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.
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
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.
But Then I Came Back
By Estelle Laure
Estelle Laure is a bright new talent with a gorgeous voice - perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell.Eden has always let her head lead the way. It's why she excels at ballet, at school, and at life in general. But when she nearly drowns and then wakes from a month-long coma, everything is different. She's troubled by dreams that seem more real than waking life, and her neat cookie-cutter existence is no longer satisfying. Unable to stifle her passionate heart anymore, she finds herself drawn to a boy with melting-chocolate eyes, and to a future different to what she ever imagined. That's when Eden discovers that when it comes to love, first you fall, then you have to leap.Estelle Laure's debut, This Raging Light, was a stunning debut with an unforgettable voice that has captured the hearts of readers around the world.
The Battle Of Optimus Prime
By John Sazaklis
An original adventured inspired by the hit TV series!When a maximum-security prison ship crashes on earth, Cyberton's most-wanted criminals escape. Now all that stands between Earth and the deadly Decepticons is a crack team of Autobot heroes - the Robots in Disguise!Optimus Prime has always been Bumblebee's mentor. But recently the two autobots can't seem to agree. Little do they know they're being tested by Liege Maximo - and he'll stop at nothing until Optimus and Bumblebee destroy each other! Will this be the end of the autobots?
The Book of Flags
By Rob Colson
Did you know that the US Star-Spangled Banner was designed by a 17-year-old school boy? Or that the Brazilian flag shows a star constellation of the night sky from 1889? Welcome to the bizarre and fascinating world of flags! From the chequered Formula 1 flag and the rainbow banner to historical standards and country flags, this book is packed with amazing facts, stories and curiosities behind some of the world's most iconic banners. Discover the cultural and political history behind each flag, as well as flag rituals, historical uses of flags and heaps of curiosities and unusual facts.
The British Empire
By Ellis Roxburgh
Find out how Britain came to rule around 458 million people around the world and what life was like for the people of these colonies? Discover the key explorers that played a role in the building of the empire, John Cabot, Sir Walter Raleigh and Captain James Cook. And find out about how the British Empire became the Commonwealth of Nations in 1949 and the on-going tensions that resulted in the Falklands War.Each book in this series covers a particular empire or regional series of empires, charting its history from its rise to its eventual fall. Concise text and supporting boxes explore the reasons for the empire's success and its failure and explain the mechanics of governing the empire and the experience of living under it.
Billie the Baby Goat Fairy
By Daisy Meadows
Kirsty and Rachel love animals, especially cute baby ones! But when strange things start happening at the Wetherbury Petting Zoo, it's clear some magical mischief is afoot. Can the girls help their new friends The Baby Farm Animal Fairies put things right?
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 . . .
By Maudie Smith
A magical story about following your dreams - perfect for fans of Holly Webb.Pink-haired Finch Field has always felt different. She dreams of flying - not in a plane, but swimming through the sky like a bird. Her classmates laugh, and call her Dream Bird. But when Finch goes to stay with her beloved Granny Field for the summer, she finds herself face-to-face with a monster intent on stealing people's dreams. Finch must find a way to believe her own dreams can come true if she is to save the dreams of everyone in Sunview on Sea.A story full of magic, fantasy and friendship, perfect for younger readers of Jacqueline Wilson and Holly Webb.
By Victoria Munson
Find out about 50 of the most common butterflies found in Britain today. Produced in association with the charity, Butterfly Conservation, this butterfly identification book for children provides descriptions of the insects, along with their scientific name, size, family and habitat. Beautiful, large colour photographs will help you to recognise which butterfly is which. Join in and help with Butterfly Conservations's annual Big Butterfly Count every July and August.Perfect for the new National Curriculum, this book includes fascinating information about different insects life cycles, their unique body parts and their habitats. Includes information on how to become a nature detective with illustrations, advice and handy tips on how to recognise key features and learn to protect natureA simple activity shows you how you can protect butterflies. Become a nature detective and explore the natural world around you. If you enjoy this book, then why not search out the other titles in this series: British Birds; British Mammals; British Trees; British Insects; British Wild Flowers and British Seashore.
By Victoria Munson
A simple bird spotting guide for young children. From ducks and geese to owls and gulls, discover fun facts to help you identify these amazing British birds. Which bird can walk upside down?Which bird sounds like a telephone?Find out where each bird lives, what they like to eat and how they move about.Simple descriptions mixed with beautiful photographs make this a great children's first guide to birds.If you like this title, why not search out the others in the series: Mammals, Flowers, Minibeasts, Seashore and Trees.
The Beautician and the Beast
By Karyn Gorman, Kelly Kennedy
A twist on the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. Belle is the most amazing beautician in the land. From lopping Rapunzel's locks to beautifying Cinderella for the royal ball, no job is too tough. But when the unruly Beast refuses to have his overgrowing hair tamed, there is trouble! It grows so out of control it starts to block out the sun. Can Belle work her magic, even on the most difficult of customers? Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children aged 5-7 starting to read independently.
Bumblebee the Boss
A full-colour early reader based on the hugely popular Transformers TV series.
Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do?
By Kate McLelland
From a new picture book talent comes a charming story about finding out who you are.Pip doesn't know what he wants to do, so he goes on a journey to find out. Along the way he tries doing what Heron does, and Owl and Pigeon, until he discovers that singing is the thing that he is best at. A fun story about finding yourself - with incredibly stylish artwork.
By Moira Butterfield
Bronze Age offers a look at life in Britain in the Bronze Age from around 2500 BCE until 800 BCE, allowing young readers to imagine themselves taking part in life in the Bronze Age.Britain in the Past aims to give younger children an understanding of everyday life in Britain for both rich and poor through fact-filled text, exciting illustrations and photographs of artefacts and re-enactors. Feature boxes, maps and lists complete the picture. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.
Being Safe Online
By Honor Head
Being Safe Online looks at some of the potential dangers for children as they take their first steps using the internet or apps, when they play on their parents' phones, laptops and tablets. Without being sensationalist or scary, it explains, amongst other things, why it is important to keep your personal details private, how to deal with cyber bullies, how to search the web safely and how to enjoy yourself on line securely.A simple series of books, empowering younger children aged 5-7 to know how to look after themselves in a variety of everyday situations. Includes tips from 'supermouse' Safety Sam on how to stay safe and how to identify potential dangers.
Be a Rugby Expert
By Paul Mason