Junior fiction

Peace Maker

Malorie Blackman, illustrated by Matthew Griffin

Format: Paperback

AUD $11.99

Powerful future drama exploring what it means to be human. Mitch and her mother live among a peaceful race who avoid fighting through the 'peacemaker' chips inserted in their arms. But when an alien ship confronts Mitch's home, they need a champion to defend the ship. Can Mitch step up?

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The Boy And The Globe

Tony Bradman and illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones

Format: Paperback

AUD $12.99

A lively and compelling novel published to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, woven from the few known facts of his young life.

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Out For The Count

Anne Fine, illustrated by Vicki Gausden

Format: Paperback

AUD $13.99

A funny and thought-provoking Little Gem from Anne Fine, with sensitive and charming artwork by illustration star Vicki Gausden.

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Flyboy (Wings #1)

Tom Palmer

Format: Paperback

AUD $11.99

First in the Wings trilogy. Jatinder seems to be living his dream - he's training for his team's youth squad, and his host parents Steve and Esther are really great. But the other kids are always on the alert for anything that makes a player different, and Jatinder is definitely that. Steve reckons it's good to be different - look at his own hero, Hardit Singh Malik. That night Jatinder wakes up in a seriously surprising situation - flying Hardit's WWI fighter plane into enemy airspace.

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The Ostrich Of Pudding Lane

Jeremy Strong

Format: Paperback

AUD $12.99

A silly and delightful tale of ostrich-related chaos from King of Comedy Jeremy Strong (The 100-mile an Hour Dog, My Brother's Famous Bottom), with added moustaches. Warning: moustaches may fall off due to snorts of laughter. Pudding Lane may be the only primary school in the UK with a real, live ostrich for a mascot. She comes to the school as an escapee from the ostrich farm and soon wins a place in the hearts of staff and pupils alike. Rival schools and Ofsted beware as Pudding Lane prepares to deploy its tall, feathery secret weapon against all comers. Brilliantly illustrated in black-and-white by Sarah Horne, this Conkers edition includes jokes, quizzes and traceand- cut-out activities including false moustaches.

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Blue Moon

Jenny Oldfield, illustrated by Gary Blythe

Format: Paperback

AUD $11.99

A touching and compelling tale of a young girl's love for her horse.

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Grey Island, Red Boat

Ian Beck

Format: Paperback

AUD $12.99

A jewel of a book illustrated throughout in silhouette and colour by award-winning Ian Beck (Tom Trueheart). Pictures and words weave together to create a hymn to colour, light and life. Everything on the Island of Ashes is grey, from the weather to the castle, the grass and the flowers. But then the red boat arrives, and with it a young man who believes he is cursed - everything he touches turns to colour. Princess Opal and the people of the island are enchanted, but the King is suspicious and imprisons Wendell. Opal must find a way to escape to a life filled with love and colour.

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Going Batty

John Agard, illustrated by Michael Broad

Format: Paperback

AUD $11.99

A warm, charming and ever-so-slightly batty celebration of family love, inspiring teachers and the great characters who make all our lives more interesting. Featuring the same family as 2014's All Sorts to Make a World. Shona likes most creatures in the world but for some reason she's terrified of bats, and so she's a bit concerned when her new teacher announces they're about to begin a bat project. But that's nothing to how she feels when a colony of the pesky flappers turn up in her own attic! Luckily Miss Bates turns out to be a bat expert and she's soon on the case.

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The Beast

Michaela Morgan

Format: Paperback

AUD $11.99

A fun caper from a popular author, with brilliant illustrations from the master of creepy black-and-white inky doodles, Chris Mould. When Robbie and Gaz hear a strange howling sound in the woods behind Robbie's house, they decide it's their chance to take a photo of a big cat and make a fortune selling it to the papers. Nothing quite goes according to plan, but Robbie and Gaz end up famous for entirely different reasons.

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Monster Slayer

Brian Patten

Format: Paperback

AUD $12.99

A stunning prose retelling of the Beowulf legend from award-winning Brian Patten with fabulous artwork by new Children's Laureate Chris Riddell. Jacket foiling and neon pantone print interiors combine for a really fabulous Little Gem. The monster Grendel has awoken and the townspeople are terrified. Even the King has abandoned his great Hall. Hero after hero comes to slay the monster, but no one can outwit Grendel. Only Beowulf has a chance. But when Beowulf finally triumphs, an even greater horror awakens. Grendel's mother, the Hag, wants revenge on the slayer of her son.

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