His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda ISBN 9781460756188 August 2018 RRP 22.99
From Australia’s favourite storyteller comes a story, within a story, that shows us the extraordinary power of true love and solves a decades-old mystery.
While on a history excursion, an ill-assorted group of four kids and their teacher are left on a country road when their minibus breaks down. At the suggestion of a friendly tow-truck driver, the five-take shelter in a nearby old, deserted mansion. There they find a little old desk with a secret drawer. Inside the drawer is a book containing a handwritten story and a series of vivid, strangely lifelike paintings. The book is called His Name Was Walter.
The story begins: ‘Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own.’ And so begins the tale of Walter – his lonely childhood, his flight from the haunted streets of the city, his discovery of Magda the witch, his quest to find Magda’s lost daughter, and his meeting with the love of his life, the mysterious, tragic girl he calls Sparrow.
As the night closes in around them and the story of Walter and Sparrow unfolds, the kids read it avidly. Slowly the outer and inner stories begin to mesh. Slowly the story of Walter draws the five members of the group together. And in the end every one of the five plays a vital role in the uncovering of the truth.
Recommended for 10+
Theme: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Mystery
Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther ISBN 9781460755105 July 2018
There’s never a good time to be orphaned – or abandoned … especially when you are twelve years old, and it’s the Great Depression.
In 1928, Shakespearean actors, the McAllisters, are forced to leave their daughter Adversity at the Emu Swamp Children’s Home.
They fully intend to return, but things don’t go according to plan.
Then, to make matters worse, Scrimshaw, a villainous theatrical agent, hears the talented Addie sing. He plots to use her in his next money-making venture, but when he turns up at Emu Swamp to collect his prize, Scrimshaw finds she’s run away.
Together with Macbeth, her Shakespeare-quoting cockatiel, Addie is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
Recommended for 10+
Themes: Historical Fiction, Adventure,
With Judith Rossell’s Wakestone Hall: Book 3 being released in November 2018 we thought that we would re-introduce the award-winning Withering By Sea Book 1 in the series.
Withering-by-Sea: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue Book 1 ISBN 9780733333002 RRP 24.99
High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts.
But one night, Stella sees something she shouldn’t have … Something that will set in motion an adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for …
Recommended for 9+
Themes: Fantasy, Magical, Mystery
Funny Kid Prank Wars by Matt Stanton ISBN 9780733335990 July 2018 RRP 14.99
Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.
As he and his classmates head off on a camping trip, the new boy, Tyson, decides to play some jokes of his own. Max is the funny kid … and now there’s a prank war to be won!
Monsters in the lake, smuggling ducks, dig-your-own toilets, capsizing canoes, not falling in love and beans that give you the runs are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new adventure.