Hounds and Hauntings
By Janine Beacham
The Clockwork Sparrow meets Downton AbbeyThe city of Yorke is in a panic. There's been a murder! Is an ancient ghost-hound called the Barghest on the loose?ROSE RAVENTHORPE, her friend Orpheus and the secret society of butlers search for clues in the dark, eerie skitterways, on the mist-covered moors, and atop the ancient walls of the city. Rose believes that the villain is human, and she's determined to prove it.There's no sweeping this crime under the carpet...
The Happy Christmas
By Jenny Colgan, Thomas Docherty
The fourth children's book featuring Polly and her puffin Neil, from bestselling adult novelist Jenny Colgan. With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout, Polly is perfect for reading aloud - especially at Christmas!Polly and her puffin friend Neil have wrapped presents, practised for the village nativity and written their lists for Santa. But Christmas is taking a very long time to arrive. And Polly isn't enjoying the wait.What's worse, Neil is busy helping to keep an egg warm, so he hasn't got much time to play. Will it EVER be Christmas? And will a tiny little puffling hatch in time for the big day?Perfect for bedtime stories and early readers. From the bestselling author of The Little Beach Street Bakery.Contains lots of fun festive recipes and activities in addition to the story.
Hermione Anemone and the Enormous Storm
By Ciara Molloy Tan, Michaela Blassnig
Alone every day in a pool near the rocks, Hermione Anemone sat knitting some socks.Till one day, which started just like any other, A peculiar thing happened: the pool gave a shudder!Life is quiet and lonely in Hermione Anemone's rock pool until a huge storm washes in some very colourful and lively creatures. Soon Hermione is making friends with the likes of Tony Abalone, Una the Tuna and Sean the Prawn, who all decide that her little pool is the perfect place to play!Ciara Molloy Tan's rollicking text rolls off the tongue and Michaela Blassnig's adorable illustrations capture the fun and excitement of Hermione's underwater party.
Home and Away
By John Marsden, Matt Ottley
We're a typical Australian family. Barbeques, footy, gardening, school, Holden Commodores . . . Then one day things change. 'April 26, Dad burns the toast, yells at Toby, thanks me for cleaning the cab of the truck, kisses Mum and Toby, then he's gone . . . April 27, the war starts . . . May 21, the city's in ruins, blackouts nearly all the time, food is hard to find . . . September 13, Dad's hears news of a boat. We might get out of here yet . . . September 28, it's just after dawn. A boat from their Navy has found us. We wave and cry and cheer. But then, slowly, we realise they are shouting at us, telling us to go away . . . September 30, we are in a huge prison, with razor wire all around us . . .'Powerful and thought-provoking, HOME AND AWAY is a CBCA Honour Book.'so powerful, so moving and so heartbreaking that every Australian should be encouraged to read it' READINGS
How To Make A Human Out Of Soup
By Tracey Turner, Sally Kindberg
* How did human beings evolve?* How did life on Earth begin?* What are fossils?* What are genes?* Why do creatures become extinct?Prepare to boggle your mind as we try to answer some of the most important and amazing questions ever asked. Bring a packed lunch, and don't forget your time machine because we'll be doing a fair bit of time-travelling. Some protective clothing might be a good idea too, to cope with all the exploding volcanoes and meteorites. We'll be examining green slime (for a few billion years), popping in on the dinosaurs, meeting some of the strangest animals that ever lived, and saying hello to some close relatives you never knew you had. Welcome to the story of human evolution!
Hopes and Screams
By Heather Nuhfer, Josh Howard
Your uhhh-ltimate source for gossip has been taken over by none other than Frankie Stein! The voltageous ghoul wants to make a name for herself by putting together a freaky-fab new issue of the online magazine - the Gory Gazette - and she needs all her best ghoulfriends to pitch in.But her GFFs are a bit distracted: Deuce's snakes are mad at Cleo, Howleen steals Clawdeen's designs and Draculaura puts the wrong potion in her Home Ick cookies! Can Abbey, Ghoulia and Robecca help Frankie sort out her friends and pull off the best issue ever?Find out what the mysterious editor-in-chief thinks of Frankie's work in this fangtastic collection of new graphic stories from Monster High!
Hunter Huntsman'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.
By I.M. Strange
On Toby's eleventh birthday, he and his friends get a mysterious invitation to Happyland, the abandoned funfair in town. It's too good an opportunity to miss, even though the place gives them the creeps.What they find there is more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Getting in was the easy part. Surviving long enough to escape will be much harder.Once upon a time Happyland was filled with laughter. Now it's filled with fear.