Recent junior & middle fiction from 2017

Friday Barnes 8: Never Fear

Friday Barnes 8: Never Fear

R.A. Spratt

The final installment in the beloved girl detective series!

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Freaks on the Loose: The Whole Scary Story

Freaks on the Loose: The Whole Scary Story

Leigh Hobbs

We dare you to join Miss Corker and 4F, the class without a yearning for learning. 'I couldn't possibly put this shocker on the shelves.' Fenella Frump, Librarian, Tasmania.Now in one volume: 4F for Freaks...

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Life of the Party! (The Susie K Files Book 1)

Life of the Party! (The Susie K Files Book 1)

Shamini Flint, Sally Heinrich

Susie K likes science instead of netball and has the class goldfish for a best friend. But Susie's mum finds it hard to believe that she's happy that way. She's constantly trying to push Susie (with the best of intentions, of...

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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2

Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo

100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography in a fairy-tale,...

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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been...

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The Matilda Effect

The Matilda Effect

Ellie Irving, Matthew Jones

Matilda loves science and inventing.When Matilda shares her woes with her Grandma Joss, she's astonished to learn her grandma was once a scientist herself - an astrophysicist, who discovered her very own planet. So begins a race...

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The Bolds on Holiday

The Bolds on Holiday

Julian Clary, David Roberts

Carry on camping with dream team Julian Clary and David Roberts! With their extended hyena family in tow, they head on down to Cornwall for a spot of camping. But it's never long before trouble sniffs these hyenas out, and Bobby...

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 Read reviewThe Goldfish Boy

The Goldfish Boy

Lisa Thompson

Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD and spends most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their lives. Until the day he is the last person to see his next door...

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Kid Normal

Kid Normal

Greg James, Chris Smith, Erica Salcedo

Murph Cooper, eleven, is out of his depth when his mother unknowingly enrolls him in a school for superheroes, but his normalcy may be just what is needed to defeat King Nektar.

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The Elephant

The Elephant

Peter Carnavas

An exquisite first novel from acclaimed picture book author and illustrator Peter Carnavas about Olive, Dad and his elephant.

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Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

Squishy Taylor and the First Three Adventures

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction book series from Australian author Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions quicker than a ninja-gazelle!

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Clare and her Captain

Clare and her Captain

Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner

A beautiful gift edition by a stunning author-and-illustrator combination.

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 Read reviewFunny Kid for President

Funny Kid for President

Matt Stanton

Meet the funny kid! Because every kid loves to laugh. Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. He's the class clown, the punch line and he's even volunteered his bottom to be the butt of the joke. Max...

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Ella and Olivia: #18 Happy Campers

Ella and Olivia: #18 Happy Campers

Yvette Poshoglian, Danielle McDonald

Ella and Olivia cant wait to go camping for the first time! But will their tricky cousins spoil all the fun?

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You Choose 11: Creepy Crawly Chaos

You Choose 11: Creepy Crawly Chaos

George Ivanoff

You are on a school excursion at the Entomology and Arachnology Research Centre when things go very wrong. It starts with a gigantic new breed of spider. Soon, there are insects everywhere.

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My Diary from the Edge of the World

My Diary from the Edge of the World

Jodi Lynn Anderson

The new middle-grade novel from best-selling author Jodi Lynn Anderson about a seemingly ordinary world filled with magical creatures, told in one irresistible girl's diary during her family's search for the fabled ...

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Maybe

Maybe

Morris Gleitzman

1946. Europe is in ruins. Millions of people dream of finding happiness somewhere else.Fourteen year old Felix is one of them. When he's offered a journey to Australia, he seizes the opportunity. So does someone...

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The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2: Unleashed

The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2: Unleashed

Dav Pilkey

If only the Chief would throw Dog Man a bone every once in a while... Petey the cat is out of the bag, and his criminal curiosity is taking the city by storm. Can the canine crime biter unleash justice on this ruffian in time to...

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You Choose 12: City of Robots

You Choose 12: City of Robots

George Ivanoff

A series of interactive novels for the highly adventurous. Read if you dare! Mistakes will cost you dearly! YOU CHOOSE ...Robot ruler or cyborg slave! A chance encounter with an escaped mini-bot leads you to a...

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Violet and the Mummy Mystery

Violet and the Mummy Mystery

Harriet Whitehorn, Becka Moor

A delightful detective series for girls starring Violet Remy-Robinson, a young girl with adventure on her mind!

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Marge and the Pirate Baby

Marge and the Pirate Baby

Isla Fisher, Eglantine Ceulemans

'Isla Fisher is hilarious' DAVID WALLIAMS'Charming, funny, delightful' DAVID BADDIELYo ho ho, me hearties. Marge is back! Marge thinks she's a pirate and maybe she's right.Three family-fun adventures written by actor and comedian...

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Alice Jones: The Ghost Light

Alice Jones: The Ghost Light

Sarah Rubin

Five days before opening night at refurbished old theatre the Beryl, ghostly activity unnerves the cast. Alice's detective skills are secretly enlisted. But as she digs into the Beryl's past, she discovers an unexpected mystery...

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Alice-Miranda Holds the Key 15

Alice-Miranda Holds the Key 15

Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda is home for the holidays! In a startling turn of events, Alice-Miranda unexpectedly finishes the school term earlier than planned. Holidays should be a time for fun and a chance to catch up with friends, but it...

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Toto

Toto

Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and...

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Cub Reporters: Pippa's Island Book 2

Cub Reporters: Pippa’s Island Book 2

Belinda Murrell

Pippa is settling in to her island home - she's even learning to surf. School is abuzz when Mrs Neill announces the launch of a new student newspaper. But how will Pippa, Meg, Charlie and Cici decide what to write about when the...

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 Read reviewMarsh And Me

Marsh And Me

Martine Murray

From the award-winning author of Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars comes a wonderful new novel 9-12 years old.

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Radio Boy

Radio Boy

Christian O'Connell

From leading breakfast radio star Christian O'Connell comes a brilliant and laugh-out-loud story of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary secret radio show. (Broadcast from his shed.)

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Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever

Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever

Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the eleventh instalment of the bestselling series!

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Dotty Detective

Dotty Detective

Clara Vulliamy

Meet Dorothy Constance Mae Louise, or Dot as she prefers to be called!

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Stories from Stella Street

Stories from Stella Street

Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey's immensely popular 45 + 47 Stella Street and everything that happened turns 21! This special anniversary edition includes three exciting adventures in one big book: 45 + 47 Stella Street, Fiddle-back and The...

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Ballerina Dreams

Ballerina Dreams

Michaela DePrince (Author), Ella Okstad

At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of...

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Diary of a Minecraft Zombie #9: Zombie's Birthday Apocalypse

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie #9: Zombie’s Birthday Apocalypse

Zack Zombie

It's Halloween and it's Zack the Zombie's Birthday! But there's a Zombie Apocalypse happening that is threatening to end Minecraft as we know itand it just might totally ruin Zack's 13th Birthday Party too! Will Zack and his...

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Bug Girl

Bug Girl

Benjamin Harper, Sarah Hines Stephens, Anoosha Syed

Nothing prepares a girl for battling the forces of evil like the first year of middle school...Amanda Price adores all things bug-related--from spiders to mantises -- like, seriously loves them.

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They Didn't Teach THIS in Worm School!

They Didn’t Teach THIS in Worm School!

Simone Lia

A buddy comedy featuring a worm and a chicken-like bird that will have readers wriggling with laughter.

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Minecraft: The Island: (The First Official Minecraft Novel)

Minecraft: The Island: (The First Official Minecraft Novel)

Max Brooks

Be immersed in the Minecraft universe for the first time in a thrilling new adventure like no other!Minecraft: The Island, the first and only official Minecraft novel, will tell the story of a new hero stranded in the world of...

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Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Rubies and Runaways: Book 2

Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Rubies and Runaways: Book 2

Janine Beacham

Rose Raventhorpe and the secret society of crime-solving butlers are at it again! When an orphan goes missing, will Rose and the butlers be able to find her before she disappears forever?For fans of Murder Most Unladylike and The...

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A Girl Called Owl

A Girl Called Owl

Amy Wilson

The moon seems to urge me onward, onward, and my feet fly faster and faster as the world around me sparkles silver with new frost . . . it's like being in a snowglobe, my very own little world, all of ice

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The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

Anne Michaels, Emma Block

Meet the utterly irresistible Miss Petitfour (a name of unknown origin but possibly descended from bakers of tiny delicious cakes). She loves baking and making and dancing with her cats, but most of all she loves to fly. All she...

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What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

Ross Welford

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller Time Travelling With a Hamster comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever...

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 Read reviewThe Secret Keepers

The Secret Keepers

Trenton Lee Stewart

When Reuben discovers an old pocket watch, he soon realizes it holds an incredible power: it can turn you invisible for fifteen minutes. And the watch's power is even more extraordinary than he knows. Soon, he's on the run from a...

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Hectic Electric - How to Hypnotise a Droid: Book One

Hectic Electric - How to Hypnotise a Droid: Book One

Joshie Lefers

This madcap comedy-adventure series is completely hectic - and also heart-warming, ridiculously funny and wildly addictive! One day, Joshie is eating breakfast when a fancy robot thingy arrives in a box. The cool thing? It's...

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Cream Buns and Crime: A Murder Most Unladylike Collection

Cream Buns and Crime: A Murder Most Unladylike Collection

Robin Stevens

A collection of short stories, tips and tricks on being a detective, from the author of Murder Most Unladylike.

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The Lights Under the Lake

The Lights Under the Lake

Sophie Cleverly

Scarlet and Ivy's school trip takes a turn for the worse as another mystery begins to unfold... The fourth book in the SCARLET AND IVY series is perfect for fans of MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE.

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Grover, Stretch and the Broken Leg (Grover McBane Rescue Dog Book 5)

Grover, Stretch and the Broken Leg (Grover McBane Rescue Dog Book 5)

Claire Garth, Johannes Leak

Grover loves living at Cavendish Lane. He has his own bed and lots of toys. It's the best place to relax after a busy day helping his owner, Annie, at the animal shelter.But when a greyhound puppy called Stretch comes...

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The Alien Zoo...and You!

The Alien Zoo…and You!

Adrian Beck

The sign on the enclosure wall read: GREEPERS. But perhaps it would have been more accurate if it had said: HEAPS OF GREEPERS. And maybe there should have been a second sign that said: AND THEY'RE FLYING STRAIGHT FOR YOU.'<br...

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The Robbery Riddle, Starring Olive Black: Book 2

The Robbery Riddle, Starring Olive Black: Book 2

Alex Miles, Maude Guesne

Lights, cameras, action!She finds herself caught up in a real-life mystery when Maestro's beloved stage prop is stolen. As the plot thickens, Olive's wrongly accused of the theft and sets her sights on solving the crime and...

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 Read reviewDino Hunter: D-Bot Squad 1

Dino Hunter: D-Bot Squad 1

Mac Park, James Hart

Dinosaurs are back, and on the loose! It's up to D-Bot Squad to catch them

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George

George

Alex Gino

Allow me to introduce you to a remarkable book, full of love, wonder, hope, and the importance of getting to be who you were meant to be. You must read this. - David Levithan, author of Every Day and editor of George. GEORGE is...

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Mammoth Mistake, Starring Olive Black (Book 1)

Mammoth Mistake, Starring Olive Black (Book 1)

Alex Miles, Maude Guesne

When Olive lets spoilt Sofia La Boosh get under her skin, she finds herself in all sorts of trouble trying to compete. Soon her best friend Rani isn't talking to her and Olive's apology rehearsals don't seem to be helping.Why...

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Charlie and the Karaoke Cockroaches

Charlie and the Karaoke Cockroaches

Alan Brough

1 bumbling burglar 2 best friends 3 singing cockroaches

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Chase

Chase

Linwood Barclay

Get ready to run ... an edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay, in his first novel for 9-12 year olds.

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 Read reviewThe Secret of Nightingale Wood

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Lucy Strange

1919. Henry moves to the countryside with her family, scarred by her brother's untimely death. Her only friends are characters from her favourite books - until, one day, she wanders into the woods and meets Moth, a striking...

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