Kids' Book Highlights
Man Made Boy
Monsters and heroes aren't born - they're made - in this brilliantly original novel and funny, fantastical coming-of-age story.
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith's debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing...
A gripping mystery-adventure set in the 1930s interwar period about a character desperately searching for his identity.
Esther spies a rainbow peeking out from under her chair... and then it's gone. She looks for colours in everything she sees, finding a different rainbow colour each day of the week - but will she find her rainbow again? A warm and...
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never...
A beautifully unique way to experience the ABCs , Alphablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, creating a peek-through guessing game around the letter.
The Fault in Our Stars
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Tan and the Chosen Few have another mystery on their hands...The 'stonies' (stone animal statues) around Peppercorn Valley have been mysteriously disappearing. But who would steal them? What could the thief want with a stone emu...
Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris
Ruby and her grandmother Babushka are off to Paris for a holiday! When they arrive they go and meet Babushka's brother, Monsieur Gaspar Galushka, who loves hats as much as Ruby loves red shoes. And with Monsieur is his grandson,...
This is the story of a journey. A tale winding through several dark corners and caverns before reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. And you are a very important part of The Journey. Bernard will be your guide, but...
Fighting For Freedom
Cassy Liberman's biography Fighting for Freedom - penned for children - is an introduction to the life of Nancy Wake, recognised globally as a heroine of World War II. It describes her courage within the Resistance, but also tells...
Catch Your Death
Super-special bubblegum-scented hardback! Ruby Redfort: Undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius - there's nothing average about her. Only this time it's an adventure in the wild, and it'll take all...
Rules of Summer
The much anticipated new book from Australia's most acclaimed picture-book creator.
Kissed by the Moon
Part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world.
Tap the Magic Tree
Offers the magic of the changing seasons, and the magic of turning a page. This book focuses on nature and the seasons, striking watercolor and collage artwork, and interactive elements that are just right for young readers. It is...
Jane, the Fox and Me
Helene is not free to hide from the taunts of her former friends in the corridors at school. She can't be invisible in the playground or in the stairways leading to art class. Insults are even scribbled on the walls of the toilet...
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her Great, Great Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie...
When Hannah wakes suddenly in the night, she discovers a whole new world of adventure. With nobody awake to tell her off, she can do just as she pleases. The book combines simple language with beautifully textured images,...
All the Truth That’s in Me
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by her friends and family. But when Roswell...
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible … on Schindler’s List
A remarkable memoir of strength and bravery from Leon Leyson, one of the youngest children to survive the Holocaust on Oskar Schindler's list.
The 39-Storey Treehouse
Andy and Terry's amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry's Believe it or Else! museum, and a top secret 39th level that hasn't even...
What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? A smart, sexy, thriller for teenagers. 'Quirky and real, fast-paced and full of great characters...I was hooked from the first page.' - Cath Crowley
Two Boys Kissing
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.
Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm
What do you get if you cross a pig with a turkey? Why, that would be a purkey! And a sheep with a rabbit? That would be a shabbit, of course! A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family.
Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, and even the radio all resulted from Nikola Tesla's inventions. Established biographer Rusch sheds light on this extraordinary figure, while artist Dominguez...
The Ghost Bride
Seventeen-year-old Li Lan lives in 1890s Malaya with her quietly-ruined father, who returns one evening with a proposition - the fabulously wealthy Lim family want Li Lan to marry their son. The only problem is, he's dead.
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
The incredible new novel from the author of Oscar-nominated THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. For fans of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.
More than a delightful girls' book, this richly annotated and illustrated edition of Little Women will instruct new and returning readers, young and old. Alcott scholar Daniel Shealy illuminates the novel's engagement with social...
My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny
In this sequel to the side-splitting, bestselling My Dad Thinks He s Funny - Dad is back by popular demand with more hilarious material. And yes, he STILL thinks he's funny.
The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie
A gripping time-slip adventure set in a hidden valley. 11-year-old Lucy travels across the river of time to fight fires, battle floodwaters and discover the meaning of true friendship.
Welcome to My Country
Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for...
Meet Captain Cook
A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including the great explorer, Captain Cook. Captain Cook was the first European to discover the eastern coast of Australia. Along...
The Word Hunters: The War of the Word Hunters (Book 3)
The final battle is coming, the grey-robes are armed and dangerous and ready for war. Lexi, Al and their friends are ready too - or as ready as they can be.
My Happy Life
A sweet, funny illustrated chapter book about a young girl with a lot of optimism - even if sometimes life makes it hard to be happy.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book 1) (Film Tie-In)
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed...
Ed and Ted and Ted’s Dog Fred
When Ted's dog Fred bites Ed on the head, Ed sees red! A tale of fast cars, spills and thrills, and a whale called Ned. A rhyming story of mischief and mayhem that will delight everyone, especially beginner readers, accompanied by...
Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program - but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They're extra-curricula.
Chasing the Valley
Set in a land where magic can be terrifying, Chasing the Valley combines the friendship and camaraderie of Ranger s Apprentice with the hardship and survival of The Hunger Games with spectacular results. Danika is used to...
Freaks Like Us
For this teenage boy, black clouds have fangs! And he must evade them if he's ever going to see his best friend, and the girl he loves, again. This brilliantly witty and searingly honest coming-of-age story invites you into the...
Lio: There’s a Monster in My Socks
Creepy, crawly, slimy, and awesome! Welcome to the darkly detailed world of spiky-haired Lio.
When We Wake
Karen Healey is the author of the William C. Morris Award finalist Guardian of the Dead, as well as The Shattering. She lives in New Zealand and blogs at www.karenhealey.com.
My Life as an Alphabet
This isn't just about me. It's also about the other people
in my life - my mother, my father, my dead sister Sky, my penpal
Denille, Rich Uncle Brian, Earth-Pig Fish and Douglas Benson From
Another Dimension. These are...
A Very Unusual Pursuit
A clever adventure with feisty characters, set in a time where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in chimneys. Birdie, the singing bogler's apprentice, will win your heart in this fantastic beginning to an...
The funniest series for girls since Clarice Bean! Meet Tan. She′s funny. She′s lively. And she has the mind of a Great Detective.
The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly...
Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary...
Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
Saurus St is just like any other street ...except for the dinosaurs. When Jack wishes for his own Tyrannosaurus, he doesn't expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch. It's pretty cool, but there's no way he can keep...
Eleven-year-old Elise feels stuck. Her school locker-buddy squashes her lunch and laughs at her, every day. She doesn't want to go to school - and her best friend Franklin just makes things worse. One day Elise discovers an...
It's summer in St Kilda. Fifteen-year-old Sky is looking forward to great records and nefarious activities with Nancy, her older, wilder friend. Her brother - Super Agent Gully - is on a mission to unmask the degenerate who...
The One and Only Ivan
Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013 Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will...
Liar and Spy
Georges (the s is silent) has a lot going on. He's having trouble with some boys at school, his dad lost his job and so his mum has started working all the time - and they had to sell their house and move into an apartment. But...
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress
Breathtaking action adventure for 8 to 12-year-olds. Ash Mistry, reluctant hero, faces ancient demons... and comes into an astonishing, magical inheritance.
The LEGO Ideas Book: You Can Build Anything!
Includes tips on how to make jet planes reach new heights, create fantastic fortresses, swing through lush jungles, have fun on the farm and send space shuttles out of this world! This book is divided into six themed chapters -...
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