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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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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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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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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Meet Stevie Louise Mason. She’s a vibrant twelve-year-old aspiring actor, entrepreneur, and introvert. Stevie lives on Brooke Street with her best friends, the Brooke Street gang! Today, Stevie is going to ask them the most important question of their lives!
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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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Penguins can’t fly; they just aren’t born that way. But knowing that doesn’t stop Vernon the Penguin from trying his absolute best.
“Every night, he would dream of riding the wild west wind, curling and twirling, swooshing and swirling along its currents.”
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Reviewed by Geni Kuckhahn
‘Bear,’ said Rat. ‘I’ve been wondering. Will we always hold hands like this, even when we are old and wrinkly…
Bear and Rat are special friends. The best of friends. Forever friends. Soul mates.
As they journey together through the seasons, Rat ponders and asks Bear…
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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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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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