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.
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