• A Different Boy
    A Different Boy
    'If you've got a bad deal,' his father used to say, 'get out of it and move on.'

    When he finds himself in a cruel orphanage Anton does just that, and hides on an ocean liner. Fear and desperation are his only companions. And this time there is no escape.

    Or is there?

    Two other passengers have secrets of their own. When nothing is what it seems, can they help each other? Or will they sink into a sea of troubles?

    You'll never know. Until the last page.

    Another top story from Australia's master of the trick ending.

    ISBN: 9781760523503
    Publication date: 29/08/2018
    Price: $16.99
    Author: Jennings, Paul
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.99
  • After the Lights Go out
    After the Lights Go out
    'After the Lights Go Out is a terrifying yet hope-filled story of disaster, deceit, love, sacrifice and survival.' - Fleur Ferris

    Seventeen-year-old Pru Palmer lives with her twin sisters Grace and Blythe and their father Rick, on the outskirts of an isolated mining community. Rick is a doomsday prepper. He has a bunker filled with non-perishable food and a year's worth of water. Each of the girls has a 'bug out bag', packed with water purification tablets, protein bars, paracord bracelets and epipens for Pru's anaphylaxis.

    One day while their father is at the mine, the power goes out. At their house, and in the town. No one knows why. All communication is cut. It doesn't take long for everything to unravel. In town, supplies run out and people get desperate. The sisters decide to keep their bunker a secret. The world is different; the rules are different. Survival is everything.

    But what will happen if their bunker is discovered?

    A brilliant and terrifyingly compelling YA novel with life and death stakes that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.

    'A gripping portrait of catastrophe at the edge of the world, love in extremis, and the lengths that survival can drive us to. Wilkinson's best novel yet.' - Justine Larbalestier

    ISBN: 9781760297299
    Publication date: 25/07/2018
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Wilkinson, Lili
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Anger of Angels
    Anger of Angels
    An exciting historical fantasy YA by award-winning New Zealand author Sherryl Jordan.

    “Words hold a terrible power. They can break a heart, or give it a reason to live. They can grant freedom – or begin a war.” In a world where it is a crime to speak against injustice, a jester dares to perform a play that enrages a powerful tyrant prince. The jester’s daughter, Giovanna, must journey into the heart of danger to turn back the terrible consequences unleashed by her father’s words – and becomes entangled in a treacherous plot to overthrow the prince. She alone holds a secret which, if made public, will end the prince’s reign and liberate his oppressed people. But when to openly denounce him brings certain death, will Giovanna have the courage to speak out?

    ISBN: 9781760650605
    Publication date: 01/09/2018
    Price: $21.99
    Author: Jordan Sherryl
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.99
  • Animals of Aotearoa: Explore & discover New Zealand's wildlife
    Animals of Aotearoa: Explore & discover New Zealand's wildlife
    Animals of Aotearoa is a must-have compendium for children curious about New Zealand's wild animals. Based on the award-winning and best-selling `Explore and Discover' children's series about New Zealand's natural history, this book is packed full of illustrations and information about our native animals, both common and rare, as well as many well-known introduced animals. The book includes land and sea birds, frogs and lizards, many kinds of fish and other marine creatures, insects and invertebrates. This is an essential and beautiful reference book for all New Zealand kids. Children can pore over the pages on their own or read it with an adult, but with such engaging images and fun facts, this is a reference book we will all wish we'd had as a child.

    ISBN: 9780947503895
    Publication date: 23/10/2018
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Candler, Gillian
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $34.99
  • Art of Taxidermy
    Art of Taxidermy
    Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands - Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does.

    And her mother? Lottie's mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her.

    The Art of Taxidermy is a heartbreaking verse novel exploring love and death, grief and beauty, and the ways we try to make sense of it all.

    ISBN: 9781925603743
    Publication date: 02/07/2018
    Price: $24.00
    Author: Kernot, Sharon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Ash Arising (#2)
    Ash Arising (#2)
    The gripping sequel to the prize-winning thriller The Nature of Ash.

    Ash McCarthy thought he had done enough by broadcasting his story to the world, exposing the corruption and lies of Prime Minister Chandler and his cronies. With his small band of friends and family on a remote campsite in the backcountry, he awaits the international community to answer his call for action. But the public response is not what he had hoped for and the fallout from his revelations will lead him and his companions into even more danger.

    Can Ash withstand the new challenges that confront him? And what of Mikey - can he survive in this increasingly merciless world?

    Chilling and page-turning, this compelling novel crackles with political intrigue, fast-paced action, unexpected twists and lots of heart.

    Teachers' notes available.

    ISBN: 9780143772439
    Publication date: 28/05/2018
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Hager, Mandy
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
  • Bob
    Livy can't remember her first visit to her grandmother's house all the way across the world in Australia, though she does seem to recall a 'wrong chicken' and something unusual about a black chess piece.
    She definitely doesn't remember the strange little creature she finds in the wardrobe. His name is Bob, and he's been waiting for her to come back for more than five years - that's a very long time to sit in the dark.

    Livy and Bob piece together the mystery of who Bob is, and a beautiful friendship unfolds. Now Livy must help Bob find his way home.

    Bob is a tender and engaging story for young readers about loyalty and the power of imagination, set in an Australian country town.

    ISBN: 9781925603590
    Publication date: 30/04/2018
    Price: $21.00
    Author: Mass, Wendy
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $21.00
  • Bomb
    In this story about being true to oneself, a boy searches for the secret to doing the perfect bomb into the water. With training from Nan, an expert and former champion, and by listening to his own voice, he finds his unique style and pulls off a wonderful, acrobatic, truly awe-inspiring bomb.

    ISBN: 9781775503507
    Publication date: 17/09/2018
    Price: $23.00
    Author: Cotter, Sacha
    Format: Picture Flat
    Price: $23.00
  • Brindabella
    This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it.

    Pender and his father live in an old house made of honey-coloured stone in the bush by the river, with only the company of his father's paintings and the loyal dog, Billy-Bob. Then, on one winter morning, a gunshot amongst the trees changes everything.

    When Pender rescues Brindabella from the pouch of her murdered mother, an unusual friendship blossoms between the lonely boy and the orphaned joey. But Brindabella is no ordinary kangaroo. And though Pender has saved her life, the untameable wildness of the bush--and freedom--call to her...

    Lyrical and unforgettable, Brindabella explores the brutal beauty of the Australian bush.

    ISBN: 9781760112042
    Publication date: 28/03/2018
    Price: $18.99
    Author: Dubosarsky, Ursula
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.99
  • Changing Gear
    Changing Gear
    The vivid story of a teenage boy and the road trip that clears his head and his heart.

    Merrick Hilton's done a runner.

    His folks think he's studying, but the real world has been calling for years and he can't ignore it any longer. A postie bike, a bedroll and a big sky - that's all he needs.

    But there's no telling how he'll handle roadkill, stolen oranges and unexpected romance, let alone the rough stuff. And in the real world nothing goes entirely as planned. Thankfully Victor - the old bloke Merrick meets on the road - knows a thing or two about broken bike chains. And broken hearts.

    ISBN: 9781760631468
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Gardner, Scot
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Colours of History
    Colours of History
    Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which colour is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? From black to white, and all the colours in between, every shade has a story to tell. Each colour group is introduced with a stunning and interpretative double-page spread illustration, followed by illustrated entries exploring the history of particular shades. With vivid, thought-provoking illustrations and engaging, bite-sized text, this book is a feast for the eyes and the mind, ready to enthral budding artists and historians alike.

    ISBN: 9781784939670
    Publication date: 28/03/2018
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Gifford, Clive
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Cook's Cook
    Cook's Cook
    Cook’s Cook follows the 1768 journey of James Cook’s H.M. Endeavour with his ship’s cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as story teller.

    ISBN: 9781776572045
    Publication date: 01/10/2018
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Bishop, Gavin
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
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