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Marlow Brown, Magician in the Making (Kesta Fleming, illus by Marjory Gardner, Celapene Press)

Released June 2021

Kesta Fleming has written stories and poems for junior readers for many years, making her publishing debut with the Marlow Brown chapter books in 2019. Magician in the Making, the second in... Read more

A Glasshouse of Stars (Shirley Marr, Puffin)

Released May 2021

Meixing and her family have recently arrived in the New Land with hopes of a better life. Everything is different for Meixing, including the large house that is now the... Read more

Elsewhere Girls (Emily Gale & Nova Weetman, Text)

Released May 2021

Acclaimed authors Emily Gale and Nova Weetman have teamed up to write this beautifully rendered time-slip narrative that delves into the personal and social struggles of young women past and... Read more

Fil & Harry (Jenny Blackford, illus by Kristin Devine, Christmas Press)

Released May 2021

This charming novel is the first book in a new list from Christmas Press aimed at that tricky age between picture books and middle fiction. Written by Jenny Blackford, whose... Read more

You’ve Let Them In (Lois Murphy, Transit Lounge)

Released April 2021

Scott is not happy when his hippy stepmum convinces his dad to buy a house straight out of The Amityville Horror. A far cry from their comfortingly overcrowded flat, the... Read more

Tish (Edwina Wyatt, illus by Odette Barberousse, Berbay)

Released April 2021

Due to their very definition, imaginary friends can come in all shapes and sizes, and Tish is no exception. Resembling a woolly mammoth but with wings and an odour problem... Read more

Huda and Me (H Hayek, A&U)

Released April 2021

When their parents make a sudden trip back to their home country of Lebanon, Huda and Akeal find themselves left with their fellow siblings under the care of a family... Read more

Paws (Kate Foster, Walker Books)

Released April 2021

Kate Foster is a literary agent and now, with her middle-grade novel Paws, a published children’s author. Eleven-year-old Alex loves dogs, sketching and computer games. But he doesn’t have any... Read more

The Edge of Thirteen (Nova Weetman, UQP)

Released March 2021

The Edge of Thirteen is the latest offering by acclaimed middle-grade author Nova Weetman. Following the characters from Weetman's 'The Secrets We Keep' series, yet working as a standalone story,... Read more

The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel (Nicki Greenberg, Affirm)

Released March 2021

Award-winning picture book and graphic novel author and illustrator Nicki Greenberg has turned her attention to middle-grade mystery in her newest work, The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel. Perfect for... Read more