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Shannan Stedman and Tayla Stedman, #TheSecretUpstairsFanClubParty (Lola Online #1), Scholastic, February 2021, 208 pp., RRP $15.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781760972417 Lola is a soon-to-be 10 year old exuberant, fun loving Youtuber. She keeps her 9k YouTube subscribers entertained with enthusiastic banter about her farfetched imaginings as well as recordings of creative and messy, boisterous games with her friends. As Lola’s first double digit (10th) birthday approaches, she enthuses online that she will share footage of her planned “birthday extravaganza” – a birthday party of wild imaginings. But her party plans are pared back by her mother’s insistence on far more modest…

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Amy Adeney (text) and Amy Calautti (illustrator), Turning Cartwheels, EK Books, February 2021, 32 pp., RRP $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781925820515 Amy Adeney is a former primary school teacher who has now achieved her goal of writing for children with this debut picture book. Amy Calautti has illustrated several books. Her style is fluid and relaxed creating a sense of movement perfect for this story. Many children yearn to belong to a group, to be part of something, to show their friends that they too are capable and worthy but gaining acceptance into the chosen group is not always easy. At…

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Rebecca Lim, Aussie STEM Stars, Eddie Woo, Wild Dingo Press, April 2021, 170 pp., RRP $14.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781925893403 Eddie Woo: Superstar Maths Teacher is part of the first release of five books in a new real-life biographical series called Aussie Stem Stars. Each book in the series is written by an accomplished author, who helps readers discover what sort of everyday life can lead to someone becoming a ‘STEM star’. Eddie Woo’s story is beautifully told by award-winning author, Rebecca Lim. In this true story, we learn about Eddie Woo, the well-known Australian maths teacher, legendary for his passionate…

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Liz Kessler, When the World was Ours, Simon & Schuster, February 2021, 320 pp., RRP $19.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781471198298 He could never show he had moments of doubt. He could never even hint at it. He was in far too deep for that now. Liz Kessler’s When the World Was Ours is a young adult novel set during World War II. It is inspired by the true story of her father and his parents who were able to escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia thanks to the help of a British couple they had met only briefly a number of years before.…

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Alison Binks, 9 things to remember (and one to forget), Berbay Publishing, March 2021, 32 pp., RRP $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9780648785194 It’s easy to forget so many things in our lives. 9 things to remember (and one to forget) reminds us of what we should remember when we’re out in nature – not only remember, but also discover, investigate and marvel at. The pelican is such a ‘clever flyer’ that she can glide so close to the water without getting wet. It is the ‘silent work of the moon’ that causes the waves of the ocean. Polar bears leave ‘scent…

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Penny Harrison (text) and Sharon Davey (illustrator), The Best Mum, New Frontier Publishing, April 2021, 32 pp., RRP $24.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781922326225 Penny Harrison has written several picture books including Extraordinary, The Little Coven and now this delightful look at mums from a child’s perspective. Everyone loves their own mum but sometimes you can’t help looking at other people’s mums and comparing. Here a little girl describes all the wonderful ways in which her friends’ mums are better than her own, incidentally providing us with a picture of what the perfect mum is supposed to be like. These mums know…

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Mark Wilson, Tupaia, Isaac & Cook: The Search for ‘The Great South Land’, Windy Hollow Books, March 2021, 32 pp., RRP $26.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781922081858 In Mark Wilson’s latest book Tupaia, Isaac & Cook – The Search for the Great Southern Land, young readers are invited to join Captain James Cook and his crew on the Endeavour as it explores the Pacific in 1769. The book explores a little known side of the journey by giving much credit for its success to a young Rai’aitean navigator named Tupaia who joined the Endeavour’s crew when it was in Tahitian waters. Tupaia…

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Dhana Fox (text) and Anna Demchenko (illustrator), Ham, Larrikin House, February 2021, 32 pp., RRP $24.99, ISBN 9780648872221 Ham is a picture book that makes an impact. It’s brash and bold, the characters are larger than life (and also louder), and it features an outside dunny, complete with flies, with a certain aura about it. Most importantly, it is a funny story that littlies will love. Ham is a pig, living an idyllic rural life with his friends Satay, Chops and Stew. I’ll let you work out their identities. One day they see a truck labelled “Paddock to Plate” and…

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Aleesah Darlison (text) and Nancy Bevington (illustrator), Space Kids, Sabotage, Big Sky Publishing, October 2020, 180 pp., RRP $12.50 (pbk), ISBN 9781922387172 It is the year 2088. Eleven-year-old Nash Steele is getting ready to have a holiday on Misty Space Station and while he is pleased for the opportunity to see his dad who works there, he is very unsure about being a Space kid; he’s quite happy on Earth, after all. Besides, Nash hasn’t spent much time with his dad over the past four years so he’s rather nervous that a whole two weeks with him will seem like…

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Australian Geographic, Ultimate Predator, Australian Geographic, April 2021, 32 pp., RRP $19.95 (hbk), ISBN 9781922388117 Australian Geographic offers a unique take on the traditional non-fiction book, presenting a kind of animal Olympics to determine which Australian animal is the ‘Ultimate Predator’. This approach makes for a highly entertaining as well as educational book. Animals are divided into family groups: reptiles, fish, land mammals, sea mammals, birds and mini beasts. A page spread is dedicated to a ‘Tournament Round’ held within each animal family, with a selected group of predators individually profiled and assigned a ‘Predator Power’ score based upon their…

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