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Best of 2013

I’m not sure I really like doing best of lists because I am so sure I am going to miss something that I thought was really cool. I look at the books on my shelves to see if anything prods my memory. Using this method is very scattershot but does give me a couple of titles I had forgotten about. There is no real rhyme or reason to this list, they are simply the books that stayed with me the most or caught my attention for longer than others.

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff (YA)

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Acid by Emma Pass (YA)9780552566148

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (8+)

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani (9+)

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Extra Time by Morris Gleitzman (8+)

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Princess Betony and the Rule of Wishing by Pamela Freeman (5+)

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Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest by Anna Branford (5+)

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Noah Dreary by Aaron Blabey (picture book)

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Journey by Aaron Becker (picture book)

9781406342307All of these are worth more than a quick look.

Continue reading throughout the new year, I know there will be heaps of great books out in 2014.

 

Noah Dreary

I was sent this by the publisher

9780670077182By: Aaron Blabey

Noah Dreary is a boy who complains. In fact he complained so much that one day his head fell right off his shoulders. There was nothing the doctors could do about it. You might think it would stop him complaining but no. He kept right on complaining till one day something terrible happened. This thing totally changed Noah’s attitude so he became someone amazing instead of someone always complaining.

Disclaimer: I love Aaron Blabey books.

This is a wonderful story on perspective. The theme is a little complex like many of Blabey’s books but that doesn’t mean you should steer away from them, in fact it’s just the opposite. Kids don’t have as much problem with concepts as adults may think. This story remains fun as it is fundamentally about a head that is carried around by it’s body. The illustrations are in Blabey’s uniques style. What’s not to love an enjoyable story with a message if you want to look for it.

Highly Recommended.

Publisher: Viking Australia

Published: 24 July 2013

Format: Hardback 32 pages

Categories: Picture Books, Humour

ISBN 13: 9780670077182

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

Aussie Author Month

April is Aussie Author Month. A time we readers get to celebrate some of the awesome creative talent Australia has produced. In children’s literature there are plenty of wonderful authors to discover, rediscover or just continue to enjoy.

Below is a list of just a few people, and an example of their work,  worth checking out and celebrating.

Michael Pryor – Laws of Magic (Series)

John Marsden – Tomorrow When The War Began (Series)

Margo Lanagan – Tender Morsels

Justine Labalestier – Liar

Marianne de Pierres – Burn Bright

Matthew Reilly – Hover Car Racer

Kirsty Murray – India Dark

Karen Tayleur – Hostage

Jackie French – Lessons For A Werewolf Warrior

John Flanagan – Rangers Apprentice Series

Andy Griffiths – The Day My Bum Went Psycho

Wendy Harmer – Pearlie Series

Andrew Daddo – Skoz the Dog

Paul Jennings – Rascal the Dragon Series

Aaron Blabey – Sunday Chutney

This list is by no means conclusive, there are many wonderful Aussie authors not mentioned. I just encourage you to pick up an old favourite or find something new as a way to join in the celebrations of Aussie Author month.

Sunday Chutney

By: Aaron Blabey

 

Sunday Chutney has lived all over the world. What a wonderful life, to have seen so many things and been so many places. The thing is with all the moving around she’s never really had a place she can call home and is always the new kid in school. This may or may not be a problem for Sunday.

This is a short story about likes, dislikes, moving, home and being true to yourself. Sunday is a little different and a little funny. I really like her.

There is not a lot of text, accompanied by simple yet wonderful illustrations and it may present the opportunity to talk about several different topics, should you wish to do so.

This is a CBCA shortlisted book.

Publisher: Front Street

Published: 01 September 2009

Format: Parerback

Categories: Fiction, Family, Humour, Family Issues, Self Esteem

ISBN 13: 9780670071791

Purchase here

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