Courage Be My Friend

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A moving tale of friendship, survival, and the remarkable strength and resilience of women during World War II.

Sister Vivian Bullwinkel was the only survivor of the Bangka Island massacre during World War II. Her evocative story is told through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Edith ‘Edie’ Kenneison.

Sister Bullwinkel enlisted in the Australian Army Nurse Service at the outbreak of World War II and was posted to Singapore. In February 1942, she and hundreds of others attempted to escape the advancing Japanese army but was captured and held as a prisoner of war. Vivian spent the next three years in captivity, working tirelessly to help her fellow prisoners. One of those prisoners was young Edie. Their remarkable friendship would help them survive
and became the basis of a lifelong bond.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Eric Carle’s classic and much loved picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The classic edition of the bestselling story written for the very young. A newly hatched caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of food.

Eric Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best-known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has been translated into 70 languages and sold over 55 million copies. Carle illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 170 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2003, Carle received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now called the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 2002, Eric and his wife, Barbara, cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, Massachusetts, a 40,000-square-foot space dedicated to the celebration of picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world, underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form. Eric Carle passed away in May 2021 at the age of 91. His work remains an important influence on artists and illustrators at work today. www.eric-carle.com

Alex and the Alpacas Save the World

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A fun and fast-paced tale for middle readers about a young girl’s adventure with magical talking alpacas and their fight against an ancient force of destruction.

Alex is expecting a pretty boring summer. But when Mum takes her to visit her mysterious grandfather on his farm in Tasmania, weird things start to happen. Weirdest of all? Her grandfather’s pet alpacas . . . who can talk! When things go from strange to scary, Alex must use all her brains, brawn and bravery in order to survive the sinister forces threatening life as she knows it.

 

Kathryn Lefroy writes novels, screenplays, articles – and the occasional shopping list. She has a PhD in marketing, several screenwriting credits, and her stories have appeared in magazines, journals and online. She spends way too much time in conversation with imaginary characters, and not-so-secretly wishes she lived in a dance movie.

Alex and the Alpacas Ride Again

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In this thrilling conclusion to the adventure begun in Alex and the Alpacas Save the World, Alex discovers that she didn’t complete the mission and this time around it’s not one, but two evil spirits she will need to defeat.

After her adventures in Tasmania, Alex is back home in Melbourne and ready for the next one. But Grandpa Jacob wants to keep Alex protected, and he wants her to go back to being a regular kid and forget that she is the saviour of the world. Why can’t he understand that she’s not normal, she’s special? When things start to happen around the olive sapling housing Kiala’s spirit, Alex sees her chance to prove how important she is, but at what cost?

Kathryn Lefroy writes novels, screenplays, articles – and the occasional shopping list. She has a PhD in marketing, several screenwriting credits, and her stories have appeared in magazines, journals and online. She spends way too much time in
conversation with imaginary characters, and not-sosecretly wishes she lived in a dance movie.

Wheels and Springs and Moving Things

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The beloved characters from the best-selling School of Monsters series are back in this brand-new, super-size look-and-find exploration of what monsters do all day! 

Welcome to the School of Monsters and Beyond: the funniest, silliest and most accessible new series for first readers!

Frank’s dad is a farmer, Jess’s brother drives a garage truck, and Jack’s mum is a firefighter. In this exciting deep-dive into the world of monsters and beyond, discover the different jobs monsters do all day and the incredible vehicles they drive. In the tradition of Richard Scarry’s classic What Do People Do All Day?, every spread is filled with busy, detailed illustrations of the world and its characters in Chris Kennett’s inimitable style, alongside Sally Rippin’s charming rhymes!

LEARN TO READ! Created especially for new and developing readers

On every spread, young readers have the chance to build their confidence with reading. Start by reading only the last word on every line and work your way up to reading the whole story. With tumbling rhymes and an infectious sense of humour, the weird and wonderful characters in  the School of Monsters and Beyond are guaranteed to spark a love of reading!

My dad digs the earth and plants seedlings and trees,
which grow into homes for the birds and the bees.

He also grows barley and sweetcorn and wheat,
which he harvests each year for the monsters to eat.

What does Frank’s dad do? He’s a farmer!

 

Sally Rippin is one of Australia’s best-selling and most-beloved children’s authors. She has written over 50 books for children and young adults, and her mantel holds numerous awards for her writing. Best known for her Billie B Brown and Hey Jack!, and Polly and Buster series, Sally loves to write stories with heart, as well as characters that resonate with children, parents and teachers alike.

Chris Kennett has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil (or so his mum says). But professionally, Chris has been creating quirky characters for just over 20 years. He’s best known for drawing weird and wonderful creatures from the Star Wars universe, but he also loves drawing cute and cuddly monsters – and he hopes you do too!