50 Underwear Questions by Tanya lloyd Kyi
It’s difficult to imagine the child who wouldn’t be tickled by the slightly risque nature and spirited delivery of 50 Underwear Questions: A Bare-All History.
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
It’s encouraging to me as a human to see the large numbers of really good authors of young adult and children’s books getting a lot of attention and drawing ever-increasing armies of new readers.
All Good Children by Catherine Austen
In Catherine Austen’s new novel we spend a lot of time breaking out of dystopia. The story harkens back to the very best elements of Ira Levin’s 1975 novel (later made into a couple of astonishingly bad movies) Stepford Wives.
The Shattering by Karen Healey
The Shattering is the second novel by Kiwi author Karen Healey, who lives in Australia. It’s not a sequel to Guardian Of The Dead, but a fine cracking mystery in its own right.
A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson
In A Pocketful of Eyes, Bee is spending her summer holidays working in the taxidermy department of the Melbourne Museum of Natural History before beginning Year 12.
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
In Haunting Violet, Harvey moves from present-day rural America to Victorian England, when séances were a regular part of middle-class entertainment and there was an entire spiritualist movement.
Mole Hunt by Paul Collins
In Mole Hunt the critter being referred to, Maximus Black by name, isn’t the blind, digging creature but the spy kind. Only in his teens, Maximus Black is a brilliant cadet in RIM, a galactic spy agency.
Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston
Lesley Livingston’s juvenile fiction consistently manages to be refreshing, engaging and surprisingly smart.
What is Real by Karen Rivers
Dex Pratt’s parents have divorced and his mother has moved on. His father? Not so much. The former pot farm defending attorney is now himself a pot-growing pothead, wheelchair bound after a suicide attempt went bad.
Crow Country by Kate Constable
In Kate Constable’s Crow Country, Sadie and her mother have moved from their lovely Melbourne home by the sea to Boort, her mother’s home town in regional Victoria, where there is a drought. Boort has a history, both for her mother and further back. The same families have lived in the town for the last century and more.
The Meerkat Wars by H.S. Toshack
You may have a hard time finding H.S. Toshack’s Paka Mdogo stories but, for children seven to 12, it should prove to be a challenge well worth the effort.
The Witch Hunter Chronicles: Army Of The Undead by Stewart Daly
The year is 1666. The hero: Jakob, a teenage member of the Hexenjager, a German military witch and demon hunter organization.
Angel Arias: The Night Creatures Book 2 by Marianne De Pierres
In Angel Arias, the second book in the Night Creatures series, we see a little more about life in Grave, which then-Retra left at the start of Burn Bright.
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Fans of Tamora Pierce’s series featuring Provost Guard Bekka Cooper will meet the third book in the series, Mastiff, with mixed feelings.
The Outcasts by John Flanagan
The Outcasts, which is book one of the Brotherband Chronicles, is a spinoff from John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series.
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
“In the beginning, there were dragons: proud, fierce, and independent. Their scales were like gems, and all who gazed upon them despaired, for their beauty was great and terrible.”
The Wizard of Oz: A Scanimation Book by Rufus Butler Seder
There’s something charmingly nostalgic and convincingly high tech about artist, inventor and filmmaker Rufus Butler Seder’s Scanimation books.
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