August titles for schools & libraries (junior)

Lintang and the Brightest Star

Lintang and the Brightest Star

Tamara Moss

A prophecy has been spoken. A monster has awoken.

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 Read reviewHis Name Was Walter

His Name Was Walter

Emily Rodda

From Australia's favourite storyteller comes a story, within a story, that shows us the extraordinary power of true love and solves a decades-old mystery.

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 Read reviewJane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds

Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds

Jeremy Lachlan

Step inside. Don't look back. Forward is the only way. His Dark Materials meets Mad Max in this unforgettable blockbuster adventure about the world between worlds.

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How Did I Get Here?

How Did I Get Here?

Philip Bunting

The (unauthorised) biography of you, and the story of all of us. Charting from the Big Bang to birth, Philip Bunting takes us on a journey back to the start of time (in about the time it takes to eat your breakfast!) A...

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A Day at the Show

A Day at the Show

Gwyn Perkins

Doreen the hen has laid another perfect egg! Little Iggy and Grandad think she deserves a prize. What follows is a family trip to the colourful chaos of the Show, filled with spinning tea cups, merry-go-rounds, lots of animals and...

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The Dog with Seven Names

The Dog with Seven Names

Dianne Wolfer

The heart-warming story of a golden-eyed dog in a time of war.

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 Read reviewNatural Born Loser

Natural Born Loser

Oliver Phommavanh

Barryjong Primary School is a joke. The teachers have lost their will to teach, the buildings are old and tired with not even a whiff of airconditioning in any classroom, and prefects are the stuff of legends from when the school...

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The Dam Keeper: World without Darkness

The Dam Keeper: World without Darkness

Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi

Based on an Oscar-nominated animated short film, The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is the second book in a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel series about a young pig who must save his village from a toxic black fog.

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My Messed-Up Life

My Messed-Up Life

Susin Nielsen

Violet is not impressed with her TV director dad: he's decided to abandon his family in Vancouver to start over with a new younger wife in LA. She needs a new stepfather who is perfect, charming and will show Dad what he's...

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Backyard

Backyard

Ananda Braxton-Smith, Lizzy Newcomb

In Backyard, critically acclaimed Australian author Ananda Braxton-Smith and fine artist Lizzy Newcomb team up to present a lush, lyrical picture book about all the life that children can find in a suburban backyard.<br...

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The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach: The Peski Kids Book 1

The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach: The Peski Kids Book 1

R.A. Spratt

When April, Finn and Joe Peski come home from school one day to find their mother missing, they are forced to go and live with their dad. They haven't seen him in years, and to make matters worse, he lives in a small country town...

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Kung-fu Kangaroo

Kung-fu Kangaroo

Merv Lamington, Allison Langton

Chops comes from a long line of boxing kangaroos. Her mother was a boxing kangaroo, and her mother was a boxing kangaroo, and her mother was a ... Oh. A green grocer. But Chops is not interested in becoming a boxing kangaroo (or a...

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Finch

Finch

Penny Matthews (Author)

Audrey is used to not fitting in. She knows she's different - even her little sister calls her "Nerd Girl". When her family moves to the country to live on a vineyard property, Audrey makes a secret friend: a boy, Finch,...

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The Happiness Box

The Happiness Box

Mark Greenwood, Andrew McLean

In 1942, Sergeant "Griff" Griffin was a prisoner of war. With Christmas approaching, he decided to make a book for the children cooped up in nearby Changi Prison. The book was said to contain the secrets to happiness....

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Front Desk

Front Desk

Kelly Yang

Ten year-old Mia Tang moved to the US for a better life, a freer life, but so far, it's a life where she runs the front desk of a motel while her parents clean rooms. And she's not even allowed to use the swimming pool. <br...

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Puffin the Architect

Puffin the Architect

Kimberly Andrews

Puffin is an architect who always exceeds her clients' expectations, that is, until she takes on the toughest clients ever - her own pufflings! Puffin takes her tricky new clients on an inspirational tour of her builds....

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 Read reviewMaya and Cat

Maya and Cat

Caroline Magerl

Maya and Cat is an inspiring picture book about friendship and resilience from one of Australia's most renowned author-illustrators.On a roof, as wet as a seal, as grey as a puddle, Cat was rumbling, a rumbly...

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Bonkers about Beetles

Bonkers about Beetles

Owen Davey

An elaborately illustrated book exploring many of the hundreds of thousands of unique species of beetle around the world.

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Want to Play Trucks?

Want to Play Trucks?

Ann Stott, Bob Graham

Jack likes trucks. Alex likes dolls. What will they play together? Their new favourite game, of course!From Ann Stott and Bob Graham, the multi award-winning creator of Silver Buttons and A Bus Called Heaven, comes a...

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The Wild Folk

The Wild Folk

Sylvia V. Linsteadt

When Tin, an orphan City boy with a passion for invention, and curious Country girl Comfrey are visited by two young hares, it is the start of a magical quest. To stop the City from ravaging the Country, they must complete...

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High Five to the Boys: A Celebration of Ace Australian Men

High Five to the Boys: A Celebration of Ace Australian Men

Various

Australia has some seriously ace men who have broken new ground, stood up for what they believed in, achieved incredible things and defied stereotypes. You'll find some of those men inside the pages of this book - from...

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Will You Catch Me?

Will You Catch Me?

Jane Elson

From the author of A Room Full of Chocolate comes a heartwarming story about identity and courage, and a tremendous young girl who cares for her alcoholic mother. For fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Lean.

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Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy

Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy

Ulf Nilsson, Gitte Spee

The final story in this big-hearted series takes on the most important case ever investigated in Detective Gordons forestwhere is Buffys mother? Gordon faces his old nemesis, the fox, in an investigation that leads to the edges of...

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Off the Track

Off the Track

Cristy Burne

From the author of To the Lighthouse comes a new adventure for young readers about falling in love with the bush, and with hiking and being in the wild. It's about disconnecting from technology and discovering yourself. <br...

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Pink Is for Boys

Pink Is for Boys

Eda Kaban, Robb Pearlman

An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender.

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How I Didn't Straighten My Hair (and Other Life Lessons)

How I Didn’t Straighten My Hair (and Other Life Lessons)

Angela May George

Dora still hasn't found her 'thing'. It definitely isn't Greek dancing. Although she is developing a bit of 'thing' for her friend Ethan. If only he didn't live next door to her Yaya and Popou, then he wouldn't witness the...

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Drawn Together

Drawn Together

Dan Santat

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens. Illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Santat,...

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Grandpa's Space Adventure

Grandpa’s Space Adventure

Paul Newman

Join the creative team behind best-selling picture book Grandpa's Big Adventure on a new voyage full of out-of-this-world delights and cosmic dangers. This time Grandpa and his grandson explore a new fear - the dark. But through...

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The World of the Whale

The World of the Whale

Smriti Prasadam-Halls, Jonathan Woodward

Discover the facts about whales in this beautiful non-fiction picture book.

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Yoga Frog

Yoga Frog

Running Press, Mark Chambers

Frog loves to practice yoga. And he will inspire kids to enjoy doing yoga, too. Follow Frog's yoga flow, from warming up to cooling down.

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Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story

Pattan’s Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story

Chitra Soundar, Frane Lessac

An exciting, vibrantly illustrated Flood Story from India

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A Gift from Abuela

A Gift from Abuela

Cecilia Ruiz

In her first book for children, Ruiz ( The Book of Memory Gaps ) draws from her own history to share a deeply personal tale about remembering what's most important when life starts to get in the way. Full color.

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Mountains of the World

Mountains of the World

Dieter Braun, Jen Calleja

An expansive illustrated exploration of the environments and inhabitants of mountains around the world, as well as the people who have attempted to reach their peaks.

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V&A Introduces - Frida Kahlo

V&A Introduces - Frida Kahlo

This vibrant mini-hardback explores the life and dress of Frida Kahlo and is filled with Mexican-influenced patterns, photographs of key people and illustrations of her wardrobe. Kahlo has inspired many with her fashion, art and...

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The Only Living Boy Omnibus

The Only Living Boy Omnibus

David Gallaher, Steve Ellis

A collection of all five Only Living Boy stories - including an exclusive 20-page bonus story!

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Looshkin: The Adventures of the Maddest Cat in the World: The Phoenix Presents

Looshkin: The Adventures of the Maddest Cat in the World: The Phoenix Presents

Jamie Smart

The wildest, most hilarious, utterly original comic you have EVER read! From the mind of Jamie Smart, author of Bunny vs Monkey comes a comic unlike any other...

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Rainbow Magic: Cara the Coding Fairy: Special

Rainbow Magic: Cara the Coding Fairy: Special

Daisy Meadows

Three stories in one! Join Rachel and Kirsty for a magical adventure with another fairy friend in this bestselling and much-loved series for girls aged 5 and up!

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The Cat Wants Kittens

The Cat Wants Kittens

P. Crumble, Lucinda Gifford

Kevin has some new playmates. They are cute and cuddly and theyre here to stay... but not if Kevin has anything to do with it! See what happens when two adorable kittens barge into Kevins life and make themselves at home. How...

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The Secret of the Night Train

The Secret of the Night Train

Sylvia Bishop

When Max is sent to Istanbul to stay with her boring Great Aunt-Elodie, little does she expect to be plunged into a thrilling nighttime adventure across Europe. Max must find her feet in a whirling world of would-be diamond...

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The Lost Treasure: Mysterious World of Cosentino (Book 3)

The Lost Treasure: Mysterious World of Cosentino (Book 3)

Paul Cosentino, James Hart

Cosentino, the Grand Illusionist, is in danger! He's trapped in a glass ball hanging over the ocean, where dangerous beasts lurk. He'll have to undo shackles, a straightjacket, and padlocks to escape! The audience...

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The 13th Reality #3: Blade of Shattered Hope

The 13th Reality #3: Blade of Shattered Hope

James Dashner

Things have changed for Atticus Higginbottom. After the near catastrophe in the Fourth Reality, Ticks being home-schooled in the fields of science, trying to master the mysterious Chikarda. But just as he begins to make progress,...

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Cottons: The Secret of the Wind

Cottons: The Secret of the Wind

Jim Pascoe, Heidi Arnhold

In the first volume in the epic Cottons trilogy, rabbits and foxes inhabit a world where magic, technology, and art are used as weapons of war.

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The Visitor

The Visitor

Antje Damm

This story about friendship and shyness plays out in a mini theatre, as a child unwittingly brings light and color--literally--into a lonely person's life. Damm creates a diorama from cardboard and photographs the scenes, giving...

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Wyrd

Wyrd

Cate Whittle

Emma and Pip cannot seem to get along. This shouldn't be a problem, and it wouldn't be a problem -- if it weren't for the fact that Emma's Dad is getting married to Pip's Mum! For Dad's sake, Emma tries to keep the peace, until a...

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Keep an Eye on this Koala

Keep an Eye on this Koala

Scott Tulloch

Wait! Don't pick up this book unless you can keep an eye on this koala. He's a bit dozy. - I am NOT dozy. - Okay - you can have a quick peek. But I'm warning you ... this furball's a handful!

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The Genie Rings

The Genie Rings

Jack Henseleit

In The Witching Hours, Anna and Max travel the world with their father, the Professor - but their real adventures take place in the dangerous underworld of dark fairies, where the children face sinister creatures and...

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Olivia's Secret Scribbles #3: Amazing Acrobats

Olivia’s Secret Scribbles #3: Amazing Acrobats

Meredith Costain, Danielle McDonald

I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! Ill tell you all about them: Everyone at school is doing super-amazing tricks on the play equipment. We are going to perform an UNBELIEVABLE acrobat show. An...

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We're Having a Baby: Adapting To A New Sibling

We’re Having a Baby: Adapting To A New Sibling

Marion Cocklico

A practical and fun first experiences book for toddlers who are expecting a baby brother or sister - with parent and carer tips.

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