Exciting kids books to look out for in 2021

Heroes of the Secret Underground

Heroes of the Secret Underground

Susanne Gervay

A timely and powerful time-slip story inspired by the author's family in Budapest during the Holocaust.

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Elsewhere Girls

Elsewhere Girls

Emily Gale, Nova Weetman

An exciting collaboration from two of Australia's favourite middle-grade authors.

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Hairy Sam Loves Bread and Jam: School of Monsters

Hairy Sam Loves Bread and Jam: School of Monsters

Sally Rippin, Chris Kennett

Dr Seuss meets Sesame Street in this mischievous first-reader series about the weird and wonderful students at the School of Monsters.

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Listen, Layla

Listen, Layla

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Exploring the diaspora experience, race, politics and identity, Listen, Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an own voices novel for young readers, which bursts with passion, humour and truth.

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The Last Bear

The Last Bear

Hannah Gold, Levi Pinfold

Imagine making friends with a polar bear... The Last Bear is perfect for readers of 8+, beautifully illustrated throughout by Levi Pinfold - winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and illustrator of Harry Potter 20th anniversary...

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 Read reviewTiger Daughter

Tiger Daughter

Rebecca Lim

Wen Zhou is determined to create a future for herself that is more satisfying than the life her parents expect her to lead. Equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful, Tiger Daughter is a wonderfully compelling and authentic Own Voices...

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Cuckoo's Flight

Cuckoo’s Flight

Wendy Orr

A new gripping Bronze Age story from Wendy Orr, internationally acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song and Swallow's Dance

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Day Break

Day Break

Amy McQuire, Matt Chun

Day Break is the story of a family making their way back to Country on January 26. We see the strength they draw from being together, and from sharing stories as they move through a shifting landscape.

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Main Abija My Grandad

Main Abija My Grandad

Karen Rogers

With luscious artwork and a lyrical text in Kriol and English, celebrated Ngukurr artist Karen Rogers evokes the world of her childhood in a remote part of the Northern Territory. Her story is a beautiful celebration of a special...

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Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat

Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat

Monica McInerney, Danny Snell

This heartwarming story by award-winning and bestselling author Monica McInerney will delight readers young and old.

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Backyard Bugs

Backyard Bugs

Helen Milroy

From beautiful butterflies to kaleidoscopic Christmas beetles, First Nations author and illustrator Helen Milroy returns to the backyard with a picture book designed to teach kids (and their handlers) all about the scurrying,...

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A Glasshouse of Stars

A Glasshouse of Stars

Shirley Marr

An exquisite, heartbreakingly beautiful gem of a novel for anyone who loved Wonder, Lenny's Book of Everything, A Monster Calls or When You Reach Me.

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No Escape (Friday Barnes, Book 9)

No Escape (Friday Barnes, Book 9)

R. A. Spratt

It's two years later . . . Friday steps out of prison, a shell of her former self.

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Are You There Buddha?

Are You There Buddha?

Pip Harry

A fresh, funny and very contemporary take on puberty, first periods and relationships from the CBCA award-winning author of The Little Wave.

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Fish and Chips (Super Geeks, Book 1)

Fish and Chips (Super Geeks, Book 1)

James Hart

Illustrator James Hart makes his authorial debut in this hilarious, action-packed graphic novel series! Perfect for fans of Real Pigeons, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dog Man.

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 Read reviewAmari and the Night Brothers

Amari and the Night Brothers

B.B. Alston

Amari's search for her missing brother leads her into a world of magic ... and danger. But before she can find him, she must learn the truth about herself.

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 Read reviewWith a Little Kelp from Our Friends

With a Little Kelp from Our Friends

Mathew Bate, Liz Rowland

Did you know that feeding seaweed to cows can reduce the methane in their burps and farts by more than half? Or that a forest of kelp absorbs more carbon than a tropical rainforest of the same size? We can even make edible...

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Iceberg

Iceberg

Claire Saxby, Jess Racklyeft

In the final freeze of an Antarctic winter, green tails wave across a star-full sky, as if to farewell endless nights. If this world looks empty, look closer...

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When We Got Lost in Dreamland

When We Got Lost in Dreamland

Ross Welford

The landmark new novel from Ross Welford, one of the fastest-growing and most critically acclaimed middle grade authors in the UK, this funny, moving and brilliant sixth book cements his position as the most exciting storyteller...

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A Case of Grave Danger (The Violet Veil Mysteries, Book 1)

A Case of Grave Danger (The Violet Veil Mysteries, Book 1)

Sophie Cleverly

A breakout new detective series, from the author of the spine-tingling SCARLET AND IVY series, beautifully illustrated by Hannah Peck.

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Seance Tea Party

Seance Tea Party

Reimena Yee

Lora wants to stay a kid forever, and she'll do anything to make that happen . . . including befriending Alexa, the ghost who haunts her house. A middle-grade graphic novel about growing up that's perfect for fans of Ghosts and...

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Olive

Olive

Edwina Wyatt, Lucia Masciullo

Lilah's beloved cat dies, and all she's left with is an olive tree to remember her by. Seasons pass and the tree grows but Lilah is too grief stricken to see its beauty and connection to Olive. Until, one day, in the safety of the...

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The Golden Tower

The Golden Tower

Belinda Murrell

Transported to the land of Tuscia, Sophie accidentally saves the daughter of a wealthy family and is swept along on their journey to the Golden Tower.

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The Detective's Guide to Ocean Travel

The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel

Nicki Greenberg

The first middle-grade novel from award-winning author Nicki Greenberg, this book is a classic whodunnit mystery set aboard a grand ocean liner in the 1920s.

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The Edge of Thirteen

The Edge of Thirteen

Nova Weetman

Clem Timmins can't wait to see her best friends after being apart all summer holidays. But when they get back together, things have changed.

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Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories

Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories

Jeff Kinney

Scare yourself silly with Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney, the #1 international bestselling author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid!

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ABC Alphabet

ABC Alphabet

Chihiro Takeuchi

Chihiro Takeuchi creates another original and innovative board book with her intricate papercut artwork.

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Blue Flower

Blue Flower

Sonya Hartnett, Gabriel Evans

A gentle exploration of a child's realisation that it is her individual differences and creativity that make her special, with stunning illustrations by Gabriel Evans that delicately and sensitively convey the child's emotional...

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Prince (Little People, Big Dreams)

Prince (Little People, Big Dreams)

Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, CACHETEJACK

Part of the bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, Prince tells the inspiring story of this world-renowned singer-songwriter.

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 Read reviewThe World Between Blinks

The World Between Blinks

Ryan Graudin, Amie Kaufman

Discover a magical world where lost things are found...Whenever cousins Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were the stuff of family...

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Beneath the Trees

Beneath the Trees

Cristy Burne

Cam and Sophie feel like they've been travelling forever to get to the rainforest and the river and their cousins. They just want to see a platypus in the wild, but with the rain tipping down and the river turning wild they can't...

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Elvis Eager and the Golden Egg (Monty's Island, Book 3)

Elvis Eager and the Golden Egg (Monty’s Island, Book 3)

Emily Rodda, Lucinda Gifford

Monty lives on a perfect island in the middle of a magical sea. Sometimes the sea throws up something interesting ... and Monty goes on an amazing adventure!

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Truly Tan Shocked (Truly Tan, Book 8)

Truly Tan Shocked (Truly Tan, Book 8)

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

Tan is cool, courageous and clever. But she's in for a shock!

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Poo and Other Words That Make Me Laugh

Poo and Other Words That Make Me Laugh

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

In the grand tradition of The Book with No Pictures and This Is a Ball, comes a brand-new read-aloud to get everyone laughing Bestselling pair Felice Arena and Tom Jellett explore the wonderful wackiness of the English...

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Shine

Shine

Danny Parker, Ruth de Vos

Shine is a love song between a parent and a child, celebrating the beauty and joy of everyday family life, through mess and chaos and daily routines. Shine is also a story that seeks to find the beauty in ordinary things- the...

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Robofight (E-Boy, Book 2)

Robofight (E-Boy, Book 2)

Anh Do, Chris Wahl

Part human. Part robot. All hero!

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