An easy reading book for 8 – 12 year olds about a young teen boy and a girl who climb a tree to save it and end up finding themselves and inspiring a whole town.
“Not everything makes sense, Zu. Sometimes things just happen,” says Suzy’s (Zu’s) mom when her best friend Franny dies from drowning. Heartbroken and confused, 12 year old Suzy refuses to accept this and begins a journey to find out what could have caused her to drown. The Thing about Jellyfish is a beautiful story of friendship, grief, forgiveness and acceptance.
Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin is the third book in the Songbird Cafe Girls series for preteens about friendship, family and life.
The Judy Moody series follows the adventures of a feisty and funny girl who creates her own bucket list of things to do before she goes to Grade 4.
An award winning book about a young girl called Annabelle coming of age during the 2nd world war. While the war rages on she deals with a much closer threat – a bully who manipulates her way into their community and rips it apart.
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.
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.
What can one young girl do in the face of Islamophobia and ignorance? How do we work out what’s right and wrong in an increasingly complex world? One cold and misty morning Alix and Samir save a drowning man who turns out to be Muhammed – an undocumented Iraqi immigrant escaping torture and seeking asylum.
Just in time for Christmas look out for Elsa the Mistletoe Fairy. Rachel and Kirsty are looking forward to spending Christmas together but then Jack Frost gets up to his usual mischief and steals Elsa the Mistletoe Fairy’s magical objects.
The Rainbow Magic series of books is perfectly aimed to take your beginner reader through to a chapter book reader level. The safely predictable story lines all focus on the friendship between best friends Rachel and Kirsty and their adventures in fairy land and the mean goblin Jack Frost who is always looking to stir up trouble.
Nicholas and The Wild Ones is another Niki Daly delight – this time dealing with the eternal issue of bullying. It’s Nicholas’s first day at school and already he’s noticed the ‘wild ones’ a group of wild kids who do mean things and rule the school.
We took this book out the library and Joe, 8 loved the simple story of a bird who for the life of him cannot sing. When he does open his beak the other birds hold their ears and even his teacher, Mother Goose, gives up, telling him “I have done all I can. I’m sorry. I have failed.”