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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

Devils in Danger (Samantha Wheeler, UQP)

Released August 2021

When strange things start happening around 11-year-old Killarney’s house—missing clothes, screaming in the night—she becomes determined to solve the mystery. Killarney soon discovers that the culprit is a wild Tasmanian... Read more

The Memory Thief (Leonie Agnew, Puffin)

Released July 2021

Following her last spellbinding tale The Impossible Boy, Leonie Agnew has created another spine-tingling adventure novel for middle-grade readers. The Memory Thief tells the magical story of an unlikely friendship... Read more

Shockingly Good Stories (R A Spratt, Puffin)

Released July 2021

The foreword to R A Spratt’s latest middle-grade book declares that the collection of stories the reader holds in their hands was created specifically to spread joy in challenging times.... Read more

Rainfish (Andrew Paterson, Text)

Released July 2021

Debut middle-grade novel Rainfish is set in the 1980s during the uncomplicated glory days of Transformers and Star Wars, when ‘being offline’ meant you left your phone off the hook.... Read more

The Story of Australia: For the young (and the curious) (Don Watson, Black Inc.)

Released July 2021

After being out of print for 20 years, Don Watson’s The Story of Australia has been given a new life, a new target demographic and a new subtitle. Now targeted... Read more

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