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Lani and the Universe (Victoria Carless, HarperCollins)

Released January 2024

For young readers who enjoyed Gus and the Starlight (2022) comes another heart-warming and captivating story by Victoria Carless. Lani and the Universe tells the story of Lani Scrub, who... Read more

Secret Sparrow (Jackie French, HarperCollins)

Released December 2023

Jackie French’s latest middle-grade novel, Secret Sparrow, focuses on the unheralded work of women in World War I. This exciting adventure story is told with dual timelines and begins in... Read more

Silver Linings (Katrina Nannestad, ABC Books)

Released November 2023

Following the multi-award-winning success of Katrina Nannestad’s World War II novels for younger readers, Silver Linings sees her move from the battlefields of Europe to post-war Australia, and a story... Read more

Fluff: Bullies Beware (Matt Stanton, ABC Books)

Released November 2023

Gilbert Morris lives with his mum and sister in a caravan park. After his dad goes missing in outer space, Gilbert’s mum gives him Fluff, a comfort toy, to squeeze... Read more

Kimmi: Queen of the dingoes (Favel Parrett, illus Astred Hicks, Lothian)

Released November 2023

For young readers who enjoyed Favel Parrett’s alpine dingo tale in Wandi (2021), Kimmi follows a real-life tropical dingo who, like Wandi, now lives at the Dingo Discovery Sanctuary and... Read more

Spies in the Sky (Beverley McWilliams, illus Martina Heiduczek, Pantera)

Released November 2023

Inspired by the little-known story of the British National Pigeon Service, a volunteer organisation of pigeon breeders who provided their animals for military service during WWII, Spies in the Sky by... Read more

Blair Moon: How to be cooler than the moon (AshIeigh Mounser, Ford St)

Released October 2023

Blair Moon: How to be cooler than the moon by Ashleigh Mounser is a fast-paced novel that doesn’t let up, much like its protagonist, Blair Moon. Eleven-year-old Blair is precocious,... Read more

Kip of the Mountain (Emma Gourlay, HarperCollins)

Released October 2023

Emma Gourlay’s debut novel for readers aged 8–12 is the madcap adventure of Kip Boowitt, who lives on South Africa’s Table Mountain. Beleaguered by a distant dad and cruel schoolmates,... Read more

Millie Mak the Maker (Alice Pung, illus Sher Rill Ng, HarperCollins)

Released September 2023

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Alice Pung’s new middle-grade heroine nearly shares a name with Joyce Lankester Brisley’s much-loved creation: if you tried to write a version of Milly-Molly-Mandy in... Read more

Aggie Flea is Not a Liar! (Tania Ingram, illus A Yi, Scholastic)

Released September 2023

Aggie Flea is greatly misunderstood. Her teacher, Mrs Fossy, definitely doesn’t like her and regularly sends her to the principal’s office. Aggie loves the fictitious Princess Zombie books about a... Read more

This Camp is Doomed (Anna Zobel, Puffin)

Released September 2023

In her first upper-primary novel, Anna Zobel turns her knack for writing emotionally intelligent, likeable, mildly eccentric, diverse characters to the task of creating an engrossing adventure-mystery story for imaginative... Read more

Jawsome (R J Timmis, Albert St Books)

Released August 2023

The best graphic novels need to be action-packed with an engaging interplay of text and illustrations. Ideally, they should also be funny. Rebecca Timmis’s Jawsome ticks all these boxes and... Read more

Hello Twigs, How Are You Feeling? (Andrew McDonald, illus Ben Wood, HGCP)

Released August 2023

Author Andrew McDonald and illustrator Ben Wood, who together have earned fame with the Real Pigeons series, have branched out with a new early reader graphic novel series. In Hello... Read more

Honey and the Valley of Horses (Wendy Orr, A&U Children’s)

Released August 2023

Wendy Orr, the bestselling author of Nim’s Island, has written a new magical story that reads like a classic in all the best ways. In Honey and the Valley of... Read more

Timefire (Nean McKenzie, MidnightSun)

Released July 2023

Nean McKenzie is the author of two previous middle-grade novels. Her latest, Timefire, interweaves a story about bushfires in Australia with supernatural and time-travel elements. Gilbert Black is drawn to... Read more

Get Your Act Together, Doris Kozlowski (Jo Dabrowski, Affirm)

Released July 2023

Life doesn’t feel easy for Doris Kozlowski. Her family is Polish, and they’re not like almost all the other families nearby. Her babcia makes all kinds of foods that smell... Read more

Picasso and the Greatest Show on Earth (Anna Fienberg, A&U Children’s)

Released July 2023

Anna Fienberg has had a long and illustrious career in children’s writing, with over 40 books and a swag of awards under her belt. Her latest, Picasso and the Greatest... Read more

Sunshine on Vinegar Street (Karen Comer, A&U Children’s)

Released June 2023

Everything in Freya’s world has changed. Her dad has taken a job in Broome for the next 18 months and her mum has a new job in the inner-city Melbourne... Read more

Monsties #1: The Lost Bunny (Zanni Louise & Kyla May, HGCP)

Released June 2023

The first in a new series, Monsties: The Lost Bunny will no doubt be literary candy for its target readership of 5–8-year-olds. The story is a frothy concoction of zany,... Read more

Queen Narelle (Sally Murphy, illus by Simon O’Carrigan, Walker)

Released June 2023

Sally Murphy is one of the best verse novelists in Australian children’s fiction. Her tenderness, lyricism, poetic voice and sensitive handling of troubling themes are what make her verse novels... Read more