New books for Primary – May 2012

Our Australian Girl: Alice and the apple blossom fair (book 2)
by Davina Bell/Lucia Masciullo

It’s 1918 . . . and Alice has never felt lonelier. Her father is missing at sea, her brother Teddy is away at war, and she’s not allowed to speak to her best friend anymore. Alice tries to forget her worries by having a stall at the Apple Blossom Fair. But when strange events start happening in the town, everything goes wrong . . . Will the war ever be over, and will life for Alice ever be the same again? Follow Alice on her adventure in the second of four stories about a gifted girl in a time of war.

Our Australian Girl: Nellie and secret the letter (book 2)
by Penny Matthews/Lucia Masciullo 

 It’s 1849 . . . and Nellie is starting her new life as a kitchen maid in a grand Adelaide house with her best friend, Mary. But Nellie’s desire to live out her dreams soon leads to a battle with the spiteful cook Bessie Rudge… Can Nellie keep her temper and avoid being thrown out to beg on the streets? And why is Mary acting so strangely? Follow Nellie on her adventure in the second of four exciting stories about an Irish girl with a big heart, in search of the freedom to be herself.

Pom Pom, Where Are You?
by Natalie Jane Prior-Cheryl Orsini

An energetic and joyous story about a little dog with a big sense of adventure. Pom Pom lives with his family in a tall building in Paris. He longs to see more of the world, and one day his wish comes true. Pom Pom is whisked away from his family, and taken on an exciting journey through the city. And so the reader is transported through the iconic and wonderful sights of Paris, a beautiful introduction for children to the wonders it holds.

The Fabulous Finola Fox
by Kerry Argent-Carmel Bird

Silent as a snowflake and quick as a flash of lightning, Finola would snatch up a shoe, or a pair of shoes, pop them into her handbag and disappear into the shadows.
Finola Fox loves to collect shoes.  She finds them in strange places all over the city – but the pair to one stunning feathered and bejewelled slipper continues to elude her.  Then Finola meets handsome Frederic Fox, and they set off together on a hunt that uncovers a whole lot more than a missing shoe . . .

The Word Spy Activity Book
by Ursula Dubosarsky-Tohby Riddle

Dear Readers,

I’m back again with a brand new book. Yes, it’s The Word Spy Activity Book! You might have read The Word Spy and The Return of the Word Spy. This one is different because now YOU get to write and draw in it as well.  It’s full of new discoveries, crazy games and playful puzzles, which all have one thing in common:


Inside the pages of this book you’ll meet the mad word inventor, put on a shadow puppet play, learn how to solve cryptic crosswords, make up your own bingo lingo, create your own font – oh, there’s just so much, you’ll just have to open it up and find out for yourself!

Alice Next Door
by Judi Curtin

Imagine your very best friend who lived next door, has moved away. And so you have to face everything alone, including the class bully and your parents, who are obsessed with family meetings and organic vegetables. You’re miserable, right/

Then image your best friend comes up with a plan so crazy, it might just work.  Before you know it, you’re telling monster lies and making noodles with bath water so you can be together again . . .

When Alice’s parents split up and she has to move away, Megan feels as if her world has fallen apart.  Join these BFFs as they hatch a secret plot so they can stay best friends forever.

Look out for more books in the Alice and Megan series:
Alice Again
Don’t Ask Alice
Alice in the Middle

The Serpent’s Shadow: Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

The third and final book in Rick Riordan’s chart-topping Kane Chronicles series.
Carter and Sadie Kane face the impossible task of defeating Apophis, the serpent of chaos, before he can destroy the mortal world. Unfortunately the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink civil war, the Gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. Percy Jackson fought Greek Gods. Now the Gods of Egypt are waking in the modern world . . .

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