Allen and Unwin, 2017. ISBN 9781760293635
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. Paris. Romance. Art. Fashion. When eighteen year old Lisette hits Paris for the summer holidays before going to uni in Melbourne, she is aware that she is doing something her mother always dreamed of doing. Mum has arranged that she stay with Madame Christophe, a clairvoyant she met online and Lisette will take French lessons to improve her language skills as well as gain an appreciation of the arts and fashion, touring art galleries and haute couture. From the start the reader is aware of some tension between Lisette and her mother who raised her after her artist lover abandoned her and fled to Wales.
With misgivings Lisette goes along to French lessons in her vintage punk and Doc Martins, only to be challenged by much she sees and hears.
Her great-grandmother was the proud owner of a Chanel jacket and with a seamstress mother, fashion is part of her makeup.
But she does not reckon with the men she meets and readers will laugh out loud as I did, when Lisette consents to being a model for one of the art students at her French class, and then has a worrying time trying to work out what to wear to disrobe.
But try as she might, this man is not for her and accidentally meeting an Englishman in the park, begins to fall in love.
This funny, absorbing coming of age novel, full of references to Paris, fashion, art galleries and food will fascinate teenage girls yearning like Lisette to try all that Paris offers.
Paris invades every page: its sights and sounds, colours, fashion, architecture and people are the thread of the novel, making every reader want to go and capture the essence of the city, while those who have been will wish to return.
Lisette has some real choices to make, but is always aware of her return ticket to Australia and the looming departure date. Finding that her dead father left her money, allows her to make a decision that had been impossible and in ringing his widow, finds common ground with the woman she has never met. Middle secondary girls will love Lisette, seeing Paris through her eyes, looking at her options as she becomes more involved with Hugo who must return to England. Bateson has again produced a wonderfully entertaining story of a young girl in an unfamiliar situation, potent with choices, impelling the readers to ponder what choice they would make.
Lisette is surrounded by beautifully written characters that will endear the reader to Lisette and her friends. Hugo is an enigma but adorable, Madam Christophe magnificent with her tarot cards and scarves, Fabienne stunning with her stilettos, Anders and Gabi ooze early warning signals, while the girls Lisette meets give her courage. All of her experiences encourage her to take her own path, to find her own way, to be herself. And she does.
Barrington Stoke, 2016. ISBN 9781911370024
(Age: 15+) Recommended. Sexual content. Fiction. Romance. Tragedy. Teenage. The book, Girl detached, falls under the umbrella of romance and tragedy. Aleksandra (Alek) is a teenage girl with a bad stutter. Living under the roof of her...
Ill. by Stephen Michael King. Allen & Unwin, 2017. ISBN
(Age: 5-8) Recommended. Early chapter book. Humour. Friendship. Adventure. With two Figaro and Rumba stories in one book, newly independent readers will thrill to the adventures of these two friends.
Allen and Unwin, 2017 ISBN 9781760295554
(Age: 9+) Recommended. School. Martial arts. Chase talks directly to the reader, enfolding them into his world of being a Ninja. Eleven year old Chase has an unromantic view of himself, scrawny, unpopular, not good at sports, a reader, but when...
Ill. by Orion Zangara. The Stoneman mysteries bk 1. Graphic
Universe, 2016. ISBN 9781512411553
Graphic Novel. Murder mystery. Dark fantasy. Set in Edinburgh in the 1930s this very dark graphic tale begins with a murder and suicide rescue, and a talking Gargoyle on a local...
Ill. by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins, 2016. ISBN 9780008124090
(Age: 11 - adult) Highly recommended. War, peace, Animals, Foxes. When his gruff and distant father leaves to fight in the war, motherless Peter is forced to stay with his grandfather and made to abandon his pet, a fox called...
Ill. by Kate Hindley. Simon and Schuster, 2016. ISBN 9781471157868
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. The Royal Rabbits of London is a richly rewarding adventure story for newly confident chapter book readers to enjoy. Shylo Tawny-Tail lives with his family in a deep burrow in the...
PanMacmillan, 2016. ISBN 9781743548097
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. The Twins of Tintarfell is a completely captivating fantasy adventure novel by author James O'Loughlin. The plot changes directions, focuses on different characters and their decisions and actions and is...
An Assassin's Creed series. Scholastic, 2016. ISBN
(Age: 12+) 15 year old Owen's life has not been the same since his father was imprisoned for a murder Owen is sure he didn't commit and then died in prison. His mum has to work long hours and they live with his...
Frances Lincoln, 2016.
Amelia Earhart by Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Ill. by Maria Diamantes. ISBN 9781847808851
Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser. Ill. by Leire Salaberria. ISBN 9781847808905
(Age: 5-8) Highly recommended. Frances Lincoln Children's Books have published...
Ill. by Danielle Donald. Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781760156251
(Age: 9-12) Highly recommended. Move over Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, Tracy Lacy is ready to take her place in the illustrated diary genre. With a distinctive voice, unique personality, loyal friends and a crazy...
Ill. by Evie Kemp. Starfish Bay, 2016. ISBN 9781877378416
(Age: 2-5) Janene Cooper introduces us to a little girl whose dog just doesn't conform, he's not like that! Grandad's dog is a guard dog, while Uncle's is clever and the neighbour's dog is fierce barking at the local cats and...
Walker Books Australia, 2016, ISBN 9781922179647
(Age: Secondary) Recommended. Science fiction. Future. Dystopian fiction. 'Love, freedom and future, in a final attempt to right the wrongs of the Affinity Project and save her family' (New Zealand author, Rachael Craw's elevator pitch for...
Ill. by Jules Faber. ABC Books, 2016. ISBN 9780733335662
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Entertainer and author Andy Jones understands exactly the kind of things that children love to read and gross body humour rates highly. Burps, pus, dancing in your underpants, vomit and so much more are...
Picccadilly Press, 2016. ISBN 9781848125742
(Age: 10+) Magic. Good vs evil. Friendship. Heroism. Annabel Grey is an ordinary but vibrant girl living in London during the era when young ladies were raised to decorate and adorn and needed to learn the refinements of a delicate life...
Magabala Books 2016. ISBN 9781925360448
(Ages: 2-4) Recommended. Written by Australian author and illustrator, Bronwyn Houston, Animals in my garden is a vibrant and richly textured counting book that will engage toddlers to learn about the unique Australian animals found outside...
Magabala Books, 2016. ISBN 9781925360431
(Age: 3-6) Recommended. Published by Australian company Magabala Books which aims to promote, preserve and publish Indigenous Australian culture, Shane Morgan's Cheeky animals reflects just that. Cheeky animals successfully captures...
Ill. by Tony Ross. Harper Collins Children's Books, 2016. ISBN
(Age: Independent readers) Themes: Humour; Hospitals/Illness; Hope; Adventure; Friendship. Walliams has created a great story that is Dahl-esque in style and quality, and fun for all ages. The children in the...
Monsarrat series. Vintage Books, 2016. ISBN 9780857989369
The Monsarrat series begins with an absolutely mesmerising story of a trusted convict at Port Macquarie in the north of New South Wales. It is 1825, and Monsarrat, a convict with a legal background who does the...
Ill. by Gumbi. Starfish Bay Children's Books, 2016. ISBN
(Age: 5+) Recommended. Humour, Crabs, Sewing. Zhao Bingbo is a prominent author working at the Zhejiang College of Liberal Arts. He is the Vice-President of the Hangzhou Writers Association, and has many children's...
Tommy Bell Bushranger Boy bk. 2. Big Sky Publishing. ISBN
(Age: 7-9) Recommended. After his first escapade, Tommy now has some understanding of bushrangers, their lives and the history of the Australian goldfields. His teacher Mrs O'Grady is certainly surprised; she...
Starlight stables series. Puffin Books, 2016. ISBN
(Age: 8-12) Horses, Friendship, Adventure. Twelve years old Poppy is at her Aunt Sophie and Uncle Mark's property, a riding school Starlight Stables, with her friends, Milly and Katie, and soon her best friend,...
Scholastic, 2015. ISBN 9780545552738
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Natalie Lloyd's warm-hearted debut novel celebrates the mystical and magical, families and friendships, the interconnectedness of village life, the impact of past decisions and the importance of making things right. She weaves...
Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781760156930
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Me and Moo and Roar too is a beautifully illustrated picture book. The main characters are Me, a young boy, and Moo, a cow. They are the best of friends and have had a book written about the two of them already. In...
Greenwillow Books, 2015. ISBN 9780062670328
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Mental illness (Schizophrenia). High school. Friendship. Relationships. YA books can deal with tough issues, Made you up addresses the difficult world of schizophrenia. In this book Alex deals with the struggle of...
Starfish Bay Publishing 2016. ISBN 9781760360016
(Ages 7-10) Recommended. Join the Ogglies of Smelliville as they organize a birthday party to cheer up their pet dragon, Firebottom. Written and illustrated by Erhard Dietl, The Ogglies: A dragon party for Firebottom is one of three...
Hachette, 2016. ISBN 9780733635755
(Age: Teens) Highly recommended for all school libraries. Themes: teenagers, puberty, love, friendship, sex, gender identity, depression, bullying, health. 'All of the answers, none of the awks' claims this teen guide. Based on the Australian teen...
Candlewick Press, 2016. ISBN 9780763675769
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Applesauce Weather is a beautifully illustrated story told through poetry. Faith and Peter know Uncle Arthur will arrive when the first apple falls and the first two poems introduce this brother and sister...
Phaidon Press 2016. ISBN 9780714871264
(Age: 2-5) Recommended. Written by internationally bestselling author, Taro Gomi, Growing Together is a four book box set designed to share. Neatly backed in a sturdy display box, readers will find four small books titled Growing,...
Ill. by Andy Isaac. Axel and BEAST series. Hardie Grant Egmont,
2016. ISBN 9781760127800
(Age: 7+) Recommended. What happens when a giant shape-shifting robot BEAST crash-lands in Axel's garage? Twelve-year old gamer Axel's life changes dramatically. One minute, he is...
Ill. by Mitch Vane. Danny Best series bk. 2. ABC Books, 2016. ISBN
(Age: 6-8) Recommended. Diary narratives are an extremely popular genre for young readers. Now author Jen Storer's Danny Best is a larger than life character who believes he is a total legend,...
Ill. by Sabine Dully. Starfish Bay, 2016. ISBN 9781760360139
(Age: 3-7) Recommended. Gregor, the little green monster has all the right attributes, he loves to shout ear-splittingly loud, he is also horrendously strong, and frighteningly fast. Unfortunately, one day a nasty thought...
Hal Challis series. Text Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9781925355260
(Age: secondary to adult) Highly recommended. Crime fiction, Victoria. When a bushfire erupts over Mornington Peninsula a burnt out Mercedes is found with two charred bodies, and the remains of a rifle. DNA is the only...
Wakefield Press, 2016. ISBN 9781743054499
(Age: Secondary) Recommended. Stuart Traynor spent 8 years researching the history of central Australia for this book, and it shows in the meticulous detailed recording of the lives spent in the outback - from the explorers who tried to find a...
Ill. by Tom Jellett. Lothian, 2017. ISBN 9780734416926
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Dogs. Animals. Pets. Cricket. Friendship. Family. Arlo the dog simply adores cricket. He can't bowl or bat but he excels in the field. He is the fastest in the field to get to the ball, keeping his eye...
A scare of a dare. ISBN 9781943330140
Bullies and buddies. ISBN 9781943330140
(Age: 7-9) Another fan fiction series recorded in the ever-popular diary style format made famous by Jeff Kinney's Wimpy kid. These books are simplistic, easy to...
Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781681190655
(Age: 6+) Recommended. Friendship. Reading. Loneliness. A little pig called Piggy simply loves to read. He reads day and night in his library, and his favourite book is about two friends. But one day he realises that he is down to his last book. He...
Nobrow, 2016. ISBN 9781910620137
(Age: 12+) Recommended. Picture book for older readers. Night lights is a beautifully illustrated story, touching on how fear can make us doubt ourselves. At night, Sandy's imagination allows her to catch the lights that come into her room. She...
Chicken House, 2016. ISBN 9781910655245
(Age: 9+) Recommended. The secret cooking club is a delicious story, filled with family, food and friends. Twelve-year-old Scarlett's life is a mess, her mother is a blogger who writes about the ups-and-downs of family life. These blogs...
Starfish Bay, 2016. ISBN 9781760360146
(Age: 3-5) New Zealand author-illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson brings a true story to life in The Roadman boogie. The Roadman controls the traffic with his large stop sign as the digger fills the truck at the side of the highway. He is...
Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 97801876678470
Teacher reference. Primary School. Highly recommended. Literature to Support the Science Curriculum Foundation - 7 is a collection of fiction and some non-fiction books linked to the Australian Science curriculum. Teachers and...
Pledger Consulting, 2016. ISBN 9781876678456
Teacher reference. What a great resource for those charged with purchasing or recommending reading material for Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. The Middle School aged reader can have specific interests or reading demands and keeping...