Kids & Teen

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

9781925773910.jpg

When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can't understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She'd always imagined she would end up with Zach one day-in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed and nothing is quite making sense.
Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.
It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender, funny and joyful novel about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters-from an exciting new voice in Australian YA writing.

 Nina Kenwood is the marketing manager at Readings bookshop in Melbourne. She has worked in the book industry for ten years, but has been writing, secretly, for much longer. It Sounded Better in My Head is her first novel.

ISBN-13 9781408889343
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
288
Available:
6th August 2019
Publisher:
Text Publishing

Noodle Bear by Mark Gravas

Uw2IbN1J9oOI8DWFOPWQ2ljPBJA6NLbV1Nk25H92cwbkAQ``.jpeg

Noodle-eating fame is all very well, but there's no place like home.
Noodle Bear is crazy about noodles. His best friend, Fox, brings him other delicious treats when he's a no-show at her party but he's so noodle obsessed that doesn't he notice them. And when he's run out of noodles, his only thought is to go to the big city and become a contestant on the TV game show, "Noodle Knockout". Of course, he becomes a surprise star with more noodles than he can eat. But no amount of noodles and fame can fill the empty space where home and friends should be.

ISBN-13 9781408889343
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Available:
1st August 2019
Publisher:
Walker Books

The Pigeon HAS To Go To School! by Mo Willems

3actr2mvBpwuLkp-xuZ8qZdrrJps32ICVD-qv6T2JNnuXQ``.jpeg

Mo Willems' Pigeon is BACK in a hilarious story perfect for those about to start school or nursery.

The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go?

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! Well ... almost everything. And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? I mean, what if he learns TOO MUCH!?!

ISBN-13 9781406389012
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Available:
1st August 2019
Publisher:
Walker Books

Puppy Diary #1: The Great Toy Rescue by Yvette Poshoglian

PWGNyNDNo8G0yqooxoc1SF6_fpmOeYdMuTbi380wn-E2Iw``.jpeg

Hi! Im Archie! Im a Schnoodle puppy and I love writing all about my PAWESOME adventures in my diary! Read all about my puppy pals at doggie daycare and all the adventures we go on together! Archie is going to his first day of doggie daycare. He meets a whole gang of new friends and loves playing in the garden. But Archies most favourite toy, Foxy, goes missing! In fact, all his friends toys have gone missing too! Can Archie help his puppy friends find the missing toys?

ISBN-13 9781760662936
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages
: 96
Available:
1st July 2019
Publisher:
Scholastic Australia

Into The Wild: Wolf Girl 1 by Anh Do

sNta1qCkX-xutbcbpfld3gzwPeNbh5-XiXBPh15Qc4fAXg``.jpeg

I crawled onto the bank and collapsed, exhausted. From the dirt, I looked up in amazement at four dogs staring down at me. Was I dreaming? Had I gone mad? It all seemed very real. 'You guys saved me!' I said, as I sat up in my dripping clothes. 'I owe you.' When disaster separates Gwen from her family, she must fend for herself, all alone in the wilderness. Luckily, she's not alone for long... When a wolf puppy, a Labrador, a Chihuahua, and a greyhound want to make friends, Gwen discovers talents she didn't know she possessed. It will take all her new skills and strength just to survive. Does Gwen have what it takes to be leader of the pack?

Anh Do is one of Australia's best-loved and bestselling writers for children. He is also an artist, an entrepreneur, a comedian, an actor, a TV personality, a producer and sought-after speaker. In 2010 he released The Happiest Refugee, his enormously popular memoir detailing his journey from war-torn Vietnam to Australia. In 2016 he created Anh's Brush with Fame for the ABC, in which he interviews a celebrity while painting their portrait. He has twice been nominated for the Archibald Prize, and took out the People's Choice award 2017. His junior fiction series WeirDo, Hotdog! and Ninja Kid are adored by millions of kids around the country. And in his amazing new series Wolf Girl, Anh brings his talent for breakneck plots and brilliant characters to a slightly older audience .

ISBN-13 9781760525095
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
224
Available:
1st July 2019
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin Children

Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts by Lonely Planet Kids

mnr1oiefFArMkNLee8m5NPSPasrnsCNOpI_Ov5w9LYTTjw``.jpeg

If you believe that all you need to fight an evil bloodthirsty fiend is garlic or holy water, think again. What you need is to keep a cool head and reach for your copy of Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts!
Have you heard of the headless man roaming Edinburgh Castle? Or the mysterious girl who asks for a ride to the cemetery and then disappears into the night? What about orcs, trolls, gremlins, krakens, bunyips and the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who?
Join famous monster hunter Van Helsing on a trip around the globe to find haunted castles, restless spirits, terrifying dragons, wicked witches, and more. Learn the defining characteristics of each beast, where it can be found and – most importantly – how to defeat it.
Organised by continent for easy monster-tracking, Lonely Planet Kids’ Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts gives you the lowdown on the world’s most famous ghosts and mythological creatures, each brought to life by Laura Brenlla’s beautiful illustrations. 

Lonely Planet Kids – an imprint of the world’s leading travel authority Lonely Planet – published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travellers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids educates and encourages young readers at home and in school to learn about the world with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. We want to inspire the next generation of global citizens and help kids and their parents to approach life in a way that makes every day an adventure. Come explore!

ISBN-13 9781408889343
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
96
Available:
1st July 2019
Publisher:
Lonely Planet Kids

Funny Kid Slapstick (Funny Kid, Book 5) by Matt Stanton

funny-kid-slapstick-funny-kid-book-5.jpeg

Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. Only now he's been forced to join the local ice-hockey team, and there's nothing funny about slipping over and getting a frozen bum. Or is there? Max is the funny kid ... and this time he's skating on thin ice! Epic fails, a wrestling rhinoceros called Roxanne, fake news, locker rooms filled with popcorn and the dreaded return of Mr Armstrong are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure.

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children's author and illustrator, with more than half a million books sold. He is the co-creator of several bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits There Is a Monster Under My Bed Who Fartsand This Is a Ball. He launched his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid, in 2017. The first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, debuted as the #1 Australian kids' book, and Funny Kid is fast winning legions of fans around the world. He lives in Sydney with his wife, bestselling picture book creator Beck Stanton, and their three young children. 

ISBN-13 9780733339486
ISBN-10
0733339484
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
320
Available:
17th June 2019
Publisher:
ABC Books

Sick Bay by Nova Weetman

9780702260322.jpg

Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay. Meg is a loner. Grieving over the death of her father, and struggling with changes at home, she wears slippers to school and hides out in sick bay to avoid other kids. New girl Riley, is a Type 1 diabetic and already popular. She doesn't want to go to sick bay, but sometimes she has to if she's having a high or a low. As Meg and Riley are forced to spend more and more time together in the cramped sick bay room, they start to uncover each other's secrets and find the courage to be who they really are.

Nova Weetman lives in Melbourne with her partner and two children. She has written for film and TV, including the children's series Backyard ScienceH20 and Pixel Pinkie. Nova has written three middle-grade books in the Choose Your Own Ever After series, and three young adult novels, including Everything is Changed, a 2017 CBCA Notable Book. Her middle-grade novel The Secrets We Keep was shortlisted for the Readings Children's Book Prize, the Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year Awards and the ABIA Awards, and was a 2017 CBCA Notable Book, winner of the KROC Award for Best Fiction for Years 7-9 and Honour Book in the 2018 KOALA Awards. Her second book in this series, The Secrets We Share was a 2018 CBCA Notable Book.

ISBN-13 9780702260322
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Available:
4th June 2019
Publisher:
University of Queensland Press

Dolly Parton (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

6TgxDcEcSbSav1qExSvllCP7LOaR6dPo8iR-ybJW0GbYBQ``.jpeg

Little Dolly grew up in Tennessee in a family "as poor as dirt." She started performing at an early age, singing on local radio and television. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville to pursue her singing dreams. Her managers wanted her to sing pop, but she followed her heart to sing and write country songs. Her heart was right-Dolly became a musical superstar, but she never forgot where she came from. She now uses her wealth to give back to people, children, and animals in need. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the singer's life. Little People, Big Dreams is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

 ISABEL SANCHEZ VERGARA, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.

ISBN-13 9781786037596
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
1st June 2019
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's

Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

V5axLC3I8PLXCy_GAKqJQ3wShaGi_4PmVhFoz0jhhKxMxw``.jpeg

Age range 10+ The highly-anticipated junior version of Bruce Pascoe’s multi award-winning book. Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived - a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu - A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.

ISBN-13 9781925360844
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
80
Available:
1st June 2019
Publisher:
Magabala Books

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

O.jpg

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly, full-colour, early graphic novel series featuring three short stories and a super fun ocean fact page – and joke page too

ISBN-13 9781405295307
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
64
Available:
1st June 2019
Publisher:
Hardie Grant

Gandhi (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

x9KOwcCz6D6CP8fLD-L9nCG9lZhqSCB-nBKbFdjhzcJvPQ``.jpeg

As a young teenager in India, Gandhi led a rebellious life and went against his parents' values. But as a young man, he started to form beliefs of his own that harked back to the Hindu principles of his childhood. Gandhi began to dream of unity for all peoples and religions. Inspired by this idea, he led peaceful protests to free India from British rule and unite the country- ending violence and unfair treatment. His bravery and free-thinking made him one of the most iconic people of peace in the world, known as 'Mahatma' meaning 'great soul'. With innovative illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful people of the world.

Isabel Sanchez Vegara was born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.

ISBN-13 9781786033345
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
6th May 2019
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's

David Bowie (Little People Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

H7YscBvITL_qFn9_GQYDP1WMbMxgz5nwpmm5UPh4USBG9g``.jpeg

As a child, young David had a head full of songs and ideas. He was inspired by the pop and mod scenes in Britain to pick up the saxophone. After earning his stripes in some of the coolest bands in London, David splashed onto the solo scene. His songwriting talent and musical skill made him one of rock and roll's all-time greatest artists. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the musician's life. Little People, Big Dreams is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, Big Dreams!

Isabel Sanchez Vergara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children's books. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture. 

ISBN-13 9781786038036
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
6th May 2019
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's

My Friend Fred by Frances Watts

6iq2nfZoEgqP1stJ0-aqVGcP2L_tqFXQ4978VaqlzZpNpQ``.jpeg

My friend Fred eats dog food for breakfast. I think dog food is disgusting. My friend Fred howls at the moon. I don't know why. He does a lot of funny things. But even though we are different, Fred is my best friend.

Frances Watts is an award-winning author of more than 25 books for children. Her first picture book, Kisses for Daddy, illustrated by David Legge, was a Children's Book Council of Australia Honour Book and has been published in 20 languages. Her next book with David Legge, Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books, was a CBCA Book of the Year and Goodnight, Mice!, illustrated by Judy Watson, won the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Frances lives in Sydney, Australia. 

ISBN-13 9781760290948
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
24
Available:
6th Mayl 2019
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin

Fabio the Flamingo Detective 2 by Laura James

In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world' s greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. ' s not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And ' s very, very clever.
It's the height of summer and Fabio and his associate Gilbert are taking a relaxing holiday journey on the fastest train in the world! But no sooner does the conductor call 'all aboard' than a very expensive ruby necklace disappears and the great detective is back on the case! The second book in the hilarious illustrated mystery series by the author of Captain Pug

Laura James' s love of storytelling began at an early age and led her to undertake a degree in Film Studies and an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Laur' s debut novel Captain Pug was shortlisted for the Waterstones Childre' s Book Prize in 2017. Laura lives near Bath with her two dachshunds, Brian and Florence. 

Emily Fox is a Bristol-based illustrator who graduated from Falmouth University. She loves to experiment with colour, funny stories and animals, which means that Fabio is the perfect project for her!

ISBN-13 9781408889343
ISBN-10
140888934X
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
128
Available:
6th May 2019
Publisher:
Bloomsbury

The Day I was Erased by Lisa Thompson

0TumlJ9-Yqi2YXmlECx2nWo2jRbjDn29IebbLW9KDey5Xg``.jpeg

Eleven-year-old Maxwell is always, always in trouble. Roaming the town with his beloved pet dog Monster (who he rescued as a puppy from being run over) as a way to escape his parents' constant sniping at home, he's a menace to the neighbours and teachers at school. While visiting an elderly neighbour, Maxwell comes across a mysterious cabinet of curiosities and suddenly finds himself erased from his life: it's as if he's never existed. Able to walk around anonymously might be great at firstno-one is yelling at him!but he soon realises that he misses his old life and, crucially, if he had never existed, then he wouldn't have swooped in and stopped Monster the dog from being hit by that car... Maxwell needs to find a way to reverse his erasure, with the help of his best friend Charlie and his sister Bex.

ISBN-13 9781407185125
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
360
Available:
1st May 2019
Publisher:
Scholastic UK

The Bad Guys Episode 9: The Big Bad Wolf by Aaron Blabey

51c-IywpoB2_z22e59GBJmdyoNlv1QpGcXln6EV_2Paq-A``.jpeg

 THE SKY GOES DARK. THE CITY TREMBLES. THE SCREAMS BEGIN. ...and everyones favourite Wolf has a LOT of explaining to do. Big? Yep. Bad? You betcha. Unmissable? YESSSSSSSSSSS. But seriously, will someone tell those whiny Three Little Pig dudes to stop saying 'We told you so'? Get under a table and put on a sensible helmetthis is BAD GUYS EPISODE 9!

ISBN-13 9781742993737
ISBN-10
1742993737
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
144
Available:
1st May 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press

Who Am I?: A Peek-Through-Pages Book of Endangered Animals by Tim Flach

ImageHandler (2).jpg

I may be a very big cat, but you won’t hear me meow. My roar can be heard from miles away. Who Am I?

In Who Am I? we meet 12 endangered animals. Read each clue, then try to guess which animal is peeking through the page. From cold polar seas to tropical rainforests, learn about the animals that need our help to survive.

Tim Flach is a photographer best known for his portraits of animals and for the originality that he brings to capturing animal behaviour. In recognition of his work, he has received numerous awards, and his photographs are showcased in books, exhibitions, and galleries around the world. Tim has photographed some of the most threatened species on earth to create the images for his Endangered series. He believes that community-based conservation and enhancing feelings of kinship between humans and animals are important factors in saving some of our most threatened species.

ISBN-13 9781760760359
ISBN-10
1760760358
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
48
Available:
1st May 2019
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson

Happy Birthday Wombat by Jackie French

happy-birthday-wombat.jpeg

She eats, she sleeps, she scratches. But today it's Mothball's birthday and it's time to celebrate! Created by author Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Happy Birthday Wombat is a very funny picture book about enjoying a special day - as seen through the eyes of the world's most famous wombat.

ISBN-13 9781460751596
ISBN-10
1460751590
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
15th April 2019
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Australia