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The environmental concern of the local rice growers is a parallel story that has its own stresses and strains. This is a different fantasy story, and the revelation of the fairy world, their traumas and their limited magical attributes is handled with a light touch and in an intriguing way. Young readers will be delighted by the possibilities of having fairies at the bottom of the 'school garden'. The pressures of the Government department that is dedicated to eliminate the fairy world will add interest and tension as the story unfolds.

Sparely illustrated by Briony Stewart, the line drawings add interest throughout the book. UQP, Nova Weetman has written another delightful friendship story that weaves a saga in and around the difficulties of Year 6; struggling with grief and depression in a family; and coping with the constant diligence of Diabetes Type 1.

The Sick Bay is the location where Meg finds solace from the world, but also the place that feels more home than home since the death of her father and the slide into deep depression for her mother. Meg is constantly hungry and needs to cope with far more than just school. Her only friend is her brown paper bag - ready to be used in case of a panic attack. School is mercilessly unkind to her, but Lina - the 'queen bee' of the 'cool' girls seems to be the unkindest of all. Dash is a regular visitor to Sick Bay because of his asthma, but it is new girl Riley who creates waves for Meg.

Riley is coping with her own dilemmas as she is trying hard to be independent and yet fit in, but her diabetes means that she is either misunderstood by her peers or smothered by her mother's concern. The connection between these two girls seems unlikely at first as Riley has become one of Lina's sidekicks, but slowly Riley finds more in the Sick Bay than just a place to take her blood sugar readings.

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School based drama and friendship difficulties are part of the life of most year 6 students, but the success of this book is that there are layers of difficulties for the central characters that most kids would never even consider. Creating empathy and understanding will be the result for readers of this book. The book is written from the perspectives of Meg and Riley in alternating chapters, and so we hear their inner dialogue and concerns. There were moments when I was almost brought to tears as I considered how difficult their lives had become, and although adult intervention seemed distant it was there, but understated this is probably reflective of how the young see their lives.

Scholastic, Themes: Birthday parties; Friendship; Humour. Tapping into the current trend for comic stories, Danny Katz of Little Lunch fame has created a 'mission' to attend the Friendship-Bear birthday party for Abbie. Her Poppa is the responsible adult to accompany Abbie and her friends on the risky manoeuvres through the local shopping mall to the Friendship-Bear party store. The dangers and problems that beset the young troop will be understood be all who have attended a large shopping Mall!

Poppa is perhaps the one who suffers the most from this excursion into 'danger'. And when Private Rabbit goes missing, Abbie demonstrates extreme bravery and leadership. This book is full of kid-friendly humour and illustrations, and although there may be some indirect references to 'military' procedures that will pass over the heads and understanding of the youngest readers, the inclusion of the booger on the end of the finger of the Boogey-Woogie Booger Boy will amuse the young.

Illustrations by Mitch Vane are in a messy cartoon and almost caricature-style and are quite amusing. This is not a book for thinkers, but will be enjoyed as light-hearted entertainment for young independent readers. My happy life series. This book by Gecko Press publishing house that promises 'curiously good books' from around the world, will have readers enthralled at Dani's journey, willing her to find her friend but not a little concerned for her safety along the way. The book touches on themes not usually shown in children's books.

Her father is depressed over his wife's death, his parents not a little unhappy at being called in to help, and the irrepressible Dani is travelling alone to Northbrook. She runs into trouble on the way which she must contend with. Dani is a strong young girl and this the sixth in the series will delight younger readers who love her character, but also those new to her stories.

Dani has been left again with her grandparents while Dad goes to Italy to stay with friends. Dani is not impressed and when she realises that tomorrow is Ella's birthday resolves to be her present and be with her old friend on the day. But no one can spare the time to take her so she is allowed to go by herself on the train. Armed with a mobile phone and knowing that Ella's family will be there to welcome her when she arrives, Dani sets off. But hurdles beset her: there is no one at the station, it is cold and snowing, the stationmaster leaves her in the waiting room where she is accosted by two youths and a dog, who take her phone, and someone walks in when she is hiding under the bench so does not see her.

Each incident will have readers thinking about what they would do in that situation and admire Dani's handling of her misfortunes. It is a strength of this wonderful read that Dani although a child is having to face more mature problems. In simply wanting to surprise her friend, she takes steps which go awry, but there are people there to help.

The illustrations show clearly the sort of young girl Dani is: resourceful, playful and generous, wanting to see Ella again, but also realising that there are other people to consider. She learns more about her father even though he is in Rome, as well as his old girlfriend, Sadie and her new friend, Cushion, and in going on this journey to see her old friend, Ella, realises that things change and accepts Cushion as her friend.

Penguin, , ISBN: Themes: Social media, Families, Mothers. Oliver Phommavanh's novel Don't follow Vee looks at the current trend of parents to overshare on social media and the positive and negative impacts on their families in a fun and insightful way. Vee's mum has recorded every moment of her daughter's life since she was a baby. As her thirteenth birthday approaches, Vee needs to make some big decisions, to continue with 'The Chronicles of Vee' or come up with an alternate plan.

The plan includes becoming anti-Vee making her life unfollowable and turning her mum's focus onto her pursuing new activities. Vee has boundaries as well; she protects her friendships by not posting any of their photos. When her mum breaks the Golden Rule, Vee really begins to question the realities of constant posting. Every morning she wakes to her mum snapping a picture to add to 'The Chronicles of Vee' - an account her mum started when she was a baby.

They have , followers and Mum has found sponsors who provide their products to promote. Her pencil case is stocked with the latest Typo products. Mum has themes for different day, Saturday becomes Fiturday as they train for the Colour Run. When her mum starts doing things like making up stories that get Vee unwanted attention at school, and breaking Vee's golden rule of not posting pictures of her friends, Vee starts to wonder if maybe it's time to stop.

Vee values her best friend Annabelle's close relationship; things change when her mother adds her photo to Vee's posts. Vee's anti-Vee antics including dyeing her hair bright red have repercussions at school and home. Oliver Phommavanh's humorous novel is character-driven as Vee, her mother and her close friends both guys and girls grapple with their own and their on-line personas. Themes of growth and resilience, self-perception, peer pressure and the realities and consequences of creating and maintaining social media personas are presented in a humorous and easy to read style.

What impact now and in the future will the one billion users of Instagram in May have? Don't follow Vee is an inspiring story, perfect to share with Upper Primary students engaging with social awareness and digital communication. Age: Adult Recommended. This is unashamedly a book about books, the subtitle How to nurture a child's love of books clearly places the author among those for whom books are a passion they want everyone to share. However, instead of a lot of 'motherhood' statements the first part is full of well researched information about the mechanics of reading organised along developmental stages with multiple strategies for enhancing learning and dealing with issues as they are encountered.

The difference between educational readers and recreational reading is explained, stimulating different kinds of learning in the child, one without the other will leave gaps. Equally the importance of comprehension along with word recognition is explored. Asserting the need for multiple strategies for children learning to read, the author has included are many first-hand accounts from experts and 'literary friends'.

Particularly valuable are the book recommendations which refreshingly feature Australian books. Parents and educators need to offer children a balanced literary diet but can unconsciously do a disservice by selecting books with a gender bias. Marketing is often quite gender specific and in one of the very interesting contributions author Jacqueline Harvey talks about the frustrations of adults making decisions that her books are not for boys.

The second part of the book looks at the features of different genres, as a fan of graphic novels I was pleased to see them discussed and valued. The chapter on multimodal and digital reading suggests the decoding skills necessary for reading can be transferred successfully into computational thinking, 'thinking logically, decomposing into smaller parts, looking for and recognising patterns, abstracting ideas, designing algorithms and making judgements' p.

Computer coding is a language and learning it can enable children 'not just to use digital technologies, but to read, comprehend and create them p. Making and creating are integral parts of a reading strategy, from making book week costumes to library makerspaces and the research skills acquired, the link between enjoying stories and creating responses to them whether it be written, oral or visual are not forgotten.

Some of the more subtle aspects of reading; mindfulness, sustainability and diversity are discussed and there are some useful 'How to' guides at the end of the book. Comprehensive end notes and contributor biographies make this a surprisingly concise, readable, useful and inspiring addition to any parent or teacher's library. Mr Walker book 2.

Themes: Dogs, Hotels, Therapy Pets. What do you do with a wonderful dog who's been trained by Guide Dogs Victoria, whose larger-than-life personality makes him too lively to assist vision-impaired people? Author Jess Black has written an engaging series of junior novels based on Mr Walker and his engaging interactions and encounters with both staff and guests. With the family off on a holiday cruise, the friendly dog is left in the capable hands of the staff, Omid Abedini, porter Thomas Glover and Elvis Head of Housekeeping.

Cue the drama, Jamie Gibson, hotel reviewer whose critiques are often scathing is planning a visit, as well as a new hospitality student from the country is arriving for a week's work experience. The hotel staff go all out, cleaning, and tidying, making their beloved hotel sparkle for Jamie Gibson. Poor Mr Walker is very confused, not understanding Omid's figures of speech, 'Let's get all our ducks in a row. What ducks? His attempts to help are comical and cause troubles for the staff and Jess Black creatively handles the mix-up between the student who is treated to a five-star stay and the reviewer's time at the hotel.

With a beautiful hard cover and Sarah Acton's charming water-colour illustration of Mr Walker fetching a paper, and black sketches of Mr Walker's antics throughout this junior novel it is just right for readers aged seven to nine. Jess Black has created a loveable character who's valued by his hotel family, and Mr Walker Gets the Inside Scoop is another appealing addition to this fun to read series. Revised and updated edition. Flood writes that her book was provoked by requests from overseas friends for an introduction to Indigenous Australia, and that she wanted to provide an informative and objective account of Aboriginal history and culture that could be read by the general public.

She started out by collecting the kinds of questions that people asked, such as where the First Australians came from, their impact on the environment, was traditional life idyllic, why were treaties not made, were Aboriginal children 'stolen', etc. The resulting book begins with how Aboriginal society was gradually discovered by the outside world, and thus starts with first contact between foreigners and Aborigines.

So we learn about the Dutch encounters in the late 16th and early 17th century, the accounts of Englishman William Dampier, and the trading relationship with the Macassans, Indonesian fishermen, all before the arrival of Captain Cook. Other chapters are titled Colonisation, early Sydney; Confrontation, in Tasmania and Victoria; Depopulation, a century of struggle ss ; Tradition, Indigenous life at first contact; Origins, the last 65, years; Assimilation, a time of trouble ss ; and Resurgence, the story continues.

Clearly it is a mammoth task to write such a book. She is successful in keeping the tone accessible to the general reader, at the same time providing well referenced notes, and including various maps and a collection of coloured prints of artworks and photographs including ancient rock art sites. Surprisingly she does not include the map of Indigenous language or tribal groups, an invaluable tool in helping people to understand the diversity and number of Aboriginal groups, and their 'Country', the places they were connected to.

Some areas where there may be some dispute about Flood's account of Aboriginal life may be in her assertion of their hunter-gather lifestyle, ignoring recent interpretations of their cultivation and agricultural methods, and also the assertion that Aboriginal languages have no numbers beyond 3 or 4, ignoring the complexities of Indigenous mathematical understandings that other writers are exploring in the field of ethnomathematics. Flood also takes issue with the word 'stolen' as applied to Aboriginal children, and highlights the cases where Aboriginal mothers gave their children into care; undermining the concept of 'stolen generations' and the ramifications for Aboriginal families.

And in the final chapter, Resurgence, in her description of the Intervention, in highlighting views of the benefits to Aborigines of the welfare card, she ignores any conflicting view of the impact on their lives. Flood ends on an optimistic point, in that whilst Prime Minister Turnbull rejected out of hand the Uluru Statement from the Heart, possibly new Prime Minister Morrison may come closer to giving the First Nations people a voice in government.

Dr Josephine Flood is an expert archaeologist so this volume is a worthy addition to the literature on Aboriginal Australians; however the non-expert reader may be a little wary of generalisations made about a people who are a diverse group with varying opinions on some of the topics covered. Helen Eddy. ISBN There are a few modern characters in Australian children's literature that are a must-have in the literary and literacy journey of every young reader, and one of those is Mothball the wombat.

It is 16 years since we first met her in in Diary of a Wombat and here she is, back again in a new adventure. Today is her birthday and while her human friends are set to enjoy a party for her, birthday parties seen through a wombat's lens are different to those through a child's lens.

A jumping castle may be fun for the children but it's an enemy to vanquish to a wombat! The result is an hilarious adventure that combines the minimal text of Mothball's thoughts with the classic illustrations that tell so much of the story, and which thoroughly engage the young reader as they follow Mothball's day. Anyone who follows Jackie's Facebook page will be aware of the adventures she shares about Wild Whiskers and friends, and knows of her love for and affinity with these creatures, including that they bite and they can be very destructive.

But her portrayal of these characteristics as being almost childlike in their single-mindedness not only appeals to the audience for whom she is writing, but also raises awareness of these creatures in our environment, encouraging a love to protect them from an early age. Living in the country as I do, sadly wombats are often the victims of cars and I will never forget having to pacify Miss Then-3 when she saw 'Mothball' on the side of the road and clearly in wombat heaven.

It took a lot of talking to assure her it was a distant cousin who hadn't learned the road rules and Mothball was very happy still living with Jackie near Braidwood. Long may she go on to have many more adventures that will bring such delight and empathy to our very youngest readers.

For those who need to satisfy curriculum outcomes, teachers' notes are available. Barbara Braxton. Pan Macmillan, Abigail Sorensen is a suburban, single parent, who settles it - ordinary persons invariably experience extraordinary events. Abigail is a wellspring of the paradoxes and insecurities of modern life. Jaclyn Moriarty hasn't only written a mystery novel for adults, whimsical in language and without chronological structure; but a gentle rendering of characters, most of whom respond to the human quandary by attempting to lead moral lives.

Abigail's sardonic inner monologue running parallel to the narrative are nearly as delightful as her young child's frequent malapropisms. Oscar is the product of a one night stand, motivated by her husband's long-term affair and subsequent abandonment. The polar opposites within the central character know no bounds - she owns a flaky happiness-themed-cafe and reads self-help books, yet she's a qualified lawyer. Equally the book's premise is anything but a trope. From the age of 15, Abigail has been the recipient of the intermittent and unsolicited chapters of a self-help book, she calls, The Guidebook.

The story starts when she agrees to attend a remote weekend retreat to learn the truth behind the subscription, which she could never bring herself to cancel. The first instalment of The Guidebook arrived at approximately the same time as her twin brother disappeared - a sign from the universe that tempered both her scepticism and her hope that somehow the two events were connected. Abigail decides to meet with the other long-term subscribers, who are dumbfounded that the book was not as metaphorical as they thought - but in fact, a practical manual.

With a stable of YA novels to her credit, Moriarty is at ease writing for adult readers. Indeed, the author makes us more open to possibilities because of her refreshing demands on adult imaginations and that's what makes Gravity is the Thing a departure from adult literature but nevertheless, thought provoking and addictive. Abigail's brief epistemological musings reward us every time we resume reading.

This mundane yet enigmatic piece of adult literature is one for Senior Fiction. Why not recommend to staff for pleasure or as reference material for their philosophy classes. Deborah Robins. Elizabella book 2. Walker, , ISBN: Themes: School Stories, Self-perception, Families. Author and illustrator team sisters Zoe and Georgia Norton Lodge bring us the second engaging Elizabella story.

She's a fourth-grade student at Bilby Creek Primary, who often spends time in 'think about what you've done' corner. She loves playing with her tall Chinese friend Minnie, creating new ways of conversing and spending time outdoors. Her older brother Todberry has spent the summer working as a lifeguard at the local pool. At home, Dad's introduced new tasteless breakfast food from the Nutricorp multinational company.

On the first day back at school, Elizabella notices that her much-loved school is falling apart, even Miss Duck the tuck-shop manager must ration supplies. Principal Mr Gobblefrump's cost-cutting measures include no maths textbooks, teachers writing their lessons in chalk, closing off sections of the playground and suspending the recorder program.

With no funds for any resources or repairs, the principal meets representatives of Nutriicorp who offer to take over the canteen and turn a profit. Soon everything at school has a Nutricorp brand, and even the students wear promotional stickers and use labelled stationery. Elizabella takes a stand when Miss Duck's role is threatened.

She's a third-generation baker whose pies and pikelets the students love. An outbreak of headlice adds additional problems, forcing her to cut off the tangled knot of hair she's kept since her mother passed away. Things become complicated with Huck, Elizabella's guy friend, when her Dad develops his relationship with Huck's mum.

There are too many changes. Can Elizabella stop the corporate takeover which sweeps though Bilby Creek and how can she help Miss Duck find a new outlet for her culinary skills? Zoe Norton Hodge conveys a sense of fun, quirkiness and drive in her characters, and includes themes of loyalty, identity, sense of community and building family relationships.

The character sketches, additions of songs and a new version of Little Red Riding Hood add to the appeal of Elizabella and the Great Tuckshop Takeover. This is an engaging story for readers from eight to eleven years, just right for a Middle Primary class novel leading to discussions about how one child can make a difference. Illus: by Danielle McDonald. Olivia's Secret Scribbles , book 6. Themes: Friendship; Competitions; Recycling. Recycling week at school gives opportunity for Olivia and her classmates to show incredible creativity to make constructions out of boxes.

Olivia and her best friend Matilda create box cars which leads to a further contest and a class 'car' race. The excitement of the challenge influences everyone - including the teachers. Written in the style of a personal journal with illustrations in a very naive style with splashes of a single colour, this series immediately appeals to young female readers. Every young reader will recognise the friendship dilemmas, the interpersonal friendly rivalry, the family interactions between Olivia and her older sister Ella and the joys of a simple life!

Travel back in time to the beginning of transportation. The first boats were built over seven thousand years ago and have transitioned through man power, wind power to steam engines up to the mighty ocean liners. Every type of transport is wonderfully presented. In Amazing Transport , author Tom Jackson presents detailed descriptions, exciting discoveries and engaging facts from across the globe and through history. In Overground and Underground read about the Corinthian ships hauled overland on the Dioklos trackway, the Austrian funicular built to cross above the mountains.

Where would we be without the wheel? Balloons lifts our eyes skyward, from Montgolfiers' wood-fired balloon flight to the Breitling Orbiter that flew around the world for twenty days without stopping to land. Human power showcases bicycles through the ages, from models without brakes, push pedals, bone-shakers, BMX sports bikes to the Olympic superbikes and streamlined helmets. Chris Mould's outstanding illustrations soar, dive, dig and sail across the spreads, and black and white detailed images provide a visual panorama.

Add humourous characters, inventors stepping over clouds, Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon, racing cars and an array of ships swirling in a whirlpool: there's so much to view and explore. A timeline border presents key dates and facts that can be matched with a caricature and type of transport. Families will enjoy sharing both the engaging information and delving into the wonderful depictions of transport through time. Themes: Loneliness, Friendship. First published in Germany in , this is another 'curiously good book' to be published by New Zealand house, Gecko Press.

Their books promise 'good heart and strong character' and in this book, we see just that. Elise lives alone in her dark, gloomy house. She is frightened of everything: spiders, people and even tress, and never goes outside, preferring to clean her house every morning until it is spotless. She sometimes opens a window to let in some fresh air, and one morning, a piece of paper flies in.

She is nonplussed, and scoops the paper plane into the fire.


But she has bad dreams that night about the piece of paper taking over her house. The next morning she is startled by a knock at the door and opening it finds a young boy looking for his paper plane. He searches the house, asking questions of Elise and for the first time in a long time she sits and reads to him. They do all sorts of things together until he must return home, but that night, Elise makes a paper plane, a remembrance of the day and hope of things to come.

This delightful story of friendship, reflected in the sorrowful life of Elise, revitalised by the simple paper plane will resonate with younger children as they read of the growing friendship between Elise and the boy. The wonderful illustrations reflect the developing friendship, colour coming into her world as the boy goes upstairs, turning the stairway red, they read and the room becomes radiant, a stark contrast to the greys of her house before the boy entered. I love the cut out effect, black and white images placed against the greys and browns of the house, the boy bringing in colour, the pink coming into her cheeks just like the picture of her as a young girl on the stairwell.

The endpapers show what can be achieved through friendship, and will trigger responses from the readers. This book, a New York Time best illustrated book, will lead to many discussions about older people living alone, grandparents who may not see their grandchildren very often, the relationship between youth and age, and would be a natty addition to Grandparents' Day , an annual celebration in Australia during October.

Seventeen-year-old Biz lives with her mum and her younger twin siblings in Wollongong. She has a circle of friends at school but is particularly close to Grace, until she kisses her and then worries she has ruined the friendship. She also worries that she has unwittingly offended Jasper, the new boy at school. Biz is particularly close to her dad, who sits on the end of her bed and tells her stories about his life. She can't tell anyone this though, as her dad died when she was seven, and she blames herself for his sadness and his death. Biz has learnt to float through her day-to-day life, appearing to be an ordinary teenage girl.

But then an incident at the beach sets off a series of events which leave her spiraling further into mental illness. She drops out of school and experiences more hallucinations and panic attacks, often finding herself unable to remember events as they really happened.

Through a photography class she befriends an eighty-year-old lady who turns out to be Jasper's grandmother. Biz and Jasper go on a road trip which she hopes will reconnect her with her father, but she might find out more than she ever wanted to know. The first-person narration in this book describe Biz's mental state in uncompromising detail. Helena Fox reports in her acknowledgements that she herself has lived with mental illness her whole life, and this is so evident in the way we experience Biz's thoughts and feelings.

While not an enjoyable read due to the rawness of emotion, it is incredibly well-written, and will speak especially to teenagers who might find themselves experiencing similar feelings. Donella Reed. Roy Grace book Macmillan, Themes: Crime, Fraud, Online romance, Internet. It also adds friction to the already abrasive relationship between Roy and his line manager ACC Cassian Pewe, who would rather have a neat tidy suicide than a murder, which would make his statistics very untidy. Susy has been using an online dating service, but had warning signs when she was asked for money by her online 'lover'.

She began to check, and finds to her surprise, that her man of the moment is Toby Stewart a motivational speaker and Master Chef contestant, who also happens to be gay and happily married. She also discovers his image has been used multiple times. Unfortunately her delving has rather nasty consequences, and not just for her. Susy isn't the only victim of 'romance fraud'.