Exciting kids books to look out for in 2019

 Read reviewWilam: A Birrarung Story

Wilam: A Birrarung Story

Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly, Lisa Kennedy

Wilam: A Birrarung Story is one day on a vital, flourishing river. As ngua rises, Bunjil soars over mountain ash, flying higher and higher as the wind warms. Below, Birrarung begins its long winding path down to palem...

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Little Bird’s Day

Sally Morgan, Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

A simple, universal story of a day in the life of Little Bird as she sings the world alive, flies with Cloud, travels with Wind, nestles with Moon and dreams of flying among the stars.

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The Dog Runner

Bren MacDibble

'We're gonna starve if we stay here,' Emery said. 'If we're gonna go, best go now.' And he said it like going was something easy. Like all we have to do is walk away. Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city...

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Circle

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

From the dynamic, dream team of Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett comes the final instalment in the hilarious shape trilogy.    Triangle and Square are visiting Circle, who lives at the waterfall. When they play...

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A Crystal of Time

A Crystal of Time

Soman Chainani

In this fifth instalment in Soman Chainani's New York Times bestselling fantasy series, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie, Agatha, and their friends must find a way to overthrow the sinister evil that twists lies into the truth...

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Matt Hunt

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Stephen Hawking tells the inspiring story of the brilliant physicist and author.

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Ninja Switch! (Ninja Kid, Book 3)

Ninja Switch! (Ninja Kid, Book 3)

Anh Do, Jeremy Ley

Nelson cannot wait for the athletics carnival now that he is a NINJA!

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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

Trevor Noah

A hilarious and moving coming-of-age story about growing up mixed race in apartheid South Africa, from comedian Trevor Noah

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Elementals: Scorch Dragons (Book 2)

Elementals: Scorch Dragons (Book 2)

Amie Kaufman

After the fateful battle between the ice wolves and scorch dragons, Anders and his twin sister, Rayna, have been reunited. But there's no time for celebrating. Anders and his wolf friend Lisabet are hiding away in the...

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Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six

Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six

Jane Godwin, A. Yi

Ivanhoe Swift left home when he was six. He had heard many songs about the world, and it was time to see it for himself. 'We won't know where you are!' cried his father. 'I'll know where you are,' said Ivanhoe. 'And...

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Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Laura Callaghan

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Vivienne Westwood tells the inspiring story of this flame-haired fashion designer and businesswoman.

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Baz & Benz

Heidi McKinnon

From the creator of I JUST ATE MY FRIEND, this is a gorgeous and hilarious exploration of enduring friendship.

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 Read reviewMelody Trumpet

Melody Trumpet

Gabrielle Tozer

As the daughter of global music superstars, Melody Trumpet was supposed to be extraordinary - a melodic genius to carry on the Trumpet legacy. But, as was discovered when Melody screamed her first out-of-tune note as a...

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Wrestle!

Wrestle!

Maya Newell, Charlotte Mars, Gus Skattebol-James, Tom Jellett

I love wrestling. When I grow up, I want to be just like my wrestling heroes: big and tough, with really huge muscles. The only problem is, my mums don't like fighting... A funny story about identity, family and...

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The Utterly Indescribable Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

The Utterly Indescribable Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

Adam Cece

The sensational conclusion to the hugely entertaining Huggabie Falls trilogy from the 2017 Text Prize winner, Adam Cece.  

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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Brosmind

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Muhammad Ali tells the inspiring story of 'the greatest' boxer of all time.

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A Great Escape

A Great Escape

Felice Arena

It's a great escape, but will Peter survive it? When Peter's family leaves for a trip across the border, he stays behind. So when the government builds a wall through the city, guarded by soldiers, tanks and ferocious dogs, he's...

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Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch

Zelda Stitch Term Two: Too Much Witch

Nicki Greenberg

Goals for Term Two: 1. Be the best teacher I can be. 2. Keep my spells to myself. 3. DO NOT UPSET MELODY MARTIN. What's a witch to do? Zelda is likely to end up in a truckload of trouble if she can't even follow...

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Undercover (Kensy and Max, Book 3)

Undercover (Kensy and Max, Book 3)

Jacqueline Harvey

Kensy and Max are back in London for a mere minute before things begin to heat up - quite literally. Is someone still out to get them? Meanwhile, Granny Cordelia has an important assignment that apparently only they can handle,...

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Ella Diaries #15: The Super Secret Club

Ella Diaries #15: The Super Secret Club

Meredith Costain, Danielle McDonald

Something very WEIRD is going on at school. Ella's second-best BFFs keep WHISPERING super-secretively in class and DISAPPEARING at lunch time.

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