Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781742761930 RRP $14.99 Date of publication December 2018 Age 10+ Reviewer Megan Stuart Jack Heath has to be recognised as an important children’s author because although his books are well marketed they are also thoroughly enjoyed and promoted by thousands of young readers. His books are full of action and the topics are relevant. “No survivors” is the second in the “Liars” series.
Ruth Lauren Bloomsbury ISBN 9781408872758 RRP $12.99 Date of publication October 2017 Age 9+ Reviewer Megan Stuart A stolen music box, a freezing prison from which apparently there is no escape, a disgraced family, twin sisters and an unsolved mystery. This is a book of intrigue and action with strong female role models.
James Dashner Chicken House ISBN: 9781910655160 RRP: $18.99 Published: 1st October, 2016 Reviewed by Debbie Berger The Fever Code is the prequel to the best seller Mazer Runner series. If you want to know about the missing pieces of this trilogy such how the maze was built, the back stories of Thomas, Teresa and the other gladers then this book is for you. To quote Barry Cunningham, from Chicken House, “… there are thrills, shocks and nail-biting twists.” Fans will be […]
Stan Lee and Peter David Illustrator: Coleen Doran ISBN: 9781501107726 $45.00 Publication Date: November 3rd, 2015 Amazing Fantastic Incredible is a beautifully illustrated graphic memoir that tells the story of Stan Lee, perhaps the most famous creator of comic book heroes. He is responsible for bringing the world the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the Amazing Spider Man, the X-Men and many more superheroes. This memoir traces Lee’s life from his early days writing comics through to the legacy he has […]
Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey Scholastic ISBN 9781760152611 RRP $14.99 Age 7+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This genre is becoming increasingly popular and quite a large number of similar books with more pictures than text are currently on the market. This series is one of the originals and is still in great demand in our library. This new book has a waiting list!
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742990620 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The introduction of Britta the heroine in this new Emily Rodda story is done with a deft hand and the portrait of a very interesting character is painted. We want to follow Britta’s adventures. Emily Rodda is an experienced and gifted author which is why children invariably go on to read more of her work. There will be fans waiting for the […]
Peter Gouldthorpe Peter Gouldthorpe Scholastic ISBN 9781742990910 RRP $26.99 Age 10+ Date of publication 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Of course Nancy Wake more than deserves to be remembered for her bravery and the important role she played during World War 2. This book is a simply fabulous way to do it. Peter Gouldthorpe is an extremely talented author and illustrator and his graphic style art work in The White Mouse is outstanding.
Jimmy Thomson and Sandy MacGregor Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781760113544 Publication Date: 29th July 2015 RRP: $29.99 This is the powerful story of the Army engineers in Afghanistan – the sappers – and the war against the Taliban. They are the soldiers who are everywhere, and who do everything, from building schools to assisting the disadvantaged local Afghan people in rebuilding their lives as war wreaks damage on their country. Starting with a history that describes the best it can […]
James Phelan Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781742831930 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by: William The book, The Last Thirteen: 4, is actually the 10th book in the popular series, with the tale beginning with The Last Thirteen: 13 and counting backwards. This series is written by Australian author James Phelan and has been popular for younger readers. In each book in the series, the main character, Sam, goes searching for a certain dreamer. In The Last Thirteen: 4, Sam goes to Cambodia in […]
Karen Thompson Walker Simon and Schuster UK ISBN: 9781471124853 RRP: $15.99 Reviewed by Sophie The Age of Miracles is a fabulous read that explores people’s behaviour in impending doom. The novel is set in California and is narrated by 11-year-old Julia. Just weeks before Julia’s birthday it is discovered that the world is undergoing an unexplained phenomenon which the scientists call ‘slowing’. The hours of a day begin to increase steadily and life on Earth begins to alter. Some people […]
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.
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 […]
Scholastic Australia James Phelan The Last 13 bk 4 ISBN: 9781742831879 RRP: $14.99 Age: 10+ Key Words: Action, Adventure, Thriller Published: 1st March 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Sam and Xavier are in dire straights. Sam is convinced this is the end – his at the hands of Solaris. Then rescue comes in a very unexpected way. He was sure Alex was dead but now it looks as though he is working with The Enterprise and Sam doesn’t know what to make […]
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 […]
Matthew J Kirby Scholastic Infinity Ring bk 5 ISBN: 9780545387002 RRP: $14.99 Age: 8+ Key Words: History, Adventure Published: 1st Nov 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Bagdad has become a centre of learning in the Dark Ages. As well as merchants and explorers from all over the city houses many scholars. It is here that Sera, Dak and Riq find themselves for their next fix. They determine that they have to find a way to save the great library that is there […]
Matt De la Pena Scholastic Infinity Ring bk 4 ISBN: 9780545386999 RRP: $14.99 Age: 8+ Key Words: History, Action, Adventure Published: 1st June 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Sera, Dak and Riq find themselves back with the ancient Maya people. The Maya’s are a people who seem to know a great deal about the future but that doesn’t prevent them from being involved in one of the breaks that the kids have to fix. The only problem is they aren’t sure exactly […]
Ally Carter Hyperion Books Gallagher Girls bk 3 ISBN: 9781423116608 RRP: $17.99 Age: 12+ Key Words: Espionage, School Stories Published: 11th May 2010 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Cammie Morgan’s holiday has just gotten fun, or so she thinks when she gets to join her friend Macey McHenry on her dad’s campaign trail. Fun takes on another meaning when she has to draw on all her skills to prevent her friend from being kidnapped off the roof of a building. Of course Cammie […]
Aleesah Darlison Walker Books Ash Rover series bk 1 ISBN: 9781922179029 RRP: $14.95 Age: 8+ Key Words: Fantasy, Action, Adventure Published: 1st Feb 2014 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Ash Rover doesn’t want to be just looking after the cows, which goes someway to explaining how he was asleep on his post. He is rudely awakened by a rock dropping on his head, though it is no ordinary rock, this rock generates warmth. He takes it home but his mother is not impressed […]
Ambelin Kwaymullina Walker Books The Tribe bk 2 ISBN: 9781921720093 RRP: $19.95 Age: 12+ Key Words: Dystopia, Friendship, Rebellion, Published: 1st Nov 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Ashala Wolf has struggled since returning to the Tribe but she needs to leave the wolf pack where she has found solace and return to leading her people because her best friend Ember Crow has gone missing. Ashala will not rest until Ember is found and safe with friends. Ashala struggles to control her sleepwalking […]
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 […]
James Phelan Scholastic Australia The Last Thirteen bk 2 ISBN: 9781742831855 RRP: $14.99 Age: 10+ Key Words: Dreams, Action Published: 1st Dec 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Sam just escaped last time he followed his dreams, the dreams that lead him to The Star of Egypt. He finds himself heading to Egypt with someone he would never have expected. He is on the path to finding out why the Star was so important and discovering the rest of the last 13. This […]
Jude Watson Scholastic 39 Clues Unstoppable bk 1 ISBN: 9780545521376 RRP: $17.99 Age: 8+ Key Words: Action, Adventure Published: 3rd Oct 2013 Reviewer: Kylie Calwell Dan and Amy Cahill finally think it’s over and they can go back to having a normal kind of life, or at least as normal as can be. Then strange things start to happen, men attack them out of nowhere and suddenly their whole lives are under attack. A tiny mistake has lead them to a […]