Claire Atherfold

Claire Atherfold is the manager at Readings State Library.


The Forevers by Chris Whitaker

What would you do if the world was going to end in 30 days?

There is an asteroid heading towards earth. It has been moving towards us for a decade, looming above in space. There have been repeated …

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Exit Through the Gift Shop by Maryam Master

Exit Through the Gift Shop is Maryam Master’s first novel. Master comes from a successful career writing for TV and the theatre, where she has helped both Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams bring thei…

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The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

In Mariko Turk’s debut novel, The Other Side of Perfect, we follow the story of Alina Keeler, a Japanese–American ballet dancer. Alina lives and breathes ballet; dancing is part of who she is, not ju…

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Walking in Gagudju Country by Diane Lucas & Ben Tyler

Within the pages of this fascinating picture book, we follow a journey through a monsoon forest in the Top End’s Kakadu National Park. Diane Lucas and Bininj chef Ben Tyler’s text, along with Emma Lo…

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Oddity by Eli Brown

Eli Brown’s debut novel for younger readers introduces us to an alternate 1800s America, where the Louisiana Purchase has not come to pass, and the Unified States is on the verge of war with Bonapart…

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Huda and Me by H. Hayek

Meet vivacious, courageous, precocious Huda and her quiet, patient, big-hearted older brother Akeal. Their parents were unexpectedly called away to Beirut, leaving them in the hands of their horrible…

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Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker

I can’t tell you how many times Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has been retold or offered inspiration to a story. The same goes for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. But what would the outcome be if …

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All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

Caroline O’Donoghue is an Irish author and journalist who also hosts the acclaimed podcast Sentimental Garbage. Her new novel, All Our Hidden Gifts, pivots from her darkly humourous and searingly sma…

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What Adults Don’t Know About Architecture by The School of Life

Winston Churchill said, ‘We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.’ The influence that architecture has on how we live our lives is grand in scale, but easy to miss. The first boo…

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Will You Be My Friend? by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram

In the same year as the publication of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the adored classic Guess How Much I Love You? (and also, sadly, of Sam McBratney’s death in September), we have been gif…

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The Bushfire Book by Polly Marsden

The Bushfire Book: How to Be Aware and Prepare is written by Polly Marsden, the creator behind the concept of the upcoming ABC documentary series Big Weather and How to Survive It, which will be host…

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The Lost Library by Jess McGeachin

From the local author and illustrator of the much-loved picture book Fly, Jess McGeachin, we now have The Lost Library. When Oliver discovers a fluttering book stuck behind his bedroom cupboard, he d…

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I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me by Maggie Hutchings & Evie Barrow

From the creative flair of Maggie Hutchings, who brought us Unicorn! and Your Birthday Was the Best, alongside Evie Barrow’s hand-drawn sketches that celebrate beauty in imperfection, we have a touch…

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Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

From the award-winning author and illustrator of the much-loved Stella Montgomery series, Judith Rossell, we now have the wonderful novelty board book Play with Your Plate!.

A fun and clever creatio…

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Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Sarah Epstein, the highly commended author of Small Spaces, has done it again with her new novel Deep Water. Once more we are set the challenge of untwisting a mystery.

Henry Weaver has been missin…

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Dear Earth by Isabel Otter & Clara Anganuzzi

The latest from the wonderful children’s author Isabel Otter, Dear Earth tells the story of a grandfather and his granddaughter Tessa, as he teaches her about the importance of our Planet Earth and a…

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Tiger Heart by Penny Chrimes

From the first line in Penny Chrimes' Tiger Heart you feel as if you have been whisked away into a classic fairytale with all the key elements – the magic, the emotion, the adventure – but this time…

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Fauna: Australia’s Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney

Australia is home to more animal species than any other developed country, with a large percentage of them found nowhere else on earth, and because of the isolated nature of our country many have evo…

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A Trip to the Beach by Gwyn Perkins

A Trip to the Beach is the last adventure in the award winning Iggy and Grandad picture-book series. The first, A Walk in the Bush, won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the …

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I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

From Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back and Wild Blue Wonder, we now have I, Cosmo, her debut for middle fiction readers. I, Cosmo is narrated by the honest, heartwarming and brilliantly hi…

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Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin

Chloe Daykin, the critically acclaimed author of The Boy Who Hit Play and Fish Boy, is at it again with her latest wonder, Fire Girl, Forest Boy. A book that brings magic and science together in the …

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Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner

Melbourne local Katy Warner is a playwright and writer with many awards already under her belt for both her short fiction and plays. Her debut YA novel Everywhere Everything Everyone is an exciting c…

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Moving Your Body by Beci Orpin

Melbourne-based artist, illustrator and designer Beci Orpin has previously produced four beautiful craft books, Make & Do; Home: 25 Amazing Projects; Sunshine Spaces; and Find & Keep. All of her book…

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Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as The Patchwork Bike, Wide Big World and The Hate Race, among others, and now we have the gorgeous Fashionista: Fashio

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My Book (Not Yours) (Lento and Fox, Book 1) by Ben Sanders

Author and illustrator Ben Sanders from Ballarat has done it again. After his rollicking, rhyming text and retro design in I’ve an Uncle Ivan, we now have the hilariously fun My Book (Not Yours) (Len

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Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente

Visit Starfell, a land where magic is bursting back into the world in unexpected, fantastic ways, but also in the odd and unremarkable – or so they first appear.

Willow Moss has magic like many mem…

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Kindness Rules! by Eunice & Sabrina Moyle

Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the team behind Hello!Lucky and the creators of Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power!, have created another glorious board book, this time about manners.

Kindness Rules

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Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan & Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr

The latest book by bestselling Australian Indigenous author Sally Morgan tells the enchanting and tender tale of a day with Little Bird. The day begins in the early morning as Little Bird rises and w…

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Watership Down by Richard Adams

Written nearly half a century ago, this classic tale about rabbits still vividly resonates today, with another TV mini series released last Christmas to a whole new generation.

With that in mind I’…

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Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

Award-winning local author and illustrator Anna Walker, creator of such favourites as Florette, Mr Huff and Peggy, amongst others, has done it again with her latest wonder, Lottie and Walter.

It’s …

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