New books for school – August/September 2014

We have some beautiful new books to share with you, suitable for all ages, for the months of August and September. We hope you enjoy sharing them with your students. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments.

9780670077342Hasel and Rose AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: CAROLINE MAGERL

Rose feels alone in the new town. Everything is different and strange. She wishes . . . but she’s not sure what she’s wishing for. She searches, but she’s not sure what for.

Then from somewhere far away, someone else begins a journey. And maybe, just maybe, Hasel and Rose can find the courage to begin again. Together.

A magical story of hope and new beginnings for anyone who’s ever loved and lost. Hasel and Rose celebrates the power of imagination and resilience, even when things seem too hard.

9780670075003Hello from Nowhere AUTHOR: RAEWYN CAISLEY/ ILLUSTRATOR: KAREN BLAIR

Eve thought that living in the middle of nowhere was better than living anywhere else in the world . . . Only one thing made Eve sad. She hadn’t seen Nan since they left the city long ago.

Eve lives in a roadhouse in the middle of the Nullarbor and when her Nan visits one day, Eve shows her all the things that are special about where she lives.

A moving celebration of the Australian outback and the special connection between grandparent and grandchild.

9780670077571The Soldier’s Gift ILLUSTRATOR: JANE TANNER/ AUTHOR: TONY PALMER

Emily knows her big brother, Tom, wants to leave Hillside Farm and go overseas to the war, but Emily doesn’t want him to go.

‘Everyone else is going,’ said Tom  to Emily when their uncle was gone.  ‘That’s not a good reason,’ said Emily.

The Soldier’s Gift is a moving story of one family’s courage and endurance during the First World War, the terrible losses at Gallipoli and a time that changed Australia forever.

9780143308263The Lost Dogs: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 7) AUTHOR: REBECCA JOHNSON/ ILLUSTRATOR: KYLA MAY

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

There was a huge storm last night and now there are lots of lost dogs. One turned up outside my window (he must have known I’m nearly a vet). Luckily, Chelsea, Mum and I are helping out at the Lost Dogs’ Home.

I hope we can find all of their owners, because Dad definitely won’t let us have another dog!

9780143308270Playground Pets: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 8) AUTHOR: REBECCA JOHNSON/ ILLUSTRATOR: KYLA MAY

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

Chelsea and I have such a cool school – we get to have playground pets! Guineas pigs, lizards, fish and insects are all part of our classroom. This week, we have a replacement teacher. Poor Miss Fine doesn’t know much about animals. Luckily we do (it’s so handy nearly being a vet).

We’re going to be flat-out keeping track of everything, but I’m sure nothing will go too wrong . . .

9780143307488Daisy Takes Charge: Wilderness Fairies: Book Three AUTHOR: JODIE WELLS-SLOWGROVE/ ILLUSTRATOR: KERRY MILLARD

Across the meandering river,

In a forest tall and green,

Live the magical Wilderness Fairies

And their wise Fairy Queen…

Daisy’s sister, Maggie, has been invited by the Fairy Queen to perform in the annual Songbird Festival to compete for a ‘momentous prize’. But the performance is only days away and Maggie is all a flutter about how she can possibly be ready in time. Daisy decides to help by writing Maggie a strict schedule and making sure she keeps to it. All goes well until Daisy’s further good intentions lead to a wardrobe disaster for Maggie, saved only by their Aunt Acacia, a master seamstress. But then when an overzealous mother of a competitor threatens to sabotage Maggie’s duet with Melody the Magpie, Daisy has the chance to save the day and redeem herself.

9780143307495Daisy’s Secret: Wilderness Fairies Book 4 AUTHOR: JODIE WELLS-SLOWGROVE/ ILLUSTRATOR: KERRY MILLARD

Daisy has been invited to stay with the Fairy Queen!

But when the Queen is urgently called away, Daisy overhears why and she soon finds herself on an adventure that could change her life forever.

9780141354156Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger AUTHOR: O’DOHERTY DAVID & JUDGE CHRIS (ILLUS)

Hello, reader.

My name is Docter* Noel Zone and I am a Dangerologist.  I used to work as a swimming-pool lifeguard.  Until I realized what actually makes swimming pools dangerous:  Water!

So I got rid of all the water.

What is the point of this Book? That is a good question.  Good questioning!

  1. To remind you that Danger is Everywhere
  2. To make you into a qualified Dangerologist (Level1)

I’ve braved every everyday danger so you don’t have to . . .

* I gave myself the first name Docter so I could concentrate all of my energy on being a Dangerologist.  It saved a lot of time and hardly anyone notices the spelling.

9780141355207Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods AUTHOR: RICK RIORDAN

If you like horror shows, bloodbaths, lying, stealing, backstabbing and cannibalism, then read on . . .

Who could tell the true stories of the gods of Olympus better than modern-day demigod?

In this whirlwind tour of Greek mythology, Percy Jackson gives his personal take on the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece – and reveals the truth about how they came to rule the world.

Rick Riordan is the myth master. The Greek Gods are alive and kicking – go to www.rickriordanmythmaster.co.uk and see for yourself.

9780143308362Walk Tall AUTHOR: JIM STYNES/ AUTHOR: WARWICK GREEN

Walk Tall is a special younger readers’ edition of the Jim Stynes autobiography My Journey, adapted by Warwick Green.

Part football autobiography and part coming-of-age story, Walk Tall is an inspirational and unforgettable account of a man who continues to inspire through his life and his legacy.

There were men in strange jerseys on the TV, running around with some kind of rugby ball.

I turned to my father. ‘What’s this, then, Dad?’

He looked up from his paper. ‘Australian football.’

What’s the big deal about that? I thought.

At first, Jim Stynes didn’t understand Australian football at all. But once he accepted the challenge to play, there was no stopping him. Jim never took the easy road, on or off the football field. He pushed himself, and he worked hard to help others realise their potential. In this special younger readers’ edition of his bestselling autobiography, Jim Stynes shares his early life as a knockabout kid growing up in Ireland, his move to Australia as a teenager and his rise to football stardom, with all the trials and tribulations along the way.

9780143307600Crystal Bay Girls: Romy Bright Book 2 AUTHOR: JEN STORER

Romy Bright is going to rock the Harvest Festival and become a hardcore muso. But right now she’s stuck babysitting, minding the flower shop and watching out for her erratic mum. At least Romy can rely on James. He’s her best friend and when they’re playing music together, nothing else matters. That is, until Matt arrives in Crystal Bay . . .

Who cares if Matt’s off limits? Romy’s determined to win his heart. Even if she has to become someone else to do it. Even if she has to turn her back real love. . .

Think family, friends and fashion, romance, tears and laughter.  That’s Crystal Bay!

9780143571070Masquerade AUTHOR: KYLIE FORNASIER

In the glittering masked world that is the Carnevale of 1750 everyone has a secret . . . Seven teens, from the highest aristocrat to the lowest servant are all consumed by their own secrets: their loves, desires, loyalties and betrayals.

There entwined dramas are played out in Venice’s ballrooms, theatres, palazzos and promenades where delicious gossip, devilish fun and dangerous games threaten to unmask their secrets and even destroy their lives.

All the world’s a stage. Let the show begin.

9780143571087The Rapunzel Dilemma AUTHOR: JENNIFER KLOESTER

A love of theatre. A drama competition. A once-in-a-lifetime chance . . .

Lily’s had a charmed life so far, and now she’s off to London to pursue her dream of becoming a great actor. But the London Drama Academy is full of surprises – and for the first time, Lily finds that things don’t always go her way.

It’s not just the other students who are making things difficult. Lily’s got a secret she’s not sure how to handle, but she finds that a room in one of the Academy’s deserted towers makes a perfect refuge. Lily can’t stay locked in the tower forever, though. And when she meets the mysterious Ronan Carver, everything starts to change . . .

A fast-paced and fun modern fairytale and companion novel to The Cinderella Moment, from talented YA author Jennifer Kloester.

9780718178369Revenge of Seven AUTHOR: PITTACUS LORE

The have killed four of us.

They will not rest until we are all dead.

They will not stop until your planet is theirs.

They think we are broken.

We will not be defeated.

We are all that stands in their way.

We know secrets they thought hidden.

We have power they never expected.

The time has come for them to fall.

The Garde have suffered the ultimate betrayal: Number Five has allied himself with the Mogadorians, killing Eight and helping the Mogs to abduct Ella from the safe house. Now the fight for Earth’s survival has just become that much more impossible.

The Garde may not have time to mourn their fallen ally, but they’ll make sure to avenge him. And help is at hand from the most unlikely of sources: Adam, a Mogadorian, has turned his back on his people. He might just be their lifeline, but are the Garde repeating past mistakes by putting their trust in him?

 

 

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