New books for school September 2013

9780670076765Starting School by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker 

Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time.  Would you like to meet them and see how they go?  There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.

From Jane Godwin and Anna Walker comes this beautiful book focussing on the experiences and feelings of five very different children as they begin at school for the first time.

Jane’s simple words and ideas combine with Anna’s gentle and detailed illustrations to help children feel comfortable about taking this big step.

Teaching Notes for download HERE.

A Cautionary Tail by Erica Harrison and Simon Rippingale 9780670077458

A Cautionary Tail, illustrated with images from the animated short film featuring Cate Blanchett, Barry Otto and David Wenham, is a beautiful, expressive text in rhyming verse about difference and acceptance.

Born with a wee nub at the base of the spine, as the little girl grows up, so does the nub; into a beautiful, expressive tail. The girl is accepting, her parents encouraging of her difference and her school friends think it’s way cool what her tail can do, and express. But it’s hard holding on to your individuality as you get older, when you think all you need to do to belong is to conform. Wouldn’t she be better off without this freaky feature?

Teaching Notes for primary and secondary school coming soon!

9780670077564The Power of One: Australian Children’s Classics

He had given me The Power of One, one idea, one heart, one mind, one plan, one determination.

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country’s most memorable children’s books in the Penguin Australia Children’s Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind.

A Fortunate Life: Australian Children’s Classics 9780670076895

And that’s the way it was. I would often go into the bush and watch the birds and think in some ways they were like me – they had to fend for themselves as soon as the mother bird thought that they were old enough.

Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. Rediscover the magic of our country’s most memorable children’s books in the Penguin Australia Children’s Classics series of stories too precious to leave behind

9780143307402Andy Roid & the Missing Agent (Book 9) by Felice Arena

Andy and Judd have blown their cover – so when Judd goes missing, can Andy risk going after him? With the police, the Agency and the evil Blaireau Corporation looking for him, this time it’s Andy versus the world!

Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil (Book 10) by Felice Arena 9780143307419

The final book in this gripping series! Judd’s on a rescue mission, and he’s brought Andy along as his weapon of choice. Can Andy help Judd and bring down the forces of evil and still stay true to what he believes in? The pressure’s on and the stakes have never been higher!

Teaching Notes for Andy Roid Books 1 – 4 download HERE.

9780143307624Eerie Series – The No Bodies by S.Carey

Even a nobody can be somebody. Somebody who The No Bodies want. They’ll promise unbelievable freedom, unworldly power and all the revenge a nobody can take. The price? Your body, of course.

War Zone: Vanguard Prime Book 3 by Steve Lochran 9780143306917

Elite superhero team Vanguard Prime has a new mission . . .

Tokyo is set to explode when cyborg soldiers declare war on Vanguard Prime.  Battle lines are drawn and old friends may actually be secret enemies.  Will the Japanese superheroes of Battle Force Zero come to the team’s rescue, or will they join the attack?

9781409327516LEGO – LEGO Play Book by Dorling Kindersley 

LEGO® Play Book proves it. You can build anything with a LEGO brick in your hand

LEGO® Play Book contains a collection of all-new LEGO building ideas that will inspire you to play with your favourite LEGO models in new and exciting ways.

Organised in imaginatively themed chapters, covering everything from a LEGO safari and life under the sea to extreme sports and beach scenes. This book is designed to teach you how to get the most play out of your LEGO models. With over 200 building ideas and tips, including suggestions for ‘ten-minute builds’, ‘cool brick’ features and ‘a handful of bricks’, you’ll discover endless LEGO possibilities. Advice from LEGO fan builders encourages you to get creative while developing your LEGO skills and knowledge of new bricks and tricks.

With a mixture of LEGO models, from the very simplest to the more complex, LEGO® Play Book is perfect for everyone; for beginners and more accomplished builders alike.

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore 9780718178215

I thought things would change when I found the others. We would stop running. We would fight the Mogadorians. And we would win.

But I was wrong. Even though we have come together, we barely escaped from them with our lives. And now we’re in hiding, figuring out our next move.

The six of us are powerful – but not strong enough to take on their entire army. We haven’t discovered the full extent of our Legacies. We haven’t learned to work together. Time is running out, and there’s only one thing we know for certain: We need to find Number Five before they do.

They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. I am Number Four. I was supposed to be next.

But I’m still alive.

This battle is far from over.

9780143565703Disharmony – Immortal Combat (Book 3) Leah Giarratano

A war that will end the world or save it . . .

The prophesied war is raging.  Luke’s destiny is unstoppable, Sam’s losses and powers are unravelling her mind, and Jake’s family secrets put the whole world in peril.  And that’s before the darkest warlock of all time makes his first move on the chessboard.  A move he’s planned for centuries . . .

A gripping new series about a collision of worlds, the power of destiny, and the darkness in us all.




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