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Raising Literacy Australia, 2016. ISBN 9780994385338
Crickle, scratch, crackle, hatch - four little chicks pop from their eggs of proud Mother Hen. Each one cheeps as expected except for Number 4 who says, "Chickabee." This startles Mother Hen and the other chicks who insist that "Cheep"...
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Mar 27 2017

Big Bash League series by Michael Panckridge

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Penguin Random House Australia, 2016.
Switch Hit Showdown. ISBN 9780143782193
Captain's Clash. ISBN 9780143782216
Double Delivery. ISBN 9780143782230
Bowling Blitz. ISBN 9780143782254
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Mar 22 2017

This is my song by Richard Yaxley

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Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781760276140
(Age: 12+) Recommended. Jews. Holocaust. Czeck Republic. Canada. Music. In the 1940's Rafael Ullman is sent to Terezin, a Jewish ghetto, with his family. His father was a professor in German Literature at Prague University but this did not save him...
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Mar 22 2017

I'm going to eat this ant by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408869901
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Ants. Anteater. Food. Cooking. Anteater is hungry. He is sick of licking up wriggly, squirmy ants, but he is hungry. He puts all of his efforts into just one ant - the trouble is that it is the wrong ant. This ant is...
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Mar 22 2017

Echoes in death by J.D. Robb

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In death bk 44. Little, Brown, 2017. ISBN 9780349410869
(Age: Adult) Murder. Fans of J.D. Robb will be thrilled with the 44th book in this series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her cohort of helpers, including gorgeous husband Roarke. Eve and Roarke are on their way home one...
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Mar 22 2017

Eddie Frogbert by Sue deGennaro

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Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9781760276782
(Age: 4+) Warmly recommended. Frogs, Achievement, Endeavor. Eddie is the only frog that doesn't like to swim. He avoids going to the pool with the other frogs and watches on as they dive from the tower. He does at least try to emulate his fellow...
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Mar 22 2017

Wrestling Trolls: The final countdown by Jim Eldridge

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Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN 9781471402692
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. The Final Countdown is book 6 in the series that sees Jack, a half troll and a prince, travelling with his friends, a talking horse and a phoenix. They follow the wrestling matches around the country and are...
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Mar 20 2017

Seven days of you by Cecilia Vinesse

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Hachette, 2017. ISBN 9781510200395
(Age: 13+) Seven days of you is a beautiful story about Sophia's last week in Tokyo before her big move back to the United States. This move was always planned and Sophia and her sister were accustomed to flying back and forth between their...
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Mar 20 2017

The apprentice witch by James Nicol

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Chicken House, 2017. ISBN 9781910655153
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. When we doubt ourselves we lose confidence. When others seem to succeed more than us we doubt ourselves. Arianwyn doubts her abilities as a witch. Her school enemy, Gimma, has berated Arianwyn throughout school and...
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Mar 20 2017

Antoinette by Kelly dePucchio and Christian Robinson

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Simon and Schuster, 2017. ISBN 9781481457835
(Age: 4-8) Recommended. Paris. Bravery. Family. Dogs. A charming tale of being yourself, of following your heart has Antoinette, despairing of her place in the household, where her three brothers are known for their strengths. Rocky is clever,...
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Mar 20 2017

Florette by Anna Walker

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Viking, 2017. ISBN 9780670079414
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Mar 20 2017

A tragic kind of wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

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Harper Collins, 2017. ISBN 9780008183011
(Age: 13+) Themes: mental illness, bipolar disorder, friendship, family, love.
Mel Hannigan has bipolar disorder, diagnosed after a period of traumatic events, requiring a period in hospital. Her best memory is of the day her brother Nolan...
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Mar 20 2017

The Great Shelby Holmes girl detective by Elizabeth Eulberg

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Ill. by Matt Robertson. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408871478
(Age: 8-10) Recommended. Shelby Holmes is a feisty nine-year-old girl detective who loves to solve mysteries in her local neighbourhood. She lives upstairs in Apartment 221B Baker Street Harlem, New York City, with her family,...
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Mar 20 2017

I don't know what to call my cat by Simon Phillip

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Ill. by Ella Bailey. Simon and Schuster, 2017. ISBN 9781471124136
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Mar 17 2017

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands bk 2. Faber and Faber, 2017. ISBN 9780571325412
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Mar 17 2017

Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406376678
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Mar 17 2017

Witch glitch by Sibeal Pounder

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A Witch Wars Adventure series. Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN 9781408880340
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Mar 17 2017

Stormwalker by Mike Revell

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Quercus Children's Books, 2016. ISBN 9781784290696
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. A year ago, Owen lost his mum. He has tried hard to get on with his life but his dad is still struggling. After an argument, Owen's dad agrees to go to counselling and starts to write again. All of a...
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Mar 15 2017

The perfect picnic by Ciara Flood

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Five Mile Press, 2017. ISBN 9781760405366
(Age: 3-6) Highly recommended. Ciara Flood's The perfect picnic is a quintessentially English tale of friendship, as Squirrel and Mole prepare for a picnic in the countryside. Just like the Odd Couple, these two characters are the complete...
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Mar 15 2017

I don't want curly hair by Laura Ellen Anderson

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408868409
(Age: 4+) Recommended, Hair. Satisfaction. Body image. With wild hair springing out on every page, and many many words for curls taking up the text, readers will laugh out loud at the antics taken by the protagonist as she tries to straighten her...
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Mar 15 2017

Dogman unleashed by Dav Pilkey

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Dogman series bk 2. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9780545935203
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Mar 15 2017

The Story of Australia by Robert Lewis

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National Museum of Australia. Random House Australia, 2017. ISBN 9780857983145
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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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Nov 28 2016

Literature to Support the Science Curriculum Foundation - 7 by Fran Knight and Pat Pledger

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 97801876678470
Teacher reference. Primary School. Highly recommended. Literature to Support the Science Curriculum Foundation - 7 is a collection of fiction and some non-fiction books linked to the Australian Science curriculum. Teachers and...
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Nov 02 2016

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

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Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678470
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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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