Diving in Dumpsters
Bin Chicken by Kate & Jol Temple (ill) Ronojoy Ghosh Diving in dumpsters, traipsing through trash! Rummaging through rubbish, making a splash! ‘Revolting!’ they snort, starting to sicken, ‘Trash Turkey! Dumpster Duck! BIN CHICKEN!’ One bird’s trash is another bird’s treasure-find out why the ibis is the queen of the rubbish pile! A charming rhyming tale of adaptation. ($18, HB)
Respect by Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson (ill) Lisa Kennedy
Our Way is old. Older than the red earth. Older than flickering stars. Our way is respect. Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson, collaborators on Nganga: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words and phrases, have teamed up with artist Lisa Kennedy to deliver an exquisite picture book that reminds kids to respect others and respect ourselves. ($25, HB)
Mr Brown’s Bad Day ($25, HB) by Lou Peacock & Alison Friend Mr Brown is a Very Important Tiger who works in a Very Important Office. He carries a Very Important Briefcase and does Very Important Things all day long. But when his Very Important Briefcase goes missing, Mr Brown’s world is turned upside down. He goes on a VERY wild chase all over town, but will he ever get his briefcase back? And what about the Very Important Things inside? You’ll laugh when you find out!
The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia by Clive Gifford ($20, PB)
Inspire the kids out of lockdown and back on the field! Clive Gifford captures all the drama of the beautiful game—analysing it with dynamic full-spread photos and digital artworks that recreate famous moves & goals. Each chapter includes links to websites, providing a valuable access point to databases of players, international results, all the major tournaments, and club histories.
More than a Kick: Footy, the Photo and Me by Jennifer Castles & Tayla Harris ($20, PB) More reasons to get away from the screens. This is the inspiring story of AFLW star Tayla Harris’ stellar sporting career so far, and her hard-earned advice to young people navigating the ups and downs of social media (the kick!). ‘Tayla is showing young women that you can wear glitzy gowns and rock stilettos, and you can also be a hardcore athlete who sweats and spits and kicks the footy, as well as a total dag in trackydacks with food-stains on your front.’
Climate Rebels by Ben Lerwill ($27, HB)
If sport is not your thing, get out and change the world! Human action over the next decade will totally shape the future of our planet, and our existence. Climate change is happening, now. These 25 hopeful stories include Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai—as well as lesser-known heroes, such as turtle-protector Len Peters, the guardians of the Amazon rainforest, and the poacher patrollers The Black Mambas.
Let’s Get Gardening: Australian Eco-gardening Projects for Children ($25, PL)
Dorling Kindersley offers a great start to building any child’s green thumb & encouraging them to do their bit for the environment. This book includes 3 simple chapters—kitchen gardening, wildlife gardening & recycled gardening—each with easy sustainability projects to inspire everyone’s inner eco-kid. Learn how to grow organic vegetables and herbs, how to attract awesome bees, butterflies and birds to your area, and how to make sustainable garden containers from household waste.
The Bad Guys Episode 11: Dawn of the Underlord by Aaron Blabey
The Bad Guys, I mean, Shadow Squad-Ghave saved the world from butt-handed evil and now its time to party But Mr Snake doesn’t feel like partying. Ohhh, no. He’s too powerful for that—he would rather mess with things that could rip open a doorway into a whole new world of horror, mayhem and… BLOOD-CURDLING BADNESS. Better put your party pants on ice ($15, PB)
Scary Mary and the Stripe Spell: Monty’s Island 1 by Emily Rodda (ill) Lucinda Gifford ($15, PB) A new series from Emily Rodda! On a tiny island far away, in a sea that ripples with magic, Monty never knows what he might find. Monty, Tawny & friends receive some startling news: Scary Mary and her pirate crew are on their way, looking for a new island to call home. What can they do? There’s no way they can hide—especially when Bunchy accidentally turns the whole island stripy with her new magic wand. It’s going to take one of Monty’s best ideas to save them!
8 TO 12
The Book Of Chance by Sue Whiting ($18, PB)
Chance is in Year 7 and thinks she has it all—a loving mother, dog Tiges, best friend & almost-sister next door. But when a reality TV team makes over her house, she discovers newspaper cuttings from the past that cause her to question the world as she knows it and everyone in it. Then she finds herself caught between two realities, identities and worlds—with a very difficult decision to make, which almost splits her in two. This powerful story explores what is true and what is fake in today’s world. And while Chance is all about the truth, she ponders whether ‘Maybe being truthful was really just a big lie’.
Her Perilous Mansion by Sean Williams ($17, PB)
In a strange mansion miles from anywhere, an orphan named Almanac and a 12th daughter named Etta find themselves working—and bickering—in the largely deserted rooms. But soon they realise that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem, and there’s more at stake than just their jobs. Can they solve the puzzle of Her Perilous Mansion before it’s too late? ‘A funny, clever and joyous fantasy for children that zings with action, adventure, mystery & magic, the pages flying past as if by wizardry. Guaranteed to keep young readers hooked to the very last word.’—Kate Forsyth (Impossible Quest series).
Robin Hood by Robert Muchamore ($15, PB)
In Robert Muchamore’s new series you can’t go far without a quick brain and some rule-bending in a place like Locksley. After its vast car plants shut down, the prosperous town has become a wasteland of empty homes, toxic land and families on the brink. And it doesn’t help that the authorities are in the clutches of profit-obsessed Sheriff of Nottingham, in cahoots with underworld boss Guy Gisborne. When his dad is framed for a robbery, Robin & his brother Little John are hounded out of Locksley and must learn to survive in the Sherwood forest, stretching 300 kilometres & sheltering the free spirits & outlaws. But Robin is determined to do more than survive. Small, fast & deadly with a bow, he hatches a plan to join forces with Marion Maid, harness his inimitable tech skills & strike a blow against Gisborne and the Sheriff.
Aurora Burning:The Aurora Cycle 2 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ($20, PB)
An ancient evil is about to be unleashed, but Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. First though, they have to deal with a clan of gremps, a cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, and Kal’s long-lost sister, who has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted. When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them—but time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.
Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley ($20, PB)
‘I’m Peta Lyre,’ I mumble. Look people in the eye if you can, at least when you greet them. I try, but it’s hard when she is smiling so big, and leaning in. Peta Lyre is far from typical. The world she lives in isn’t designed for the way her mind works, but when she follows her therapist’s rules for ‘normal’ behaviour, she can almost fit in without attracting attention. When a new girl, Sam, starts at school, Peta’s carefully structured routines start to crack. But on the school ski trip, with romance blooming and a newfound confidence, she starts to wonder if maybe she can have a normal life after all. When things fall apart, Peta must decide whether all the old rules still matter. Does she want a life less ordinary, or should she keep her rating normal? ‘I loved tuning into Peta’s world.’ – Emily Gale
Bluey Big BackyardColouring book ($6, PB) Great fun to be had giving 6 year old blue heeler pup Bluey colour to his big backyard world—inside or outside the lines!
How Cities Work Activity Book
Design your own futuristic building, untangle the cyclists, spot the missing spanners at the building site, use stickers to fill the zoo with animals and much more in this jam packed activity book. ($13, PB)
Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machines Kit
Renowned paper artist Andrew Dewar presents replicas of 13 of Leonardo’s most famous aviation inventions. The kit includes: Pre-cut paper pieces; A full-colour 64-page book with step-by-step instructions for assembling the models; A pre-assembled rubber band slingshot launcher to launch the planes into the sky ($23, BX)