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Henderson, Sally Silent footsteps 2007 9781405037884
TITLE:

Silent footsteps

AUTHOR:

Henderson, Sally

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781405037884
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Animals
  • Elephants
  • Conservation
King-Smith, Dick Hodgeheg 2004 0141317221
TITLE:

Hodgeheg

AUTHOR:

King-Smith, Dick

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7 8
PUBLISHED:

2004

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 0141317221
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Hedgehogs
  • Animals
  • Road safety
TEACHER RESOURCES:
McInerney, Monica Alphabet Sisters 2017 9780143785644
TITLE:

Alphabet Sisters

AUTHOR:

McInerney, Monica

Each of three estranged sisters, meeting up for their grandmother's 80th birthday, is concealing the truth of her private life from the others.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780143785644
CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Social relations
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.monicamcinerney.com/
Hazen, Lynn E. Shifty 2008 9781741755909
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TITLE:

Shifty

AUTHOR:

Hazen, Lynn E.

Soli, nicknamed Shifty, has a new foster home but can he stop his old tricks?

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781741755909
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Foster home care
  • Resilience
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • Homelessness
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
The class 2008
FILM TITLE:

The class

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Teachers
  • Prejudice
  • School
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Gray, Claudia Evernight 2009 9780732289676
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TITLE:

Evernight

AUTHOR:

Gray, Claudia

Bianca doesn't fit in with the perfect students, at Evernight Academy. She wants to escape but then she meets another newcomer, Lucas, and feels an instant rapport with him. Can their love survive their differences and what are the secrets that the school is hiding?

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare

PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780732289676
SERIES:

Evernight series bk 1

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • School
  • Vampires
  • Supernatural
  • Love
  • Romance
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.claudiagray.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Strong, Jeremy Weird : goats - bras - dig this 2008 9780141322025
TITLE:

Weird : goats - bras - dig this

AUTHOR:

Strong, Jeremy

Fizz and Josh do work experience at an old people's home and find escape tunnels, tree snails, donkeys anything but boring.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Puffin

ISBN: 9780141322025
GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Ageing
  • Humour
  • Reluctant readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Contains book information, interviews and awards.
Greenberg, Robert Swimming with skeletons 2009 9780143304654
TITLE:

Swimming with skeletons

AUTHOR:

Greenberg, Robert

The whole town's obsessed with a local bushranger's long-lost treasure, including Nick and his best mate Peter. They won't let anything stop them finding it first. (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES:
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Puffin

ISBN: 9780143304654
SERIES:

Aussie chomps

GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Treasure
  • Archaeology
  • Friendship
Condon, Bill Confessions of a liar, thief and failed sex god Recommended 2009 9781741664546
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TITLE:

Confessions of a liar, thief and failed sex god

AUTHOR:

Condon, Bill

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Neil is in his final year at a Christian Brothers school in Sydney, a year that will see many changes for this boy on the cusp of manhood.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Woolshed Press

ISBN: 9781741664546
GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • School
  • Coming of age
AWARDS:

Prime Minister's Literary Awards Young Adult Fiction 2010

REVIEW: Review by Mark Knight.
Fearnley, Jan Milo Armadillo 2009 9781406310306
TITLE:

Milo Armadillo

AUTHOR:

Fearnley, Jan

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Walker

ISBN: 9781406310306
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Armadillos
  • Animals
  • Toys
Scieszka, Jon Hey kid, want to buy a bridge? 2006 9780142400890
TITLE:

Hey kid, want to buy a bridge?

AUTHOR:

Scieszka, Jon

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2006

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780142400890
GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Time travel
  • Bridges
  • Humour
  • New York (City)
AUTHOR WEBSITE: News and book information.
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Abdel-Fattah, Randa Buzz off! 2011 9781862918481
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TITLE:

Buzz off!

AUTHOR:

Abdel-Fattah, Randa

Lying in bed one night, trying vainly to get to sleep, Noor finds himself unable to swat the pesky flies which keep dive bombing him.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Omnibus

ISBN: 9781862918481
SERIES:

Great Australian yarns

GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Humour
  • Flies
  • Insects
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Brewer, Heather Twelfth grade kills Highly recommended 2011 9780143205180
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TITLE:

Twelfth grade kills

AUTHOR:

Brewer, Heather

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Vlad is about to face his final year of high school, but only if he lives long enough. There are so many people trying to kill him that it is by no means certain he will even make it to his last year at high school or survive it if he does.

SUITABLE AGES: to 15
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780143205180
SERIES:

The chronicles of Vladimir Tod ; 5

GENRE:

horror

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Vampires
  • Schools
  • Reluctant readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Blog, books and biography.
REVIEW: Review by David Rayner.
Abani, Chris Song for night 2008 9781921372094
TITLE:

Song for night

AUTHOR:

Abani, Chris

Set in West Africa, a young man who has left the army and is looking for his family and fellow soldiers and is trying to fit back in, reflects on what he did as a child soldier.

SUITABLE AGES:
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Scribe

ISBN: 9781921372094
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Child soldiers
  • Soldiers
  • Children in war
  • Africa
AWARDS:

12 13 14 15

Lloyd, Alison Letty and the stranger's lace Recommended 2011 9780143305415
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TITLE:

Letty and the stranger's lace

AUTHOR:

Lloyd, Alison

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Newly arrived Letty and her sister, Lavinia try to find work in the struggling colony at Sydney Town.

SUITABLE AGES: 9 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780143305415
SERIES:

Our Australian girl. 1841 ; Letty 2.

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Australia - Social life and customs - 1788-1851
  • Australian colonies
  • Reluctant readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Bio and books.
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Lloyd, Alison Letty's Christmas Recommended 2011 9780143305439
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TITLE:

Letty's Christmas

AUTHOR:

Lloyd, Alison

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A charming story of Sydney Town in the early days unfolds as newly arrived Letty and her sister, Lavinia try to find work in the struggling colony.

SUITABLE AGES: 9 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780143305439
SERIES:

Our Australian girl. 1841 ; Letty 4.

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Australia - Social life and customs - 1788-1851
  • Sydney (N.S.W.) - History
  • Australian colonies
  • Reluctant readers
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Bio and books.
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Pryor, Michael 10 futures 2012 9781742753768
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TITLE:

10 futures

AUTHOR:

Pryor, Michael

"Ten possible futures. Two lives. One enduring friendship" - Cover.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Emily Rodda, Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Woolshed

ISBN: 9781742753768
GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Short stories

THEMES:
  • Future
  • Friendship
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Corruption
  • Power
  • Responsibility
  • Class text suggestion
AUTHOR WEBSITE: News, novels, bio and faqs.
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Kevyna Gardner.
Gantos, Jack Dead end in Norvelt Recommended 2012 9780440870043
TITLE:

Dead end in Norvelt

AUTHOR:

Gantos, Jack

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

In the summer of 1962, 12-year-old Jack Gantos is "grounded for life" by his parents. Jack accidentally fired a live bullet from his dad's Japanese sniper's rifle, and got in the middle of a dispute between his parents and disobeyed his mother's orders not to cut down her corn crop.

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 15
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Corgi Yearling

ISBN: 9780440870043
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Human behaviour
  • Pennsylvania - History
  • Ageing
  • Newbery Medal
  • Obituaries
  • Summer
  • Community life
  • Villages
  • Personality
  • Neighbours
  • Towns
AWARDS:

Newbery Medal

AUTHOR WEBSITE: Books, teacher's guides, bios and photos.
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Andrews, Jesse Me and Earl and the dying girl Recommended 2012 9781742378343
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TITLE:

Me and Earl and the dying girl

AUTHOR:

Andrews, Jesse

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Seventeen-year-old Greg's mother has forced him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This changes his life.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781742378343
GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Leukaemia
  • School
  • Jews in the United States
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Death
  • Humour
  • Cancer
AWARDS:

Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013, Cybils 2012

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.jesseandrews.com/#intro
SIMILAR BOOKS: Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts, In bloom by Matthew Crow, Everything left unsaid by Jessica Davidson, Before I die by Jenny Downham, The fault in our stars by John Green, Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil, You don't even know by Sue Lawson
REVIEW: Review by Emma Gay.
Stewart, Briony Red wheelbarrow Recommended 2012 9780702249259
TITLE:

Red wheelbarrow

AUTHOR:

Stewart, Briony

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

With nothing but a paper bag full of lollies and a much-loved blanket, two sisters and a curious chicken share an adventure in a red wheelbarrow.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

UQP

ISBN: 9780702249259
GENRE:

wordless

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Poultry
  • Brothers and sisters
AWARDS:

Early Childhood Book of the Year Award Notable Books

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.brionystewart.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Bentley, Jonathan Little big Highly recommended 2013 9781921894442
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TITLE:

Little big

AUTHOR:

Bentley, Jonathan

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Baby brother is little and admires his brother nonchalantly sitting cross legged on his chair eating his toast, a big boy. He longs to be big and tries various schemes to be big but they do not work.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Little Hare

ISBN: 9781921894442
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Size and shape
  • Dimensions
  • Mathematics
AWARDS:

Early Childhood Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2014

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.jonathanbentleybooks.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Ayoub, Sarah Hate is such a strong word 2013 9780732296841
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TITLE:

Hate is such a strong word

AUTHOR:

Ayoub, Sarah

Sophie takes us through her final year of high school as a Lebanese-Australian, living in a predominantly Lebanese district of Sydney.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780732296841
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Family relations
  • Violence and non-violence
  • Self-perception
  • Lebanese in Australia
  • Minority groups
  • Prejudice
  • Multiculturalism
  • Bullying
  • Coming of age
  • Discovery
TEACHER RESOURCES:
SIMILAR BOOKS: Good Oil by Laura Buzo, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
REVIEW: Review by Sarah Rose.
Child, Lee Running blind 2001 9780515143508
TITLE:

Running blind

AUTHOR:

Child, Lee

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Dale Brown, Tom Clancy, Ken Follet, Fredrick Forsyth, Brian Freemantle, John Gilstrap

PUBLISHED:

2001

PUBLISHER:

Jove Books

ISBN: 9780515143508
SERIES:

A Jack Reacher novel

GENRE:

thriller

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Mystery and suspense
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.leechild.com
Snicket, Lemony Illus. Klassen, Jon Dark Recommended 2013 9781408330029
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TITLE:

Dark

AUTHOR:

Snicket, Lemony Illus. Klassen, Jon

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

This is the story of Laszlo and how he stopped being afraid of the dark. (Back cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Orchard

ISBN: 9781408330029
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Courage
  • Fear
  • Night and day
  • Personification
  • Anxiety
AWARDS:

Horn Book Best books 2013, Greenaway Medal shortlist 2014, Charlotte Zolotow Award 2014

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.lemonysnicket.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Charbonneau, Joelle Testing Recommended 2013
TITLE:

Testing

AUTHOR:

Charbonneau, Joelle

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Templar

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Universities and colleges
  • Examinations
  • Missing persons
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Reluctant readers
AWARDS:

Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2014, Agatha Award shortlist 2013, Teens' Top Ten 2014

Weetman, Nova Haunting of Lily Frost Recommended 2014 9780702250156
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TITLE:

Haunting of Lily Frost

AUTHOR:

Weetman, Nova

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

When Lily Frost's parents move her from the only home and best friend she's ever known to a country town called Gideon, she finds herself seeing things she thought belonged to the dead.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

University of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702250156
GENRE:

ghost

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Moving house
  • Ghosts
  • Supernatural
  • Country life
  • Mystery and suspense
  • Growing up
  • Loneliness
AWARDS:

Aurealis Award shortlist 2014

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.novaweetman.com.au/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Firth, Melissa Orsini, Cheryl Come on, let's play Recommended 2014 9780734415509
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TITLE:

Come on, let's play

AUTHOR:

Firth, Melissa Orsini, Cheryl

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A joyful celebration of family time and the fun and inventive games kids can play at home.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Lothian

ISBN: 9780734415509
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Families
  • Play
  • Australian poetry
  • Verse stories
  • Read aloud
REVIEW: Review by Karen Mutton.
Smale, Holly Geek girl Recommended 2013 9780007489442
TITLE:

Geek girl

AUTHOR:

Smale, Holly

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Harriet Manners knows all kinds of facts but can't work out why nobody at school likes her.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins Children's

ISBN: 9780007489442
SERIES:

Geek girl ; 1

GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Self-perception
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • School
  • Self-confidence
  • Humour
  • Class text suggestion
AWARDS:

UKYA Awards Funniest book 2014, Branford Boase Award shortlist 2014, Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014, Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist 2013

Lemon-Scott, Candice Moon attack 2014 9781925059090
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TITLE:

Moon attack

AUTHOR:

Lemon-Scott, Candice

Jake, has struggled to pass his space car driving test and is now being sent to remedial driving school. But then he uncovers a plot to blow up the moon and must summon his courage to save everyone.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

New Frontier

ISBN: 9781925059090
SERIES:

Jake in space ; 1

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Space
  • Space stations
  • Friendship
  • Universe
  • Humour
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://candicelemonscott.com.au/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Kylie Kempster.
McFarlane, Susannah Speedy spy Recommended 2015 9781921931987
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TITLE:

Speedy spy

AUTHOR:

McFarlane, Susannah

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Emma Jacks learns that things can go wrong if you go too fast.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Lemon Fizz Media

ISBN: 9781921931987
SERIES:

EJ spy school ; 7.

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • School
  • Speed
  • Spies
  • Espionage
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.susannahmcfarlane.com/
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Sorensen, Jessica Saving Quinton Recommended 2015 9780751555356
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TITLE:

Saving Quinton

AUTHOR:

Sorensen, Jessica

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Nova can't forget Quinton, the one who made her realise that an empty life is not what she deserved. Nova has come to terms with her past and has started to heal, while Quinton is out there getting worse and sinking deeper. She is determined to find him and help him, even if he doesn't want the help.

SUITABLE AGES: to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751555356
SERIES:

The Breaking Nova series

GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Drug abuse
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://jessicasorensen.com/
REVIEW: Review by Cecilia Richards.
Magoon, Kekla How it went down 2014 9780805098693
TITLE:

How it went down

AUTHOR:

Magoon, Kekla

When Tariq is gunned down by a white man, everybody has a different perspective on how it went down.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9780805098693
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Death
  • Race relations
  • African Americans
  • Regional culture
  • Witnesses
  • Ethnic relations
  • Reluctant readers
AWARDS:

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2015

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://keklamagoon.com/
Ross, Tony I want my light on 2010 9780761364436
TITLE:

I want my light on

AUTHOR:

Ross, Tony

Little Princess, who is afraid of ghosts, refuses to turn off her light.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Anderson

ISBN: 9780761364436
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Fear
  • Princes and princesses
  • Ghosts
  • Bedtime
  • Light
Weetman, Nova Frankie and Joely 2015 9780702253638
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TITLE:

Frankie and Joely

AUTHOR:

Weetman, Nova

Joely and Frankie 's summer getaway is not panning out how either of them imagined.

SUITABLE AGES: to 15
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

University of Queensland Press

ISBN: 9780702253638
GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Secrecy
  • Country life - Australia
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.novaweetman.com.au/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Sue Speck.
Cornwell, Jessica Serpent Papers 2015 9781848666733
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TITLE:

Serpent Papers

AUTHOR:

Cornwell, Jessica

In 2003, three women are brutally murdered in Barcelona. And then, a famous Catalan actress is found dead, sparking the interest of the nation. But before the police can piece together the baffling clues, the killer vanishes without a trace. Ten years later, Anna Verco, book hunter extraordinaire, discovers ancient letters that could help solve the case.

SUITABLE AGES: 16 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Quercus

ISBN: 9781848666733
SERIES:

Serpent Papers trilogy ; bk. 1

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Letters (Correspondence)
  • Murder
  • Criminal investigation
  • Cryptography
  • Codes and ciphers
  • Letters
  • Symbols
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Letters (Correspondence)
REVIEW: Review by Rebecca Adams (university student).
Rippin, Sally Toy sale 2014 9781760120535
TITLE:

Toy sale

AUTHOR:

Rippin, Sally

Jack is selling the toys he doesn't play with anymore. There's some old Lego, a scruffy teddy bear and a robot dog that doesn't work. But when Jack sees other kids having fun with his stuff, will he regret the whole idea? (Publisher's website)

SUITABLE AGES: 6 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Hardie Grant Egmont

ISBN: 9781760120535
SERIES:

Hey Jack

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Toys
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Contains biography, books, news and reviews.
Barroux Where's the starfish Highly recommended 2016 9781405280082
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TITLE:

Where's the starfish

AUTHOR:

Barroux

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

A seemingly simple game of find the starfish, the clownfish and the jellyfish amongst the double pages bright with different colours, shapes and varieties of fish, soon turns into a subtle look at the pollution in our oceans as the fish, big and small, find that their habitat is being crowded out by the litter clogging their world.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Egmont

ISBN: 9781405280082
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Picture puzzles
  • Marine pollution
  • Marine animals
  • Water pollution
  • Marine habitats
  • Oceans
  • Fish
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Murphy, Sally Sage Cookson's sweet escape Recommended 2016 9781925059618
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TITLE:

Sage Cookson's sweet escape

AUTHOR:

Murphy, Sally

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Sage Cookson is thrilled that she has finally been given her own phone. She will now be able to keep in touch with her friend Lucy when she travels with her parents on their trips away for their TV cooking show. This time she is off to the west where they meet up with a chocolatier and things go dangerously wrong.

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

New Frontier Publishing

ISBN: 9781925059618
SERIES:

Sage Cookson ; 1.

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Cookery
  • Television programs
  • Voyages and travels
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Competition (Human relations)
  • Travel
  • Chocolate
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://sallymurphy.com.au/
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Climo, Liz Rory the dinosaur wants a pet Recommended 2016 9780316277297
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TITLE:

Rory the dinosaur wants a pet

AUTHOR:

Climo, Liz

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

When Rory visits his friends Hank and Vera they have a surprise for him. Hank has a pet and they do lots of things together. Hank shows off his pet, Sheldon, as they play fetch and hide and seek. Sheldon is so much fun and when Rory walks off back home he wants a pet as well.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Little, Brown and Company

ISBN: 9780316277297
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Dinosaurs
  • Pets
  • Friendship
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Hobbs, Leigh Mr Chicken arriva a Roma = Mr Chicken arrives in Rome Highly recommended 2016 9781925266771
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TITLE:

Mr Chicken arriva a Roma = Mr Chicken arrives in Rome

AUTHOR:

Hobbs, Leigh

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

As a child Mr Chicken had always been interested in Ancient Rome, and now learning the language from his beginner's book of Italian, means to see as much as he can in Rome. He has written a list of the sights he wishes to see, including the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Forum and the Spanish Steps, and he also wishes to meet some real Romans.

SUITABLE AGES: 4 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781925266771
SERIES:

Mr Chicken

GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Travel
  • Rome (City)
  • Voyages and travels
  • Chickens
  • Poultry
  • Tourism
AWARDS:

Picture Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2017, Young Australians' Best Book Awards shortlist 2017

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.leighhobbs.com.au/
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus
Saxby, Claire Illus. Dawson, Janine Christmas at home Highly recommended 2016 9781760402952
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TITLE:

Christmas at home

AUTHOR:

Saxby, Claire Illus. Dawson, Janine

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

The whole family gets together to decorate the tree, filling the branches with baubles, and wrapping up presents.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

The Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760402952
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Christmas
  • Verse story
  • Australian poetry
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://clairesaxby.wordpress.com/
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Wilson, Diana Heather Feather 2016 9781925545005
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TITLE:

Heather Feather

AUTHOR:

Wilson, Diana

Heather Feather is a special emperor penguin whose intrepid environmental journey sees her circumnavigating Australia. Antarctica is the 'coldest, driest continent on Earth' and millions of emperor penguins raise their eggs and young in difficult conditions.

SUITABLE AGES: to 10
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Little Steps Publishing

ISBN: 9781925545005
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Emperor penguin
  • Penguins
  • Environmental protection - Australia
  • Environment
  • Science
  • Habitat conservation - Australia
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Wyatt, Edwina Masciullo, Lucia Together always Highly recommended 2016 9781742979632
TITLE:

Together always

AUTHOR:

Wyatt, Edwina Masciullo, Lucia

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

What happens when the dearest of friends want to go in different directions?

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Little Hare

ISBN: 9781742979632
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Individuality
AWARDS:

Early Childhood Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2017

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://edwinawyatt.com.au/
Catran, Ken Earth dragon, fire hare Recommended 2012 9781869509415
TITLE:

Earth dragon, fire hare

AUTHOR:

Catran, Ken

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

The conflict in Malaysia during and after World War two, as seen from the perspectives of a Kiwi soldier (Peter) and a Chinese Malay freedom fighter (Ng).

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins

ISBN: 9781869509415
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Soldiers - New Zealand
  • War stories
  • Army soldiers
  • Malaysia - History
  • Comparative texts
SIMILAR BOOKS: The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng, Tanamera by Noel Barber
McCreight, Kimberly Outliers Highly recommended 2016 9780008115067
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TITLE:

Outliers

AUTHOR:

McCreight, Kimberly

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Wylie hasn't heard from her one time best friend, Cassie, in over a week. Not since their last fight. But that doesn't matter. Cassie's in trouble, and it's up to Wylie to do what she does best, save her best friend from herself.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins Children's Books

ISBN: 9780008115067
SERIES:

Outliers trilogy ; 1.

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Missing persons
  • Maine
  • Anxiety
  • Loyalty
  • Road trip
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.kimberlymccreight.com/
REVIEW: Review by Kayla Gaskell.
Woods, Matilda Boy, the bird and the coffin maker Highly recommended 2017 9781407178691
TITLE:

Boy, the bird and the coffin maker

AUTHOR:

Woods, Matilda

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Alberto lives alone in the town of Allora, where fish fly out of the sea and the houses shine like jewels. He is a coffin maker, spending his quiet, solitary days creating the final resting places of Allora's people. Until the day a mysterious boy and his magical bird arrive - flying from danger and searching for a safe haven. (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic

ISBN: 9781407178691
CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Loneliness
  • Aged
  • Birds
  • Sadness
  • Friendship
  • Older adults
REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Darlison, Aleesah Yay! it's library day 2018 9781925563238
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TITLE:

Yay! it's library day

AUTHOR:

Darlison, Aleesah

Oliver and Ivy visit the library with Dad and on follows all the adventures they have from the comfort of the giant library chair.

SUITABLE AGES: 3 to 5
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Wombat Books

ISBN: 9781925563238
GENRE:

stories in rhyme

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Libraries
  • Books and reading
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.aleesahdarlison.com/
REVIEW: Review by Nicole Nelson.
Pon, Cindy Want Recommended 2017 9781481489225
TITLE:

Want

AUTHOR:

Pon, Cindy

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Jason Zhou is trying to survive in Taipei, a city plagued by pollution and viruses, but when he discovers the elite are using their wealth to evade the deadly effects, he knows he must do whatever is necessary to fight the corruption and save his city.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Simon Pulse

ISBN: 9781481489225
GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Viruses
  • Survival
  • Viral infections
AWARDS:

Andre Norton shortlist 2018

Midnight special 2016
FILM TITLE:

Midnight special

A father and son go on the run, pursued by government agents and a cult drawn to the boy's special powers.

SUITABLE AGES: MA
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Roadshow Entertainment

GENRE:

science fiction

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Parent and child
  • Cults
  • Parents
  • Offspring
Dubosarsky, Ursula Illus. Vane, Mitch Fairy bread Highly recommended 2001 9780141311753
TITLE:

Fairy bread

AUTHOR:

Dubosarsky, Ursula Illus. Vane, Mitch

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

When Becky's Mum asks what she wants as her party food at her birthday party, she answers fairy bread. So Mum makes plates of it for the guests, but when the great day comes, they only eat the birthday cake.

SUITABLE AGES:
PUBLISHED:

2001

PUBLISHER:

Puffin

ISBN: 9780141311753
SERIES:

Aussie nibbles

GENRE:

Australian

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Parties
  • Birthdays
  • Problem solving
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com/
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight, ReadPlus.
Franzen, Jonathan Freedom 2011 9780007269761
TITLE:

Freedom

AUTHOR:

Franzen, Jonathan

The seemingly idyllic lives of civic-minded environmentalists Patty and Walter Berglund come into question when their son moves in with aggressive Republican neighbours, green lawyer Walter takes a job in the coal industry, and go-getter Patty becomes increasingly unstable and enraged.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Fourth Estate

ISBN: 9780007269761
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Comparative texts
  • Middle classes
  • Marriage
  • Cities and towns
  • Environmental protection
  • Lawyers
  • Community life
  • Family relationship
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Cities
  • Conservation (Environment)