Matt Cosgrove Koala Books ISBN 9781743811696 RRP $5.00 Age 8+ Publication date February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the first book in a series that looks at traditional fairy stories in a completely new way. The author Matt Cosgrove also illustrates the book and his emphasis is on humour. This is definitely a good book for reluctant readers.
Kate and Jol Temple Jon Foye Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760291945 RRP $12.99 Age 7 – 10 Reviewer Megan Stuart Jimmy Cook chatters along in his new book Jimmy Cook discovers X marks the spot. He has a very straight forward view of the world and through his eyes we become involved in a secret dinosaur dig at school while at home his father has lost his job. Jimmy’s father thinks his son “has a great outlook on life” and there […]
Zack Zombie Koala Books ISBN 9781743811528 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication February 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart For children who are Minecraft enthusiasts these books are extremely popular. In fact they are encouraging children who like games to read more! This is the third book in the series and is called “When nature calls”. It is not surprising that they are on Amazon’s top ten best sellers list.
Marcus Emerson Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760295554 RRP $9.99 Age 7 – 12 Date of publication January 2017 (books 1 – 4) Feb 2017 (books 5 – 7) and March 2017 (books 8- 10) Reviewer Megan Stuart A whole new series of 10 books will reach books stores and devices this year. The books chronicle the life Chase Cooper an ordinary, skinny eleven year old (and to a degree his cousin Zoe). Book one begins as Chase starts at a new […]
Tim Cahill Scholastic ISBN 9781760273668 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the fourth in the Tiny Timmy series by Tim Cahill. This book looks at the importance of being prepared for a match and in particular your pre match diet. Studs and Hacker discover that a large serving of pizza and soft drink does not necessarily give you more energy. These are good early chapter books from a first class soccer player.
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Zack Zombie (William, Genie and Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811511 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another book about the life of Zack Zombie. There are life lessons for the reader in these books and as the title suggests this one deals with friends and bullies. The book is in diary format and has many references to the global gaming phenomenon “Minecraft” which definitely appeals to the younger reader.
Zack Zombie (William, Genie & Matthew Pena) Koala Books ISBN 9781743811504 RRP $5.00 Age 8+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Minecraft fans (and there are plenty) will enjoy looking at life through the eyes of 12 year old Zack Zombie who gives us some idea of what it is like to be a Minecraft Zombie. I took the book out for a “test run” with some 9 year old children and it was a huge success. Although […]
Tania Ingram Christina Miesen Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742991245 RRP $12.99 Age 5+ Date of publication November 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is one of the “Mates Series” and of course great Australian yarns would have to include barbies, Sir Donald Bradman, a trip to the tip and plenty of laughter….. It’s all in this book and comes highly recommended.
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991337 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The Hungry Isle is the fourth book in the Star of Deltora Series. The heroine Britta continues to compete to win the Rosalyn Apprentice contest and be a trader. This is most definitely up the usual Emily Rodda standard and explains why these books are some of the most popular books in the library. There are teaching notes available too.
Isla Fisher Templar publishing ISBN 9781848125339 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 9 years Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Flavia Guarino Marge in Charge is a charming comedy of near misses, mishaps, mischief and mayhem. It is a delightful collection of three short stories about the misadventures of young Jemima, her brother Jake and their new babysitter Marge. Narrated from the point of view of a very sensible 7 year old girl, Jemima, Marge in Charge explores the ways young children […]
Tania Lacy Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279820 RRP $14.99 Age 9+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book will make you laugh. The book illustrates that although you may strive to be “normal” in fact that can be stretched to include almost all sorts of behaviour in various situations when you are about to begin high school. Tania Lacy effectively brings her background as a comedian into her writing. Looking forward to more.
Carlie Gibson Tamsin Ainslie Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781760291563 RRP $19.99 Age 4 – 8 Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is really a gorgeous book. Great subject, great setting, great characters, great cover, and it rhymes! The illustrations are lovely and it even reminds the readers that you don’t have to be big to be great. Looking for a child’s book for Christmas? This is it.
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272499 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Against the spin is the second book in the legend series. The central characters remain the same but the plot thickens. The competition in this book revolves around cricket but there is enough in the plot and character analysis to be interesting even without a thorough knowledge of the game of cricket.
Dav Pilkey Scholastic Inc ISBN 9780545581608 RRP $15.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The thousands and thousands of Captain Underpants fans are going to be delighted that Dav Pilkey is back with a new book called Dog Man #1 (#2 to be released in January 2017). The book is in the same winning graphic novel format as the author’s earlier books. This book is for children who like to see justice is done. Dog Man […]
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272482 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Author Michael Panckridge has reintroduced the Legends series. These books are about sport and sportsmanship. They were written initially to appeal to reluctant readers but they are well written , with characters we can relate to and deal with sport so therefore can attract a wider audience. In the first in the series “Chasing the break” a new year begins at Sandhurst […]
Craig Cormick Ford St ISBN 9781925272420 RRP $12.95 Age 6-10 Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book has a light-hearted style and the author communicates with the reader “You see, your teachers might never tell you this, because they don’t know”.The story involves ghost ships from many eras – Goths, Romans and Vikings with tit bits of accurate history dotted through the book.
Andrew McGahan Allen and Unwin ISBN 9781760292188 RRP $24.99 Age 10+ Genre Fantasy Date of publication: 27th July 2016 EBook available Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 4th and final book in the Ship Kings series by acclaimed Australian author Andrew McGahan who is incidentally the recipient of the Australian Vogel Literary Award, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, The Age book of the Year and The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award. Other books in the […]
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760157173 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication 01/05/2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart These books are enormously popular in our library and not just with 7 year old children. The messages and themes resonate with older students as well. This book deals with friendships, competitiveness and inclusion.
Kate Welshman Heath McKenzie Scholastic ISBN 9781743624326 RRP $9.99 Date of Publication April 2016 Age 6+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a very good example of some of the great books available for young independent readers which are in chapter form. The Pony Show is well illustrated and supports important behavior such as trying new things and being a good sport. This is the third book in the Pine Valley Ponies series.
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990644 Date of publication April 2016 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Reviewer Megan Stuart This is book 3 in the Star of Deltora series. The books feature a strong heroine called Britta and the series make it easy to see why Emily Rodda continues to be one of Australia’s most popular children’s author. Cards for collectors are in the back of the book.
Jess Black Celeste Hulme New Frontier Publishing ISBN 9781925059465 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication February 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Another adventure for Eve and Oscar involving fire breathing dragons and a dragon slayer. Jess Black co wrote the Bindi Wildlife Adventure Series and this time the protagonists are saving a mythical creature from extinction. Readers in our library were very happy to see it arrive.
Tim Cahill and Julian Gray Heath McKenzie Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158880 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication November 2015 We all know the power top athletes have with young children and the recent publications about sport by cricket and football legends are good value because they address real issues and give satisfactory solutions. Tim Cahill (arguably Australia’s best soccer star) has joined the ranks with Tiny Timmy. Go Tim.
Pamela Rushby Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991344 RRP $16.99 Age 10+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a great story especially for students who enjoy historical fiction. The book is based on facts and highlights events surrounding the Shearers Strike of 1891. The story is set in the Queensland town of Barcaldine so we get further insights into life in rural Queensland.
Brian Selzniak Schoalstic Inc ISBN: 9780545448680 RRP: $34.99 Published: October, 2015 Reviewer: Nicola Cain They say, a picture really does paint a thousand words, and this book proves it. Brian Selzniak’s The Marvels tells two stories in one. The first is story of Billy Marvel. He survives a ship wreck and then finds work in a theatre. As time goes on, the Marvel family blossoms into generations of talented actors. Then in 1900, Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. […]