Eirlys Hunter Gecko Press ISBN 9781776572038 RRP $24.99 Age 8-12 years Date of publication July 2018 Reviewer Megan Stuart The story begins with 4 children (and a parrot) on a train with no money, no home and no parents. This desperate situation calls for courage and action. Uplifting and well written the story shows that honesty and truth can win through. Along the way there are bears, kidnapping cowboys, some skilful map making and children working together as a […]
Michael Adams Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628010 RRP $7.99 Age 10+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart After reading the gripping prologue it is not hard to get into Michael Adams new book Skyfire. The story revolves around seven young DARE award winners (all from quite different families and countries) who get caught up in dangerous events. The great thing is that this is the first of seven books all published during the next year. Highly recommended.
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760158798 RRP $12.99 Age 10+ Date of publication August 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart This book offers young people the chance to live dangerously through the lives of the young characters in the stories. They are ideal for reluctant readers as they are short but action packed.
Ted Prior Simon &Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030518 RRP $4.99 Age 2+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart The month of October is buzzing with 2 new Grug books. In this one Grug spends a night away from home because he is lost. Food is taken from his basket while he sleeps but there are clues! Another great Grug story and also available in ebook form.
Ted Prior Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781925030525 RRP $4.99 Age 2+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Grug lives in Australia and has been having adventures for over 40 years. In the latest book Grug’s dinosaur is in fact a goanna. The books are beautifully illustrated and a perfect book at bedtime because they are not too long but a complete story with plenty to discuss.
Brandon Robshaw Chicken House ISBN: 9781908435897 RRP: $15.99 Published: July, 2015 Reviewed by Megan Stuart What would you do if you were given a million wishes? Well in “The Big Wish” by Brandon Robshaw we follow the fortunes and misfortunes of eleven year old Sam as he finds that a million wishes don’t always lead to an easy life. The old saying “be careful what you wish for” comes to mind as you read this fun tale. An easy to […]
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 […]
Jack Heath Scholastic Australia ISBN: 9781760154035 RRP: $9.99 Publication date: September, 2015 Reviewed by Debbie Berger 300 Minutes of Danger is a clever concept by Australian author Jack Heath. This book has 10 short stories; each estimated to take about 30 minutes of reading time; each full of suspense and action; and each uniquely different from the next. There is a countdown starting at 30 minutes and working backwards in the margin of every story, which aims to motivate the reader […]
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 […]
Edited by Jon E Lewis Allen and Unwin ISBN: 9781472120182 Published: June, 2015 RRP: $19.99 Reviewed by Debbie Berger The Mammoth Book of Everest is everything you ever wanted to know about the many first attempts to climb Mt Everest, also known the roof of the world. There is tragedy, triumph and many exhilarating tales from the world’s most famous mountain spanning from the early attempts to conquer her in 1913 up until the tragedy in April 2014 when an […]
Karen Wood Astred Hicks Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781743319055 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a winning combination; triplets (who could practically read each others minds), a hidden past, family secrets, gypsy horses and an opportunity for the girls to win a big talent show and make their dreams come true. Read it and see. There are more in the series to come.
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 […]
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 […]
Goldie Alexander Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743629673 RRP $16.99 Age 11+ Genre Historical fiction Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a realistic fiction book set in Warsaw during the second world war. The story is told by Hanna a Jewish girl. The author Goldie Alexander has written may books in this genre and one of the most popular is the My Australian Story – Surviving Sydney Cove. Hanna’s story ends as she and her brother join the Jewish Combat Organisation before the […]
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]