30,000 years ago, before the pyramids are built, before the Ice Age comes and goes, and before Neanderthals become extinct, the Yam tribe live in peace on Bird Island. But the Crocodile tribe have other ideas... The ferocious Crocodile warriors have already killed Bent Beak's pa, and now they seem determined to take out his whole tribe. The only way to survive is to flee the island. But where will they go? As the Yam tribe brave the perils of the sea, will they survive the voyage into the unknown, and what awaits them just over the horizon? An enthralling story about the plight of the very first boat people, of their desperation, bravery and hope.
Longlisted, Gold Inky Award, 2014
What’s the craziest thing your mum has asked you to do?
Nina doesn’t have a conventional family. Her family robs banks—even she and her twelve-year-old brother Tom are in on the act now. Sophia, Nina’s mother, keeps chasing the thrill: ‘Anyway, their money’s insured!’ she says.
After yet another move and another new school, Nina is fed up and wants things to change. This time she’s made a friend she’s determined to keep: Spencer loves weird words and will talk to her about almost anything. His mother has just left home with a man who looks like a body-builder vampire, and his father and sister have stopped talking.
Spencer and Nina both need each other as their families fall apart, but Nina is on the run and doesn’t know if she will ever see Spencer again. Steph Bowe, author ofGirl Saves Boy, once again explores the hearts and minds of teenagers in a novel full of drama, laughter and characters with strange and wonderful ways.
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Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.
Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.
At the end of the world, near the border with Germany, stands a house as long as nine open arms. Half hidden behind trees and shrubs rises a wide brick wall, topped with two attic windows, each no bigger than a dishcloth. The walls have been whitewashed and the wooden floor is bare, as if the house is waiting. Waiting for someone to move in.
It is the summer of 1937, and it hasn't rained for seven weeks when Fing and her family of nine move into Nine Open Arms, along with their handcart of meagre belongings. 'The Dad' is a man who does all kinds of jobs and none of them well, while Oma Mei courageously holds everything together, including the family's history in her Crocodile bag full of pictures and stories. But as the year progresses, the family just gets poorer.
Meanwhile, Fing and her two sisters, wild Muulke and fearful Jess, begin to discover strange mysteries...a bed that looks like a tombstone, and an unmarked grave in the cemetery.
Nine Open Arms is an exceptional imagined historical mystery - the story of a very special home, the eccentric families who have lived within it, and the unexpected ties that emerge between the two...
Wandering Souls is the remarkable true story of an ordinary man. Author, Stuart Hawley, only began having experiences with the spirit world at the age of 57. Here he reveals how his life changed, as his amazing gift continued, bringing him and those around him wonderful messages from those who have passed over to the other side. Stuart recounts the contact he had with several “wandering souls” in need of help to find their families and allowing them to pass over and be at peace, the research involved and the reunions he was privileged to witness, and the relationship he was fortunate to build with his own spirit guides. This is a lovely collection of stories that sceptics, fence sitters and believers alike will enjoy.
The blurb of the book intrigued me, and I was looking for some updated additions to the 100's plus reviews were strong. Imagine my surprise when I had this book in my hot little hands, only to discover it deals largely with a girl, Emma, born in 1857, who drowned in Port Macquarie in 1869 (insert spooky music and goosebumps here!).
Cant wait to read it.
Dee loves the freedom and risk of parkour. And when he's set the ultimate parkour challenge he can't resist, but has he got himself in way over his head? Run is a paranoid thriller - genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
A senior fiction read whose pace is that of the sport it portrays.
An exceptional collection of personal stories on the meaning of ′home′, featuring Peter Goldsworthy, Andrea Goldsmith, Gabrielle Lord, Marion Halligan, Matthew Condon, Rosaleen Love, Cassandra Pybus, Ian Britain, Carmel Bird and Michael McGirr
In 1982 Steven Spielberg gave the world the imperative ′E.T. phone home′. This unlikely little clump of words went straight to the core of the matter. Connection with home is the genesis of hope.In this poignant and heartfelt collection, ten Australian writers take their own approach to the meaning of ′home′. Whether home for them is their country of origin, their town, their house or their relationships with others, almost all find that the concept of home sparks an examination of self and identity.
From Peter Goldsworthy′s recollections of towns in different parts of Australia to Andrea Goldsmith′s exploration of the home found - and lost - in another person, from Marion Halligan′s homes in both hemispheres to Matthew Condon′s discoveries about the accepted history of his home town, the writers demonstrate the ways in which home can be nurturing or full of quiet pain, fleeting or an eternal anchor
Surprising, original, and gorgeous, The River is a book about the seasons and the different kinds of experiences and stories that each season brings. Consisting almost entirely of images, The River presents each of the four seasons as its own chapter and story. A few sentences at the start of each chapter set the stage and provide clues for following each story. Beginning in autumn and ending in summer, The River is about our connection to place, as well as about the connections between geography, setting, and the stories we tell. The River is also about the flow of time, which flows like the river, and carries us.
The wordless narrative draws you in. I can recommend this - a beautiful book.
On January 30, Rubik applied for a patent on his cube (1975). On the next day, 17 years earlier, the first U.S. Satellite passed through the Van Allen radiation belt. On March 17, the airplane "black box" made its maiden voyage (1953). And what about today? Every day of the year has a rich scientific and technological heritage just waiting to be uncovered, and Wired's top-flight science-trivia book MAD SCIENCE collects them chronologically, from New Year's Day to year's end, showing just how entertaining, wonderful, bizarre, and relevant science can be.
Not your average science reference text but a great cornucopia of a whole range of scientific stuff. Worth a look if you're into science and technology or just in knowing how things tick.
Seventeen Australian Authors are interviewed in this book and draw on their experience to discuss writing, books, language and publishing.
Literati explores their influences and inspirations, their fears and frustrations, their views on success and fame, research and writers block, critics and craft.
Belinda Alexandra Tara Moss
Selwa Anthony Jane Palfreyman Garth Nix
Alan Attwood John Marsden Di Morrissey
Carmel Bird Mark Rubbo Matthew Reilly
JohnBirmingham Sonya Hartnett Shane Maloney
Peter Craven Andy Griffiths Louise Zaetta
Robert Drew Tony Shillitoe
Kathryn Fox Celestine Hitiura Vaite
Sometimes geography can feel like a huge mass of info to learn by rote and remember. But it's actually an incredibly important way to make sense of our complex and unpredictable world. From glaciers and global warming to latitude and longitude, this book goes right to the point, providing students with 101 of the most important geographic facts they'll need to know. It's fast, it's fun, and it's the perfect introduction to a subject that's cooler than kids ever imagined!
Bear in in mind that this is a US publication and some of the information has a northern hemisphere bent. However, highly readable - simple accessible facts about geography.
This is a great starting point to organise your ideas for any sort of venture.
The information is simple and easy to understand. It provokes you to think about reasons for starting a business, and how to test the waters for its viability.
If you're in year 8 and about to start Mind Matters, this would be a terrific book to look at - not only if you are doing the tasks relating to making a business plan, but for helping with a range of tasks on the grid.
Well worth a look!
Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an approach to learning and teaching that aims to develop reasoning and judgement. Students learn to listen to and respect their peers' opinions, think creatively and work together to develop a deeper understanding of concepts central to their own lives and the subjects they are studying. With the teacher adopting the role of facilitator, a true community develops in which rich and meaningful dialogue results in enquiry of the highest order.
Each chapter is written by a leading P4C expert and provides an introduction to the relationship between P4C and the subject area, lesson stimuli and activities for extending and deepening students' thinking. The book includes:
• guidance on how to embed P4C in curriculum subjects in a crowded and demanding secondary curriculum timetable
• troubleshooting advice for the teacher-turned-facilitator
• a companion website containing useful links, downloadable resources and material to display on your interactive whiteboard.
Edited and collated by the UK's leading P4C organisation, this book introduces a rationale for using and adapting P4C in the secondary curriculum.
I've dipped in and out of this one a little and its provoking thought and challenging ways of presenting content and ideas to promote deep thinking.
I do want to spend more time getting to know this book and maybe taking it out on a few excursions into the classroom.
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