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New books for Secondary School – November 2014

9780141352930Atlantia AUTHOR: ALLY CONDIE


Rio dreams of leaving the underwater city of Atlantia and living in the world Above. But all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, leaving Rio stranded Below.

Atlantia is crumbling. Guided by an unlikely mentor, Rio begins to ask treacherous questions about her destiny, her home and the corrupted system that governs the Divide between land and sea. Her life – and the fate of her city – depends on Rio listening to the voices of the past, and her willingness to speak the forgotten truth.

The Rookie Yearbook (Volume 3) AUTHOR: TAVI GEVINSON 9780143572251


The modern girl is starved for positive messaging in media. She is told that her appearance is what defines her but held to a manufactured (and sometimes dishonestly false) standard of beauty. It is a perpetual no-win state of limbo that leaves her feeling worthless and insecure. So how, in this artificial and toxic atmosphere, can girls become leaders and innovators, proud of who they are and comfortable with how they appear?

Rookie gives voice to girls, encouraging them to speak up, to meet up, to make stuff. It empowers them to submit their stories, ideas and artwork to the site and participate in media ratther than let it control them. There is no ‘Photoshop’ version of beauty. There are advertisers but Rookie is beholden to no one. There is, however, positivity, support and inspiration – tools that energize girls to express who they are and to dream of who they want to be.

Yearbook Three is the ultimate compendium featuring the best of Rookie from the 2013­ and 2014 years. There will be lots of beautiful art and writing: life lessons, diary entries, discoveries from Literally the Best Thing Ever, DIY projects, playlists, stickers and cutouts, PLUS brand-new, exclusive-to-print contributions from a dizzying array of influential writers, actors, musicians, and artists all curated by Rookie’s extraordinary eighteen-year-old editor, Tavi Gevinson.




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New books for Primary School – November 2014


By the much-loved storyteller Ursula Dubosarsky comes this bouncing story about two cheeky koalas brought to life by Andrew Joyner’s classic artwork.

Here is Tim. And here is Ed. Same ears, same eyes, Same feet, same head.

Tim and Ed love to be together all the time. So what will happen when Ed goes away for the night?

From the award-winning team that brought you The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in this House comes this energetic and delightful story about the beginnings of independence, and about being the same – but different!

Tim and Ed is a tale to be read with laughter and enjoyed by all.

9780143308003Terry Denton’s Bumper Book of the Universe AUTHOR: TERRY DENTON

From the bestselling Terry Denton Bumper Books comes the next fantastic addition. Full of fun drawing activities, whacky cartoons, codes and quizzes, Terry Denton’s Bumper Book of the Universe is sure to nurture every child’s creativity and entertain them for hours.

With all the activities and fun of the previous Bumper Books plus added facts, codes and a touch of philosophy, it’s a must-have for all young, inquisitive minds.

9780670078462The Alice Stories: Our Australian Girl AUTHOR: DAVINA BELL

For the first time, read all four Alice stories in one beautiful hardback edition.

It’s 1918 and Alice’s deepest wish is to be a professional ballerina. But as World War One tears her family apart, a battle is being fought in her heart. Can Alice keep everyone together and still make her dreams of dancing come true?

Journey with Alice across all four exciting stories about a gifted girl in a time of war.

Loyal, creative and passionate, Alice is an enchanting Australian Girl.

The Long Haul: Diary of a Wimpy Kid AUTHOR: JEFF KINNEY

The Diary of Wimpy Kid series of books, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney, charts the highs and lows of our middle school hero, Greg, as he stumbles and fumbles from childhood to teenhood via school-hood. Sometimes helped by his friends and family, often not helped by himself!

Can’t wait for more details about Book 9? Here’s what we can tell you: Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney’s latest instalment of the phenomenal bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Not much to go on? You KNOW it’s going to involve Greg being the daft idiot we all love, and his family driving him nuts, and his friend-issues… so buckle-up, it’s going to be a side-splitting ride!9780670078349

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Stuff Happens – Student Reviews


StuffOur brand new series Stuff Happens has been a huge hit with parents and teachers who are looking for contemporary reads that have the added bonus of subtly teaching emotional literacy and empathy. With four titles in the series so far and four more to come in the year ahead, we wanted to start sharing some reader feedback with all of you. Below are two reviews from readers for you to enjoy.

Teachers, we have special limited editions of Stuff Happens – Jack, in a Penguin Teachers’ Academy edition, with handy teaching notes in the back. If you would like us to send you one of these editions free of charge, leave a comment on the blog.


9780143308225I liked Jack because I loved the big game Jack played ‘You Pay You Play’. I would play that game.  Oh and then he got in big trouble by the principal. In the end Jack told the truth about the game and Jack and his friend still got to play  with the Vipers..  I learned it is best to tell the truth and things might work out. (Can the next book be Henry please)  HENRY aged 8 




9780143308119I liked Sean it was interesting to me how he made friends at a new school but then that friend used him and how that made him feel.  He was then able to make new friends quickly as well as keeping in contact with his old friends from the other side of Australia.  It made me think that you just shouldn’t always just try and hang out with the cool kids.  RUPERT aged 10

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Student Reviews

We love hearing what our readers think here at Penguin Teachers’ Academy and we are delighted to share with you the latest student reviews below.

9780141355207Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods – Rick Riordan

In Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, the character Percy Jackson, the hero of Rick Riordan’s popular adventure series, recounts the history of the ancient Greek gods and various ancient myths concerning them. It includes details on each of the twelve Olympian gods and Hades and Persephone as well as many interesting stories and legends from the perspective of someone who was immersed in the action.
I personally found Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods a riveting and fascinating read and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Ancient Greek mythology. I have always been intrigued by Greek and Roman mythology, especially after reading the two Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus. It was great having a back story of all the gods and other deities mentioned in the books, and my knowledge of Greek myths has increased considerably. Not only was this book educational, but also full of hilarious remarks by Percy Jackson and told in an easily understandable way. I laughed out loud more than once and was completely absorbed with the book from start to finish. I would press this book upon everyone I know, for it would fascinate anyone with its gripping tales and historical legends, passed down from the time of Ancient Greece itself.
Rosa, age 13

9780141341804W.A.R.P. Book 2: The Hangman’s Revolution – Eoin Colfer

The W.A.R.P. series – which stands for Witness Anonymous Relocation Program – by Eoin Colfer is about a time-traveling FBI agent named Chevron Savano who works across time with a boy named Riley, from the Victorian era. In The Hangman’s Revolution, the second book in the series, Chevie returns to London after the events of the first book, which took her back in time to Victorian England. When she arrives, she finds that the actions she took when she was in the past have made the present very different. Europe is now in the hands of a fascist movement called the Boxites and there is no such thing as the FBI. Chevie realises that she must work again across time with Riley and other characters, like Ram King Otto Malarkey, to try to save Europe from the evil Colonel Box. Unfortunately, there are people out to get them both in the present and in the past.
I haven’t read the first book in this series but I enjoyed reading The Hangman’s Revolution all the same. There was a sort of prologue at the beginning of the book, which helped me understand the story better. I enjoyed the fact that the book is based around time travel and that it gives a clear message of how dangerous it can be if events in the past are changed. I like the idea of time travel and the theories on time travel in the book were very interesting.
I think that this book would appeal to kids between the ages of 12 and 15. Although there are some reasonably detailed scenes with blood, which some young children may not want to read about, it does not have an overly complicated plot. This book is an exciting adventure story and thriller, which is full of witty remarks. I would definitely recommend it to others who like to read about time traveling adventures.
Malika, age 15

9780143571070Masquerade – Kylie Fornasier

Kylie Fornasier’s Masquerade is a charming novel set in the world of Venice in 1750. It follows the stories of seven teens, throughout the months of Carnevale, as they struggle with their romances, lies and betrayals. Orelia, a newcomer to the city, struggles to hide her secrets and discover a hidden truth. Her friends and family all have their own secrets and they slowly unravel as the book progresses.
I liked that the characters were all quite developed, especially considering there were seven main roles, and how well-researched it was. I found Masquerade to be very dramatic for what I had thought to be a light read, and it was hard to put it down. Some of the words used are quite unfamiliar, making it a little harder to read, but there is a glossary included which helped things a lot.
I would certainly recommend this book to someone looking for a slightly more refreshing young adult novel, but advise that it is best suited for more mature audiences, 14+ at least, due to some of the adult themes.
Miriam, age 15

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Off the Shelf September 2014 – OUT NOW!


















Just in time for a weekend read, we are delighted to bring you our very latest edition of Off the Shelf! Its a bumper edition for you this quarter and we hope you enjoy reading Issue 13.

You can download Off the Shelf in the iTunes store HERE. OR, those of you without Apple devices, simply click on the cover icon below to download Off the Shelf in PDF format. off_the_shelf_sep_14_print

Your feedback is always welcome, so please do feel free to leave us a comment below.

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Picture Books – October 2014

A brand new month approaches and we have some of our most anticipated picture books for 2014 to share with you! Written and illustrated by some of Australia’s most talented creators, we are letting the covers do all the talking. To learn more, simply click on the images below.













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Can you help Lyka?

9780143308324We know many of you have embraced Lyka, our little robot scientist with the big heart, and taken her and her message into your homes, libraries and classrooms. After her whirlwind Australian tour, where Lyka visited with hundreds of students and teachers across the country, she still has quite a journey ahead of her, not least of all, getting back to Ahmee, her home planet.

We have much more of Lykas story to share with all of you, and to be sure that we make her story as engaging and informative as possible, we need your help. We have set up a survey so you can give us your feedback and suggestions and we hope you will take a moment to answer our questions HERE. 

Once you have completed the survey, leave us a comment here on this post and you will go in the draw to win a class set (25) of Lyka toys and Book 1 – Lyka and the Secret Forest. Winners will be selected by random generator on September 30th 2014 at 10 am and notified by email.

Thank you for helping us get our little robot scientist home.



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