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Just a reminder about the Aussie Nibbles ,Aussie Bites and Aussie Chomps series of books we have in our library. These short chapter books are very popular books, written by Australian authors. Aussie Nibbles are for beginning readers.
Aussie Bites have a wider range, from 7– 10 year olds.
Aussie Chomps are a little longer and a bit more difficult, for 8 – 12 year olds.
Another similar series also with appealing illustrations and short chapters is Solos which has a text even simpler than the Aussie Nibbles.
A series called Mates has coloured illustrations, lively stories and an Australian feel and is about the reading level of Nibbles.
All the series are great fun to read and give children confidence in their reading and in their ability to tackle chapter books.
We have book boxes of these series available in the library….so come and ask us where they are!
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A new YA Series by Gabrielle Lord.


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Gabrielle Lord is an Australian writer who has been described as Australia’s first lady of crime.

Currently, she’s working on a new YA Trilogy “48 Hours’ in which two teen investigators crack three different crimes.


The Vanishing (48 Hours #1)   Book 1 in the 48 Hours Trilogy by Gabrielle Lord…. The Vanishing ( in our library now).

One kidnapping. One cold case. Two amateur investigators. Only 48 hours to solve the crime …Jazz’s best friend Anika has been kidnapped! She can’t call the cops, so Jazz forges a shaky truce with her brilliant nemesis, Phoenix, to help her investigate. Together, they uncover clues and crime scene evidence. Sneaking into a forensic lab, they test DNA, fingerprints and more, to piece the clues together. The results are shocking. Could it really lead to a twenty-year-old murder case? In a race against time, Jazz and Phoenix only have 48 HOURS to collect the evidence, profile the kidnapper and find their schoolmate’s location, or Anika will die. The clock is ticking …

Image result for 48 hours book 2 gabrielle lord  Book 2  in the 48 hours Trilogy by Gabrielle Lord……The Medusa Curse ( in our library now).

Vicious thieves smash a cursed Medusa statue and steal the supercomputer Sapphire in a terrifying museum raid. Jazz and Phoenix are first on the scene and they soon find themselves in the midst of a dangerous mystery.

Their friend and museum owner, Dr Zhang, is the prime suspect, but he is nowhere to be found. Determined to prove him innocent and find Sapphire, Jazz and Phoenix have just 48 hours to follow the trail of evidence before it goes cold. Will the amateur investigators discover that a centuries-old curse has struck again, or is something even more sinister going on?

The clock is ticking…

Book 3 in the 48 Hours Trilogy by Gabrielle Lord…. Crocodile Heist  ( coming Soon).


Gabrielle Lord is the author of the popular series “Conspiracy 365” , for ages 9+ , which is also available in our library.

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Something a little different from Emily Rodda…….shortlisted 2018

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Emily Rodda is an Australian children’s book author, best-known for the Deltora Quest, Rowan of Rin and Rondo series.

We have her latest book in our library now “The Shop at Hooper’s Bend” which has been short-listed by The Children’s book Council of Australia this year.

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From one of Australia’s most renowned children’s authors, this is a story about coming home when you didn’t even know that was where you belonged.

When Quil Medway gets on the train, she thinks she knows where and how her journey will end. At camp. With another school holiday spent surrounded by people, but feeling alone.

Quil doesn’t know how wrong she is. She doesn’t know anything about the shop at Hoopers Bend. Or a bitter, prickly woman called Bailey. Or a littleblack and white dog who at this very moment is chewing through a rope so he’ll be free to answer a call that only he can hear.

She doesn’t know about the magic.

But it won’t be long now …

For ages 9+

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A princess who wears black ?


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Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret — she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.


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For young readers just starting out with chapter books.

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Pippa’s Island by Belinda Murrell

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A new series about about friendships, family and seaside adventures on a gorgeous tropical island.

Pippa’s Island, is about a girl called Pippa, who moves with her family from London, to a small tropical island on the other side of the world. She has to leave her home, her school and all her friends behind her, which is really tough. Her arrival causes ripples at Kira Island Primary School – but Pippa soon starts to make friends with eco-warrior Meg, boho-chick Charlie, and fashionista and cupcake baker Cici. The gang of best friends, form a secret club, who meet after school in a round tower on top of a boat-house.


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For ages 8+

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RSPCA Animal Rescue Pets Series

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Do you love animals?

These books are the perfect read for animal-lovers, based on actual RSPCA animal rescues.

The RSPCA ( Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is an organisation that rescues, looks after and rehomes hundreds of thousands of animals each year.

We have this series of books in our library.


RSPCA Animal Rescue Pets 10 Children's Books Collection Set

Suitable for ages 7+ 


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An Aussie adventurer…..now author

On May 15, 2010, after 210 days at sea and more than 22,000 nautical miles, 16-year-old Jessica Watson sailed her 34-foot boat triumphantly back to land. She had done it. She was the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted, and nonstop around the world.

Told in Jessica’s own words, True Spirit is the story of her epic voyage. It tells how a young girl, once afraid of everything, decided to test herself on an extraordinary adventure that included gale-force winds, mountainous waves, hazardous icebergs, and extreme loneliness on a vast sea, with no land in sight and no help close at hand. True Spirit is an inspiring story of risk, guts, determination, and achievement that ultimately proves we all have the power to live our dreams — no matter how big or small.

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We have had Jessica Watson’s autobiography in our library for quite a while. It’s a fascinating true story!

We now have a Fiction book for young adolescents ,written by Jessica called “Indigo Blue” available in our library.

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Alex feels like a fish out of water in her new hometown – the sleepy little lakeside village of Boreen Point where she is reluctantly sent to live with her slightly eccentric aunt for her final year of high school. None of Alex’s classmates could care less about the new girl, so Alex couldn’t care less about them . . . or so she tries to tell herself.

As a distraction from what is quickly shaping up to be a very lonely year, Alex spends her savings on a rundown little yacht and throws herself into restoring it. An offer to help a shy classmate with a history assignment leads to a curious discovery and the beginnings of a friendship, but it’s Sam – the sailmaker’s apprentice – and his mysterious ways that really capture Alex’s attention . . . and force her to question what is real and what matters most.

Available in our library now.

For High School readers.


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New to our library…….Choose your own destiny.

Choose your own destiny and step into the shoes of an Irish girl making her way from London to Australia in 1825 in this exciting interactive series.

To find freedom, you must leave behind everything you’ve ever known.

It is 1825. You and Ma have survived on the streets of London ever since the soldiers took Da away and you fled Ireland. Now, with Ma gone too, you find yourself facing life-and-death choices at every turn.

Can you carry a secret treasure across the ocean and finally be reunited with Da? You’ll be asked to betray your friends, survive storms at sea and attacks by bushrangers, and trust thieves.

At every turn, the choice is yours. How far will you go for freedom?

Break Your Chains , a new book in our library from the Freedom Finders Series by Emily Conolan.
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Introducing Kensy and Max

What would you do if you woke up in a strange place? If your whole life changed in the blink of an eye and you had no idea what was going on?

Twins Kensy and Max Grey’s lives are turned upside down when they are whisked off to London, and discover their parents are missing. As the situation unfolds, so many things don’t add up: their strange new school, the bizarre grannies on their street, the coded messages they keep finding and the feeling that, all around them, adults are keeping secrets . . .

Things can never go back to the way they were, but the twins are determined to uncover the truth!

Breaking News is the first book in a new series by author Jacqueline Harvey. It’s described as an action-packed spy adventure for boys and girls. In our library now.

Disappearing Act ,Book 2 will be available in September this year.

After discovering a life-changing secret, our favourite 11-year-old twins Kensy and Max Grey are adjusting to their new life in England. There’ll be more twists and turns, a new villain, spy training and even a dash to Rome to save the day!

For ages 8 +

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2018 Shortlisted Books CBCA- Illustrator


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