New books for Secondary – October 2012

The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree – GARY CREW and ROSS WATKINS

A heartbreaking fable about nature and our relationship with it, and about the inevitable cycle of life. This is a stunning book for secondary visual literacy and study, teaching notes written by Gary Crew and Ross Watkins themselves can be downloaded HERE.

And then, as if on cue, the baby shaped its mouth into a perfect circle, 
drew breath into its cheeks and, curling its tiny tongue upon its bottom lip, 
breathed the long soft sound of wind in the trees.

This is a tale of storms and bushfires and wild bees. It is a tale of an old couple and an unexpected gift from the bush. A gift they must one day return . . .

Quintana of Charyn – MELINA MARCHETTA

There’s a babe in my belly that whispers the valley, Froi. I follow the whispers and come to the road . . . 

Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi must travel through Charyn to search for Quintana, the mother of Charyn’s unborn king, and protect her against those who will do anything to gain power. But what happens when loyalty to family and country conflict? When the forces marshalled in Charyn’s war gather and threaten to involve the whole of the land, including Lumatere, only Froi can set things right, with the help of those he loves.

Praise for Froi of the Exiles

‘Marchetta’s imagined world swallowed me whole and I wanted to stay in it.’ Lorien Kaye, The Age

‘This epic has everything readers can ask for; great characters and a truly spectacular plot filled with romance, suspense, friendship and betrayal.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A story of both the harm that people can inflict, and the healing . . . .It is about hope, but the hope that is earned by blood and tears, the hope that is willed into being because of a desire that life should be better than what it is . . . Lest this sound too emotional, too romantic, rest assured it is also action packed.’ School Library Journal

From internationally best-selling and multi-award-winning author Melina Marchetta comes the unforgettable final book in the Lumatere Chronicles.

Beautiful Redemption: The Caster Chronicles Volume 4 – KAMI GARCIA andMARGARET STOHL

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.

But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena – and Gatlin – as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones’ lives.

Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

The Mark of Athena: Heroes of Olympus –  RICK RIORDAN

The phenomenally successful Rick Riordan is back with the next thrilling installment of the Heroes of Olympus series.

Can Percy Jackson and the Half-blood Heroes succeed on their quest to find The Doors of Death or will the Greek Gods of chaos win their battle to stop them?

Percy and his fellow demi-gods face the most important quest of all – the Prophecy of Seven.

Rumour Has It: Girl Heart Boy – ALI CRONIN

Real love.
Real life.
The real thing . . . 

Cass is in love with Adam.
Jack is in love with Cass.
Rich is hiding a secret.
But what about Ash?

Ashley has no secrets. She’s a player and everyone knows it. When gorgeous Dylan doesn’t seem interested she pretends not to mind – but behind her playful façade does Ashley really want something more?

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