CBCA Younger Reader Notables 2015

 Read reviewTwo Wolves

Two Wolves

Tristan Bancks

Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won't forget.' - John Boyne, author of The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas An old man tells his grandson that there is a battle raging inside him, inside all of us. A terrible battle between...

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The Adventures of Stunt Boy and His Amazing Wonder Dog Blindfold

The Adventures of Stunt Boy and His Amazing Wonder Dog Blindfold

Lollie Barr

Stunt Boy's circus is in trouble, and only he and his amazing wonder dog Blindfold can save it!

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Violet Mackerel's Helpful Suggestion

Violet Mackerel’s Helpful Suggestion

Anna Branford, Sarah Davis

Violet Mackerel is excited. Her best friend Rose is going on a trip to Japan. But Violet is going to miss her terrible What if Rose forgets her? It may all be a disaster. Unless Violet can come up with a perfect plan. Beautiful...

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 Read reviewThe Simple Things

The Simple Things

Bill Condon, Beth Norling

A slice of life story for younger readers told with affection and humour about Stephen, a boy who doesn't quite fit in, and his elderly aunt Lola. From the award-winning author of A Straight Line to My Heart... Ages 8+.

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 Read reviewOphelia and the Marvellous Boy

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

Karen Foxlee

Eleven-year-old Ophelia might not be brave, but she certainly is curious. Her family is still reeling from her mother's death, and in a bid to cheer everyone up, her father has taken a job at an enormous gothic museum in a city...

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 Read reviewThe Cleo Stories 1: The Necklace and the Present

The Cleo Stories 1: The Necklace and the Present

Libby Gleeson, Freya Blackwood

Meet Cleo, a little girl with a big imagination - a memorable character created by children's book legends Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big...

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Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll

Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll

Rosanne Hawke

A beautifully written story of love, adversity and adventure from award-winning author Rosanne Hawke. When eight-year-old Kelsey goes to Pakistan so her mum and dad can help flood victims, she's miserable. It means missing out on...

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 Read reviewBleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain

Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain

Steven Herrick

Some things are too big for a boy to solve. Jesse is an eleven-year-old boy tackling many problems in life, especially fitting in to a new school. Luckily he meets Kate. She has curly black hair, braces and an infectious smile....

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Malini: Through My Eyes

Malini: Through My Eyes

Robert Hillman, Lyn White

A moving story of one child's life in the conflict zone of Sri Lanka.

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 Read reviewFiggy in the World

Figgy in the World

Tamsin Janu

Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in Ghana has that name. The other is that her grandmother is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy cant do much about her name, but she can do something for Grandma Ama.

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A Very Singular Guild

A Very Singular Guild

Catherine Jinks

This final gripping book in the action-packed 'City of Orphans' series captures the end of an era, when magic and folklore gives way to technology in Victorian England. Ned draws on every ounce of his logic and reason to outwit...

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Tea and Sugar Christmas

Tea and Sugar Christmas

Jane Jolly, Robert Ingpen

The Tea and Sugar train only came once a week on a Thursday. But the special Christmas train only came once a year. Today was Sunday. Four more days without sugar. Four more days until the Christmas train. Please, please be on...

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Going Bush with Grandpa

Going Bush with Grandpa

Sally Morgan, Ezekiel Kwaymullina, Craig Smith

Pete and his grandpa are off on a bush camping trip to do some prospecting for gold nuggets. Maybe they'll find enough so they can go for a holiday in the city! Grandpa has a brand new super duper metal detector, so they can't go...

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ROSES ARE BLUE

ROSES ARE BLUE

Sally Murphy, Gabriel Evans

From the award-winning author of Pearl Verses the Worldand Toppling comes a verse novel about resilience and the importance of family. Amber Rose and her family are dealing with tragedy and change. But sometimes hope suddenly...

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Crossing

Crossing

Catherine Norton

Cara has grown up in the shadow of the Wall, in a closed world of food shortages and high security. Her parents are dedicated to their secret work for the government, and it's only a matter of time before her gifted younger sister...

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 Read reviewThe Firebird Mystery: A Jack Mason Adventure

The Firebird Mystery: A Jack Mason Adventure

Darrell Pitt

With all its twists and turns and helter-skelter action, The Firebird Mystery is an addictive story and a spellbinding homage to the world of Victorian literature that will appeal to readers of all ages.

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 Read reviewWithering-By-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Withering-By-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue

Judith Rossell

A Victorian fantasy-adventure, perfect for fans of Wildwood, Lemony Snicket and Tensy Farlow Ages: 9+ High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the...

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The Ratcatcher's Daughter

The Ratcatcher’s Daughter

Pamela Rushby

It's 1900. Thirteen-year-old Issy McKelvie leaves school and starts her first job - very reluctantly - as a maid in an undertaking establishment. She thinks this is about as low as you can go. But there's worse to come.  Issy...

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Truly Tan: Freaked!

Truly Tan: Freaked!

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

Tan Callahan, Great Detective, is back in a series that has been described as 'interesting, exciting and excellent!' Tan has never been fond of the old machinery shed. It's dusty and airless, full of dark secrets and...

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 Read reviewRace to the End of the World

Race to the End of the World

A. L. Tait

Adventure and danger lie just off the edge of the map in this swashbuckling new trilogy!

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Paper Planes

Paper Planes

Allayne Webster

Niko and his family are trapped in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. The siege lasts for three years and Niko's family struggle to find enough food and avoid the snipers whose targets are civilians in the streets. Niko and his...

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