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Crenshaw By Katherine Applegate Harper Collins $16.99 Crenshaw is a giant cat who wears a baseball cap and takes bubble baths. But the only person who can see him is 10-year-old Jackson, and maybe his dog Aretha. Jackson’s family is going through hard times; they’ve been homeless before and maybe it’s going to happen again. […]

The Bold Ship Phenomenal

The Bold Ship Phenomenal By Sarah Johnson Illustrations Deborah Hinde Flat Bed Press, $20 Life is dull for Malachi (11) after his mother’s death: Dad just stays at home being boring. Things change after Malachi finds a ship in a bottle. News about an eco-protest prompts Malachi to see for himself, stowing away on a […]

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle

By Kate De Goldi Longacre Paperback $30 From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle: Barney (13) and his younger sister Ren love to make movies. Barney is the creative genius and Ren the organising list-maker. Their new project tells the story of the street where they live, documentary style. The cast are their quirky assortment […]

The Prankster and the Ghost

By R L Stedman Waverley Productions Paperback $21.99 The Prankster and the Ghost: If you like practical jokes, you will probably enjoy this story. There is sadness too – Tayla’s family is in an accident: his father is killed, and mother unconscious. Tayla finds himself looking down on his damaged body and goes on a […]

Wolf Wilder

By Katherine Rundell Illustrated by Gelrev Ongbico Bloomsbury Paperback $18 Wolf Wilder: This book is a wild adventure set in the icy Russian woods. Feo and her mother teach wolves to survive in the wild. When the brutal Russian Army puts her mother in gaol and burns their home, Feo must take the wolves and […]

El Deafo

El Deafo By Cece Bell Turtleback Books Hardback $30.95 This is the author’s own story of growing up deaf from the age of three. Her experience is illustrated through speech bubbles that fade or contain incomprehensible babble, until she is equipped with the phonic ear: cumbersome and unattractive, but enabling her at last to hear. […]


By Kim Slater Macmillan Paperback $18 Kieran is a strange boy who narrates his story as he bravely tries to solve the many mysteries in his life, starting with a local crime – a homeless man dead in the river. He keeps a special sketchbook where he takes notes and draws the various scenes and […]