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Sunday 26 May 2013

KBR Recommends: New Junior Fiction, May 2013

Ella and Olivia: Pony Problem by Yvette Poshoglian (Scholastic, $7.99 RRP, 9781742837987, ages 5+)

Ella and Olivia are sisters. Ella is seven-years-old, Olivia is five-and-a-half-years-old. They live with their mum and dad and little brother Max.

Ella's friend Zoe is entering an equestrian competition. She invites Ella along to help her groom her horse, Hattie. But Ella has other plans! She ends up entering the pony competition - by accident! What will Ella do? She doesn't even know how to ride a horse!

Pony Problems and Cool Kitties are the latest titles in the popular Ella and Olivia young junior fiction series. You can find out more about the books as well as details on competitions, downloads, activities and games at the Ella and Olivia website.

Ferret on the Loose by Heather Gallagher (New Frontier Publishing, $12.95 RRP, 9781921928420, ages 7+)

Lucy has been training her pet ferret, Flash, for the annual Fastest Fearless Ferret Race. But as the competition approaches, Flash is nowhere to be found. Did he run away? Or was Flash ferret-napped?

The Little Rocket Series is a new, fast-paced junior fiction series for readers aged 7+. Each gripping tale will keep children hooked and entice them to begin reading independently.

Farm Friends / Bush Baby Rescue, books 3 + 4 of the Juliet Nearly a Vet series by Rebecca Johnson (Penguin, $9.95 RRP, 9780143307136 / 9780143307143, ages 6 - 9)

Hi!  I'm Juliet.  I'm ten years old.  And I'm nearly a vet!

It's Spring and all the animals on Maisy's farm are having babies.  Maisy says I can stay for a whole week and help out. There are chicks and ducklings hatching, orphan lambs to feed, and I can't wait for Bella to have her calf!

So many exciting adventures for a trainee vet!

A terrible bushfire has struck and Mum's vet clinic is in chaos.

Every day more and more injured baby animals arrive. Chelsea and I have never been busier! There's an adorable baby koala to feed by hand, a fat little wombat to bandage, and a funny blue-tongued lizard that Max is determined to make his pet.

But who knew that babies needed so much feeding!  I may never sleep again!

Jinxed! the second book in the Truly Tan series by Jen Storer (ABC Books, $16.99 RRP, 9780733331220, ages 8 - 10)

Tan′s back. She′s bolder. She′s brighter.

But is she ... jinxed?

Dear Diary
I am writing to you with the aid of my Mail Order Moose Pen -- you know, the one that had edible antlers ...

Dad put an old tram in our back paddock. It has Follow Me Through the Shadow painted on it.
Obviously that tram is full of secrets. I bet it is even haunted. The problem is I can′t get inside. I am banned.

Just as well I am a Secret Spy. Just as well I am cunning and ... stealthy.

This could be my biggest case. This could make me famous.

It is exciting to be me.



The Looming Lamplight (The Cryptic Casebook of Coco Carlomagno (and Alberta) #2) by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrations by Terry Denton (Allen & Unwin, $12.99 RRP, 9781743312599, ages 6 - 8)

Coco Carlomagno is the well-respected, if somewhat easily startled, Chief of Police in Buenos Aires. Alberta is his more sensible cousin.

Coco has run into a terrifying problem. From his office high in the Obelisco, a strange light is turning on and off, on and off, and on and off. What could it possibly mean?

In desperation, Coco calls on his brave cousin Alberta. Can they solve the mystery of the looming lamplight?

Olivia's Fantastic Gymnastics (Forever Clover) by Holly Bell (Chirpy Bird, $8.95 RRP, 9781921894534, ages 7-9)

Olivia is used to being the best gymnast and that’s the way she likes it. But when new girl Sasha joins the gym, Olivia feels threatened. She takes an instant dislike to Sasha, because she is better than her. It isn’t until the day of the big competition that Olivia realises that Sasha is a good team mate and a good friend.