Summery reads for kids & teens

Little Lifesavers #20

Little Lifesavers #20

Yvette Poshoglian, Danielle McDonald

Ella and Olivia enrol in Nippers at Two Pines Beach! But will they be ready for the surf club carnival?

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Kids Like Us

Kids Like Us

Hilary Reyl

A heartwarming and original story about acceptance, falling in love for the first time and learning that the line between reality and imagination does not have to be fixed.

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Magic Beach

Magic Beach

Alison Lester

Imagine a beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, make sandcastles, hunt for treasure, explore rock-pools, muck about in boats, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars.

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The Whole Thing Together

The Whole Thing Together

Ann Brashares

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ann Brashares's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series was a worldwide phenomenon, and she's back with a beautifully written novel about love, class differences, and betrayal playing out...

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Summer

Summer

June Factor, Alison Lester

June Factor's simple text and Alison Lester's delightful illustrations combine to create a special magic that captures the feeling of summer and all that it brings: changing weather, family gatherings, lots of fun and ... flies!

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Mr Gumpy's Outing

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

John Burningham

One day Mr Gumpy decides to take a trip along the river in his boat. But the children, the rabbit, the cat, the pig and lots more friends decide to join him. Everyone's having a lovely time until the animals start kicking,...

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Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale

Kate DiCamillo, David Litchfield

New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving yet witty story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

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Rules of Summer

Rules of Summer

Shaun Tan

The much anticipated new book from Australia's most acclaimed picture-book creator.

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Caravan Fran

Caravan Fran

Cheryl Orsini

Three friends are setting off on a beach holiday - but when things go wrong, some quick thinking helps save the day.

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Shallow in the Deep End

Shallow in the Deep End

Jared Thomas

Erica wants a dog. So dad brings home a new pet... a baby water buffalo! Shallow the buffalo and her friend Bruno the dog have a lot of fun, get in a lot of trouble and create a lot of havoc.

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100 Things I Love to Do with You

100 Things I Love to Do with You

Amy Schwartz

From making faces and running races to snapping beans and wearing jeans, Amy Schwatz creates a cosy picture of friendship and love, perfect for Valentine's Day and all year round.

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Alison Lester

The year I turned eight, Mum and Dad took us on a trip around Australia. Luke, Billy and I missed school for the whole winter term.     

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Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Jeannie Baker

When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children play there. But how much longer will the rainforest remain, he...

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 Read reviewThe Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler

Lisa Shanahan

The warm-hearted story of Henry Hoobler and the summer when a new friend, a silver bike and unexpected adventures turn him inside out like a pocket, into something new - laugh-out-loud funny and moving, from the author of my My...

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo

Includes discussion questions and an excerpt from Raymie Nightingale.

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In the Bush: Our Holiday at Wombat Flat

In the Bush: Our Holiday at Wombat Flat

Roland Harvey

An irresistible companion to the best-selling At the Beach, guaranteed to occupy children for hours as they search the illustrations for the people, creatures and activities identified in the very funny text.     

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Commotion In The Ocean

Commotion In The Ocean

Giles Andreae, David Wojtowycz

Dive into the ocean for a noisy rhyming romp packed with favourite sea creatures brought to life with fun, vibrant artwork. This bestselling picture book from an award-winning creative team is a delight to read aloud and share...

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Once and for All

Once and for All

Sarah Dessen

Louna's years working at her mother's wedding planning business--as well as the tragic end of her first love--have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna's mind and...

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 Read reviewWe Were Liars

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart

The story of one family, one summer, and one act that may never be forgiven. Thrilling, beautiful and blisteringly smart...utterly unforgettable. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense that will leave you reeling.

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The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course

The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course

Ella Mulvey, Karen Briggs

A warm and funny story about a unique Australian experience with a fantastic rhythmic read-aloud text.

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At the Beach

At the Beach

Roland Harvey

There is so much to discover in this richly detailed book about the quintessential Australian beach holiday. Where's Wally meets Magic Beach.

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