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The Road to Rattenburg

The Road to Rattenburg By Joy Cowley Illustrated by Gavin Bishop Gecko Press Paperback $19.99 After their home is destroyed, Spinnaker Rat and his wife Retsina, decide to take their four ratlets to find the utopian Ratenburg. Accompanied by the very annoying Roger, claiming to …

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain   By Julie Lamb Submarine Paperback $25 Tomboy Rain (12) lives with Pop in his run-down shack, eating road-kill and chicken scraps. When Mrs Macy takes a shine to Pop, Rain tries to stop their romance. She also acts the …

The House on the Hill

The House on the Hill By Kyle Mewburn Illustrations Sarah Davis Scholastic Hardback $27 This spooky tale, told in rhyme, includes some lovely sophisticated language and a refrain. It might be a bit scary for some, but those who like a thrill will enjoy the …

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Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant? By David Barrow Gecko Press Paperback $19.99 Hardback $29.99 A boy and Elephant decide to play hide-and-seek, which Elephant warns he is very good at. And so it would seem…he’s the “elephant in the room” in every situation, apparently unseen by …

Crenshaw

Crenshaw By Katherine Applegate Harper Collins $16.99 Crenshaw is a giant cat who wears a baseball cap and takes bubble baths. But the only person who can see him is 10-year-old Jackson, and maybe his dog Aretha. Jackson’s family is going through hard times; they’ve …

The Bold Ship Phenomenal

The Bold Ship Phenomenal By Sarah Johnson Illustrations Deborah Hinde Flat Bed Press, $20 Life is dull for Malachi (11) after his mother’s death: Dad just stays at home being boring. Things change after Malachi finds a ship in a bottle. News about an eco-protest …

From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle

By Kate De Goldi Longacre Paperback $30 From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle: Barney (13) and his younger sister Ren love to make movies. Barney is the creative genius and Ren the organising list-maker. Their new project tells the story of the street where …