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Hour of the Bees

Hour of the Bees By Lindsay Eagar Walker Books Paperback $18.99 Carol is mad that she has to spend the summer on her grandfather Serge’s derelict Mexican ranch. Serge reputedly has dementia and the family is there to pack up and move him to a rest home. Carol is plagued with bees that no one […]


George By Alex Gino Scholastic Hardback $36.99 Everyone thinks George is a boy, but she knows that really she is a girl. When the class reads Charlotte’s Web and plan to perform it as a play, George desperately wants to be Charlotte, but is told that a boy cannot play that part. After George bravely […]

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 […]


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 […]


Magrit By Lee Battersby Walker Books, $22.99 Magrit is nearly 10. She lives in an abandoned cemetery and her only friend and advisor is Master Puppet, a skeletal creature she built who sits overlooking the graveyard. When a baby is dropped in the graveyard Magrit cares for him, but what will happen when he wants […]

Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Nightingale By Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press $22.99 Ten-year-old Raymie’s father has run off with a dental hygienist, but she has a plan to lure him back – become Little Miss Central Florida Tire and when her father sees her photo in the paper he’ll return. In preparation, she and two friends are learning to […]

What Dog Knows

What Dog Knows By Sylvia Vanden Heede & Inge Bergh Illustrations: Marije Tolman Gecko Press, $19.99 Respectable Dog and his unruly cousin Wolf are back! As well as the hilarious interactions, Dog and Wolf also bring us knowledge. Dog knows lots about knights, dragons, dinosaurs, skeletons, robots and so much more. Wolf has some wild […]