The Bamboo Flute
By Garry Disher
Twelve-year-old Paul is conscious of the troubled spirits of the people about him, especially his father. Paul is a solitary boy, interested in music. He has few friends because he lives on a farm. The town kids and the teacher ignore him or tease him.One day Paul encounters a tramp, Eric the Red, camped on the farm. Eric shows him how to make a flute from bamboo. Paul's mother is sympathetic, but Paul knows that he can't tell his father what he's doing. His teacher later confiscates the flute before he can finish it, but he sets out to make another, in secret. Meanwhile, the district is on the lookout for Eric the Red, accusing him of sheep stealing. Will Paul have the courage to stand up for him, revealing his link with Eric?First published in 1992, THE BAMBOO FLUTE was Garry Disher's first novel for children. It is an evocative story of hardship, hope, respect and recognition set during the Depression.
Breath of the Dragon
By A. L. Tait
The prize for winning the race around the world is almost within reach. But sometimes the biggest danger can lie close to home.Quinn, Ash, Zain and the crew of the Libertas are racing against the clock to get back to Verdania before the King's deadline. Will they make it in time? Will Quinn complete the first map of the whole world? Will Zain bring back enough treasure to satisfy the King? Will they win the race to the end of the world?Or will their enemies stop them from getting back at all?For fans of international bestseller John Flanagan's RANGER'S APPRENTICE series and Rick Riordan's PERCY JACKSON books.'Not since Emily Rodda's DELTORA QUEST series has there been such an exciting adventure tale from an Australian author. Echoes of Robinson Crusoe make this feel like a classic with a new twist, and it's perfect for readers aged 8 to 12 who are looking for some escapism in the sea of contemporary stories.' Readings on THE MAPMAKER CHRONICLES 1: RACE TO THE END OF THE WORLD'Great white beasts and would-be pirates will capture the attention of young readers ... recommended for fans of adventure books from Emily Rodda and Andrew McGahan.' BOOKS+PUBLISHING on THE MAPMAKER CHRONICLES 2: PRISONER OF THE BLACK HAWKthemapmakerchronicles.com
Black Cats and Butlers
By Janine Beacham
The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton AbbeyWhen Rose Raventhorpe's beloved butler is found (gasp!) murdered in the hallway of her own house, she's determined to uncover the culprit. Especially since he's the third butler to die in a week! Rose's investigation leads her on a journey into a hidden world of grave robbers and duelling butlers, flamboyant magicians and the city's ancient feline guardians. Knives aren't just for cutting cucumber sandwiches, you know . . .
Beyond the Kingdoms
By Chris Colfer
Fairy tales are just the beginning.The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him . . . except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they're in danger.With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man's secret scheme: he possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature's greatest villains!So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it's too late?Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in the bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the kingdoms!
By R. McGeddon, Jamie Littler
Ravening zombie hordes and swarms of power-hungry alien dwarfs are just some of the disasters the town of Sitting Duck has faced.But danger never sleeps and a new evil genius has arisen, and he's planning world domination with the aid of his home-made brainwashing device! Are Sam, Arty and Emmie brave enough to save the day?If they aren't, everyone - including you, dear reader - will totally lose their minds!
Briar Beauty's Story
By Shannon Hale
At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens . . . whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End - both for a story and for a life. As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen's destiny is to follow in her mother's wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven's style. She's starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future. What if Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.
Box of Tricks
By Ellie Boswell
Sophie and Katy shouldn't be friends: witches and witch-hunters just aren't meant to get along! Now that their friendship is out in the open, both girls are in danger. But if they stick together, they feel like they can overcome anything.Then Katy starts acting strangely mean. Sophie is totally confused: it's like her BFF has had a personality transplant. And that's not possible . . . is it?