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Peet, Bill Wump World 1981 9780395311295
TITLE:

Wump World

AUTHOR:

Peet, Bill

The Wump World was a small world, very much smaller than our world.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

1981

PUBLISHER:

Houghton Mifflin

ISBN: 9780395311295
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Pollution
  • Conservation
Datlow, Ellen Swan sister : fairy tales retold 2005
TITLE:

Swan sister : fairy tales retold

AUTHOR:

Datlow, Ellen

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2005

PUBLISHER:

Aladdin Paperbacks,

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Short stories

THEMES:
  • Fairy tales retold
Weatherly, Lee Kat got your tongue 2007 9780552551977
TITLE:

Kat got your tongue

AUTHOR:

Weatherly, Lee

FORMAT:

paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Anne Cassidy, Nicky Singer, Catherine Forde, Catherine MacPhail

PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

Corgi

ISBN: 9780552551977
GENRE:

adolescent

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Memory
  • Individuality
  • School
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Information about the author and books.
SIMILAR BOOKS: Memoirs of a teenage amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Streatfeild, Noel Ballet shoes 2004 9780140300413
TITLE:

Ballet shoes

AUTHOR:

Streatfeild, Noel

First published 1949. Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil are sisters with a difference. All three were adopted as babies by Great Uncle Matthew, an eccentric and rich explorer who then disappeared, leaving them in the care of his niece Sylvia. The girls grow up in comfort until their money begins to run out and nobody can find Great Uncle Matthew. Things look bleak until they hit on an inspired idea: Pauline, Petrova and Posy will take to the stage.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2004

PUBLISHER:

Penguin

ISBN: 9780140300413
SERIES:

Puffin modern classics

GENRE:

all

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Ballet
  • Dancing
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert Princess Ben 2008 9780330424271
TITLE:

Princess Ben

AUTHOR:

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert

Locked in a tower in the hope that she will lose weight and learn some manner, Princess Benevolence finds her magic and grows in wisdom.

FORMAT:

Paperback

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Robin McKinley,

PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Pan

ISBN: 9780330424271
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Princes and princesses
  • Magic
  • Coming of age
  • Books for girls
  • Fairy tales retold
  • Romance
  • Feel good book
  • Independence
  • Resilience
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.catherinemurdock.com/index.html
McRobbie, David Good arriving 2008 9780143004035
TITLE:

Good arriving

AUTHOR:

McRobbie, David

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Puffin Books

ISBN: 9780143004035
GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Immigration and emigration
  • Mystery and suspense
  • Migrants
McCourt, Frank Angela and the baby Jesus 2007 9780007262380
TITLE:

Angela and the baby Jesus

AUTHOR:

McCourt, Frank

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2007

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins Children's

ISBN: 9780007262380
GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Christmas
  • Jesus Christ
  • Ireland
Blackford, Jenny Priestess and the slave 2009 9780981924311
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TITLE:

Priestess and the slave

AUTHOR:

Blackford, Jenny

Two parallel stories of a Delphi Pythia and a young slave woman.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Hadley Rille

ISBN: 9780981924311
GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Slavery
  • Priests
  • Ancient Greece
REVIEW: Review by Alison Woodward.
Jones, Diana Wynne House of many ways Recommended 2009 9780007275687
TITLE:

House of many ways

AUTHOR:

Jones, Diana Wynne

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great Uncle William's tiny cottage while he's ill should have been easy, but Great Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland an his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places - the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, to name but a few.

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Jane Yolen, Lian Hearn, Isobelle Carmody, Susan Cooper, Robin McKinley, Ursula Le Guin, Patricia C. Wrede, Garth Nix

PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780007275687
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Wizards, witches and magicians
  • Adventure
AWARDS:

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature finalist 2009

FILM WEBSITE: http://www.enhancetv.com.au/shop/product.php?productid=12663462&cat=248&page=10
McAllister, Angela Little Jack Rabbit 2003 9781862334595
TITLE:

Little Jack Rabbit

AUTHOR:

McAllister, Angela

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2003

PUBLISHER:

Gullane Children's

ISBN: 9781862334595
GENRE:

family

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Grandfathers
  • Cooperation
  • Helpfulness
  • Friendship
  • Grandparents
Fox, Lee Jasper McFlea will not eat his tea 2009
TITLE:

Jasper McFlea will not eat his tea

AUTHOR:

Fox, Lee

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Lothian Books

GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Food
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Verse stories
  • Point of view
Carter, Ally Heist society Recommended 2010 9780734411273
TITLE:

Heist society

AUTHOR:

Carter, Ally

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

When Kat's father is accused of stealing a priceless art collection, she is determined to find the paintings and steal them back.

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Lothian

ISBN: 9780734411273
GENRE:

thriller

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Spies
  • Art thefts
  • Stealing
  • Romance
  • Feel good book
  • Strong female character
  • Humour
AWARDS:

Teens Top Ten 2010, Tower Hamlets Teen Booklist 2012

AUTHOR WEBSITE: Diary, books and biography.
Morris, Jackie Tell me a dragon Recommended 2009 9781845075347
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TITLE:

Tell me a dragon

AUTHOR:

Morris, Jackie

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

With few words and lyrical illustrations, Morris has built up a gallery of the most wonderful dragons in every size and shape.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Frances Lincoln Children’s

ISBN: 9781845075347
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Dragons
  • Picture books for older readers
  • Magic
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Author and book information
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Chen, Debby Tang Monk disciples Monkey King 2005 1572270861
TITLE:

Tang Monk disciples Monkey King

AUTHOR:

Chen, Debby

SUITABLE AGES: 7 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2005

PUBLISHER:

Pan Asian

ISBN: 1572270861
SERIES:

Adventures of Monkey King ; 3

GENRE:

folklore

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Monkeys - Folklore
  • Folklore, Chinese
  • China
  • Asia
  • Voyages and travels - Folklore
  • Gods and goddesses - Folklore
Ardagh, Philip Year that it rained cows 2009 9780571242337
TITLE:

Year that it rained cows

AUTHOR:

Ardagh, Philip

A cow falling out of nowhere onto Limbo Goulash marks the beginning of a very strange chain of events.

SUITABLE AGES: 7 to 10
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Jeff Kinney, Lemony Snicket,

PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Faber and Faber

ISBN: 9780571242337
SERIES:

Grubtown tales ; bk. 2

GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Cities and towns
  • Humour
  • Cattle
  • Books for boys
Ardagh, Philip Far from great escape or, The light, the switch and the wardrobe 2009 9780571242344
TITLE:

Far from great escape or, The light, the switch and the wardrobe

AUTHOR:

Ardagh, Philip

When the local lighthouse is plunged into darkness and a ship runs aground, flattening The Rusty Dolphin, it's hard to imagine things can get much worse in Grubtown.

SUITABLE AGES: 7 to 10
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Jeff Kinney, Lemony Snicket,

PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Faber and Faber

ISBN: 9780571242344
SERIES:

Grubtown tales ; bk. 3

GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Cities and towns
  • Humour
  • Lighthouses
  • Prisoners
  • Books for boys
Harland, Richard Liberator Recommended 2011 9781742373423
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TITLE:

Liberator

AUTHOR:

Harland, Richard

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

It has been three months since the liberation and the Worldshaker is now called Liberator. But every thing has gone wrong, the Filthies no longer trust the Upper Decks people, now know as Swanks.

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781742373423
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Steampunk
  • Future
  • Population
  • Transport
  • Dystopian fiction
  • Leadership
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.richardharland.net/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Tahlia Kennewell (student).
Chayil, Eishes Hush Highly recommended 2010 9780802720887
TITLE:

Hush

AUTHOR:

Chayil, Eishes

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Walker

ISBN: 9780802720887
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Child molesting
  • Jews in the United States
  • Child abuse
  • New York (City)
  • Suicide
AWARDS:

Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012

Hines, Jim C. Red Hood's revenge Recommended 2010 9780756406080
TITLE:

Red Hood's revenge

AUTHOR:

Hines, Jim C.

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLISHER:

Daw

ISBN: 9780756406080
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Princes and princesses
  • Folklore
  • Fairy tales retold
  • Humour
Kunz, Chris Ruby's misadventure 2012 9781742753287
TITLE:

Ruby's misadventure

AUTHOR:

Kunz, Chris

Cassie and her friend Sarah have to find out what is causing Ruby the cat's illness.

SUITABLE AGES: 7 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9781742753287
SERIES:

RSPCA animal tales ; 2.

GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Cats
Lu, Marie Prodigy Recommended 2013 9780141344096
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TITLE:

Prodigy

AUTHOR:

Lu, Marie

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

June and Day join the rebel Patriot group and become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Razorbill Penguin

ISBN: 9780141344096
SERIES:

Legend

GENRE:

dystopian

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Mystery and suspense
  • United States - Future
  • Future
  • Romance
  • Government, Resistance to
  • Soldiers
  • Strong female character
AWARDS:

Best Fiction for Young Adults 2014

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://marielu.org/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
SIMILAR BOOKS: The hunger games by Suzanne Collins, The bridge by Jane Higgins, Divergent by Veronica Roth
REVIEW: Review by Jeann Wong.
Harrower, Elizabeth Watch tower 2012 9781921922428
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TITLE:

Watch tower

AUTHOR:

Harrower, Elizabeth

Set after World War II breaks, Laura's mother pulls her out of school when her father dies and takes the two sisters to Sydney where she treats them as servants. Intelligent, hard-working Laura is sent to Business College while younger girl, Clare, is allowed to remain at school for a time.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Text

ISBN: 9781921922428
CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Sydney (N.S.W.)
  • Psychology
  • Comparative texts
SIMILAR BOOKS: In certain circles by Elizabeth Harrower
REVIEW: Review by Joy Lawn.
French, Jackie Illus. Bruce Whatley Christmas wombat 2011 9780732291723
TITLE:

Christmas wombat

AUTHOR:

French, Jackie Illus. Bruce Whatley

A beautiful picture book following the antics of a wombat, as it copes with the reindeer that have landed nearby. Following the smell of carrots lands him in unusual places, but all is well when he arrives back home. Full of the spirit and customs of Christmas, told with subtlety and imagination.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2011

PUBLISHER:

Angus & Robertson

ISBN: 9780732291723
CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Reindeer
  • Wombats
  • Christmas
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://www.jackiefrench.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
Beede, John They hosed them out 2012 9781743051054
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TITLE:

They hosed them out

AUTHOR:

Beede, John

Based on the author's own experiences as an air gunner, flying for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Wakefield

ISBN: 9781743051054
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Australia
  • Air pilots
  • Air raids
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain
REVIEW: Review by Michelle Thomson.
Davidson, Andrew Gargoyle 2009 9781921520594
TITLE:

Gargoyle

AUTHOR:

Davidson, Andrew

During his painful recovery from horrific burns suffered in the crash, the narrator plots to end his life after his release from the hospital. When a schizophrenic fellow patient, Marianne Engel, begins to visit him and describe her memories of their love affair in medieval Germany, the narrator is at first skeptical, but grows less so.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Text

ISBN: 9781921520594
THEMES:
  • Sculptors
  • Reincarnation
  • Drugs
TEACHER RESOURCES:
St. John, Lauren Race the wind 2013 9781444007978
TITLE:

Race the wind

AUTHOR:

St. John, Lauren

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

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Orion Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781444007978
SERIES:

One dollar horse trilogy bk 2

GENRE:

sport

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Horses
  • Books for girls
Gwynne, Phillip Turn off the lights 2013 9781742378435
TITLE:

Turn off the lights

AUTHOR:

Gwynne, Phillip

Dom should be concentrating on training for his biggest race and a possible spot on the Australian team at the World Youth Games. But the powerful, shadowy organisation, The Debt, has other ideas. And as Dom knows: you don't mess with The Debt. Their demand: bring back Cerberus, the new generation technology that's only whispered about in the furthest reaches of cyberspace. Drawn into the shady world of black-hat hacking and industrial espionage, Dom will need every skill he's learnt, and acquire some more, to complete this instalment. It's an impossible task. How can Dom steal something that doesn't exist? Failure, however, is not an option. (Back cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 11 to 14
PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781742378435
SERIES:

Debt ; Instalment Two

GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Gold Coast (Qld.)
  • Thriller
  • Secret societies
  • Mystery and suspense
Goodwin, Doris Kearns Team of rivals : the political genius of Abraham Lincoln 2012 9781451688092
TITLE:

Team of rivals : the political genius of Abraham Lincoln

AUTHOR:

Goodwin, Doris Kearns

Abraham Lincoln saved Civil War-torn America by appointing his fiercest rivals to key cabinet positions.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLISHER:

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781451688092
GENRE:

realism

CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • United States - Politics and government - 1861-1865, Civil War
  • United States - Presidents - Biography
  • Biography
  • Film of the book
  • Presidents
  • Biographies
Stormbreaker 2008
FILM TITLE:

Stormbreaker

Stormbreaker based on the novel by Anthony Horowitz.

SUITABLE AGES: 12 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2008

PUBLISHER:

Roadshow

SERIES:

Alex Rider

GENRE:

adventure

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Crime
  • Fantasy for boys
  • Adventure stories
  • Books for boys
  • Reluctant readers
  • Spies
  • Read aloud
  • Film of the book
Martin, Helen ABC book of seasons 2014 9780733331954
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TITLE:

ABC book of seasons

AUTHOR:

Martin, Helen

Each season has its own group of pages that show a range of familiar sights, colours and activities and concludes with a question that draws the child into sharing their own ideas and experiences.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

ABC Books

ISBN: 9780733331954
CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Seasons
REVIEW: Review by Barbara Braxton.
Rix, Megan Bomber dog Recommended 2013 9780141347899
TITLE:

Bomber dog

AUTHOR:

Rix, Megan

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Grey is just a puppy when he arrives at the War Dog Training school. Nathan, his trainer, is a brave young soldier. Wolf is a war dog who's seen it all. Grey and Nathan soon become inseparable. Until the day a parachute jump goes tragically wrong.

SUITABLE AGES: 9 to 12
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Michael Morpurgo, Lauren St John

PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLISHER:

Puffin

ISBN: 9780141347899
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • World War, 1939-1945 - Great Britain
  • World War, 1939-1945 - France
  • Dogs
  • Adventure
AWARDS:

Red House Children's Book Award shortlist 2015

Riordan, Rick Blood of Olympus Recommended 2014 9780141339221
TITLE:

Blood of Olympus

AUTHOR:

Riordan, Rick

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.

SUITABLE AGES: 9 to 14
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

Derek Landy, Anne Ursu, Megan Whalen Turner

PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLISHER:

Puffin

ISBN: 9780141339221
SERIES:

Heroes of Olympus bk 5

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Heroes and heroines
  • Myths, Greeks
  • Adventure stories
  • Monsters
  • Giants
  • Mythical creatures
  • Leadership
  • Gods and goddesses
  • Reluctant readers
AWARDS:

Goodreads 2014

AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://rickriordan.com/
SIMILAR BOOKS: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Chronus Chronicles by Anne Ursu, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, Slawter by Darren Shan, Maximum Ride: School's Out - Forever by James Patterson, Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan, Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo
Bound, Samantha-Ellen And all that jazz Recommended 2015 9780857982827
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TITLE:

And all that jazz

AUTHOR:

Bound, Samantha-Ellen

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Eleanor Irvin is ten years old, and dancing is her everything. Tap, ballet, lyrical, and ballroom - she's tried it all. But her favourite style by far, is jazz. When Miss Caroline, the owner of Silver Shoes Dance Academy, announces she will be selecting dancers to perform in the upcoming Jazz Groove Dance Competition, Eleanor is over the moon! There's only one problem, she's not so good at auditions. Actually, there are two problems - the new girl, Ashley, is really good. Will Ellie be able to overcome her nerves and hold on to the spotlight? (Back cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780857982827
SERIES:

Silver shoes ; 1.

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Girls
  • Jazz ballet
  • Competition
  • Jazz dance
  • Dance
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Volponi, Paul Hurricane song 2009 9780142414187
TITLE:

Hurricane song

AUTHOR:

Volponi, Paul

High school sophomore Miles Shaw goes to live with his father, a jazz musician, in New Orleans, and together they survive the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the Superdome.

SUITABLE AGES: 15 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2009

PUBLISHER:

Speak

ISBN: 9780142414187
GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Critical incidents
  • Jazz music
  • Tropical cyclones
  • Environmental hazards
  • New Orleans (La.)
AWARDS:

2010 Popular Paperback for Young Adults

Nowra, Louis Prince of Afghanistan Recommended 2015 9781743314821
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TITLE:

Prince of Afghanistan

AUTHOR:

Nowra, Louis

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

When dog handler, Casey, is killed in the escape after the rescue of three kidnapped doctors in Taliban held Afghanistan, Mark is the only survivor of the attack and is left with Casey's injured dog, Prince. The first helicopter was able to get away with the rescued people, but Mark and the now deaf Prince are on their own and must make the perilous journey back to base.

SUITABLE AGES: to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743314821
GENRE:

war

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Soldiers
  • Dogs
  • Class text suggestion
  • Survival
  • Afghanistan
AWARDS:

TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Pung, Alice Meet Marly Recommended 2015 9780143308492
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TITLE:

Meet Marly

AUTHOR:

Pung, Alice

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Marly's life changes when her Uncle Beng, Aunty Tam and cousins Tuyet and DaWei, Vietnamese refugees who fled to Hong Kong, arrive to live at her house.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Puffin Books

ISBN: 9780143308492
SERIES:

Our Australian girl. 1983 ; M1.

GENRE:

historical

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Refugees
  • Vietnamese in Australia
  • Culture conflict
  • School
  • Girls
  • Conflict (Human relations)
  • Australia - Social life and customs - 1975-1991
  • Vietnam
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Green, Susan Verity Sparks and the scarlet hand Recommended 2015 9781922244895
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TITLE:

Verity Sparks and the scarlet hand

AUTHOR:

Green, Susan

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Castlemaine, 1880. Verity is on holiday with Papa and her friends, but the fun soon comes to an end when shocking crime is committed.

SUITABLE AGES: to 12
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781922244895
SERIES:

Verity Sparks ; 3

GENRE:

mystery and suspense

THEMES:
  • Kidnapping
  • Detectives
  • Extrasensory perception
  • Suspense stories
  • Criminal investigation
  • Psychic ability
  • Family
  • Paranormal
REVIEW: Review by Carolyn Hull.
Tait, A.L. Breath of the dragon Highly recommended 2015 9780734415813
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TITLE:

Breath of the dragon

AUTHOR:

Tait, A.L.

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

The prize for winning the race around the world is almost within reach. But sometimes the biggest danger can lie close to home. Quinn, Ash, Zain and the crew of the Libertas are racing against the clock to get back to Verdania before the King's deadline. Will they make it in time? Will Quinn complete the first map of the whole world? Will Zain bring back enough treasure to satisfy the King? Will they win the race to the end of the world? Or will their enemies stop them from getting back at all? (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Lothian

ISBN: 9780734415813
SERIES:

Mapmaker chronicles ; 3

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Maps
  • Map drawing
  • Discovery and exploration
  • Sailing ships
  • Memory
  • Sailing
  • Quests
  • Geography
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://allisontait.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Fitzpatrick, Becca Dangerous lies Recommended 2015 9781471125089
TITLE:

Dangerous lies

AUTHOR:

Fitzpatrick, Becca

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small town locals can never know who she is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self.

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471125089
GENRE:

mystery and suspense

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Murder
  • Human relations
  • Secrecy
  • Witnesses
  • Nebraska
  • Social relations
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/
REVIEW: Review by Books For Keeps.
Haake, Martin City atlas : travel the world with 30 city maps 2015 9781847806482
TITLE:

City atlas : travel the world with 30 city maps

AUTHOR:

Haake, Martin

30 cities from around the world are brought to life with illustrations by Martin Haake, which show in fabulous detail key landmarks, famous people, iconic buildings and cultural icons.

SUITABLE AGES: 8 to 10
PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Wide Eyed Editions

ISBN: 9781847806482
CATEGORY:

Non fiction

THEMES:
  • Cities and towns
  • Travel
  • Maps (Geographic location)
  • Travel guides
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.martinhaake.de/
REVIEW: Review by Books for Keeps.
Laure, Estelle This raging light Recommended 2016 9781408340271
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TITLE:

This raging light

AUTHOR:

Laure, Estelle

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

There are mysterious Angels delivering gifts to the house, gifts Wren and I greatly need and I have no clue who is giving them to us. (Publisher).

SUITABLE AGES: 14 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Orchard

ISBN: 9781408340271
GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Responsibility
  • Friendship
  • Human relations
  • Siblings
  • Child abandonment
  • Social relations
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://estellelaure.com/
REVIEW: Review by Cecilia Richards.
Cahill, Tim Tiny Timmy makes the grade Recommended 2016 9781760273644
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TITLE:

Tiny Timmy makes the grade

AUTHOR:

Cahill, Tim

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

With hard work, dedication, plenty of backyard and after school practices, young Timmy is chosen for the Rep Team. His special skill is combining a turbo-powered jump with a header to shoot straight into the net. Even when Studs and Hacker, two bullies, taunt him, call him names and play pranks on him, Timmy is not fazed.

SUITABLE AGES: to 12
PUBLISHED:

2016

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic Australia

ISBN: 9781760273644
SERIES:

Tiny Timmy ; 2

GENRE:

sport

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Soccer
  • Persistence
  • Teamwork
  • Bullying
SIMILAR BOOKS: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Weirdo series by Anh Do
REVIEW: Review by Rhyllis Bignell.
Hobb, Robin Fool's quest Highly recommended 2015 9780007444229
TITLE:

Fool's quest

AUTHOR:

Hobb, Robin

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

The Fool is near death, maimed by mysterious pale-skinned figures whose plans for world domination hinge upon the powers the Fool may share with Fitz's own daughter.

SUITABLE AGES: 16 to 18
SIMILAR AUTHORS:

C. J. Cherryh, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Sara Douglass, David Eddings, Lian Hearn, Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, Fiona McIntosh

PUBLISHED:

2015

PUBLISHER:

Harper Voyager

ISBN: 9780007444229
SERIES:

Fitz and the Fool ; bk. 2.

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Assassination
  • Magic
  • Animal-human relationships
  • Sorcery
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.robinhobb.com/
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.
Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children Recommended 2016
FILM TITLE:

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

SUITABLE AGES:
PUBLISHED:

2016

GENRE:

fantasy

CATEGORY:

Film

THEMES:
  • Orphans and orphanages
  • Islands
  • Mystery and suspense
  • Gothic fiction
  • Reluctant readers
  • Film of the book
AWARDS:

13 14 15 16

SIMILAR BOOKS: Tales from Outer Suburbia and The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Roy, James Let's do diwali! Highly recommended 2017 9781925381597
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TITLE:

Let's do diwali!

AUTHOR:

Roy, James

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

Chook and his friend Praj are going to the Hindu festival Diwali. But big crowds make Chook nervous. Can Praj help Chook overcome his fear? (Back cover)

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781925381597
SERIES:

Chook Doolan

GENRE:

issues

CATEGORY:

Young novel

THEMES:
  • Divali
  • Festivals
  • India
  • Hinduism
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Bravery
  • Friendship
  • .
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Information about books, blog and biography.
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Pignataro, Anna Thousand hugs from Daddy Recommended 2017 9781760276973
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TITLE:

Thousand hugs from Daddy

AUTHOR:

Pignataro, Anna

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Daddy is always able to find the little bear when it is hiding and can help surmount any obstacle, all the while giving hugs for being brave and travelling far and wide.

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Scholastic Australia

ISBN: 9781760276973
GENRE:

animal

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Polar bears
  • Play
  • Fathers
  • Love
  • Father's Day
  • Read aloud
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.annapignataro.com/
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
McKinnon, Heidi I just ate my friend Recommended 2017 9781760294342
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TITLE:

I just ate my friend

AUTHOR:

McKinnon, Heidi

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

I just ate my friend. He was a good friend. But now he is gone. Would you be my friend? A hilarious story about the search for friendship and belonging . . . and maybe a little bit about the importance of impulse control. (Publisher)

SUITABLE AGES: 5 to 7
PUBLISHED:

2017

PUBLISHER:

Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760294342
GENRE:

humour

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Friendship
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Monsters
  • Mythical creatures
AWARDS:

Crichton Award for New Illustrator shortlist 2018

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.heidimckinnon.com/
TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Fran Knight of ReadPlus.
Harris, Tim Mr Bambuckle's remarkables go wild Recommended 2018 9780143789024
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TITLE:

Mr Bambuckle's remarkables go wild

AUTHOR:

Harris, Tim

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

Meet your new assistant principal - Miss Frost! Uh-oh, that's not good. At least we're away on camp. Mr Bambuckle lets us eat marshmallows before dinner!

SUITABLE AGES: 7 to 12
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Random House Australia

ISBN: 9780143789024
SERIES:

Mr Bambuckle's remarkables ; 3

GENRE:

sport

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Teachers
  • Outdoor education
AUTHOR WEBSITE: https://timharrisbooks.com/
REVIEW: Review by Donna Isgar.
Shusterman, Neal Shusterman, Jarrad Dry Highly recommended 2018 9781406386851
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TITLE:

Dry

AUTHOR:

Shusterman, Neal Shusterman, Jarrad

Recommendation:

Highly recommended Highly recommended

When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, a group of teens is forced to make life and death decisions in this harrowing story of survival.

SUITABLE AGES: 13 to 18
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406386851
GENRE:

dystopian

CATEGORY:

Novel

THEMES:
  • Droughts
  • Survival
  • Adolescents
  • Californa
  • Climate change
  • Water
  • Class text suggestion
  • Literature circle text
  • Reluctant readers
AWARDS:

Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2020

TEACHER RESOURCES:
REVIEW: Review by Pat Pledger of ReadPlus.
Bell, Davina Illus. Colpoys, Allison All the ways to be smart Recommended 2018 9781925713435
TITLE:

All the ways to be smart

AUTHOR:

Bell, Davina Illus. Colpoys, Allison

Recommendation:

Recommended Recommended

A joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.

SUITABLE AGES: 3 to 5
PUBLISHED:

2018

PUBLISHER:

Scribble

ISBN: 9781925713435
GENRE:

stories in rhyme

CATEGORY:

Picture book

THEMES:
  • Children
  • Learning styles
AWARDS:

Early Childhood Book of the Year Award Notable Books 2019, Indie Book Awards shortlist 2019, ABIA Book Award 2019

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://www.davinabell.com/