Aaron Blabey Aaron Blabey Scholastic ISBN 9781760150426 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Aaron Blabey has turned his talents as both a writer and illustrator to a graphic novel for the 7+ age group. The bad guys (episode 1) features a wolf, a snake, a shark and a piranha. Although we associate all these animals with danger they are looking for ways to be seen as the “good guys” and prove that they are […]
Ally Carter Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781743628942 RRP: $19.99 Publication Date: February 2015 Reviewed by Brianna All Fall Down is the first book in the New Embassy Row Series by a bestselling New-York Times author, Ally Carter. It has a cleverly developed plot about Grace Blakely, a 16 year old girl whose mother was brutally murdered. Grace also happens to be the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world in a fictional country called Adria. Grace goes […]
Jess Black Celeste Hulme New Frontier for Scholastic ISBN 9780957988415 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart From the author of the popular Bindi Wildlife Adventure Series comes this new book which focuses on some similar themes of animal welfare and the environment. However this book has myth and fantasy interwoven in the story. The central character, Eve shows courage and humour during her adventures which start with a large metal chest in her Gran’s attic. […]
Knife & Packer Knife & Packer Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743627259 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book hardly needs a review because there are many children already fans of the crazy characters in the craziest races on earth. The last book featured a race in space and this time the race is a deep sea dash. The publication is the same with bright coloured pictures and illustrations but there is plenty of text […]
Susannah McFarlane Dyani Stagg Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781921931994 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another in the EJ spy school series. These books encourage girls to read so that’s enough for me to promote the latest in the series.
Darrel and Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743623015 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The third book in the pup patrol series is out. Again it features the Border Collie called Stamp. In this story Stamp, Ace and James Barnaby are in Far North Queensland when cyclone Julia hits. The story gives a very good account of what it is like to experience a cyclone. It also includes “Stamp’s Glossary” at the […]
Daniel Hashimoto and Mandy Richardville Valerio Fabbretti Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781476799896 RRP $19.99 or ebook $10.99 Age 3+ Date of publication May 5 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Action movie kid was first introduced to us on YouTube. This is the first book and the transfer from one medium to another has been so successful I’m sure there will be more books to come. AMK has a life beyond the covers of a book and you can download an […]
Louis Nowra Allen and Unwin ISBN 9781743314821 Published: April 2015 RRP: $16.99 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Set in war time Afghanistan in Taliban territory, this book tells the story of Australian soldier, Corporal Mark Hollis and an army sniffer dog, Prince. They are involved in a bomb raid that goes wrong that sees Mark’s best friend, and Prince’s handler, killed in a suspenseful start to the story. The book then takes us on their journey to find safety, all the way […]
Marie Lu Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781743620045 RRP $12.99 Age 8-12 Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart I am using this site to remind you that book 7 is now out! In this book things come to a head and the world of Erdas will be changed forever. Read it and find out how. If you have not read any of the series then it is worth knowing that the books are part of the New York Times best selling series […]
Darrel &Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743623008 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Stamp (Barnaby Station Stamp of Approval) is back with another adventure and this one involves a bush fire and some new animal friends.
Darrel & Sally Odgers Janine Dawson Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743622995 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication March 2015 Reviewer Megan Staurt This is an early chapter book about a border collie called Barnaby Station Stamp of Approval …. Stamp for short. Stamp is travelling around Australia with James Barnaby in a four wheel drive vehicle when he and James encounter heavy rain and a rising river. The story is told by Stamp and it is “pawfectly” done.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
James Phelan Publisher: Scholastic ISBN: 978-1-74283-193-0 RRP: $14.99 Age: 9-14 years Date of Publication: September 2014 After a dramatic sea rescue in Japan, Sam meets powerful friends. He sets off for Cambodia to find the last 13’s tenth Dreamer. Eva faces her worst fear in the Dreamer Doors competition. Meanwhile Alex is headed into unknown waters with Hans. At the legendary temple of Angkor Wat Sam must find the next gear.Can he succeed? The world cannot survive without him. To […]
Katherine Forsyth Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781743624067 RRP: $7.99 Age: 8+ Key words: Adventure, Fantasy Date of publication: September, 2014 Reviewer: Lia Russell This is a story about four friends with quite different backgrounds. Although they possess different talents they are all brave, resilient and resourceful. The first paragraph tells us that “The wolves smell danger in the wind” and danger there is indeed for Tom, Elanor, Sebastian and Quinn. Lose yourself in this fast paced adventure and when you have […]
Susannah McFarlane Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781921931666 Age: 8+ Published: August 2014 RRP: $12.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger Ciao EJ! is the 18th book in this popular series and this one is set in Italy. This time, EJ12, who is Emma Jacks when she is not working as a spy for the Shine Agency, has to solve the mystery of who is destroying the great statues of Italy. Evil agency SHADOW is up to something and EJ12 needs to piece together […]