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Thursday 8 September 2011

KBR Recommends: Junior Fiction for Younger Readers, September 2011

This batch of books for younger junior fiction readers will keep kids thoroughly entertained. Perfect for kids aged 6 to 8 who are reading above their age level, or kids aged 8-12 who are struggling read.

EJ2 Girl Hero: Pyramid Puzzle by Suzannah McFarlane
(Lemonfizz, $12.99, July 2011)

Shadow seems to have uncovered a secret in an Egyptian pyramid . . . but what, and where?

Special Agent EJ12 will need to dig deep and unravel the puzzle before Shadow escapes with ancient treasure. That's the easy part.

As EJ12, Emma Jacks can do anything. So why does she think she can't trust her friends? Perhaps she can after all.

Paws Claws and Frilly Drawers by Sarah Horne

(Omnibus, $9.99, July 2011)

We've got Bring Your Pet to School Day on Thursday and I don't have a pet! What am I going to do? Of course, Molly could always ask to borrow Mimi. But taking a talking cat to school is sure to spell only one thing: T.R.O.U.B.LE.

Here is the second, charming book about Molly, a sensible, no-nonsense girl, and Mimi, the world's most outrageous talking cat, whose favourite pastimes are dressing up and fine dining!

It's the purrfect recipe for FUN!

See our review here.

Ted Goes Wild by Michael Wagner
(Puffin, $12.95, August 2011)

Life's no picnic for this teddy bear.

Fully equipped, superbly trained and afraid of nothing (well, almost), Ted has dedicated his life to saving and serving others.

But will his rescue mission to the Wild Forest knock the stuffing out of him once and for all?  And will he ever return to his loving owner, Oliver?

Warm-hearted, thrilling and delightfully silly, this magical-adventure series will captivate young readers.

Boy Vs Beast: Battle Files: Land by Mac Park (Scholastic, $9.99, September 2011)

Everything you need to know about beast battling on the land. Discover what you should take, what to look out for and how to battle beasts and win.

The battles with the beasts of Beastium continue. The BMC needs its Border Guards to be better prepared than ever.

The Battle Files give Border Guards and young tips from the world and battles of Boy vs Beast. Perfect series for younger boys reading above their age level or for older boys who struggle to read.

Also released in September - Battle Files: Air.

Thea Stilton and the Star Castaways by Thea Stilton (Scholastic, $15.95, September 2011)

Thea Stilton is out of this world!A professor at Mouseford Academy is organizing a trip to outer space, and the Thea Sisters are invited.

The mouselings are headed on a fabumouse mission... to the moon!

After much preparation, the mice blast off. But when they arrive at their lunar vacation spot, things start to go wrong, including spaceship wrecks and rebellious robots.

Can the Thea Sisters save the day? Find out in an adventure that's out of this world!