New books for school August 2013

Its publication day again here at Penguin and we are terribly excited to share with you our fabulous new books for August! We will also be adding some titles that we feel you might be interested in from our adult titles list. We would love your feedback, so feel free to leave us a comment on this post with any queries you might have.

Picture Books 

9780670077182Noah Dreary by AARON BLABEY

One day, Noah Dreary complained so much that his head fell off.
Award-winning children’s book author, Aaron Blabey, spins another hilarious tale about the curve balls that life can throw at us. Perfect for readers 6+ years and to be enjoyed by all.

It’s an expression we’ve all heard many times, but talented author/illustrator, Aaron Blabey, takes it to another extreme in this hilarious story about a boy who discovers the very real consequences of his continual complaining. And even then, it seems it will only take a catastrophic event to bring Noah back to his senses.

9780670075614Davy and the Duckling by  JULIE VIVAS and MARGARET WILD

When the baby duck hatched, the first thing it saw was Davy. It fluffed its feathers – and started following Davy everywhere. Around the farmyard, under the apple trees and all the way home.

From picture-book masters Margaret Wild and Julie Vivas comes this gentle and moving story about the love between a little boy and the duckling that stays with him all of its life.

Teaching notes coming soon!

Middle Years

9780143307754Extra Time by  MORRIS GLEITZMAN

A young Aussie soccer genius and his 10-year-old manager take on the world. And win.

For a time.

A brilliantly funny and moving new story from one of Australian’s most entertaining authors.

‘He is one of the finest examples of a writer who can make humour stem from the things that really matter in life.’ The Guardian, UK

Teaching notes coming soon!

9780143307525The Wishbird by GABRIELLE WANG

The girl’s hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly.  She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.

Then a strange and beautiful sound came from her throat, rising and falling like the wind.  Boy had never heard anything like it.

And yet it was familiar.

Oriole’s beloved Wishbird is dying and she must leave the Forest to save him.  But in the City of Soulless there is danger everywhere.

Can Oriole and Boy save Soulless and the Wishbird, or will the city’s darkness prove too great even for magic?

By the award-winning author of A Ghost in My Suitcase.

Teaching notes coming soon!

9780143307297Boy Versus Rat Dog: The Lost World Circus Book 4 by JUSTIN D’ATH

An electrifying new series from Justin D’ath, author or the bestselling extreme adventures.

Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. But can he save the last animals on earth?

Colt doesn’t know his own strength. When a showdown with a $100,000, Rat Dog has tragic consequences, his arch enemy, Officer Katt, seeks revenge. She steals the thing that matters most to Colt, right when his superpowers seem to have disappeared. But superpowers or not, Birdy and Colt are on the case, and the secrets they uncover could change Colt’s life forever . . .

9780143307693Eerie: Swarm by S. CAREY

It moves like lightning and has razor-sharp teeth. It burns. It multiplies. And it’s hungry.
There’s nowhere to run – the alien slugs have landed and there’s no escape. They’re set to take over the world!


9780143306771The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to Losing your dog, your Dad and your dignity in 138 Days by MARK PARDOE

Hilarious book about a boy coping with puberty, family break-ups, friends, enemies and girls – all recorded in a journal that he has to keep if he wants the Xbox that is rightly his!

According to his tyrannical teacher (and much to his parents’ horror), 11-year-old Andy Flegg is a reluctant writer.  So that’s how he finds himself forced to write in a journal every day until his next birthday if he wants to get the Xbox that his parents had already promised him. That’s a ridiculous number of Xboxless days! But somehow this writing thing seems to grow on Andy and he soon finds himself revealing all too much!

9780143568216The Cinderella Moment by JENNIFER KLOESTER

A love of fashion.
A couture competition.
A once-in-a-lifetime chance . . .

Angel wants to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it’s going to be a challenge. So when she gets a chance to head to Paris, Angle grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friends Lily. That can’t be too hard, can it?

But faking things doesn’t come easy, and when Angel meets her very own Prince Charming, things start to get complicated. She needs to stop her secrets unravelling if she wants to live happily ever . . .

From exciting talent Jennifer Kloester comes a modern fairytale of high society, mistaken identity, love, betrayal, friendship – and great clothes.

9780143204275Pureheart by CASSANDRA GOLDS

Gal and Deirdre have forgotten something.  something really, really important.

When her grandmother dies, Deirdre is left alone in a crumbling block of flats. Looking out the window one misty night, she sees a boy who seems familiar.  Together, he and Deirde must discover the secret of the old building, before it collapses and the secret is lost forever . . .

A beguilingly beautiful book about what it means to love – from the winner of the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

9780143568179The First Third by WILL KOSTAKIS

Life is made up of three parts: in The First Third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made.

That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it, anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now, it’s his job to glue their family back together.

No pressure or anything.

Fixing his family’s not going to be easy and Billy’s not ready for change. But as he soon discovers, the first third has to end some time. And then what?

It’s a Greek tragedy waiting to happen.

Teaching notes coming soon!

9781742536767A Long Way Home by SAROO BRIERLEY

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.

Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.

Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.

A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.

9781926428505His Stupid Boyhood: A Memoir by PETER GOLDSWORTHY

Few Australian writers have delved as deeply as Peter Goldsworthy into the mysterious state of being that is childhood.

In this memoir he applies his fascination with that state to his own boyhood, from his bizarre first memories to the embarrassments of adolescence. For all his working life Goldsworthy has been both doctor and writer – Australia’s Chekhov – and here he reveals a mind charmed equally by science and literature, by the rational and the imagined.

The country towns he grew up in gave free rein to the young Peter’s intense curiosity, and in the fifties and sixties he ran amok in hilarious fashion. A boy with a mind wide open to the universe but closed to self-knowledge, he came of age with a naive self-confidence that was ripe for the bursting.

Comically self-deprecating, unrestrained in its honesty, His Stupid Boyhood is a passport to the lost country of youth, and a beautiful homage to childhood in general.


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