New Books March 2011 – Primary

Specky Magee and the Best of Oz by Felice Arena & Garry Lyon

THE CROWD ROARED AS THE BALL ROCKETED INTO THE BACK OF THE NET.

SPECKY COLLAPSED ON THE GROUND FEELING USELESS AND HUMILIATED.

HE HAD NEVER FELT SO OUT OF HIS DEPTH ON A SPORTING FIELD . . .

Specky has been selected to represent Australia in International Rules, taking on the Irish in a two-test competition in Ireland. Can the boys learn to play with a new set of rules and perfect their skills with the round ball before the Irish team wipes the field with them?  And is someone trying to sabotage the Aussie team’s chances of winning?  The pressure is on, and to make  matters worse Specky has some serious decisions to make about his future before he returns home . . .

This trip to Ireland is no holiday and Specky will have to dig deep to face the biggest challenge of his life!

I wish Specky would hurry up and get drafted.
The Tigers would love to have him . . .
Matthew Richardson

Visit www.speckymagee.com.au for more.

Boris by Andrew Joyner

MEET BORIS!

He lives with his Mum and Dad in Hogg Bay. Their home is a bus that once travelled all over the world but now stays put in their garden.  Boris wishes the bus would travel again . . .

Then, one morning, Boris feels a jolt while he is eating his breakfast.  Could it be?  Is the bus really moving?  Is Boris on an adventure at last?

Boris Gets a Lizard by Andrew Joyner

BORIS LOVES PETS!

He already has lots of them. All he’s missing is his favourite animal, a Komodo dragon – the biggest lizard in the world!  If only Boris could get one to come to Hogg Bay. But how?  What Boris needs is a plan . . .

Minivers Forever by Natalie Jane Prior

The Minivers are reunited.
The Most Secret Room has been found.
Now Rosamund and Emily must battle Madame to see who will be queen . . .

Join miniature heroines Rosamund and Emily Miniver as they get ready to face their greatest challenge: the fight for the throne of Artemisia itself.

Madame and Titus are determined to triumph and see Madame crowned Queen.  To ensure their success, Titus has some nasty surprises in store for the Minivers.  Can Emily outwit Titus one last time?  And can Rosamund avoid making a decision that could keep the Minivers from the top of the charts forever?

Aussie Nibbles: Fast Grandma by Margaret Clark

Fast Grandma isn’t a bit like most grandmas.  She does everything so fast that Evie and Matthew can’t keep up!

Fremantle Press

Jake’s Balloon Blast by Ken Spillman

Jake has alwaysdreamed of flying, and he KNOWS that he can – it’s just a matter of how. 

What he needs is:
1. a GREAT plan;
2. the right stuff;
3. his friend Jonah.

With everything in place, will Jake get his BIG dream off the ground?

University of Queensland Press

Swashbuckler by James Moloney

A special reissue of the much-loved 1996 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers

Unhand that innocent young traveller, you blaggard, or I’ll run you through and leave your carcass here for the birds to pick clean.

Meet Anton. Kids think he’s a fruit loop because he talks like a pirate. But new boy, Peter McNeill, needs a friend and the boys soon discover they have the same problem – their dads. Peter’s father has gambled away all their money, but Anton’s dad . . . now that’s a different story.

Some things just have to be faced up to and it takes courage, it takes a hero who laughs at danger, a warrior willing to battle dragons, it takes a swashbuckler!

A rip-roaring adventure from one of Australia’s master storytellers.

Dorling Kindersley

     

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