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A world of books for kids

Picture books Junior fiction older readers teen & young adults and much more

Launching the Vintage Children’s Cl assics

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Welcome Dear reader, Nurturing a love of books is the best way of enlarging your child’s world. Books are an endless source of entertainment and learning, they fire a child’s imagination and provide hours of reading pleasure, enjoyment and education.


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Picture Books (Up to 5 years)

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Classics & Favourites

On the pages of this guide, you’ll find a great selection of books for children of all ages – from picture books for babies and toddlers, to first readers and junior fiction, to more sophisticated texts for teens and young adults. Included in this guide are the best contemporary Australian and international children’s writers.


Junior Fiction (6-8 years)

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Bestselling Kids Series (6-10 years)

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Older Reader (9-10 years)

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Cross Over Fiction (10 to 14 years)

We are pleased to present special features by muchloved Australian authors: with Jacqueline Harvey on page 7 and Graeme Base on page 16. On page 19 you’ll find the complete list of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted titles. The cover illustration of our guide is a collage of images from covers of the Vintage Children’s Classics, a fantastic range of must-have children’s and young adult books launching in August – see page 15.

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Vintage Children’s Classics

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CBCA Shortlisted titles

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Bushland Lullaby Sally Odgers & Lisa Stewart Hardback RRP $24.99 Asleep in a gently snoozing ball Little possum’s soft and small. In a twisty tunnel and cosy bed Little wombat rests his head. All the baby animals sleep soundly in the comfort of the bush. Beautifully illustrated with silver foil on the cover. Age: 2+ September release, advance orders welcome


An Australian 123 of Animals; An Australian ABC of Animals

Daddy’s Cheeky Monkey

Bronwyn Bancroft

Someone’s pretending to be asleep, but Daddy’s cheeky monkey is awake and soon the whole house will be a zoo! From the team who brought you Goodnight, Me comes a gorgeous board book about the cheeky names daddies give to their little ones. Age: 1+

Board Books RRP $14.95 each A delightful introduction to early childhood concepts by acclaimed Indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Filled with beautiful original artwork by a leading Indigenous artist, whose work is held in galleries across Australia. Age: 1+

Titles marked with this symbol are available in Bolinda Audio format.

Andrew Daddo & Emma Quay Board Book RRP $12.99

Australian author

Picture Books

U p To 5 Y ea rs

The Terrible Suitcase

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses Ian Falconer

Emma Allen, Illus. Freya Blackwood

Hardback RRP $19.99

Hardback RRP $24.99

In her newest hilarious endeavour, Olivia embarks upon a quest for identity and individuality. It seems there are far too many pink and sparkly princesses around these days and Olivia has had quite enough! She needs to stand out. And so, in typical ‘Olivia’ style, she sets about creating a whole array of fantastically dressed princesses … and shows us that everyone can be individual and special. Age: 3+

What do you do when it’s your first day of school and your mum gives you a terrible suitcase instead of a red backpack with yellow rockets and a silver zipper? Well, first you get mad. M A D! Then you use your imagination to build a rocket ship and escape with all your new friends. A poignant story about learning to fit in and accepting difference, beautiful illustrations by award-winning artist Freya Blackwood. Age: 4+

September release, advance orders welcome

Mr McGee and the Elephants

The Unexpected Crocodile

Pamela Allen

Kim Kane, Illus. Sara Acton

Florentine and Pig Have a Very Lovely Picnic

Hardback RRP $24.99

Hardback RRP $24.99

Eva Katzler

In Eric’s house there were too many elephants – and elephants take up a lot of space! When his mum says they have to go, Eric comes up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem. Age: 2+

Peggy’s family is hosting a barbecue for their neighbours, the Dawsons. Peggy isn’t too sure about those Dawson boys. But she’s delighted when an unexpected crocodile invites himself to tea...with unexpected consequences! Age: 3+

Paperback RRP $14.99

September release, advance orders welcome

Join Florentine and Pig on their adventures as they discover the glorious world of friendship, frolics & food. Formulating the menu almost ends up in disaster when Pig climbs a tree for apples. Fun recipes included. Age: 4+ 3


U p To 5 Y ea rs

A Hare, a Hound and Shy Mousey Brown Julia Hubery and Jonathan Bentley Hardback RRP $24.95 There’s a hare in the air, theres’ a hound on the ground, and watching them both is Shy Mousey Brown… and so begins an enchanting adventure complete with danger, silliness, bravery and romance. Age: 3+

My Dad’s the Coolest Bruce Whatley & Rosie Smith Hardback RRP $16.99

My Dad’s the Coolest captures the fun-loving bond between father and child—from a feathery tickle and playing in FREE the mud, to dancing with the GIFT CARD coolest polar bear. Whether big or small, feathered or furry, dads always know how to make us laugh! Age: 3+ EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Receive a FREE gift card with purchase. *While stocks last.

Peggy Anna Walker Hardback RRP $24.99


Rex the Tyrannosaurus: Dinosauritis; Tip the Triceratops: Dinosauritis; Bruce the Brachiosaurus: Dinosauritis; Tracy the Pterodactyl: Dinosauritis Jeannette Rowe Paperbacks RRP $12.99 each Rex is a Tyrannosaurus. One of the biggest and scariest dinosaurs. Find out what could happen if Rex came to your next birthday party! Catch the dinosaur bug with this and other titles in the Dinosauritis series. Age: 3+

One Very Tired Wombat Renee Treml Hardback RRP $19.95 How hard can it be to get a little peace and quiet? Unfortunately for Wombat, he’s about to find out . . . A lovely picture book for the very young. Age: 2+ September release, advance orders welcome

The Emu That Laid The Golden Egg Yvonne Morrison & Heath McKenzie

Peggy lives in a small house in a quiet street. One blustery day a big gust of wind sweeps down and scoops up leaves, twigs and... Peggy! The wind blows Peggy into the city, where she discovers strange new things, but how will she find her way back home? Age: 4+

A hungry emu eats what she thinks is some corn... and ends up laying a golden egg! Then two scoundrels lock her up and try to make her lay some more. But soon something strange happens - and everyone learns it doesn’t pay to be greedy! Age: 3+

September release, advance orders welcome

September release, advance orders welcome

Hardback RRP $24.95

Picture Books

Ol der rea ders Where’s Wally? 25th Anniversary Edition Martin Handford Paperback RRP $19.95

A 25th anniversary edition of the original classic picture book that kick-started the worldwide Where’s Wally? phenomenon. Search for Wally and his friends fiendishly hidden in every intricately detailed scene. Age: 5+ SPECIAL OFFER: We’ve hidden three Wally figures throughout this catalogue. Find them and you’ll have a chance to WIN fantastic prizes. For details go to the competition page at

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore


William Joyce Hardback RRP $19.99 Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the pre-eminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again. Age: 6+

September release, advance orders welcome

The Last Tiger Horrible Harriet’s Inheritance Leigh Hobbs Paperback RRP $13.99 Horrible Harriet is back, larger than life, to claim her inheritance and fill in the gaps in her impressive family tree along the way. These include queens, warriors and yes, a vampire, too... Hilarious and subversive, this is the perfect gift for any primaryaged child. Age: 7+

This Moose Belongs To Me Oliver Jeffers Hardback RRP $24.99 “Wilfred owned a moose.” Or did he? A lavishly-illustrated, thoughtprovoking story, which cleverly and light-heartedly examines the concept of ownership. An exquisite new book from Oliver Jeffers. Age: 4+

September release, advance orders welcome

Rebecca Elliot Paperback RRP $11.99 In a world that has been destroyed by human carelessness, a little boy discovers the last tiger. But where did he come from? Through their adventure together they rediscover a natural way of living, and lead the world to a sustainable future. With striking illustrations, this thoughtful yet uplifting picture book leaves a lasting impact. Age: 5+ 5

Classics & Favourites Guess How Much I Love You Here, There and Everywhere Sam McBratney Hardback RRP $24.95 Four new Guess How Much I Love You stories in one volume - The Hiding Tree, On Cloudy Mountain, The Far Field, Coming Home - featuring adventurous Little Nutbrown Hare and wise Big Nutbrown Hare. Age: 2+

The Magic Hat, 10th Anniversary Edition Mem Fox Paperback RRP $14.99 One day, out of the blue, a magic hat comes to town. Each time it lands on someone the hat transforms the person into an animal. An exciting and magical story celebrating its 10th anniversary by Australia’s best-selling picture book author. Age: 3+

The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Rhymes The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit Emma Thompson

Around the World in Eighty Days

Hardback RRP $24.99

Jules Verne, Robert Ingpen (Illus.)

Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr McGregor’s garden all the way to Scotland. Here he meets the gentle giant Finlay McBurney, a distant Scottish relative, and much entertainment ensues. A new story in the much-loved series written by actress Emma Thompson. Age: 3+ September release, advance orders welcome

Wombat Stew Book and Plush Set


Edward Lear, Robert Ingpen (Illus.)

September release, advance orders welcome

Hardbacks RRP $29.95/$39.95 Jump aboard the pea-green boat and enter the enchanting world of Edward Lear. This special gift edition of Lear’s best-loved nonsense verse celebrates two hundred years since his birth. A beautiful gift for anyone! Also available is a handsome new edition of one of Jules Verne’s most popular books; Around the World in Eighty Days, with the complete and unabridged text, it is a story with enduring appeal. Both books are magnificently illustrated by the award-winning Australian artist, Robert Ingpen. Age: 7+

Marcia Vaughan and Pamela Lofts


Other RRP $24.99

Hardback RRP $29.95

Jane Ray

In this classic Australian picture book, now in a beautiful boxed set, a dingo catches a wombat and wants to cook him in a stew. The other bush animals have a plan to save their friend and they trick the dingo into using mud, feathers, flies, bugs and gumnuts in his stew. The result is something the dingo will never forget! Age: 3+

A young girl with an unpleasant stepmother and two cruel stepsisters ... and a Fairy Godmother with a magic wand. The classic tale of Cinderella is theatrically retold in six exquisite three-dimensional scenes by Jane Ray. Age: 5+

September release, advance orders welcome

September release, advance orders welcome

Junior Fiction Lulu Walks the Dogs Judith Viorst and Lane Smith Hardback RRP $17.99 The stubbornly hilarious Lulu has decided it’s time to buckle down and earn some cash. How else can she save up enough money to buy the very special thing that she is ALWAYS and FOREVER going to want? Join the romp with Lulu and her charges. Age: 5+

Precious and the Mystery of Meerkat Hill Alexander McCall Smith Hardback RRP $19.99 Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Discover how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love! Age: 7+

Ghost Club 2: The Haunted School Deborah Abela Paperback RRP $15.95 Angeline and Edgar have to go to their Senior School sleepover, but the night goes wrong when a ghost appears in the old boarding school dormitory where they are camped out. With the help of Ghost Club, Angeline and Edgar must find out who the ghost is so they can help her. Age: 7+

6-8 Y ea rs

Alice-Miranda Shows the Way Jacqueline Harvey Paperback RRP $15.95 Alice-Miranda has a birthday to celebrate and a village show to look forward to! Miss Grimm is allowing the girls to attend the annual Winchesterfield show for the first time. One of the highlights of the Winchesterfield show is the Queen’s Cup horserace. Preparations are coming along well until a series of thefts rock the community. Things quickly go from bad to worse when Alice-Miranda’s beloved Bony is horse-napped. Can Alice-Miranda uncover the culprit and get her horse back in time for Aunty Gee’s prize racehorse, Rockstar, to compete in the race? Age: 7+

How Jacqueline Harvey Became a Children’s Author Jacqueline knew she wanted to be an author at a young age. Winning a minor writing competition as a teenager, for a melodramatic piece called Waiting…For My Life inspired her to think that maybe, sometime in the future, she might be able to write books. Unfortunately, back in the days when Jacqueline was a child, it was very rare to have an author or illustrator visit your school and there was no such thing as the Internet, so finding out how to be a published writer was a lot more difficult than it is today. It wasn’t until she was teaching at a gorgeous school in Mittagong, called Gib Gate, that she came across her first real live children’s author. Jane Carroll had written several books and to Jacqueline, she was awe inspiring. Jane came to the school for a week as writer in residence and Jacqueline remembers asking her so many questions she thought the poor woman’s ears might be in danger of falling off! But it was at that point Jacqueline wondered, if with the right amount of persistence and perseverance perhaps one day she could be published too. So she wrote poems and stories and plays for her classes. Some, like The Adventures of Texas Jack and Tootle Loo Tutie were performed to great acclaim. It wasn’t until she took some time out from full time work and moved to the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bay that Jacqueline really put her head down and tried to write something that was good enough to be published. Her husband Ian asked her if she was just going to talk about being a writer for the rest of her life or was she actually going to give it a proper go. It was a valid question and Jacqueline decided that she didn’t want to die wondering. Since then, Jacqueline has published eight novels for young readers. Her first picture book, The Sound of the Sea , was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 CBCA Awards. She is currently working on Alice-Miranda’s next adventure and a new series called Clementine Rose of which book one which will be published in September.


6-10 Y ea rs

Bes t sel ling Nanny Piggins: The Daring Rescue R.A. Spratt Paperback RRP $15.95 When Mr Green is held against his will by a grateful nation of Pacific Islanders, it is up to Nanny Piggins to rush to the tropical paradise and rescue him. Age: 7+

ARKiE SPARKLE, Treasure Hunter Petra James, illustrated by Roy Chen

Day 1: Code Crimson July RRP $6.99 Day 2: Time Trap August RRP $12.99 Day 3: White Fright September RRP $12.99 Paperbacks Eleven-year-old Arkie Sparkle’s archaeologist parents have been kidnapped. With the help of her genius cousin TJ and basset hound Cleo, she must find seven treasures across the seven continents in seven days. Day 1: In the temple of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II Day 2: At the court of the First emperor of China Day 3: Deep in the Doomsday Vault, near the North Pole. Age: 7+

Tournament Trouble: Sword Girl, Book 3; Siege Scare: Sword Girl, Book 4 Frances Watts, Illus. Gregory Rogers Paperbacks RRP $11.99 each Flamant Castle is having a tournament! But when one of the squires is injured during practice, Sir Benedict asks Tommy to take his place - and offers her his own horse to ride. It’s a dream and a nightmare for Tommy - she has never ridden a horse before! Age: 7+ September release, advance orders welcome

Girl V the World: I Heart You, Archie De Souza Chrissie Keighery Paperback RRP $12.95 Edi lives a weird double life. At school, it seems like everyone loves her, but at home, her parents barely notice she exists. When Edi hooks up with her crush Archie, she can hardly believe her luck – she finally has the family she’s always wanted and she loves Archie more than anything. Age: 10+ 8

Emily Eyefinger and the Secret from the Sea Duncan Ball Paperback RRP $12.99 More fun adventures from Emily, the girl who was born with an eye on the end of her finger which, when you are into solving mysteries, can prove to be very ‘handy’ indeed! Age: 7+

Kid s Series Captain Underpants #9: The Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers Dav Pilkey Hardback RRP $12.99 When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they were under arrest and headed for prison. Then Harold foolishly uttered the fateful words, ‘What could be worse than going to jail for the rest of our lives?’ and changed the course of human history. Highly anticipated ninth epic novel from bestselling author, Dav Pilkey. Age: 7+ September release, advance orders welcome

Hey Jack! The Worst Sleepover Sally Rippin Paperback RRP $7.95 Jack is having a sleepover at his friend’s house! He can’t wait. It’s going to be the best fun ever ... isn’t it? The latest title in Sally Rippin’s Hey Jack! series. Age: 5+

The 26-Storey Treehouse Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton Paperback RRP $12.99 For everyone who loved The 13-Storey Treehouse and is willing and ready to climb even higher with more crazy adventures WIN from the bestselling Australian A BACKLIST children’s author-illustrator duo, PACK Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Age: 7+ SPECIAL OFFER: WIN a backlist pack of Andy Griffiths titles. For details go to the competition page at

6 - 10 Y ea rs Kingdom of the Wicked Derek Landy Paperback RRP $19.99

Magic is a disease. Across the land, normal people are suddenly developing wild and unstable powers. Infected by a rare strain of magic, they are unwittingly endangering their own lives and the lives of the FREE people around them. postCARD Terrified and confused, their only hope lies with the Sanctuary. And then there’s the small matter of Kitana, who, along with her normal teenage friends, becomes infected. Becomes powerful. Becomes corrupted… Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are needed now more than ever.. Age: 9+ EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Receive a FREE postcard with purchase. *While stocks last.

Nerdy Ninjas #1: Nerdy Ninjas vs the Really Really Bad Guys Shogun Whamhower, Illus Heath McKenzie Paperback RRP $9.99 Jake, Ben, Pongo and Veejay might seem like your average nerds. But when the local bully refuses to pick on them, declaring them too nerdy to bully, the four boys decide to take action. They come up with a plan—they’re about to become ninjas! Age: 7+

September release, advance orders welcome


Older Readers

9-10 Y ea rs

The Rumpelgeist

Dingo: The Dog Who Conquered a Continent

Fiona McIntosh Paperback RRP $17.99 Drestonia’s capital is cursed by hauntings and disappearing children, panicking the city. Curiously it seems only Crown Princess Ellin, with the help of a young noble, Flynn Jolien, has the power to solve the dilemma. A gorgeous fantasy romp with timeless themes - and swordfights! Age: 9+

Paperback RRP $14.99

One day when Liza went to bed, Patrick was her chubby, stubby, candy-grubbing, and pancakeloving younger brother, who irritated and amused her both, and the next morning, when she woke up, he was not. The Spindlers have stolen his soul and Liza is the only one who can save him. Age: 8+

Children’s author Jackie French is renowned for her historical fiction, and the critically acclaimed bestselling Animal Stars series looks at history through the eyes of an animal. In Dingo: The Dog Who Conquered a Continent, Jackie tells a story about the iconic Australian dingo. Set somewhere on a large island to the north of what would one day be known as Australia, Loa decides to leave his community after learning that the girl he wants is to marry a man from another tribe. He embarks on the voyage taking with him a ‘rubbish dog’ - one of the pack who scavenge for food at the camp.

September release, advance orders welcome

Age: 9+

Spindlers Lauren Oliver Paperback RRP $18.99

Word Hunters Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne Paperback RRP $14.95 When twins Lexi and Al Hunter stumble upon an old dictionary their world as they know it changes and they are blasted into history to hunt down the words that threaten to vanish from our past and our present. Will they be trapped in the past forever? Age: 9+ September release, advance orders welcome


Jackie French

Infinity Ring: Book 1, A Mutiny in Time James Dashner Paperback RRP $14.99 History is broken. Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks...and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. Armed with the Inifinity Ring their first stop is Spain; the year is 1492. A fantastic new series! Age: 8+ September release, advance orders welcome



The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, Volume 3 Jeff Kinney Paperback RRP $16.99 Go behind the scenes with Jeff Kinney and the making of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie. Complete with script pages, storyboard sketches and new original art from Jeff, this title is a must-have for every Wimpy Kid fan. Age: 9+

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian Eoin Colfer Paperback RRP $19.95 Yes, it’s true! Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl’s four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can WIN Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world? Age: 11+ SPECIAL OFFER: WIN a signed Artemis Fowl Book 1 limited edition. For details go to the competition page at

10-14 Y ea rs

After Morris Gleitzman Paperback RRP $19.99 In the fourth part of Felix’s story, continuing his adventures in World War Two, he faces perhaps his greatest challenge - to find hope when he’s lost almost everything, including his parents. As Europe goes through the final agonizing stages of the war, Felix struggles to reconcile hatred and healing. He’s helped by a new friend, but if he should lose her as well... Age: 10+

Louis Beside Himself

White Ninja

Anna Fienberg

Tiffiny Hall

Paperback RRP $15.99

Paperback RRP $14.99

Louis loves words. He even has a word bank account in which he deposits interesting words he hears every day. His word skills will be put to the test when he faces a Paralysing burglar incident and comes face to face with Peril. Join Louis and his best mates Singo and Hassan in this fabulous new title from the author of the classic Tashi series. Age: 10+

Roxy is twelve, and doesn’t realize the extent of her latent ninja powers until a confrontation with the school bully unleashes them. Only when she has defeated four ancient warriors in the Cemetery of the Dead and the identity of the famed White Warrior is revealed will the Samurai be thwarted and the Tiger Scrolls saved. Age: 10+ September release, advance orders welcome


Books for Teens

12+ Y ea rs

Between the Lines Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer Paperback RRP $24.99 Fifteen-year-old Delilah is a bit of a loner. She feels happiest with her head in a book, one particular book especially: BETWEEN THE LINES. Delilah knows it’s weird to be obsessed with a fairytale at her age (and heaven knows she gets enough grief from her mother about it), but she feels drawn to the book. Something about Prince Oliver’s quest ... his cleverness, his sense of adventure and, of course, his love for the princess. And then one day, Oliver actually speaks to her. Age: 12+

Heaven Alexandra Adornetto

Wake: Watersong 1 Amanda Hocking Paperback RRP $16.99 Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea, and Lexi have caught everyone’s attention. What secrets are they hiding? Sixteen-year-old Gemma faces an agonising decision when she uncovers the truth. Age: 12+

Friday Brown Vikki Wakefield Paperback RRP $19.99 17-year-old Friday Brown is on the run from her memories. She’s desperate to find somewhere to call home. Anywhere. When she meets a boy named Silence she finds she’s not the only one with secrets to hide. Together they discover what it really means to survive. From the award-winning author Vikki Wakefield. Age: 15+ September release, advance orders welcome

Paperback RRP $24.99 The third book in the bestselling Halo series. A wayward angel and her mortal love, pursued by those charged with maintaining the balance in the universe. With only one way back to Earth will the power of love be strong enough? Age: 12+


Fire in the Sea Myke Bartlett Paperback RRP $19.99 Sadie is sixteen and bored with life in Perth. It’s summer, and lazing on the beach in the stifling heat with her cousins and Tom is a drag. Then something comes out of the sea. Sadie finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient conflict that is nearing its final battle, a showdown that threatens to engulf Perth and all those she loves in a furious tsunami. Age: 14+

& Young Adults

12+ Y ea rs

Rise of Nine Pittacus Lore

Into that Forest

Paperback RRP $19.99 In the beginning we were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left our home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack from the deadly Mogodorians. We scattered on earth and went into hiding. We look like ordinary teenagers. We are not. I am Number Six. The Mogodorians want to finish what they started. But they’ll have to fight us first. Age: 11+ September release, advance orders welcome

Ned Kelly’s Secret Sophie Masson Paperback RRP $16.99 Hugo and his father are travelling through Australia, on the trail of tales of the gold rush. But after they’re ambushed on the road by the notorious outlaw Harry Power, they decide to chase something wilder and far more exciting… the stories of the bushrangers. Age: 12+

Louis Nowra Paperback RRP $19.99 Set in Tasmania in early settler days, Into That Forest explores the fine line between animals and the human condition. Hannah is an old woman reliving her childhood experience of being lost and frightened in the bush with her friend Becky where they are adopted by a pair of Tasmanian tigers. The story unfolds gently with an extraordinary inevitability as the human spirit of survival becomes entwined in the tigers’ survival and the girls learn animal skills of hunting and communication. A reading experience of place, time and perspective which lingers long after the story is over. Age: 15+ September release, advance orders welcome

Team Human


Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Danny Katz

Paperback RRP $17.99

The Students Combined Underground Movement (S.C.U.M.) is a society for outcasts, weirdos and massive losers. At their headquarters on the bench beside the bin behind the canteen, they plot their revolutionary ideas for a

What would you do if your best friend fell in love with a vampire? Vampires stick to their own kind, and Mel and her friends hang out with other humans. But throw romance into the picture and who will you choose ... Team Human? Age: 14+

Paperback RRP $15.99

better schoolyard … Age: 12+


s d a e R n e Mor e Te The Tribe, Book 1: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf Ambelin Kwaymullina Paperback RRP $19.95 The Reckoning destroyed civilisation as we know it and now, some people, Illegals, have a range of new abilities. Ashala Wolf is strong, passionate and desperate to protect her Tribe – despite the fact that she has been captured and is awaiting interrogation. Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf? Age: 12+

Shadowfell Juliet Marillier Paperback RRP $16.99 Neryn is a fifteen-year-old with extraordinary magical power who has fled the tyranny of an evil king and his masked Enforcers. When an enigmatic stranger saves her life, Neryn and the man called Flint begin an uneasy journey together to a place where rebels are amassing to free the land and end the King’s reign. Age: 12+

Wolf Pact Melissa de la Cruz


Paperback RRP $16.99

Alex Morel Paperback RRP $22.95 Jane is running away from everything. From the facility she’s been living in, from her pain, from her guilt, from life. She boards a plane to Montclair, New Jersey, though her destination does not matter - she doesn’t plan to be alive when the plane lands. Age: 14+

September release, advance orders welcome

Carnival of Souls

Throne of Glass

Melissa Marr

Sarah J. Maas,

Paperback RRP $19.99

Paperback RRP $16.99

The carnival pulsed in the centre of The City - a swirl of masked pleasure and violence. Music played constantly as the dancers demonstrated their flexibility. The City wasn’t a world that was beautiful to everyone. It was their world, though. From the bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series. Age: 14+ 5th September release, advance orders welcome


Lawson and his brothers escaped from the underworld and now lead desperate, dangerous lives. They’re pursued by the Hounds of Hell from one town to the next, never calling any place home. To save his love Lawson must join forces with a stranger who has also lost someone to the beasts. Age: 14+

Action-packed fantasy romance with a heroine as deadly as she is beautiful, in a world where either fact could make her fortune or seal her fate. Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills facing the fight of her life for her freedom. Age: 12+

The Hobbit (Part 1 and 2) Slipcase; The Lord of the Rings 7-book slipcase J. R.R. Tolkien Boxed sets RRP $19.99/$59.99 One of the most popular books ever, The Hobbit, the prelude to The Lord of the Rings is now being made into a blockbuster movie. Here are two beautiful gift sets of these classic texts adapted for a younger audience. September release, advance orders welcome


Little Elephants Graeme Base Hardback RRP $24.99 The wheat is ripe, but the harvester is broken and a plague of locusts is on the way. It looks as if Jim and his mother may lose the farm. But when Jim shows kindness to a stranger, their fortunes are set to change in the most surprising way imaginable! A warm-hearted story full of magic and intrigue from this world-renowned and much-loved picturebook creator. Age: 5+ October release, advance orders welcome

A short Q&A with Graeme Base Q. W  hat’s the book you’ve read most often? A. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien I first read it when I was about 12 (decades before the films came out) and it blew me away. I have probably read it ten times since.

Q. D  o your ever cheat and read the end of the book first? A. Never! Who would do such a thing?! That’d be like eating icecream before pizza.

Q. Do you skim the boring bits or read every word? A. Nope. I read everything - and I mean everything. I just about proof-read the books I get into, noting punctuation choices, the frequency of particular words, even the style of sentence construction (I got into grammar as a kid!) As a result I am an incredibly slow reader.

Q. Did you like to read as a child? A. I wasn’t a really great reader. I was more into music. It was not until I found ‘The Lord of the Rings’ that I really understood how engrossing and wonderful reading could be.

Q. Estimate the number of books you own. A. Thousands.

Where’s the strangest place you have ever read? A. In a hot air balloon. I was reading a map to try and figure out what part of Melbourne we were flying over.

Q. W  hat author or illustrator has most influenced you? How have they done so? A. An English illustrator called Kit Williams did a book called Masquerade that was a huge inspiration to me - it showed me that picture books didn’t have to be simple but could be challenging and sophisticated and complex and multi-layered... all the things I like!

C om i n g Today We Have No Plans Jane Godwin & Anna Walker Hardback RRP $24.99 From the creators of the much-loved All Through the Year comes a journey through a week in the life of an Australian family, celebrating those precious days that have no plans. Age: 2+ October release, advance orders welcome

Queen Victoria’s Christmas Jackie French and Bruce Whatley Hardback RRP $24.99 Something strange is happening at the palace and the dogs can’t work it out. The cooks are busy ... are royal visitors arriving? Mysterious parcels are arriving. And most curious of all ... what is that tree doing in Prince Albert’s study? From the creators of the delightful Queen Victoria’s Underpants come the story of the first ‘traditional’ Christmas, complete with a Christmas tree and presents for the family, as seen from the point of view of Queen Victoria’s dogs. Age: 4+ October release, advance orders welcome

Gobbledygook is Eating a Book Justine Clarke Hardback RRP $19.99

Something is coming. Can you see? It snuffles and gruffles. What can it be? Look! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook! It’s ripping up pages and eating a book! A rollicking tale, full of irresistible rhyme and song-like rhythm, of a little girl and her younger brother who take on the task of introducing a slightly out-of-control monster to the joys of reading. Age: 2+ November release, advance orders welcome


s a h C r m i t r s o f up Ruby Redfort: Take Your Last Breath Lauren Child Hardback RRP $19.99 Everyone’s favourite girl detective is back for a second mind-blowing instalment, packed with all the offthe-wall humour, action Jacket image not available and friendship of the at the time of printing. first book. This time, though, it’s an adventure on the wide open ocean, and Ruby is all at sea… Age: 9+ October release, advance orders welcome

Path of Beasts: The Keepers 3 Lian Tanner Hardback RRP $22.99 Goldie is back and in order to stop the bombardment of the museum, save the children and defeat the Fugleman once and for all, she must walk the Beast Road, an ancient pathway so secret and perilous that no one has ever returned from it. The thrilling conclusion to the highly successful Keepers trilogy. Age: 9+ October release, advance orders welcome

Grimm Tales: For Young and Old Philip Pullman

Under Wildwood Colin Meloy & Carson Ellis (illus) Hardback RRP $19.99 In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasyadventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood. Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training. But all is not well in that world. In what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood. Age: 8+ November release, advance orders welcome

Mark of Athena: Heroes of Olympus V3 Rick Riordan Paperback RRP $19.99

In this beautiful book of classic fairy tales, award-winning author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a ’clear as water’ retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice. Age: 5+

The phenomenally successful Rick Riordan is back with the next thrilling instalment of the Heroes of Olympus series. Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick’s first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2006. Age: 12+

October release, advance orders welcome

2nd October release, advance orders welcome

Hardback RRP $40.00


s a m t s i r h C New for The Power of Five, Book Five: Oblivion Anthony Horowitz Hardback RRP $19.95 Having escaped from Hong Kong, the Five Gatekeepers - Matt, Pedro, Scott, Jamie and Scarlett - are scattered in a hostile and dangerous world. As they struggle to regroup and plan their next move, the malevolent King of the Old Ones gathers his forces in Oblivion: a desolate landscape where the last survivors of humanity must fight the ultimate battle. The epic fifth and final instalment in the bestselling fantasy series The Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz. Age: 12+ 4th October release, advance orders welcome

About Anthony Horowitz Anthony Horowitz is one of the most popular contemporary children’s writers, and his bestselling The Power of Five books are enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of the awardwinning Alex Rider series and the highly acclaimed Diamond Brothers detective stories. Anthony has won many major awards, including the Bookseller Association/Nielsen Author of the Year Award, the Children’s Book of the Year Award at the British Book Awards and the Red House Children’s Book Award. He also writes extensively for TV, with programs including Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders and Collision.


Voyage of the Unquiet Ice: The Ship Kings 2 Andrew McGahan Hardback RRP $22.99 From the decaying splendour of the Twelfth Kingdom, to the bitter cold of the frozen North, will this be a voyage of great danger or great opportunity? And what of Nell, the scapegoat girl, is she an ally or an enemy? The second adventure in Andrew McGahan’s brilliant Ship Kings series. Age: 14+ November release, advance orders welcome

Quintana of Charyn Melina Marchetta Paperback RRP $24.99 Separated from the girl he loves and has sworn to protect, Froi and his companions travel through Charyn searching for Quintana and building an army that will secure her unborn child’s right to rule. A spine-tingling and unforgettable final volume in the Lumatere Chronicles. Age: 14+ October release, advance orders welcome

Convent Maureen McCarthy Paperback RRP $22.99 Layers of family history combine in the stories of three generations of women and the hundred-year history of the Abbotsford Convent and explosively intersect as the past comes to claim its dues. Age: 14+ October release, advance orders welcome

The Children’ s Book Council of Austr alia

Shortlist 2012 The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) celebrates Australian children’s literature and its creators, and seeks to engage the community with literature for young Australians. Each year the CBCA run the Book of the Year Awards, and supports the Children’s Book Week - the longest running children’s festival in Australia. Here is this year’s CBCA shorlist of titles by category. The Winner and Honour Book/s will be announced on Friday 17th August 2012.

Older Readers 1. Ishmael and the Hoops of Steel Michael Gerard Bauer (Scholastic) 2. A Straight Line to my Heart Bill Condon (Allen & Unwin) 3. The Golden Day Ursula Dubosarsky (Allen & Unwin) 4. The Dead I Know Scot Gardner (Allen & Unwin) 5. S  hip Kings: The Coming of the Whirlpool Andrew McGahan (Allen & Unwin) 6. When We Were Two Robert Newton (Penguin)

Early Childhood 1. The Runaway Hug Nick Bland, Ill. Freya Blackwood (Scholastic) 2. Come Down, Cat! Sonya Hartnett, Ill. Lucia Masciullo (Penguin) 3. That’s Not a Daffodil! Elizabeth Honey (Allen & Unwin) 4. The Last Viking Norman Jorgensen, Ill. James Foley (Fremantle Press) 5. No Bears Meg McKinlay, Ill. Leila Rudge (Walker Books) 6. Rudie Nudie Emma Quay (HarperCollins)

Younger Readers 1. Crow Country Kate Constable (Allen & Unwin) 2. Brotherband: The Outcasts John Flanagan (Random House) Available in Bolinda Audio format 3. Nanberry: Black Brother White Jackie French (HarperCollins) 4. The Truth About Verity Sparks Susan Green (Walker Books) 5. Bungawitta Emily Rodda, Ill. Craig Smith (Scholastic) 6. The Golden Door Emily Rodda (Scholastic)

Picture Book 1. Look, a Book! Libby Gleeson, Ill. Freya Blackwood (Hardie Grant Egmont) 2. The Dream of the Thylacine Margaret Wild, Ill. Ron Brooks (Allen & Unwin) 3. For All Creatures Glenda Millard, Ill. Rebecca Cool (Walker Books) 4. A Bus Called Heaven Bob Graham (Walker Books) 5. No Bears Meg McKinlay, Ill. Leila Rudge (Walker Books) 6. Flood Jackie French, Ill. Bruce Whatley (Scholastic)

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 1. The Little Refugee Anh Do & Suzanne Do, Ill. Bruce Whatley (Allen & Unwin) 2. One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island Alison Lester, & Coral Tulloch (Penguin) 3. Queensland Art Gallery Surrealism for Kids Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art 4. Bilby Secrets Edel Wignell, Ill. Mark Jackson (Walker Books) 5. Fromelles: Australia’s Bloodiest Day at War Carole Wilkinson (Black Dog Books) 6. Playground Nadia Wheatley (Ed), Ill. Ken Searle (Allen & Unwin)

Prices listed in this catalogue as RRP refer to publishers’ recommended retail prices. While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy of price and availability, these may be subject to change without notice by publishers. Some bookstores may not be able to hold stock of every book in this guide but in most cases, any title not currently in stock can easily be ordered in at your request. All special prices and offers are valid from 13/08/12 until 30/11/12 unless otherwise stated or stock has sold out.

M o r e b o ok s g a l o r e Unforgotten Tohby Riddle Hardback RRP $35.00 Nobody knows where they come from. But they come. Impossible birds of the big sky and the long night... So begins this timely and timeless story, told in magnificent images and words by master storyteller, Tohby Riddle. A triumph of quiet beauty. ‘Reading this book is like being quietly ushered into another dimension by winged strangers, a place beyond the tread of normal earthbound language. Ephemeral as a feather, timeless as a rock, and as true as both, Unforgotten is a magical experience.’ - Shaun Tan. Age: 12+ September release, advance orders welcome

Coraline, 10th Anniversary Edition Neil Gaiman

Paperback RRP $14.99 There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her. It’s the other house - where mother and father WIN another with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them. And they want her to stay with them ... forever. Age: 11+ SPECIAL OFFER: WIN a special Hardback edition. For details go to the competition page at

The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket John Boyce Paperback RRP $19.95 Barnaby Brocket is anything but normal - he appears to defy the laws of gravity - and floats. Barnaby’s mother decides enough is enough - Barnaby has to go ... Betrayed, frightened and alone, Barnaby begins a magical journey around the world and realises that nothing can make you happier than just being yourself. Age: 7+

September release, advance orders welcome


Children's Catalogue  

All the lastest children's books for Spring/Summer 2012