New Books for Primary and Lower Secondary Students – July 2012

Too Many Elephants in this House – Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

In Eric’s house there were too many elephants – in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom!

The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves every one of them. So when his mum says they have to go, Eric comes up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem . . .

From the creators of The Terrible Plop comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.

Two Little Monkeys – Mem Fox and Jill Barton

Two little monkeys are hiding in a tree – two little monkeys named Cheeky and Chee.

Swing on in if you’d like to see just why they’re hiding in that big old tree.

From bestselling picture-book creators Mem Fox and Jill Barton, here is a sweet, surprise-filled story that’s sure to have little monkeys everywhere leaping with delight.

Our Australian Girl Book 3 Nellie’s Quest – Penny Matthews

It’s 1850 and Nellie’s best friend, Mary, is gravely ill. To provide Mary with the care she needs, Nellie must break a promise and go on a quest to find the Thompson family. But will they be able to help? And who will Nellie turn to when her own life is in danger?

Follow Nellie on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about an Irish girl with a big heart, in search of the freedom to be herself.

Our Australian Girl Book 3 Alice of Peppermint Grove – Davina Bell 

It’s 1918 . . . and the war has finally ended. Alice can’t wait for Teddy to come home from fighting in Europe so things can go back to normal. But when Mabel gets up to mischief and a handsome stranger returns to Peppermint Grove, life becomes more complicated than ever. Can Alice fix everyone’s problems — including her own?

Follow Alice on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a gifted girl in a time of war.

GIRL! The Ultimate Guide to Being You – Anna Barnes

Do you sometimes feel like Ella? Then open this book! It has heaps of ideas to help you make and grow things, manage friendships and your emotions, glimpse life from different girls’ perspectives, and find out about stuff happening on the other side of the world and in your own backyard.

Young author and blogger Anna Barnes doesn’t have all the answers (she wishes!) but like the best big sister, she shares some of her experiences, dreams and funny stories; plus thoughts from girls like you.

Discover what makes you tick and how to make the most of who your are int this ultimate how-to guide for modern girls.

‘Sometimes life feels really complicated. Friendships, school stuff, all the things I care about, big changes happening in the world . . . but then I wonder what I can do, because I’m just one girl.’ Ella, 13

Chocolate Box Girls: Summers Dream – Cathy Cassidy 

Summer has always dreamed of dancing, and when a place at ballet school comes up, she wants it so badly it hurts.

Middle school ends and the holidays begin, but unlike her sisters, Summer has no time for lazy days and sunny beach parties. The audition becomes her obsession, and things start spiralling out of control . . .

The more Summer tries to find perfection, the more lost she becomes. Will she realise – with the help of the boy who wants more than friendship – that dreams come in all shapes and sizes?

Sharkwars Book 3: Into the Abyss E.J Altbacker

The third adrenaline-pumping title in the new Shark Wars series. Perfect for boys and girls of 8+ and all fans of Beast Quest. This is Star Wars underwater!

Gray and his shark clan have defeated the maniacal emperor Finnivus and his vicious Indi Shiver armada. But Finnivus is still plotting. This is the ruler who feasts on the heads of every shark he conquers, after all.

When Finnivus’s gangs of soldier fish strike, Gray and his friends endure a loss bigger than any before. And this time there’s no one left to tell Gray what to do. He’s got to lead the rebels into battle for the ultimate fight of good against evil – everything depends on Gray now!

Dive further into the Shark Wars adventure at http://www.sharkwarsseries.com

Deadweather and Sunrise: Chronicles of Egg Geoff Rodkey 

DEADWEATHER, a sweaty little pirate-infested island, is home to EGG, thirteen years old and prey to a pair of cruel and stupid older siblings.

But when Egg’s family disappears in a freak accident, he finds himself living onSUNRISE island with the glamorous Pembroke family and their feisty daughter Millicent.  Finally, life seems perfect.

Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.

Suddenly, Egg is lost in a world of cutthroat pirates and powerful villains. Only Millicent – and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy – can help him as he hurtles into the deadliest adventure of his life . . .

Battle of Britain: Duty Calls – James Holland

Pilot officer Archie Jackson, 19, is in control of the RAF’s newest fighter aircraft, a Supermarine Spitfire.

Now he has the Luftwaffe in his sights and only one thing matters: defending Britain.

Suddenly planes are falling from the sky, exploding and spiralling into the English Channel.

France has fallen and the swastika flies over Occupied Europe. Only these young pilots – barely out of boyhood – stand between Britain and a Nazi invasion . . .

Duty Calls: Battle of Britain, throws you deep into the heart – and horror – of Britain’s darkest, and finest, hour.

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