This is the mixed-up summer that twelve-year-old June Farrell learns about making the best pies and sticking by her family – even if it means facing bullying and shame.
Month: February 2017
Gary, John, and their dad are lost without their mum, who died in a car accident. Fourteen-year old Gary feels locked in his own pain which is made worse by his falling grades at school and his inability to come to terms with his mum’s death. He begins to go off the rails, getting involved with local thugs and teetering on the brink of being on the wrong side of the law.
The Word of Mouse is about a sky-blue mouse called Isaiah “whose life has been one big fright fest”. Isaiah gets separated from his family and has to find his way back.
When Mr Hare discovers a R200 note in his doorway and sees Mr Mandela’s face on it, he decides it must belong to him. He calls all the animals to announce that he will brave the city of Johannesburg to find him. The animals all warn him that he can’t read so he needs to be careful he doesn’t get lost in the ‘city of readers’.
We can’t wait for this debut novel about a young girl who discovers a love for running in the midst of a family tragedy. Wing Jones is a young girl in a mixed-race family who deals with her brother’s accident by searching for an escape.
Jeremy James is a little boy who always finds interesting things to do… even if the grownups sometimes wished he didn’t. Jeremy is honest to a fault, usually telling everyone exactly what he thinks and asking them a million questions in the process.
In Love is My Favourite Thing we follow the lovable story of the author’s dog Plum. Plum has lots of favorite things—catching sticks, her bear, her bed—but really, LOVE is her absolute favorite thing. Did we say we LOVE this book?
When Binky the cat moves in next door, Plum the dog can’t understand why everyone thinks Binky is so great. Plum is used to feeling like the no 1 favourite and suddenly she feels left out!
This hilarious picture book is an updated version of the classic nursery rhyme, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. Here we have a very hungry dragon who is not going to stop until he’s gulped down almost the entire kingdom, knight’s armour and all.
Ellie is a puppy with a purpose. Trained as a search and rescue dog she will be able to track down a lost child in a forest or find an injured man in a burning building. She does this all – and more – when she finds a way to ‘rescue’ her handlers, the widowed Jakob and the lonely Maya.
Follow a young boy as he discovers the collective nouns for animals, plants and the world and comes to find his own collective family at the end: ‘there is a tribe of kids’ he can belong to.
Confession: I read this book over a year ago but I didn’t feel up to writing a review because the subject matter – the angst of raising teenagers – felt too raw, too real for me at the time. You see I was a new mom of a teenager. I’d been teenagered.