New books for school – June/July 2014


9780670077106I Am Cow Hear Me Moo ILLUSTRATOR: GUS GORDON/ AUTHOR: JILL ESBAUM

Best-selling author, Jill Esbaum, and celebrated illustrator, Gus Gordon, team up for this funny and oddly reassuring rhyming romp about the brilliantly brave . . . Nadine the Cow.

Nadine is a ‘truly remarkable cow’ who is afraid of absolutely nothing; or so she claims. She’s a bit of a show-off, really, and when her friends take her up on her offer of a tour through the woods, Nadine is in her element. Then night falls, and when her friends leave and Nadine is left to explore a dark cave all on her own, suddenly she doesn’t feel quite to brave after all.

Oh, you are going to love this book. I’m great in it – really brave. You’re smart to read this. Not as smart as me, of course, or as brave, but then, I am cow, hear me moooooooo!

9780670077656One Sunday AUTHOR: PAMELA ALLEN

Outside the wind blew. Ooooh! The trees groaned. Ahhhhh! And the tiny wooden house creaked. Eeeeeek!

Inside, a delicious roast dinner was cooking.

The little old man was expecting visitors. The little old woman said no one would come.

Who was right? Come inside where it’s cosy and warm, and wait . . .

You might get a big surprise.

Here is a gentle story about home and hearth, about the comfort of ritual, and about opening your heart to the possibilities of life.

From the one and only Pamela Allen.

9780143308249Juliet, Nearly a Vet: Beach Buddies (Book 5) AUTHOR: REBECCA JOHNSON/ ILLUSTRATOR: KYLA MAY

Hi! I’m Juliet. I’m ten years old. And I’m nearly a vet!

It’s the holidays and we’re going camping by the beach. I’m bringing my vet-kit in case of any animal emergencies. Vets needs to be prepared for anything! I can’t wait to toast marshmallows by the campfire, swim in the sea and explore the rock-pools – there are so many amazing animals at the beach.

Chelsea and I really want to see a dolphin or a whale.

9780143308256Zookeeper for a Day: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 6) AUTHOR: REBECCA JOHNSON/ ILLUSTRATOR: KYLA MAY

Hi! I’m Juliet. I’m ten years old. And I’m nearly a vet!

I’ve won a competition to be a zookeeper for a day! My best friend Chelsea is coming too. I can’t wait to learn all about the zoo animals. There will be meerkats, tigers and penguins to feed. And maybe some zoo vets who need some help (I must remember my vet-kit!).

Most exciting of all, there’s a baby elephant due to be born!

9780143307877Crawf’s Kick it to Nick: Bugs from Beyond AUTHORS: SHANE CRAWFORD/ ADRIAN BECK

After a long first half of the season, the Crocs might finally have a chance to win a game.

But when mutant bugs start burrowing up from beneath the oval to attack, there may not even be a team left to take the field.

If Nick and his friends can’t figure out how to stop the bugs, losing the game will be the least of their problems!

9780143307884Crawf’s Kick it to Nick: Outbreak on the Oval AUTHORS: SHANE CRAWFORD/ ADRIAN BECK

Nick has been replaced as captain, right before the Crocs’ big game. It’s his worst footy nightmare come true.

And just when he thought all the mutant bugs were destroyed, the Queen bug rises. She has the whole school in her sights and she’s not happy.

It’s Nick, Ella and Bruiser versus their nastiest, ugliest enemy yet!

9780143307556Do You Dare? Fighting Bones AUTHOR: SOFIE LAGUNA

Fighting Bones is the convict-era adventure in this series of exciting, action-packed Australian stories for boys aged 8 to 12.

Irish brothers Danny and Declan Sheehan are inmates at Tasmania’s Point Puer prison for convict boys in 1836. When tragedy strikes and the prison bully is on the rampage, escape is their only chance to survive… But will they dare?

It’s an adventure in history.

Do you dare?

9780143307822Do You Dare? The Last Horse Race AUTHOR: JAMES MOLONEY

Do You Dare . . .

Stick up for your mates? Ride a horse at breakneck speed? Risk your life for freedom?

It’s an adventure in history.

Do You Dare?

9780143307969Our Australian Girl: Pearlie the Spy (Book 3) AUTHOR: GABRIELLE WANG

It’s1942 . . . and Pearlie is all alone in Darwin. Not only has she been separated from her family, but now Beake, the spy, is back and he’s on the loose. He’s out to get Pearlie – but she has a plan . . . Can she pull it off? And when bombs fall on Darwin, will Pearlie survive?

Follow Pearlie on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a courageous girl in a world at war.

9780143307655Our Australian Girl: Daisy in the Mansion (Book 3) AUTHOR: MICHELLE HAMER

It’s 1930 . . . and Daisy has been adopted and whisked away to a beautiful mansion. She’s to be a companion to Annie, a girl with a mysterious illness. While Daisy’s new life is full of luxuries she could never have imagined, what she wants the most is the thing her new parents can’t provide: the freedom to find her real family before it’s too late . . .

Follow Daisy on her adventure in the third of four exciting stories about a hopeful girl in troubled times.

9780670078004Blueback: Australian Children’s Classics AUTHOR: TIM WINTON

The final volume in the iconic Penguin Australian Children’s Classics series, Bluebackis a deceptively simple allegory about a boy who matures through fortitude, and finds wisdom by living in harmony with all forms of life. A beautiful distillation of Winton’s art and concerns.

9780141341804Hangman’s Revolution: W.A.R.P Book 2 AUTHOR: EOIN COLFER

FBI agent Chevie Savano is trapped in a nightmare future.

Unless she can return to nineteenth-century London and change the course of history, millions will die.

Luckily she has Riley the boy magician and a Victorian gangster with lovely hair to help her battle two crazed villains, who have brought the military technology of the future back in time – with potentially disastrous consequences.

The stakes are higher than the hangman’s noose and only Chevie can save the day. Assuming she can avoid being killed by a couple of psycho warrior-nuns first . . .

Warp is Eoin Colfer’s thrilling, steam-punk, time-travel, adrenalin-fuelled adventure series.

LCLoyal Creatures AUTHOR: MORRIS GLEITZMAN

Like many of his mates from the bush, Frank Ballantyne is keen to join the grand adventure and do his bit. Specially as a chest full of medals might impress the currently unimpressed parents of his childhood sweetheart. So Frank ups his age and volunteers with his horse Daisy … and his dad.

In the deserts of Egypt and Palestine he experiences all the adventure he ever wanted, and a few things he wasn’t expecting. Heartbreak, love and the chance to make the most important choice of his life.

From Gallipoli to the famous charge at Beersheba, through to the end of the war and its unforgettable aftermath, Frank’s story grows out of some key moments in Australia’s history.

They were loyal creatures, the men and horses of the Australian Light Horse, but war doesn’t always pay heed to loyalty. This is the powerful story of a young man’s journey towards his own kind of bravery.

 

 

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