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Nov 20 2017

My magical life by Zach King

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Puffin Books, 2017. ISBN 9780141387574
(Age: 9+) Highly recommended. My magical life is a new series by author Zach King and he also just happens to be the star of the book. Zach is 11 years old and comes from a magical family. The opening pages of the book are like a photo album, showing colourful, cartoon style pictures of the characters you will meet throughout the story. Zach is in year 7 but is homeschooled. He has the chance to attend public school when his parents realise he might not have magic like the rest of his family. They hope a change of scenery might help Zach find his special magic object and then his magic.
When a magic trick at school brings Zach to the forefront of popularity, his path crosses mean girl Tricia. Zach doesn't even know how he did it but it is all over social media. Thankfully, Zach makes quick friends with Aaron and together they try and use Zach's magic to become more popular. When Zach discovers two caps that help him channel his magic, hilarious moments and detentions occur. Can Zach get back at Tricia and teach her a lesson? What does a locker full of chocolate pudding and an alligator in the principal's office got to do with it all?
My magical life is an excellent mix of drama and comedy. It is a novel with comic style images and readers will related to Zach's issues and life at school. They will get a laugh out of Zach's antics and the text will engage readers throughout the story. Zach is a great role model for children - a bit naughty, a good son, a good friend and all about being supportive to everyone. My magical life is highly recommended for boys aged 9+ but will be enjoyed by all readers.
Kylie Kempster



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Nov 17 2017

Cinderella by Jane Ray

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406377842
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Diorama, Theatre, Classic tale, Fairytale. A three dimensional representation of the classic tale of Cinderella is offered within the covers of this book in six pop up dioramas. Each double page presents a scene from the fairy...
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Nov 15 2017

The poesy ring: a love story by Bob Graham

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406378276
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. Themes: Love. Marriage. Artifacts. Historical evidence. The journey of a poesy ring given to a beloved in times long ago is full of significance as it is lost and then found nearly two centuries later, meaning the same...
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Nov 15 2017

On the free by Coert Voorhees

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Carolrhoda Lab, 2017. ISBN 9781512429138
(Age: 15+) Themes: Survival. Disasters. Resilience. Santiago has elected to undertake the Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Programme in the Colorado mountains as a diversion from the juvenile justice system. A small party supervised by two...
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Nov 15 2017

Little Shaq: Star of the week by Shaquille O'Neal

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Ill. by Theodore Taylor III. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781619638822
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Nov 14 2017

The untold story of Father Christmas by Alison and Mike Battle

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Ill. by Lauren A. Mills. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408892343
"In olden times, when magic still filled the air, there lived a master toymaker and his wife . . ."
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Nov 14 2017

Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Experiments by Barry Hutchinson

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Ill. by Quentin Blake. Penguin Random House, 2017. ISBN 9780141375946
Once upon a time George Kranky decided it was time to get his gruesome, grouchy grandma who had a mouth pinched in like a do's bottom into a better mood by making her some special medicine. But being neither doctor...
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Nov 13 2017

Where's Wally? The totally terrific tin by Martin Handford

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406374926
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Nov 13 2017

Affluence without abundance: The disappearing world of the Bushmen by James Suzman

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781632865724
(Age: Senior secondary - Adult) Non-fiction. Anthropologist James Suzman has spent many years living and working with the Bushman groups of Namibia and Botswana, southern Africa, providing us with a unique insight into the culture of these hunting and...
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Nov 13 2017

Safari Pug by Laura James

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The adventures of Pug. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408866405
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Nov 13 2017

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Greenwillow Books, 2017. ISBN 9780062796516
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The wolf, the duck and the mouse by Mac Barnett

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Ill. by Jon Klassen. Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406377798
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Dotty Detective: The paw print puzzle by Clara Vulliamy

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HarperCollins, 2016. ISBN 9780008132453
(Age: Beginning independent readers) Inspired by their favourite television character Fred Fantastic, Ace Detective, Dotty and her best friend Beans have formed the Join The Dots Detective Agency. They have special badges that they wear...
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Nov 09 2017

The last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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Orion, 2017. ISBN 9781473218130
(Age: 14+)Fantasy. In a well-written and well-constructed narrative, Ciccarelli draws us into the interconnected lives of the royal family, the slaves, the cousins and the dragons. This world resembles our world in its jealousies, love, family feuds,...
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Nov 09 2017

Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer

cover imageIll. by Jonathan Woodward and Douglas Carrel. Quarto Books, 2017. ISBN 9781925381702
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Nov 08 2017

Wolf children by Paul Dowswell

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408858516
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Nov 08 2017

The princess in black: Three smashing adventures by Shannon and Dean Hale

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Ill. by LeUyen Pham. Candlewick Press, 2017. ISBN 9780763697778
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One Christmas wish by Katherine Rundell

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Ill. by Emily Sutton. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408885734
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