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Wild Bush Days (Penny Harrison, illus by Virginia Gray, MidnightSun)

Released August 2022

Wild Bush Days is an illustrated account of two young explorers who go on a journey to find the hiding spot of infamous female outlaw Jessie Hickmans. A real-life historical... Read more

The Shop Train (Josie Wowolla Boyle, illus by Paul Seden, Magabala) 

Released July 2022

With The Shop Train, the late Josie Wowolla Boyle offers a small memory-sketch of the days when the Tea and Sugar train travelled weekly across the Nullarbor to supply food... Read more

Willa and Woof (Jacqueline Harvey, Puffin) 

Released July 2022

Jacqueline Harvey’s new series Willa and Woof follows a smart eight-year-old girl, Willa, and her ‘best four-legged friend’, Woof. In this first instalment, following in the tradition of other spirited... Read more

Rita’s Revenge (Lian Tanner, A&U)

Released July 2022

Rita’s Revenge is the companion book to Lian Tanner’s debut crime book A Clue for Clara (2020), and is set in the same small town of Little Dismal. Rita the... Read more

August & Jones (Pip Harry, Lothian) 

Released July 2022

Meet Jones and August: Jones’s family have had to sell their farm and relocate to Sydney because of the drought, while August’s quirky personality means he feels isolated both at... Read more

The Vexatious Haunting of Lily Griffin (Paula Hayes, illus by Katy Jiang, Fremantle Press) 

Released July 2022

Eleven-year-old Lily Griffin is precocious but lonely—bullied by her brother and benignly neglected by the rest of her unusual family. Lily’s life changes dramatically when she discovers a girl trapped... Read more

Jack’s Jumper (Sara Acton, Walker) 

Released July 2022

Jack’s jumper is far too big for him (it once belonged to his beloved big brother Paul, who has grown up and is rarely home anymore) but that’s half the... Read more

Tarni’s Chance (Paul Collins, illus by Jules Ober, Ford St)

Released July 2022

In Tarni’s Chance, the world of Paul Collins and Jules Ober’s young protagonist is grey with sadness as her parents argue, and her inner mood is reflected in the monochromatic... Read more

The Snow Laundry (Mette Jakobsen, HarperCollins) 

Released July 2022

Ally, her boyfriend Bon, and hundreds of other homeless young people live together in a former hotel converted into a state-run laundry and kitchen. The new home is courtesy of... Read more

Old Fellow (Christopher Cheng, illus by Liz Anelli, Walker)

Released June 2022

Old Fellow, written by Christopher Cheng and illustrated by Liz Anelli, is a warm, simple and engaging story of an old man and his old dog. Which one of the... Read more