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Horowitz, Anthony Blurred man 2007 9781406306545
TITLE:

Blurred man

AUTHOR:

Horowitz, Anthony

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 14
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Sam Hutton, Chris Ryan, Charlie Higson, Joe Craig, Robert Muchamore, Andy McNab, David Gilman, Simon Lelic

PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

Walker

ISBN: 9781406306545
SERIES:

A Diamond Brothers story

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Humour
  • Books for boys
  • Detectives
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.anthonyhorowitz.com/
Greene, Graham Travels with my aunt 2019 9781784875336
TITLE:

Travels with my aunt

AUTHOR:

Greene, Graham

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over fifty years at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon Southwood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel her way, Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Brian Moore, John le Carre

PUBLISHED:

2019

PUBLISHER:

Vintage

ISBN: 9781784875336
GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Travel
  • Family relations
Durant, Alan Doing the double 2005 0237528460
TITLE:

Doing the double

AUTHOR:

Durant, Alan

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2005

PUBLISHER:

Evans

ISBN: 0237528460
SERIES:

Shades

GENRE:

sport

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Football
  • Twins
  • Deception
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Contains biography book lists and thoughts on sports writing.
Wolanski, Sabina Destined to live 2008 9780732285227
TITLE:

Destined to live

AUTHOR:

Wolanski, Sabina

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Fourth Estate

ISBN: 9780732285227
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Autobiography
  • Holocaust, Jewish, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
Thomson, Pat Ghost-light in the attic 2005 0713674539
TITLE:

Ghost-light in the attic

AUTHOR:

Thomson, Pat

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2005

PUBLISHER:

Black

ISBN: 0713674539
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Ghosts
Miller, Alex Landscape of farewell 2007 9781741753752
TITLE:

Landscape of farewell

AUTHOR:

Miller, Alex

Max Otto travels to Australia where his friendship with an Aboriginal elder brings him enlightenment.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781741753752
CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Voyages and travels
SIMILAR BOOKS: The visitor (film) Miss Garnett's angel by Salley Vickers
REVIEW: Review from The Age.
Goodman, Allegra Other side of the island 2008 9781921372292
TITLE:

Other side of the island

AUTHOR:

Goodman, Allegra

SUITABLE AGES:
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Scribe

ISBN: 9781921372292
GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Communities
  • Dystopian fiction
Foreman, Michael Child's garden Recommended 2010 9781406325881
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TITLE:

Child's garden

AUTHOR:

Foreman, Michael

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A little boy lives in a barren, war torn area behind a tall barbed wire fence. One day he finds a tiny green shoot and waters and nurtures it until it grows to cover the fence.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Walker

ISBN: 9781406325881
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Gardens
  • Hope
  • Peace
  • War
  • Plants
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Carmichael, Claire Gotta B 2009 9781741662986
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TITLE:

Gotta B

AUTHOR:

Carmichael, Claire

When Rick Lawrence is suddenly disconnected, his iZod dead, he discovers that his whole life seems to disappear.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Gillian Rubinstein, Sally Rogers-Davidson, Catherine Jinks

PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9781741662986
GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Electronic communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Future
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Belonging
  • Bullying
  • Class text suggestion
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
McCall Smith, Alexander Akimbo and the lions 2005 043986237X
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TITLE:

Akimbo and the lions

AUTHOR:

McCall Smith, Alexander

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2005

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic

ISBN: 043986237X
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Lions
  • Africa
  • Read aloud
  • Animal-human relationships
  • Environment
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Biography and books.
Harris, D.G. Chocolate chaos! 2007 9780733318566
TITLE:

Chocolate chaos!

AUTHOR:

Harris, D.G.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

ABC Books

ISBN: 9780733318566
SERIES:

Snott Henderson ; bk. 4

GENRE:

crime

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Gangs
  • Food
  • Humour
Hale, Nick Sudden death 2010 9781405249508
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TITLE:

Sudden death

AUTHOR:

Hale, Nick

SUITABLE AGES: to 18
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Egmont

ISBN: 9781405249508
SERIES:

Striker ; 1

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Murder
  • Spies
  • St Petersburg (Russia)
  • Organised crime
REVIEW: Review by Gareth Peer (Student)
Scott-Mitchell, Clare 100 Australian poems for children 2003 0759320276
TITLE:

100 Australian poems for children

AUTHOR:

Scott-Mitchell, Clare

A wide range of well-known Australian poems, complimented by Gregory Roger's illustrations, are included in this collection.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2003

PUBLISHER:

Random

ISBN: 0759320276
CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Australian poetry
  • Poetry
Mercer, Sienna Fangtastic! 2009 9781405243704
TITLE:

Fangtastic!

AUTHOR:

Mercer, Sienna

SUITABLE AGES:
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Egmont

ISBN: 9781405243704
SERIES:

My sister the vampire bk 4

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Vampires
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Twins
  • Reporters and reporting
  • Journalists
Wilcock, Lizzie Give me four reasons Highly recommended 2011 9781921541827
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TITLE:

Give me four reasons

AUTHOR:

Wilcock, Lizzie

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Paige is a quiet, shy girl who never attracts much attention. On the last day of school, she discovers no one has written in her yearbook apart from her three best friends, and as a result she starts to feel lonely and invisible to everyone.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781921541827
GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Self-esteem
  • Girls
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://lizziewilcock.wordpress.com/
REVIEW: Review by Rebecca Adams (Student).
Stiefvater, Maggie Ballad Recommended 2011 9781407121123
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TITLE:

Ballad

AUTHOR:

Stiefvater, Maggie

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Sequel to Lament that continues the relationship between James and Deirdre as they both embark on life at Thornking-Ash School of Music.

SUITABLE AGES: to 16
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic

ISBN: 9781407121123
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Musicians
  • Fairies
  • Romance
  • Supernatural
  • Books for girls
  • Boarding schools
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Biography, books and faqs.
REVIEW: Review by Tracy Glover.
Hislop, Victoria Island 2008 9780755347193
TITLE:

Island

AUTHOR:

Hislop, Victoria

Based around the islands of Crete and Spinalonga a leper colony island.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Headline Review

ISBN: 9780755347193
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Family - History
  • Family relations
  • Crete
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.victoriahislop.com/
Boelts, Maribeth Illus. Castillo, Lauren Happy like soccer Recommended 2012 9780763646165
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TITLE:

Happy like soccer

AUTHOR:

Boelts, Maribeth Illus. Castillo, Lauren

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Sierra knows that soccer is the thing which makes her the happiest of all, but it is also sad, as her aunt cannot be there to see her play.

SUITABLE AGES: 6 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Candlewick

ISBN: 9780763646165
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Multiculturalism
  • Resilience
  • Friendship
  • Shoes
  • Poverty
  • Kindness
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Base, Graeme Little elephants Recommended 2012 9780670076475
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TITLE:

Little elephants

AUTHOR:

Base, Graeme

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Times are difficult for Jim and his mother. The wheat crop is ready to be harvested, but the harvester is broken and a plague of locusts is on the way.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780670076475
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Animals
  • Farm life
  • Environment
  • Elephants
  • Grasshoppers
  • Insects, Harmful and useful
  • Pest control
  • Sustainability
  • Picture book for older readers
AWARDS:

Aurealis Award shortlist 2012

AUTHOR WEBSITE: Official art gallery site.
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Freedman, Claire Ben Cort Aliens love underpants 2009 9781847385901
TITLE:

Aliens love underpants

AUTHOR:

Freedman, Claire Ben Cort

Aliens love underpants, In every shape and size, But there are no underpants in space, So here's a big surprise .

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781847385901
GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Aliens
  • Humour
  • Verse stories
  • Life on other planets
  • Underwear
  • Reluctant readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.clairefreedman.co.uk/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Johnson, Maureen Madness underneath Recommended 2013 9780007432271
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TITLE:

Madness underneath

AUTHOR:

Johnson, Maureen

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

There are strange and dangerous apparitions around the streets of her school and Rory has to put her new-found ghost hunting skills to the test before ghosts appear from the old grounds of Bedlam.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780007432271
SERIES:

Shades of London bk. 2

GENRE:

crime

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Boarding schools
  • School
  • Murder
  • Supernatural
  • Thriller
  • Making of the Modern World (1750 - 1918)
  • Gothic fiction
  • Ghosts
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com/
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Pearson, Maggie House of the cats and other tales from Europe 2013 9781408180075
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TITLE:

House of the cats and other tales from Europe

AUTHOR:

Pearson, Maggie

A diverse collection of folk tales collected from across different European countries.

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

A & C Black

ISBN: 9781408180075
GENRE:

folklore

CATEGORY:

Short stories

THEMES:
  • Humour
  • Folklore
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Matthews, Penny Illus. Masciullo, Lucia Ruby and the country cousins Highly recommended 2013 9780143307433
TITLE:

Ruby and the country cousins

AUTHOR:

Matthews, Penny Illus. Masciullo, Lucia

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Ruby must move to Kettle Farm to stay with her cousins as her family has lost everything in the Great Depression.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Puffin

ISBN: 9780143307433
SERIES:

Our Australian girl. 1931 ; R2

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Depressions, Economic
  • Australia - Social life and customs - 1929-1945
  • School
  • Country life - Australia
  • Great Depression, 1929-1941
  • Farm life - Australia
  • Reluctant readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://pennymatthews.com.au/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Cooper, Jennifer She'll be coming round the mountain 2013 9781775431725
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TITLE:

She'll be coming round the mountain

AUTHOR:

Cooper, Jennifer

The Topp Twins perform a version of the well-known song 'She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain', featuring a little girl as the female coming round the mountain, and various farm animals playing instruments and preparing for her arrival. (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic

ISBN: 9781775431725
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Songs
  • Animals
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Woodson, Jacqueline Beneath a meth moon : an elegy 2013 9780142423929
TITLE:

Beneath a meth moon : an elegy

AUTHOR:

Woodson, Jacqueline

Laurel Daneau, having lost her mother, grandmother, and home in Hurricane Katrina, thinks things are going well with her new life until she is introduced to meth.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Speak

ISBN: 9780142423929
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Runaways
  • Bereavement
  • Methamphetamine (Drug
  • Drugs
  • Drug abuse
  • Missing persons
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Biography, booklists and faqs.
Alcott, Louisa May Inheritance 1998 9780140436662
TITLE:

Inheritance

AUTHOR:

Alcott, Louisa May

The Inheritance, set in an English country manor, is the story of Edith Adelon, an Italian orphan brought to England by Lord Hamilton as a companion for his children. With a charm reminiscent of Jane Austen's novels, Alcott's plot sets love and courtesy against depravity and dishonour - and with the help of a secret inheritance, allows virtue to prevail. - Cover

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

L.M. Montgomery, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jane Austen

PUBLISHED:

1998

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780140436662
GENRE:

romance

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Family relations
  • Classics
  • Film of the book
  • Orphans and orphanages
  • Great Britain - Social life and customs
  • Books for girls
Oranges and sunshine 2010
FILM TITLE:

Oranges and sunshine

Up to 150,000 children had been deported from children's homes in Britain and shipped off to a 'new life' in distant parts of the Empire - the last as recently as 1967. Many were told that their parents were dead, and parents often believed that their children had been adopted in Britain. Margaret Humphreys' mission was to reunite these innocent and unwilling exiles with their families in Britain, by founding the Child Migrants Trust. (Publisher).

SUITABLE AGES: M
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Little Gaddesden Productions

GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Australia - Immigration and emigration - Policy
  • Great Britain - Immigration and emigration - Policy
  • Great Britain - History - 1952-
  • Social workers
  • Children in Great Britain
  • Children in Australia
  • Children - Institutional care
  • Orphans and orphanages
  • Social welfare - Australia - History
  • Child abuse
  • Film of the book
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Sharp, Christine Sylvia Highly recommended 2014 9780702253140
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TITLE:

Sylvia

AUTHOR:

Sharp, Christine

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Sylvia Snail loves gardener Simon Greens' vegetable patch where she can munch on mushrooms, chomp on cabbages and indulge in luscious lettuce leaves. Unfortunately, keen organic gardener Simon has reached the limits of his patience, his carefully tended vegetables are being eaten by Sylvia.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

UQP

ISBN: 9780702253140
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Snails
  • Gardens
  • Cooperation
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Blabey, Aaron Pig the pug Highly recommended 2014 9781743624777
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TITLE:

Pig the pug

AUTHOR:

Blabey, Aaron

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

In rhyming stanzas Blabey describes the dog, Pig, as it gathers all its toys to itself, its blazing eyes daring poor old Trevor to come any closer. Trevor the sausage dog has had the temerity to suggest that Pig share his toys, but rather than do that, Pig builds a tower of his toys, eventually making one so tall that it topples over and he falls from the open window.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic Press

ISBN: 9781743624777
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Sharing
  • Cooperation
  • Dogs
  • Read aloud
  • Pug dogs
  • Verse stories
AWARDS:

Young Australians' Best Book Awards 2015, Early Childhood Book of the Year Award shortlist 2015

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.aaronblabeybooks.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Lam, Laura Pantomine Recommended 2013 9781908844361
TITLE:

Pantomine

AUTHOR:

Lam, Laura

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona's circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.

SUITABLE AGES: to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Strange Chemistry

ISBN: 9781908844361
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Circuses
  • Runaways
  • Romance
Honey, Elizabeth Hop up! Wriggle over Recommended 2015 9781743319987
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TITLE:

Hop up! Wriggle over

AUTHOR:

Honey, Elizabeth

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Nine bouncing baby Australian animals roll across each of the pages in this enchanting look at the activities a family undertakes during a day. From getting up with parents, kangaroo and koala tugged awake by their hungry offspring, to bed time where all sleep the sleep of the exhausted after a fun packed day children will scream with delight recognising the things they do with their own families.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 3 to 5
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743319987
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Australian poetry
  • Animals
  • Australia
  • Bed time
  • Daily activites
AWARDS:

Early Childhood Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2016

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.elizabethhoney.com/
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Rosen, Michael Uncle Gobb and the dreadshed Recommended 2015 9781408851302
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TITLE:

Uncle Gobb and the dreadshed

AUTHOR:

Rosen, Michael

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Uncle Gobb seems to be a cross between a dictator within the education system and the world's most unpleasant uncle.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781408851302
GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Family
  • Extended families
AUTHOR WEBSITE:
REVIEW: Review by Carolyn Hull.
Janisch, Heinz King and the sea Recommended 2015 9781927271803
TITLE:

King and the sea

AUTHOR:

Janisch, Heinz

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

21 short stories about a king whose encounters show him that his power has limits.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 8
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Gecko Press

ISBN: 9781927271803
CATEGORY:

Short stories

THEMES:
  • Kings, queens and rulers
  • Short stories
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Norriss, Andrew Jessica's ghost Highly recommended 2015 9781910200339
TITLE:

Jessica's ghost

AUTHOR:

Norriss, Andrew

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Jessica has never had a friend like Francis before. Not just because he's someone to laugh with every day - but because he's the first person who has ever been able to see her.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

David Fickling Books

ISBN: 9781910200339
GENRE:

ghost

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Suicide
  • Friendship
  • Self-perception
  • Personal identity
AWARDS:

Costa Children's Book Award shortlist 2015

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/issue/211/childrens-books/reviews/jessicas-ghost
REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Lawson, Jon Arno Footpath flowers Highly recommended 2015 9781406362084
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TITLE:

Footpath flowers

AUTHOR:

Lawson, Jon Arno

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Previously published in Canada and the United States as: Sidewalk flowers. On a walk with her father, a little girl gathers a bunch of wild flowers found hidden in the places people usually don't look. Then, in small, loving gestures, the little girl transforms the world around her by giving each one away. (Book cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7 8
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406362084
GENRE:

wordless

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Wild flowers
  • Gifts
  • Girls
  • Fathers
  • Parent and child
  • Graphic novels
  • Gentleness
AWARDS:

NYT Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015, Greenaway Medal shortlist 2016

REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Watkins, Steve Juvie 2015 9781406358629
TITLE:

Juvie

AUTHOR:

Watkins, Steve

To keep Carla from going to prison, away from her three-year-old daughter, Sadie takes the rap, thinking she'll get community service but ends up in a juvenile corrections facility for six months.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406358629
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Juvenile courts
  • Siblings
  • Reluctant readers
AWARDS:

Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2015

Migliardo, Emiliano Seek and find dinosaurs Highly recommended 2016 9781408867532
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TITLE:

Seek and find dinosaurs

AUTHOR:

Migliardo, Emiliano

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

This brightly coloured activity book welcomes the young child into the world of dinosaurs.

SUITABLE AGES:
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury Activity Book

ISBN: 9781408867532
GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Dinosaurs
  • Activity book
AWARDS:

4 5 6

SIMILAR BOOKS: Where's Wally
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell
Worsley, Lucy Eliza Rose 2016 9781408869437
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TITLE:

Eliza Rose

AUTHOR:

Worsley, Lucy

When Eliza becomes a maid of honour, she's drawn into the thrilling, treacherous court of Henry the Eighth.

SUITABLE AGES: to 18
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781408869437
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Catharine Howard, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England
  • Nobility
  • Queens
  • Great Britain - History - 1485-1603, Tudor period
  • Great Britain - Kings, queens and rulers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://lucyworsley.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Carolyn Hull.
Bracken, Alexandra Passenger 2016 9781460752043
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TITLE:

Passenger

AUTHOR:

Bracken, Alexandra

Etta was 'Classical Music's Best Kept Secret.' She is an eighteen year old violinist set to make her debut on the concert scene. On the night of her debut her life knocked off track through an act of violence and revenge and Etta is transported to 1770.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins

ISBN: 9781460752043
GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Time travel
  • Ocean travel
  • Violinists, cellists, etc.
  • Water transport
  • Violins
  • Musicians
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.alexandrabracken.com/
REVIEW: Review by Linda Guthrie.
Geppert, Andy MEEP Highly recommended 2015 9780992288723
TITLE:

MEEP

AUTHOR:

Geppert, Andy

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

MEEP is a story about a baby peacock who gives away his feathers to help his friends feel better about the way they look.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Tiny Owl Workshop,

ISBN: 9780992288723
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Peacocks
  • Kindness
  • Friendship
  • Birds
  • Gentleness
AWARDS:

Early Childhood Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2016

Hunt, Steven Masciullo, Lucia Nose pixies 2016 9781460705988
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TITLE:

Nose pixies

AUTHOR:

Hunt, Steven Masciullo, Lucia

Oliver has a very nasty habit, that of picking his nose and planting the pickings in his mouth. He tells his hands to behave but without thinking those fingers sneak back into his nose. One night Dad tells him a very strange story, that of the nose pickers whose job it is to mine noses.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

ABC

ISBN: 9781460705988
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Nose
  • Habits
  • Health
AWARDS:

Speech Pathology Australia shortlist 2017

TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Oktober, Tricia Butterfly and Oscar Recommended 2014 9781925000511
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TITLE:

Butterfly and Oscar

AUTHOR:

Oktober, Tricia

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

When Butterfly joins a family of dachshunds, she doesn't realise how different she looks until she unexpectedly sees herself in a mirror.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Ford St

ISBN: 9781925000511
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Dogs
  • Individuality
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Saltzberg, Barney Hug this book Recommended 2016 9780714872841
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TITLE:

Hug this book

AUTHOR:

Saltzberg, Barney

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Barney Saltzberg's Hug this Book is a delightful rhyming story, which celebrates the joy of reading. The enjoyment of receiving a new book, the smell, the adventure, the tickling pages and the warmth of a story wrapping you inside all provide pleasurable sensory experiences.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Phaidon

ISBN: 9780714872841
GENRE:

wordless

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Books and reading
  • Books
  • Reading
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Emerson, Marcus Diary of a 6th grade ninja Recommended 2017 9781760295554
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TITLE:

Diary of a 6th grade ninja

AUTHOR:

Emerson, Marcus

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Chase was just another scrawny kid until a group of ninjas recruited him into their clan. It was a world of trouble he wasn't prepared for.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760295554
SERIES:

Diary of a 6th grade ninja ; 1.

GENRE:

diary

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Middle schooling
  • Ninjutsu
  • Diary stories
  • School
  • Martial arts
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.marcusemerson.com/
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Darlison, Aleesah Running from the tiger Recommended 2017 9780994501066
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TITLE:

Running from the tiger

AUTHOR:

Darlison, Aleesah

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Eleven-year-old Ebony's lonely life is filled with school, chores, minding her little sisters and treading carefully around her father. Her dad is the tiger, an alcoholic gambler who rules his family through physical and emotional abuse.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Empowering Resources

ISBN: 9780994501066
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Secrecy
  • Trust
  • Running
  • Family relations
  • Domestic violence
  • Courage
  • Child abuse
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.aleesahdarlison.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Gray, C.M. Apocalypse Highly recommended 2017 9780733334245
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TITLE:

Apocalypse

AUTHOR:

Gray, C.M.

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Halloween can be a fun time but when you are half zombie things can be a bit different. Ben hopes that being half zombie will help him get extra candy this Halloween.

SUITABLE AGES: 7 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

ABC Books

ISBN: 9780733334245
SERIES:

Zombified!

GENRE:

supernatural

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Zombies
  • Supernatural
  • Humour
  • Halloween
REVIEW: Review by Karen Colliver.
Hoffman, Alice Rules of magic Recommended 2017 9781471168987
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TITLE:

Rules of magic

AUTHOR:

Hoffman, Alice

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Plunged into a world of different possibilities we are told that, through magic, things can be changed - and sometimes revenge can be exacted on those who have hurt others.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

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

PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471168987
GENRE:

supernatural

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Witches and warlocks
  • Magic
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Sorcery
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Contains biography and reading guides.
REVIEW: Review by Elizabeth Bondar.
Shelberg, Rebecka Sharpe Edmonds, Andrea Visiting you Recommended 2018 9781925335668
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TITLE:

Visiting you

AUTHOR:

Shelberg, Rebecka Sharpe Edmonds, Andrea

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Rather than focusing on physical differences, it is the common humanity of the community and the need to give and receive love that binds us.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

EK

ISBN: 9781925335668
CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Voyages and travels
  • Love
  • Human relations
  • Voyages and travels
  • Connectedness (Psychology)
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Fountain, Ben Billy Lynn's long halftime walk 2013 9780857864406
TITLE:

Billy Lynn's long halftime walk

AUTHOR:

Fountain, Ben

In this satire of how contemporary war is waged and sold to the American public, we follow one day in the life of Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old soldier who is on a "victory tour" of America during the time of the Iraq war, a tour that the government is using to drum up support for the war.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Canongate

ISBN: 9780857864406
GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Veterans
  • Iraq War, 2003-2010
  • Propaganda
  • Soldiers
  • War veterans
  • Army soldiers
  • Satire
  • Comparative texts
SIMILAR BOOKS: American sniper (film), The yellow birds by Kevin Powers
Williamson, Lisa All about Mia 2018 9781910989111
TITLE:

All about Mia

AUTHOR:

Williamson, Lisa

Mia Campbell-Richardson, 16, is ballsy, gorgeous and kind of a disaster. Unlike her brilliant sisters, academic Grace (19) and champion swimmer Audrey (13), middle child Mia has no idea what she wants to do with her life and is convinced of her status as the black sheep of the family. Struggling at school and unable to deal with her parents easy acceptance of perfect sister Grace's fall from grace - Mia goes into a tailspin, misguidedly seducing a man in his 40s and putting herself at risk on several occasions by drinking herself into oblivion. It is only the disappearance of her quiet and loving baby sister that is eventually able to bring Mia and Grace back together and help Mia see at last that she doesn't need it all to be about Mia to be happy.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Karen Gregory

PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

David Fickling Books

ISBN: 9781910989111
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Family relations
  • Pregnancy and adolescents
  • Siblings
  • Family relationship
  • Teenage pregnancy
Child 44 2015
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FILM TITLE:

Child 44

Set in Stalinist Russia, where children are being killed and mutilated by a serial killer.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

GENRE:

thriller

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Historical
  • Mystery and suspense
  • Soviet Union - History - 1953-1991
  • Soviet Union
  • Book of the film