Recent junior & middle fiction from 2019

The Besties to the Rescue

The Besties to the Rescue

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever...

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The Besties Show and Smell

The Besties Show and Smell

Felice Arena, Tom Jellett

Oliver and Ruby have been besties forever...

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 Read reviewWild Honey from the Moon

Wild Honey from the Moon

Kenneth Kraegel

In an epic adventure like no other, an unflappable mother will stop at nothing to find a cure for her ailing young son -- even if it means traveling to the moon itself.

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Dork Diaries: Spectacular Superstar

Dork Diaries: Spectacular Superstar

Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki and her friends Brandon, Chloe, and Zoey are up for another adventure in the fourteenth book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series.

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Douglas

Douglas

Randy Cecil

In his follow-up to Lucy, Randy Cecil again tells a visually arresting tale in four acts -- this time about a brave movie-theater mouse on a daring adventure.

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The Girl with Space in Her Heart

The Girl with Space in Her Heart

Lara Williamson

Mabel has a suitcase full of worries - it turned up just after her dad disappeared and before her mum started dating Gavin. She worries about big things and little things and shoves them into her suitcase until it's so full it...

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Hotel Flamingo: Holiday Heatwave

Hotel Flamingo: Holiday Heatwave

Alex Milway

Bookings are up at Hotel Flamingo and the hotel is getting busy. When Mr Ruffian of the rival Glitz hotel finds out that the penguins have chosen to stay at Hotel Flamingo he is furious.

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 Read reviewSong for A Whale

Song for A Whale

Lynne Kelly

Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.

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Songbird

Songbird

Ingrid Laguna

A unique, tender and heart-warming novel following a young girl's experience as an Iraqi refugee in Melbourne, her desire to belong, and the importance of friendship.

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High-Rise Mystery

High-Rise Mystery

Sharna Jackson

Summer in London is hot, the hottest on record, and there's been a murder in THE TRI: the high-rise home to resident know-it-alls, Nik and Norva. Who better to solve the case? Armed with curiosity, home-turf knowledge and...

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Bad Mermaids: On Thin Ice

Bad Mermaids: On Thin Ice

Sibeal Pounder, Jason Cockcroft

In the kingdom of Frostopia, mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda have come to the aid of Maritza Mist, a famous water witch who supplies magic spells to the underwater kingdoms.

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Check Mates

Check Mates

Stewart Foster

A funny, moving and utterly original story from Stewart Foster, award-winning author of THE BUBBLE BOY

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The Secret Starling

The Secret Starling

Judith Eagle, Kim Geyer

Clara has lived a life of solitude, home schooled under her mean uncle's strict regime . But then an interfering grown-up turns up with the unwelcome news that the house is to be sold. Perhaps the mysterious ballet shoe...

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Squishy Taylor and the Secret Envelope

Squishy Taylor and the Secret Envelope

Ailsa Wild, Ben Wood

A hilarious junior fiction series from Ailsa Wild about solving mysteries, blending families and leaping to conclusions!

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 Read reviewZanzibar

Zanzibar

Catharina Valckx

An uplifting, warmhearted early chapter book about a crow, who proves you can move mountains (or even dromedaries) and perform truly heroic deeds if you believe in yourself.

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The Bushfire (My Australian Story)

The Bushfire (My Australian Story)

Sally Murphy

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 Read reviewAs Happy as Here

As Happy as Here

Jane Godwin

A beautiful coming-of-age story about identity, expectation, class, justice, society, fairness, and, above all, kindness.

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The First (Endling, Book Two)

The First (Endling, Book Two)

Katherine Applegate

Together with her companions - loyal Tobble, brave and resourceful Khara, wise but deadly Gambler, and Renzo the thief - she is following a perilous path out of Nedarra and into the snow-covered mountains of the northern country...

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You Must Be Layla

You Must Be Layla

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth - unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up!

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Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine: Kid Normal 3

Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine: Kid Normal 3

Greg James, Chris Smith, Erica Salcedo

The third thrilling adventure book from bestselling, award-winning authors Greg James and Chris Smith. YOU DON'T NEED SUPERPOWERS TO BE A HERO ... Or do you?

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 Read reviewYou Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!

Alex Gino

Alex Gino, the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of George, is back with another sensitive tale based on increasingly relevant social justice issues.

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Winnie's Great War

Winnie’s Great War

Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall, Josh Greenhut

Everyone has heard of Winnie-the-Pooh, but not everyone knows about the real Canadian bear who lent him her name. Find out all about how she travelled from Canada to London during WW1 and went on to meet Christopher Robin Milne in...

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 Read reviewCharmed Life

Charmed Life

Diana Wynne Jones

Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones classic award-winning favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits!

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Louisiana's Way Home

Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return.

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52 Mondays

52 Mondays

Anna Ciddor

A new historical novel from Anna Ciddor, in the same beautiful, classic storytelling tradition as The Family With Two Front Doors.

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Cowboy and Birdbrain

Cowboy and Birdbrain

Adam Wallace, James Hart

Join Cowboy and Birdbrain on their WACKY adventure, when their boss gives them the following job: URGENT DELIVERY! To: Ship in the Middle of the Ocean. WARNING: Do not get package wet!

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The Little Grey Girl (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two)

The Little Grey Girl (The Wild Magic Trilogy, Book Two)

Celine Kiernan, Jessica Courtney-Tickle

Second book in a fantasy adventure trilogy about witches and forbidden magic from a multi-award-winning author.

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 Read reviewHotel Flamingo

Hotel Flamingo

Alex Milway

An enchanting four-book series featuring the adventures of Anna and her array of animal friends When young Anna inherits a dilapidated once-grand hotel from her Great Aunt Mathilde, she's determined to restore it to its former...

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 Special priceThe Runaways

The Runaways

Ulf Stark, Kitty Crowther

Grandson and grandpa run away together for a one-night adventure. This novel is filled with warmth and humour, from one of the world's best writers for children.

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Accidental Trouble Magnet (Planet Omar, Book 1)

Accidental Trouble Magnet (Planet Omar, Book 1)

Zanib Mian, Nasaya Mafaridik

Welcome, readers, to the imaginative brain of Omar! The combination of Zanib Mian's hilarious text and Nasaya Mafaridik's fantastic cartoon-style illustrations make the PLANET OMAR series absolutely perfect for fans of Tom Gates...

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 Read reviewSherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery

Renee Treml

A hilariously funny, action-packed mystery, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones. 

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 Read reviewStarfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

Dominique Valente, Sarah Warburton

The most spellbinding new children's fantasy series of 2019, with beautiful black-and-white inside illustrations by Sarah Warburton. Perfect for fans of Cressida Cowell and Nevermoor.

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Hopping Weird! (WeirDo Book 12)

Hopping Weird! (WeirDo Book 12)

Anh Do, Jules Faber

Mums got a cool new job at the animal hospital... but now Weirs house is like a ZOO! How can Bella and Weir help look after all the animals AND finish their school project?! It wont be easy... but it will be FUNNY! 

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Fish Kid and the Lizard Ninja

Fish Kid and the Lizard Ninja

Kylie Howarth

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Bear in the Woods: The Peski Kids Book 2

Bear in the Woods: The Peski Kids Book 2

R.A. Spratt

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 Read reviewThe Dog Runner

The Dog Runner

Bren MacDibble

Ella and her brother Emery are alone in a city that's starving to death. If they are going to survive, they must get away, upcountry, to find Emery's mum. But how can two kids travel such big distances across a dry, barren, and...

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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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 Read reviewCatch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

Meg McKinlay

This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can't.

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The Big Bad Wolf (the Bad Guys: Episode 9)

The Big Bad Wolf (the Bad Guys: Episode 9)

Aaron Blabey

THE SKY GOES DARK. THE CITY TREMBLES. THE SCREAMS BEGIN...and everyone's favourite Wolf has a LOT of explaining to do.

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Mob Mash (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, Book 20)

Mob Mash (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, Book 20)

Zack Zombie

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 Read reviewRumblestar

Rumblestar

Abi Elphinstone

Are you ready to join Abi Elphinstone on a brand NEW adventure? A whole world is waiting to be discovered in the Unmapped Chronicles...

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 Read reviewThe Girl, the Cat & the Navigator

The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator

Matilda Woods

An enchanting, charming story of bravery on the ice-tipped ocean, with stunning art by Anuska Allepuz on every page.     

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Kat Wolfe Takes the Case

Kat Wolfe Takes the Case

Lauren St John

Join brave Kat Wolfe and her animal sidekicks in this second mysterious adventure filled with friendship, freedom and a fierce wild cat!

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 Read reviewSwimming Against the Storm

Swimming Against the Storm

Jess Butterworth, Rob Biddulph

Heartland middle-grade adventure set in the swamps of Louisiana, perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell and Lauren St John

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Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables on the Lookout

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables on the Lookout

Tim Harris, James Hart

Vex is gone! We have to find him.But how? He could be anywhere.We'll have to track him down.That's impossible.Not if we work together!Mr Bambuckle and the class in room 12B are in trouble. Can they find Vex before it's too late?

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Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: Mystery on the Ostrich Express

Fabio The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Mystery on the Ostrich Express

Laura James, Emily Fox

Flamingo detective Fabio and his giraffe associate, Gilbert, investigate when a singing hippopotamus disappears during auditions for a talent show being staged to save the failing Hotel Royale.

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Fing

Fing

David Walliams, Tony Ross

The new children's book from No. 1 bestselling author David Walliams - a deliciously daft Tall Story of a child who had everything, but still wanted more. Illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.

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The Haven: Book 1

The Haven: Book 1

Simon Lelic

An adrenaline-fuelled adventure in a new series by top thriller writer Simon Lelic. Ollie Turner isn't sure he's ready to be a hero ...

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 Special pricePower Up! (The Invincibles, Book 1)

Power Up! (The Invincibles, Book 1)

Peter Millett, Myles Lawford

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The Last Secret (Scarlet and Ivy, Book 6)

The Last Secret (Scarlet and Ivy, Book 6)

Sophie Cleverly

Scarlet and Ivy are back at Rookwood school for what could be their final term... The sixth and final book in the SCARLET AND IVY series is perfect for fans of MURDER MOST UNLADYLIKE.

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Whimsy and Woe (Whimsy & Woe, Book 1)

Whimsy and Woe (Whimsy & Woe, Book 1)

Rebecca McRitchie, Sonia Kretschmar

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Shouting At The Rain

Shouting At The Rain

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.

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Funny Kid Slapstick (Funny Kid, Book 5)

Funny Kid Slapstick (Funny Kid, Book 5)

Matt Stanton

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Murder at the Museum (Agatha Oddly, Book 2)

Murder at the Museum (Agatha Oddly, Book 2)

Lena Jones

A second mystery for thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly - a bold, determined heroine, and the star of this stylish new detective series.

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The Super Secret Club (Ella Diaries #15)

The Super Secret Club (Ella Diaries #15)

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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Ranger's Apprentice The Royal Ranger 3: Duel at Araluen

Ranger’s Apprentice The Royal Ranger 3: Duel at Araluen

John Flanagan

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The Skylarks' War

The Skylarks' War

Hilary McKay

An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime.

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