index
Our books

The Patchwork Bike

By Maxine Beneba Clarke, Van T Rudd
Authors:
Maxine Beneba Clarke
Illustrated by:
Van T Rudd
SELECTED AS A CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) NOTABLE PICTURE BOOK 2017'..beautifully written and incredibly powerful..' BOOKS AND PUBLISHINGWhen you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That's when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items like an old milk pot (maybe mum is still using it, maybe not) and a used flour sack. You can even make a numberplate from bark, if you want. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sandhills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home.A delightful story from multi-award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, beautifully illustrated by street artist Van T Rudd.
  • More
  • Tom the Outback Mailman

    By Kristin Weidenbach
    Authors:
    Kristin Weidenbach
    Tom Kruse was a real Australian hero. He delivered the mail to outback stations and towns all along the Birdsville Track. It was a tough job, but Tom was even tougher, making sure that the mail got through no matter what.Based on her bestselling book, MAILMAN OF THE BIRDSVILLE TRACK, Kristin Weidenbach has written a lively, engaging version for younger readers, capturing the humour, excitement and ingenuity of a classic slice of Australia's fast-vanishing history. Timothy Ide is a South Australian illustrator with a genuine feel for the beauty and hardship of life in the Australian outback.TOM THE OUTBACK MAILMAN is the Winner of the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Category.
    • More
  • Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair

    By Lee Fox, Cathy Wilcox
    Authors:
    Lee Fox
    Illustrated by:
    Cathy Wilcox
    'Ella Kazoo will not brush her hair. She hides in the cupboard and under the stair, she roars at her mum like a big growly bear, she whines and she moans and she howls in despair, but Ella Kazoo will not brush her hair!'Ella Kazoo will do anything to avoid having her hair brushed. Her poor mother is beside herself with frustration as she watches Ella's hair get more and more out of control. But what happens when Ella's hair develops a mind of its own? Find out in this delightful tale, told in rollicking verse, about a girl who's got just what it takes to change a really bad hair day into a happy situation for all. 'Beautifully illustrated and written with wonderful rhyme and rhythm, it is a joy for parents to read and a treat for children to listen to. It's ideal for early readers and full of fun.' ABC Online
    • More
  • Home and Away

    By John Marsden, Matt Ottley
    Authors:
    John Marsden
    Illustrated by:
    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
    • More

    Let's Do It

    By Cheryl Orsini
    Authors:
    Cheryl Orsini
    Two energetic children show that they can do all the things their favourite machines do: Helicopters buzz as they swoop through the sky. Spaceships shoot up, up, up to the moon. Let's fly up high on the swings! Cheryl Orsini's vibrant artwork captures all the energy and busyness of machines at work and children at play, making LET'S DO IT perfect for machine-mad kids everywhere.
    • More
  • Breath of the Dragon

    By A. L. Tait
    Authors:
    A. L. Tait
    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.The first book in the series was named one of the best middle-grade books of 2014 by Readings.'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 Book 2
    • More
  • Prisoner of the Black Hawk

    By A. L. Tait
    Authors:
    A. L. Tait
    Tomas laughed. 'You think that's terrifying? Wait till you meet the pescarn . . . they will eat the flesh off your bones in minutes.'In the second book in this thrilling series, Mapmaker Quinn is far from home in an exotic land filled with dangerous creatures and ruthless enemies. When he is betrayed by someone close to him and comes face-to-face with blood-thirsty pirates, he has to decide once and for all who is a friend and who is a foe . . . Is this the end of the race for Quinn - or just the beginning of another incredible adventure in THE MAPMAKER CHRONICLES?Praise for PRISONER OF THE BLACK HAWK:"a really good read for both boys and girls of 9-14 years." 103.1 FM Grafton"The story unfolds in such a gripping way that I found this second book in the series almost impossible to put down and read 95% at one sitting. This series is a great read by an Australian author and children will be transported to a world of action and human endeavour in a most exciting and satisfying way ... Book Three will be eagerly awaited." Buzzwords"The story is filled with a wonderful sense of old-fashioned adventure with sword fights, narrow escapes, daring plans, betrayed trust and the exciting discovery of new people, ideas, animals and places. The work of Australian author A L Tait, The Mapmaker Chronicles is a fantastic series for readers who love stories filled with adventure and suspense. The story has a slight edge of danger that is just enough to thrill the reader and keep pages turning." Kids' Book Review"THE PRISONER OF THE BLACK HAWK is an exciting book filled with sword fights, strange creatures and pirates. If you're a buccaneer who thirsts for adventure, this thrilling book is for you. Buy this book, batten down the hatches, weigh anchor and let the author take you on a swashbuckling adventure!" William, 9, and James, 8, for The West Australian
    • More
  • Race To The End Of The World

    By A. L. Tait
    Authors:
    A. L. Tait
    A map of the world? Why did the King need one of those? Besides, everyone knew that if you went too far in either direction you'd fall off the edge, and if that didn't kill you Genesi the dragon of death would be waiting.The King is determined to discover what lies beyond the known world, and has promised a handsome prize to the ship's captain who can bring him a map of the whole globe. To do that, they'll need mapmakers - and 14-year-old Quinn is shocked to be one of the chosen. While his older brothers long for adventure, Quinn is content with a quiet life on the farm, but when word of his special talent gets out, he has no choice but to pack his bags and join the mismatched crew of slaves and stowaways on board the Libertas.The other competitors will do anything to win, but the greatest danger may come from the strange sea monster hot on their tail or the mysterious unchartered lands for which they are bound. Nobody knows what lies off the edge of the map, but Quinn is about to find out that it's more than anyone bargained for . . .
    • More

    Migaloo, the White Whale

    By Mark Wilson
    Authors:
    Mark Wilson
    In the warm tropical waters off the north Australian coast, a very special whale is born: Migaloo, the only all-white humpback whale in the world. As he and his pod make their annual migration to Antarctica, Migaloo discovers the beauty, wonder and danger of a whale's journey. Mark Wilson's exquisite illustrations capture the grace and intelligence of these extraordinary creatures, who enchant whale-watchers around the world.
    • More

    Ice, Wind, Rock: Douglas Mawson in the Antarctic

    By Peter Gouldthorpe, Peter Gouldthorpe
    Authors:
    Peter Gouldthorpe
    Illustrated by:
    Peter Gouldthorpe
    Douglas Mawson is a true Australian hero, and one of the great Antarctic explorers. He was the first man to reach the South Magnetic Pole, and led Australia's first Antarctic expedition. This is a story of adventure and survival, as Mawson faces enormous challenges and triumphs. Kids will be gripped by this extraordinary true story!
    • More

    Incy Wincy Spider

    By Karen Erasmus
    Authors:
    Karen Erasmus
    We all know that the rain washed the Incy Wincy spider down the water spout. But where else did he try to shelter before the sun came out? In this fun and lively story, Incy tries to find a place to rest - but keeps getting into strife! When he crawls under the house, he comes face to face with a hungry cat. In the living room, he nearly gets sucked up by Gran's vacuum cleaner, and his comfy resting place in the laundry hamper leads to a wet and wild ride in the washing machine. The adventures of this determined little spider are brought to life by Karen Erasmus' brightly coloured and irresistible illustrations.
    • More

    Hermione Anemone and the Enormous Storm

    By Ciara Molloy Tan, Michaela Blassnig
    Authors:
    Ciara Molloy Tan
    Illustrated by:
    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.
    • More

    Ugly (younger readers)

    By Robert Hoge
    Authors:
    Robert Hoge
    Robert Hoge was born with a tumour in the middle of his face, and legs that weren't much use. There wasn't another baby like him in the whole of Australia, let alone Brisbane. But the rest of his life wasn't so unusual: he had a mum and a dad, brothers and sisters, friends at school and in his street. He had childhood scrapes and days at the beach; fights with his family and trouble with his teachers. He had doctors, too: lots of doctors who, when he was still very young, removed that tumour from his face and operated on his legs, then stitched him back together. He still looked different, though. He still looked ... ugly. UGLY is the true story of how an extraordinary boy grew up to have an ordinary life, and how that became his greatest achievement of all.
    • More

    Mang the Wild Orangutan

    By Joan Van Loon, John Van Loon
    Authors:
    Joan Van Loon
    Illustrated by:
    John Van Loon
    The orangutan is our closest relative, highly intelligent and in critical danger of becoming extinct in the very near future. This poignant picture book tells the story of Mang the Orangutan, taken from the great rainforests of Borneo and now kept in a zoo. A long time ago in Borneo Mang clung tightly to his mother's back, swinging from vines, collecting ripe fruit, honey and insects, and was happy, a master of the trees. Then one day humans come and shoot Mang's mother and capture Mang. Including information about the plight of the orangutan, this information book is a moving account of the story behind one orangutan at the zoo.
    • More

    Good Night, Me

    By Andrew Daddo, Emma Quay
    Authors:
    Andrew Daddo
    Illustrated by:
    Emma Quay
    A baby orangutan is sleepy and it's time for bed, but not before saying 'Good night, me,' from head to toe...Anyone who is a parent, or is about to become one, will be enchanted by GOOD NIGHT, ME.
    • More
  • Frankie Fox, Girl Spy 02

    By Yvette Poshoglian
    Authors:
    Yvette Poshoglian
    Junior Griffin agent Frankie Fox is undercover on her second mission, visiting an international kids' robotics competition in Scotland. She's investigating the evil Alliance's robot army when she discovers something even more terrifying: the world's number one boy band, Band of Brothers, is brainwashing kids to serve the Alliance! To crack this case, Frankie will need to solve puzzles, deprogram evil robots, and sneak backstage at a Band of Brothers concert. Can she save the day - and will her best friend ever forgive her if she makes Band of Brothers break up?
    • More

    Ella Kazoo Will Not Go To Sleep

    By Lee Fox, Cathy Wilcox
    Authors:
    Lee Fox
    Illustrated by:
    Cathy Wilcox
    As the Kazoo household settles down for the night, Ella Kazoo is wide-awake and ready for adventure. She begs for a drink and another bedtime story, and sits up in bed chatting with her teddy. Sleep is a no-go zone for Ella Kazoo!Family tensions mount as Ella ignores her mother's pleas to stay in bed. She would rather set out on an adventure on the high seas, chasing Captain Shut-eye and his pirates.But when Ella finally captures the pirate ship Dread, she discovers that at bedtime the fearsome Captain Shut-eye and his pirates love nothing more than getting in their jarmies and getting some rest!More information and teachers' guide available at www.ellakazoo.com.au
    • More

    Ginger McFlea Will Not Clean Her Teeth

    By Lee Fox, Mitch Vane
    Authors:
    Lee Fox
    Illustrated by:
    Mitch Vane
    Ginger McFlea, twin sister of Jasper (of JASPER McFLEA WILL NOT EAT HIS TEA! fame) makes her debut in this witty, accessibly written picture book, with vibrant, friendly illustrations that make cleaning your teeth seem more appealing to the most reluctant of toddlers.While her brother Jasper loves using his toothbrush, Ginger gives hers to her pet turtle. But when the dentist warns her the Tooth Fairy doesn't accept rotten teeth, Ginger changes her habits quick-smart!More information and teachers' guide available at www.jaspermcflea.com.au/
    • More

    Frankie and Finn

    By Klay Lamprell, Mark Lamprell, Lucinda Gifford
    Authors:
    Klay Lamprell, Mark Lamprell
    Illustrated by:
    Lucinda Gifford
    Frankie is worried about moving house. Finn the fish is worried about the mysterious five-headed monster reaching into his pond. When these two meet, they make each other's lives a whole lot brighter.A story about discovering that different doesn't always mean scary - sometimes you just have to take a closer look.
    • More

    The Violin Man

    By Colin Thompson, Colin Thompson
    Authors:
    Colin Thompson
    Illustrated by:
    Colin Thompson
    For as long as anyone can remember, Oscar has played his violin outside the theatre. Every night, as the people queue for their tickets, Oscar fills the air with his music and the echo of his lost dreams. In the old days, his daughter, Marietta, had been there as well, dancing. For just as Oscar dreams of being a famous violinist, it was Marietta's dream to be a famous ballet dancer. But Marietta became ill and now Oscar plays alone. Some nights, though, he catches sight of Marietta's ghost, dancing under the street light.One night, Oscar's dream comes true and he is invited to play in the theatre in front of an audience. They are swept away by his music and his skill. But under the glare of the spotlight, Oscar can't see Marietta dancing. He decides to play only outside on the pavement, where he and Marietta can perform together. 'Don't worry,' he says. 'I won't leave you again.'
    • More