The Bush Santa
By Mandy Foot
As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, the Bush Santa's big night begins. He travels around Australia delivering special presents to all the Aussie animals, from the cockies in Cairns and the crocs of the Top End, to the wallabies in Canberra and the quokkas of Rottnest Island. Follow along with his journey in this lushly illustrated Christmas picture book.
The Blue Feather
By Gary Crew
Recurring rumours of attacks by a giant raptor lead Greg Muir to seek the truth behind the bird's existence. Is it big enough to bring down a light plane? Can it carry away human beings in its talons? Is it responsible for the mutilation of a hang-glider? A quest for a creature as fearful as it is elusive . . . Is the story of the huge bird only a myth, or is it reality? And if it is a reality, what part will it play in shaping the lives of those who search for it?Blue Feather is a stunningly crafted mystery from one of Australia's most awarded writers, Gary Crew.'A beautifully crafted novel . . . Fully satisfying.' Herald Sun
Be Brave, Pink Piglet
By Phil Cummings, Sarah Davis
A piglet's delightful adventure shows that trying new things can be rewarding and fun.A timid little piglet learns to be a brave explorer, confronting his fears and finding hilarity along the way - but still loves coming home to Mum. This warm and lively story will delight youngsters and parents alike with Phil Cummings' adorable characters and superb artwork from Crichton Award-winning illustrator Sarah Davis.
The Blue Dress
By Libby Hathorn
Libby Hathorn has asked some of Australia's finest writers for their response to the painting by internationally acclaimed artist Brian Dunlop. First love, joy and disappointment, secrets, violence and the vagaries of fate are interwoven in these stories that remind us things are not always as they appear. Full of pathos, insight and wry humour, The Blue Dress is a stunning display of the possibilities of imagination. The contributing writers include Brian Caswell, Gary Crew, Libby Gleeson, Sophie Masson, Jenny Pausacker and Nadia Wheatley.'These stories offer the reader different ways to define and access our common experience and in doing so the writers reflect with considerable insight on what it is to be on the threshold of childhood in an adult world.' Libby Hathorn
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
Bums and Tums
By Mandy Foot
Who has an orange bellybutton and hangs from a tree? Who's big all over, but especially on their ears? Who lives in Africa and has stripes on their knees?Make a guess from the clue and the close-up picture, then lift the flap to see if you are right!
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.
Bear and Chook by the Sea
By Lisa Shanahan, Emma Quay
In a follow up to the delightful BEAR AND CHOOK, the two lovable characters continue their adventures in BEAR AND CHOOK BY THE SEA. Bear and Chook are unexpected friends. Bear still likes adventure and Chook would still much rather have the quiet life! One day they decide to go and visit the sea. Chook is worried that they don't know the way and will get lost, but Bear is confident they will find it - just around the pond, under the bridge, through the forest and over the mountain! A wonderfully warm read-aloud story about the dreamers in life and those who wish they'd sometimes keep their feet more firmly on the ground.More info, teachers' guides and activity downloads available at www.bearandchook.com.au
Bear and Chook
By Lisa Shanahan, Emma Quay
Bear and Chook are best friends. But while Bear likes adventure, Chook prefers the quiet life. One sunny day by the pond, Chook lets himself get drawn into Bear's wild ideas ... with disastrous results! A wonderfully warm read-aloud story about the adventures of two very different friends.More info, teachers' guide and activity downloads available at www.bearandchook.com.au
By Mark Wilson
Beth is a child convict, caught stealing on the streets of London and sent to Australia on the First Fleet. Through Beth's story, we discover the unbearable hardships those first convicts suffered, not only on the long journey to Sydney Cove but also in the two years of near-famine following their arrival. The story also explores the new arrivals' relationship with the Indigenous population, and the devastation that the Europeans brought with them.But through Beth's experiences we also see the sense of hope that many in the new colony held for the future, and how they survived - and in some cases thrived.This moving story, illustrated with Mark Wilson's beautifully crafted and evocative artwork, was inspired by the experiences of Elizabeth Hayward, the youngest female convict with the First Fleet, and the journals of naval officer William Bradley and Arthur Bowes Smyth, the surgeon and artist from the First Fleet vessel 'Lady Penrhyn'.
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!
Boo York, Boo York
By Perdita Finn
It's fright lights, big city when the Monster High ghouls head to Boo York. Cleo de Nile is invited to attend a fancy gala celebrating the return of a magical comet and, of course, she brings along her beast friends. But their trip isn't all fun and frightseeing because Nefera, Cleo's sister, uses the comet's powers for her own spooktacularly sneaky plans. Can the monsters unwrap the mystery of the comet in time to stop Nefera? Find out in Monster High: Boo York, Boo York! This fangtsastic book is based on the first-ever Monster High movie musical, featuring eight original songs. Contains eight pages of full-colour images in addition to the story. Don't miss the other books based on Monster High movies: Haunted, Freaky Fusion and Frights, Camera, Action!
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!
Bad Luck Bridesmaid
By Poppy Harper, Clare Elsom
Maisie Mae and her best friend Bethany-next-door like pink, unicorns and heart-shaped cushions. Maisie Mae's five stinky brothers like worms, football and CHAOS!When Maisie Mae is asked to be a bridesmaid it's a dream come true! Because weddings mean flowers and cake and, most importantly, BEAUTIFUL dresses. But things never run smoothly in Maisie's house and disaster is followed by more DISASTER! This time, Maisie might not even be able to blame her five stinky brothers. Maisie is probably the UNLUCKIEST bridesmaid in the history of forever . . . Can best friend Bethany-next-door help to save the day?
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?
The Bigfoot Escape
By Suzanne Selfors, Dan Santat
When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring holiday ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon? Enter Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure, who helps Ben take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian in town - the mysterious Dr Woo. No one knows where Dr Woo came from or why she's moved into the old button factory and renamed it Dr Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all - it's actually a secret hospital for Imaginary Creatures. After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital's front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, and very hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as the most boring holiday ever becomes the story of a lifetime.