ReadPlus is a collection of selected books and films arranged under themes. This web site provides lists, reviews and resources for librarians, teachers and parents about books for young people aged 5 to 18.
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Aug 21 2017

How does my home work? by Chris Butterworth

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Ill. by Lucia Gaggiotti. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406363784
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. STEM. Home appliances. Electricity. All the things we do not think about in the home: how does a switch turn on the light, how does the fridge work, where does the gas come from to keep us warm, where does the waste water go, how does it get to the house, and so on, are questions answered in this easily understood hymn to the house and what happens inside its walls. A double page is devoted to each new idea. The first tells us about the things we do each day without thinking about it, while over the page a double page image of the plan of a house shows the services in and out: the electricity, gas, water in and water out. Further on we have a double page showing where our electricity comes from, discussing turbines, coal and nuclear power, solar, wind and water power. Further over and we see where the water we use in the house comes from and how it gets to the house, followed by a look at where water is used in the house and what happens after it is used. Another double page shows the treatment of used water and what happens to it.
Each page is clear and well illustrated with a simple but not simplistic text. A double page at the end of the book shows how energy can be saved within the house, and this is followed by a brief index and websites for more information. All in all a wonderfully informative and clearly presented book on the basic services which come to us everyday in our house.
Fran Knight



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Bad mermaids by Sibeal Pounder

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408877128
(Ages 8-11) Mermaids. Adventure. Fantasy. Author Sibeal Pounder's new fantasy series explores the world of mermaids and their adventures in the Hidden Lagoon. When Arabella Cod, Queen of the Mermaids is captured, it is up to Beattie Shelton and twins...
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Aug 21 2017

The anti-boredom book of brilliant outdoor things to do by Andy Seed

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Ill. by Scott Garrett. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408870099
Gardening. Crafts. Cooking. Games. Holidays. Summertime fun in the garden, you can build a tipi, create a den with a fence, sheets and chairs, build a bug trap or create a beautiful water rainbow. With step-by-step instructions,...
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Aug 21 2017

Tell it to the moon by Siobhan Curham

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406366150
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Tell it to the moon is an incredibly hopeful story about friendship and supporting one another through the tough times. I would highly recommend this for people aged twelve and up as it reinforces the importance...
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Aug 17 2017

Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408884539
(Age: 10+) Kid normal is the first book in a series by Greg James and Chris Smith. The story follows lead character Murph Cooper through the frightening task of moving house, leaving friends and changing schools part way through the term. When...
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Aug 17 2017

DK Find Out! series

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DK Publishing, 2017.
Decades ago DK Publishing revolutionised the presentation of non fiction to young readers with bright photographs, information in manageable, well-labelled chunks and the clever use of white space so that the reader was not overwhelmed. Their ...
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Aug 17 2017

This savage song by Victoria Schwab

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Monsters of Verity book 1. Titan Books, 2016. ISBN 9781785652745
(Age: 14+) Recommended. 2017 Locus Awards nominee. Dystopian fiction. In a world that has been invaded by monsters, Kate Harker and August Flynn find themselves together on the run. There are three types of...
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Aug 15 2017

Rockabye Pirate by Timothy Knapman

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Ill. by Ada Grey. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408849392
Rock-a-bye pirate, in the crow's nest
Mummy says bedtime, and Mummy knows best.
You've had your adventures, you've sailed the high seas,
So under the covers and go to sleep, please.

During the day, this little...
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Aug 15 2017

Survival skills handbook, series by Bear Grylls

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Knots. ISBN: 9781783422982
Camping. ISBN 9781783422593
Maps and navigation. ISBN 9781783423002
Dangers and emergencies. ISBN 9781783422999
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Survival. Camping. Knots. Navigation. First Aid. Bear Grylls is the world famous...
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Aug 13 2017

A Monster Calls (film) book and screenplay by Patrick Ness

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Focus Features, 2016, released in Australia 2017
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Fantasy, Monsters, Death, Cancer, Bullying, Acceptance. Conor (Lewis MacDougall) screams as he falls out of bed, clutching a hand slipping from his grasp. The clock shows 12.07 and he knows it is the old...
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Aug 13 2017

Zombelina school days by Kristyn Crow

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Ill. by Molly Idle. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781619636415
(Age: 3-6) Recommended. Themes: School life, Zombies, Dancing, Rhyming stories. Kristyn Crow's fun rhyming story Zombelina School Days is a perfect picture book for sharing with a younger audience. This story is filled with...
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