New Books for Primary – January/February 2012

Welcome back for 2012!  We hope you had a relaxing break with lots of opportunities for reading some great books.  We have some very exciting titles coming up this year, beginning with new books for January and February.

Shark Wars 2: Battle of the Riptide by E.J Altbacker


Everywhere Gray and his friend Barkley swim, fish are whispering of a growing threat.  A shark named Finnivus will eat anything – or anyone – until he controls the entire ocean.

Finnivus has an armada of vicious battle sharks to help him expand his empire – and only Gary can save the Big Blue.  But first he must train with the wise and mysterious Takiza: the fighting fish who will teach Gary how to be a great warrior.  Can Gray learn to believe in himself – in time for the epic battle that’s coming?

Dive even further into the Shark Wars adventure at

Outpost by Allan Baillie

Something was in the rings that shouldn’t have been there.

Life on the remote moon Ord is dangerous.  Random eruptions in the ice, extreme cold, loneliness and loss: it’s all Dece knows.

Until one day he sees a mysterious object caught in the rings of the nearby gas planet, Cotal.

With no choice but to investigate, what he will find is so extraordinary that it is almost beyond understanding.

Ted Gets Lost by Michael Wagner

‘Life’s no picnic for this teddy bear’

With only a day until Mum’s birthday, finding the best present ever seems impossible.  But nothing’s impossible for Oliver’s fully-equipped and superbly trained stuffed friend, Ted.

Finding treasure on a desert island – easy!  But will Ted survive crash-landing on a whale’s blowhole, swimming through a swarm of stingers and battling a blood-thirsty band of pirates?  Or will the little guy end up marooned forever?

Our Australian Girl: Meet Nellie

It’s 1849 . . .
and Nellie O’Neill is arriving in South Australia on a ship bringing orphan girls from Irish workhouses. Nellie and her best friend, Mary, have left the famine in Ireland far behind, and are full of hopes and dreams for the future. Nellie longs to learn to read, to be part of a family once more, and never to be hungry again. But with no job and no one to turn to, how will Nellie make her wishes come true?

Meet Nellie and join her adventure in the first of four stories about an Irish girl with a big heart, in search of the freedom to be herself.

Our Australian Girl: Meet Alice

It’s 1918 . . .
and Alice lives with her big family by the Swan River in Perth, while on the other side of the world, the Great War rages.  Alice’s deepest wish is to become a ballerina, and when she auditions for a famous dance teacher from London, it seems as if her dreams might come true.  But then there’s a terrible accident, and Alice must ask herself whether there are more important things than dancing.

Meet Alice and join her adventure in the first of four stories about a gifted girl in a time of war.

Aussie Bites: Rif and the Riddle by Sue Cason, illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Rif is in deep trouble with his fellow villagers. On his quest to make things right, he must face a mountain troll, a pair of tricksters, a terrifying dog – and a very tough riddle.

Aussie Nibbles: Tansy Magill by Carol Ann Martin

The narrator loves to stay with her grandmother in her house on Huffingup Hill. Most of all she loves Grandma’s stories about Tansy Magill, a llittle red-haired girl who once also lived in this house, and who slept in the same bed under the same patchwork quilt. The story she likes to hear most of all is Grandma’s tale about how Tansy Magill met Billy Higgins and became part of the Huffingup Hill Gang. She never tires of hearing it, and it always makes her laugh … But who is Tansy Magill, really?

The Little Old Man Who Looked Up At the Moon by Pamela Allen

The little old man looked up at the moon. ‘Does the sky go on forever and ever?’ he asked. ‘Where do we come from? Where do we go? Why are we here?’

In this touching story, one of Australia’s most celebrated author-illustrators takes young readers on a journey that asks some of life’s big questions. Playful and thought-provoking by turns, The Little Old Man Who Looked Up at the Moon touches on universal themes and will spark many a  conversation between young and old.

Keeper of the Realms: Crow’s Revenge by Marcus Alexander

‘I’ve just had a flesh-eating giant tearing around my house and now I’m in this strange land I don’t know anything about!’

CHARLIE KEEPERhas been forced from her home by a bloodthirsty and terrifying stranger.

But in escaping she discovers her house holds the gateway to the REALM OF BELLANIA – a place of myth, magic . . . and an evil Lord with a very bad attitude.

NOW its fate rests squarely upon Charlie’s shoulders. But before she can untangle the mystery that will save Bellania, she needs the answer to a life-changing secret her guardian, the dastardly Mr Crow, has been keeping from her . . . Just who is Charlie Keeper?

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