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Choyce, Lesley Wave warrior 2007 9781551436470
TITLE:

Wave warrior

AUTHOR:

Choyce, Lesley

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

Orca

ISBN: 9781551436470
SERIES:

Orca soundings

GENRE:

sport

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Reluctant readers
  • Surfing
  • Cancer
Markham, Lynne CinderAlf 2004 1842992104
TITLE:

CinderAlf

AUTHOR:

Markham, Lynne

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2004

PUBLISHER:

Barrington Stoke

ISBN: 1842992104
SERIES:

4u2read.ok

GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Grandfathers
  • Orphans and orphanages
  • Easy to read
  • Grandparents
Barrie, J.M. Illus. Ingpen, Robert Peter Pan and Wendy Recommended 2017 9781760650254
TITLE:

Peter Pan and Wendy

AUTHOR:

Barrie, J.M. Illus. Ingpen, Robert

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Abridged ed. Over a century ago James Barrie wrote a story about a boy who could fly and who never grew up; who had adventures on an island called Neverland and introduced us to characters like Wendy, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the croc with the clock!

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781760650254
GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Pirates
  • Fairies
  • Classics
  • Read aloud
Birdsall, Jeanne Penderwicks 2007 9780440867302
TITLE:

Penderwicks

AUTHOR:

Birdsall, Jeanne

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

Corgi Yearling

ISBN: 9780440867302
GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Holidays
  • Single-parent families
Bail, Murray Pages Recommended 2008 9781921351464
TITLE:

Pages

AUTHOR:

Bail, Murray

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

At dawn, two women leave Sydney to drive over the Blue Mountains, into the dry outback landscape and the home of the late philosopher Wesley Antill.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Peter Carey, David Malouf

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PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Text

ISBN: 9781921351464
CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Australia
  • Friendship
  • Love
  • Country life - Australia
  • Sheep stations
  • Philosophy
  • Farms
  • Mental health
AWARDS:

Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2009

AUDIO:

ABC

TEACHER RESOURCES:
SIMILAR BOOKS: The conversations at Curlow Creek by David Malouf
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Farmer, Lucy Uncle Eddie and the croc 2009 9781742030517
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TITLE:

Uncle Eddie and the croc

AUTHOR:

Farmer, Lucy

Uncle Eddie finds a large crocodile sunning itself in front of his house in the Zambian bush and he tries to move it on.

SUITABLE AGES: 6 to 8
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Black Dog

ISBN: 9781742030517
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Game reserves
  • Crocodiles
  • Adventure
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Daly, Niki Pretty Salma 2008 9781845074982
TITLE:

Pretty Salma

AUTHOR:

Daly, Niki

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 9781845074982
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Dogs
  • Folklore
  • Grandparents
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://nikidaly.wordpress.com/
Hawke, Rosanne Collector 2006 9780734406651
TITLE:

Collector

AUTHOR:

Hawke, Rosanne

SUITABLE AGES: to 9
PUBLISHED:

2006

PUBLISHER:

Lothian

ISBN: 9780734406651
GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Cats
  • Pigeons
  • Animals
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.rosannehawke.com/
Holt, Sharon Your mother didn't do that! 2009 9781921150173
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TITLE:

Your mother didn't do that!

AUTHOR:

Holt, Sharon

Holly is unhappy when her mother has to go out, but Dad consoles her with a bedtime story about the night she was born.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Walker

ISBN: 9781921150173
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Mothers
  • Animals - Habits and behaviour
  • Bedtime
  • Counting
  • Habitat
AWARDS:

NZ Notable Books List 2010

TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger.
French, Jackie Vampire slugs on Callisto 2006 9781846470059
TITLE:

Vampire slugs on Callisto

AUTHOR:

French, Jackie

What's worse than mutant cockroaches? Vampire slugs, that's what.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2006

PUBLISHER:

Catnip

ISBN: 9781846470059
SERIES:

Tadpoles

GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Life on other planets
  • Slugs
  • Future
  • Space travel
  • Food
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Biography, book list and writing tips.
Rippin, Sally Bad butterfly 2010 9781921564925
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TITLE:

Bad butterfly

AUTHOR:

Rippin, Sally

When best friends Billie and Jack begin ballet classes, the girls are to dance like delicate, fluttering butterflies and the boys as stomping trolls.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781921564925
SERIES:

Billie B Brown

GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Sex role
  • Ballet
  • Individuality
  • Problem solving
AWARDS:

Young Australians' Best Book Awards shortlist 2017

AUTHOR WEBSITE: Contains biography, books, news and reviews.
REVIEW: Review by Jo Schenkel.
Collins, Paul Mole hunt Recommended 2011 9781921665264
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TITLE:

Mole hunt

AUTHOR:

Collins, Paul

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Anthony Horowitz

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PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Ford St

ISBN: 9781921665264
SERIES:

The Maximus Black files ; bk. 1.

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Spies
  • Reluctant readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Information about the author and his works, as well as writing tips.
TEACHER RESOURCES:
SIMILAR BOOKS: Alex Rider series
FREE BOOKMARK: click here
REVIEW: Review by Lauren Pfeiffer (Student)
Wignell, Edel Bilby secrets Highly recommended 2011 9781921529320
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TITLE:

Bilby secrets

AUTHOR:

Wignell, Edel

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

The hostile environment of the Australian desert is captured in words and illustrations in this superior picture book, telling both a story and giving factual information about the rare Australian mammal, the bilby.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781921529320
SERIES:

Nature storybooks

GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Bilbies
  • Sustainability
  • Animals - Australia
  • Deserts
  • Factual picture book
AWARDS:

Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award shortlist 2012

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.edelwignell.com.au/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Rosoff, Meg There is no dog Recommended 2012 9780141327174
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TITLE:

There is no dog

AUTHOR:

Rosoff, Meg

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Imagine if the creator of the world is a typical teenage boy, Bob, self-obsessed, thoughtless and sex mad.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780141327174
CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Religion
  • Gods
  • Zoos
  • Supernatural
  • Love
  • Satire
  • Feel good book
  • Humour
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Author and book information.
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Nichols, Lee Deception : haunting Emma 2011 9781408819609
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TITLE:

Deception : haunting Emma

AUTHOR:

Nichols, Lee

Emma Vaile's parents go missing while they are away on a business trip and she is left to fend for herself in their eerie old house in New York. Worried not only by her parents' disappearance, she is frightened when she glimpses strange things out of the corner of her eyes.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781408819609
GENRE:

ghost

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Ghosts
  • Missing persons
  • Human relations
  • Supernatural
  • Boston (Mass.)
  • Secondary schools
  • Paranormal
  • Romance
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Mickelburgh, Juliet Naughty Nina 2011 9781408800393
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TITLE:

Naughty Nina

AUTHOR:

Mickelburgh, Juliet

Nina is tired of being told that she is nice all the time and one day she decides that she is going to be naughty. Instead of being helpful, polite and good at school, she throws tantrums, is rude when she visits her aunt and jumps on her desk and is disruptive in the playground.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781408800393
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Problem children
  • Behaviour management
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Kemp, Anna Ogilvie, Sara Worst princess Highly recommended 2012 9781847388759
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TITLE:

Worst princess

AUTHOR:

Kemp, Anna Ogilvie, Sara

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Princess Sue is a feisty, Converse wearing, cluey princess. Sitting in her tower lamenting the slowness of her long awaited Prince, Sue is someone who knows the score.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781847388759
GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Expectation (Psychology)
  • Princes and princesses
  • Dragons
  • Stereotypes
  • Humour
AWARDS:

Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist 2012

AUTHOR WEBSITE: Publisher's author site.
SIMILAR BOOKS: Paperbag Princess
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REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Harkness, Deborah Shadow of night 2012 9780755384747
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TITLE:

Shadow of night

AUTHOR:

Harkness, Deborah

Mathew and Diana's adventures continue in this stunning second instalment of the All Souls Trilogy.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Headline

ISBN: 9780755384747
SERIES:

All Souls Trilogy

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Witches and warlocks
  • Alchemy
  • Magic
  • Vampires
  • Time travel
REVIEW: Review by Kayla Gaskell (Student)
De Kretser, Michelle Questions of travel Recommended 2012 9781743311004
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TITLE:

Questions of travel

AUTHOR:

De Kretser, Michelle

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

This is the story of Laura who travels for years before returning to work for a travel-book publisher and Ravi who flees Sri Lanka after a tragedy.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743311004
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Voyages and travels
  • Travel
  • Sri Lanka
  • Refugees
  • Asia
AWARDS:

Indie Awards shortlist 2013, Prime Minister's Literary Award, Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013, West Australian Premier's Book Awards 2013, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, NSW Premier's Literary Awards

REVIEW: Review by Joy Lawn.
Oliver, Jana G. Briar Rose 2013 9781447241096
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TITLE:

Briar Rose

AUTHOR:

Oliver, Jana G.

Sleeping Beauty tale revisited in a small Southern town in America.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447241096
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Spells and charms
  • Princes and princesses
  • Fairy tales retold
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.janaoliver.com/
REVIEW: Review by Deborah Marshall.
Richards, Kel Jacko and the beanstalk 2013 9781742835389
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TITLE:

Jacko and the beanstalk

AUTHOR:

Richards, Kel

Jacko is a young kangaroo who, in the tradition of Jack, buys magic seeds instead of food from a sly dingo. The seeds develop into a massive beanstalk, which Jacko climbs to find a giant croc at the top.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10 11
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic Australia

ISBN: 9781742835389
GENRE:

fairy story

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Kangaroos
  • Crocodiles
  • Verse stories
  • Plants
  • Science
REVIEW: Review by Sue Keane.
St. John, Lauren Race the wind 2013 9781444007978
TITLE:

Race the wind

AUTHOR:

St. John, Lauren

When Casey Blue's victory at the Badminton Horse Trials earns her and Storm an invitation to the prestigious Kentucky Three Day Event, it is a dream come true. But that dream is about to turn into a nightmare.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Orion Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781444007978
SERIES:

One dollar horse trilogy bk 2

GENRE:

sport

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Horses
Leyson, Leon Boy on the wooden box : how the impossible became possible . . . on Schindler's list Recommended 2013 9781471119675
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TITLE:

Boy on the wooden box : how the impossible became possible . . . on Schindler's list

AUTHOR:

Leyson, Leon

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

15 year old Leon Leyson and his family were rounded up by Nazis and placed in unbearable circumstances; at times separated from each other, suffering hunger, exhaustion and extreme neglect and hatred. Oskar Schindler thought this young boy's life was of value and went to great lengths to ensure the survival of most of his family members.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781471119675
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Jews in Poland - Autobiography
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Personal accounts
  • Holocaust, Jewish, 1939-1945 - Autobiography
  • Genocide
  • Poland - History - 20th century
  • Autobiogrpahy
REVIEW: Review by Julie Wells.
Wignell, Edel Christina's Matilda Recommended 2011 9781921479878
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TITLE:

Christina's Matilda

AUTHOR:

Wignell, Edel

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Christina MacPherson originally inspired Paterson, who'd been visiting her brother, to write 'his' famous song Waltzing Matilda.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

IP Kidz

ISBN: 9781921479878
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Paterson, A.B.
  • Macpherson, Christina
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • National songs, Australian
  • Folk songs, Australian
  • Australia - Social life and customs - 19th century
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.edelwignell.com.au/
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Hobbit : There and back again 2014
FILM TITLE:

Hobbit : There and back again

Second instalment in Peter Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien fantasy novel The Hobbit.

SUITABLE AGES: M
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Roadshow

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Books for university bound, & lifelong learners
  • Good and evil
  • Journeys - Physical
  • After Harry Potter and Deltora Quest
  • Essential Learnings: Thinking
  • Gifted students
  • Film of the book
  • Loyalty
  • Perserverence
  • Journeys - Imaginative
  • Classics
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Tolkien gateway
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Frame, Janet In the memorial room 2013 9781922147134
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TITLE:

In the memorial room

AUTHOR:

Frame, Janet

Janet Frame's novel about Harry Gill, a moderately successful writer of historical fiction, awarded a fellowship to live and write in the Memorial Room, in French Riviera town Menton, is a satirical look at the cult of the dead author.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781922147134
GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Novelists
  • Writing
  • New Zealand
  • France
  • Journeys - Inner
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Joy Lawn.
Fforde, Jasper Song of the quarkbeast Recommended 2012 9781444707250
TITLE:

Song of the quarkbeast

AUTHOR:

Fforde, Jasper

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Jennifer Strange and her faithful assistant Tiger Prawns will not relinquish the noble powers of magic to big business and commerce without a fight.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Connie Willis

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PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781444707250
SERIES:

Last dragonslayer series bk 2

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Magic
  • Dragons
  • Prophesy
  • Satire
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Official website of the author.
Meadows, Daisy Luna the Loom Band Fairy 2014 9781408338988
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TITLE:

Luna the Loom Band Fairy

AUTHOR:

Meadows, Daisy

Rachel and Kirsty must use all their ingenuity and problem solving when naughty Jack Frost steals Luna the Loom Band Fairy's golden loom that ensures everyone can make wonderful loom band craft.

SUITABLE AGES: 7 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Orchard

ISBN: 9781408338988
SERIES:

Rainbow magic

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Fairies
  • Handicrafts
  • Magic
  • Reluctant readers
  • Friendship
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Paterson, Cecily Anne Invisible Recommended 2013 9781291259001
TITLE:

Invisible

AUTHOR:

Paterson, Cecily Anne

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Jazmine Crawford doesn't make decisions. She doesn't make choices. She doesn't make friends. Jazmine Crawford only wants one thing: to be invisible. For Jazmine, it's a lot easier to take out her hearing aid and drift along pretending that nothing's wrong than it is to admit that she's heartbroken. (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Cecily Anne Paterson

ISBN: 9781291259001
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Deaf children
  • Bullying
  • Self-esteem
  • Suicide
  • Deafness
  • Self-confidence
  • Drama (Arts)
  • Theatre
Browne, Anthony Frida and Bear Highly recommended 2015 9781406353990
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TITLE:

Frida and Bear

AUTHOR:

Browne, Anthony

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Frida and Bear love to draw. They each draw a shape and the other makes a picture. That's how they play the shape game. Why don't you play it too? (Book cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 3 to 5
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Walker

ISBN: 9781406353990
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Drawing
  • Bears
  • Elephants
  • Art
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Seymour, Alan One day of the year 1976 0207133301
TITLE:

One day of the year

AUTHOR:

Seymour, Alan

The play explores the universal theme of father son conflict against the background of Anzac Day.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

1976

PUBLISHER:

Angus and Robertson

ISBN: 0207133301
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Anzac Day - Drama
  • Drama - 20th century
  • Retired military personnel - Australia
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Innes, Shona Family is like a cake 2015 9781760066314
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TITLE:

Family is like a cake

AUTHOR:

Innes, Shona

A family is like a cake - each family having different shapes and sizes, full of different ingredients, needing mixing carefully, having rules, and so on. And sometimes the cake does not turn out as everyone wants.

SUITABLE AGES: 3 to 5
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

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PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760066314
SERIES:

Big hug book

GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Family
  • Emotions
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.shonainnes.com/
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Hoffman, Alice Marriage of opposites Recommended 2015 9781471112102
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TITLE:

Marriage of opposites

AUTHOR:

Hoffman, Alice

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Hoffman paints her perspective on the family life of Rachel Pomie and her son Camille Pissarro.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Elizabeth Berg, Janette Turner Hospital, Sue Monk Kidd, Alison Lurie, Carol Shields, Anne Tyler

FREE BOOKMARK: click here
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Scribner

ISBN: 9781471112102
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Pissarro, Camille
  • Impressionism (Art)
  • Painters
  • Family relations
  • Virgin Islands - History
  • Love stories
  • Biographical fiction
  • Comparative texts
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Contains biography and reading guides.
SIMILAR BOOKS: The invention of wings by Sue Monk Kidd
FREE BOOKMARK: click here
REVIEW: Review by Colleen Tuovinen.
Thomas, Pat My family's changing : a first look at family break-up 1999 9780764109959
TITLE:

My family's changing : a first look at family break-up

AUTHOR:

Thomas, Pat

This deals with the basic problems and feelings accompanying a divorce.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

1999

PUBLISHER:

Abaris Books

ISBN: 9780764109959
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Divorce
Jones, Cerberus Four-fingered man 2015 9781760120283
TITLE:

Four-fingered man

AUTHOR:

Jones, Cerberus

When Amelia's parents decide to reopen a creepy old hotel, Amelia and her new friend Charlie quickly discover that the place is much more than it seems.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781760120283
SERIES:

Gateway ; 1

GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Hotels, motels
McKenna, Martin Crocodolly Highly recommended 2015 9781742990712
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TITLE:

Crocodolly

AUTHOR:

McKenna, Martin

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

When feisty Adelaide begins to cook a cake, she finds that one of the eggs she cracks, opens up to reveal a baby crocodile. They fall instantly in love with each other, but a problem exists: she is not allowed to keep a pet.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Omnibus Books

ISBN: 9781742990712
GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Crocodiles
  • Dolls
  • Problem solving
  • Pets
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Deary, Terry Midsummer night's dream Highly recommended 2016 9781472917775
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TITLE:

Midsummer night's dream

AUTHOR:

Deary, Terry

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Molly loves travelling with Shakespeare's players but the jester, Armin, keeps picking on her and faithful donkey, Dolly.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781472917775
SERIES:

Shakespeare tales

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Shakespeare, William. Midsummer night's dream
  • Elizabethan theatre
  • Reluctant readers
  • Great Britain - History - 1485-1603, Tudor period
  • Humour
  • Shakespeare, William - Adaptations
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Biography, stories and plays at this official website.
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Parry, Bronwyn Sunset shadows Recommended 2015 9780733633317
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TITLE:

Sunset shadows

AUTHOR:

Parry, Bronwyn

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult - but also puts their careers on the line.

SUITABLE AGES: 16 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733633317
SERIES:

Goodabri bk. 3

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Murder
  • Deception
  • Cults
  • Secrecy
  • Police
  • Country life - Australia
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Graham, Winston Ross Poldark : a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 2008 9780330463294
TITLE:

Ross Poldark : a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787

AUTHOR:

Graham, Winston

Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Pan

ISBN: 9780330463294
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Social customs
  • Cornwall (England)
  • Great Britain - Social life and customs - 1714-1837, House of Hanover
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Medina, Meg Burn baby burn Highly recommended 2016 9780763674670
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TITLE:

Burn baby burn

AUTHOR:

Medina, Meg

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

17 year old Nora Lopez lives in New York during the terrible year of 1977. The heat is scorching and there is a killer on the loose. But that's not all Nora has to face - her family is spiralling out of control, with her mother having difficulty paying the rent and brother Hector becoming uncontrollable and befriending drug dealers.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Candlewick Press

ISBN: 9780763674670
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Bullying
  • Self-perception
  • Coming of age
  • Reluctant readers
  • Arson
  • Electric power
  • Murder
  • New York (City) - History - 20th century
  • Resilience
  • Literature circle text
  • Domestic violence
AWARDS:

Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2017

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://megmedina.com/
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Walter, L. Edna Classic nursery rhymes Recommended 2016 9781472932389
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TITLE:

Classic nursery rhymes

AUTHOR:

Walter, L. Edna

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A book of classic nursery rhymes featuring artwork from Enid Blyton's illustrator Dorothy M. Wheeler. First published: 1916.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781472932389
GENRE:

folklore

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Nursery rhymes
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Sperring, Mark Eaves, Edward Captain McGrew wants you for his crew 2017 9781408871034
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TITLE:

Captain McGrew wants you for his crew

AUTHOR:

Sperring, Mark Eaves, Edward

Captain McGrew's in need of a crew to assist him with hoisting the sails, digging for treasure, 'splooshing' down the poop deck and even squeezing lemons for his lemonade.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781408871034
GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Pirates
  • Verse stories
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Friesen, Jonathan Jerk, California Recommended 2008 9780142412039
TITLE:

Jerk, California

AUTHOR:

Friesen, Jonathan

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Because of his Tourette's syndrome, Sam is in near constant motion with tics and twitches and verbal outbursts. So, of course, high school is nothing but torment.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Speak

ISBN: 9780142412039
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Self-perception
  • Fathers
  • Step-parents and stepchildren
  • Human relations
  • Blended families
  • Social relations
  • Personality
  • Comparative texts
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Oliver, Narelle Rock pool secrets Highly recommended 2017 9781922179357
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TITLE:

Rock pool secrets

AUTHOR:

Oliver, Narelle

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

At first glance there's nothing much to see. But the rock pools are full of secrets. Nestling between rocks. Hiding in the seaweed.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books Australia

ISBN: 9781922179357
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Rocky shore
  • Marine ecology
  • Rock pools
  • Environment
  • Marine habitats
  • Sea
  • Science
  • Camouflage
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Bio, resources, interview and news.
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Fallada, Hans Alone in Berlin Recommended 2017 9780241277027
TITLE:

Alone in Berlin

AUTHOR:

Fallada, Hans

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Otto, an ordinary German living in a shabby apartment block, tries to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule. But when he discovers his only son has been killed fighting at the front he's shocked into an extraordinary act of resistance, and starts to drop anonymous postcards attacking Hitler across the city.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780241277027
SERIES:

Penguin modern classics

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Dissent
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Germany
  • Berlin (Germany) - History
  • Resistance
  • Gestapo
  • Film of the book
Reeder, Stephanie Owen Marvellous Miss May: queen of the circus 2018 9780642279156
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TITLE:

Marvellous Miss May: queen of the circus

AUTHOR:

Reeder, Stephanie Owen

The story of May Wirth, a tiny acrobat and equestrienne travelling with Wirths Circus around Australia and overseas in the early part of the twentieth century.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

National Library of Australia

ISBN: 9780642279156
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Wirth, May
  • Horse riding
  • Circuses
  • Entertainers
  • Biography
  • Horses
  • Performers
  • Australia - History -1901-1918
AWARDS:

Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2019

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://stephanieowenreeder.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Meyer, Marissa Wires and nerve Recommended 2017 9781250078261
TITLE:

Wires and nerve

AUTHOR:

Meyer, Marissa

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous alliance between Earth and Luna, android Iko joins up with a handsome royal guard to hunt down the rogue leader.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Feiwel and Friends

ISBN: 9781250078261
SERIES:

Lunar chronicles graphic novels. 1

GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Graphic novel

THEMES:
  • Good and evil
  • Robots
  • Soldiers
  • Battles
  • Graphic novels
  • Queens
AWARDS:

Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2018

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.marissameyer.com/
Gewirtz, Adina Blue window Recommended 2018 9780763660369
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TITLE:

Blue window

AUTHOR:

Gewirtz, Adina

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

When siblings Susan, Max, Nell, Kate, and Jean tumble one by one through a glowing cobalt window, they find themselves outside their cozy home - and in a completely unfamiliar world where everything looks wrong and nothing makes sense. Soon, an ancient prophecy leads them into battle with mysterious forces that threaten to break the siblings apart even as they try desperately to remain united and find their way home.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Candlewick Press

ISBN: 9780763660369
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Prophecies
  • Magic
  • Escapes
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Good and evil
  • Battles
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Persistence
  • Kindness
REVIEW: Review by Elizabeth Bondar.
Snowman 2017
FILM TITLE:

Snowman

A snowman left in the front yard of Birte Becker's Oslo house is the only clue to the woman's disappearance.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2017

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Murder
  • Missing persons
  • Detectives
  • Police - Norway
  • Crime
  • Film of the book
Liggett, Kim Unfortunates 2018 9780765381002
TITLE:

Unfortunates

AUTHOR:

Liggett, Kim

Involved in a fatal accident, Grant Tavish is willing to face the consequences. But being a senator's son means getting away with murder - despite the headlines of "affluenza". During a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Tor Teen

ISBN: 9780765381002
GENRE:

horror

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Caves
  • Survival
  • Reluctant readers
AWARDS:

Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2020

French, Jackie My name is not Peaseblossom Recommended 2019 9781460754788
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TITLE:

My name is not Peaseblossom

AUTHOR:

French, Jackie

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A fresh reinterpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream by the Australian Children's Laureate.(Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: to 18
PUBLISHED:

2019

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins Publishers (Australia)

ISBN: 9781460754788
GENRE:

love

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Shakespeare, William - Characters
  • Fairies
  • Characters (Narratives)
  • Shakespeare, William. Midsummer night's dream
  • Humour
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.jackiefrench.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Carolyn Hull.