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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina llustrator Craig Smith Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742990330 RRP: $9.99 Age : 6+ Key Words: family, humour, juvenile fiction Published: August, 2014 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Jack has found the perfect way to get out of helping around the house: making a mess of every chore he is asked to complete. His one rule is: if you parents ask you to do something, do it badly. He manages to get out of showering, sweeping leaves off the […]
Julie Fison Hardie Grant Egmont ISBN: 9781742977744 RRP: $18.95 Age : 10+ Key Words: Friends, family, choose your own adventure Published: 1st April, 2014 Reviewer: Debbie Berger Kitty McLean faces the dilemma of choosing between her old best friends, Mia and Izzy, or her new, cool friend Persephone – all in the pursuit of Rio, the cute boy that catches her school bus each day, whom she has a crush on. Kitty has to decide whether she will spend her […]
Mac Park Scholastic Boy vs beast bk 9 ISBN: 9781921931680 RRP: $7.99 Age: 5+ Key Words: Fantasy, Action Published: 1st March 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Kai Maters is a Border Guard, it is his goal to become a Border Captain then a Border Master. The rules seem to have changed in Beastium, the beasts have changed. It is no longer a simple case of one weapon to defeat the elemental creatures. The beasts have mutated. Kai’s first of these new challenges […]
Vivian French Walker Books Stargirl Academy bk 7 ISBN: 9781406349382 RRP: $11.95 Age: 7+ Key Words: Magic, Friendship, Christmas Published: 1st Dec 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Melody and Jackson are still hoping to get their final star and graduate from Stargirl Academy, but with the other girls already having got their stars the best friends are wondering if they will get their chance. They are so glad when they get their chance and they know just what they want to do. […]
Anna Feinberg Stephen Michael King Allen and Unwin Part of the Figaro and Rumba series ISBN: 9781743314883 RRP: $14.99 Age: 7+ Key Words: Friendship, Crime Published: 1st Jan 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Figaro and Rumba are strange best friends, Figaro is a dog who likes to run and Rumba is a cat for whom song and dance are part of his life. Figaro wants to catch the fast train to the beach but when a friend of theirs goes missing, plans […]
Knife and Packer Scholastic Freak Street Series ISBN: 9781742836706 RRP: $10.99 Age: 7+ Key Words: Fun, Pirates, Adventure Published: 1st Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell When you live on Freak Street the Pirateson’s are pretty much an average family. Sure their house is a boat, and they have a pet piranha. Patty Pirateson is more interested in skateboarding than doing pirate things and their dad is certain he will be the one to find a long-lost treasure map leading to the […]
Stephen Pastis Candlewick Press Timmy Failure bk 2 ISBN: 9781406356342 RRP: $17.95 Age: 7+ Key Words: Humour, School Stories, Detective Stories Published: 25th Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Timmy Failure believes himself to be the greatest detective ever and he is going to solve the biggest problem of the missing globe. There are many things he has to contend with along the way : a very lazy partner, a best friend with an abnormal interest in learning an arch nemesis who […]
Rose Inserra Wombat Books Australian Girl Series ISBN: 9781921632389 RRP: $12.95 Age: 8+ Key Words: Environment, History, Friendship Published: 1st Nov 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Annabelle is very interested in turtles, in fact she is really determined to find the hatchlings that have gone missing. It’s a real mystery that no one seems to be able to figure out, not even the people at Marine World know where they went. Annabelle enlists the help of her friends Matilda, Emily, Amy and […]
Felicity Carter & Louis Shea Scholastic Double Trouble bk 2 ISBN: 9781742838571 RRP: $7.99 Age: 6+ Key Words: Skateboarding, Twins, Humour Published: 1st Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Tommy and Coop love skateboarding almost as much as they love pranking people. One day, Jed Michael’s, one of their skateboarding heroes announcing a competition where the winner gets to go on his show. The twins are so excited, they just have to enter. Then they realise only one might get chosen, so […]
Fiona Regan & Louis Shea Scholastic Double Trouble bk 1 ISBN: 9781742838564 RRP: $3.99 Key Words: Pranks, Twins, Family, School Age: 6+ Published: 1st Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Tommy and Coop are twins who’s favourite thing to do is to pull pranks on people. They love pranking their parents, though it may sometimes have consequences they don’t like. They also love to prank at school, and this time they end up having to stay back afterwards to help clean up, […]
Megan McDonald & Peter H Reynolds Candlewick Press Stink bk 3 ISBN: 9780763664244 RRP: $9.99 Age: 6+ Key Words: Humour, Smelly Published: 12th Feb 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Stink is super excited to be going on the school excursion because they are going to the Everybody Stinks exhibit at the Science Museum. Whilst there Stink discovers he has an amazing gift, he has a really good nose, he can tell the difference between all sorts of super smelly things. Stink decides […]
Megan McDonald & Peter H Reynolds Candlewick Press Stink bk 2 ISBN: 9780763664206 RRP: $9.99 Age: 6+ Key Words: Humour, Family, Friends Published: 12th Feb 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Stink uses his money to get himself a jawbreaker, but he soon finds himself disappointed as it doesn’t break his jaw. Stink decides his best course of action is to write a letter of complaint to the company that makes the jawbreakers. This turns out better than he hoped because he gets […]
Megan McDonald & Peter H Reynolds Candlewick Press Stink bk 1 ISBN: 9780763664268 RRP: $9.99 Age 6+ Key Words: School Stories, Humour Published : 12th Feb 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Stink gets measured every morning, Stink is desperate to grow but the result is always the same. Until the one day it is different, the only problem is the difference is in the wrong direction, is it possible that Stink is shrinking? Stink gets to take the class newt home one […]
Eileen O’Hely and Heath McKenzie Walker Books Kitten Kaboodle bk 1 ISBN: 9781921529931 RRP: $14.95 Age: 7+ Key Words: Crime, Mystery, Adventure Published: 1st Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Kitten Kaboodle is no ordinary kitten, in one part of his life he is Judy’s kitten Buttons, but in his other part he is a top agent for CAT. His mission this time is to infiltrate the DOG fortress disguised as a pedigree kitten and discover what it is that DOG are […]
Leonie Norrington/Beth Norling Scholastic Mates Reading Scheme ISBN: 9781742990224 RRP: $12.99 Age: 7+ Key Words: Family, Growing Up Published: 1st December 2013 Reviewed By: Kylie Calwell Rueben is one of nine children, every time the family goes anywhere his mum has to count them all to make sure no one gets left behind. Then there are ten, and the whole family goes down to the beach, to fish and relax. Reuben is now included in some of the things the bigger […]
Anna Branford/Sarah Davis Walker Books ISBN: 9781922179401 RRP: $19.95 Age: 7+ Key Words: Craft Published: 1st November 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell With holidays upon us craft books can be a great idea. This one in particular is great for fans of Violet Mackerel. It embodies the spirit of Violet that comes from the stories, home made craft from found things. There are a wide variety of things to make to keep or give away as gifts. I love the Violet […]