Archives for category: New Releases

That Is Not a Good Idea! is hilarious. Plain and simple. Created by bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems (remember Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus?), his latest picture book is inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies. Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings. The funny details in the full-color illustrations by three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems will bring nonstop laughter to story time.

From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of “A Monster Calls” and the bestselling “Chaos Walking” trilogy comes this enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life, or perhaps afterlife, of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. Seth can remember dying so how is it that he finds himself waking up in the suburban English town where he grew up? A highly original and incredibly page-turning new YA novel.

Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but NO ONE knows it.

Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can’t. She can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.

From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you’ll never, ever forget.

If you enjoyed Wonder by A.J. Palacio, then this new release is sure to resonate. Suitable for ages 9+. There’s a great interview on Draper’s website that I think would work well in a class environment too!


It’s interesting what is deemed appropriate for YA fiction. I fought between hesitancy and intense curiosity when award winning author Lucy Christopher’s The Killing Woods was passed to me by a book rep. Post traumatic stress disorder, peer pressure, sexual provocation and drug use all bundled into a thrilling psychological drama. Are the themes a little unsettling for a parent to read? As one, I might say, yes possibly, but only with my protective coat on. As a reader, I say it’s an absorbing read that I polished off in one indulgent sitting.

Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child?  Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary, the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.

The Killing Woods is out in October.


New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other. This follow-up to the bestselling Every Day showcases David’s trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, and serves as a perfect thematic bookend to David’s YA debut and breakthrough, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. Due for release end August..

From the Hardcover edition

Hey Lego fans, did you hear about the two Canadian high schoolers who launched a Lego Man into the stratosphere? Ok maybe I’m totally slow on the uptake, but all the same it’s a pretty cool story! Well we’ve just received the book that tells the amazing tale.  The book also includes a teachers resource guide, science activities, classroom craft, games and more!

If you could live a different version of your life, would you take the chance? From the award-winning author Margaret Wild, The Vanishing Moment is a spellbinding story placing two young women at the turning point in their lives, and each must choose to accept the life she has, or to leap into one she might yet live. Due for release in September, The Vanishing Moment is a brilliant and bittersweet story of loss and courage, with a surprising twist.

While you wait, why not pick up a copy of One Night,  a tough, yet tender and life-affirming story about four young people on a journey towards love and meaning.

Margaret Wild is one of Australia’s most highly respected and best-loved authors for children and teenagers. Most popular in our bookshop for her picture books, her previous novel Jinx was shortlisted for the CBCA awards and for the Queensland, NSW and Victorian Premier’s Awards. Margaret is the recipient of many awards, including the Nan Chauncy Award.

The Vanishing Moment     One Night

Emmy nominated Disney screenwriter and director Drew Daywalt (apparently he’s into horror films now…eeep!)  has teamed up with everyone’s favourite illustrator Oliver Jeffers to create The Day the Crayons Quit. For anyone who loved The Incredible Book Eating Boy, this will be right up your alley…

Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?

You’ll just have to wait til August to find out….

Our Penguin rep has been harping on about this new title for the past while now. Every week she has a little squeal about it, so I thought it time to take note. With Penguin in the States spending $750,00 on its marketing campaign, clearly there’s merit in its pages. Yes it’s another dystopian, apocalytpic survival tale, but it’s the characters, tone and drama that will have you completely sucked in. Just a few pages in and my goosebumps were on edge. The next Hunger Games? Hmmm only time will tell.

We have just moved house. With that has come two shiny new rooms for the boys. Previously used to sharing we are now entering a whole new domain of ‘personal space’. This week they both procured old cd players which now sit pride of place beside their beds. Sometimes, when life just gets too much for our (almost) six year old, he heads to his bed and has a little rest to gather himself and reflect on his mammoth role in the classroom, on the soccer field, and just generally on earth. There in the comfort of his own zone he’ll pick a favourite audio book to listen to.  For his birthday, I have decided to treat him to a pair of these fun new earphones from Crayola and Griffin. Simply called ‘My Phones‘,  kids can personalise and enjoy their favourite stories (or songs) with the safety of the inbuilt sound control limit. And guess what, they have just arrived instore, blue for boys, pink for girls. I kind of want some for myself now too, but shhh, don’t tell my son…




News just in – sighted on the streets of suburban Hobart. It’s on the ABC, so it MUST be true – dinosaurs have been seen and are causing havoc!!