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  • 11 Oct 2023 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Title:Bidhi Galing (Big Rain)

    Author: Anita Heiss

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: Stage 2

    “With no thought for his own safety, Yarri paddled his bark canoe, leading the way with purpose, and heading out to save as many of the townsfolk as he could”.

    A glossary is provided to aid the understanding of the Wiradyuri words, and there is a QR code which will help the reader learn how to pronounce the Wiradyuri words correctly.

    This is an historical text with full page illustrations, and tells the story of the 1852 Great Flood of Gundagai, and the heroic actions of two Aboriginal men ( Yarri and Jacky Jacky).

    The reader will gain insight into the Wiradyuri culture, local knowledge and language through the eyes of Yarri’s daughter, Wagadhanny.

    KLAs: History; Geography

  • 11 Oct 2023 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: Eleanor Jones is NOT a Murderer

    Author: Amy Doak

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: Older Readers (contains drug references)


    "I'm sorry I thought you were a drug-dealing, knife-wielding psychopathic killer."

    This time he does laugh. " Well, thank you Eleanor Jones for saying that." (Page 94)

    An immensely readable Australian novel by author, Amy Doak.  Set in a small country town, it takes the new girl, Eleanor Jones, and has her involved in an attempted murder on her first day at a new school.  This is Eleanor's ninth school in five years. As she and her mum move so often, Eleanor has a technique for moving into new schools - stay on the outer and observe.  Unfortunately, another student that she meets on her first day and offers to help with his chemistry homework is stabbed that night and Eleanor has left the last text message on his mobile. Eleanor decides to investigate the stabbing with the help of an eclectic group of friends.  A real page-turner. 

  • 21 Sep 2023 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Title:What will you make today?

    Author: Maura Perlot

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: ES1 - Stage 2

    “In a world where anything’s possible, what will you make today?”


    This book is a series of questions, accompanied by simple full-page illustrations that hold clues as to what is happening. Whilst a simple text, it is thought-provoking in that it encourages the reader to think about the possible answers to questions within the book. We each have a voice and a choice, and how we use our voice can bring about change for the better. The book ends with an interesting page outlining six new pedagogies for learning.

    KLA: PDHPE; Science & Technology; Geography

  • 21 Sep 2023 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: A Girl Called Justice

    Author: Elly Griffiths

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: all students

    ""Stella" said Justice, "What was the name of the girl who got lost in the fog?"


    "When we first did games, you told me that Miss Thomas had once lost a girl during a cross-country run when the fog came down. What was her name?"" (Page 205)

    Justice Jones knew that as soon as she saw her new school, it had the potential for murder. The Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk lived up to her expectations - unexplained deaths, alleged hauntings, disappearing chamber maids and inedible food. When a blizzard cuts the school off from the outside world, can Justice save her friends from a killer?

    A beautifully written book by the author, Elly Griffiths, who writes the "Ruth Galloway Mysteries" for adults. Highly recommended for all students.

    Links to "Reading for Leisure: and the English Curriculum

  • 21 Sep 2023 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Title:Harriet's Hungry Worms

    Author: Samantha Smith

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: ES1 - Stage 1

    “And it was full of…slimy, hungry worms. Nine hundred-&-eighty-three of them to be exact”.

    A delightful alliterative text, with bold colourful collage-style illustrations. The facial expressions of the worms will amuse young readers as will the discovery of the benefits of compost, worms and worm wee. The book finishes with simple facts about worms, particularly what to feed compost worms. A picture book that would pique student’s interest in how worm farms work and their important place in the ecosystem.

    KLA: Science & Technology

  • 21 Sep 2023 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: The Crown

    Author: Emily Kapff

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: ES1 - Stage 2

    “We have never met, you and I. I speak from the future which is not yours yet. It is being shaped.”

    A book with few words, and beautifully illustrated with delicate colours and careful detail. A girl wears a crown made from rubbish, and she stands upon a landfill hill. In the rubbish she discovers a picture book depicting the beauty of nature in a time before hers. As she ponders the wonderful animals and environments that once were, the girl encourages us to protect the world of nature now. This book would be a great resource to use to introduce a unit on environment and waste.

    KLA: Science & Technology; Geography

  • 21 Sep 2023 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: Murder by the Seaside

    Edited by: Cecily Gayford

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: 7-10

    Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears thick-soled shooting-boots and a grey cloak, smoked Indian cigars, uses a cigar-holder, and carries a blunt penknife in his pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be enough to aid us in our search" (Page 24).

    A collection of ten classic mystery and suspense stories by writers from the Golden Age. Ranging from detectives such as Sherlock Homes, Father Brown through to Superintendent Wilson, they are very entertaining and in the short story format, makes for easy and light reading on the topical subject of "Murder"

    An entertaining book of short stories by well-known Crime Fiction authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Michael Inness and Gladys Mitchell.

    Links to "Reading for Leisure" and the English Curriculum

  • 14 Aug 2023 11:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: Remember Triple zero Heroes

    Author: J.E. Miller

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: 7-10

    “They help us all and make the world a better place to live.”

    In this story a young child ‘steps into the shoes of others’ to experience what their job entails. 

    The story carries a message encouraging the reader to develop an understanding and respect for the way in which people help out in the community, often putting their own lives at risk. 

    This book is shortlisted on the Speech Pathology Australian Book of the Year Awards, age category 8-10 year olds, nominated for children’s language and literacy development.

    Links to PDHPE Curriculum

  • 14 Aug 2023 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: The Concrete Garden

    Author: Bob Graham

    Reviewer: Donna Dobson

    Audience: 5+

    "The picture crossed deserts and mountains and cities. It bounced across the world…"

    Lockdown, children living in high rise apartments, time to venture outdoors. Armed with chalk and imagination, the children take over the concrete basketball court, creating ‘a beautiful and exotic garden…And the Queen of Swirls ruled’.

    The innocence and creativity of children making the best of what’s in front of them is revealed in this book. The children create a massive piece of art that is shared online once, then quickly multiplies until it is shared around the world. 

    Links to Science and Art Curriculums.

  • 14 Aug 2023 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Title: The Jammer

    Author: Nova Weetman

    Reviewer: Rhonda Bruce

    Audience: Middle Grade

    "And I heard the wire door, banging my way outside to the hot summer night and no more conversations about the derby. Behind me, I hear quiet whispery voices like everyone is trying to work out how to deal with me. And everything hurts like I've taken a bad fall on wheels." (Page 68)

    Fred is a twelve-year old  whose name was chosen by her Dereby-mad Mum to rhyme with her derby name, Fred the Dead. Fred lives and breathes derby and started skating as soon as she could walk. Her derby roller kit is now at the bottom of the Brisbane River. Fred is struggling with major changes in her life including grief, growing up, relationships and belonging. 

    This is a book that handles coping with grief in a sensitive way and the tumultuous changes that can occur in life.

    Links to the English Curriculum


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