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Sunday, 31 March 2013

KBR Recommends: New Junior Fiction, March 2013

Here they come! A new slew of fabulous JF. These books would suit kids aged anywhere from 7 to 14, depending on reading ability. We have provided a suggested reading age with each book.

The Phenomenals: A Tangle of Traitors by F E Higgins
(Pan Macmillan, $12.99, 9780330507554, age  10 - 14)

The Giant, the Huntress, the Rich Girl, the Thief: these haphazard heroes will save us from grief. A twisted adventure of intrigue, magic and superstition from the bestselling F. E. Higgins.

Don't go down to the tar pits, children – for their shores are lined with the wretched wraiths of all the traitors and murderers who have drowned in its bubbling depths. In the shadows of this putrid place, an unlikely new alliance is being formed: they call them The Phenomenals, and only they can save us from a hideous fate that will befall the town if the wraiths escape their tarry shackles . . .

Meet The Phenomenals: Citrine Capodel – heiress to a corrupt empire and framed for a murder she did not commit; Folly Harpelaine – a merciless destroyer of Lurids, who dabbles in the dark arts; Jonah Scrimshander – a deadly harpoonist, who has already cheated death, and Vincent Verdigris – light-fingered and even lighter on his feet.

Juliet, Nearly a Vet: The Great Pet Plan by Rebecca Johnson (Puffin, $9.99, 9780143307044, age 6 - 10)

Juliet and her best friend Chelsea discover that the local Pet Hotel has closed down. They decide to open their own hotel for the weekend, offering overnight stay and a free health check and grooming.

They don't tell their parents.

But when the snake gets out of his cage, the rats  disappear and a mad cat turns up, things quickly get out of control.

Can Juliet prove she has what it takes to be a great vet and turn this disaster into something good?

The second book in the series, At the Show, is also out this month.

Gallipoli by Alan Tucker (Scholastic, $16.99, 9781742836935, age 9 - 14)

Lying about his age and looking for adventure, 14-year-old Victor March enlists in the 10th Battalion of the AIF to fight in the Great War.

Victor and his new mates, Fish, Needle and Robbo, are headed for the Gallipoli peninsula, and into battle. He is among the first soldiers to land at what will become known as Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915, and the world as he knows it is about to change.

In his diary, Victor records the horrors of war, his friendships, his fears, and the story of Australia's most legendary military campaign.

Part of the brilliant My Australian Story series.

Lost World Circus: The Last Elephant by Justin D'Ath
(Puffin, $14.99, 9780143307266, age 9 - 12)

Colt Lawless is on the run, suddenly famous, and more than a little superhuman. But can he save the last animals on earth?

Twelve years from now, rat flu has wiped out almost every animal and bird on the planet. The creatures in Captain Noah's Lost World Circus are the last of their kind. But the Rat Cops are determined to shut down the circus, and Colt and his acrobat friend Birdy might be the only ones who can save it, starting with Lucy - the world's last elephant.

An electrifying new series from Justin D'Ath, author of the bestselling Extreme Adventures. Absolutely loving the covers on these books. Book 2 - The Singing Ape - is out now, and Book 3 - Secret Superhero - is out  April.

Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space by Geronimo Stilton (Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545481915, age 7 - 10)

New Mouse City is in danger! An evil professor is threatening everyone with his terrible inventions. The authorieies call upon Geronimo Stilton to thwart his plans by traveling on a top secret mission - to outer space!

Geronimo Stilton stories are great for reluctant readers with entertaining, adventurous storylines and lots of colour and font variations in the text to keep readers focused. As always, reporter Geronimo and his friends save the day with lots of fun along the way.

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