Diary style books have long been a hit with middle-grade readers and Louie Stowell unleashes a Thor sized hammer that will smash the competition to smithereens. So you better get the needle and thread ready because sides are about to be split; this is riotously entertaining, immensely enjoyable and is the funniest book I have read for a while.
Loki. God of lies, greatest trickster of them all, king of insults and master manipulator, has gone too far this time. After one prank too many, Odin has banished him to Earth in the guise of an eleven-year-old boy to learn some morals and hopefully return to Asgard a new and improved Loki. He has one month to do tedious and virtuous things to improve and better himself or be condemned to eternal torture - snakes and all. Banned from using his godly powers and with Thor tagging along and making him look bad, can Loki redeem himself and prove even a bad God can be good…
Offering entertainment, a valuable message, and with its clever and engaging development of a life skill, Take a Breath is sure to be a valuable book to have both in the classroom and at home. Relaxation and mindfulness has never been so much fun!
Every morning, the birds go out for their first flight of the day. All except Bob. Whilst his feathered friends are up, up, up and away, he is down, down, down on the ground tending to the grass and plants and conversing with worms and tortoises. His friend Crow thinks he just needs to, ‘Take a breath.’ Bob is obviously taking lots of breaths but there’s breathing and then there’s B-R-E-A-T-H-I-N-G. Will Crow be the answer to Bob’s ruffled feathers or will Bob be grounded forever…
I love a good superhero story and I think I may have just discovered my new favourite band of evil-defeating heroes. Move over Avengers, Incredibles and Supertato, the Zooperheroes are in town.
The Zooperheroes do what they can to keep Zoopertown safe. No job is too big or too small and and it is time for their most important mission yet. All the food in Zoopertown has disappeared, including Mayor Go-Go Gorilla’s birthday picnic and his extra-crummy giant banana birthday cake. It’s Zoom-Zoom Zebra, Zip-Zap Giraffe, Crash-Bang Koala, Snap-Crack Croc and X-Ray Rabbit to the rescue but can they solve the the mystery of the missing munchies…
Backyards don’t just build themselves you know. There’s plenty of work that needs to be done so pop on your overalls, grab your gloves, don’t forget that hard hat, start the digger and let’s build a backyard…
Written by real-life engineer and CBCA notable author, Mike Lucas, Let’s Build a Backyard is the companion read to Let’s Build a House. It is a fun-filled look at everything it takes to build a backyard from spreading the soil to building fences, caring for trees to creating homes for animals, laying turf to Installing sprinklers, sowing seeds to fitting a pond.
Worn out from a busy day of foraging and playing, and with darkness descending, Moose has returned to his glade. It isn’t long until he drifts off to sleep but a peaceful night of slumber is abruptly halted by a terrible fright. But what is the cause of Moose’s knocking knees, bulging eyes and prickly skin? Could it be a bear, an owl, a wolf or is something else to blame…
Under the Moonlight is a gorgeous and reassuring read that will bring plenty of comfort to children who can find the dark frightening. It is only natural to be nervous of the unknown, especially those unexplained noises in the middle of the night. Even a big Moose, with tough looking antlers, has his worries and his experience is sure to resonate with young readers who may be a little scared of the dark.
CSIRO Publishing are experts in producing top-rate and intriguing non-fiction books that prompt curiosity and wonder about the natural world. The Voyage of Whale and Calf splashes into junior non-fiction in the way that only a breaching humpback whale can do.
In the moonlight shallows of the coral reef, a female humpback whale prepares to give birth. She has been pregnant for almost an entire year and in that time she has swam all the way to Antarctica, part of an incredible yearly migration. With her calf by her side, she will complete this journey again in search of rich feeding grounds. There will be dangers but together they are strong and soon it will be time for Calf to swim alone and to begin their own journey in the world…
Welcome back to Horror Heights, your typical suburban neighbourhood where kids go to school, families share pizzas on a Friday night and dog mess lies on the streets waiting to be trodden in. But don’t be fooled by the presentation of everyday normality, Horror Heights is home to all things weird and some very sinister things happen behind closed doors.
Ryan is obsessed with live-streaming and harbours ambitions of being the next big social media star like his favourite influencer Grimmf. He cannot believe his luck when Grimmf offers to switch lives with him. It’s a no brainer and with one click Ryan is pulled into the laptop.
Eloise Williams is another fabulous addition to Barrington Stoke’s bulging stable of fantastic authors.
The funeral parlour in the harbour-side town of Carregton Crow has been run by the Jones family for as long as anyone can remember. Morwenna and her father are responsible for taking the dead to their final resting place on the island graveyard close to the mainland. Like many a seaside town, rumours are aplenty, none more so than the legendary tide singers whose power to conjure up storms and choppy seas has been blamed for the sinking of many a ship and the loss of countless lives.
Stevie Louise and friends return in the second book in Tanya Hennessy’s hilarious Stevie Louiseseries. And this time there is plenty of drama in store as the future of their amateur production company - Lunchbox Productions - hangs by a thread.
Stevie Louise and the rest of the kids on Brooke Street love to perform. But costumes, sets and cool props cost money and with the kids hard-up for cash it looks like the performing days of Lunchbox Productions are rapidly coming to an end. News of a talent competition at the local shopping centre and a cool prize of $1,000 is just the boost the gang needs. With those kind of bucks in the bank they could continue entertaining the masses for years.
Given that football is one of the most popular and played sports across the globe, there are a distinct lack of quality fiction reads for young children. Once again, Barrington Stoke step-up to fill that void with Eve Ainsworth’s All to Play For, a stirring and emotive read about following your dreams when the odds are stacked against you.
Lewis loves being in his happy place - a strip of grass between the bins and the carpark on the estate where he lives. Honing his skills in the shadow of the tower blocks, he imagines being somebody else and scoring a goal at Wembley. He is delighted when his talent is spotted by Ash, the head of Ace Academy, but there’s a problem, well two in fact. Mum doesn’t have enough money to buy the kit he needs and even if she did there’s no way she would let him play, she has been anti-football ever since the beautiful game tragically took the life of her beautiful husband. This could be Lewis’ chance to fulfil his dreams but to do so he may have to break mum’s heart…