Knife and Packer Knife and Packer ISBN 9781743627242 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The third Wheelnuts Craziest race on earth actually takes place in space. It is the same bright format with crazy pictures. The print is easier to read on some pages more than others. Of course black on yellow trumps black on pink or blue. However those caught up in the crazy adventure may not even notice!
Susannah McFarlane ISBN 9781925206029 RRP $12.99 Age 8+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The EJ12 series is very popular in our school library and it’s easy to see why. This is the 19th book in the series which is about a girl hero (a special agent EJ12) who has adventures and solves mysteries. We, the readers, are taken along with her into all sorts of places from the world of music and musicians to safaris and beaches. […]
Shane Koyczan Various illustrators Walker Books Aust ISBN: 9781925081510 Date of publication: September 1, 2014 Age: 12+ RRP: $19.95 Reviewed by: Debbie Berger This powerful book details the effects bullying can have on an individual. Created from the experiences author Shane Koyczan had as a bullied child himself. Through poetry, Koyczan exposes the emotions and thoughts that go along with being bullied at school. The introduction gives you a great insight to what he has been through and how the […]
Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss (Performed by Deborah Mailman) Kerry Argent Scholastic ISBN 9781742839776 RRP 19.99 Age 3+ Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Wonderful illustrations by Kerry Argent are the striking feature of this book. The animals are out for a day at the beach but for those who know the song one member of the party is too embarrassed to be seen in a bikini. The revival of the 1960’s song (performed by Deborah Mailman) is […]
Knife and Packer Scholastic ISBN 9781743627235 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Read the first chapter for free on line at http://www.wheelnuts.net.au/images/read/Wheelnuts_Book2_sampler.pdf and see for yourself the colourful and imaginative pages first hand. This is the second book in the wheelnut series and like its predecessor it is cute and quirky. This time the race includes haunted castles, ferocious dragons and vampire bats.. Perhaps not bedtime reading for some but it is light hearted […]
Kate Forsyth Scholastic ISBN 9781743624074 RRP $14.99 Age 9 – 12 Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Kate Forsyth has deservedly had a lot of publicity for this series and they have been well marketed. For readers caught up in the series there is a lot to support them. See http://www.theimpossiblequest.com/ (for quizzes and information) or follow Kate at http://www.kateforsyth.com.au/ Kate Forsyth is an internationally best selling authorand her books are certainly well written. This series allows readers to enter […]
Kevin Sherry Kevin Sherry Scholastic Inc New York ISBN 9780545556170 RRP $12.99 Age 6 – 8 Children’s picture book Reviewed by Megan Stuart With visual literacy fast becoming one of the most popular genres borrowed in our school library this book, written and illustrated by Kevin Sherry, looks like a success. The book is about a great guy who also happens to be a yeti. The target audience is from grades 2 – 5 so it will also appeal to […]
Uncle Joe Kirk Sandi Harrold Scholastic ISBN 9781743623114 RRP $15.99 Ages 3+ An Indigenous Australian story Date of publication January 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Duelgum is a book worth owning. it is about the spawning of freshwater eels near Moreton Bay in Southern Queensland. The freshwater eel is a spiritual totem in the Wakka Wakka culture and the story is told by Uncle Joe Kirk who is a Brisbane and Wakka Wakka elder. Sandi Harrold is the illustrator and her […]
Craig Smith Scott Tulloch Scholastic ISBN 9781775432692 RRP $21.00 Age All Date of Publication October 2014 Reviewed by Megan Stuart As the name suggests this book aims to impress upon children the importance of exercise and warns about the dangers of spending too much time watching television. A worthwhile message! The illustrations are great and there is a CD enclosed if you still have the antiquated equipment necessary to play it. The author Craig Smith is the author of The […]
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743627051 Published November 2014 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 8 Reviewed by Megan Stuart Well Weirdo 3 is here and with the same animated cover too. It’s difficult not to like Anh Do”s third book featuring the very cool Weir Do. Jules Faber’s illustrations are fun and make this book appealing to children who may not find reading easy. Note that Weir Do was recently awarded ABIA book of the year 2014.
Dan Gemeinhart Chicken House ISBN 978190002131 Published: February, 2015 RRP: $15.99 Age: 10+ Reviewed by Debbie Berger Mark’s cancer has returned and this time he has had enough of the treatments, the sympathy and the tears. He decides he is going to run away to the mountains to escape it all. He takes along his loyal four legged friend, Beau the dog, for the adventure. Beau is the star of the book; with undying loyalty and companionship he doesn’t leave […]
Clare Atkins Black Inc ISBN: 9781863956895 Keywords: Australian, Young Adult Age: 14+ Publication date: October 2014 RRP: $19.99 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Rosie is a 15 year old white girl growing up in a remote Australian town where she lives in an Aboriginal community. Her childhood best friend, Nona, is Aboriginal. In fact, Nona is considered her sister as Rosie’s family has been adopted Nona’s Aboriginal family. Nona moved away at age nine and Rosie goes to the local high school […]
Connie and Samuel Johnson Hachette Australia ISBN: 978 0 7336 3324 9 RRP: $32.99 Publication Date: 28th October, 2014 Keywords: Memoir, Australian, Adult Reviewed by Debbie Berger This warm and honest memoir tells the story of Connie and Samuel Johnson, siblings who are faced with the awful news that Connie has terminal cancer. Connie wants to make sure that she doesn’t die without trying to help others who could face the same fate as hers in the future. Samuel Johnson […]
David Warner Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030785 Published: 1st December, 2014 Age: 8 – 11 years RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Davey and his friends are placed on detention, again, by their cricket-hating teacher. This is a disaster for them as they are in desperate need to practice for their upcoming cricket game against their local rivals, Shimmer Bay. The boys need to come up with a solution to enable them to practice whilst still completing their detention. […]
Bruce Springsteen Frank Caruso Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781501 103858 12+ RRP: 22.99 Publication Date: 4th November, 2014 Reviewer – Debbie Berger Outlaw Pete is a picture book written by singer Bruce Springsteen. It is illustrated with great detail by Frank Caruso with drawings that support the story at each page turn. This adult book tells the story of the legend of Outlaw Pete, a cowboy who is trying to outrun his past sins. The story is based on […]
Susannah McFarlane Dyani Stagg Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921931642 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication: September 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fifth book in the EJ Spy School series for new readers. It is described as a beginners “chapter book” and although it is unlikely that young readers will identify with going to spy school nevertheless the message about being brave even though we are scared is a worthwhile message.
Dav Pilkey Dan Santat Scholastic Inc ISBN 9780545630122 RRP $10.99 Age 5 – 8 Date of publication September 2014 A tiny mouse with a huge robot friend work together to save earth from mean monkeys from Mars! Sometimes even superheroes make mistakes and they must find a way to fix them. A story of friendship, courage and good verses bad. Easy text and bright character pictures from a novel with special animated sections which would make this book a favourite […]
Randa Abdel-Fattah Scholastic Australia ISBN : 9781742990118 RRP $14.99 Age 9 – 11 years Date of publication January 2014 Three best friends have discovered a mysterious book which has profound messages that appear on its pages to help guide the girls through some of the challenges they face during grade six at school and home. This is a lovely story about young girls learning to understand themselves and others using sound moral advice with relatively easy concepts to guide girls […]
Bernie Hobbs National Library of Australia ISBN 9780642278647 RRP $19.99 Age YA – Adult Date of publication November 2014 Reviewer Megan Stuart Content and meaning aside this is a book of interesting and wonderful pictures and photographs. Read it and discover that the book addresses the phobias many people have about some of the weirdest things. It may be light hearted but it is strangely unsettling. Although we may not be able to laugh off particular phobias nevertheless some of […]
Chris Van Etten Scholastic Inc ISBN: 9780545415873 RRP: $14.99 Date of publication: September, 2014 Key words: Young adult, Suspense, Horror Reviewer: Debbie Berger Best friends Cole and Gavin use Wikipedia to play a practical joke on Josh. Josh just happens to have stolen Cole’s girlfriend Winnie so he is the perfect target for this joke. The Wikipedia page that Josh uses for his assignment has lots of facts that have been ‘edited’, which Cole and Gavin have changed all in […]
P Crumble Simon Williams Scholastic ISBN 9781743622377 RRP $19.99 Age 3+ Published October 2014 Counting down from 10 to 0 with the most improbable situations from blind mice learning how to water ski to an elephant squashed in a limousine. The illustrations are particularly good with strong bold colours and good definition. This is a hard cover book with bonus CD and an invitation to sing along with Jay Laga’aia …. and who wouldn’t want to? Reviewer Megan Stuart
Tony Ross Koala Book Company ISBN 9781742761404 RRP $29.99 Age 9+ Published October 2014 This book consists of 213 pages of 24 classic stories to share. Then there is a further 15 pages about the stories and their authors. The stories include lots of old favourites from Oscar Wilde’s Selfish Giant, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and the nativity from The King James Bible. There are also extracts from Little Women and The Wind in the Willows. How good […]
Julia Donaldson Scheffler Axel Scholastic UK ISBN 9781407144412 RRP $24.99 Age 3 – 8 Published August 2014 The creators of The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) have produced another book called “The scarecrows’ wedding” which has for various reasons attracted a lot of publicity. Written by Julia Donaldson (a British writer who was Children’s Laureate from 2011 – 2013) the book has received criticism from various sources because the villain in the story, Reginald Rake, smokes a cigar. Whatever. […]
Anna Davies Scholastic Inc ISBN: 9780545511964 RRP $14.99 Keywords: Young Adult, Horror Publication Date: September 2014 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Briana Beland attends McHale boarding school. She struggles to fit in at school and is trying to escape her mother’s shadow, where a sandwich had been named after her at the local deli. Briana tries out for the part of Ophelia in the school play but misses out and instead is given the role of ‘social media director’. When Briana’s […]