'Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father.
'When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade - and himself - in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won't just lose Pa - they'll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.' (Publication summary)
'A very Australian story of drought and renewal, of family, of imagination and of the power of hope.
Ella lived in the red-dirt country
where the earth was as dry as old bones
and it hadn't rained
One night, Ella dreamt of the ocean…'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'The night is young and there is hunting to be done. An exciting new addition to the narrative non-fiction series Nature Storybooks, about dingoes.
'Can you see her? There – deep in the stretching shadows – a dingo. Her pointed ears twitch. Her tawny eyes flash in the low-slung sun. Dingo listens. Dusk is a busy time. Dusk is the time for hunting. This lyrical non-fiction picture book is written by award-winning author Claire Saxby and stunningly illustrated by fine artist Tannya Harricks.' (Publication summary)
With Leave Taking.
'Leave taking noun the act of saying goodbye
'What if you had just one week left to say goodbye to everything you’ve ever known?
'Toby and his mum and dad are leaving their family farm after the death of Toby’s younger sister, Leah. Together, they sort through all their belongings and put things aside to sell or throw out. It’s a big task, and Toby doesn’t want to leave the only place he’s called home.
'As his last day on the farm approaches, Toby has a plan – a plan to say goodbye to all the things and places that mean something special to him and Leah, from the machinery shed to Pa’s old truck to the chook house. With the help of his best friend, Trigger the dog, he learns what it means to take your leave.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Sometimes bees get too big to be up in the branches, sometimes they fall and break their bones. This week both happened and Foreman said, 'Tomorrow we'll find two new bees.'
'Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony's mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known, and all Peony's grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe.
'How To Bee is a beautiful and fierce novel for younger readers, and the voice of Peony will stay with you long after you read the last page.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.
'Twelve-year-old Iris has been sent to Spain on a mission: to make sure her elderly and unusual aunt, Ursula, leaves her fortune – and her sprawling estate – to Iris's scheming parents.
'But from the moment Iris arrives at Bosque de Nubes, she realises something isn't quite right. There is an odd feeling around the house, where time moves slowly and Iris's eyes play tricks on her. While outside, in the wild and untamed forest, a mysterious animal moves through the shadows.
'Just what is Aunt Ursula hiding?
'But when Iris discovers a painting named Iris and the Tiger, she sets out to uncover the animal's real identity – putting her life in terrible danger.' (Publication summary)
'Cara has grown up in the shadow of the Wall, in a closed world of food shortages and high security. Her parents are dedicated to their secret work for the government, and it’s only a matter of time before her gifted younger sister, Lilith, follows in their footsteps.
'It’s all Cara has ever known, until she meets siblings Ava and Leon. Bold, adventurous Ava doesn’t care for rules or forbidden territory – but she does care for Cara. Together the three children escape each day to the green and summery world of the canal, a lost paradise that runs through the city. Then one day Ava questions the government’s authority, and Cara makes a choice that she might regret forever.' (Source: Author's website)With Tamsin Janu's Figgy in the World.
'Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in Ghana has that name. The other is that her grandmother is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy can't do much about her name, but she can do something for Grandma Ama. She will go to America and bring back the medicine, and Kwame, her special goat, will go with her. Out in the wide world she will meet some bad people, but she will also find good friends.' (Publication summary)Joint winner with Catherine Norton's Crossing.
'No matter what hour, she lurked looking sour, be it midnight or mid-afternoon. Her dresses were shabby, her mood always crabby. Her name was Miss Annabel Spoon. Life is cursed for the people of the village of Twee.
'The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they've had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea ...' (From the publisher's website.)
'Kerta didn't want to go to Krakatoa.
'He knows that a dark spirit, Orang Aljeh, is there and he is terrified he might wake it. But Kerta is there on the volcano, and the Ghost of Krakatoa has woken up.
'A powerful story of survival and loss based on the real-life events of the Krakatoa eruption in 1883.' (Publisher's blurb)
'You may not know me, but I know you. I am - the WORD SPY.
'Ever since I can remember, I've been listening to, speaking, reading, and yes, spying on words. The time has come for me to share with you some of the many things I have discovered. All you have to do is open this book ... the wonderful world of words awaits!' (Publisher's blurb)
Miki Maekawa anticipates a quiet holiday in the old Japanese fishing fishing village of Furube when she is entrusted with a piece of embroided fabric and an ancient ribbon to take with her on the journey. Miki befriends a pixie, and a teenage boy Shu. She finds herself caught up in a world of ancient magic, a house with a floor that moves like water, a Dark priestess, kolobockles (mythical creatures), poisoned sweets and rare owls.
Running through the novel is the love story of Umon and Kageya set in Furube in 1878. (Source: Books from our Backyard)
'Through a series of recollections, Where in the World tells the compelling story of Ari, an eleven-year-old boy with a gift for music.
'For such a young boy, Ari has already had to face some big issues in his life: emigrating from Germany to Australia with his mother, leaving behind his beloved grandfather, whom he and his mother have lived with since the death of Ari's father in a car accident; developing a relationship with his new stepfather, Jamie; and learning how to deal with his musical talent, the expectations it places on him, and what it will mean for his future. By remembering his early travels around Europe with his mother, and translating his memories of people and places into pieces of music, Ari grows to realise that life is composed of many kinds of journeys - figurative as well as literal - and accepting those journeys is part of finding your place in the world.
'With beautifully drawn characters, this is a gentle and moving book. ' (Publication summary)