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I Really Dig Pizza! (Candy James, HarperCollins)

Released December 2022

Australian husband-and-wife team Candy and James are a creative powerhouse whose designs have been stocked at institutions including MoMA. Writing under the pseudonym Candy James, they have now turned their... Read more

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)

Released November 2021

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief is a historical novel for middle-grade readers set during WWII. Young Sasha lies in a hospital in Berlin, recovering after the end of the war. His... Read more

Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat (Monica McInerney, illus by Danny Snell, Puffin) 

Released November 2021

With a dozen adult novels under her belt, Monica McInerney is now turning her hand to children’s fiction and her first foray into middle-grade territory is just as full of heart and laughter as her... Read more

The First Scientists (Corey Tutt, illus by Blak Douglas, Hardie Grant) 

Released October 2021

In The First Scientists, Corey Tutt, founder of the Deadly Science charity and NSW Young Person of the Year 2020, brings us an extremely engaging, informative and at times funny account of... Read more

My Brother Ben (Peter Carnavas, UQP) 

Released October 2021

Acclaimed Australian children’s writer Peter Carnavas has followed up his wonderful first novel The Elephant with another book equally full of heart. An ode to sibling relationships, growing up and the natural world, My... Read more

Dragon Skin (Karen Foxlee, A&U) 

Released October 2021

Dragon Skin is the much-anticipated new novel by Karen Foxlee, author of cherished modern classics including the internationally successful Lenny’s Book of Everything. Foxlee is skilled at writing brave yet vulnerable young... Read more

Treasure in the Lake (Jason Pamment, A&U)

Released September 2021

Friendship, hidden cities and all-round adventure lie at the heart of Jason Pamment’s immersive graphic novel Treasure in the Lake. Sam and Iris have been best friends since they were little, but as the two... Read more

Let’s Eat Weeds! (Annie Raser-Rowland & Adam Grubb, illus by Evie Barrow, Scribble)

Released September 2021

I can’t think of anything more anxiety-provoking than helping children decide which weeds are safe to eat. But Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland tackle the task with humour, zeal and... Read more

The Song of Lewis Carmichael (Sofie Laguna, illus by Marc McBride, A&U)

Released September 2021

Lyrical, mesmerising and full of heart, The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna, complemented by the soft, detailed pencil drawings of Marc McBride, is a beautiful middle-grade adventure story... Read more

The School for Talking Pets (Kelli Anne Hawkins, illus by Beth Harvey, HarperCollins)

Released September 2021

With her debut middle grade novel, The School for Talking Pets, Kelli Anne Hawkins brings us a delightful tale that is reminiscent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Rusty Mulligan is... Read more