Text Publishing, 2014. ISBN 9781922079343
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. This encyclopedia is a wonderful book that brings to life the history of the convict period in Tasmania from 1803 to 1853. The 73,000 convicts who arrived in the colony, lived lives that were largely hidden from us till now. Simon Barnard has used his wonderful drawing skills to bring to life and faithfully depict the people, their suffering, achievements, activities and the buildings, where they lived and worked.
Each alphabetically listed item, starting with 'absconder' has detailed, accurate and fascinating details of the convicts. I was especially drawn to the many three dimensional drawings of buildings, and activities. The artist-author used primary documents such as convict personal records and building plans to illustrate each facet of history. A drawing of a 'hulk' for example, is accompanied by personal stories, the daily routine, hardships on board, the role of staff, and the construction of the vessel. A whole page, the pages are very large, is devoted to 'leg irons' and demonstrates how they were constructed, the various parts, their use, and peculiarities. There are also double page illustrations of a 'penal station', 'shipyard', and 'treadmill'. Each page is filled with curious related facts and stories, and even includes a brief description of my convict ancestor, William Westwood, who managed to escape past the Eaglehawk Neck dog-line.
This rich and fascinating book is an extremely valuable addition to the historical knowledge of convict Australia.
A map, glossary, index and bibliography are included at the end.
HarperCollins, 2014. ISBN 9780732292263
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. World War One, Gallipoli, War, Environment. Kitted out with army uniform, great boots and a bayoneted rifle, fifteen year old Alec Campbell stares out at the reader from the front cover of Jackie French's latest...
Night Shade Books, various dates.
The Cloud Roads. 2011. ISBN 9781597802161
The Serpent Sea. 2012. ISBN 9781597803329
The Siren Depths. 2012. ISBN 9781597804400
(Age: 15+) Highly recommended. Fantasy. Belonging. Moon has been hiding all his life....
New Frontier Publishing, 2014. ISBN 9781921928574
(Ages 4-6) Highly recommended. School Life, Integration, Family, Friendship. Peter Carnavas has worked with the Cerebal Palsy Alliance to recreate his award winning picture book Jessica's Box.
Jessica is a creative little...
Ill. by Anthea Stead. Walker, 2014. ISBN 9781921720499
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Verse, Underwear, Humour, Difference. Sally is unusual and likes to wear her knickers on her head in preference to a hat. The first half of the book shows her in her knicker wearing guise, with vibrant images...
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743315149
(Age: 12+) This is a strange and disturbing story. For a number of reasons I hesitate to recommend this book to a wide audience. It is clear that the author wishes to convey to the reader an understanding of the torturous lives led by many...
Ill. by Hannah Sommerville. Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781862918733
(Age: 4+) Siblings, Babies, Grandparents. The confusion of an older sibling at the introduction of a new baby into a household is given a fresh approach in this story. Henry's grandmother has warned there will be trouble...
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743316283.
(Age: Early childhood) It's been a strange week - one of those ones where something you rarely think about keeps popping up in front of you. No one on this planet could ever describe me as musical - when that talent was given out I was...
Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 978174299699
(Age: 11+) Recommended. War, Serbia, Yugoslavia. Huddled in their bombed apartment, collecting water from a council pipe, and burning everything they find to make fuel to cook their sparse amount of food, Niko and his family come to a decision to try...
Ill. by Robert Ingpen. Walker Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781922244048
Highly recommended for ages 8 and above. Having never previously read Collodi's Pinocchio but relied only on the Disney version; this book came as something of a surprise. Pinocchio, from his beginnings as a lump of wood, was...
Ill. by Geoff Kelly and Kim Gamble. Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN
(Age: 6+) Highly recommended. Tashi, Friendship, Adventure.
The classic tales of Tashi are continued in this volume of four stories, designed to augment the store of these wonderful stories for those...
Translated by Daniel Hahn. Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471402906
(Age: Adolescents - Adults) Highly recommended. The cover and title both suggest the unusual content of this novel, and the reader is not disappointed. The story begins with a young boy who is desperately trying to get to...
Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471402869
(Age: 10+)Recommended. In 1935 Matthew 'Moose' Flanagan's family move to Alcatraz Island so that his father can work as a guard and his older sister, Natalie, who has autism, can attend a special school in San Francisco. Alcatraz is a very...
Ill. by Simon Williams. Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743622377
For readers from 4-6 years of age. P. Crumble's back again with an Aussie take on an old song - Oh dear, what can the matter be? Instead of old ladies locked in the lavatory, the author's set this story on the farm. With...
Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781472908858
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Non fiction, Science, Periodic table. From atoms and neutrons to elements, the big bang and all things between, this detailed book gives all ninety two elements a place. With all of them listed along with their name, symbol and...
Ill. by Nathaniel Eckstrom, performed by Justine Clarke. Scholastic,
2014. ISBN 9781742836447
(Age: 4+) Picture book, Folk tale, Performance With a CD inside the front cover, this version of Hans Christian Anderson's Ugly duckling, gives a fresh approach for use in the classroom....
Wakefield Press, 2014. ISBN 9781743052334
(Age: For adults) Highly recommended. As with any Wakefield Press publication, the standard of production is excellent and the subject matter is relevant and interesting. This book makes an important contribution to the discussion of siblings who...
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743316931
(Ages: 12+) The four friends in this adventure have met previously in Jennifer Walsh's earlier book, The Tunnels of Tarcoola. The formula is sure to be a winner for young readers; there is plenty of action, the setting is local and...
Vivian Apple Bk 2. Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471403446
(Age 14+) Highly recommended. Science fiction. Dystopian fiction. Religion. Capitalism. In this sequel to Vivian versus the Apocalypse, Vivian Apple and her friend Harp have made it to the city only to find that...
Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471403958
(Age: Senior students, adults) Highly recommended. This book is gay and very frank. It lays out its LGBTI qualifications with its rainbow flag colours. This is a book for LGBTI adolescents and their friends and family. It is also a very...
Ill. by Sally Rippin. Ford St., 2014. ISBN 9781925000740
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Africa, Baboons, Deception. Gezani is told to take some bananas to his cousins in the next village. He dances along with the bowl of fruit on his head, singing as he goes, but he attracts the attention of the...
Iremonger book 2. Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781471401619
(Age: 13+) Highly recommended. 'The blackness. The blackness. It wasn't night. It wasn't night at all, it was fire. Fire! Foulsham was on fire. Whole streets of it must have gone up by then, great gusts of black smoke, not...
Ill. by Nicola O'Byrne. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408849613
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Animals, Bedtime story. At the end of the day when the moon rises, the stars appear and children are about to go to sleep, the time is ripe for a soft and gentle story to be read aloud to the child,...
Ill. by Adrian Reynolds. Orchard Books, 2014. ISBN 9781408305430
(Age: 3-5) Recommended. Picture book. Ben and Bella are back again, this time they jump into another adventure, on a big, bouncy bed and they invite their animal friends to join in. This is a fun read aloud story that uses...
Ill. by Simon Greiner. Random House Australia Children's, 2014.
Highly recommended for readers 7-9 particularly, both boys and girls. What a delight it was to spend a few moments reading this delightful nonsensical piece of whimsy from Vijay Khurana at the end of a...
Lothian, 2014. ISBN 9780734415141
(Ages 3-9) Highly recommended. It's been a long, hot, dry summer in the Aussie outback - and today its bushfire weather.
Captain Kangaroo knows what to do though, so he and the fireys spring into action to stop this fire from becoming a 'wopper'....
Ill. by Freya Blackwood. Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743315279
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. Family life, Short stories, Birthdays. It's not often I come across a story that is so well written and illustrated that I turn back and read it again. This is such a one. Gleeson's hero,...
Macmillan Children's Books. 2014. ISBN 9781447260820
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended.'I'm a Witch, and Witches burn'. Lily Proctor is an accident waiting to happen. Living in Salem seems to be the worst thing she could do to herself, as she is allergic to virtually everything. It is always...
Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743625989
(Ages 7 - 13) Highly recommended. Captain Underpants series is back in its 11th instalment. Dav Pilkey hasn't changed a thing in the way he delivers an action packed ridiculous adventure with the most unlikely of heroes and villains so obscure...
Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781742839912
(Age: 3-5) Highly recommended. Alfie is too busy having an exciting time to get dressed, much to his father's despair. He loves to play with his cat Steve McQueen, hide under his quilt cover, practice his handstands and hand from the door frame. He is...
Ford Street Publishing, 2014. ISBN 9781925000665 (hardcover). ISBN
(Ages 3-5) Recommended. Picture book. Found You! is a lively debut picture book written and illustrated by Mardi Davies a talented animator and graphic designer. Her creativity is evident...
HarperCollins, 2014. ISBN 9780732299330
(Age: 15+) Recommended. 'Alex is more real than anyone I've ever known. And him being dead . . . really doesn't change a thing.' When Chloe Kennedy was young her mother taught her to tell the ghosts to leave her alone. Now with her mother dead...
Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743625262
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Cars, racing and cartoons are three huge drawcards for the new Knife and Packer series, Wheelnuts! Craziest Race on Earth! Desert Dust Up combines cartoon-style image and a crazy car race - almost like a computer...
Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9780545630122
Highly recommended to boys aged 7+. Colourful images and minimal text tell the story of a mouse called Ricky Ricotta whose best friend is a mighty robot. The opening scenes have them skateboarding down the street and in trouble with Ricky's parents....
Omnibus Books, 2014. ISBN 978174299699
(Age 11-13) Recommended.
'If they bomb us while we're asleep,
Will we wake up dead?'
Paper planes is a fiction chapter book. It is about a boy named Niko, his family and his best friend Nedim and how bombs are raining down on them...
Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781742990118
(Ages: 8-12) Highly recommended. Jealousy. Family relationships. Friendship. Rivalry. Schools. When Raina's aunt and uncle and two cousins move closer she is thrilled. An only child, she is pleased to have relations close at hand, especially...
ABC Books, 2014
Bella Dancerella loves to dance ISBN 9780733332456
Bella Dancerella: Ballet school ISBN 9780733332463
Bella Dancerella: Concert night ISBN 9780733332470
Bella Dancerella: The big test ISBN 9780733332487
(Age: 5-8) Bella loves...
Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471401770
(Ages: 14+) Recommended. Justice. Terrorism. Hacktivism. Cyber. Rico Federico is a teenage boy who is a die-hard computer hobbyist, having four computers of his own built from discarded hardware, and hacks websites constantly. He lives in...
Ill. by Sue Hendra. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408838846
(Ages: 2-8) Highly recommended. Max is having a monster party and all his monster friends are invited. The party will have all the usual party attractions, pass the parcel, a magician, a jumpy castle, paddling pool, hide and seek...
Lemonfizz Media, 2014. ISBN 9781921931642
(Age: 7+) EJ Spy School: Deep water is part of the EJ Spy School series and is a great first novel for girls aged 7+. At 43 pages long, the story is a quick read and gives budding readers a chance to move away from the 'reader box'....
Abhorsen bk 4. Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781741758627
(Age: 13+) Highly recommended. The long awaited prequel to the Abhorsen series (Sabriel, Lireal and Abhorsen), continues this series that Cassandra Clare says has 'influenced a generation of fantasy...
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743318850
(Age: Year 6-7) Second grade has ended, which means it's time for Jules Bloom, beginner actress to film her first movie, The Spy in the Attic. Unfortunately, Charlotte her ex best friend has Jules worrying about impressing her teen idol, Emma...
Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN: 9781408842959
(Age: Older teens) Recommended. Cured by Bethany Wiggins is the sequel to her post-apocalyptic adventure of a novel, Stung. Cured is a story based on another girl's perspective after the aftermath of Fiona Tarsis and how she...
Hodder Children's Books, 2014. ISBN 9780340917756
(Age: 9-13) This novel is a fiction book.
Elizabeth is known as the naughtiest girl, but is she really the naughtiest girl? Elizabeth is accused of committing naughty deeds, but did she do them?
This novel is set at Whyteleafe...
Hachette Australia, 2014. ISBN 9780733630484
(Age: Senior Secondary) Subtitled: The Truth About One of the Most Brutal POW Camps in World War II and the Triumph of the Aussie Spirit. This book describes the deployment of 1150 Australian soldiers in a unit called Gull Force, to the...
Random House, 2014. ISBN 9780857984104
Highly recommended. With a pastel green striped and spotted cover Alice-Miranda is back with her 2015 diary. What a wonderful Christmas or birthday gift for a young fan. It is the most spectacularly special diary you'll ever use!
Ill. by Nina Rycroft. HarperCollins, 2014. ISBN 9780732293642.
(Age: Early childhood) Hank is a very good dog - or so it seems. He obeys all the house rules like not eating from the table or climbing on the beds or chasing cars although he does have his own way...
Doubleday, 2014. ISBN 9780857532503
(Age: 10+) Recommended. 'Call!' Alistair barked. His face was pale. 'You absolutely cannot stay at the school. You don't understand - it's too dangerous. Call, you must listen to me. You don't know what you are.'
For as long as Callum Hunt could...
Black Dog Books, 2014. ISBN 9781742032368
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Christmas. Animals. Customs at Christmas. At this time of the year, there are so many Christmas books published that I despair of seeing anything different. Several years ago, I read a picture book called The gift...
Ill. by Robert Ingpen. National Library of Australia, 2014. ISBN
(Age: all) Highly recommended. Christmas. Australian history. Nullarbor. Aboriginal themes. Kathleen is eagerly waiting for the train. But this is no ordinary train. It is the Tea and Sugar Train which runs...