Mina and the Whole Wide World

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Mina is so excited – she’s finally getting her own room! She wants a new room more than anything in the whole world.

But before she can move in, Mina’s parents have some news. Someone is coming to live with them for a while. And that person will need Mina’s room.

Mina is heartbroken. Her parents have broken a promise! Especially when Azzami, the boy who has come to live with them, spends all his time in her room but doesn’t seem to enjoy it.

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Girl of the Southern Sea

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Nia, a girl, living in the slums of Jakarta, Indonesia, desperately wants to continue her education and become a writer. But her family can’t afford the school fees. Instead, she looks after her 5-year-old brother, Rudi, and helps her alcoholic father sell banana fritters at the market. 

But Nia is a writer. She can escape her sad existence by telling stories, taking Rudi with her. 

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The Tale of the Whale

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Where land becomes sky and the sky becomes sea,/ I first saw the whale …/ and the whale first saw me./ And high on the breeze came his sweet-sounding song – / ‘I’ve so much to show you, if you’ll come along.‘ 

The Tale of the Whale is magnificent. A child and a whale begin upon a magical journey, sailing across oceans, diving into the deep. They see a polar bear, dance with dolphins and splash high into the spray. Theirs is a journey that conjures pure joy.

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Henry Hamlet’s Heart 

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As the title suggests, Henry Hamlet’s Heart possesses an abundance of passion and, well, heart!

A sparkling queer YA romance set in Brisbane, Henry Hamlet’s Heart follows one guy and his sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking journey to love.

Henry Hamlet doesn’t know what he wants after school ends. It’s his last semester of year twelve and all he’s sure of is his uncanny ability to make situations awkward. Luckily, he can always hide behind his enigmatic best friend, Len. They’ve been friends since forever, but where Len is mysterious, Henry is clumsy; where Len is a heart-throb, Henry is a neurotic mess. Somehow it’s always worked.

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What Zola Did on Saturday

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Zola loves living on Boomerang Street with her mum and her nonna. Every day of the week is an adventure. But Zola has a problem. No matter how much she tries, she can’t keep out of trouble. Like on Saturday, when it’s tomato day at Nonna Rosa’s and Zola is helping out…

What Zola did on Saturday is the latest in the Zola series, though readers can easily enjoy this story as a stand-alone novel. Zola’s stories are a wonderful celebration of community, friendship and kindness from the bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta. 

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Night Ride into Danger

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Reviewed by the Geni Kuckhahn

It’s a dark and dangerous journey for the Cobb & Co night mail coach. But, young Jem Donovan isn’t afraid. He’s helped his father deliver the coach and its passengers safely dozens of times before. With six mysterious characters packed into the coach, this is sure to be an exciting ride. 

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The True Colour of a Little White Lie

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Nelson is having a tough time at school. The girls don’t like him, not in that way, and the guys think he’s a bit of a loser. But, at least before his best friend moved away and forgot about him, school was bearable. Life, at the moment, sucks.

When Nelson’s parents undertake to run a ski lodge for the season, he spends every weekend up in a small town where no one knows him and discovers, to his relief, that he can reinvent himself. He can be anyone he wants to be. 

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