Kids & Teen

Wrecking Ball: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (14) by Jeff Kinney

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An unexpected inheritance gives the Heffley family a chance to make major improvements to their home. But they soon find that construction isn't all it's cracked up to be. When things get rough, will the Heffleys be able to stay ... or will they be forced to move?

Jeff Kinney is the #1 USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and a six-time Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. The Meltdown, book 13, was published in October 2018, and was a #1 bestselling book. His latest book, Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid- Rowley Jefferson's Journal, was published in April 2019 and was an instant #1 global bestseller. Jeff has been named one of Timemagazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time's 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in Massachusetts, where they own a bookstore, An Unlikely Story.

ISBN-13 9780143796053
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
224
Available:
5th November 2019
Publisher:
Penguin Australia

Jurassica: A Beginner's Field Guide by Lance Balchin

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Welcome to future Earth.
All wildlife has been replaced by mechanical creatures – developed by humans, but evolving autonomously.
Jurassica were created to provide humans with safety against the increasingly deadly Mechanica that are sweeping the globe,
but the strength and ferocity of these new hybrid dinosaur species pose an unforeseen risk to the whole of humanity.
Welcome to the world of Jurassica.

Lance Balchin grew up in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood and now lives in Brisbane. He holds a Masters in Arts and also recently completed a law degree. Having always enjoyed storytelling, Lance draws on literature, history and science in his writing. Although he spends most of his life in front of a computer, he can be seen most weekends wobbling around the Paddington skateboard park with his 12 year old son Frank.

ISBN-13 9781760685669
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
1st November 2019
Publisher:
Hardie Grant

The Magical Unicorn Society: The Golden Unicorn Secrets and Legend

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The Magical Unicorn Society is the official authority on the secrets and legends behind these elusive creatures. Now, they've opened their doors once again, and invite unicorn lovers to enjoy 8 new enchanting tales featuring the magical unicorn families. Discover the legend of the Golden Unicorn and its escape from icy magic; encounter the mysterious Shadow Night unicorn as it helps stop an audacious robbery in Victorian London; daring tales of Water Moon unicorns and pirates on the high seas; Woodland Flower unicorns and their unlikely appearance in Central Park, New York, as well as the dramatic meeting of all 7 unicorn families, and the appearance of an eighth unicorn type.
As well, discover more of the lore about the unicorns, the workings of the Magical Unicorn Society, and find out which guardian unicorn protects you.

Selwyn E. Phipps is the President of the Magical Unicorn Society. After years travelling the world in search of rare and beautiful unicorns, now he is sharing what he’s learnt about these magical creatures. He’s based in London, the centre of unicorn lore and learning.

Harry and Zanna Goldhawk are a husband and wife illustrating team working from their seaside cottage in Penzance, Cornwall. They take huge inspiration from colour and nature, and split their time between illustrating beautiful books, and designing gorgeous products for their business Papio Press.
Oana Befort, is a Romanian-born graphic artist, freelance illustrator, wife and mother of two based in the Midwest, United States. Her mixed media illustrations are inspired by the natural world, her love of flora and fauna, folk motifs, nostalgia, sunlight and everyday life.

Aitch is inspired by travels, naturalistic illustrations, Naive Art, childhood memories, legends and folklore. She creates colourful watercolour artworks on paper, characters cut out of wood, painted murals and intricate patterns and illustrations for clients all over the world.

Rae Ritchie is an illustrator and pattern surface designer based in Minneapolis, United States. She is inspired by nature, vintage children's books, fables and fairy tales. Clients include Los Angeles Times, Dear Stella Design, Oopsy Daisy, Workman Publishing, Peter Pauper Press, Calypso and The Boston Globe to name just a few.

Jonny Leighton is an editor and writer based in London. He has written middle grade fiction and chapter books for Macmillan US (Disaster Diaries) and Sourcebooks US (Dino Riders), as well as developing fiction series for the UK, US and European markets. He likes writing about brave heroes in imaginative worlds, and the many unicorn families.

Anne Marie Ryan works as an editor and has written children’s fiction under a variety of pen names, including Bella Swift and Rosie Banks. Although born in the United States, she now lives in London with her family and a black cat (sadly lacking any magical powers). When she’s not writing and editing stories, Anne Marie acts in plays, bakes cakes and plays tennis.

ISBN-13 9781789291551
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
128
Available:
1st November 2019
Publisher:
Hardie Grant

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two by Phillip Pullman

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The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.
Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children's authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages. In 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He lives in Oxford.

ISBN-13 9780241373347
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
784
Available:
3rd October 2019
Publisher:
Random House

You Can Change the World by Lucy Bell

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Every day, we see a problem we would like to fix. A piece of rubbish in a green, grassy park. Plastic water bottles buried in the sand at the beach. A garbage bin overflowing onto the street. A skinny, stray dog. A homeless person on a cold day.These problems seem impossible for one person to change. But we can fix them, if we each do our part - one step at a time.
This practical guide is designed to empower kids to make changes in their lives to help make a difference in the world. Filled with information, ideas and activities, and interspersed with features on amazing children around the world.
This book shows kids how to-
Avoid single-use plastics
Throw a plastic-free party
Make a compost bin and reduce waste
Start a herb garden
Grow bee-friendly flowers
Learn about where their food comes from
Be kinder to others, share and donate
Kids are on a mission to make our earth a better, safer, happier place.

Lucy Bell is a book editor and music teacher on a journey to live a more ethical, sustainable and mindful life.
After getting her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney with majors in English and Ancient History, Lucy studied a Master of Publishing. Now she works for a social-purpose publishing house making big differences and helping fund not-for-profits and charities to close the literacy gap.
Lucy grew up on the NSW Central Coast surrounded by four siblings, a cat, two dogs, two sheep, a lizard, lots of guinea pigs and thirteen chickens. She now lives in Sydney and while watering her balcony garden, dreams of one day owning her own country farmhouse.

ISBN-13 9781925700527
Audience:
General
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
224
Available:
17th September 2019
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing

The Adventures of Anders by Gregory Mackay

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Anders, Bernie and Eden are best friends and are always on the lookout for new adventures. In these three exciting stories, discover an unknown comet, explore an extinct volcano and find your way through a castle maze. 'These stories make me wish I was a kid again.'

Gregory Mackay has been making comics since school. He enjoys drawing and watercolour painting. He likes drawing aeroplanes and machines, as well as building models and painting pictures. Both Anders and the Comet and Anders and the Volcano, his first books for children, have also been published in France, and have been shortlisted for the Angouleme Festival, the most prestigious comics awards in Europe, acknowledging the best comics published across the world. Anders and the Comet was also the winner of Australia's Silver Ledger Award, and in 2018 Gregory undertook a six-month Australia Council for the Arts residency at the Keesing Studio at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.

ISBN-13 9781760632076
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
456
Available:
3rd September 2019
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin

Miss Kraken by Nicki Greenberg

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The minute we saw Miss Kraken, we all knew it was going to be a bad year. She's cranky. She's strict. She's just plain ... weird. Miss Kraken is definitely not the teacher the kids were hoping for. But she might have a surprise or two up her sleeves. A hilarious tale of bad behaviour and unexpected consequences.

Nicki Greenberg is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne. Her first picture books, The Digits series, were published when she was fifteen years old. She later spent ten years disguised as a lawyer, while maintaining a not-so-secret Other Life as a comics artist and children's book author. Nicki is the creator of the award-winning 'staged-on-the-page' adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, and of the graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Inspired by her own young children, Nicki has written and illustrated many delightful picture books for younger readers including the Naughtiest Reindeer series, Meerkat Choir, Morris the Mole and Teddy Took the Train. In her Zelda Stitch novels, Nicki has come a step closer to realising her childhood dream of being a witch.

ISBN-13 9781760637743
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
288
Available:
3rd September 2019
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin

A First Time for Everything by Tiffiny Hall and Ed Kavalee

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This is the story of my family - first-time Mum, first-time Dad, and me. I'm a first-time baby. We've never done this before... but I think it's all going smoothly. Sometimes parenthood isn't picture-perfect. But from first nappy change to first words, it's full of love, laughter and unexpected moments.

Tiffiny Hall is an author, expert trainer, journalist, founder of fitness program TIFFXO.com and television personality. Her TV role as a trainer on The Biggest Loser earned her a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Female Talent. She is the author of four health and well-being books, most recently You Beauty (Hardie Grant). Tiff is passionate about creative writing and has published four middle grade novels. She is currently the Director of Training and Fitness for Chris Hemsworth and has helped him to found his fitness app, launched early 2019. Ed Kavalee is an Australian comedian, actor, radio and television host and writer. He is acclaimed for his work on television shows such as the comedy/current affairs show, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Working Dog's improv show, Thank God You're Here, Agony Uncles, and sports and soccer-based entertainment shows with Santo Cilauro and Sam Pang. Ed has worked as a top radio presenter for stations including Triple M, Nova 100 and 2Day FM (Southern Cross Austereo), where he is currently hosting breakfast with Grant Denyer. He has written, directed or co-directed and co-produced two feature films, and has acted in films including Any Questions for Ben? Tiff and Ed live in Melbourne with their young son, Arnold. Anil Tortop was born and raised in Turkey. She moved to Australia in early 2011 and has been trying to get used to the local eight-legged house intruders and slithering visitors to her garden ever since. Anil also works as an animator and character/concept designer, but has been called away from this affair as her relationship with children's books becomes more serious. Nowadays, she lives with her husband in Brisbane. In their small home studio, they're playing 'booksmithing'.

ISBN-13 9781760525002
Audience:
General
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
3rd September 2019
Publisher:
Albert Street Books

Top Koala by Jackie French

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Top is always best to be. And this koala is determined to be at the very top of EVERYTHING. From a mast in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race to the Parliament House flagpole in Canberra, this koala travels around Australia and tops it all! The sequel to the delightfully funny Koala Bare, internationally renowned author Jackie French and talented illustrator Matt Shanks have created another top-notch book.

ISBN-13: 9781460754818
Audience:
Kids
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
18th November 2019
Publisher:
HarperCollins

Funny Kid Kicks Butt by Matt Stanton

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Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen. He's also the one who wants to play Captain Kickbutt in the superhero movie filming in town. He just has to get child-star Spencer Daniels (aka Famous Kid) out of the way first. Max is the funny kid ... and Famous Kid needs to go down. A bodyguard named The Fridge, the greatest school assembly prank ever, a jewellery store robbery and a real superhero called ThunderButt are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure. FUNNY KID is the mega-bestselling series from author-illustrator Matt Stanton that's got everyone laughing!

ISBN-13: 9780733336027
Audience:
Kids
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
256
Available:
25th November 2019
Publisher:
HarperCollins

Claris: Book & Toy Gift Set by Megan Hess

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This gorgeously designed gift set includes a hardback copy of Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris and your very own plush Claris toy!

A delightful rhyming tale about courage, compassion and a stylish little mouse, from acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

Megan Hess is an acclaimed fashion illustrator who works with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world, such as Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Montblanc and Tiffany & Co. She is the official illustrator for Bloomingdales New York, and completed the cover artwork for all of Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s books, as well as a private commission for Michelle Obama, and has collaborated with Gwyneth Paltrow for the ‘Blo’ Blow Dry Bar campaign. Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris is her first children's book.

ISBN-13: 9781760502805
Audience:
Kids
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
48
Available:
1st November 2019
Publisher:
Hardie Grant Egmont

Lonely Planet's Animal Atlas

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Explore the animal kingdom like never before with the Animal Atlas. Unfold maps to reveal animals on every continent and lift the flaps to see their unique habitats. Our world is populated with extraordinary creatures, and you’ll discover how they’ve cleverly adapted through a mix of beautiful illustrations, amazing facts, and life-size animal photos to measure yourself against.

ISBN-13: 9781788682602
Audience:
Children
Format:
Hardback
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
32
Available:
1st November 2019
Publisher:
Lonely Planet

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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