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The Stone of Fire

I received my copy from the publisher.


By: Geronimo Stilton

Cavemice series bk 1

Geronimo Stiltonoot is an ancient ancestor of Geronimo Stilton.

It appears that the most precious artefact, The Stone of Fire, has been stolen from the mouseum. Geronimo and his friend Hercule are on the trail of the stolen item. They track it down to Tiger Khan, the most ferocious leader of a band of nasty felines. It is up to them to retrieve the Stone and return it to it’s rightful place.

A new series that gives avid readers additional Geronimo books. The stone age take is a new angle and gives plenty of opportunity for speculation on history. There is still plenty of silliness and action in a series that sticks to the original format, plenty of colour and pictures.

Any series that can keep going this long and have so many spin off series’ is well worth a look.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 January 2013

Format: Paperback 115 pages

Categories: Action, Adventure, Stone Age, Reading Schemes

ISBN 13: 9780545447744

Rumble in the Jungle

I received this copy from the publisher.


By: Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton series Bk 53 

Geronimo’s friend Bruce Hyena is worried that Geronimo is too boring, so he arranges a trip for Geronimo to Brazil. He wants Geronimo to have the best adventure of his life, so his mousebook page can be updated with interesting pictures and stories. Geronimo reluctantly finds himself on a flight and in the hands of special tour guides. The problem is that by the time he touches down he is all by himself. Firstly he has to find a job to pay for his survival. Then he figures out where his guide might have ended up. Before long Geronimo finds himself traipsing through the jungle in the search for a crystal treasure that had been stolen from a native tribe. Will Geronimo find the hero within himself and become the brave adventurer that Bruce wants him to be?

A really fun addition where Geronimo is left to his own devices. As entertaining and action filled as always.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 April 2013

Format: Paperback 108 pages

Categories: Action, Adventure, South America, Reading Schemes

ISBN 13: 9780545481939

The 5th Wave – Book Trailer

Am reading this right now and it is pretty awesome.

2012 Aurealis Award Winners

They were announced on the 18th of May at a ceremony hosted by author Scott Westerfeld.

A huge congrats to all nominees and winners. Here are the ones most relevant to us here.



Brotherband: The Hunters by John Flanagan (Random House Australia)



Little Elephants by Graeme Base (Viking Penguin)


The Wisdom of the Ants by Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld)


(Joint winners)

Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney (Allen & Unwin)



Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)

Mouse in Space

9780545481915By : Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton series book 52

Geronimo has done something that meant he has a special agent status. The only problem is Geronimo is more a fraidy mouse than a bravey mouse. In fact he’s just put in a whole new security system to protect himself. Geronimo is thrust into danger when an evil professor threatens his home with his horrible inventions. Geronimo is part of the team put together to thwart the professor’s plans, this means he has to prepare to go into space. Not a prospect Geronimo feels comfortable doing in any way, shape or form.

This is a hugely fun addition to the Geronimo series. It is a reading scheme series that stays strong with it’s fun and fast paced stories, short chapters and bright illustrations. Added to this is the facts sprinkled throughout that mean there is a little bit of an educational edge to these books.

I love the series. Highly recommended.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 March 2013

Format: Paperback 107 pages

Categories: Reading Schemes, Animal Stories, Space

ISBN 13: 9780545481915

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

Mortal Coil – Book Trailer

So I found this:

Skulduggery is just so cool. I think these books would make great films. There are some really cool casting ideas out there, and some of them overlap, I saw a couple of picks for David Tennant as the man himself and I’ve got to say I think that could really work.

david-tennant-1670343101Who do you think would be good?


Girl Defective

I received my copy from the publisher.


By: Simmone Howell

Skylark lives above her dad’s record store with her dad and brother Gully. They each have their own problems. Dad is an alcoholic, Gully has social difficulties, including the fact he cannot go out without wearing a pig snout over his face. Sky looks fairly normal on the surface but a little scratching and it’s clear she has more than enough of her own problems. She is still struggling with the abandonment of her mother, having to be the responsible one and having to get a handle on her bubbling hormones. She just wants to break out a little, she wants to be a bit more like Nancy, who seems to have control of her life. There’s a girl, a boy, a girl who had gone missing and some life changing events.

Sky is a bit of an outsider, her best friend is older and doesn’t go to school, her mother doesn’t have much interest in her outside a brief call for her birthday. Sky has feelings for Nancy but they are complicated, particularly when Luke comes along. She loves her brother but it’s hard to be the one mostly responsible for him. Sky is struggling to find her own way, to find who she really is so she can be true to herself.

The other characters frame Sky’s story. Nancy appears happy on the surface but underneath is something much darker. Gully adds some humour even as his defects are central to his actions, you feel sadness for his situation but there is joy in the way he copes. Luke brings a quiet determination to the story, he is a little lost but knows what he is looking for.

This is a story about family, about disfunction and about survival. This story shows us that though times can be terrible, can be hard to handle that there is a way through them. It is possible for a family to stick together an come out the other side. If you like books that are grounded solidly in reality and don’t shy away from tough topics like disfunction and teenage uncertainty then I’m sure you’ll like this one.

Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 March 2013

Format: Paperback 312 pages

RRP: $16.99 Aus

Categories: Fiction, Family, Teenagers

ISBN 13: 9780330426176

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

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