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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

After Story (Larissa Behrendt, UQP)

Released July 2021

'Books have been my lifeline, my escape.' Jasmine’s family was forever changed by the loss of her sister when she was three. Now a lawyer, Jasmine is invited on a... 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 Cat Thief (Pat Simmons, illus by Liz Duthie, Little Pink Dog Books)

Released July 2021

Olive desperately wants a cat. So much so she is willing to steal them from off the street! The Cat Thief is a wickedly sly and humorous tale of theft,... 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

Gentle and Fierce (Vanessa Berry, Giramondo)

Released July 2021

If you grew up in the 80s you’ll probably remember that infamous scene in The NeverEnding Story where Artax the horse sinks forever into the Swamp of Sadness. Sydney writer... Read more

The 22 Murders of Madison May (Max Barry, Hachette)

Released July 2021

The idea of parallel universes might once have been exotic, but between public interest in physics, the increasing popularity of science fiction books and movies, and the rise of the... Read more

All Dogs Bark (Catherine Meatheringham & Deb Hudson, Windy Hollow Books)

Released July 2021

A picture book that is particularly appealing for canine lovers, All Dogs Bark is a joyous and raucous look at the dogs of the world. Its simple language makes it... Read more

The Mother Wound (Amani Haydar, Macmillan)

Released July 2021

Like her own mother before her, Amani Haydar lost her mother young. In 2006 Haydar’s grandmother was killed in the 2006 Israeli–Lebanese conflict. In 2015 Haydar’s mother was murdered by... Read more

Dear Ibis (Kate Liston-Mills, Spineless Wonders)

Released June 2021

From the author of The Waterfowl Are Drunk! comes an elegant and moving collection of short fiction set principally in New South Wales. With stories taking place against the backdrop... Read more