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Margaret Wild/Andrew Yeo
Walker Books
From the dark depths of his vampyre world, a vampyre boy reflects on the joyous days of his childhood and his current life as a vampyre.
Reviewed at The Book Chook
Norton's Hut
John Marsden

Picture book for older readers - Ghost story/adventure narrative about a group of skiers lost on the mountain who find an old stockman's hut to shelter in but......

Lyndy Cracknell
The Book of Lies
(and other 3 books in the series)
James Moloney
Synopsis on Wikipedia
Notable in the Younger Readers category 2005 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards
Fran Hughes
Jo Schenkel
Lone Pine
Susie Brown & Margaret Warner
Little Hare
True story of a tree which has a significant role in out ANZAC commemoration
Picture book which is so much more than a recount of an histroical event Teaching notes available
Barbara Braxton
Brian Faulkner
Walker Books
Cecilia's attempt at rescuing neglected dog Rocky leads her to the dark forest of Northwood, where those who enter never return.
I read this to the Year 5's last term and they absolutely loved it. Couldn't wait to hear the next installment each week! Since then I haven't had any of my 6 copies last long on the shelves!!
Teacher's Notes available from Walker Books, and Book Trailer and other interesting facts on Brian's website.
Jo Cameron
Tuckshop Kid
Pat Flynn
Penguin Books
Matt is overweight and discovers that he may develop diabetes unless he loses weight.
This is a very funny book and the character development as Matt struggles with weight loss as well as an attraction for a girl in his class and bullying by other class members is cleverly and sensitively handled. I have read this book to year 5s several times and they have always loved it and many have gone onto read the sequels The Toilet Kid and The Trophy Kid.
Susan O'Malley
Hiding Edith
Kathy Kacer
Allen & Unwin
A ture story of a young girl's experience of hiding during the Holocaust.
A very good read to add to true stories of children who have experienced the horror of war. The details are not too graphic or frightening for the younger reader. Balances well with Once, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hanna's Suitcase.
Lindy Kurtz
Inside Out and Back Again
Thanhha Lai
University of Queensland Press
A family displaced by the war in Saigon relocate to America and experience the hardship of settling into a different lifestyle.
Written in prose form as a diary it is easy for the reader to empathise with the difficulty of life for refugees and to walk in thier shoes for a while.
Lindy Kurtz
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
Random House
Nanny Piggins, the world's most glamorous flying pig, runs away from the circus and goes to live with the Greens as their nanny. The Green children fall in love with her instantly. Who could not fall in love with a Nanny whose only job qualifications are her astonishing ability to be fired out of a cannon and her amazing ability to make chocolate cake, sometimes both at the same time?
The first in a series, this book is funny and subversive. It makes a great read-aloud as each chapter is stand-alone. Reviewed at The Book Chook.
Susan Stephenson, aka BookChook