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Author: John Boyne Il­lus­tra­tor: Oliver Jef­fers Pub­lisher: David Fick­ling Books, 240 pages

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Noah’s prob­lems seem eas­ier to deal with if he doesn’t think about them. So he runs away, tak­ing an un­trod­den path through the for­est. Be­fore long, he comes across a shop, full of the most amaz­ing toys, and brim­ming with the most won­der­ful magic. Here, Noah meets a very un­usual toy­maker, with a story to tell –a story of ad­ven­ture and won­der and bro­ken prom­ises. He takes Noah on a jour­ney. A jour­ney that will change his life. Author: Pub­lisher: IT’S Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, in 1943 and Mirabelle, the Aus­tralian-born daugh­ter of a Chi­nese fruit mer­chant, is 17, leav­ing school, de­sign­ing dresses and fall­ing in love. The ob­ject of her af­fec­tions is JJ, a hand­some Kuom­intang of­fi­cer posted to Aus­tralia. Then fate in­ter­venes, her for­bid­den af­fair is dis­cov­ered, and J J is posted back to China where a civil war is rag­ing. De­spite all warn­ings, Mirabel sets off for Shang­hai to find him. Author: Pub­lisher: WHEN Ja­son, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp HalfBlood, they have no idea what to ex­pect. Ap­par­ently this is the only safe place for chil­dren of the Greek Gods – de­spite the mon­sters roam­ing the woods and demigods prac­tis­ing archery with flam­ing ar­rows and ex­plo­sives. But ru­mours of a ter­ri­ble curse – and a missing hero – are fly­ing around camp. It seems Ja­son, Piper and Leo are the cho­sen ones to em­bark on a ter­ri­fy­ing new quest, which they must com­plete by the win­ter sol­stice. In just four days time. Can the trio suc­ceed on this deadly mis­sion – and what must they sac­ri­fice in or­der to sur­vive? Author: John M. Cu­sick Pub­lisher: Can­dlewick, 240 pages DAVID and Char­lie are op­po­sites. David has a mil­lion friends, on­line and off. Char­lie is a soul­ful out­sider, off the grid com­pletely. Nei­ther feels close to any­body. When David’s par­ents present him with a hot Com­pan­ion robot de­signed to en­cour­age healthy bonds and treat his “dis­so­cia­tive dis­or­der,” he can’t get enough of lus­cious red­headed Rose. How­ever, com­pan­ions come with strict in­ti­macy pro­to­cols, which means David gets an elec­tric shock if he gets to “friendly”. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Char­lie, who finds he can open up, know­ing Rose isn’t real. With Char­lie’s help, the ideal “com­pan­ion” is about to be­come her own best friend. In a stun­ning and hi­lar­i­ous de­but, John Cu­sick takes rol­lick­ing aim at In­ter­net cul­ture and our crav­ing for mean­ing­ful con­nec­tion in an uber-con­nected world. Author: Geral­dine McCaugh­rean Pub­lisher: Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity Press, 272 pages THERE isn’t much drama in Olive Town. The high­light of Cissy Siss­ney’s days are the letters from her old school­teacher, Miss Loucien, de­scrib­ing her ad­ven­tures on board an old show­boat with the Bright Lights The­atre Com­pany. When diph­the­ria breaks out in Olive Town and a silo crushes Cissy’s home, she goes, with class­mates, Kookie and Tib­bie, to stay with Miss Loucien. The ramshackle crew on­board the Sun­shine Queen sail along the “shoals and shim­mer of the Num­chuck River”, per­form­ing plays for the towns scat­tered along the shore. Cissy and her friends have a whole host of ad­ven­tures beat­ing hus­tlers at their own game, catch­ing crim­i­nals, and em­bark­ing on a dar­ing res­cue mis­sion. As their jour­ney along the river comes to an end, Cissy must put in one last per­for­mance and this time the stakes are higher than mere ap­plause. Author: Pub­lisher: ALL new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks her to get back at her ex, the gor­geous Ju­lian Kil­garry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means cre­at­ing a fake Face­book iden­tity so she can learn enough about Ju­lian to sab­o­tage him. It’s a fun and dan­ger­ous thrill at first, but Raye hadn’t counted on fall­ing for Ju­lian her­self and ig­nit­ing Ella’s rage! Author: April Henry Pub­lisher: Henry Holt and Co., 224 pages SIX­TEEN-YEAR-OLD Cheyenne Wilder is sleep­ing in the back of a car while her mom fills her pre­scrip­tion at the phar­macy. Be­fore Cheyenne re­alises what’s hap­pen­ing, their car is be­ing stolen – with her in­side! Grif­fin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the oth­ers. But once Grif­fin’s dad finds out that Cheyenne’s fa­ther is the pres­i­dent of a pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tion, ev­ery­thing changes – now there’s a rea­son to keep her. What Grif­fin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneu­mo­nia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne sur­vive this night­mare, and if she does, at what price? Author & Il­lus­tra­tor: Suzy Lee Pub­lisher: Chron­i­cle Books, 44 pages A DARK at­tic. A light bulb. An imag­i­na­tive lit­tle girl. In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed artist Suzy Lee uses these sim­ple el­e­ments to cre­ate a vis­ual tour de force that per­fectly cap­tures the joy of cre­ative play and cel­e­brates the power of imag­i­na­tion. Stun­ning in their sim­plic­ity, Lee’s il­lus­tra­tions, in just two shades of colour, present an ad­ven­ture that be­gins and ends with the click of a light switch.

Adele Grif­fin

Put­nam Ju­ve­nile, 208 pages

Gabrielle Wang

Pen­guin Books, 309 pages

Rick Rior­dan

Puf­fin Books, 560 pages

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