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The History of Mischief

19 March 2020
Following the death of their parents, Jessie and Kay move to an abandoned house where one night they discover The History of Mischief hidden beneath the floor: it is a...

Where is Claris in Paris!

19 March 2020
A brand-new search-and-find series starring Claris, the chicest mouse in Paris! With a quarter of a million Claris books in print, readers can’t get enough of this stylish little mouse!...

Mama Ocean

19 March 2020
Mama Ocean had eyes that sparkled, like sunlight on the sea, and tresses which tumbled and trailed through the tides. But something is troubling Mama Ocean. Who will help her?...

Magical middle-grade novel wins major prize

19 March 2020
Jessica Townsend’s 2017 debut children’s novel Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Hachette Australia)—the first in a magical series for younger readers—has won the overall award at the biennial Adelaide...

The Friendly Games

19 March 2020
In 1956 Melbourne hosted the Summer Olympic Games. Student John Wing was so proud of his country, one of the friendliest places on earth. But when world tensions dominated the...

Anisa’s Alphabet

19 March 2020
For many refugees, the alphabet represents the start of a new language and a new future, but Anisa’s Alphabet is different. A poignant and highly imaginative telling of one girl’s...

Affirm acquires new picture book from Godwin, Lester

19 March 2020
Children’s/YA acquisitions        Affirm Press has acquired the rights to Sing Me the Summer (November), a new picture book from bestselling children’s book creators Jane Godwin and Alison Lester (pictured), which...

Where is Claris in Paris!

12 February 2020
A brand-new search-and-find series starring Claris, the chicest mouse in Paris! With a quarter of a million Claris books in print, readers can’t get enough of this stylish little mouse!...

Oil Under Troubled Water

12 February 2020
In May 2018 Bernard Collaery, a former Attorney-General of the Australian Capital Territory and long-term legal counsel to the government of East Timor, was charged by the Australian Commonwealth Director...

Uplit and practical climate change titles predicted for 2020

11 February 2020
When Books+Publishing asked Australian publishers, booksellers and industry leaders to share their predictions for 2020, uplifting fiction and nonfiction were widely predicted, as well as titles that offer practical solutions...

Dunera Lives: Profiles

11 February 2020
The story of the ‘Dunera Boys’ is an intrinsic part of the history of Australia in the Second World War and in its aftermath. The injustice these 2000 men suffered...

Hardie Grant, UQP acquire books from Indigenous experts

11 February 2020
Nonfiction acquisitions Hardie Grant Travel has acquired world rights to Fire Country, a memoir from Indigenous fire practitioner Victor Steffensen, and has fast-tracked publication for mid-February 2020. Steffensen said, ‘With...

The Vanishing Deep (Astrid Scholte, A&U) 

6 February 2020
Tempest ekes out a living scavenging the sunken cities of a future flooded world, alone now after the death of her sister Elysea. But death is no longer the end....

Beautiful Eggs (Alice Lindstrom, Scribble) 

22 January 2020
In this board book, Melbourne-based artist and illustrator Alice Lindstrom uses her stunning cut-paper style of illustration to introduce the tradition of egg decoration across a number of cultures around...