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May 24 2017

Forever Geek by Holly Smale

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Geek Girl series. HarperCollins, 2017. ISBN 9780007574667
(Age: 11+) Recommended. Humour. Feel good book. In the finale to the very popular Geek Girl series, Harriet Manners, the geek, the model and the control freak is on her way to Australia with her grandmother Bunty and her best friend Nat. She has said goodbye to Jasper, her not quite boyfriend at home and statistically, she believes that it is unlikely that she will bump into her Australian ex-boyfriend Nat in Sydney. She is completely unprepared to see Nick and she faces quite a few sticky situations that her list making and preparation can't help her with.
This is a very fitting conclusion to a humorous series that fans will be sad to see finish. Harriet is her usual self, inundating the reader with numerous strange facts about all sorts of things. Her witty comments will give many laugh out loud moments and there is a lot of good advice about fitting in, being yourself and having friends that the reader will appreciate as Harriet comes to grips with who she is and what she wants out of life.
Readers will be waiting for whatever Holly Smale writes next.
Pat Pledger



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I don't know what to call my cat by Simon Philip

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Ill. by Ella Bailey. Simon and Schuster, 2017. ISBN 9781471124129
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Cats, Family, Decision making. All readers will enjoy reading the covers of this inviting book, seeing the cats' names reflecting their attributes. I laughed out loud at Dali's moustache, Elton's...
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May 24 2017

First Baby Days series

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Pat-a-Cake, 2017
Funny Faces. ISBN 9781526380005
On the Move. ISBN 9781526380012
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May 24 2017

Toddler's world series

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Hodder and Stoughton, 2017.
ABC. ISBN 9781526380029
123. ISBN 9781526380050
Animals. ISBN 9781526380036
Colours. ISBN 9781526380043
(Ages: 1-3) Recommended. Board books, concept books. Each of these bright, colourful board books has playful...
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May 23 2017

But then I came back by Estelle Laure

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Orchard Books, 2017. ISBN 9781408342541
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Eden's life was all figured out - she was going to go to New York and dance with the Bolshoi, she was going to be a star!
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May 23 2017

The princess and the frogs by Veronica Bartles

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Ill. by Sara Palacios. Balzer and Bray, 2017. ISBN 9780062365910
Princess Cassandra had everything she could possibly want - hundreds of dresses, thousands of books and servants to bring her anything she wanted. She should have been the happiest princess in the world. But there was one...
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May 23 2017

The most perfect snowman by Chris Britt

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Balzer and Bray, 2016. ISBN 9780062377043
Built in the first flurry of winter snow, Drift was the loneliest of snowmen. With his stick arms, small mouth and coal eyes he stood forlorn and forgotten amongst the bare winter trees. He dreamed of having a smart scarf, warm gloves and a long...
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May 22 2017

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Awesome Guide by Calvin Scott

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DK Children, 2017. ISBN 9780241280393
(Age: 8+) Recommended. Sure to appeal to LEGO fans, The Awesome Guide is just that. It gives details of all the super heroes, their origins and the two cities, Metropolis and Gotham City that dominate the world of DC Comics super heroes. Then...
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May 19 2017

The world of dinosaur roar. A series created by Peter Curtis with rhyming text by Jeanne Willis

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Macmillan Children's Books, 2017.
Dinosaur roar! : The Tyrannosaurus rex. ISBN 9781509835669
Dinosaur Boo! : The Deinonychus. ISBN 9781509834952
Dinosaur Munch! : The Diplodocus. ISBN 9781509835652
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May 19 2017

The only girl in the world: a memoir by Maude Julien

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Text, 2017. ISBN 9781925498110
(Age: Mature senior secondary) Recommended for mature readers who should be given opportunities to discuss the content. Maude Julien's memoir details a horrific childhood of deprivation and suffering inflicted by parents determined to create an exceptional...
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May 18 2017

Wild animals of the south by Dieter Braun

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Flying Eye Books, 2017. ISBN 9781909263970
(Ages: 5+) Australian animals. African animals. South American animals. Antarctic animals. This is a translated edition of a German publication, with a second book, Wild animals of the north, also available. There are many of these artsy,...
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May 17 2017

Where's Wally? The colouring collection by Martin Handford

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781406375701
(Age: 8+) Highly recommended. With the interest in colouring in going strong, both children and adults will find lots of pleasure in this colouring book featuring Wally. Even those who are not so keen on colouring in will still love the opportunity...
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May 16 2017

We're all wonders by R. J. Palacio

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Penguin, 2017. ISBN 9780141386416
(Age: 4-7) Highly recommended. Paperback, 32 pages. Imagination. Play. Emotions. Feelings. Acceptance. Tolerance. Special needs. R. J. Palacio's best-selling novel Wonder introduced readers to Auggie Pullman an ordinary boy with an...
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May 16 2017

My amazing body machine by Robert Winston

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Ill. by Owen Gildersleeve. DK Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9780241283806
Young children are always fascinated with their bodies and how they work and this new publication from DK is the perfect starting point for those who are ready to delve a little deeper.
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May 16 2017

Nat's naughty nits by Giles Andreae

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Ill. by Jess Mikhail. Orchard Books, 2017. ISBN 9781408329375
(Age: 4-6) Hardcover, 29 pages. Lice. Rhyming stories. Humorous fiction. Health. Daily living.
'There are nits in the treetops,
Nits in the town,
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