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To and Fro by Anton Clifford-Motopi

To and Fro by Anton Clifford-Motopi

Sam is in his last year of primary school ... well, it will be the last year so long as he passes his assessments, ...
The Secret Wild by Alex Evelyn

The Secret Wild by Alex Evelyn

Fern Featherstone is 10 years old. Her parents – mum, Defina, and dad, Darwin – are both scientists hunting for ...
My Especially Weird Week With Tess by Anna Woltz

My Especially Weird Week With Tess by Anna Woltz

My Especially Weird Week With Tess is a small book which doesn’t shy away from tackling big issues – death, ...
Jack’s Island by Norman Jorgensen

Jack’s Island by Norman Jorgensen

Jorgensen After Darwin and Broome are bombed by the Japanese, Jack’s family relocates to Rottnest Island. Food ...
The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead & Wendy Mass

The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead & Wendy Mass

In 1999, long before Evan was born, the public library in Martinville burnt down. Because it was a fatal fire ...
Tumblagooda: The Story of a Strange Lost Thing by Suzanne Ingelbrecht

Tumblagooda: The Story of a Strange Lost Thing by Suzanne Ingelbrecht

In a small coastal town in Western Australia, 10-year-old George lives a peaceful life with Seamus (her Dad) until ...
Billy and the Giant Adventure by Jamie Oliver

Billy and the Giant Adventure by Jamie Oliver

Yes, it’s the famous chef, Jamie Oliver; and yes, there are recipes and  lots of food ideas. But more importantly, ...
The Perilous Promotion of Trilby Moffat by Kate Temple

The Perilous Promotion of Trilby Moffat by Kate Temple

The Perilous Promotion of Trilby Moffat is the second in the Trilby Moffat time-bending series. She’s almost 13 ...
A Giant’s Trek by Nick Stella

A Giant’s Trek by Nick Stella

Three young giants in Haven-Home have turned 12. The first snow of the season has fallen. It’s time for them to ...
Dirrarn by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler

Dirrarn by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler

We first met Mia in the authors’ award-winning book Black Cockatoo as she struggled with family relationships. ...
Spies In The Sky by Beverley McWilliams

Spies In The Sky by Beverley McWilliams

Spies in the Sky is set in England during World War II. The main character is a pigeon called Royal Blue, a ...
The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo

The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo

Once upon a time there was an old sea captain. He lived alone in a small room above a shop. He had no family. He ...
The Book For Marvellous Minds by Maggie Hutchings

The Book For Marvellous Minds by Maggie Hutchings

This book reminds me a bit of the old Boys Own or Girls Own annuals of the past, but with a much more modern take ...
Kimmi: Queen of the Dingoes by Favel Parrett

Kimmi: Queen of the Dingoes by Favel Parrett

In 2021 Favel Parret released a book called Wandi which has become somewhat of an Australian classic. It is based ...
The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards

The Rebels of Mount Buffalo by Helen Edwards

Clara Wilde doesn’t live up to her name. The 13-year-old is a worrier: too scared to speak up in class; the last ...
The Quest for the Galleon of Time by Tanya Hunter

The Quest for the Galleon of Time by Tanya Hunter

It is 1738 and 11-year-old Tobias Crane is about to start a new life as a ship’s lad on board the Merry Maiden. ...
Bear and Bird: The Stars and Other Stories by Jarvis

Bear and Bird: The Stars and Other Stories by Jarvis

This is the second book in the ‘Bear and Bird’ stories, the first being The Picnic and Other stories. Bear and ...
What You Need To Be Warm by Neil Gaiman

What You Need To Be Warm by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a literary god. He’s the author of short fiction, novels, graphic novels, comic books, audio ...
Honey and the Valley of Horses by Wendy Orr

Honey and the Valley of Horses by Wendy Orr

After a terrible sickness sweeps the world, four-year-old Honey, her baby brother, Rumi, Mumma, Papa and NanNan, ...
Foxlight by Katya Balen

Foxlight by Katya Balen

Foxlight is a beautiful story filled with adventure, loss, longing for change and a mother. Fen and Rey are two ...
Impossible Creatures  by Katherine Rundell

Impossible Creatures by Katherine Rundell

  Christopher has travelled from London to visit his grandfather in a remote area of Scotland. He’s waiting ...

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