New books for school -April/May 2014


9780670077434Max by MARC MARTIN

Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob’s shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together.

Until one summer, when everything changes . . .

From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia’s best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.

And chips.

9780143307846Crawf’s Kick it to Nick : The Cursed Cup by SHANE CRAWFORD and ADRIAN BECK

It’s the first footy game on the new oval and Nick and his team, the Cobar Creek Crocs, are desperate to win the golden cup.

But when the cup is removed from its cabinet it turns into a terrifying metal monster, hungry to destroy everything in its path.  And only Nick can stop it.

This time Nick’s not just playing for a win, he’s playing for his life!

9780143307860Crawf’s Kick it to Nick: Forward Line Freak

Nick has been named the captain of the Cobar Creek Crocs. It’s a dream come true, but the pressure is intense.

He needs to get his team to work together, but they think he’s a power-hungry monster. Only Nick’s friends know that he’s also turning into a real-life monster – and maybe he’s not the only one.

Can they find out what’s causing it all before it’s too late to change Nick back?

9780143571711Side Effects May Vary by JULIE MURPHY

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying – only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When Alice is diagnosed with leukaemia and time is suddenly not a luxury, she convinces her friend Harvey to help her with a crazy bucket list.  It’s as much about revenge as redemption and warped or not, it gives Alice the focus she needs when everything else seems pointless.

Then she goes into remission.

Now faced with the consequences of her actions, can Alice repair the damage she’s caused to those around her?  And maybe, just maybe, show the one who loves her most how much she loves him in return?


9780143571629The Fault In Our Stars (Movie Tie In Cover)
Out in Cinemas: 5 June

‘Damn near genius… The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.’ Time Magazine

The critically acclaimed worldwide phenomenon that has sold millions internationally, is heading to the big screen. Starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, the film has already captured attention with a trailer that has been viewed over 12 million times. The film will be released in Australian cinemas on 5th June.

9780143308324Lyka’s Adventures: Lyka and the Secret Forest by Connected Sparks

A next-generation reading experience!
Meet the little robot scientist with the big heart as she ignites the passion of kids everywhere.
This ground breaking series of chapter books for boys and girls aged 5 to 10 fills a much-needed gap in the market for quality, entertaining content that encourages children to engage with the natural world.
Fun and satisfying in their own right, the books also provide a unique interactive reading experience when enjoyed with the Lyka plush toy and accompanying free mobile app. Children will be enthralled by this fantastic marriage of traditional book publishing and digital innovation.

9780670077687Our Island by ALISON LESTER & ELIZABETH HONEY with the Children of Gununa

In this lyrical celebration of place, the children of Mornington Island explore their home in their own words and pictures. This is a collaboration with much-loved children’s picture-book creators Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey.

All royalties from Our Island and one dollar from the sale of each copy will be donated to Mornington Island State School to fund art projects in the community.

9780143307648Our Australian Girl: Daisy All Alone by MICHELLE HAMER & LUCIA MASCIULLO

It’s 1930 and Daisy’s worst nightmare has come true. She’s alone on the streets, separated from her family. Things get worse after the police send her to live at the Melbourne Orphanage. Daisy is miserable and when she hears some shocking news she decides it’s time to plot a daring escape.
Follow Daisy on her adventure in the second of four exciting stories about a hopeful girl
in troubled times.

9780143307952Our Australian Girl: Pearlie’s Pet Rescue by GABRIELLE WANG & LUCIA MASCIULLO

It’s 1941 and school is almost over – not just for summer, but forever. Darwin could be bombed any day, and everyone Pearlie knows is leaving for a safer place. Animals and pets of all kinds are being left behind, and Pearlie can’t bear it. Can she rescue them all? And what will happen when it’s her turn to leave the home she loves?
Follow Pearlie on her adventure in the second of four exciting stories about a courageous
girl in a world at war.

9780143307532Frank Davies and the Amazing Frog Catapult by ROHAN CLIFFORD

Frank Davies is your typical 12-year old boy, or so he thought. Very strange things start to happen in his life, involving a mysterious diary from his grandfather, an unnaturally huge and persistent frog and some extremely disturbing and, as it turns out, life-threatening Supertoads…

A mad and funny junior novel for 10+ readers set in the badlands of the outer Australian suburbs. Kind of like The Castle for kids, but with a Super Cane Toad invasion by first time author and teacher Rohan Clifford.


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