May titles for schools & libraries (junior)

Bush and Beyond: Stories from Country

Bush and Beyond: Stories from Country

Tjalaminu Mia

Grandparents are special, and the time you spend with them is special, too. This collection draws together four tales for younger readers from the Waarda series of Indigenous stories, first edited by acclaimed author Sally Morgan....

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Battle of the Beetles

Battle of the Beetles

M.G. Leonard

The beetle adventure continues as Darkus and his friends seek wicked Lucretia Cutter's secret Biome in the Amazon rainforest. If they can't stop her from unleashing her hoard of giant

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Square

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen

Every day, Square brings a block out of his cave and pushes it up a steep hill. This is his work. When Circle floats by, she declares Square a genius, a sculptor! This is a wonderful statue, she says. It looks just like you! ...

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Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard (Book 1)

Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard (Book 1)

Andrew Hansen, Jessica Roberts

Award-winning Australian comedian Andrew Hansen, best known for The Chaser, has teamed up with his wife, designer Jessica Roberts, to create their very first children's book series.

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Bush Tracks

Bush Tracks

Ros Moriarty

What can you see? Follow the clues that landscape, seasons, weather, the stars, the moon and the sun give to navigate bush tracks and find the Australian animal. A lyrical, fun story about tracking animals in the bush featuring...

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Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder

Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder

Alom Shaha

Don't worry if you don't know the answers, you soon will! Learn about sound by making wine glasses sing, investigate chemical reactions with vitamin-powered rockets, and explore Newton's Third Law by making balloon-driven cars....

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My Outback Childhood

My Outback Childhood

Toni Tapp Coutts

Toni Tapp Coutts's childhood is a girl's own adventure in the Outback, complete with red dust, snakes, goannas and nights spent in a swag, looking at the stars. Fascinating for city kids and country children alike, this is a...

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The Bad Guys Episode 7: Do-you-think-he-saurus?!

The Bad Guys Episode 7: Do-you-think-he-saurus?!

Aaron Blabey

Its time to get your Jurassic on, baby. Its time... for the BAD GUYS EPISODE 7! 

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 Read reviewShine Mountain

Shine Mountain

Julie Hunt

An epic adventure from the author of Song for a Scarlet Runner about a girl who finds a magical musical instrument, a boy from a travelling medicine show, and their perilous journey to a mysterious land.

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A Stone for Sascha

A Stone for Sascha

Aaron Becker

This year's summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant...

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The Beast Awakens

The Beast Awakens

Joseph Delaney

Calling all budding Stephen King fans... this is the book for you! The first book in a horrifying new fantasy sequence from Joseph Delaney, the internationally multi-million-selling author of The Spook's Apprentice. They...

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Stephen Biesty's Flying Machines

Stephen Biesty’s Flying Machines

Ian Graham, Stephen Biesty

Discover some of the most incredible flying machines of all time in this lift-the-flap book by the bestselling, award-winning Stephen Biesty. With amazingly detailed drawings and over 40 flaps, young readers can meet some of the...

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People of Peace: Meet 40 amazing activists

People of Peace: Meet 40 amazing activists

Sandrine Mirza, Le Duo

Dreamers... Leaders... And fighters for our rights. The top 40 people of peace are here!

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Spot Plays Football

Spot Plays Football

Eric Hill

It's nearly time for the World Cup 2018! To celebrate, join Spot and his friends as they play the beautiful game, having lots of fun outdoors. --------- It's a lovely day and Spot and his friends are ready to play...

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Brooklyn House Magician's Manual

Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual

Rick Riordan, Ben Hughes

Greetings, initiate! Carter Kane, here. Congratulations on reaching Brooklyn House in one piece. You are quite clearly descended from Egyptian royalty, with magical powers gifted from the gods. But what good is power without...

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How to Be an Engineer

How to Be an Engineer

Carol Vorderman

Learn as you do in this hands-on engineering book for kids with Carol Vorderman. Being an engineer isn't just about wearing a hard hat and looking important while holding a clipboard! It's about looking at the world and trying to...

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Incredible Freedom Machines

Incredible Freedom Machines

Saunders,Kirli, Ottley,Matt

She was small when she heard about them... the incredible freedom machines. In this sumptuous story of exploration and breaking boundaries, a young girl uncovers her very own freedom machinea vehicle that carries her to all...

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Grandpa, Me & Poetry

Grandpa, Me & Poetry

Sally Morgan, Craig Smith

Melly likes poems that rhyme with words like frog, bog, doggedy-dog.

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Well, That Was Awkward

Well, That Was Awkward

Rachel Vail

Originally published in hardcover in 2017 by Viking.

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Blast Off!

Blast Off!

Shelly Unwin

Are you ready to explore? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 . . . Rocket through the solar system in this funny, fact-filled whirl around the planets. Join two junior astronauts as they discover what makes each planet unique and what might happen...

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Plantopedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth

Plantopedia: Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth

Adrienne Barman

Discover all kinds of plants - from the hugest tree to the tiniest seed - in this fabulous follow-up to smash-hit Creaturepedia

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Look, A Butterfly!

Look, A Butterfly!

Yasunari Murakami

Look! A white butterfly! Flit and flutter through the blue sky. The butterfly comes to rest on a flower, andpopthe flower opens. Pop! Pop! Pop! All the flowers open: red, blue yellow, pink, orange... Flutter flit through the sky....

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May Gibbs: Gumnut Babies 123

May Gibbs: Gumnut Babies 123

Gibbs,May

Learn the numbers one to ten with May Gibbs' adorable Gumnut Babies. Count beautiful butterflies, sleepy Gumnuts, swinging acrobats and more!

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Embassy of the Dead: Book 1

Embassy of the Dead: Book 1

Will Mabbitt

The first book in a spookily funny new series, where the living meet the dead and survival is a race against time. Perfect for fans of Skulduggery Pleasant, Darkmouth and Who Let the Gods Out.

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Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

Jane Sutcliffe

The Bard of Avon is responsible for such familiar phrases as what's done is done and too much of a good thing. He even helped turn household words into household words. As readers will discover, the long and the short of it...

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The Football Encyclopedia 2018 Edition

The Football Encyclopedia 2018 Edition

Gifford,Clive

The 2018 World Cup edition of Kingfisher's The Football Encyclopedia captures the triumph and despair of key moments in world soccer. The book is packed with pictures and profiles of the world's most skillful soccer playerspast...

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Diary of a Minecraft Creeper #1: Creeper Life

Diary of a Minecraft Creeper #1: Creeper Life

Zack Zombie

Did you ever want to know about the secret life of a Minecraft Creeper? Meet Jasper... he's a Creeper from Minecraft. He gives us a sneak peek into the daily life of a Creeper and all of the crazy adventures Creepers go through...

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Geronimo Stilton: Hunt for the Colosseum Ghost

Geronimo Stilton: Hunt for the Colosseum Ghost

Geronimo Stilton

The Colosseum is being haunted by a gladiator ghost. None of the tourists want to visit anymore! Geronimo must solve the mystery and rid the site of its ghost. Can Geronimo clear his name and catch the real thief before it's too...

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Olivia's Secret Scribbles #1: My New Best Friend

Olivia’s Secret Scribbles #1: My New Best Friend

Meredith Costain, Danielle McDonald

I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! I'll tell you all about them: I've got a brand-new bedroom-yay! My best friend Lucy moved away last week and I really miss her. I'm planning...

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Grace

Grace

Morris Gleitzman

Eleven-year-old Grace only knows one world - the world of her mum and dad and twin brothers, and the strict religious community they belong to. But when her dad is thrown out of the church for asking questions, Grace is torn. How...

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The Stolen Stars of Matariki

The Stolen Stars of Matariki

Miriama Kamo, Zak Waipara

When Grandma and Poua take the children eeling one magical and wild starry night, they discover two stars missing from the Matariki cluster. Have the patupaiarehe been up to mischief again? This hauntingly beautiful debut story by...

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A Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom (Simon Sidebottom, Book 1)

A Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom (Simon Sidebottom, Book 1)

P. Crumble, Dean Rankine

A hilarious, gross, laugh-out-loud, choose-your-own-adventure book.

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 Read reviewUnder the Canopy: Trees around the World

Under the Canopy: Trees around the World

Cynthia Alonso, Iris Volant

A gorgeous picture book that explores the cultural myths and history behind trees all over the world, revealing the beauty behind these giants living among us.

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EJ Girl Hero #11: Diamond Disguise

EJ Girl Hero #11: Diamond Disguise

McFarlane,Susannah

The worlds largest diamond collection has disappeared just days before Christmas. But how and when will evil agency SHADOW smuggle it out of the country? Special Agent EJ12 needs to be patient and find the clues to stop them....

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Fart Monster and Me: The Crash Landing

Fart Monster and Me: The Crash Landing

Tim Miller, Matt Stanton

The chapter books your reluctant reader will actually want to read! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Are those clouds shaped like bottoms?! Nothing exciting has ever happened in BenDugan's backyard. That is, until...

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Little Koala Lost

Little Koala Lost

Kwaymullina,Blaze, Racklyeft,Jess

This Australian counting book tells the story of one little koala lost in the bush and trying to find a home. Along the way he meets two marvellous magpies, three tricky turtles and more-until he finds ten kooky koalas feasting on...

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The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery

The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery

Deborah Abela

Just when India Wimple's life is returning to normal after competing in the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee, she's invited to London for an international spelling showdown. But how can she go without her family? The...

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York: The Shadow Cipher

York: The Shadow Cipher

Laura Ruby

From National Book Award finalist Ruby ( Bone Gap ) comes the first book in an epic alternate-history series about three kids who try to solve the greatest mystery of the modern world: a puzzle and treasure hunt laid into the very...

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Bigger! Bigger!

Bigger! Bigger!

Leslie Patricelli

The young star of Faster! Faster! and Higher! Higher! dons a construction hat for another soaring (and slightly interrupted) exercise in imagination. Full color.

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Ciao, Baby! In the Park

Ciao, Baby! In the Park

Carole Lexa Schaefer, Lauren Tobia

When Baby and Nonna head to the park for the day, what will they see? There's a squirrel - Ciao, Squirrel! - and a grasshopper - Ciao, Grasshopper! Baby scoots over to meet them and share a friendly hello. Who else might be hiding...

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McTavish Goes Wild

McTavish Goes Wild

Meg Rosoff, Grace Easton

It's summer and the Peachey family is in crisis - again. Thankfully marvellous McTavish is always one step ahead... A glorious sequel to the hilarious Good Dog McTavish.

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Q & Ray: Meteorite or Meteor-Wrong?: Case #2

Q & Ray: Meteorite or Meteor-Wrong?: Case #2

Trisha Speed Shaskan, Stephen Shaskan

When a meteorite disappears during Q and Ray's field trip to a science center, the sleuths set out to find the thief. This hedgehog-and-rat duo lives in a town populated by animalsand they're the city's top crime busters. Their...

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Running On Empty

Running On Empty

S. E. Durrant, Rob Biddulph

AJ's grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. Round and round the Olympic Park, aiming for the cross country trials, running to escape, AJ only...

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Going to the Volcano

Going to the Volcano

Andy Stanton, Miguel Ordonez

Join two intrepid explorers on the perfect day out - visiting a volcano! A brilliantly funny rhyming story from multi-award-winning author Andy Stanton.

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Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters

Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters

Gene Luen Yang, Mike Holmes

The coders are back in the fifth volume of the hit computer-programming series by New York Times-bestselling author Gene Luen Yang.

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Dolls of Hope

Dolls of Hope

Shirley Parenteau

Eleven-year-old Chiyo Tamura never imagined she'd go from her small Japanese mountain village to Tokyo, helping to welcome more than twelve thousand Friendship Dolls from America - including Emily Grace, a gift to her own school....

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What's That There?

What’s That There?

Ros Moriarty

What's that there? That's the rushing river's curly bend, cried the sea eagle perched on a knotted branch, swaying. There, look! What's that there? That's the cliff face sharp with sun-scorched stones, glinting, shrilled the hawk,...

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