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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.

Catching Fire Poster

Okay so this has just been released.


I know there will be many people who love this but quite frankly all I could think of when I first saw it was ‘Lion King’. I get the mockingjay in the cloud design and the stoically standing there ready to defend but the rock? I’m sure there is a better image idea than that. Anyhow it’s done now. Make of it what you will.

Thea Stilton & the Mystery on the Orient Express

I received my copy from the publisher


By: Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton cannot make her trip on the Orient Express, so she sends the Thea Sisters in her place. It isn’t just any journey, this time the train is being used to transport a precious wedding dress that is on it’s way back to Istanbul. Things are not so simple though as the dress has a history, it was stolen many years ago and now The Acrobat Thief has threatened to steal it on this trip. The Thea sisters are determined that this will not happen while they are around. Keeping their eyes open they follow clues and find out some surprising things along the way.

As always the Thea Sisters adventures are great fun. The added bonus as always are the snippets of factual information, that give these books an educational function, it’s okay don’t tell the kids. It’s nice to see such varied female characters as the sisters who are so good at being proactive. There is something in here for all types of girls and there really should be no reason why boys cannot get enjoyment out of these mysteries. The way it is written the glamour of the Orient Express comes through the whole story.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 December 2012

Format: Paperback 157 pages

Categories: Reading schemes, Action, Adventure, Crime

ISBN 13: 9780545341059

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

The Heiresses

I received my copy from the publisher.9781742613147By: Alison Rushby

Lady Hestia Craven summons seventeen year olds Thalia, Erato and Clio to London. These girls have had very different upbringings and until they speak to Hestia they had no idea they had sisters, let alone are triplets. At birth, just after the death of their mother they were separated  and farmed out to different guardians. Much to their surprised they discover they are the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s estate, quite a fortune, the kind of money that would set them up for life. After some consideration they settle into Hestia’s house and try to begin new lives as they fight for their inheritance.

Things aren’t that simple though, they each have reasons for pursuing the money; Thalia cannot return to a past with dark secrets, Erato has dreams that may be moving out of her grasp and Clio wants nothing more than to look after the only mother she has ever known. In the complexities of this new life the girls come to realise they cannot trust anyone, will they really find a way to join together and get their mother’s legacy?

A sweeping tale of a time where women had less options. These characters are very different and one is likely to appeal if another doesn’t. Thalia is a party girl, hiding a secret; Erato is smart and doesn’t want to be limited by pursuits deemed appropriate; Clio is more about a happy, contented life, she is the most contained of the three and the most likely to find happiness because she finds it in small things. The world these girls are thrust into is the spectacular and fun 20’s London, changing fashion, motor cars, and short hair for women. They are ill equipped to do battle with their half brother for the money, as they don’t know the rules that dictate the upper classes. They hope for reason but have to find a way that gives them the upper hand.

An entertaining story with some dark undertones, suffrage themes and a past that unfolds slowly as the three sisters come to realise a little of what family is, and a understand a little better who they are. If you like historical romances with a touch of scandal then definitely give this a chance.

Publisher: Pan Australia

Published: 01 May 2013

Format: Paperback 352 pages

Categories: Historical Romance

ISBN 13: 9781742613147

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

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