Book of the Month

About Book of the Month

Each month a book is chosen as our Book of the Month. It might be a picture book, novel, teacher reference or even a general adult fiction title that we feel would be perfect for Book Clubs to read. It could be a new release, a highly topical subject at the time or just an excellent title that we feel needs special promotion.

The book of the month is always worth checking as some real gems often pop up that would otherwise be lost amongst the vast array of titles that are published each month.



January 2018

"If Blood should Stain the Wattle" written by Jackie French

In 1972, and the catchcry is 'It's time'.

As political ideals drift from disaster to the dismissal, it's also time for Jed Kelly to choose between past love, Nicholas, the local Labor member, and Sam from the Halfway to Eternity commune. It's time too for Matilda Thompson to face her ghosts and the life that took a young girl from the slums of Grinder's Alley to being the formidable matriarch of Gibber's Creek.

During this period of extraordinary social change and idealism, modern Australia would be born. And although the nation would dream of a better world, it would continue to struggle with opposing ideas of exactly what that better world might be.

Jackie French, author of the bestselling To Love a Sunburnt Country, has woven her own experience of that time into an unforgettable story of a small rural community and a nation swept into the social and political tumult of the early 1970s. A time that would bear witness to some of the most controversial events in Australian history; and for Matilda, a time that would see her vision made real, without blood spilled upon the wattle.

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December 2017

"Beyond the Bright Sea" written by Lauren Wolk

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.

Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn't until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

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Book of the Month October 2017

November 2017

"The Wizard of Once"  written by Cressida Cowell

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught to hate eachother like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.

Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure..........

ISBN:  9781444936704

Price:  $19.99

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Book of the Month October 2017

October 2017

"The Fairy Dancers"  written by Natalie Jane Prior and Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini

For every little girl who loves to dance, comes this lavishly illustrated storybook from award-winning Australian author Natalie Jane Prior and much-loved illustrator Cheryl Orsini.

Every Saturday, with a hop, a skip and a magical twirl, Mia, Emma and Grace turn into ... fairy dancers!

Enter their enchanted world of fun, friendship, fairy wings and dancing.

ISBN:  9780733337833

Price:  $16.99

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Book of the Month September 2017

September 2017

"The End of the Day"  by Claire North

Charlie has a new job. He gets to travel, and he meets interesting people, some of whom are actually pleased to see him.

It's good to have a friendly face, you see. At the end.

But the end of all things is coming. Charlie's boss and his three associates are riding out, and it's Charlie's job to go before.

Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. He never knows which.

ISBN:  9780356507354

Price:  $29.99

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Book of the Month August 2017

August 2017

"Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch & the Feelings Monster"  by Sally Rippin

Who ever heard of a witch and a monster being friends?
Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters. Witches are educated, clever, sophisticated. But monsters? Monsters are just uncouth. Some are even dangerous. 

But Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have been best friends forever.  It’s the sort of friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness. Somehow, they've managed to keep their friendship a secret. 

Until one day, when everything changes ... 

ISBN:  9781760129019

Price:  $19.99

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Book of the Month July 2017

July 2017

"Help Your Kids With Growing Up"  by Robert Winston

Covering everything from the menstrual cycle to sexting and even cyber-bullying, this visual guide to puberty and adolescence is a must-read for all parents an tweens embarking on those scary teenage years.

ISBN:  9780241281255

Price:  $35.00

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Book of the Month June 2017

June 2017

"Alex Rider - Never Say Die"  by Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider is back in this brand new, explosive mission in the number one best selling series.

This brand new, explosive adventure in the number one best selling series, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can't fight the past ... especially when it holds a deadly secret.

ISBN:  9781406377040

Price:  $16.99

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Book of the Month May 2017

May 2017

"SPELLSLINGER"  by Sebastien De Castell

"There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is surviving your fourteenth year. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things." 

ISBN: 9781471406119

Cost:  $19.99

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Book of the Month March 2017

April 2017

"A Quiet Kind of Thunder"  by Sara Barnard

Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.

ISBN: 9781509810987

Cost:  $16.99

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Book of the Month March 2017

March 2017

"I'm Australian Too"  by Mem Fox and illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh

I’m Australian! How about you? Many people from many places have come across the seas, to make Australia their home. How Australian is that?

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Book of the Month Feb 2017

February 2017

"The Story Cure"  by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

From tantrums to tummy aches to teenage mood swings, there are times when a book is the best medicine of all.

The Story Cure is a manual for grown-ups who believe that the stories which shape children's lives should not be left to chance.


Book of the Month Jan 2017

January 2017

"Lion"  by Saroo Brierley

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, this #1 international best-seller tells the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and home...but an identity long-since left behind.

Lion is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and  triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

Book of the Month

December 2016

"The Good People"  by Hannah Kent

From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.                                                                                                                                                                                  
The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie's voice. A whisper in the dark. 

"Some folk are born different, Nance. They are born on the outside of things, with a skin a little thinner, eyes a little keener to what goes unnoticed by most. Their hearts swallow more blood than ordinary hearts; the river runs differently for them." 

Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference. 

Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow's house. 

Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken...

ISBN: 9781743534908

Cost:  $32.99

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Book of the Month Nov

November 2016

"Songs of a War Boy"  by Den Thiak Adut

The true story of Deng Adut - Sudanese child soldier, refugee, man of hope.

Deng Adut's family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the age most Australian children are starting school , Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People's Liberation Army. He began a harsh, relentless military training that saw this young boy trained to use an AK-47 and sent into battle. He lost the right to be a child. He lost the right to learn. 

The things Deng saw over those years will stay with him forever. He suffered from cholera, malaria and numerous other debilitating illnesses but still he had to fight. A child soldier is expected to kill or be killed and Deng almost died a number of times. He survived being shot in the back. The desperation and loneliness was overwhelming. He thought he was all alone. 


This is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome deadly adversity to become a lawyer and committed worker for the disenfranchised, helping refugees in Western Sydney. It is an important reminder of the power of compassion and the benefit to us all when we open our doors and our hearts to fleeing war, persecution and trauma. 

ISBN: 9780733636523

Cost:  $32.99

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Book of the Month Oct

October 2016

"Tell the Trurth, Shame the Devil"  by Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's gripping new novel is a cracking fusion of suspense and heart-rending drama.

Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in scotch. Something has to give, and he's no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish's daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette's part in the French tragedy can be established she disappears.

Bish, who was in involved in Noor Le Brac's arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he reaslises that truth wears many colours.

ISBN: 9780670079100

Cost:  $32.99

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Book of the Month Sept

September 2016

'Serafina and the Black Cloak' and 'Serafina and the Twisted Staff' by Robert Beatty

Suitable for ages 9+ or approximately Years 5 - 8

Venture into the magical and Spooky world of Serafina and the Black Cloak:

Serafina and her pa have secretly lived in the basement of the grand old house on the Biltmore Estate, surrounded by dark forests, for as long as Serafina can remember. She takes the greatest of care never to be seen.

But when children at Biltmore start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks the corridors at night.  To solve the mystery, Serafina teams up with Braden Vanderbilt, the nephew of the estate’s owners.  Their search for answers leads them into the very forest Serafina has always been taught to fear.  There, they discover a legacy of magic, long forgotten - until now.

Now delve into the magical and mystical world of Serafina and the Twisted Staff - the sequel to the New York Times bestselling and Goodreads Choice Awards finalist, Serafina and the Black Cloak:

Once hidden in the dusty basement of the Biltmore Estate where her pa worked as hired help, young Serafina now struggles to adjust to her new life of airs and graces upstairs in the grand house. 

Uncertain about what the discovery of her mother in the dark forests that surround the house means, Serafina finds herself caught between two very different lives.

But when a sinister arrival threatens her whole world, Serafina and her new friend Braeden must solve the mystery of this new evil before it engulfs everything – and everyone – they’ve ever known . . .

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Book of the Month

August 2016

'100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kidsby Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij

This book is a treasure trove of activities to keep kids busy learning. You will love the creativity of these games. There are 100 games divided into six different themes: Fantastic Reading, Amazing Writing Adventures, Really Cool Math, Super Science, Magical Music & Art & Going Global.

All activities highlight the skill they teach and some indicate whether they are good for on-the-go learning or if they incorporate movement for kids to get their wiggles out! The activities are also easy to adapt for different ages and skill levels.

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