Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781760111236
(Age: 16+) Highly Recommended. 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.' This book was read in one sitting, as it was just impossible to stop reading. Long after the first reading the story haunts the reader, and current stories in the media continue to bring this story to mind.
The cover (pink, with flowers) encases a gripping exploration of misogyny and power that includes ten young women, and each of these women has been involved in some highly publicised sexual scandal. Each has woken from a drugged oblivion to find themselves imprisoned in the middle of nowhere in Australia. They are guarded by three violent, yet in some ways equally powerless, characters.
The Australian environment is described evocatively and leaves the reader in no doubt as to the harshness of their circumstance. As the story unfolds and wraps around the reader, many questions jump to mind. Why are these women the scapegoats? Why do women judge each other with the same standards they revile in men? Why are women dazzled and bribed by 'shiny things'? What don't women use the power they have, even when it might save their life?
This book compels the reader to think and has the reader seeking out others to discuss their reading of the book. This is an ideal book for a book group or for study.
Scarlett, starlet by Emma Quay
ABC Books, 2015. ISBN 9780733331589
(Age: 4-6) Recommended. Ballet, Dance, Performance, Achievement. Scarlett dances just everywhere. She dances when she gets up in the morning, dances in the kitchen, dances around the house, into her clothes and out...
Ill. by Nathaniel Eckstrom, performed by Human Nature. Scholastic,
2015 (1934). ISBN 9781743626405
(Age: 4+) Recommended. I was surprised reading in the publications page that this was first recorded in 1934. It is such a well known song, heard often in supermarkets, shopping malls and...
Ill. by Patrick McDonnell. The Five Mile Press, 2015. ISBN
(Age: 4+) Recommended. An American author and illustrator have created this slightly absurd tale, best suited to a read-aloud and robust discussion. The sentences are short and the book has an old-fashioned film...
The Royal Bake Off by Clementine Beauvais
Ill. by Becka Moor. Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408863923
(Age: 8-11) Themes: Sibling Rivalry; Competition; Baking; Comedy. A family of bizarre Royals get involved in an international Baking Competition as part of their sibling rivalry,...
How to catch Santa by Jean Reagan
Ill. by Lee Wildish. Hodder Children's Books, 2015. ISBN 9781444925463
(Age: 3-8) Recommended. This is sure to become a Christmas read-aloud favourite. Do not expect a heart-warming tale about the true meaning of Christmas. This is pure fun and...
The Marsh Road Mysteries series, Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Themes: Mystery; Grandparents; Friendship; Adventure; African culture. When Minnie's Grandma arrives from Nigeria she picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport which sparks a...
Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408862346
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. Subjects: General Knowledge. Adam Frost's The Epic Book Of Epicness is filled to capacity with an incredible array of quirky scientific facts. Did you know that fish can climb trees, there's a frog with claws and...
How to Train Your Dragon #12. Hodder Children's Books, 2015.
(Age: 10+) Without doubt the How to Train Your Dragon series has been a runaway success with avid readers from all over the world eagerly anticipating each subsequent instalment. The...
Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9781742991344
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Historical novel, Shearer's Strike, Unions, Queensland, Shearing. Sitting on the wharf at Sydney Harbour, Maggie takes out the notes she kept during her life at Barcaldine in Queensland. She has written bits and pieces...
The Mapmaker Chronicles, bk 3. Hachette, 2015. ISBN:
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. Themes: Adventure, Sailing, Cartography, Pirates, Monsters, Friendship. The Map-Maker Chronicles, A.L. Tait's action-packed fantasy adventure series concludes in Breath of the...
New Frontier Publishing, 2015. ISBN 9781925059427
(Age: 5+) Warmly recommended. Dogs, Pets, Smell, Family. Wrapped in gentle rhyming stanzas the story of Clementine and her days will delight younger readers. She loves to smell the trees and the flowers, roaming around...
Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN 9781471404702
(Age: 16+) Recommended. 'What would have happened if the Nazis had won Wold War II?' This book, set in 2014, explores this scenario. It tells the story from the point of view of Jessika Keller. She is the daughter of an influential and powerful...
Ill. by Theodore Taylor. Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781619637214
(Age: 6+) Highly recommended. Shaquille O'Neal's new basketball series introduces Little Shaq, his family along with his friends to young readers in an easy to read chapter book. The rivalry on the basketball court between...
Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781760112653
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Fantasy, Historical fiction, Regency romance, Crime. A story that draws the reader in from the start, Nix mixes historical fiction with a bit of magic, and a touch of romance along with one funny situation upon...
Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9780670078936
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Farm animals, Dogs, Friendship, Routine. When Bigsy gets up in the morning, he wanders around the farm greeting and being greeted by all the animals he sees. He chases the cockatoos, sends the kangaroos back over...
This & that by Mem Fox
Ill. by Judy Hoacek. Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9781743622537
(Age: 3-6) Highly recommended, Bedtime, Stories, Readaloud, Family. The elegant simplicity of Fox's words in this book, parallel the line and colour block illustrations by Horacek. Each is...
Lockwood & Co., bk 3. Corgi Books, 2015. ISBN
(Age: 11+) Highly recommended. Fantasy. Ghosts. Horror. Lockwood & Co are back in another exciting adventure following the first two books in the series, The screaming staircase and The whispering...
Ill. by Louis Shea. CD Recording by Jay Laga'aia. Scholastic
ISBN 9781743626429 (Age: 2-8) This is one of many of Scholastic's many book and CD sets and these three artists (Mitchell, Shea and Laga'aia) collaborated on the similar We're Going on an Egg Hunt, which...
Ill. by Kirrili Lonergan. EK Books, 2015. ISBN 9781921966828
(Age: Pre-school - Yr 2) Oh dear! Dad has mown the lawn and, to his daughter's dismay, he's cut down two dandelions. He sees them as weeds but she's been watching and waiting for them to be puffballs so she can blow their...
The Pied Piper and the Wrong Song. ISBN 9780778719601
Snow White sees the Light. ISBN 9780778719571
The Elves and the Trendy Shoes. ISBN 9780778719571
(Age: K-2) These are just three in a series of traditional fairytales that have been...
National Museum of Australia, 2015. ISBN 9781921953255
Highly recommended. As "mornings come with ash grey light, daytime nibbling away the night" Old William, the town baker, slides crusty loaves and fancy buns out of his ovens, steaming and fresh with an aroma that can never be...
Simon and Schuster, 2015. ISBN 9781471117787
Highly recommended for children who are fans of the Octonauts TV show. Octonaut Creature Report is a collection of fact sheets and Octonaut styled images about different ocean creatures. Read about the bottle-nosed dolphin or the snot...
Ill. by Gaye Chapman. Little Hare, 2015. ISBN 9781742975283
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. Themes: Friendship; Overcoming obstacles in friendship; Shyness; Making Friends. I loved the text in this book - it is a lovely story of the discovery of friendship between Oscar and Charlie,...
Ill. by Sandra Eterovic. Meet . . series. Random House
Australia, 2015. ISBN 9780857985897
I recently evaluated the 759 section of an established primary school library collection, the section that could be best described as 'painters and their paintings'. While there was a...
Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408856116
(Age: Upper primary - lower secondary) Themes: love, friendship, fitness, Sweden, challenges, resilience, humour. 15 year old Kat, after an unfortunate incident involving her older sister's ex-boyfriend, is sent to spend the summer holidays with her...
Finishing School bk 4. Atom Books, 2015. ISBN 9781907411595
(Age: 12+) Recommended. The Finishing School series comes to a satisfying conclusion in Manners and Mutiny. Sophronia is missing her sootie, Soap and is really worried about what the wicked Picklemen are up...
Ill. by Kate Hindley. Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408865866
(Age: 10-12)Recommended. Themes: Adventure; Thinking; Comedy; Environmental issues - logging; Piracy. The author who brought to life the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency has written two wonderfully witty stories for young readers in...
Corgi Books, 2015. ISBN 9780552574778
(Age: Upper primary - lower secondary) Highly recommended. I looked forward to reading Auggie and Me after the powerful emotional journey of Palacio's previous best seller Wonder.
Wonder, recounts the story of August...
The Guardians Trilogy bk 1. Piatkus, 2015. ISBN
(Age: Adult) Romance. Fantasy. Corfu. Goddesses. Three goddesses made three stars, one of fire, one of ice and one of water. But evil pushed them from the sky, putting the world into danger. Three women and three men...
Ill. by Nic George. Simon and Schuster, 2015. ISBN 9781471145193
Themes: Imagination; Overcoming problems; Loss and grief. Henry has lost a treasured toy rabbit, Raspberry. The search is thorough, but fruitless and his grief remains. Eventually, at his grandfather's suggestion, he uses...
Walker Books, 2015. ISBN 9781921529641
(Age: All) Highly recommended. Sad, the dog is a gorgeous picture book about a small dog who calls himself Sad. His life is not a happy one as he is an unwanted dog, living in a home where he can't act like a dog. Why do these people keep...
Black Dog Books, 2015. ISBN 9781925126372
Highly recommended. Themes: Climate Change; Fossil Fuels; Environment; History - Climate Change. This small, easy-to-read book tells the story of our Climate and its change over time. The impact of human activity is explored in a systematic tour...
Ill. by Jane Ray. Orchard Books, 2015. ISBN 9781408336069
(Age: 8-12) Highly recommended. Themes: Music; Abandonment; Orphans; Resilience. This novella was inspired by a visit to Venice and the Vivaldi Museum. There the Illustrator, Jane Ray, found an entry in a Venetian orphanage ledger...
Random House, 2015. ISBN 9780857985699
(Age: 8-12) Recommended. Themes: Family; Mystery; Adventure; War impacts. From the author who also wrote The Kensington Reptilarium and The Icicle Illuminarium (Nikki Gemmell) comes the whimsical and exciting conclusion to a...
Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2015. ISBN 9781408856031
(Age 3+) Recommended. Humour. Knights. Dragons. Bullying. When Sir Kindly Heart tripped over a dragon's egg and it cracked open he decided to take it home to Lady Kindly and together they taught the little dragon, named Scaly Pants,...
Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN 9781471404641
(Age: 15+) 17 year old Frank Palp lives in a town surrounded by grey. The people are grey, their clothes are grey, everyone and thing is grey. Frank lives in a post war/dystopian town which is under curfew and everything is controlled by the...
Ill. by Daron Parton. Random House, 2015. ISBN 9780857981363
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Music is pumping at the dinosaur disco and everyone is having fun.
Across the shiny floor.
A tri of...