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Get Scared

Well these books are not really too scary and they are super reads …


88-lime-street-the-way-in88 Lime Street – The Way In Denise Kirby (Scholastic)

I couldn’t put this book down. I was hooked into he is right from the word go and i am sure many young readers will be also.

Ellen’s family has moved into an unusually, enormously, ramshackingly nice house that her parents bought at a very good price. The local kids at school say the house is haunted and Ellen can certainly feel something stirring. There is also a tower in the ouse – but there is no door to get into the tower – not until Ellen finds the secret to unlocking it – and the staircase behind the opening doesn’t lead to the expected room. And not only is there this strange room but time seems to alter, mysterious writing appears on walls, and an overgrown dried up garden suddenly has water flowing. what is happening at 88 Lime Street?


the-bad-guys-episode-1The Bad Guys – Episode 1 Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! They drive around in a really cool car and perform wonderful heroic deeds, like rescuing a cat in a tree, or their first mission … Operation Dog Pound.

This super graphic novel for younger readers will have them totally absorbed in the Bad Guys’ first heroic mission. Episode 2 (to come) will find them rescuing chickens – although all is not well with the Bad Guys. Totally crazy, humorous and oodles excitement.


scream-the-human-flytrapThe Human Flytrap (Scream) Jack Heath (Scholastic)

Just be prepared for the constant opening and closing of the cover as readers listen to the inbuilt scream!

Another family moving into a new house, but this house is spooky, run-down and it is an old ruin. There are a lot of mysterious and unusual events in the town where this house is located. A new third floor appears on the public library when a fog dissipates, there are flickering street lights, and this house where the neighbour yells GET OUT as the family moves in. At school Josh’s best friend Dale’s science experiment with the Venus Fly Trap goes horribly wrong and in pursuit of further plants things go from bad to worse … and soon Josh’s friends are missing.

Strange things are happening in Axe Falls.


Fiction for Independent Readers

So here we go … Some recent fiction titles releases for independent readers. And these titles will really have lots of giggling going on.


the-fanged-footysThe Fanged Footys (Crawf’s Kick it to Nick # 6); Shane Crawford & Adrian Beck (Penguin)

The Crocs have gone through the whole season win less so this last game will make or break their season. At training Nick and his friends are Kicking a footy that tumbles into a hole that the workmen, have stuck a weird looking layer of soil are digging. The footy is returned, touching a few other footy’s as well, before Nick has one last kick of the ball – and as he does the ball splits open, sharp pointy teeth appear – and that is when the trouble really begins because the other foot’s that were touched are infected. Now Nick and the gang have to dispose of the fanged footy’s – and play a game as well.

This is the 6th title in the Kick it to Nick series (featuring Saints’ footy star Nick Riewoldt) and for sport loving readers of any code, but especially those who love AFL this is a great. The books are short, and easy-to-read and full of footy action. They are fast paced with references to the game and the end of the book has a double page spread of footy tips. Clear font and illustrations throughout also make this series great for those needing themed and books they can relate to.

Visit the website ( and also look for FootyBot Face-Off (that’s full of laughter too).


stuff-happens-fadiFadi (Stuff Happens); Scot Gardner (Penguin)

Stuff happens sometimes. Everyday stuff. At school, at home, with sport, with mates.

At home Fadi is the right size but at school he is a big boy who has not quite grown into his body yet. He’s strong and a bit cumbersome – he covered his teacher in paint and he collapsed onto another student’s project. So when he tackles Jack at lunchtime things get really messy but with the help of his family he learns to overcome his clumsiness and things are soon transformed with his cool dance moves.

The Stuff Happens series are books about boys, for boys. The books are short and fast paced with real-life stories of being a boy. The characters are well developed and should be easily identified with. The boys are emotional and have feelings that are clearly expressed in the books. Great for reluctant boys readers, especially if they need to read titles about other boys and themselves! Each title can be read on its own and is about one boy.


derek-danger-daleThe Case of Animals Behaving Really, REALLY Badly Michael Gerard Bauer & Joe Bauer, (Scholastic)

Derek Danger Dale is big and muscly and just a bit dopey so it is totally amazing that he can solve crimes and mysteries. There is an evil criminal mastermind who wants to steal the worlds biggest diamond, the super agent who attempts to thwart the criminal, dangers aplenty – especially with the four most deadly creatures on the planet, and lots and lots of luck for the agent.

From the Eric Vale books (where he was the cartoon character in a comic strip) comes Derek Danger Dale Secret agent from Secret Agents R Definitely Not Us!! These books are an absolute laugh out loud, giggle if you have to read. Unique font and comic illustrations will have all sorts of readers sitting down and turning the pages. This is terrific fun.

also available Derek Danger Dale and the Case of the Really, Really Scary Things.

Wonderful Fiction

These books – I just couldn’t put down.

rescue-on-nim-s-islandRescue on Nim’s Island, Wendy Orr & Geoff Kelly (Allen&Unwin)

When I first read Nim’s Island yolks ago i loved it and that has continued through to this the third instalment.

This time Nim is not being rescued. This time a group of scientists are visiting “Nim’s Island” invited there by her father Jack to study the algae with the view to creating a new fuel that will power any motor without polluting the earth or sky or sea. But the scientists who arrive are not all they seem and place the island and its inhabitants in grave danger – especially after the discovery of opal from a completely fossilised sea turtle. Alex Rover is creating her next great work in this secluded island getaway and Nim’s friend Edmund has come for as well.

Fast paced, and with wonderful crafted memorable characters readers (young and older) are going to be thrilled that Nim is back and stronger than ever.


spirite animals blood-tiesBlood Ties, Spirit Animals Series : Book 3, Garth Nix & Sean Williams (Scholastic)

In the world of Erdas, every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal. This rare bond can unlock incredible power. A dark force has risen from the past, and now the fate of Erdas depends on four brave kids, Conor, Abeke, Meilin and Rollan. They each have the gift – the spirit animal bond that bridges the human and animal worlds and together they have to battle the Conquerors, an ancient threat that has returned, destroying all the cities in its path as it searches for the legendary talismans. But the children are first to Dinesh, who has to be convinced to give up his talisman, and an enormous battle begins which the children must defeat the approaching army if they are to take hold of the Slate Elephant – Dinesh’s talisman.

There is a dedicated website: where readers can join in the fun and create their own spirit animal, watch the trailer, play games and a whole lot more.


the-big-book-of-old-tomThe Big Book of Old Tom, Leigh Hobbs (Allen&Unwin)

Oh this was sooooo much fun revisiting the Old Tom books. It’s a big book, with the five Old Tom books Old Tom, Old Tom at the Beach, Old Tom Goes to Mars, Old Tom’s Guide to Being Good, and A Friend for Old Tom, combined into one.

For those unfamiliar with the Old Tom books, the tells begin when Angela Throgmorton, who lives a very secluded life, finds an unusual bundle on her doorstep. That bundle is Old Tom, (a very unusual baby) and Angela brought up Old Tom even through she had never fed a baby before. And Angela’s life is never the same again.

Heavily illustrated with only a few lines of text for each page, the Old Tom books are a great read, full of humour and craziness and impossibilities.

New Younger Reader Series

These three series are newly created for the younger readers moving to ‘real’ chapter books. They are great reads.  

a-very-good-ideaA Very Good Idea (Tinklers Three #1) MC Badger, HardieGrantEgmont

Marcus, Mila and Turtle are the three Tinklier children. They live alone, eat a lot of ice cream and don’t follow any rules! They are circus children and so instigate very creative ways for doing simple tasks like getting out of bed without once touching the ground (the bed a chest of drawers, the bookshelf and a mini trampoline will help). That done they then come up with another very good idea – to get to the kitchen without touching the ground. With that idea done … and the city clock tower seen through the kitchen window the next good idea is to get to there.

Lots of entertaining fun and amusement in the other characters in the book. This is a fun new series that will have younger readers asking for more.


prank-alertPrank Alert (Double Trouble #1 ) Fiona Regan &Louis Shea (Scholastic)

In this first title in the Double Trouble series, the boys are into all sorts of pranking – fist with their parents by setting multiple alarms and then with school Principal and when a balls goes astray and causes chaos their punishment is more recorder practice. SO how will they get out of that!

The new Double Trouble series, is creatively written for young boys and starring the identical 7 year-old twins, Tommy and Coop will have readers full of laughter and crazy incidents that boys seem to love! And there is a supporting website with jokes, activities and more.


violet-vanishesViolet Vanishes Ursula Dubosarsky & Annie White (Lothian)

Violet wanted to see a real magic show with real tricks – that included a rabbit! Her mother found one at the local library but as they watch the tricks Violet decides that it wasn’t as good as the one on the television adn the magician didn’t look right. But when he ors a magic trick involving the words abracadabra Violet vanishes. Has Violet really vanished?

Ursula Dubosarsky has written a gorgeous new series of books designed for the younger reader just moving to ‘real’ chapter books. The story lines are about real experiences in settings that the readers can relate to. The text is well crafted and Annie White has gentle full colour illustrations throughout.


Younger readers will be enjoying these titles.

It’s Christmas

A bundle of wonderful new picture books and junior fiction titles – even a joke book – have hit the shelves this Christmas ….

my-merry-christmasMy Merry Christmas Rosie Smith & Bruce Whatley (Scholastic)

Lovingly told this is the simple story of coming together at Christmas time.

From choosing the tree and decorating the tree to wrapping presents, hanging stockings and singing carols this picture book is about the rituals of gathering and preparing for Christmas. Full page illustrations beautifully crafted with Bruce’s delightful animals accompany Rosie’s simple, sparse but well chosen text on the opposite page. This picture book is a celebration of the fun and joy of coming together at Christmas time.

Perfect for the very young.


christmas-surpriseChristmas Surprise Yvette Poshoglian & Danielle McDonald (Scholastic)

The latest in the Ella and Olivia series finds the girls preparing for Christmas … it is their favourite time of year with puddings cans and christmas decorations. there are decorations to be hung on the tree but when it comes time of hanging the Christmas star a little tussle results in a broken star. and then there are the Christmas presents and their secret plan to open their presents a little early. Will that ruin Christmas!

Do check out the Ella and Olivia website at for games and lots more!


redcap-s-christmasRedcap’s Christmas Sue Cason & Ben Wood (Scholastic)

Redcap is an elf who really really really wants to work in Santa’s workshop so he sets off for the North Pole to seek a job and hopefully meet santa. But there is a flashing sign in the window – No Workers Wanted! but all is not lost for right at that moment one of the workers is dismissed. Soon Redcap has the job and is fixing the Bubblemaker machine! But still Redcap has to meet Santa and his new friend Jellybean is no help. There is a rowdy workshop pet, the icy North Wind, and oh no – the Christmas List goes missing all of which involved Redcap.

A junior hardback chapter book that is a fun Christmas read liberally sprinkled with illustrations.


my-christmas-crackersMy Christmas Crackers Bronwen Davies (Scholastic)

Why does Santa always come down the chimney?
What do monkeys sing at Christmas time?
What do elves learn at school?
What is Santa’s dog called?
And a heap or other Christmas jokes fill the pages of this illustrated book of Christmas jokes – perfect for all young comedians!


blossom-possum-and-the-christmas-quackerBlossom Possum and the Christmas Quacker Gina Newton & Christina Booth (Scholastic)

It was Christmas Eve down under,
Koala Claws’ last stop for the night.
‘I’m sooo hot and tired,’ he thought.
‘A quick nap will see me right.’

This is the opening stanza of this partly rhyming picture book where Father Christmas, a koala, decides to take a nap before the long journey of delivering presents all around the bush. So Blossom Possum and her Australian bush friends try everything they can to wake Koala Claws, but he remains sleeping. Qwhat can the animals do to save Bush Christmas? Originally drawn by the late Kilmeny Niland, Christina Booth now has added her own touch to bringing the characters to a new audience.


the-twelve-days-of-christmasThe Twelve Days of Christmas Karen Erasmus (Lothian)

This picture book is a retelling of the beloved 12 Days of Christmas carol. It is created here in its original form with pen and ink wash illustrations placing the book in a very modern setting. A beautiful addition to this book is the sparkling cover with embossed text.

The final page also includes the words and music.


Fiction Delights

This post has some of the wonderful new series titles that have been appearing recently as well as a few wonderful standalone reads:

that-boy-jackThat Boy, Jack Janeen Brian (Walker Books)

Set around the early Cornish mining townships of Moonta and Moonta Mines in South Australia in the 1870s this book shines a light into the life and times of that era.

Jack and his best friend Gilbert are sons of Cornish miners and have made a pact that they will work together in the copper mines just like the sons of other Cornish miners. The problem for Jack is that he is not comfortable working in the mines underground so while they are  still at school Jack does’t have to confront that fear. Jack does well at school and it is mostly a comforting place for Jack – until the new school master arrives. Then when Gilbert’s father is injured in a mine accident and forced to leave school Jack is torn between his pact with his best friend or what he would really like to do.

A beautiful work that I couldn’t put down.

accidental-adventurerAccidental Adventurer, #1 Ava Anne Appleton series Wendy Harmer & Andrea Edmonds (Scholastic)

In Ava Anne Appleton’s family everyone’s first name starts with A – including her dog! They are the A-team and they all live in Australia Avenue (not street). And for Ava, everything is perfectly ordinary – until her dad arrives driving up Australia Avenues in a “huge beast of a thing” that was a motor home. Ava’s parents then announced that they were going to leave Australia Avenue and go on a grand adventure around the big wide land. And right from the very first day, while searching for her dog who has wandered away from the rest stop Ava’s adventures begin starting with meeting wild and zanny Zander – who lives in the bush!
This is a new series for the junior readers just right for those readers, especially girls, who are moving from picture books. The fun storyline and generous sized font makes it easily read and with many full page illustrations throughout.


weirdoWeirdo Anh Do & Jules Faber (Scholastic)

Weir is the new boy in school and with a family name of Do he knows that his nick name – weirdo – will soon be common knowledge – even the teacher has to leave the classroom to settle her hysterics.

Weir is hoping to make a good impression on his first day but he starts off badly by making a fool of himself in front of Bella – the most beautiful girl in the world, he trips on his own shoelace, his pants get set alright in the gym class and at times he can’t even get his words right. And then when a new kid arrives in class the very next day who makes Weir look normal things might be on the improve – and instead, he and Weir become best friends.

This book is full of giggles and snorts – I know! It is a a wonderful new series with red highlighted text spotted throughout and full of jokes fun and quirky illustrations – the picture of Weir and the pigeon on the cover is just the start of the giggles.

Boys and girls will enjoy this read!


smooch-and-roseSmooch and Rose Samantha Wheeler (UQP)

This is a heart warming story about making a difference and that one person – even one child – can make a difference. It’s also about teh wildlife, and caring and social awareness.

Rose lives with her Gran in the country on a strawberry farm that is struggling to survive financially. One morning Rose discovers the results of a pack of blood hungry dogs, a mauled koala and her joey. The adult koala dies but the joey, which is named smooch survives and is nursed back to health by a wildlife carer to be released back at the farm.

But a letter from the bank and pressure from an uncle soon has bulldozers looming on the horizon and the strawberry farm turned into an estate with no consideration for the wildlife and the trees. That is of course unless Rose and the community can do something about it so that in the end both the wildlife and the human life can coexist!

For koala lovers there is also a list of websites, some fun koala facts and information about helping injured koalas.