New & Notable for Younger Readers in May 2022

Article | Apr 2022

A round-up of some of the best fiction for younger readers out recently.


TThe last Light HorseHE LAST LIGHT HORSE Dianne Wolfer
Illustrated by Brian Simmonds • Fremantle Press

The fourth and final book in the ‘Light’ series, which began with Lighthouse Girl and includes the CBCA shortlisted Light Horse Boy.

There were 136 000 Australian horses sent to fight during World War I. Just one came home. From the high country of Victoria to the desert sand of Egypt, from the waters off Gallipoli to the battlefields of France, this is the extraordinary story of Sandy, the only returning warhorse.

Age Guide 9+


How to Tackle Your DreamsHOW TO TACKLE YOUR DREAMS Fiona Hardy • Affirm Press

Everyone knows that Homer loves Australian Rules football. But ever since his dad moved away and his mum was drafted in the women’s league, something has changed. He’s spending more time fixing clothes with his grandfather than playing footy. When Homer’s upgraded shirt gets noticed at school, he sees an opportunity to make enough money to visit his dad.

But the more he stitches, the more his life unravels. Can Homer find a way to get back to how things used to be? And what does it mean if he can’t?

Age Guide 9+


The Boy Who Hatched MonstersTHE BOY WHO HATCHED MONSTERS T C Shelley • Bloomsbury

Sam’s life has always been strange. After all, his family have no idea that he’s half monster, half fairy. But now he’s keeping an even bigger secret. He alone has the power to bring monsters to life!

When Queen Maggie finds out, she’s delighted. She wants Sam to create her a whole new legion of vile ogres. When he refuses, she vows that she will destroy everything Sam holds dear.

The conclusion to T C Shelley’s rich and magical fantasy trilogy.

Age Guide 8+


The Champ
Anh Do

Illustrated by Dave Atze • Allen & Unwin

Summer loves sport. She would love to charge down the field towards an open goal, or soar through the air over the basket. She would love to be part of a team. But instead she always seems to be the last one picked.

That is until the day her life changes forever … Until the day Summer becomes THE CHAMP.

But even the Champ will have her work cut out for her if she is going to keep her brother, her best friend and her whole town safe from the dastardly plans of the wicked Librarian …

Age Guide 7+

Author: Dianne Wolfer

Category: Children's, teenage & educational, The arts

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Fremantle Press

ISBN: 9781760991302

RRP: $24.99

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