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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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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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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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CBCA What is it?


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In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote books of high literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia.

Their aim is to promote quality Australian literature for children.

This year, judges considered 444 books from a variety of Australian authors and illustrators.

The categories are:

CBCA Book of the Year : Older Readers

CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers    

CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood

CBCA Book of the Year: Picture Book of the Year.                                

CBCA Book of the Year : The Eve Pownall Award                                      


Over the next week, I will share the books that made the Shortlist this year in each category.

The winners will be announced on Friday 17th August.

There will also be an award for new illustrators called “The Crichton Award” announced at this time.

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A new series from the author of “Exploding Endings”….Tim Harris

Book 1 in a new series by Tim Harris….Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables.

When Mr Bambuckle arrives, laughs, thrills, silliness
and imagination are guaranteed to follow!
He’s the only person who isn’t afraid of Canteen Carol.
I heard he swam in piranha-infested waters in the
He lets us use our phones in class!
Is his spark-maker beetle really that dangerous?
I heard he drank yak’s milk in Mongolia.
My mum says he used to be in the circus.
He’s the only teacher who cooks us breakfast.
The class in Room 12B has a new teacher, and
nothing is ever going to be the same . . .

Book 2  is now available in our library…………..Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables Fight Back!

I wish Mr Bambuckle would come back.
Who will cook us breakfast now?
Miss Frost gave me detention just for answering a question.
Mr Bambuckle said I’m about to discover magic – but how?
There are some pretty strange things going on.
It’s almost as if Mr Bambuckle could hear us . . .

Miss Frost says discipline is the new order, but not if the class in room 12B has anything to do with it . . .



Tim Harris taught as a Primary School Teacher for 15 years and understands what kids like to read. These stories are very funny….why not give one a try ?


For ages 8+

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Book Tasting Cafe

Weeks 6 & 7 were great weeks in the Library for Years 5 & 6!

The students were involved in a “Book Tasting” at our Carey Cafe.

What is a Book Tasting?

Our primary classroom in the Library was set up as a Cafe with checked tablecloths, placemats, relaxing music and platters of books.

There were 11 Genre “Tasting Tables”.

Over a two week period, students were given 5 minutes at each Genre Table to “taste” the books on their platter and to keep a running record of any books they might be interested in reading in the future.

This was a great opportunity for students to become familiar with a wide variety of books that are in our library.

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Students now have quite substantial future reading lists and many students discovered that they quite liked some books in Genres they didn’t think they’d be interested in.

Overall, it was a fun two weeks and a great success!

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