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Pratchett, Terry Making money 2014 9780552167703
TITLE:

Making money

AUTHOR:

Pratchett, Terry

Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations in running the Ankh-Morpork Post Office. So-- it's an offer he can't refuse. Who would not to wish to be in charge of Ankh-Morpork's Royal Mint and the bank next door?

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony, Orson Scott Card, Susanna Clarke, Eoin Colfer, Phillip K. Dick, Jasper Fforde, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Sebastien de Castell

PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Doubleday

ISBN: 9780552167703
SERIES:

Discworld ; 36

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Humour
  • Banks and banking
  • Money
  • After Harry Potter and Deltora Quest
  • Postal services
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Information, books and forum.
Rawles, Nancy My Jim Recommended 2011 9781400054015
TITLE:

My Jim

AUTHOR:

Rawles, Nancy

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

To help her granddaughter accept the risks of loving, Sadie Watson mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie's Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck Finn.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Crown Publishers

ISBN: 9781400054015
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Grandparents
  • Slavery
  • Love
AWARDS:

Alex Award 2006

Cooper, Helen Baby who wouldn't go to bed Recommended 1997 9780552528382
TITLE:

Baby who wouldn't go to bed

AUTHOR:

Cooper, Helen

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

This is a story about a little boy who won't go to bed. At first it's fun staying up, but gradually the drowsy world nods off all around him, and the baby finds himself alone. But there is someone who is not asleep.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

1997

PUBLISHER:

Doubleday

ISBN: 9780552528382
CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Bedtime
  • Sleep
AWARDS:

Greenaway Medal

Clark, Margaret Care factor zero 1997 0091833043
TITLE:

Care factor zero

AUTHOR:

Clark, Margaret

Larceny Leyton is a wild child - tough, smart, willful and proud. Like so many others, she wears her attitude like armour.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

1997

PUBLISHER:

Random House Australia,

ISBN: 0091833043
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Family relations
  • Child abuse
  • Homeless persons
  • Mental illness
  • Suicide
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.margaretclark.com/
Finlay, Lizzie Dandylion Highly recommended 2009 9781862305960
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TITLE:

Dandylion

AUTHOR:

Finlay, Lizzie

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Dandylion is a weed, who resembles a lion. He joins Miss Gardener's rather orderly class and the other children, accustomed to following rules, are shocked then delighted by the chaos and excitement that Dandylion trails in his wake.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Random House

ISBN: 9781862305960
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Diversity
  • Friendship
  • Individuality
REVIEW: Review by Claire Larson.
The secret of Moonacre 2008
FILM TITLE:

The secret of Moonacre

Based on The little white horse by Elizabeth Goudge. Maria inherits a book of secrets from her dad. She moves to her uncle's Moonacre estate. A family curse was cast on the valley. Only Maria can break it using her book.

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2008

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Unicorns
  • Peace
  • Film of the book
TEACHER RESOURCES:
McMullan, Kate I'm dirty 2008 9781845078669
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TITLE:

I'm dirty

AUTHOR:

McMullan, Kate

A front end loader cleans up a messy dump removes a stump and fills in a mud hole.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 8
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Frances Lincoln Children's Books

ISBN: 9781845078669
GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Rubbish disposal
  • Machines
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Niland, Kilmeny Aussie day before Christmas Recommended 2008 9781741690972
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TITLE:

Aussie day before Christmas

AUTHOR:

Niland, Kilmeny

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Putting iconic Australian sayings and slang to the familiar rhythm of the Clement C. Moore poem, Kilmeny Niland uses her artistic talent to portray a DownUnder day before Christmas through stunning illustrations that capture a very different picture of Santa than the traditional one our children are so familiar with.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic

ISBN: 9781741690972
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Christmas
  • Santa Claus
  • Verse stories
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Fensham, Elizabeth Matty forever Recommended 2009 9780702237027
TITLE:

Matty forever

AUTHOR:

Fensham, Elizabeth

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Bill moves to a new town after a family scandal and becomes friends with Matty. Their friendship is tested when he meets Isabella.

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

UQP

ISBN: 9780702237027
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Trust
  • Read aloud
  • Secrets
  • Betrayal
  • Read aloud
  • Class text suggestion
  • School
  • Feel good book
AWARDS:

Younger Readers Book of the Year Award Notable Books shortlist 2010

TEACHER RESOURCES:
Risson, Toni Batty business 2008 9780702236686
TITLE:

Batty business

AUTHOR:

Risson, Toni

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

University of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702236686
GENRE:

myths

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Mythology, Greek
  • Bats
  • Reluctant readers
  • Multiculturalism
  • Greeks in Australia
  • Adventure
  • Friendship
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Danalis, Johnny Illus. Danalis, Stella Schumann the shoeman 2009 9780702236211
TITLE:

Schumann the shoeman

AUTHOR:

Danalis, Johnny Illus. Danalis, Stella

Schumann the shoemaker makes beautiful shoes that are comfortable works of art, but what will happen when a shoe factory comes to town.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

University of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702236211
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Shoes
AWARDS:

Picture Book of the Year Award shortlist 2010

REVIEW: Review by Sally Murphy.
Eldridge, Jim Disgusting Dave and the flesh-eating maggots 2010 9781444900118
TITLE:

Disgusting Dave and the flesh-eating maggots

AUTHOR:

Eldridge, Jim

When some real-live maggots arrive for Dave in the post, he discovers that science can turn dangerous!

SUITABLE AGES: to 9
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Hodder Children's

ISBN: 9781444900118
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Maggots
  • Humour
  • Insects
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.jimeldridge.com/
Evans, Lissa Small change for Stuart Recommended 2019 9781788451017
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TITLE:

Small change for Stuart

AUTHOR:

Evans, Lissa

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

S. Horten is not the ideal name for someone who is small for his age and Stuart gets very annoyed at being mistaken for a seven year old when he's actually ten.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 10
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

E. E. Nesbit

PUBLISHED:

2019

PUBLISHER:

David Fickling Books

ISBN: 9781788451017
GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Magic
  • Puzzles
  • Sorcery
AWARDS:

Carnegie Medal shortlist 2012, Costa Book Award shortlist 2011

REVIEW: Review by Claire Larson.
Watkins, Ella Henry the goat 2011 9781921690877
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TITLE:

Henry the goat

AUTHOR:

Watkins, Ella

Henry the goat just loves to play - but sometimes his over-exuberance for life leads to strife.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781921690877
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Play
  • Goats
  • Teen author
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
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.
Higgins, Jane Bridge 2011 9781921758331
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TITLE:

Bridge

AUTHOR:

Higgins, Jane

Nik and his fellow year 12 students are alert. ISIS representatives have entered the school hall, ready to take away the best of the best for acceptance and training for their elite guard. One by one, Nik's friends stand, their name called, but at the end of the ceremony, Nik is still there, seated.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Text

ISBN: 9781921758331
GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Future
  • Friendship
  • Survival
  • War
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Adventure
  • Courage
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.janehiggins.co.nz/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Tahlia Kennewell (Student)
Treadwell, James Advent 2012 9781444728477
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TITLE:

Advent

AUTHOR:

Treadwell, James

Gavin Stokes is a regular city kid from London who thinks that his parents want nothing to do with him. Ever since he was a child, Gavin has seen things that no one else will believe.

SUITABLE AGES: 16 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781444728477
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • End of the world
  • Magic
REVIEW: Review by Michael Adams.
Terry, Teri Slated Recommended 2012 9781408319468
TITLE:

Slated

AUTHOR:

Terry, Teri

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Sixteen-year-old Kyla has been 'slated': all of her past memories erased, her entire personality wiped blank. The government claims she was a terrorist, but Kyla knows that the government has been lying.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Orchard

ISBN: 9781408319468
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Memory
  • Personal identity
  • Self-perception
  • Conspiracies
  • Mystery and suspense
  • Dystopian fiction
AWARDS:

Leeds Book Awards

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://teriterry.jimdo.com/
REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Albee, Sarah Poo! : a history of the world from the bottom up Recommended 2012 9781408171905
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TITLE:

Poo! : a history of the world from the bottom up

AUTHOR:

Albee, Sarah

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A history of how humans dispose of their waste material is given a very funny airing in this mammoth tome.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

A & C Black

ISBN: 9781408171905
GENRE:

historical

THEMES:
  • Toilets
  • Sewage disposal
  • Sanitation
  • Humour
  • Reluctant readers
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Cole, Babette Princess Smartypants breaks the rules 2009 9780141501550
TITLE:

Princess Smartypants breaks the rules

AUTHOR:

Cole, Babette

Princess Smartypants is in BIG trouble. The Queen is packing her off to finishing school and that means business. (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Puffin

ISBN: 9780141501550
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Dragons
  • Strong female character
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.babette-cole.com/
Lahiri, Jhumpa Lowland Recommended 2013 9781408844557
TITLE:

Lowland

AUTHOR:

Lahiri, Jhumpa

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Udayan will give everything, risk all, for what he believes, and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781408844557
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Family - India
  • India
  • Asia
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Revolutions
AWARDS:

Booker Prize shortlist 2013

Cox, Tania Broekstra, Lorette My dad and me 2013 9781743316238
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TITLE:

My dad and me

AUTHOR:

Cox, Tania Broekstra, Lorette

What makes Dad happy?

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743316238
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Fathers
  • Happiness
  • Verse stories
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.taniacox.com/
Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore Back to Blackbrick 2013 9781444006599
TITLE:

Back to Blackbrick

AUTHOR:

Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore

Cosmo knows his Grandad is losing his mind. When he gives him a key to Blackbrick Abbey Cosmo finds himself face to face with his grandfather as a young man, and finds he is falling in love with the wrong woman. Can he change his family's future?

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Orion Children's

ISBN: 9781444006599
GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Grandfathers
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Memory
  • Bereavement
  • Time travel
  • Supernatural
  • Loss
Kadohata, Cynthia Thing about luck Highly recommended 2013 9781471116858
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TITLE:

Thing about luck

AUTHOR:

Kadohata, Cynthia

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

With their parents called away to care for relatives in Japan, 12-year-old Summer and her younger brother, Jaz, accompany their grandparents to go harvesting.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471116858
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Farm life
  • Kansas
  • Family relations
  • Grandparents
AWARDS:

Publisher Weekly Best Books 2013, National Book Awards 2013, Horn Book Best books 2013

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.cynthiakadohata.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Julie Wells.
Great expectations 2013
FILM TITLE:

Great expectations

This is the version by British director Mike Newell, of the well known story of the humble orphan who suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor.

SUITABLE AGES: M
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Universal

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Classics
  • Childhood
  • Film of the book
  • Growing up
  • Great Britain - History - 19th century
  • Journeys - Inner
  • Redemption
  • Belonging
  • Discovery
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Lalara, Rhoda Illus. Lalara, Alfred Yirruwa yirrilikenuma-langwa = When we go walkabout 2014 9781743314562
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TITLE:

Yirruwa yirrilikenuma-langwa = When we go walkabout

AUTHOR:

Lalara, Rhoda Illus. Lalara, Alfred

The beautiful landscapes and fauna of Groote Eylandt are brought to life in this unique dual-language picture book which introduces very young children to their unique surroundings. There is the frill-necked lizard - dukwululuwawa - on the big rock; the green frog - dilyaburnda - in the billabong; the wallaby - yiburada - in the scrub and many more right through to the dingarrbiya and the yikurridangwa!!

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743314562
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Anindilyakwa language text
  • Aboriginal peoples - Northern Territory
  • Animals - Northern Territory
  • Groote Eylandt (N.T.)
  • Geography
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Goodfellow, Geoff Opening the windows to catch the sea breeze Recommended 2014 9781743052952
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TITLE:

Opening the windows to catch the sea breeze

AUTHOR:

Goodfellow, Geoff

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A collection of poems about working class people and issues.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Wakefield Press

ISBN: 9781743052952
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Cancer
  • Poetry
  • Mental illness
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.geoffgoodfellow.com/
REVIEW: Review by Carolyn Hull.
Denton, Graham Illus. Longcroft, Sean My rhino plays the xylophone Recommended 2014 9781472904560
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TITLE:

My rhino plays the xylophone

AUTHOR:

Denton, Graham Illus. Longcroft, Sean

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Kids of all ages will laugh hysterically at these poems. Older kids will groan at the puns and pretend they are not amused, but everyone, including adults will get quite a kick from the range of funny poems in this slim book.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

A. &? C. Black

ISBN: 9781472904560
CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Poetry
  • Read aloud
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Webster, Allayne Paper planes Recommended 2014 9781742990699
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TITLE:

Paper planes

AUTHOR:

Webster, Allayne

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Niko and his family are trapped in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. The siege lasts for three years and Niko's family struggle to find enough food and avoid the snipers whose targets are civilians in the streets.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Omnibus

ISBN: 9781742990699
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • War
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina) - History
AWARDS:

Younger Readers Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2015

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.allaynewebster.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Amelie Meinel (Student).
Durst, Sarah Beth Conjured Recommended 2014 9780802737496
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TITLE:

Conjured

AUTHOR:

Durst, Sarah Beth

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Haunted by disturbing dreams and terrifying visions, a teenaged girl in a paranormal witness protection program must remember her past and why she has strange abilities before a magic-wielding serial killer hunts her down.

SUITABLE AGES: to 18
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9780802737496
GENRE:

supernatural

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Visions
  • Magic
  • Murderers
  • Memory
  • Supernatural
  • Psychic ability
REVIEW: Review by Cecilia Richards.
Thompson, Colin Out to launch Highly recommended 2015 9781742756202
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TITLE:

Out to launch

AUTHOR:

Thompson, Colin

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Billionaire entrepreneur Radius Limpfast is the most successful creator of reality TV shows in history but is never content to rest, always seeking more spectacular attention on his programs.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9781742756202
SERIES:

Watch this space ; 1.

GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Interplanetary voyages
  • Reality television
  • Humour
  • Space flight
AUTHOR WEBSITE:
REVIEW: Review by Sue Warren.
Stephenson, Kristina Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the really frightful night 2008 9781405247559
TITLE:

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the really frightful night

AUTHOR:

Stephenson, Kristina

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks saves a princess in distress in the tall, tall tower on a dark and stormy night.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 8
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Egmont

ISBN: 9781405247559
SERIES:

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks

GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Knights and knighthood
  • Princes and princesses
  • Chivalry
  • Sorcery
  • Magic
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Author site for the series.
Willis, Jeanne Illus. Ross, Tony Pet person Highly recommended 2015 9781783442423
TITLE:

Pet person

AUTHOR:

Willis, Jeanne Illus. Ross, Tony

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 8
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Andersen Press

ISBN: 9781783442423
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Dogs
  • Pets
  • Birthdays
  • Humorous stories
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.jeannewillis.com/
REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore Apple tart of hope Recommended 2015 9781444011159
TITLE:

Apple tart of hope

AUTHOR:

Fitzgerald, Sarah Moore

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No-one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope. (Back cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 14
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Eve Ibbotson, Hilary MacKay

PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Orion Children's Books

ISBN: 9781444011159
THEMES:
  • Missing persons
  • Friendship
  • Hope
  • Loyalty
REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence Caged warrior 2014 9781423171249
TITLE:

Caged warrior

AUTHOR:

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Hyperion

ISBN: 9781423171249
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Martial arts
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Fathers
  • Sons
  • Single-parent families
  • Poverty
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Violence and non-violence
  • Competition (Human relations)
  • Offspring
  • Reluctant readers
AWARDS:

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2015

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.alanlawrencesitomer.com/
Martin, Emma Illus. Compton, Graeme Healthy harvest Recommended 2014 9781925117134
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TITLE:

Healthy harvest

AUTHOR:

Martin, Emma Illus. Compton, Graeme

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Meet Harry Harvester who wants to help readers learn about the food they buy in the shops.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Little Steps Publishing

ISBN: 9781925117134
GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Children
  • Food
  • Food products
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Morgan, Winter Endermen invasion 2015 9781408869666
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TITLE:

Endermen invasion

AUTHOR:

Morgan, Winter

Steve is invited to participate in an elite building competition on Mushroom Island. His friends Max, Lucy, and Henry are impressed and want to join their friend on a journey to the island. Yet not everyone is happy: Steve's neighbor Kyra is upset because she wasn't chosen as a contestant.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Bloomsbury

ISBN: 9781408869666
SERIES:

Unofficial Minecrafter's adventure series

GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Minecraft
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Battles
  • Computer games
  • Adventure stories
  • Military campaigns
  • Reluctant readers
SIMILAR BOOKS: Clash of the creepers by Winter Morgan
REVIEW: Review by Carolyn Hull.
Bland, Nicholas Very noisy bear Recommended 2016 9781760279349
TITLE:

Very noisy bear

AUTHOR:

Bland, Nicholas

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

The very cranky bear and his friends are back. There's music in the air in the jungle. Can Bear's friends help him find the perfect instrument to play?

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic

ISBN: 9781760279349
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Bears
  • Musical instruments
  • Verse stories
  • Humour
  • Read aloud
AWARDS:

Early Childhood Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2016

Clare, Cassandra Lady Midnight Recommended 2016 9781471116612
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TITLE:

Lady Midnight

AUTHOR:

Clare, Cassandra

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471116612
SERIES:

Dark artificers ; bk. 1.

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Demonology
  • Magic
  • Supernatural stories
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Vampires
  • Horror
  • Sorcery
  • Demons
AWARDS:

Teens' Top Ten

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.cassandraclare.com/
REVIEW: Review by Jody Holmes.
Ivanoff, George Medical mission Recommended 2016 9780857988805
TITLE:

Medical mission

AUTHOR:

Ivanoff, George

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

The RFDS are there to help Josh's mother deliver her baby, but after the birth they are rushed off to hospital.

SUITABLE AGES: to 10 11
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857988805
SERIES:

Royal Flying Doctor Service 3.

GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
  • Cattle stations
  • Rescue work
  • Birth
  • Outback
  • Medical practitioners
  • Doctors
  • Snakes
  • Outback
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://georgeivanoff.com.au/
Veitch, Michael 44 days : 75 Squadron and the fight for Australia 2016 9780733633638
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TITLE:

44 days : 75 Squadron and the fight for Australia

AUTHOR:

Veitch, Michael

In March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733633638
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Papua New Guinea
  • Australia. Royal Australian Air Force. Squadron, 75 - History
  • Fighter pilots - Australia
REVIEW: Review by Paul Pledger of ReadPlus
Ferrante, Elena Beach at night Recommended 2016 9781925355741
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TITLE:

Beach at night

AUTHOR:

Ferrante, Elena

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

This most unusual fable for modern times is narrated by a doll, Celina, left on the beach by its owner, Mari, besotted with her new playmate, a kitten. During the night the doll explains what is happening on the beach, the dark forbidding illustrations making the story feel most unsettling.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Text

ISBN: 9781925355741
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Beaches
  • Dolls
  • Kittens
  • Abandonment
  • Picture book for older readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://elenaferrante.com/
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Child, Lauren Blink and you die Highly recommended 2016 9780007334285
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TITLE:

Blink and you die

AUTHOR:

Child, Lauren

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

With ruthless enemies, near impossible situations to overcome, ruthless archenemies, surprising revelations, double crossing dramas and of course, tricky codes and ciphers this is a fabulous finale for Ruby.

SUITABLE AGES: 10 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins Children's

ISBN: 9780007334285
SERIES:

Ruby Redfort

GENRE:

crime

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Spies
  • Codes and ciphers
  • Secret service
  • Mystery and suspense
  • Deception
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Information about Lauren, her books and characters.
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Trollope, Joanna City of friends Recommended 2017 9781509846757
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TITLE:

City of friends

AUTHOR:

Trollope, Joanna

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

This is the story of four women friends, their attachments, relationships, marriages, children, and work.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Elizabeth Berg, Mary Wesley, Joanne Harris, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Penelope Mortimer

PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509846757
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Secrecy
  • Friendship
  • Life change events
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Career women
  • Businesswomen
  • Humour
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.joannatrollope.com/
REVIEW: Review by Elizabeth Bondar.
Stening, Yves Illus. Buchanan, Nigel Fearsome beast and a dumpling feast Recommended 2017 9780648008705
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TITLE:

Fearsome beast and a dumpling feast

AUTHOR:

Stening, Yves Illus. Buchanan, Nigel

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Clementine and Aksel are off to celebrate the Chinese New Year banquet at their cousin Ying's house in Chinatown. When their father is uncertain about the origins of the Chinese New Year, Clementine decides it is a case for the Dinner Detectives to solve and Ying gives them the history of the brave little girl in a red dress who scared away the fearsome Nian and then the origins of dumplings.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

PublishCreative Books

ISBN: 9780648008705
SERIES:

Dinner detectives ; Case 101

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Time travel
  • Chinese New Year
  • Food
  • Dumplings
  • China
  • Recipes
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Donnelly, Anne Helen Ori's Christmas 2017 9780646969329
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TITLE:

Ori's Christmas

AUTHOR:

Donnelly, Anne Helen

"Ori the Octopus is so happy to be celebrating Christmas with all his friends. But what happens when Ori's friends all want to do different things on this special day? " (Author) "Christmas craft inside!"- Cover.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Anne Helen Donnelly

ISBN: 9780646969329
CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas
  • Octopuses
  • Marine animals
REVIEW: Review by Kathryn Schumacher.
Costain, Meredith Illus. McDonald, Danielle Total TV drama Highly recommended 2018 9781760279066
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TITLE:

Total TV drama

AUTHOR:

Costain, Meredith Illus. McDonald, Danielle

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Ella's been chosen for the quiz team and is going on television game show QUIZ-ZAM!

SUITABLE AGES: to 10
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9781760279066
SERIES:

Ella diaries 12

GENRE:

diary

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Diary stories
  • Girls
  • Friendship
  • Television programs
  • Humour
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Information about Meredith, writing workshops and a bibliography.
REVIEW: Review by Jo Schenkel.
Forman, Gayle I have lost my way Highly recommended 2018 9781471173721
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TITLE:

I have lost my way

AUTHOR:

Forman, Gayle

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471173721
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Singers
  • Runaways
  • Personal development
  • Friendship
  • Homosexuality
  • Mental illness
  • Diversity
  • Loss
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://gayleforman.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Toht, Patricia Illus. Tu-Dean, Lorian Dress like a girl 2019 9780062798923
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TITLE:

Dress like a girl

AUTHOR:

Toht, Patricia Illus. Tu-Dean, Lorian

A diverse cast of slumber party participants considers the most time-honored traditions for how to dress.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2019

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062798923
GENRE:

stories in rhyme

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Girls
  • Clothing and dress
  • Parties
  • Costume
  • Sleepovers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.patriciatoht.com/
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Woman at war 2019
FILM TITLE:

Woman at war

Halla is a 50-year-old environmental activist who crusades against the local aluminum industry in Iceland. As her actions grow bolder, her life changes in the blink of an eye when she's finally granted permission to adopt a girl from the Ukraine.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2019

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Environment
  • Women
  • Activism
Griffiths, Alex G Bug collector Highly recommended 2019 9781925594539
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TITLE:

Bug collector

AUTHOR:

Griffiths, Alex G

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

George loves bugs. Small ones, leggy ones, ones that glow. So he decides to become the world's best bug collector. But fabulous creatures aren't meant for life in a bottle. (Back cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2019

PUBLISHER:

New Frontier Publishing Pty Ltd

ISBN: 9781925594539
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Insects
  • Collection and preservation
  • Children
  • Recreation
  • Collecting
  • Grandfathers
  • Hobbies
  • Environment
  • Museums
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight, ReadPlus.