New Books August 2011 – Secondary

Whippersnapper by Felice Arena

After a terrible accident, Gus can’t believe he’s survived.  But has he?  He’s woken up in the body of an old man and his real body is unconscious in intensive care.  Now he’s got a seventy-year-old wife, really bad taste in clothes, and everyone thinks he’s crazy.

Gus lives and breathes basketball, but could he actually be playing for his life this time?
Will he ever be fourteen again?


Days Like This by Alison Stewart

I want to go back to the days when life made sense.  The days before our parents became strange; before the warming ate away at all the living things in the world; before The Committee and their Blacktroopers.  Before the Wall.

Lily is a prisoner in her own home.  Forced to stay inside by The Committee and guarded by their increasingly distant parents, Lily and her brother Daniel are beginning to ask why.  Then, when Daniel disappears just before his seventeenth birthday, Lily knows she is next.

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

In the beginning, Bob created the heaven and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of fanciable girls).
But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a mouldering heap at the side of his bed.

When Bob plays with mortals, millions die. And every time he falls in love, earth erupts in natural disasters. So humankind is going to be very sorry indeed he ever ran into a beautiful, completely irresistible girl called Lucy . . .

The Invisible Hero by Elizabeth Fensham

Philip has spent his whole school life feeling invisible.  He’s used to being the loner, the odd one out.

When Philip’s class is asked to keep diaries about any heroes and villains, tensions rise as battlelines are drawn.  They discover heroes and villains who ruled nations or fought oppression, who were persecuted or persecuted others, and who struggled for justice and changed the world forever.

But Philip and his class soon learn that there are heroes and villains much closer to home and that they come in many disguises.

From award-winning author Elizabeth Fensham comes a book with heart for the hero in us all.

Edsel Grizzler: Ghostly Shadows by James Roy

Edsel and his friend Jacq are digging a hole under the blazing Widen sun but they know why.  And when they finally make their way to Grand City, the list of things they don’t know just gets longer and longer.  Everything they see, everything they’re told, just makes them more confused.

So can Edsel keep the promise he made to Ben and the children of Verdada to rescue them?  Why is the usually feisty Jacq suddenly so pale and forgetful?  And who are the strange, ghostly figures that form wispy dreams with their bare hands?

In the final, thrilling instalment of the Edsel Grizzler trilogy, Edsel must not only find answers to all this and more — he must also search deep within to discover who he really is once and for all.

Pirate X by Sherryl Clark

Will has travelled back almost 300 years to 1717 and a world full of danger.  He is forced into work on Blackbeard’s pirate ship, looting and burning across the Caribbean under his ruthless captain’s suspicious gaze.

Will’s unlikely friend is Major Stede Bonner, a disaster as a pirate and the key to his survival.  Will’s life depends on learning fast how to fight with a cutlass, fire a cannon and stay out of trouble.

He is desperate to solve the puzzle that sent him back in time and find a way to return to his own world.  But who can he trust to help him when nothing is as it seems and his fate might be to swing at the end of a hangman’s rope?

Wish Me Dead by Helen Grant

Now I bitterly regret visiting the cursed witch’s house, deep in the middle of the forest. It’s where I made my wishes.

I wished Klara Klein dead.

I wished for the most gorgeous boy in town to finally notice me.

I wished to be rid of the poisonous busybody who destroyed my family.

I didn’t mean for this to happen. Not me, Steffi Nett, the shy one who never says anything. But as the body count increases with every wish I make . . .

Who else could it be?

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